Dubai: 8 incredible activities for an unforgettable trip

One look is all it takes to realise that Dubai is an extraordinary city for both couples and friends. Dubai promises its visitors impressive and unforgettable experiences. And Darina, creator of travel and lifestyle content, won't tell us otherwise. After a stay in the city of all possibilities, she shares with us the 8 incredible activities that made her trip so memorable. Like a dream, Dubai is a sight to behold.

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1 - Dubai Miracle Garden

Inaugurated in 2013 on Valentine's Day, Dubai Miracle Garden is not just for lovers. This flower garden, located in the Dubailand district, captivates visitors with its imposing flower-covered creations and sculptures. Horses, houses, a bear and even Emirates, the UAE's famous luxury airline, are all represented in this** 72,000 square metre** garden. In all, several million flowers bring the garden to life.

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"It's a magical place filled with thousands of flowers."

Darina Gritsenko

Thanks to its creations, Dubai Miracle Garden was awarded New Garden Experience of the Year in 2015 by the Garden Tourism Award.

2 - The View at The Palm

This impressive glass tower, located at the heart of the artificial island of Palm Island, houses a luxury hotel that offers guests and visitors alike a different view of Dubai. From the 52nd floor, an observation platform reveals a splendid panorama of the Palm Island. The View at The Palm is a 360° experience. From this vantage point, you can easily see all the luxurious villas on the island, as well as the luxury hotels, such as Dubai's Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and its unique architecture.

"It's bigger than I imagined"

Darina Gritsenko

3 - Aya Dubai: a sensory experience

Located in the urban, pedestrianised area of City Walk, Aya Dubai is a futuristic, immersive attraction. The combination of light and sound transports us to other planets. A visit to Aya Dubai is a unique sensory experience in one of the world's most attractive cities. A total of 28 rooms with completely different atmospheres offer a journey into new worlds. No wonder Darina and all the other visitors can marvel at such a technological feat.

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4 - A helicopter ride over Dubai

There's nothing like taking to the skies for a spectacular view of Dubai. For around twenty minutes, passengers can admire the city's most majestic buildings, starting with the Burj al Arab, followed by The Palm artificial island and the immense Burj Khalifa. The view from the helicopter as it flies between the buildings is breathtaking. It's the perfect activity to combine thrills and wonder.

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5 - Visit the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure, needs no introduction. At 828 metres, it towers far above the city's other skyscrapers. To enjoy the breathtaking views, all you have to do is take a lift to the 124th floor to reach the main observatory, 456 metres above ground. The ascent is impressive, as the lift reaches such a height in just a few minutes. Visitors don't even have time to realise it, as here they are already high above the whole of Dubai.

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"Even Dubai's skyscrapers look small"

Darina Gritsenko

6 - The Dubai Mall

Welcome to the biggest shopping centre in the United Arab Emirates. With its 1,200 shops, it would be the dream of any shopaholic. The facilities are grandiose. It's impossible not to mention the incredible mural sculpture in the middle of the mall. Called 'Waterfall', it depicts divers jumping from a waterfall. It's an impressive piece of work, with litres of water falling from the ceiling.

Those who don't particularly like shopping can head to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where you can meet tiger sharks, one of the 33,000 aquatic species housed in this grandiose aquarium. When it comes to eating out, there are also some good food addresses, such as Origami Sushi, which serves refined Japanese cuisine in an intimate, chic setting.

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"It's gigantic, very modern and chic"

Darina Gritsenko

7 - The Fountain Show

After dark, tourists flock to the foot of the Dubai Mall to watch the fountains, a light and music show that makes the water dance and twirl in a poetic way. For an even more enchanting experience, you can also take a water taxi. On board, visitors can enjoy an unobstructed view of the show and experience the magic of this aquatic spectacle up close.

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8 - A day in Hatta

It's hard to imagine, but it's true! Just an hour and a half's drive from Dubai lies a hidden gem of nature, like an oasis. The Hatta water reserve offers incredible scenery, very different from the urban panorama of Dubai. On the way there, the tone is set: desert and mountains in the distance flash before our eyes. The contrast with the city's skyscrapers is striking. It's the perfect place to take a break from nature during your stay.

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"It's very quiet, with more locals than tourists"

Darina Gritsenko

Practical information

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is from October to May, so as not to suffer from the summer heat, which forces you to stay in air-conditioned places.

Christmas in Dubai

Spending Christmas in Dubai is an excellent idea for an unusual and magical experience. The weather is very pleasant and allows you to spend the festive season in the sunshine, which promises to make for some extraordinary festivities.

Our favourite hotel in Dubai

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SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences - Dubai

This 5-star hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a gym and a terrace. The views over Dubai are breathtaking.
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