One of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai offers a unique view of world living. The seat of fast-paced development, it has also preserved much of its traditional identity. From heritage souks to amusement parks, shopping malls to beaches, outdoor adventures to historical neighborhoods – Dubai does not disappoint. There are many Mumbai to Dubai flights available daily. Here’s how to plan a week in Dubai easily and make the most of it.
Getting Around Dubai
To travel around Dubai, pick up the NOL Card. It is an e-purse with prepaid value towards fare payment. Easily available at most bus and metro stations, and even some supermarkets, it can be used on buses, water taxis, metro trains etc. You will see that the metro is safe and punctual. Taxis are also available.
Day 1: Dubai for Kids
If you are travelling with your children, tour the Dubai Aquarium and Underworld Zoo to meet dolphins, otters and penguins. Take your children to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Replenish your energy by eating out at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for cultural understanding. Sample the local Emirati cuisine – the machboos, khameer and chebab.
Day 2: Dubai Shopping
The air-conditioned malls of Dubai offer comfortable refuge from summer heat. The Dubai Mall hosts the first Bloomingdale’s outside America. The Marina Market at the Dubai Marina, sells the artwork of locals, during winter weekends. The Dubai Gold Souk is an old souk which sells everything gold. After a day of hectic shopping, join a dinner cruise and savour their international buffet.
Day 3: Dubai Beaches
White sands and clear waters, Dubai beaches are packed with outdoor fun. Be it kitesurfing, paddleboarding, jet-skiing or sun-lounging – head for the Al Mamzar Beach Park, Sunset Beach, Black Palace Beach, Kite Beach and the Jumeirah Open Beach. Burj Khalifa offers fine dining options with Friday brunches. Head here from the beach.
Day 4: Sporting Activities in Dubai
The Dubai Creek and Golf Club offers you a world class golfing experience. Visit the Clubhouse here, which replicates the shape of a traditional Arab dhow’s sail. Tour the Dubai Polo Academy to watch a game of polo. For your meal, try out Manoush (a stuffed bread from Lebanon), Kushari and Shawarma, at Zaroob – a restaurant in the Jumeirah Tower.
Day 5: Entertainment in Dubai
The Dubai Community Theater and Arts Center organises recitals of local artists – from Salsa to Bharatnatyam, Flamenco to Belly dancing. The Dubai International Film Festival is also a major event in the city’s cultural calendar.
Day 6: Adventure Activities in Desert Dubai
Enjoy deep sea fishing and water-sports along the beachfront. An adrenaline-rush awaits you as you step into the Arabian desert in giant SUVs. Go dune-bashing and sandboarding. Ride a camel against the setting desert sun to make for lifetime memories.
Day 7: Nightlife Scene in Dubai
On your last day here, relax and discover Dubai’s nightlife. From live-music to sports bars, jazz clubs to beach bars, salsa dance spots to Moroccan themed venues, Dubai has all on offer. Breakfast at Jones the Grocer alongside the Jumeirah Beach Road. Artisanal cheeses, fresh bread and raw honey are available here.
Plan your vacation ahead of time. Mumbai to Dubai flights are easily available and hotels are not difficult to find. Dubai awaits you!