Today’s post is a little different, as it’s my first ever written by a guest! It’s brought to you by Neha Singh from Dubai Wikia.
An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.
The Middle East is somewhere that I haven’t yet had chance to explore, so it’s great to have Neha to share some of the great things for Solo Travellers to do in Dubai!
1. Visit The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)
Before you sign up for any Dubai tour or start on your own, it’s a good thing to learn more about the city. Visit SMCCU to understand the local culture, customs and religion. We recommend that you book the lunch-time tour, which includes a full Emirati meal as well.
It’s a great way to get introduced to the region’s indigenous cuisine. Ask your questions of
the friendly team at SMCCU and they’ll help you understand how a fishing village turned
into one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
2. Half-day City Sightseeing Tour
After the cultural understanding lesson, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the city. Sign up for a half-day sightseeing tour.
You’ll be taken to see many landmarks in a comfortable minivan or coach along with others. Be sure to keep your camera ready to snap pictures of the magnificent Burj Khalifa, the Burj al Arab, the Palm Islands and other landmarks. The tour includes a ride in a water taxi across the Dubai Creek.
Your tour will take you into the AlBastikaya District, which is Dubai’s oldest area and full of traditional character. A visit to the city’s spectacular Gold Souq and the Deira Spice Souq ends your half-day tour.
3. Burj Khalifa At The Top Experience
The next, absolute-must activity in your solo traveller list should be the At The Top Burj
Khalifa experience. You’ll have to ride a 65-meter (213-foot) moving sidewalk, watching a
fabulous multimedia presentation that provides the history of the Burj Khalifa.
After this, you’ll ride one of the world’s fastest elevators to the 124th floor. At the observation deck, take in the unbelievable vistas below you. Grab one of the many powerful digital telescopes in the space and focus on the landmarks you want to see more clearly.
The observation deck is surrounded by ceiling to floor windows. There’s also a parapet outside which you can walk on if you dare.
4. RIB Tour
Sign up for a tour of the Persian Gulf on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). Board the boat from
Dubai Marina and enjoy the speed of the vessel and the waves that crash behind you.
You’ll get up close to the royal palaces, Dubai Lagoon, Burj AI-Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Hotel Atlantis and the World Islands during the cruise. Each boat can hold 10 people, so you’ll get a chance to make friends as well.
5. Helicopter Ride
If you are the adventurous type, then sign up for a helicopter ride over Dubai to experience some spectacular views from above. Up to five passengers can enjoy a helicopter ride at a time.
Your pilot will hover over major landmarks so that you can get some good shots and
videos of them. Be sure to carry a good-quality video camera with telephoto lens with you!
6. Zipline Down The Burj Khalifa
Many solo travellers look for adventure and Dubai has plenty of it.
Why not try ziplining down the Burj Khalifa? The building stands at 829 metres tall, and the XDubai zipline takes 40 seconds to descend from the top of the Burj Khalifa to the top of the Dubai Mall, at speeds of 80kph.
However, you’ll have to be chosen for this thrill – only 30 people are
chosen in a week from social media.
7. Drinks at Cirque Le Soir
Solo travellers need to mingle with other solos and travellers to share notes. It’s an essential part of travel education.
Meet other like-minded people at the Cirque Le Soir club, which is kitted out like a circus. Dancers gyrate on the many podiums that are scattered about, and various circus performers do their tricks.
Enjoy the international-level performances put on by sword swallowers, fire-eaters, stilt walkers and magicians all night.
8. Visit Dubai Mall
Be sure to visit the world’s largest shopping center, Dubai Mall. It’s as large as 50 football
fields, and has over 1,200 retail outlets.
If you’re not keen on shopping, then check out the Emirates A380 in the mall. You can sit in the pilot’s seat and enjoy a 30-minute simulated flight.
If you love games, don’t miss a visit to the VR Park, where you can play a zillion virtual
reality games, including one where you fall off the Burj Khalifa.
9. Dubai Desert Safari
Include a desert safari experience into your solo travel Dubai list. Get acquainted with the mystery and beauty of the Dubai desert in a cosy 4×4.
If you like, you can participate in desert sports such as dune bashing and sand boarding. Experience what it’s like to ride a moody camel on the shifting desert sands. If you sign up for an evening desert safari, you’ll get to see a magnificent desert sun set as well.
Plus, there’ll be a lovely buffet meal, with a henna artist tattooing your hands and legs. Watch the belly dancer gyrate around the campfire to exotic Arabian tunes. Call it a night under the brilliant desert stars that shine just for you.
10. Hit the beach
Kite Beach is a public beach which has all the amenities usually present at a private beach in Dubai.
Here you’ll find great food trucks and cafes lining the beach front, turquoise blue waters, lifeguards, lounges, towels and everything else you need. Being free, Kite Beach is visited by almost everyone in Dubai.
11. Explore Dubai’s Souqs
Be sure to visit the spice, textile and gold souqs of Deira and Bur Dubai. It’s a great way to
get into touch with the UAE market culture. Eat at one of the local cafes in either Bur Dubai or Deira.
Take a look at the biggest ring in the world displayed at a Deira store. Be awed at
the sheer amount of gold in the souqs. Exploring these traditional souqs is one of the best
things to do in Dubai for solo traveller.
If you are a solo female traveller, you need to know that Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world. All the same, be sure to make plenty of friends and let people know where you are. Also, try to dress modestly especially when you visit the cultural center and mosques.
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