Things to do in Dubai for the first time Solo Travellers
Whether you are female backpacker ready to explore the city all alone or just a solo traveler who wants to take a break from the mundane life and rejuvenate in the affluence, this guide on things to do in Dubai would cover you.
Ranked seventh in the world's safest list (yes Dubai is safe for women travelers), the emirate has liberal policies, warm hospitality, and full-fledged tourist amenities, making it one of the top destinations on the bucket list. It enjoys a brilliant location between the Hajar Mountains, the Arabian Desert, and the Persian Gulf. The city offers the perfect excuse to go on a shopping spree, explore the glamorous skyscrapers, an abundance of attractions, an array of fun activities, and devour the scrumptious cuisines from around the world.
Participate in its unparalleled energy with these trending activities in Dubai-
• Catch the 360-view from the BurjKhalifa
The tallest building in the world, the iconic structure of the Middle East, and a must-visit attraction in Dubai, BurjKhalifa is the sensation everyone looks forward to visiting once in their lifetime. Cruise in the elevator at 10m/s and reach the 124th floor. Observe the sweeping panoramic view of the emirate and desert from the world's highest observation deck on the 148th floor. Later, embrace the city through the telescope and find major attractions getting up close. Overall, the building is a hub of entertainment where you can explore the luxurious lounges, lavish club, virtual reality experience, green screen photography, cracking glass floor, outdoor observation terrace, and upscale restaurant.
• Plan a day out in Dubai Mall
Either you are a shopping freak or an adventurous soul, Dubai Mall is home to endless things to do in Dubai for solo female travelers. Its Fashion Avenue is a big hit which squeezes the world's biggest labels of attire, electronic, beauty products, furnishings and more. The visuals of the magnificent waterfall, the skeleton of the dinosaur and the glamorous interior are breathtaking. Then dive straight to the hair-raising zones like skating on the Olympian-sized ice rink, feeling the chills in the haunted room of Hysteria, cage snorkeling in the giant aquarium and challenging the reality at VR Park. Refuel yourselves at the food court, read a book, hang out and chill.
• Tour on the boat around the Palm Jumeirah and Marina
Dubai is bold, flashy and ostentatious. It has created marvels in the world of architecture and engineering. The manmade island, Palm Jumeirah and the most priceyneighbourhood Dubai Marina will have your eyes popped in amazement. You should not let go of the excellent opportunity of sailing on the speedboat tour. It runs for about an hour and a half and gives you a different perspective of the skyscrapers, such as Burj Al-Arab, Dubai Lagoon, Palm Jumeirah, and Atlantis The Palm. To make it extravagant, hop on the thrilling Dhow Cruise in Marina in the evening which has a sumptuous buffet and live dancing.
• Shop like a local in the souks
There is a history of Dubai. And it is never a disappointment to have a look at Old Dubai. Learn about the traditional and cultural side of the city as you wander through the preserved heritage of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Besides discovering the mud houses, wind towers, and museums, take a tour of the buzzing markets, the souqs. In the labyrinth of walkways, you would discover the stunning array of gold jewellery at jaw-dropping rates. Also, browse around the spice and perfume souks, textiles, carpets and souvenirs. Do not miss out on breathing in the fresh air of Dubai as you sail across the Creek on the Abra.
• Enjoy the unique Desert Safari experience
Unlike the offbeat places, Dubai is a city where you can bump into travelers from around the world. And that would make you like this place even more. The best example to experience this is to book the evening Dubai desert safari. Strap on the seat-belt in the robust 4*4 vehicle, and whiz through the golden sand. Bashing the dunes, revving up for a quad bike, riding the camels against the sunset, and skating on the slopes with friends — this is an exhilarating excursion. It is blended with the cultural activities in the camp such as belly dance, henna designing and Arabian buffet.
• Unwind at the beach
Another good place to hang out and also indulge in some adrenaline-rush activities are the beaches of Dubai. Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach are popular amongst the tourists for their well-maintained facilities, crystal clear water, immaculate surroundings and a range of food trucks. Get into your bikini girls and dive into this paradise. Splash fun in water sports like kayaking, kite-surfing and parasailing or let your feet remain dry with beach volleyball. It gives you the opportunity to make the most of the clear skies and temperate days as you kick back on the recliners and sip drinks.
• Take a helicopter tour
If you aren't hesitant to shell out extra bucks, the spectacular shared helicopter tour is the perfect way to cheer for the extraordinary attractions of Dubai. The pilot takes a round of the famous structures and landmarks for a good 15-25 minutes. Capture the splendid pictures of the Burj-Al-Arab and Palm Jumeirah because this is going to be a rare upload to your Instagram.
• Eat amazing food without looking at the wallet
Dubai is a melting pot of cuisine. There are myriad of restaurants, including Michelin-starred to food trucks where you can savor mouth-watering food. And the best part is there are loads of options that won't be heavy on your pockets. Simply wander the streets of Deira, one of the city's older and cheaper neighborhoods, and you'll find affordable food scene. There are delicious treats from around the world including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Mughlai, Chinese and more.
Some more handy tips for the solo women travelers-
• Follow the dress code, especially at religious places.
• Wear cotton clothes and do not pack any transparent or revealing clothes. (You can wear Bikinis at the hotel pool or the Jumeirah beach)
• Carry sunscreen, hat, sunglasses as Dubai is hot.
• Take enough water and energy drinks for longer excursions.
• Do not consume alcohol in public places.
As a first-timer, you might be surprised that it’s not as conservative as you think. It is a place of high culture that welcomes expats with pleasure. There are fascinating things to do in Dubai for as many days you want to stay here. Absolutely loved by the solo travelers, both male and female, the city is safe, exciting and perfect for your next vacation.
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