The Dubai Airshow 2017 has been the talk of the town for more than one reasons—right from the $15.1 billion Emirates deal bagged by Boeing to the grand displays by the Russian Knights and the US Airforce Jets, everything about the show must have left you spellbound, right?
However, Dubai, being one of the 10 best places to visit on Earth, has so much more to offer. So make the most of your time, now that you are already here.
For the touristy you
Start with a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the World. While you are at it, don’t forget to visit the observation deck on the 124th floor. Catch a bird’s-eye view of the city skyline, and then attend a multimedia presentation to know more about the historic and cultural aspects of the area.
You may also want to consider visiting the Burj Khalifa at night because that’s the time when the building turns into a photographers’ paradise–highlight being the city’s famous city-light panoramas.
While you visit this majestic skyscraper, look through the entertainment offerings at the Dubai Mall, that provides entry to the building. Indulge in ice skating, catch a movie at the cinema complex, or better still, have an al fresco dining experience at any of the themed cafes and restaurants.
For the foodie
With more than 200 outlets to choose from, the mall is your oyster. And yes, if you are a food enthusiast, you just cannot miss out on the Al-Mahara restaurant. This underwater restaurant at the Burj Al-Arab, the world’s tallest hotel (didn’t we tell you there’s more to Dubai than meets the eye?), where the floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls will give you a refreshing view of the sea life as you pamper your taste buds with exotic delicacies.
For the shopaholic
Right from foodies to travelistas, the city of Dubai has something for everyone. The shopaholics have to compulsorily visit the Deira. It is an area that lies on the northern bank of the Dubai Creek. Once you are here, the options galore – so shop till you drop. A visit to the Gold Souk is highly recommended–it being the world’s largest gold bazaar. Looking forward to taking some spices back home? Head over to the Deira Spice Souk–that spoils you with an unimaginable range of spices–right from cumin to thyme.
For the culture vulture
A visit to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a great way to get familiarised with Dubai’s old way of life. The traditional buildings are the true reflection of the ancient architecture. A stroll through the narrow alleys, pathways and public squares has a charm of its own and is a great way to experience the raw vibe of the city.
You may also want to visit the Alserkal Avenue, which is home to more than 60 art, design, and creative spaces.
Another attraction is the Etihad Museum that narrates the story of the founding of UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers traditional Emirati meals and also guided walking tours if you are too lazy to explore on your own.
You may also want to check out the camel market, Hatta Heritage Village, Al Qudra Lake and Camel Racing at the AL Marmoom Racetrack to satiate the explorer in you. Make the best out of your time.
For the music enthusiast
There’s a lot you can do here while you are in town for the Airshow, and if you are planning to extend your visit by a day or two, do attend the Micro MUTEK.AE, an event aimed at elevating the art of live contemporary electronic music, one that the organisers claim that the Middle East is yet to experience. Not only will you be witnessing some cutting-edge visual works here, but there will be some host discussions and workshops as well. And if digital creativity and electronic music in the region pique your interest, you have to be here.