Dubai happens to be the most populated and the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is also considered the most progressive and modern emirate in the UAE. Located on the Persian Gulf coast of the UAE, Dubai is just 16 meters above sea level. Dubai is also located near Sharjah, Ajman, and is just 28 km away from Abu Dhabi.
Reaching Dubai isn’t difficult as the Dubai International Airport connects Dubai to all other parts of the world. If you are planning to go there from India, then there are many cheap flights from Mumbai to Dubai which you can avail. You can also avail the Emirates Express bus service to travel from Dubai to all the other emirates and vice versa. Apart from visiting the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, and the Dubai Museum, there are a huge number of activities that one can engage in while in Dubai.
Visit the Dubai Spice Souk
The Dubai Spice Souk, also known as the Old Souk is an old-style market in Dubai. It is located in Eastern Dubai and is a great place for shopping. It is a place for travellers where they can expose themselves to Arab-style marketplaces. A huge number of goods are sold and bought here. If you know how to bargain, you will be able to buy different commodities, such as gold, spices, perfumes, and textiles at unbelievably cheap prices.
Find your way to the Al Bastakiya Quarter
If you are looking for something offbeat, then you can find it right in the heart of Dubai. This is the oldest neighborhood in Dubai which has now been neglected and pushed aside by the malls and skyscrapers. However, if you want to relish the bygone era then go ahead and wander into this neighborhood and get mesmerised by the old buildings and architecture. Amid the whole hustle and bustle of the city, this place will give you a calm and refreshing atmosphere. You can also find a number of cafeterias, wind towers, and galleries that showcase some beautiful Middle Eastern art.
Walk and eat through Dubai
The best way to explore any city is on foot. You can walk through the narrow lanes and alleys and find many interesting things that you’d be unable to find otherwise. Such things include some of the most delicious street food in all of Dubai. There are many such food tours that are being organised for offbeat travellers and you can also be a part of them. You can taste the food and photograph the same. The Emirati cuisine will offer mouth-watering falafels and other amazing Mediterranean dishes. You can also get to learn about the miraculous historical stories about the cuisines and the food.
Float on the boat at the Dubai Creek
After spending a few hours on a cheap flight from Mumbai to Dubai, it would be a refreshing change to take an old-style boat ride at the Dubai Creek. These rides are conducted on traditional Abra boats made out of wood. Back during the days of the Arabs, people used these boats to be ferried across the Dubai creek. The city of Dubai is separated into two halves by the Dubai Creek and these boats were the main means of transport for people willing to cross over to the other side.
With modern ferries and motorised transport having taken over, these boats have become somewhat of an ancient marvel. But you should definitely try this uncommon mode of transport as it will acquaint you with the locals and provide insights about their lives. It is also a well-preserved piece of history that has survived the test of time. The Abra boat ride is extremely cheap and offers great views of the creek and the skyline too.