Hello Friends. Welcome back to the Second Part of Dazzling Dubai. This part will be more exciting and interesting so get ready to explore the Thrill and Beauty of this wonderful city. Do read the first part of Dazzling Dubai to know more about Dubai’s Culture and Festivals, and it’s Tourist Attractions. In this blog, I will be writing about some amazing and thrilling things to do in Dubai and also some of the Interesting and Unknown facts about Dubai. So let’s get started!!
Dazzling Dubai – Part I Link : https://ananthsportography.wordpress.com/2020/10/11/dazzling-dubai-part-1/
Amazing Things to do and see in Dubai
15. Skydiving in Dubai
Let’s start the second part of Dazzling Dubai with the most thrilling attraction of Dubai- Skydiving! What’s more Adrenaline-pumping than being thrown down from a plane at 13,000 feet above sea level and freefalling at 120 miles/hour? Fulfill your dream to fly by engaging in this thrilling activity on your next trip to Dubai.
If there’s one thing every adventure-seeker must sign up for, it’s a skydiving experience. Skydive Dubai provides tandem skydive opportunities, supervised by trained professionals. You’ll have to book well in advance to secure a spot, but it’s worth it as you dive through the clouds from 13,000 Feet and take in views of the Landmark Palm Jumeirah or Rolling Dunes of the Desert. The 2 locations of Skydiving in Dubai are the Palm Zone and the Desert Zone. In the Palm Zone you will get to view the Amazing Dubai Skyline and Attractions like Palm Jumeira Island, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, etc and it costs around 2200 Dirhams. The Desert Zone offers incredible views of the endless desert of the city. You’ll see stunning sand dunes and the Dubai skyline in the distance. Also, you can keep reliving the epic experience thanks to perfectly-captured videos by the Skydive Dubai team. It’s one for every Thrill-seeker’s Bucket-list!!
16. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is an Indoor Ski Resort with 22,500 square meters of the Indoor Ski area and is Currently the Largest Indoor Ski Park in the World! It has a capacity to hold 6000 tons of snow with various rides, shows and classes to keep the visitors entertained amidst a winter setting. The snow Park has an Interesting Chairlift ride, adrenaline shooting zipline, Tube slides, Giant ball running down, a 10 feet ramp for jumping, snowboarding, skiing and many more interesting activities.
Meet the snow penguins up close and personal as they are dedicated to teaching the snow park guests about the nature of Gentoo and King penguins. Witness the March of the penguins, a fascinating moment where the snow penguins march together several times a day to charm the visitors. Trained professionals are in charge of organizing ski classes with much care for both beginners and experienced visitors. Enjoy a fun-filled day at Ski Dubai and stay away from the sweltering heat of the city by indulging in a day-long activity at the indoor snow Park. With approximately 6000 tons of snow and a temperature of 4 degrees Celcius, grab a nice hot chocolate from one of In-house Restaurants or Cafeterias and make your visit memorable! It’s surely a Paradise for all Adventure-seekers and Snow lovers and a must visit when in Dubai!!
17. Waterfront Market
The bustling Deira Waterfront Market is an absolute must-see for foodies. Although it has always been a popular souk and a visitor favourite for many years, it’s now even bigger and better. The original Deira Fish Market, which had served customers since 1958, underwent a modern-day upgrade in mid-2017 resulting in a state-of-the-art urban facility.
This makes the market even bigger, cleaner and air-conditioned. But the atmosphere is still just like the old souk, and visitors can still find a magnificent assortment of seafood, including lobster, kingfish and pomfret. Grab seafood bargains at wholesale prices, and haggle your way through. You’ll also find plenty of other meats, fruits and vegetables in the same complex. Waterfront Market offers the widest variety of fresh seafood at attractive prices. Whether you’re looking for exotic seafood varieties or local delicacies, you’ll find it all at Waterfront Market under one roof. You can’t leave Dubai without experiencing the vibrant sights, sounds and smells of the traditional souks, which really bring the city to life.
18. Hot Air Balloon
Fly above the Arabian sands with a Balloon Adventures Emirates Hot Air Balloon Tour. Balloon Adventures has created a world first– where passengers get to share the skies with the World’s Fastest Animal – the Falcons, as they experience a one-of-a-kind aerial adventure. Choose from a variety of packages, ideal for a romantic rendezvous, a corporate celebration, or an unforgettable family fun day. Dubai Hot air flight is a thrilling experience while floating over an infinite carpet of sand. The view of green patches of oasis and herd of camels makes for a perfect photographic scene.
