The formula one season is back in the UAE and F1 enthusiasts from all over world are gearing for their high octane UAE trip for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
It’s one of the best times to visit UAE. Apart from celebrity performances, the glamorous after parties and all the racing action, there are so many extraordinary things to do in UAE. Vast range of geographic and cultural features, with the most modern of construction next to the most ancient archaeological sites makes UAE, the playground of the Gulf.
Here are 10 of the top things to do in the UAE
Shop at Dubai Gold Souk
A traditional market located in Dubai’s Deira – the commercial business district, the Gold Souk consists of over 300 jewelry dealers. Through narrow and winding lanes, you can easily lose yourself in the charm and tradition of this marketplace.
The Burj Khalifa is one of the most famous buildings in the world and a landmark of Dubai. Not only is it the world’s tallest building, but also the tallest free standing structure in the world. A trip to the observation deck gives you a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mammoth modern mosque of incredible beauty. With contemporary design and ancient craftsmanship, the mosque is a blend of modern and old. The lavish use of gold, mosaic and marble work underneath the blue Emirati sky is sure to dazzle you.
The summit of Jabel Hafeet is the perfect day trip from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, with winding roads and sumptuous desert panoramas all the way to the top.
Sharjah Arts Museum
This is the most important art museum in the country with the most diverse collection of art in the UAE. The museum is known for its collection of works by Arabic and European artists.
The Bastakia quarter of Dubai is the last remaining fragment of Old Dubai. This small heritage area really evokes the simpler, gentler past of the city before skyscrapers took over the skyline. Narrow lanes are lined with beautifully preserved buildings in typical Arabian architecture.
Dubai Creek Dhow Ride
Dubai Creek slices through the city and the best way to experience Dubai is from one of the beautiful dhows (traditional Arabic boats) that ply the creek. Sunset cruises are particularly beautiful as you watch the lights of the high-rises begin to twinkle in the dusk.
There is a myriad of things to do in the desert, from four-wheel-drive trips and dune-buggy journeys, to sand boarding, hiking and camel treks. Bedouin-style dinners are another alternative if you want to experience the beauty of the desert.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Home to more than 33,000 animals, including 400 sharks and rays, this is one of the largest tanks in the world; the Dubai Aquarium is located inside the Dubai Mall.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie or just want to face your fear of heights, then a free fall from 4000 meters is just the thing to do. Soar like a bird over one of the most spectacular ‘drop zones’ in the world with Skydive Dubai, the leading diving company in the emirate.
The list of things to do in Dubai is endless, but there is something for everybody. So if you’re heading to the UAE for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, make a trip out of it. This country will truly blow your mind.