When you travel solo,
The tall buildings signal you from the rooftop, the food you taste kisses your sweet tongue, and the stranger beside you instantly becomes your friend. That is what solo travel does to you; it digs deeper into you and gives you wings to fly, like a seagull over a vast sea of serendipities. One of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates is undoubtedly a top travel destination not only in Asia but the entire world as well. This desert city is known for its liberal policies, superb infrastructure, and excellent tourist amenities. If we have managed to capture your attention and you are already planning to visit the place, here are our recommendations on the top things to do if you would be visiting Dubai alone.
Wish to know what to do in the Desert city? Read on
1. Sleep In A Colorful Tent On The Beach
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a peaceful and memorable beach experience in Dubai. Located just 20 minutes from the main Dubai Marina area, Banan Beach in Jebel Ali offers accommodations in brightly colored tents, directly on the pristine beach. Who says Dubai is all about luxury? Visitors can choose from simpler accommodations in tents or more modern options in chalets, but either way, you can make use of their personal hammocks and water swings after practicing yoga poses on the beach and enjoying wood-fired pizza by the communal campfire.
2. Visit the Gold and Spice Souk
If you are in Dubai you need to visit the Gold Souk – it is located in Deira, the old part of Dubai, it is not the safest part of Dubai, but it is totally fine to visit during the day and explore the little shops. You can buy Arabian styled clothes for little money and haggling can be so much fun. You will be surprised how many gold shops are in this shopping area. Enjoy shopping for all kinds of spices and also find many souvenirs here. If you visit, dress a bit more moderate and you are fine to go (ignore catcalls).
3. Experience Hot air balloon ride (falconry demonstration)
Do not miss the golden opportunity of an exciting hot air balloon ride in the desert city, which lasts for one hour. You will be taken to the launch location on an air-conditioned bus. Enjoy the experience of gliding over the magnificent dunes of the desert with an experienced pilot. Also, watch a trained demonstration of the falcons flying high up in the air. Your ride will come to an end with a delicious dessert after you land.
4. Spend A Day In A Palace
Is it possible to go to Dubai and not visit a palace? Emirates Palace is an hour and a half drive away from Dubai, located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is operating as a hotel, so you can literally stay a night in a palace if you like, or more likely, can spend a day touring the massive facility and enjoying snacks or dinner at one of the beautiful beachside restaurants. A small café right outside of the massive water fountains at the entrance serves ice cream topped with 24-carat gold- so you can eat like royalty too.
5. Take A Stroll In the Miracle Garden
Located in the district of Dubailand, the Miracle Garden is the world’s largest flower garden. You can purchase tickets online in advance of your trip. The garden is only open between the months of October to April due to the cooler temperatures, and also includes the Dubai Butterfly Garden, the world’s largest (of course) indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary. Miracle Garden is one of the most instagrammable places in Dubai – and thus normally crowded. However, this means, that as a solo traveler you can find people to get your images taken.
6. Indulge In Unique Spa Treatments
In true Dubai fashion, spas across the city offer the signature 24-carat gold facial. The process involves placing a layer of 24-carat gold leaf on your cleansed face to improve the elasticity and erase blemishes and scars. You can find a gold facial to suit your budget, ranging from $30 USD to $8000 USD. If gold is too fancy for you, why not try a treatment at the Talise Ottoman Spa (voted world’s best resort spa) that involves a couples treatment that starts off with a body polish, and then a dip in the relaxing Jacuzzi infused with goats milk to leave your skin baby smooth and soft. The spa also includes private hammams for men and women, salt caves, and an actual snow room.
7. Explore Dubai’s Take On Farmer Markets
The Ripe Night Market located in Al Barsha Pond Park offers Dubai’s version of the farmer market. Numerous stalls selling healthy fruits and vegetables are alongside food trucks offering food from around the world, and stalls selling arts, crafts, and fashion at reasonable prices. The setting is beautiful, with a canopy of fairy lights atop of the stalls, and a large park to walk off your dinner. The market often features live music from local artists and movies on big screens.
