Justine Cullen has been living with her husband and kids in Dubai for four years and suggests these must-do activities for other Australians visiting Dubai:
1. Get adventurous
There’s plenty you can do, including everything from the waterparks (Wild Wadi and Aquaventure are two of the best), Bounce trampoline park, desert safaris and camping. If you’re travelling with a family it’s also worth seeing Kidzania, or you can rent bikes at most of the large parks.
2. Explore the dining scene
I recommend some of the Aussie owned and run cafés for a good coffee – such as Tom & Serg, the Sum of Us and Common Grounds. There’s also a huge selection of different cuisines – some of my favourites include Zuma (Japanese), Reem Al Bawadi (Arabic), Marina Social (British food with great views over the Dubai Marina) and Q’Bara (modern Arabic).
3. Cool down with a cocktail
For a cocktail I’d suggest heading to the Cove (Jumeirah Beach Hotel), 360 (Jumeirah Beach Hotel), Cargo in Pier 7, Mahiki, The White (Meydan), 40 Kong and Stereo Arcade.
4. Experience the local culture
Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Bastkiya Heritage area, Al Quoz art gallery area, Jumeirah Mosque and Henna.
5. Go shopping
There is shopping aplenty… some of the best shopping centres include Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre. For an authentic Dubai shopping experience head to the different souks (markets) such as the Spice Souk or Textile Souk. Finally, there’s the Gold and Diamond Park for people shopping for jewellery.