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A Day in Dubai

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Dubai Spice Souk

While Dubai is renowned for its luxury retail stores and gold souks, another equally delightful destination is the Dubai Spice Souk. A vibrant market which features a plethora of shops and stalls dotted along narrow alleys, the souk invites visitors in with its sweet and enticing aromas of various spices. You will find herbal products, dried fruits, common and rare spices, incense, saffron, frankincense, rose petals, and hibiscus, among others. Regarded as one of the best places in town to buy quality spices at bargain prices, the souk retains its time-honored charm and promises a memorable and colorful experience to all those who venture here.

Al Abra Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Museum

A trip to Dubai is not complete without visiting the Dubai Museum, located in Al Fahidi Fort. Originally built as a defense against foreign invasion, the impressive fort was later transformed into a museum that allows visitors to delve into the rich and unique heritage and culture of the city. Inaugurated in 1971, the museum boasts spectacular exhibits depicting traditional Arab homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving history, trade, and other aspects of everyday life. Visitors can also survey model souks inspired by traditional marketplaces. Moreover, vivid descriptions of life in the desert and the experiences of the nomadic Bedouins add to the cultural richness of the museum. One of the highlights at the museum is an exhibit featuring artifacts from excavated graves in the Emirates from the 3rd millennium BCE.

Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya is a bustling market and cultural center of Dubai. Named for the Bastak region of Iran, this Dubaite district is filled with traditional courtyard houses and classic wind towers, which offer a charming glimpse of how Dubai once looked. The surrounding historic buildings are home to museums, galleries featuring local artists, restaurants and markets. Al Bastakiya is a district you will not want to miss, especially if you are interested in learning what Dubai is all about.

Al Fahidi Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Children's City Dubai

Children's City Dubai is a unique educational city in Dubai and it opened in 2002. Directed towards the education of kids between the ages of two to fifteen years, this place has several interactive displays and other exhibits that give information on several topics ranging from science to history. Children will get to know more about the human body, different animals and plants and computer applications. The special attraction is the planetarium which is a must go for information on several celestial bodies.

20th Street, Creek Park Gate 1, Dubai Creekside Park, Umm Hurair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Mosque

One of the largest sacred structures in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant city landmark. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this mosque is one of the most spectacular architectural wonders of the city. Towering minarets flank the engraved dome, and the fascinating mosque is aglow with golden lights during evenings. While strolling through the mosque at sunset, tourists will be shrouded in shadows by this elegant edifice. A favorite destination for Muslim as well as non-Muslim visitors, it is the city's most frequently photographed mosque. Tours are available, however, apart from the admission charge, traditional attire is a pre-requisite to gain entry at Jumeirah Mosque which can be borrowed from the visitor center.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Fountain

Designed by the US-based WET Designs, who are also known for designing the iconic Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain is spread across a sprawling 12.14-hectare (30 acres) area on the Burj Khalifa Lake. Considered to be one of the greatest choreographed fountains in the world, this marvelous structure features projectors equipped to present over 20 colors and more than 6,500 lights. Shooting jets of water to about 500 feet (152.4 meters) up in the sky, the musical fountain boasts of scintillating shows throughout the day. But as the sun sets, a fantastic vibe envelops the place - that's when a plethora of vibrant lights are turned on, bathing the entire area in a surreal glow. It is said that the fountain's upward-beaming light shines so bright that it can be seen from space. Whether or not it is visible from space, the lovely Dubai Fountain can definitely transport those gazing upon it to another world, owing to its magical illuminations, choreography, and music!

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Dubai Creek area, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to several species of fauna and flora. A scenic natural reserve, the sanctuary's landscape is characterized by picturesque lagoons, mangroves, mudflats, shrublands, and more, and it serves as a delightful locale for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors to the reserve can take a closer look at this pristine environment from one of the three bird-viewing stations. Counted among the few urban protected areas of the world, a visit to this unique wildlife sanctuary is a must when in Dubai.

Off Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Safa Park

One of the city's favorite landmarks, the Safa Park is a great picnic spot. Children have a field day with the maze, ferris wheel, electronic games parlor, bumper cars and other games. Facilities for volleyball, soccer and basketball are also available. Add to it a jogging track, barbecue areas and a lake with a waterfall amidst a vast expanse of greens. A wonderful family experience is guaranteed. Tuesdays are reserved for women and children only.

Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Beach

Some of Dubai's prettiest beaches are located along the Jumeirah strip. This long stretch of beach is lined with palm trees and has plenty of lifeguards on duty. Jumeirah Beach is especially appealing to women, as here they have their own designated days to bask in the hot sun. Next to the beach is the Jumeirah Park, which provides a nice break from the sun and sand to eat lunch or gather with friends. A perfect spot to play some outdoor games, dip into the salty waters and just gaze at the marvel that is Dubai.

Al Athar Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Carbon 12

Located in the Al Quoz, Carbon 12 is one of the most sought-after galleries in the region. Organizing a diverse array of high-profile exhibitions since 2008, the contemporary art has expanded the knowledge and interests of curious visitors. This place gives an opportunity to budding as well as renowned, local and international talents to showcase their works, and inspire many more creative artists. For event schedules, bookings and more information, visit the website or call ahead.

Street 8, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Green Art Gallery

Located at the Al Quoz Industrial Area, the Green Art Gallery focuses on contemporary art. The gallery displays prominent works of various artists hailing not only from the Middle East but also from Africa, Southern Asia and even parts of Turkey. The gallery promotes every artists' research-based approach and encourages participation without age and nationality barriers. Feel free to keep a track of up-coming exhibitions on their official website. If you are an art connoisseur a visit to the Green Art Gallery is a must when in Dubai.

8th Street, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1, Unit 28, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Third Line

With two venues, one in Doha and the other in Dubai, the Third Line Gallery works towards creating awareness about contemporary art forms. In this regard, the gallery regularly presents established and amateur artists who are eager to tap into new avenues and project new themes. And for those who love collecting modern art, this is the perfect place.

6A Street, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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