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Updated by Alex Untola on Nov 25, 2015
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Cool Things to Do in Dubai - Exploring an Intriguing City

The entrancing desert Emirate of Dubai offers many alluring attractions for the visitor. From sightseeing highlights to leisure attractions, there is much to do here, such as the things listed below.

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Take an Abra Across The Creek

If you would like an authentic insight into the historical nature of Dubai, make sure to take the opportunity to visit the quaintly charming Dubai Creek. This part of the city with its twisting narrow lanes and bustling souks never fails to capture the imagination of the visitor. Unlike some other parts of the city, this distinctive area is usually cool and airy making it a pleasure to explore. For a genuine local experience, take a ride across the picturesque Creek on an abra, a traditional wooden boat that locals use for transport.

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Visit Al Bastakiya and the Handsome Old Fort

Al Bastakiya is another sightseeing attraction that will attract the attention of the culture lover. This historically significant part of the city is an entrancing locality to explore and is a great place to obtain artworks and craft items. Here you will find creations like colourful metal plates, ornate jewellery receptacles, paintings and pottery that are sure to captivate the art lover. Also nearby is the striking Al Fahidi Fort, which was constructed in the 18th century to protect the settlement from hostile attacks by other local tribes.

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Enjoy a Local Meal

The local food of the region is delectable and is sure to be a treat for the visitor from abroad. Dishes like the pan fried juicy lamb kibbeh, tasty shish kebabs, local bread with hummus and other specialties are sure to tantalize the taste buds of the visitor. If you choose to dine at one of the cafes on the Creek you will be able to savour the local fare whilst enjoying the distinctive atmosphere, as you enjoy the spectacle of traditional boats gliding through the local waterways.

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Visit the Spice Souk and Gold Souk

No visit to Dubai would be complete without exploring the remarkable Gold Souk and the equally alluring Spice Souk. The splendid Gold Souk is considered to be one of the city's most distinctive attractions, offering a breathtaking selection of exquisite gold jewellery that is sure to mesmerize the visitor. The prices here are relatively low, making it an attractive place to purchase all manner of gold items. Also in the locality is the entrancing Spice Souk which as you might expect displays a splendid selection of fragrant exotic spices.

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Enjoy a Desert Safari

Visitors to Dubai should make it a point to experience one of the popular desert safaris that will take them deep into the secluded expanses of the desert. A delightful respite from the urban environment of the city, you will find much to enjoy on a desert safari. Often the safari will include dune bashing in a powerful four-wheel-drive vehicle as well as delicious food, belly dancing performances and enjoyable camel rides on offer at the desert campsite. As you enjoy these attractions in Dubai an excellent choice of accommodation would be one of the boutique hotels Dubai offers like the PER AQUUM Desert Palm Dubai. This fine hotel is well-reputed for its luxurious accommodations and many appealing amenities.

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Visit Jumeirah Beach Park

For those who feel that their holiday would be incomplete without a dip in the enticing local waters, the beach park at Jumeirah is sure to be an irresistible attraction. You can certainly enjoy a refreshing dip in the glistening waters of the region, but you must do so at the correct place as there are separate sections for males, females and families. It is always a delightful experience to relax in the ocean waters as you watch the sun set on the distant horizon.