Dubai Bucket List!
At present, the majority of our placements are made to Dubai, UAE, so this post is for all the wonderful candidates who are already there and all those to follow in the future.
There are countless things to do in Dubai, as I’m sure you can imagine! But based on our time in Dubai we know there are a few things that are an absolute must!
Desert Safari: Dune bashing, Arabic dinner, henna tattoos, relaxing under the stars in the desert, riding a camel…so many things ticked off the ‘to-do’ list in one fabulous adrenaline filled evening. Arabian Adventures offer great packages.
Burj Khalifa: A visit to Dubai Mall is not complete without a trip to the top (well, not quite the top, but high enough!) of the Burj Khalifa! The views are insane and it’s the one place where you can truly admire and gaze in wonder at the accomplishments and marvels of Dubai. Tickets start at AED 125 for an adult and can be purchased from the ticket office at Dubai Mall or on the At The Top website.
Dubai Fountains: After your trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa, make your way to one of the restaurants located next to the Dubai Fountains and grab a seat for one of the most breathtaking water displays you will ever see!
Ski Dubai: Skiing? In the Desert? Oh, ok, if I must! It’s truly a bizarre feeling to be so cold in the middle of Dubai. No fake snow here though. It’s all real and all really cold! This fabulous experience with Ski Dubai is located in Mall of the Emirates.
Dubai Rugby 7’s: Held over the National Day weekend in December, the Dubai Rugby 7’s is one of the top social events of the year. Get a weekend ticket or just join the fun on the final day, either way you’re guaranteed to have an experience you’ll never forget.
Dragon Mart: This may not be top of the usual travellers hit list, but Dragon Mart is such a fun thing to do. The original Dragon Mart was such a success that they are now adding Dragon Mart 2, a further 175,000sqm of shopping heaven! The original mall is 1.2km long and is the largest trading place for Chinese products outside of mainland China. You can find just about every product under the sun at a fraction of usual retail prices.
Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab: Hopefully you packed something fancy in your suitcase because a visit to the Burj Al Arab for Afternoon Tea is a smart affair. An experience to savour. A trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the Burj Al Arab and you can’t get in without a booking. So save up, splash out and make a booking at either Sahn Eddar located in the lobby, or, for unbeatable views, the Skyview Bar.
Big Bus Tour: If you haven’t hired a car and you still want to be able to get around to see as many sights of Dubai as possible, then do yourself a favour and buy a ticket for the Big Bus Tour. The Red Route in particular will take you to all the fabulous old town destinations such as the Spice Souk, Gold Souk, the Creek, the Old Souk, Heritage Village and Dubai Museum. How much culture and history you can soak up in one day is up to you.
Friday Brunch: A staple on the weekend social calendar of those living in Dubai, there are countless Friday brunches for you to chose from and something to suit all budgets. Take a look at Time Out Dubai for recommendations.
Wild Wadi Waterpark: Ok, so we may be a bit biased here as we’ve sent a lot of fabulous young people over to Wild Wadi as Lifeguards, but….Wild Wadi Waterpark is Dubai’s first waterpark and still the best (in our opinion!). Take a break from the heat and cool down in the lazy rivers, relax in your own Cabana or for those crazy enough to have the ground disappear from under their feet, there is the Jumeirah Sceirah.
We could go on and on…and on, but we’ll leave you here for now. If there’s anything you wish do add, please leave a comment below. We hope you enjoy your time in Dubai, whether it be as a new resident or as a traveller. One thing’s for sure, you will never be stuck for something to do!