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Hottest attractions in Dubai for the year 2020

Rides across red sand dunes, dinners on a cruise, fishing on the shore or yachting in peace? We've got details on all.
Updated Dec 23, 2019 10:14am

Let's say 2019 has been kind, but we can't wait to celebrate and enter a whole new decade.

What activities will not burn a hole in the pocket and be the right choice for this celebration?

Let's discuss.

Dubai is quite often termed as the coolest hang-out place for tourists, especially when the new year is around the corner.

Vacationers visit the city of glitz and glam in the desert as most experiences here remain unparalleled around the world.

Here is our list of unique Dubai spots that make it one of the most attractive vacay destinations in the world:

The popular Desert Safari

Who's ever been to Dubai and not Desert Safari-ed? Not us.

It's outdoors, sunny and pretty sandy for all those who would like to give their travel photos a minimalist burnt-orange backdrop.

This particular attraction remains one of the most celebrated things about Dubai visits, especially by Pakistanis.

Home to the cultural heritage of the Bedouins, the Safari is loved by all those who're looking for a bumpy, adventurous ride. Tall and very-red sand dunes in the popular deserts of Lahbab, situated on a 40 minute drive from the city, are home to this activity in Dubai.

The Desert Safari doesn't just celebrate adventure lovers. There's a desert camp that holds traditional Bedouin houses that take you back in time to reveal the real Dubai that existed before the tall skyscrapers took over the whole city. This segment also lets visitors dress up in traditional Emirati attire and get beautiful henna tattoos; the activity is followed by a barbecue dinner and dance performances, all set under a gorgeous sunset.

Check out how it all unfolds. Here:

The activity also offers everyone to ride the ship of the desert - yes camels - and meet the national bird of the UAE - the falcon.

Dinner in the sea? The traditional Dhow cruises offer it all

Dubai takes its dining experiences pretty seriously, and the Dhow cruises are proof of just that.

There are restos that lay tables several feet up in the sky and cruises that let everyone enjoy a meal in the middle of the sea; the Dhows are examples of such dining experiences.

These, in fact, were major sources of income for the people living in Dubai; they used dhows for everything from fishing to pearling and business. It was on these boats that crossed the Arabian Gulf to trade with Iran and the Arabian sea to reach India. But these days, they are exclusive tourist attractions.

For Dubai, the dhow cruises translate into two activity segments.

The Marina dhow cruise presents a unique perspective of the most opulent spot in Dubai.

The Dhow Cruise Creek, on the other hand, draws in the charm of the old Dubai with historical buildings and the 70s' glory. This one shows around some of the earliest skyscrapers of Dubai on the Deira side, the NBD building, Deira Creek tower, Rolex twin tower and many others; the opposite side of the creek is full of historical buildings, museums, and heritage sites.

Both cruise trips are about two hours long, and because the experience is essentially set around dinner, the main attraction is the food which is served while the boat floats in calm and serene waters.

And that's not it. A Tanoura dancer, accompanied by traditional props and embellished outfits, greets everybody on-board while dessert is served.

Check out how it all happens:

The Dhows were known as the lifelines of Dubai before the city developed to the modern tourist spot it has now become.

Not a fan of night outs? Sail on a private, luxurious yacht

Seems like Dubai hosts a bevy of touristy activities that involve the sea. Though the growth of the city owes a lot to it, Dubai has always been known to have cultivated a healthy relationship for tourism with its seas.

Hunt for pearls, fishes, trade are some classic sea activities that Dubai used to rely a ton on in older times.

Multiple yacht options spoil for choice all those who come to Dubai with specific tastes and sailing around manmade islands in one - or more - of these is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Most famous landmarks built along these seas include the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm resort, the Palm Island itself, and many more.

Those who want to feel like royalty at sea, have the option of availing Yacht Rental services. With complete privacy, comfort and well-trained crew serving everyone on-board, spending hours at a luxury yacht is quite a relaxing experience.

It is super easy to charter a yacht; select the number of hours and activities you want in the package, choose anything from luxury transportation to red carpet welcome, and delicious on-board dinner and you're done.

Yacht Charter in Dubai is also a cool spot to organise events, parties or weddings in the city.

Fish in the deep waters or by the shore

Dubai offers a slew of opportunities for fishing enthusiasts.

The Arabian Gulf is also known for its rich marine life.

Fishing was one of the main sources of Dubai's income before the oil boom. However, everyone interested in the activity is expected to carry a license to fish. License is not only required for deep-sea fishing on boats but even for handline fishing from the shore.

Renting a fishing boat comes in handy in this scenario because it doesn't require an additional fishing license if the boat is from a licensed supplier. On top of that, these rented boats carry their own complimentary fishing gears and other perks so tourists do not have to invest in pricey items for a one-time use. To help with all the fishing, these boats come with pre-installed, state-of-the-art fish finding SONARs.

The list doesn't end here.

Find a wide variety of activities in these listicles for places to visit in Dubai and things to do in Dubai.


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