Dubai is becoming an increasingly popular destination, having hosted almost 15 million tourists in 2016. And it has many reasons to be so well-loved, as the home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and shopping malls. The only problem is that there’s so much to do it’s simply not possible to indulge in everything the country has to offer within the duration of a short holiday, which means you’ll need to cross some things off your list. To make that job easier for you, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 experiences from my own holiday.
Dubai Miracle Garden
This must be one of the most spectacular things I have seen to date and it really is a miracle – the world’s largest natural flower garden with over 100 million flowers in the middle of a desert! It houses all sorts of amazing structures – including an Emirates aeroplane! – constructed of flowers. I would, however, advise that you take lots of water, sunglasses and possibly a sunhat with you… the last thing you want is to get dehydrated! Also don’t miss out on the opportunity to take some truly stunning shots. Here is a collection of mine.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Another sight to behold is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located in Abu Dhabi. You will be blown away by the sheer beauty of the mosque’s marble architecture along with the Swarovski crystal chandeliers – some of the largest in the world. Visiting during the evening is a magical experience, as the lighting is designed to vary according to the phase of the moon. Did I mention that the carpet in the prayer hall is also the world’s largest?
Observation Deck at 300
This observation deck will give you access to the most incredible view of the city, the sea and the neighbouring islands. 300m above ground, this is the highest – and undoubtedly best -vantage point Abu Dhabi has to offer. Although you pay 85 AED for entrance, you can use 50 AED for food and drinks, which includes an assortment of cakes, sandwiches and salads. Make sure to take advantage of the 360° experience – the views are stunning.
If you’re a fan of amusement parks, then you’ll love this just as much as I did. There is a variety of rides to suit everyone, from thrill-seekers to young children and even areas where you can just sit and relax. I would advise you to wear flip-flops though, the floor can get astoundingly hot! My only complaint is that the food is expensive, but other than that I had a fantastic day out at my favourite water park to date.
Home to the fastest rollercoaster in the world, Formula Rosso, this theme park is a must-visit for Formula 1 enthusiasts and amusement park lovers alike. I visited Ferrari World with my siblings on the same day as Yas Waterworld and had an unforgettable experience from start to finish (despite not being a Ferrari fanatic!) There’s something for everyone, from F1 simulators to a rollercoaster with the world’s largest loop!
These five were some amongst my many highlights from my Dubai/Abu Dhabi experience that I think were worth every penny and I would absolutely love to visit these places again if I had the chance! Some other places that I visited that I would also highly recommend include the Emirates Palace, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Marina.
Have you been to the UAE? If you have, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments! If you’d like to read any travel posts I’ve written in the past, you can see them here!