I write about my personal experience in Dubai—the city known for its modern architecture, opulent shopping malls, and colorful nightlife.
Hidden Gems in Dubai
Dubai, the city known for its modern architecture, opulent shopping malls, colorful nightlife, and sunny beaches has more to it than what meets the eye.
While Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Desert Safari sure are must-visit places for every traveler visiting Dubai, there are some hidden gems in this city that are totally underrated. In this article, we are rounding up some lesser-known yet totally worth visiting sites that you need to see if you happen to be visiting Dubai.
1. Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk
The Walk, at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, can be the go-to place for retail therapy. The 2-mile walkway is built along the coast and features shopping outlets and restaurants. You can find everything from designer dresses to intricate handmade jewelry.
Take a stroll down this walkway, enjoy the pleasant beachy breeze and help yourself with some food and shopping. But, the best time to visit The Walk would be after sunset, especially during peak summers as the hot weather may ruin your trip.
There is also an open-air cinema that opens for a week in the whole year. So, if you are visiting Dubai during that time, you may want to grab a chance to watch a movie under the stars.
2. Love Lake
Situated in the Al Salam desert, the Love Lake of Dubai is sort of a hidden spot away from mainland Dubai. The lake is formed in the shape of two intertwined hearts surrounded by lush greenery.
Take some time out with your partner for a romantic getaway to the Love Lake in the middle of sand and desert. There, you can take a leisurely stroll, get the barbeque going, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery that leaves everybody in awe. The branches of trees surrounding the Love Lake are also cut down in the form of hearts. What more does a romantic need anyway, huh?
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3. Arabian Tea House
If you want to peek into the old Dubai and experience pure nostalgia and amazement, you should definitely check out the Arabian Tea House. Built in 1997 and located in quite a few different locations in Dubai, this Emirati restaurant takes you back in time with its authentic Arabic cuisine and historical décor adorned with turquoise chairs and beautiful lace curtains, topped with picturesque crockery. You can stroll around the restaurant and learn a thing or two about the history of Dubai and its cultural roots as well.
4. Miracle Garden
What can we say; the Emiratis have outdone themselves with this one. The Miracle Garden of Dubai features over 45 million flowers of about 60 different kinds. The entry fee is pretty reasonable given the perfect landscape consisting of greens and flowers spreading over 72,000-sq-m. There is a Disney Avenue, a Floating Lady, and a clock, all adorned with heavenly flowers with the Umbrella Tunnel and the Lake Park being cherries on top.
5. Emirates Kart Zone
Want to experience karting at one of the safest yet most adventurous places in Dubai? Go to Emirates Kart Zone. A 15-minutes karting session costs just 115 AED (down from 157 AED) including the cost of safety gear like gloves helmets, shoes, etc. If you are not interested in racing you can just choose to drive around the track in little karts. Emirates Kart Zone is bound to show a good time to both children and adults.
6. Dragon Mart
One of the reasons behind Dubai being a tourist attraction is its luxury shopping outlets. The city is filled with expensive malls and shops. While this may be good news for some, others can have a hole burned down their pockets shopping at these outlets.
Luckily, Dragon Mart comes to the rescue by housing the highest number of Chinese vendors and sellers under one roof (in the whole of UAE). This mart features and sells everything, from shoelaces to mighty fountains, and from light bulbs to giant machinery. The exterior of it looks like a dragon while the inside is comprised of over 4,000 stores. So, what are you waiting for, fill up your carts and shop!!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Faraz Ahmed Rizwan