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6 Best things to do in Dubai - Don't miss these Dubai attractions

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city known for its skyscrapers and mega malls. However, there's more to do than just shopping in this desert paradise. Here are the 6 Best things to do in Dubai.


Bastakiya Quarter

Hidden amid the glistening skyscrapers and modern buildings of downtown Dubai is the historic district known as the Bastakiya Quarter. A former fishing village, the district earned its unique name from the Iranian traders that settled here in large communities during the early 19th century. The neighbourhood is flanked by regal wind-towers which now house art galleries, little cafes and cultural museums. The old town is a nice respite from the glamour of the city and gives visitors a look at the way life used to be in old Dubai before the development. You can explore the district at any time of the day, however, do note the temperatures are searing hot during midday, so aim for an evening stroll.


The Gold Souk

If you were trying to think of things to do in Deira Dubai, then you must visit the souks. Take a walk through the traditional bazaars and souks, many of which are run by families who have been trading at the souk for generations. The gold souk, located along the south banks of the Dubai Creek specializes in everything bling. From glittering necklaces and bangles to earrings and other gold objects from over 300 retailers, the gold souk is where everyone goes to find the worlds' best gold. In fact, nearly 20% of all the gold in the world passes through the souk. If you're not a fan of gold, they also sell silver, platinum and diamond jewellery at the souk. The souk is controlled by the government, so you can rest assured anything you buy is genuine and worth the money.


The Spice Souk

Located on the opposite side of the creek, the Spice Souk can easily be found by following the heady aroma of fragrant spices in the air. Vendors sell a wide array of spices from around the world from ginger and cinnamon to the precious saffron fronds. It is advised to bargain as much as possible before buying anything at the souk - be polite but firm. In addition, keep in mind that these souks are in more traditional areas of the city - so clothing that you would wear at a hotel like the nearby AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel, would not be appropriate here. Your clothes should be modest and respectful as there will be plenty of locals in the souks as well. The souk is open to the public between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.


Jumeirah Beach

Just a few minutes away from the Burj Al Arab is one of the most popular public beaches in Dubai - the Jumeirah Beach. The beach is equipped with a children's playground and picnic area for large families. The water is calm and clear, so swimming is allowed. If you plan to visit the beach, try and go early as the crowds start to gather around evening when the sun is down and a cool breeze blows through the area. Jumeirah Beach is open to the public from 7 am to 11 pm, with admission fees costing 5 dirhams per head.


Ski Dubai

When the heat of the desert sun becomes too much for you, head over to Ski Dubai and revel in the cold snow of the ski slope. The first indoor ski centre in the Middle East - the centre has 5 ski runs in varying lengths, a snowboard zone, and a wide area for toboggan runs. Ski lessons are available for the uninitiated with gear provided. Guests are advised to dress appropriately as the freezing temperatures can become uncomfortable, especially for small children.


The Dubai Mall

You can't visit Dubai and not see the largest mall in the world. Housing over 1,200 stores plus several entertainment areas, an aquarium, and a Cinema complex - even if you don't plan on buying anything, walking through the mall is an experience by itself.

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