21 classic Dubai experiences

Sunsets, ski slopes, skyscrapers, sights, smells and sounds to enjoy

1. Abra rides across The Creek in Old Dubai
Dhs1. Bur Dubai and Deira, www.rta.ae (04 284 4444).

2. Dine at seafood restaurant
Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7600).

3. See the Al Marmoum camel racing festival April 4-16
Free. Call between 9am-4pm. Dubai Al Ain Road (050 774 0005).

4. Make a splash at Aquaventure
Dhs250 (adults), Dhs205 (kids under 1.2m tall). UAE residents: Dhs185 (adults), Dhs160 (kids under 1.2m tall). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).

5. Dine at At.mosphere at the top of the Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjhalifa.com (04 888 3444).

6. Take a dinner cruise down The Creek on board Bateaux Dubai
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages). Bur Dubai, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5553).

7. Enjoy a simple but tasty fish meal at Bu Qtair
Dhs100+ (meal for two). Cash only. Open daily 10.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight. Road 4d, Umm Suqeim (055 705 2130).

8. Watch The Dubai Fountains
Free. Afternoon shows Sat-Thu 1pm, 1.30pm; Fri 1.30pm, 2pm. Evening shows daily 6pm-11.pm, every 30 minutes. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 38224 6255).

9. Explore beyond the city with a Desert Safari
From Dhs360 per person for a Sundowner tour. Mon-Sun 3pm-11pm. www.arabian-adventures.com (04 214 4888).

10. Learn about the city’s heritage at the Dubai Museum
Dhs3 (adults), Dhs1 (kids). Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm, Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (04 353 1862).

11. See the history of film at the Dubai Museum of Moving image
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs25 for under 18s. Sun-Thu 11am-6pm. MCN Hive Building, near Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM, www.dubaimoving
(04 421 6679).

12. Take a tour of the world at Global Village
Dhs15. Sat-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 4pm-1am. Off Emirates Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114).

13. Learn about Islam at the
Jumeirah Mosque tour Dhs10. Sat-Thu 9.45am-11.15am. Jumeirah Beach Rad, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

14. Walk around the landscaped Arabesque resort of Madinat Jumeirah
Free. Daily 10am-11pm. Umm Suqeim, www.Jumeirah.com (04 366 8888).

15. Ask questions about Emirati culture and traditions at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
From Dhs65 for Heritage Walking Tour. Sun-Thu 10am-7pm. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

16. Watch the sun go down from the outdoor terrace of Siddharta Lounge
Sun-Wed 10am-1am. Thu-Fri 10am-2am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sufouh Road, www.siddhartalounge.com (04 317 6000).

17. Cool down and have fun in the snow at Ski Dubai

Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.skidxb.com (800 386).

18. Haggle for gold, spices and textiles at the Deira Souks
Free. Al Ras.

19. Test your limits with a parachute jump at SkyDive Dubai
Dhs1,999 for a tandem jump. Dubai Marina, www.skydivedubai.ae (04 377 8888).

20. Shop at the The Dubai Mall
Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com (800 38224 6255).

21. Have a day of water rides and slides at Wild Wadi
Dhs255 for persons over 1.1 metres in height, Dhs195 for persons below 1.1 metres. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).

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