THINGS TO DO
In addition to watching fascinating films at the Dubai International Film Festival, there are many other things to do in Dubai.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) provides visitors with legendary shopping, camel racing, mountains, beaches, deserts and oases, among many other delights. Dubai is a futuristic metropolis boasting year-round sunshine that has become a playground for vacationers and jet setters from around the world.
Visitors who choose to explore below the shiny surface of Dubai can enjoy a deeply rooted heritage. Old Dubai is filled with ancient mosques and souks (markets), which sell traditional goods and gold jewelry. There are endless opportunities for bargains, particularly in the gold souk, where prices are very competitive! Get to the fish souk early in the morning or late at night to see the city’s fishermen arrive and to sell their catch. If you want to stock up on spices or rose petals be sure to stop by the famous spice souk!
Drink tea with the locals, or try some traditional unleavened bread from the local bakeries while shopping for beautifully decorated textiles. For those seeking a re-creation of Dubai life before modernity entered the city, stop by the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort which features an exhibit solely dedicated to the Bedouin lifestyle and pearl divers.
There are several Dubai City Tours by covered and uncovered coaches. Most of these tours are hop on/off, so you can explore each stop at your leisure. The concierge at your hotel can help you decide which tour is best for you!
Dubai is famous for its shopping. The newly opened Dubai Mall is the largest in the region and houses a regulation size ice rink, as well an impressive aquarium. The Mall of the Emirates is most famous for Ski Dubai, an indoor ski hill and is our most popular venue for Dubai International Film Festival screenings!
Most Desert Safaris offer camel riding, “dune bashing”, sand skiing and spectacular sunsets. Some desert tours offer romantic, intimate experiences and others are fast-paced evenings of traditional feasting, music, belly-dancing, henna painting and smoking hookahs under the stars in Bedouin-style tents.
The following links are filled with great ideas for how to spend your time in the city: