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Dubai Trip – What to See & Do in Dubai for the First Time

Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world

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Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Pixabay

Dubai is extraordinary. A city that makes impossible happen. This desert city of UAE broke all shackles of being just a desert village and soar to fame with its impeccable niche of modernity and sophisticated innovation. This is where you get to experience a ‘larger than life’ travel experience and witness impossible visions turned into reality. If you are confused about what to see and what to do in Dubai on your first Dubai visit, take a look at these pointers that can help you in crafting an impressive Dubai vacation. Trip.

Reasons to visit Dubai

  • Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world.
  • Dubai is the city where most attractions are described as the best, biggest, tallest in the world. Check out all the record-breaking Dubai attractions,  some of them which are impossible to be created in Dubai’s climate. 
  • Dubai is a land of extremes. You can enjoy the deserts as well as the beach shores as it has an expansive desert landscape and also an impressively vast stretch of coastline.
  • Dubai is a fusion of contrasts. While Dubai entices you with soaring modern architectural buildings, there is another side of Dubai that is steeped deeply in its cultural heritage. 
  • It is apt for all genres of travellers. Families, couples, kids and adventurers would love their time spent here. 

What to See in Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
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This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions.

Most famous and iconic landmark of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions to visit in Dubai. Getting a picture with Burj Khalifa in the background, watching the panoramic view of Dubai city from the top of Burj Khalifa and watching Dubai Fountain illuminated and swaying in sync with music are some of the sights you should definitely not miss on your Dubai trip.

Location
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 8:30 am till 11.00 pm

How to Reach
The best way to reach is by car or metro. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach from Dubai International airport.

Ticket Price
At the Top, Burj Khalifa – Approx AED 149 per person.

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Best for:
Families, Couples, Groups

  • Dubai Frame
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This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai.

Another brand new addition to Dubai’s extraordinary landmarks is the Dubai Frame. This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai. Molding modern and Islamic designs in its architecture, the attraction takes you on a scenic journey of Dubai’s past, present, and future.

Location
Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Duration
Visitors usually spend up to 2 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach

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An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created.


If you wish to know how Dubai was before it turned into a global cosmopolitan, head to the Al Bastakiya Quarters in Old Dubai. An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created by pearl merchants’ way back before Dubai’s foray to urbanism. A stroll through these alleys and pathways will let you cherish the olden charms of Dubai’s humble origins. 

Location
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Open daily, 24 hours.

Duration
Visitors spend 4 to 5 hours on a trip.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: 1 hour
From Dubai Marina: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ticket Price
Admission is Free of Cost

Best for: 
City Tours for Family and Friends.

    • Dubai Souks
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It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped.


A bustling traditional arena filled with bazaars of silk, textiles, spices, gold, and perfumes Dubai Souks is another part of Dubai that takes you away from the chic flair of the city. It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped by huge shopping malls. The Dubai Souks are also a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy the Arabian and Indian food scene in Dubai.

Location
Near Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai and Deira , Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Open every day of the year

Duration
Visitors spend 3 hours a day during a visit

How to Reach
From Dubai International Airport: Approx 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: Approx 1 hour.

Best for:
Shopping tours, Food tours, Families, Couples, and Groups

 

  • Dubai Marina
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A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views.


One of the most elegant and picturesque docks of Dubai, the Dubai Marina is a recent addition to Dubai’s breathtaking attractions. A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views, luxury dining, and shopping.

Timing
Open 365 days in the year

Duration
Visitors can spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx 1 hour
From Dubai Downtown: Approx 1 hour

Best for
Scenic sightseeings, Luxury shopping, and dining.

 

What to do in Dubai

  • Shopping at Dubai Mall
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Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions.


Place to shop till you drop, Dubai Mall is the biggest and grandest shopping mall in UAE. Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions such as VR Park, KidZania and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Location
Financial Center Road, Along Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 10 am till 12 am

Duration
Visitors spend 2 to 4 hours approx. at this attraction. S

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx 50 minutes.

Best for
Families, Kids, and Groups.

  • Play in Snow at Ski Dubai
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Visitors get to beat the heat and try skiing, and snowboarding.


Winter in Dubai is for real! Visit Ski Dubai to enjoy a wintry wonderland covered completely in snow. Visitors get to beat the heat and try skiing, and snowboarding. Kids would love a snow fight in snow caves and encounters with penguins. 