As the longest operating hot air balloon company in Dubai, with a staff of international pilots that have logged more than 60 years of flying experience, you’ll be in safe hands as you glide 1,200m above the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The adventure starts at sunrise, followed by an hour-long flight that is definitely worth the early wake-up. Following whichever way the desert breeze blows, you’ll enjoy Stunning views of the rolling red sands, rising sun, grazing gazelles and majestic Hajar Mountains. The experience doesn’t end once you land, as you’ll ride in an open top 1950s Vintage Land Rovers to an authentic Bedouin camp where you can unwind and enjoy an amazing breakfast.
19. Global Village Dubai
Global Village Dubai is claimed to be the world’s most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project of UAE. It is the region’s first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination and it receives over 5 Million visitors every year. The event is organized during the winter season between late November and late February and is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. This year the Park will reopen to visitors on October 25 and will complete 25 years of it’s opening!
This destination brings cultures together as you discover different parts of the world in just a few hours. The pavilions are designed to replicate iconic structures and local architecture. Explore it all from London’s Big Ben and Italy’s leaning tower of Pisa, or take selfies against the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal and travel back in time to ancient Egypt. Thousands of retail outlets set up shop here, wherein visitors can grab an array of products and specialities on an international scale. There are many fun activities for adults as well as for kids, with theatre and rides to enjoy on. The event also witnesses international performances including concerts, which are performed by singers from all over the world. Many Notable International Celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Neha Kakkar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Guru Randhawa, Atif Aslam, Jason Derulo, Liam Payne, etc have performed here! So if you are looking for an entertaining day, Global Village is a must try in Dubai!
20. Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai is a fun-filled amusement park located in the area of Jumeirah beach, in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab that portrays the true Arabian experience. Owned and operated by the world-renowned hotel group, Jumeirah International, Wild Wadi Water Park is listed amongst the 20 best water parks in the world. This exciting park offers over 30 odd rides and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Besides the adrenaline pumping activities, this water park also has many relaxing and fun rides.
There are a number of speed slides for something with a bit more tempo and excitement. Try your hand at the Flood River Flyer, or test your limits on the Jumeirah Sceirah. There’s also a surfing simulator to try and fight the water flow on a surfboard or bodyboard. What makes the park people’s favourite is the fantastic location. Located in Jumeirah, the people on the park’s rides have the view of the beautiful Burj Al Arab, the world-famous Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Beach and many more! The Park has 5 restaurants and snack bars within the premises and carts moving around the property selling ice creams, popcorn, and cotton candy. The Park also has two gift shops selling souvenirs and other essentials like swimming diapers, anti-slip socks for kids, etc. If you are up for some Adrenaline-pumping activities, this Water park is a must visit destination in Dubai!
21. Dubai Safari Park
Recently renovated to offer even more exceptional experiences, the 119-hectare wildlife sanctuary in Dubai is home to nearly 3,000 animals from all over the world. The zoo is divided into various zones named as ‘Villages’, and these are classified based on the regions around the world in which the animals are based. They are Safari Village, African Village, Asian Village, Wadi Village, Arabian Village and Kids Farm which is a playground for children to learn about wildlife.
The park features 15 species of carnivores alone, alongside an array of primates, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Other highlights include a new ‘behind the scenes’ experience, interactive activities such as feeding giraffes, and a dedicated Kids Farm for little ones to keep discovering. The Dubai Safari Park aims to be one of the top 10 zoos in the world thanks to its commitment to animal conservation, protection and education. This place is definitely worth a visit for all Wildlife Enthusiasts!!
22. IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is a mega themed, air-conditioned, indoor entertainment getaway spread over an expanse of 1.5 million sq. ft, which is equivalent to 28 football fields. IMG Worlds of Adventure ensures best of recreation to family, adventure-seekers, shopaholics, gourmets, and movie-maniacs. The park comprising of 4 epic adventure zones, 25 retail outlets, 28 restaurants, 100 actors and entertainers and 12-screen Novo cine complex promises awesome and wholesome merriment to visitors of all ages and interests. Serviced by 1500 employees, IMG has the capacity to entertain 20,000 explorers a day.
