Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that really speaks modernity, but breathes tradition. Situated at the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is home to three million inhabitants including Emirati locals and expats from 200 countries. Last year, Dubai hosted 15.8 million tourists and became the fourth most popular destination globally. It is vibrant, hot, and safe; and if you are up to it, here is a list of the top things to check off your list.

  1. At.mosphere (Downtown Burj Khalifa)

Book a table at Burj Khalifa’s exclusive At.mosphere restaurant and indulge in an ultimate fine dining experience with a view to remember. Situated in the 122 level of the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), At.mosphere is a Dubai culinary pride you don’t want to miss. A dinner at At.mosphere will take about two hours of your evening.

  1. Dubai Opera House (Downtown Burj Khalifa)

Since it opened its doors to the publics two years ago, Dubai Opera House has been dazzling visitors with world-renowned performances such as La Boheme (opera), Swan Lake (musical theatre), and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (symphony orchestra). Attending a show at the Dubai Opera House is a unique experience for art lovers that last for two to three hours.

  1. Dune Bashing (The Empty Quarter)

This is one of the most popular and thrilling outdoor activities among both Dubai visitors and residents. Hire a certified off-road chauffeur-driven 4×4 for an unforgettable adventure across the majestic Arabian Empty Quarter dunes. Many tour operators provide tailored programmes that, in addition to dune bashing, include camel rides, belly dancing shows, henna tattoos, and a mouth-watering bedouin tent dinners. If you prefer going solo, try Al Khawaneej Desert were you can safely park your RV on the side of the road and enjoy a desert barbecue grill. It really depends on your preferences but such an experience will take you from two to eight hours.

  1. Burj Al Arab Terrace (Umm Suqeim)

With breathtaking views on the Arabian Gulf, Terrace is a 10,000 square meter ultra-luxurious facility hosting some of the top restaurants and bars in Dubai, an exquisite infinity pool, and a dreamy private beach. If you want to live like a millionaire for a day, get a 12 hours pass at Burj Al Arab (the world’s only seven star hotel), and be ready to experience the best of Arabian hospitality.

  1. The Dubai Fountain (Downtown Burj Khalifa)

No one would ever have enough of watching the astonishing Dubai Fountain dancing to the finest world-renowned melodies. Located right outside Dubai Mall, the 152-meters-high water splash will leave you speechless for the entire show. It occurs every 30 minutes and charms hundreds of visitors every day.