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Don't Miss
(Taken largely from Lonely Planet's 'Best of Dubai' our favourite Dubai guide)

Here's a short guide to getting the most out of your holiday in Dubai! Print off this page and you'll have a great, abbreviated guide of things to do and see on your Dubai holiday.

At Dubai Museum

  1. trying out the effects of the wind tower air-con.
  2. checking out the impressive front door.
  3. trying to photograph one of the historical characters.

Dubai Museum

In the Bastakia Quarter

  1. the only remaining foundations of the city wall.
  2. the original carved wooden doors and brass door knockers.
  3. hearing the call to prayer from the nearby mosques.

At the Burj Al Arab

  1. watching the exterior lighting change hue at night.
  2. admiring the Burj from Bahri Bar or Bar 360.
  3. visiting the Skyview cocktail bar 200 metres up.

At Deira Gold Souk

  1. the elaborate/intricate gold bridal head-dresses.
  2. the garish window displays.
  3. taking home a little gold souvenir.

At Deira Spice Souk

  1. asking what's in those spice sacks.
  2. buying a bag of frankincense, some magic coal and a burner.
  3. looking up at the restored wind towers.

In the Waterfront Heritage Area

  1. the restoration of Sheikh Saeed's House.
  2. trying traditional Al Hijama (cupping) medical therapy.
  3. the girls doing the 'hair dance' at the Heritage Village'.

Use our Best Ways to See Dubai, Getting Around Dubai and Places to Visit and Things to Do pages to get the most out of your holiday in Dubai.

In Bur Dubai Souq

  1. picking up a pair of Aladdin slippers.
  2. trying to translate the Russian signs in the shop windows.
  3. trying the Indian sweets from the small stands.

At Dubai Creek and Dhow Wharfage

  1. spotting the most unusual type of cargo.
  2. saying salaam (greetings) to the sailors to get an invitation to go onboard.
  3. the toilets on the back of some of the dhows! 

At Jumeirah Mosque

  1. the details of the minarets.
  2. having some questions about Islam ready.
  3. checking out the mosque at night when it's lit up.

At Madinat Jumeirah

  1. admiring the architectural detail.
  2. taking time to browse in the many shops.
  3. sitting at a restaurant or cafe by the waterside.

On a Desert Safari

  1. the sunset photo opportunity hopefully with camels.
  2. being hypnotised by the belly dancer's hips.
  3. trying sheesha at least once.

In 'New' Dubai

  1. finding the ice rink in the Dubai Mall.
  2. admiring the dancing waters of The Dubai Fountain.
  3. braving the speed lift to the viewing gallery on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Use our Best Ways to See Dubai, Getting Around Dubai and Places to Visit and Things to Do pages to get the most out of your Dubai trip.

Your first holiday in Dubai?..Stay well...Drink plenty of bottled water whilst you're out and about in the sun - it's stronger than you think!

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