Surprising Experiences To Try in Dubai

See a surprising side of Dubai with these experiences
See a surprising side of Dubai with these experiences | © Jason Knott / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

Dubai is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Popular with tourists and travellers, these handpicked experiences show the city in an entirely different light.

As one of the most popular destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is known for its luxury shopping malls, ultramodern high-rise buildings and easy accessibility. If you’re looking to venture beyond the usual tourist trappings, here are a selection of things to try that even the locals recommend.

1. Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise


Dubai’s only luxury cruise with freshly prepared meals onboard.Revel in the sights of nighttime Dubai on this memorable dinner cruise on the glass-enclosed ‘Bateaux Dubai’! Enjoy a welcome drink and canapés and gaze through the boat’s wraparound windows as you cruise along glittering Dubai Creek to key attractions such as the Al Maktoum Bridge, Twin Towers, and Grand Mosque, all illuminated against the night sky. Then, savour a delicious four-course meal served at your table. Sip on a selection of sodas or house wines, depending on which option you select.

2. Dubai Private Food Tour Including 10 Tastings


Dubai is a foodies’ paradise! With a multicultural vibe plus the local cuisine, the choice of dishes in this destination are divine. On this private tour, your local host has picked 10 tastings for you to try. Discover how delicious the food in Dubai is.Your culinary journey starts in an authentic and cosy restaurant and the type of tastings you will have change from camel burgers to riqaq, tabbouleh & moutbal, Arabic bread called khubz, Spice Souk and a local market, saffron ice cream, coffee, lemon mint drink, date candy and some more in this private tour with a local guide.Any dietary restrictions can be accommodated if notified before the tour. Join this private experience now.

4. Culture Coffee and Colourful Souks Small Group Dubai Tour


Get away from the OTT skyscrapers and fantasy hotels for the morning and discover the old-world charms of Dubai from before the oil rush. We will meet local Emirati friends who will introduce us to their traditional ways of life, discover the cultural treasures of the Alfahidi district, and then shop ‘till we drop in the best souks in the city. Plenty of time will be dedicated to browsing (and making a street food pit stop if you fancy) with your local guide on hand to assist in finding the best price for what you want.

6. Dubai Open Top Magical Night Tour


Join us on this magical journey through a city of illuminated landmarks on this panoramic night tour under the stars. Sit back and relax on the open-top deck while taking in the stunning views of Dubai by night, a city that will capture your heart. Our recorded audio commentary in 12 languages will tell you all about Dubai and its traditions. Gaze at world-renowned landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Island, Souk Madinat, Dubai Marina and future projects during the tour.

7. Wildlife Night Drive


Escape the city and venture into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve for an off-road adventure at night. Contrary to popular belief, the desert is brimming with life, especially at night. Many desert-dwelling species have made fascinating adaptations to survive in what can be at times a harsh environment. You will have the opportunity to view the nocturnal species and gain a greater understanding of how they live and survive.

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