8. Visit A Beautiful Mosque
While you are in Abu Dhabi (it is only a short 1.5-hour drive from Dubai and is easily accessible from the main highway), you might as well enjoy some of the sights the capital has to offer and visit the extravagant Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is the largest mosque in the country and is consistently named as one of the favorite landmarks in the UAE. It is truly a beautiful piece of architecture that features marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, and crystals throughout the mosque, and beautiful water fountains that are lit up at sunset creating a tranquil escape from the city.
9. Go on a safari tour
There is no better way to get acquainted with the beauty and the mysteries of the desert than going on the Dubai desert safari tour that lasts for six hours. A guide will accompany you in a cozy 4×4 as you leave. Enjoy a superb mix of contemporary and traditional desert adventures during this trip. Experience the unique joy of riding a camel, enjoy dune bashing, and finally arrive at a campsite when the sunsets. You can get your hands tattooed with henna and watch the famous folk dance of the desert called “Tanoura.” To top it off, you will also relish a scrumptious barbecue dinner and enjoy a mesmerizing belly dancing show around the campfire.
10. Enjoy gourmet dinner on a suspended mid-air platform
If you are an adventure seeker or a die-hard foodie, then do not miss this excellent activity in the city of Dubai. You will be served a three-course delicious meal by a chef while enjoying the superb views of the desert city as well as its surrounding waters. But the most unique feature of this excursion is that everything happens while being suspended on a platform up in the air. So, enjoy this unique experience and cherish some of the best moments of your life.
11. Experience ‘Brunch’ Dubai Style – With Unlimited Drinks And Pool Access
5-star resorts are a dime a dozen in Dubai. And at every hotel and resort, you will soon discover the gluttonous ritual of weekend brunches. Brunches in Dubai are a weekend staple- whether they are a Thursday night ‘brunch’, a Friday afternoon brunch, or a lazy Saturday brunch, you will find endless options of international and local cuisines, combined with unlimited drinks, and sometimes pool and beach access. At Nikki Beach and Resort, for example, a stunning beach resort with world-class facilities, their Sunday Brunch (catered to tourists as Sunday is actually a workday for residents) includes a complimentary sun bed and access to the beach and pool. Choose from the unlimited option of drinks, and make an entire day out of brunching.
12. Cool of at a Waterpark
Spend some action-packed time in Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark by buying yourself an all-day ticket at the entrance itself. The waterpark is part of the famous 5-star hotel and resort called Atlantis The Palm. It boasts of nail-biting adventures and spectacular water rides for all age groups. Enjoy riding through the thrilling shark tunnels, take the corkscrew chutes’ ride or observe kids having fun at the Splasher’s Island area. If you do not want to miss the Atlantis-themed aquarium or entry to The Lost Chambers, all you need to do is simply upgrade your ticket. A new water park was opened in La Mer a new beachside hangout, offering one of only three wave riders in the world for novice and expert surfers to test out their skills.
13. Have a look from on top of Burj Khalifa
Here is a wonderful opportunity for you to feel on top of the world while visiting Dubai. You simply need to purchase an entrance ticket to access the viewing point of Burj Khalifa’s 124th floor. As you ride the 65-meter (213-foot) moving sidewalk, enjoy watching a wonderful multimedia presentation, which narrates the story of this beautiful desert city as well as Burj Khalifa. Reach the observation deck by taking a high-speed elevator and enjoy the views of Burj-Al Arab, Dubai Marina, and other sights, which are simply mind-blowing from the top. There are powerful digital telescopes that can be used to view the surrounding landmarks below.
Dubai is every solo traveler’s dream, there is so much to do, so much to see… you would yearn to stay even longer. Share your experience if you are a solo traveler or just want to be the one. We will love to hear from you.