Location
Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am till 12:00 am
Friday to Saturday: 09:00 am to 12:00 am

Duration
Visitors typically spend 2 to 5 hours.

How to Reach
The best way to reach is by metro. Mall of the Emirates is the metro station to disembark.
From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes by car.
From Downtown Dubai: 20 minutes by car.

Ticket Price
Snow Park Rate: approx. AED 190 per person per visit.

Best for:
Family and Kids

  • Spend a day in Dubai Parks and Resorts
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Get entertained by Hollywood and Bollywood inspired rides and entertainment and also have a great time at LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark.


Featuring more than 100 rides, thrills, and activities, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the ultimate theme park to visit in Dubai. Get entertained by Hollywood and Bollywood inspired rides and entertainment and also have a great time at LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark.

Location
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Motiongate Dubai:   Saturday to Wednesday: 11:00 am till 08:00 pm;  Thursday to Friday: 11:00 am till 09:00 pm
Bollywood Parks Dubai:  Saturday to Wednesday: 2:00 pm till 11:00 pm,  Thursday to Friday: 2:00 pm till 11:00 pm
LEGOLAND DUBAI and LEGOLAND Water Park: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 am till 6:00 pm, Thursday – Friday: 10:00 am till 6:00 pm

Duration
Visitors can easily spend a full day at the attraction. The theme park also has an inbuilt hotel for the overstay option.

Ticket Price
Bollywood Park Dubai: Approx. AED 175 per person, Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park: Approx. AED 175 per person.

Best for
Families with Kids, Adventure lovers.

  • Witnesses magical oases at Dubai Miracle Gardens
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This horticultural wonder in the desert emirate is one of the most accomplished feats Dubai is proud of.


If you are in Dubai during the winter months, then don’t forget to check out Dubai Miracle Gardens. This horticultural wonder in the desert emirate is one of the most accomplished feats Dubai is proud of. Surround yourself with millions of aromatic floral installations and dioramas which make a perfect backdrop for many insta-worthy pictures.

Location:
Al Barsha South 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Dubai Miracle Garden is closed for the time being. It reopens in November for a brand new season.

Duration
Visitors spend 2 to 3 hours in the park.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
From Downtown Dubai: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Best for
Nature lovers, Families, Couples.

  • Take a Dhow Cruise Dinner
    Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai is one experience you should not miss on a Dubai trip. Glide on the smooth waters of Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina on a traditional Arabian boat and watch the city ebb away from bustling chaos to an illuminating and spectacle. The evening turns more pleasant as you enjoy a delicious meal amid breathtaking ambiance accentuated by music and live entertainment.

    Location
    Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Timing
    Evenings from 6.00 pm onwards.

    Duration
    Basic cruise takes 2 to3 hours.

    Ticket Price
    Basic Dhow Cruise with Dinner package would cost from approx. AED100 onwards.

    Best for
    Families, Groups, Couples

Best time to visit Dubai:

November to March is the best time to visit Dubai as the weather is milder and pleasant for outdoor activities. Also, major festivals and events are held in Dubai during this period. Hence, it is also the peak season of Dubai. However, Dubai also has plenty of indoor attractions that can be visited during off-seasons. Visitors can take advantage of low costs in accommodations, ground transports, attractions, and flight tickets and enjoy a reasonably budget holiday in Dubai during off-season months.

Tips for Travellers

  • Dubai is an Islamic region hence visitors should at all times adhere to the customs and traditions of the locals.
  • Always dress modestly and ensure that you do not offend the locals.
  • If you are travelling during the holy month of Ramadan, most restaurants and attractions will be closed or have different operational timings.

Conclusion

While for a first-time visit, these attractions and activities are plenty, you will have the urge to come back for more. And there is much more to experience in Dubai apart from sightseeing’s and theme parks. If you are an adventure lover, Dubai is the place to be to gear up for skydiving sessions and watersport adventures. For luxury seekers, Dubai has the best of hotel and spa collections offering the finest hospitality and services in the world. For music and creative lovers, there is Dubai Opera and iconic shows like La Perle by Dragone along with various live concerts and art shows. Dubai is not just for a one time visit, it is a place that offers you a unique experience every time you visit it.

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National Capital Delhi Makes a Gradual Comeback

The city of Delhi has slowly and gradually reopened

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Shutters are lifted and shops spruced up as Delhi's markets open after two months as lockdown restrictions are eased. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

Signs are being spruced up and prayers performed as shops in the Indian capital open their shutters after two months with the gradual easing of a stringent lockdown.

