Things to Do on a Dubai Short Break
Dubai offers plenty of options to choose from. Below are the few short break options out of many. You can choose them as per your choice, liking and available time.
Dubai Museum is truly a meeting of history and the present day, located in Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787. Al Fahidi is an old desert fort still sporting cannons and battlements. Featured are archaeological exhibits from desert excavations, exhibits of the pearl fishers who were the first settlers of the area, desert Bedouins and date farmers as well. A representation of traditional life before oil was found in the Emirates is also presented.
A true marvel of modern engineering, the Palm Islands is a great place for a Dubai day trip. It is a mix of residential, leisure, marina and commercial interests constructed in the waters along the coast of the Persian Gulf. Two Palm developments are nearing completion, with a third currently in development. In the Palm Jumeirah development, you will find the Atlantis resort, which opened in 2008, as well as shopping malls, additional hotel resorts and theme parks. Helicopter rides are available to give you a bird’s eye view of the Palm Islands and the entire city of Dubai.
The Burj Al-Arab, Dubai’s signature landmark, is a sail shaped hotel, which faces the Arabian Gulf and is the world’s renowned seven star hotel. Every luxury service imaginable is provided in each of the guest suites and appointed throughout this iconic hotel complex. Sight seeing is only allowed within after paying a small fee to enter. You can, however, make a reservation at one of the hotels from numerous restaurants or bars, and good choices for this are the Al Mutaha restaurant and the Skyview Bar where you can enjoy taking in the breathtaking views of the Gulf and surrounding area.
A fun destination for the entire family is Children’s City, which is centered on learning and engaging children from ages 2 through 15 to explore and learn about everything from science and nature to safari desert the expanse of space, featuring a planetarium, workshops, exhibits and entertainment programs daily. Another family favorite when on a Dubai short break is Wild Wadi water park, a water theme park with 30 exciting rides ranging from freefall water slides, roller coasters, disco rides, rapids and activity pools, go-karts and much more. Wild Wadi is the largest water park in the United Arab Emirates.
If shopping is more to your liking, spending half of one day in Dubai at the malls and the Bur Dubai Street electronics and textile market is a fun place to shop where you can haggle on the price of your finds. Another good place to shop for clothing and souvenirs is Karama. A must see when visiting Dubai are the Gold Market and Gold Souk in Deira. These are two gold markets conveniently located near each other, where you can find gold in every imaginable form: jewelry, coins, gold bars and many other forms hanging up or displayed in many shops for you to admire or try on. Gold in Dubai is the least expensive in the world.