Dubai has risen to become the synonym of grandiose in every logic. Whether it is the best of world luxury, entertainment, adventure or leisure; there’s nothing Dubai lacks today. After all, there’s a reason it is called the world’s biggest entertainment and tourism hub. However, what is surprising is how this tiny city of a small country in a miniscule part of the globe, has rose to become a mammoth giant, no one can dare ignore.

Dubai is a city where 85% of the population is of expats belonging to different cultures, beliefs and religions. It is amazing to see the city still living in peace and harmony and topping the list of the safest cities in the world. A complete family destination, Dubai enjoys Friday and Saturday as weekends and offers a lot many opportunities to relax and unwind.

Here’s a list of the best places in Dubai to spend your weekend.

1. Dubai Mall

Whether or not you are a shopper, a visit to the Dubai mall is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend your weekend. A world in its own, the Dubai Mall has over 1200 shops to shop from, 120 restaurants to eat at and a 250 room hotel to stay. The Dubai mall holds many world records including being home to the world’s biggest

Aquarium- the Dubai Aquarium housing 33000 exotic marine life in a suspended 10-million-liter water tank. Right next to the aquarium is the Dubai underwater zoo that takes you to the world of marines and offers a 180-degree view of the majestic underwater life. You can even enjoy amazing movie experience in any of the 22 cinema screen theatre of the Dubai Mall.

2. Global village

Touted as the world’s biggest leisure and entertainment destination, the Global village draws around 7 million tourists in the span of 6 months of its operation. A colossal platform where the mammoth kiosks of over 70 countries bring about the best of their culture, cuisine and souvenirs to entertain the visitors with their best attractions. The carnival project that conquers the hearts of millions every year aims at giving entertainment, a completely different dimension. Everything, right from the décor to the environment and the products, speaks volumes about the effort put in to make Global Village one of the biggest attractions of Dubai and an unmissable weekend destination for visitors.

3. Desert safari excursion

One of the most loved activities of Dubai, the Dubai luxury desert safari excursion gives you a chance to spend a memorable weekend in the arms of the colossal Dubai desert. You can choose to add adventure to your weekend enjoyment by opting for the dune bashing and quad biking. Follow it up with the desert safari camping activities that include the best of dance, music, entertainment and sumptuous Barbeque dinner options. You can even enjoy the overnight camping with a relaxing night under the star lit sky. Dubai’s exceptional safari excursions are one of the best known in the world.

4. Jumeirah beach walk

A stylish way to spend your weekend, the Jumeirah beach walk should definitely be visited if you are looking for a leisurely promenade along the waterfront offering a European feel in an Arabian city. High- end boutiques with labels you always wanted to own, the Jumeirah beach walk boasts of both homegrown and international talents offering their boutique range of products. Additionally, you can also enjoy great food treats, open air cinema theatre, various fine dining restaurants and the outdoor Covent market with street performers and leisure activities.

5. Dubai Marina

One of the most beautiful and prime locations in Dubai- Dubai marina has a magnetic pull in its overall beauty and surroundings that attracts the visitors to spend some quality time alongside the canal. Home to some of the most prominent addresses in the world, the Dubai marina, it is one of the most sought after places to visit on a weekend. While you can start your day by eating breakfast at the Marina Yacht club, further head to shop at the various souvenirs shops, high end boutiques and brand label showrooms. Enjoy the evening with a swim in the sea and enjoy the camel ride at the beach too.

6. Wild Wadi Water Park

One of the biggest and most noted waterparks in the world- the Wild Wadi Waterpark acquaints you with gravity defying thrilling rides and awesome spills. With over 30 thrilling rides including the ripe tide flow rider surfing experiences. A perfect way to spend an adventurous weekend, Wild Water Park is located in the shadow of the mighty Burj Al Arab. Boasting of heated/cold wave pool, it has an 18m tall waterfall that goes off every 10 minutes.

7. Safa Park

This 64-hectare public park is shining green jewel in the desert city Safa Park was created originally way back in the year 1995 and have underwent three major development phases since then. Today the park boasts of 3 large lakes, a little forest area, a small hill offering panoramic views of the park along with more than 200 species of the birds enjoying over 16924 trees planted in the garden.

Away from the hustle bustle and glittery attractions of the city, Safa Park invites you to spend some quality time with your family and friends in the simplicity and natural greenery of the Safa park. Weekend options are endless in and around Dubai. All you have to do is select them according to your mood and interest. Dubai is a place that offers you the best of snow, sea, sand and land magnetisms that ensures you don’t get bored on a weekend, no matter how long you stay there.

neha-singhA postgraduate in Mass Communications, Neha loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally.  An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering, she loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

For more, check out her blog Dubai Wikia.

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