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10 things that will surprise first-time visitors to Dubai

Update : 05 Jul 2022, 17:23

Heading for first time in Dubai and don’t know where to start planning your trip? Check out the perfect Dubai itinerary for first timers!

Dubai is one city of United Arab Emirates out of total 7 cities of Emirates, which is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of the Arabian Gulf.

Holidaying in Dubai means you can't be Vitamin D deficient. From beautiful white sandy beaches, desserts and to mouthwatering restaurants, Dubai is full of surprises! 

If this is your first time to the land of sunshine, it can be a bit overwhelming. Dubai is brimming with culture and every few miles you travel presents a whole new terrain. The beaches and sunsets are just as stunning as in the movies, but the desserts, camels and flamingoes are what make Dubai truly unique.

Dubai mall 

Dubai Mall is one of the largest indoor malls in the world. The mall consists of 1,200 shops, a VR gaming zone, Kidzania, ice-skating rink, cinema complex, hotels and food outlets together in Downtown Dubai.

The world’s largest choreographed fountain show, Dubai Fountain is also situated at the Mall. The gigantic Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is inside the Dubai Maill. You'll amazed to see shark, crocodile,  piranhas, crabs, water rats and the swarms of fish.

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the world but also the tallest free-standing structure in the world. The tower contains the world’s highest mosque on the 158th floor (of 160), the world’s highest swimming pool, on the 76th floor, and the world’s highest viewing platform, on the 124th floor. The 828 meters tall pyramid-shaped skyscraper houses fine 900 residences, office suites, and a hotel.

The Palm Islands

The Palm Islands are the largest artificial islands in the world, shaped like the fronds of a palm tree. These amazing man-made islands are considered the eighth wonder of the world.  The world’s tallest, one and only “seven-star” hotel (Burj Al Arab) is a sail-shaped building standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island off the coast at Jumeirah. The place offers a perfect urban escape with luxury resort accommodations, finest restaurants, panoramic views, and endless activities. 

Burj Al Arab 

Burj Al Arab or Towers of Arab is Dubai's iconic hotel.  It is the tallest building on earth. Burj Al Arab is the only “7-star” hotel in the world. It is designed to resemble the sail of an Arabian dhow ship, the building rises out of the Persian Gulf, reaching out a height of 321 meters. At night, it is illuminated by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire.

Al Marmoom Camel Racetrack

Camel Racing is the most popular and traditional sport of Dubai. Camel racing has become unequivocally more modern in recent years, embracing robotic jockeys and huge televisions in front of the stands. The camels usually run against each other at around 65 kilometres an hour  in short sprints during the action-packed race . Al Marmoum racetrack is situated outside of the city centre on the Dubai Al Ain Road and it is open every winter.

Desert safari

Rip through the desert in one of  top of the line dune buggy rentals for the experience of a lifetime. It’s adrenaline, mixed with the beauty of nature few get to experience. Desert safari includes dune bashing, sandboarding, quad bike riding, camel riding and falconry show. Applyling henna is an added attraction. The desert safaris introduce you to the rich culture of the Bedouin tribe. 

Dubai Miracle Garden

One of the most Instagrammable locations in Dubai is Dubai Miracle Garden. Wonderfully well-maintained, 72,000 square metres flower garden is attracting scores of visitors with its 15,000 butterflies and 45 million flowers. 

It is nestled in the heart of Jumeirah Village Circle. The magical place of 150 million natural flowers and plants from more than 120 varieties. The garden offers a pleasant and romantic stroll among the floral three-dimensional clock and a floating rock with a fountain, the suite of floral displays, green-sculpted Emirates A380 aircraft, ballet dancers, an amphitheatre-cum-observatory and a floral castle dotting the grounds. 

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed park in the world. It has five zones -Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, IMG Boulevard and The Haunted Hotel. Spread across 1.5 million square feet, the park welcome welcome more than 20,000 guests a day. 

The park hosts an array of attractions including go-karts and thrill rides like the GaleForce roller coaster, an airplane racing ride, and an enclosed spinning ride with an alien theme. It has also a variety of themed retail stores, exclusive dining venues, and a 12-screen state-of-the-art cinema. You will go wild with thrill as you experience the roller coasters or thrill rides.

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Sprawled across 620 hectares Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the head of the Dubai Creek. It has approximately birds of around 20000 species, Ethiopian Hedgehog, Arabian Cape Hare,  Red Fox  and several species of fish and snakes. The Sanctuary which was established in 1985 is a home to roughly 270 types of fauna and 47 types of flora.

Pink flamingos are the biggest draw to the sanctuary. There are three hides at Ras Al Khor, Mangrove Hide, Flamingo Hide, and Lagoon Hide. All hides have sharp binoculars to provide closer views of the birds. It is an incredible experience to watch the flamingoes feed ravenously as they are taken care by the park rangers in the afternoon. Huge flocks congregate at the lake to feast on algae and wade in the water. Most the time, flamingoes are found in mangrove forests. The pink color of the flamingos is reflected in the changing shades of the water, creating an enchanting effect. 

Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future is the latest attraction in Dubai. It opened its doors to the public in February 22, 2022. Arabic calligraphy which is 3-foot-tall inscribed all over the stainless steel facade of the museum. The Arabic text comprises three quotes, which was written by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej.

The 77 metre high eye-shaped museum classified as the most architecturally creative building in the world. Across the seventh floor of museum dedicated to various themes, including Orbital Space Station, DNA library, digitally re-created Amazon rainforest, children’s area, a imagine life in the year 2071, Heal Institution,  as well as theater.







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