Established in 2016 in ‘the heart of Dubai’, IMG is the city’s first mega indoor theme park with world-class amenities and entertainment. From The Avengers to The Powerpuff Girls and life-size dinosaurs in The Lost Valley, IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of Dubai’s largest and most exciting theme parks! The Haunted Hotel is a must-try attraction but only if you dare and can hold your nerve as you try to find the exit because the Hotel is full of Entertainment but is very very spooky too! Other Adventure Zones include Avengers Battle of Ultron, Spider-Man’s Doc Ock Revenge, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Predator, Dino Carousel, Adventure Fortress, Ben10 5D Hero Time, The Powerpuff Girls and many others that will surely make your day worth remembering!!
23. Dubai Frame
Dubai, the City of Superlatives has added yet another feather to its cap. Dubai Frame is the world’s biggest frame situated at Zabeel park. It is the structure offering a 360-degree view of the humble past residing in Old Dubai and the plush and developing modern Dubai. The architectural wonder has two towers at a height of 150 meters joined together by a 93metre long bridge at the top. it is one of the must visit Dubai Attractions for families and photographers.
Step onto the clear 50m-long opaque glass bridge at the Sky-deck. Crafted from liquid crystal with an underlying film triggered by sensors, the floor becomes clear only when a visitor walks over it. Peer at the ground beneath, all while feeling like you’re walking on air. Don’t miss the Future Zone, where an immersive time tunnel reveals what Dubai is expected to look like in 50 years, complete with flying taxis, underwater living and incredible missions to space. It has a host of fine dining restaurants, top-rated Hotels and Café’s to offer variety and entertainment to its visitors along with the spectacular view of Dubai skyline on either side Tickets are priced at just AED50 for adults, AED20 for children and kids under three go free. It truly reflects the Architectural Success of Dubai and is a must visit attraction in this beautiful city!!
24. Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping in a city full of skyscrapers is a must-try when in Dubai. Gravity Zone is Dubai’s first permanent bungee operator and takes you as high as 50 meters from where you will free fall! Get the fantastic view of the Dubai cityscape as you free fall to the view of the Burj Khalifa and the magnificent Dubai waterfront!!
The professionals ensure that everyone is safe while jumping off the tall crane with bungee elastic cords being attached to your body. You can jump solo or with your friends and family in a group of two and double up the fun of this thrilling activity! Gravity zone also has professional photographers and videographers that create memories with their cameras to make you remember this daring adventure forever. You can also have Dubai’s skyline or tallest Burj Khalifa as a background in the pictures or videos you pay for.
Interesting Snippets and Future Dream Projects of Dubai
1. Expo 2020
Dubai Expo 2020 is not only the biggest upcoming event in the Arab world but also the first-ever World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. This phenomenal exhibition will have 192 countries participating and millions of visitors globally. This six-month event will be a celebration of culture, collaboration and innovation. The Dubai Expo 2020, that was originally scheduled to start from 20th October 2020, has been postponed by a year and will now be held from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 due to the ongoing Covid-19 Crisis.
World Expo or World’s Fair is an International Exhibition where countries all over the world come together to showcase their latest industrial and scientific achievements. The platform is open up for the latest inventions and technology. The World Expo is a festival of exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture. For visitors from around the globe, there are numerous attractions, rides and food. Do you know that the first World World Expo, the Great Exhibition happened in Crystal Palace, London, in the year 1851? Its theme was “Industry of all Nations”. Since then, the World Expos have been significant events in the history for bringing to public something they’ve never seen before.
The Theme for Dubai Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and Subthemes include ‘Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility’! The Pavilions to look out for are the Opportunity Pavilion, Sustainability Pavilion, Mobility Pavilion, Japan Pavilion, Morocco Pavilion, Oman Pavilion, Russia Pavilion, Singapore Pavilion and many others. The highlight of the grand event would undoubtedly be the first-ever Emirati Opera of Al Wasl which reflects the History and Culture of the Emirates. With more than 50 types of cuisines and over 200 eateries expected, food-lovers are surely going to have an amazing adventure. Here’s another thing that will get you hyped, You will see food being prepared using augmented and virtual reality! Activities to do in Expo 2020 include witnessing the first ever public testing of VTOL Aircraft by UBER, experiencing Ropeless Elevator, Drench in Indoor Rainfall, Hog on Cuisines, Shopping, Glimpse the future of Travel with Hyperloop, Explore Culture of 192 Countries, Enjoy super fast connectivity with 5G network and many other exciting activities!! So if you are planning a trip to Dubai next year, make sure that you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime kinda experience !!
2. Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
Dubai has become an international pioneer in developing the clean and renewable energy sector. It has developed a number of techniques and practices to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector while rationalizing consumption and finding alternative solutions to conventional energy. This supports the sustainable development of the Emirate.
The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020. This target will increase to 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Dubai is the only city in the region to have launched such a promising strategy, with set goals and timelines that map the future of energy until 2050. To reach this ambitious target Dubai has several initiatives in place. One such notable initiative include the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the largest single-site solar energy project in the world, with a planned total production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, and a total investment of AED 50 billion. If Dubai reach this Ambitious Target, they will be the City with the Lowest Carbon Footprint in the World by 2050. Such Initiatives inspire other Countries too to follow the suit!
3. UAE Costa Drone Drop
When you think about the kind of optimistic future promised to us by (some) science fiction writers, what could sound more fictional than a drone descending from the heavens to deliver you an iced coffee while you’re lounging on the beach?
That’s something Costa’s Jumeirah Beach Drive-Thru store Trialled in 2017 in the swanky Kite Beach area of Dubai, with its niftily-named Coffee-Copter. While there’s no guarantee that this becomes a permanent fixture of the beach scene, it speaks volumes about Dubai’s innovation that this was even trialled. Reportedly, this process took a mere 15 minutes, from the placing of an order to successful delivery. Here’s what that looked like, courtesy of Costa coffee!
4. A Real Life Robo Cop
Less smiley, but just as metallic as the robot host at the Rosemont Five Star Hotel is Dubai’s latest law enforcement officer. The first robot cop was introduced, complete with a camera for transmitting live images and identifying suspects, and a touch screen which can be used by members of the public to report crimes and ask questions. It will also will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government program aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines. According to the Smart Services division of the Dubai police, such humanoid robots will make up an entire quarter of the local police force by 2030.
5. Dubai Autonomous Flying Taxis
Autonomous flying Taxis may seem like an image out of a science fiction movie, but the technology already physically exists: Dubai began testing electric taxi drones in September 2017. Similar to a two-seater helicopter, the Volocopter taxi is designed for 30-minute flights to and from ‘voloports,’ which are basically train stations for flying taxis. The Autonomous Air Taxi has a variety of unique features that include top security and safety standards, and multiple redundancies in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics and flight controls. Although it’s not yet available commercially, the 18-rotor flying drone promises to be the eco-friendly, electrically-powered transportation solution of tomorrow — so long as you don’t want a flight longer than 30 minutes, that is!
Other Important Information
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dirham, also known simply as Emirati Dirham is the Currency of United Arab Emirates. The Currency is officially abbreviated as AED. Currently 1 AED equals to 20 Indian Rupees and 0.27 United States (US) Dollars. It is advisable to convert home currency into Dirham for ease of travelling and saving money and you can easily exchange currencies from the Dubai International Airport itself!
2. Languages Spoken
Arabic is the Official Language in Dubai. English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai, especially for Business, Trade and Tourism. Around 75% of the Population of Dubai are Expatriates and so most of them speak English and/or their Native Language!
3. VISA Procedures
Citizens of more than 58 Countries can avail the Opportunity of On-Arrival Visa in Dubai. To know more details about Visa Procedures for visiting Dubai, kindly visit the link given below!
UAE Visa Link – https://www.visitdubai.com/en/plan-your-trip/visa-information
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So that’s it friends for the Dazzling Dubai blog! Hope you enjoyed the Virtual Tour to Dubai. I personally enjoyed my trip to Dubai and strongly recommend you all too to visit this beautiful city ! Do Like and Share my Blog with all your Travel Freak Friends!! Comment your Views on Dubai in the comment section below and also do read my first part of Dazzling Dubai Blog! I will be sharing many more Travel Blogs in days to come, Until then Stay Safe and take care of yourself!!
Dazzling Dubai Part – I Link : https://ananthsportography.wordpress.com/2020/10/11/dazzling-dubai-part-1/