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Are You Traveling To Dubai? Check Activities
Dubai Holidays Written by admin on 2008-09-29

Some of us travel for pleasure, others travel for business, either way the last thing you want to do is travel to an unknown city and have nothing to do with your time, right? It doesn’t matter if you have an itinerary or not, the places I’m about to list are places you can visit, activities you can participate and enjoy. All of these places are located within Dubai though some of them might be on the fringe but still close to the cities action, so you can no doubt try these activities out, without traveling too far away, or out of reach of your hotel!

Old Souqs

This is actually a market rather than the same old malls, and is located in the older parts of the town of Dubai. The Souq (the market) consists of over 300 outlets you can find items such as spices, dried fruits and nuts, jewelry, textile shops and much more. There are also different Souqs such as the market souq, bar souq, bur souq and the gold souq!

Bastakia Quarter

The Bastakia Quarter is home to the largest concentration of traditional wind-tower houses. The wind-towers were not only decorative, but were an ingenious means of cooling houses in the days before electricity, as they funnel cool air down into the house. The typical homes are two stories, with a central courtyard that most of the rooms open onto. They are fairly plain on the outside, but look out for the carved wooden doors and decorative panels on the wealthier merchants homes. There are a few interesting galleries in the area, and if you need a break and want to have a look inside the courtyard of one of the traditional homes, head to the Basta Art Café, where you can relax with a drink or a meal in the shady courtyard.

Ski Dubai

You can ski, snowboard and toboggan here. Besides the standard level ski slope, there is a beginners slope (with lessons mandatory for first timers), play areas for the kids, an area for snowboarders, and even the world’s first indoor ‘black’ run for the serious skiers.

Dubai Museum

The museum is housed within the Al Fahidi Fort, which is possibly the oldest building in Dubai. Originally built in 1799 as a defence against foreign invasion, the Fort has since been used as a palace and prison. It was renovated in 1970 for use as a museum, with further restoration and additions added in 1995. Outside the entrance to the museum you can have a close look at a traditional Arabic boat, a dhow. Inside, highlights for me included a grave, dug up from a nearby archaeological site that dates back to the 6th century AD, and I also enjoyed reading about and watching a video about the way the city has grown in the last 50 or so years.

“Fly Dubai” – Helicopter Tours over the city –
The helicopter takes you all around the city & gives you a unique & fantastic insight into the contrasts that have defined this ever-changing city: the desert, the shoreline & its beaches, the historical areas, the Dubai Creek – the city’s life-line, and the many futuristic projects such as The Palm & Dubai Marina.

There are also many mosques you can visit (obviously you can’t go in but you can look), museums, and some rich history. If you visit Google you can find millions of different kinds of content such as videos, articles, photos, reviews, websites and more!

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