Dubai has catapulted itself to the top of every bucket list by being a city at the crossroads of change. Over the past ten years, the city has developed remarkably by preserving its origins with care. At the same time,it has turned into an energetic and peppy metropolis. It has inculcated historic Arab architecture, which also holds the key to lifestyles revolving around nature. Dubai has ancient pockets that have been left unturned by the touch of modernisation and the whims of time. These, you can discover for yourself on any Dubai city tour.
Start with a selfie downtown
The tours offered in the city usually include an English-speaking tour guide,and pick-up and drop services from the location of your choice. Once you have settled into the tour vehicle, the journey to discover this modern city of Dubai begins with numerous photographs clicked against the appealing hotels. These are structuresthat exude luxury and elegance such as the DAMAC Maison Dubai Mall Street. Strike a pose by the iconic BurjKhalifa while touring downtown.
Relive history at Bastakia and Jumeirah
The heritage sites of Dubai are beautiful and hold mysteries of their own. As you walk around the Jumeirah Mosque, you will notice why it is considered as one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. Continue on to the district of Bastakia, filled with wind-towered homes specially constructed for the merchants of the historic times. The wind towers in these buildings worked the same way the ACs do in the modern buildings.
Take your time in the Souks of Dubai
Take a comfortable ride on Abra, which is the local water taxi, across the smooth waters and down to the wondrous souks of the city. Every souk houses its unique row of stores and displays. Let your eyes and nose be your guide as they lead you through the woody Arabic fragrance of incense stores to the bursting bags of Asian spices in the spice souks. The dazzling expanse of jewellery in the Gold Souk shows you why this city is called the City of Gold. Savour the smells and sights of these ancient trading pockets of the city.
End the tour at Ski Dubai
The Mall of Emirates plays home to the first and largest indoor snow park. It is a marvellous experience to end your city tour at Ski Dubai where there are exciting snow events all year round for all ages. Take a turn on the sled run or go on a toboggan, explore an ice cave or scale a tall climbing tower. You are guaranteed to squeal in joy when you see the Gentoo and king penguins pay you a surprise visit as they pop up from their enclosures. Pick one of the five slopes depending on the lengths, gradients, and levels of difficulties you can handleto try your hand at snowboarding. It is a fun experience to end your city tour whilst playing in real snow.
Embark on this journey and discover the traditional and ancient landmarks of Dubai, where modernity strikes a balance with preserved culture.Some hotels, like those of DAMAC Maison, make your whole trip more affordable. They do so by arranging a tour around the city (under different packages and prices) and even a trip dedicated solely to the Dubai Ski.