18 Reasons Why Dubai Is So Much More Than Shops and Swanky Hotels…

Dubai is the perfect east-meets-west destination, merging passionate traditions with ambitious futuristic vision. If you want diversity, hot hot heat, and a bit of lux from your holiday experience then this enigma of a city should be your next destination. It’s not all about extortionately-priced hotels and designer shopping.



Here’s our reasons why Dubai is so much more than that:



1. Cool down at Wild Wadi Water Park

wild wadi

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2. Catch a hot air balloon over the desert

hot air balloon - Dubai

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3. Learn how to wakeboard at SeaWake

And for those who already know how, the centre’s “infamous boats create the best man-made waves in the Emirates and offer a ropeless wave experience”


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4. Or learn to sail in warm waters at Watercooled

Watercooled sailing

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5. Be a dare-devil and try free diving at Free Diving UAE

free diving

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6. Dominate the dunes and have a go at sand-boarding with Desert Safari Dubai


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7. Get out of the sun and get arty at thejamjar


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8. Feel the drop and soar like a bird over the Palm Jumeirah with Skydive Dubai


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9. Glow in the dark at Tee & Putt Mini Golf

Tee and Putt

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10. Get your heart racing at Emirates Kart Zone


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11. Go back in time at Hatta Heritage Village

A reconstruction of a traditional 16th century Emirati mountain village. All the buildings are made from palm trees, mud, reeds, and stones.

Hatta Heritage Village

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12. Learn the art of Arabic calligraphy with Ajmal Calligrapher

Arabic caligraphy

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13. Get lost amongst the flowers at Miracle Garden

It really is a 'miracle' that this amazing garden exists in the middle of a desert! Located in Al Barsha South, the park is home to the world’s biggest flower garden with over 45 million blooming flowers across 72,000 square metres showcased in a variety of epic sculptures and designs.

Miracle Garden

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14. Bird-watch at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary


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15. Spend an evening under the stars with the Bedouin at a Bedouin camp


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16. Visit the largest collection of sand tiger sharks at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium

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17. Engage the senses at the Spice Souk and the Textile Souk


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18. Feed the mind and soul at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding


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