Markets were allowed to reopen recently after the government signaled economic activity must resume, even as the fight against the COVID -19 pandemic continues. Traffic is humming on once-deserted streets as buses and auto rickshaws have been given the go-ahead to operate.

However, people in the city of nearly 20 million — one of the worst-hit in the country — remain hesitant about venturing out as cases of coronavirus touched record highs in recent days.

Shop owners, hoping to slowly emerge from the economic pain imposed by a weekslong shutdown, have instituted new rules to cope with the pandemic.

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Though markets are open, they are seeing few customers as people remain wary amid the COVID 19 pandemic. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

“We’ve restricted it to three people at a time for browsing, and then we have new checks and measures in place where we first check the person’s temperature, we give them hand sanitizer and we have started giving everyone a pair of gloves as well,” said Rajni Malhotra, owner of Bahrisons Booksellers, a 65-year-old landmark in one of the city’s most iconic markets.

The city is only partially open — shopping malls, restaurants, schools and colleges still remain closed and offices can only have limited staff.  Even in markets that have opened, only half the shops open every day to avoid crowding. Delhi accounts for about 10% of India’s infections.

“We have a twofold challenge — to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the country two weeks ago. “Coronavirus is going to be part of our lives for a long time. But we can’t let our lives revolve around it,” he said.

Shop owners even sanitize customers’ purchases to reassure people still wary of entering markets. Among those that sold some goods is a store that sells kitchen equipment — in Delhi, like much of the world, cooking and baking have been therapy for some of those confined indoors.

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A customer turns up to buy baking tins — in Delhi, like much of the world, cooking and baking has been a therapy for people confined indoors. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

However, a sense of unease remains as once-buzzing markets see only a sprinkling of customers, who mostly visit shops selling groceries and other essentials.

“There is this feeling that complete your work fast and then return home,” said Aparajita Pant, a city resident who had come to buy food for her pets.

“Earlier one would like to linger around, there are so many interesting shops here but as of now, there is that cautious approach, at least in me,” she said.

That is not good news for some shop owners. Not a single person had walked into Leena Mehra’s shop selling handicrafts and silver jewelry during the first two days.

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Most customers head to shops selling essentials like groceries and medicines. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

“It’s depressing. We have to open the shop, we don’t have any choice,” she said.

“We know it is difficult for us to sell this product to the consumer because right now the mindset of the people is not at all in this direction, but we will try,” she said.

The pandemic has left its mark on a city whose love for shopping and being well turned out made it a retailers’ paradise.

“One would take more efforts to get maybe a little better dressed, but now you come here, avoid jewelry, avoid wearing even a watch, I am not even wearing my earrings,” Pant said ruefully.

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Shops display signs asking people to wear masks and take precautions as new rules are put in place to cope with the COVID 19 pandemic. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)

Even budget accessories and clothes being sold from small stalls tucked in the market’s narrow lanes have few takers. That is disappointing for low-income workers who say they desperately need to start earning again.

“Everybody needs money. If customers don’t come and this atmosphere persists, it will not be easy to face the problem created by this pandemic,” said a despondent Lucky Arya, as he helped set up a stall to sell summer clothes.

The wait for customers is also long for auto rickshaw drivers waiting on sidewalks.

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Auto rickshaw drivers don’t see too many customers as most people still hesitate to venture outside. (Anjana Pasricha/VOA)
 A once-familiar sight as they skillfully negotiated their way through Delhi’s often chaotic traffic, they too have been scarred by the pandemic because of new rules allowing only one passenger instead of the customary two to ensure social distancing.

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Mohammad Parvez Khan decided to brave the city’s sizzling summer temperatures to ply his auto rickshaw even during Ramadan because his savings were running out.

“Only we know how we passed these last two months,” he said.

“Every day, when I fasted, I prayed that let the coronavirus go quickly, and may everything come back to how it used to be,” he said. (VOA)

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6 Great Benefits of Travel

Travel can enrich your life in numerous ways

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Travel is fun. It is a fantastic adventure. Pixabay

Travel is fun. It is a fantastic adventure. More than that, however, travel can enrich your life in numerous ways. Heading out into the wild, taking to the open road or embarking on a journey to another country is so much more than just a good time.

