Another place, where I was based in between my China appointments was Ajman of United Arab Emirates, which is a tiny Emirate with nothing to do but the beach. Having Abu Dhabi quite far, Dubai became the destination number one for all free days.
Unlike Beijing, I can’t say that Dubai has much to offer in terms of sightseeing but mostly entertainment and shopping instead.
But what to do if you are done sun tanning and do not wish to spend any more money on shopping then what to do?
BBQ at Dubai’s Zabeel Park.
One of the places that we discovered and had a pretty good time at is Zabeel Park in between Deira and Sharjah. It offer public BBQ spots and also beach a little away.
You can always just get some snacks and meat in any of Carrefour stores and cook there, while having deeps in the sea and enjoy the breeze in the shade of the trees.
Glow in The Dark Golf & Arabic-style cafe.
One of the least visited malls in Dubai is Wafi Mall, located by the side of Raffles Hotel on the way to Sharjah. It offers exactly the same selection of the shops, but also something else, which might be interesting not only for kids, but always young adults – mini-golf Glow in the Dark.
It is a quite entertaining place, where you have the same experience of playing mini-golf but at the same time it is in the darkness with only neon lights.
If you’d like to have a snack there is an amazing cafe, service aromatic Moroccan tea with mint as well as some Arabic delights.
Also, every evening in Wafi Mall offers a light show right behind the hotel, which shows some of the Egyptian tales.
Dubai Miracle Garden.
Another place, which you might want to visit, if it is not too hot is the Miracle Garden, which is located a little out of Dubai. It is co-joint with the Butterfly Garden.
I have only visited one part of it and was already pretty impressed. It is a very pretty place with the world’s places of interest and different kinds of flowers. Instead of going another time to the mall, rather get a taxi and visit this garden.
Deira area and Spice Souq.
Just like in China, if you skipped visiting local markets, it is like you never visited the place at all. Deira area is one of the most attractive in the entire UAE as it seems to look very traditional Arabic.
The spice souq offers all kinds of spices as you can guess from the name. Arabic cuisine is very well known for the number of spices added to every dish. It is only Asian cuisines, which require more.
Although in the Middle East the selling of spices is more traditional – huge sacs of different herbs are brought for you to smell, try and appreciate.
Apart from that you can also find a lot of arabic lights for currently very popular apartment design – modern Moroccan.
Just to enjoy the area and do something different you can also take a traditional boat around the sea channel.
One of the popular things you can do is getting a henna tattoo, which is a traditional things for all Arabic women. You can choose any design you like and ask them to put it on.
After the drawing is done you need to make sure it is not wet until the henna peels off naturally. If henna is good quality and was properly cared for after being done it might stay on you as a souvenir for around 3 weeks.
Of course, it is impossible to skip Dubai Mall, when talking about visiting Dubai. Even though I recommend to stay away from malls, Dubai Mall is different, it is not just a mall, but also a huge entertainment center.
Here you can find plenty of restaurants, Lego center, cinema, Aquarium, gaming centers and one of my favorite candy shops – Candilicious.
Apart from that if you have time, you can travel other Emirates, which have things to offer – Abu Dhabi for culture, Sharjah – to see the strictest place, Ajman – for the best beach, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain – for dessert and Fujairah – to see the ocean and turtles.