1. Expose Yourself to Different Cultures

The world contains a rich array of people and cultures. Exploring a new country exposes you to another set of cultural traditions. Taking a Japan cruise provides you with an opportunity to learn about the lives and values of a unique culture with a deep history. Through gaining new understandings about people whose lives are different from your own, you might develop an appreciation for the diversity that exists even in your own city.

2. Learn a New Language

If you have always wanted to learn a new language, planning and taking a trip to a foreign country provides you a great reason to start! There are a number of language learning programs out there. Look for one that is centered on conversational language or specifically cater to travelers. In either case, you will find yourself better prepared to communicate with the locals when your plane touches ground in a different country. The locals will appreciate your efforts, and you will enjoy the opportunity to practice your novel skills in a much more exciting environment than a classroom.

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Experiential travel requires a person to slow down and become a part of the place, reveling in depth over breadth. Pixabay

3. Please Your Palate

Another benefit that comes from journeying to new lands is the opportunity to try an entirely different cuisine than what you serve at your own dinner table. Give your sense of taste a sense of adventure and discover a rich variety of spices and flavor combinations that will please your palate. You might even be motivated to try your hand at recreating the dishes back home. Taking a break from your normal routines can include taking a break from your usual eating habits and self-imposed dietary restrictions. Go ahead, be bad, and have that deliciously indulgent dessert after you finish your meal. You can always walk off those calories by trekking about town.

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4. Grow Your Knowledge

Immersing yourself in a new place allows you the opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of topics, from history to geography to cultural practices to economics. Learning by doing increases people’s understanding of new information. You can learn more from the experiences of travel than you learn from reading a book on any relevant subject. The concept of experiential travel takes it one step further. Experiential travel requires a person to slow down and become a part of the place, reveling in depth over breadth.

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Travel can enrich your life in numerous ways. Pixabay

5. Spark Inner Creativity

Discovering new places can spark your creative side. The oftentimes stagnant and redundant routines of normal life bog down people’s brains and inhibit imagination. Extracting yourself from the norm can free up the mind and allow for the creative juices to flow. Stunning natural beauty, impressive architecture and novel customs can provide endless inspiration for creative endeavors in art and innovation alike.  

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6. Make New Friends

Taking yourself out of your familiar inner circle of friends and family opens you up to meeting new people. Going to new places often forces you to talk to strangers, whether to ask for directions when you find you are lost or to ask for recommendations on the best restaurants in the area. This is especially true for solo travelers, but only if you are open to getting out and exploring. It has been found that people are more likely to approach solo travelers to strike up conversation than they are to groups of two or more. If you are traveling in a group, don’t be shy about engaging with locals or other travelers. You might just find new lifelong friends.

Few would argue the joys travel can bring to anyone’s life, but the benefits of travel extend beyond the immediate pleasure of the trip. There is much to be gained from taking the journey you have been dreaming of. Feel free to indulge, guilt-free, knowing that when you return home, you will be richer than when you left.

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Indian School in Dubai Provides Students Free Access to CBSE Learning Resources

Indian school in Dubai gives free access to CBSE textbooks

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An Indian High School in Dubai has given its students free access to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbooks and learning resources online. (Representational Image). Pixabay

An Indian High School in Dubai has given its students free access to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbooks and learning resources online for the entire duration of this term amid the coronavirus pandemic,it was reported.

The school has offered to provide 100 per cent free access to CBSE textbooks and learning resources in digital form at no additional cost to all our students for the entire duration of this term, the Khaleej Times quoted the Indian High School group of schools’ CEO, Punit MK Vasu as saying on Thursday.

The term for Indian curriculum schools begins from end of March to June.

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The school has offered to provide 100 per cent free access to CBSE textbooks and learning resources in digital form at no additional cost. Flickr

In a letter to parents, Vasu said: “This will provide significant financial relief as no costs will need to be incurred on the physical purchase of any CBSE textbooks for this entire term.

“Our students will also benefit from a digital learning app developed by an international publisher and students will have complete free access to exciting digital content including activities, assessments, videos and so much more.”

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The school will take a decision on the physical purchase of text books and the continuation of digital text books in September, depending on the prevailing health situation, explained Vasu.

He urged parents not to purchase any physical text books from third-party vendors until further notice.

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“We are yet to confirm minor costs, if any, on e-text books for MoE related subjects such as Moral Education, Islamic Studies and Social Studies,” he was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times report, reiterating that the Indian High School is a not-for-profit school.

The school has also aided families directly hit by the crisis by providing “need-based admissions” to those in need. (IANS)