Wanted to know how an opera theatre works? Dubai Opera has opened its doors to a series of daily public tours where visitors and residents can discover how this performing arts center creates magic. Learn about the building’s design and creation from experienced members of the opera in tours conducted in both Arabic and English. Get a sneak peek into the the exclusive VIP suite and see the auditorium in all its splendor. Located in Downtown Dubai, adults pay AED75 while it’s AED40 for children.
There’s an area in Dubai which is known as the darkest spot in the UAE (📍: 23.7563280, 54.7821730). Go there to watch celestials or just download the app called “Star chart” to know where the stars/planets are! Pretty cool right??
Big Red Desert
Located on Hatta Road, is a magnificent open dessert that beautifully juxtaposes the city life. You’ll notice that the further you drive away from the city, the deeper the red colour of the dessert becomes. Then you’ll hit Big Red, a pretty popular spot for bashing dunes, but a beautiful and picturesque desert away from the hustle of Dubai. Grab some food, lots of water and enjoy a fiery red day out in the desert free of cost!
21. Wadi Ghalilah
This beautiful wadi is a favourite spot for many rock climbers. Located two hours out of Dubai, Wadi Ghalilah is quite close to Ras al Khaima’s coastline. It is known to be smaller and less extensive than Wadi Bih, but has many steeper rocks and cliffs. The wadi also has quite a low altitude and because it is so close to water, the humidity and heat make it quite difficult to trek. Stairway to heaven is the name of one of the wadi’s more dangerous mountains. It stands at a high 1.9 kilometres and is not recommended to climb without someone who is really familiar with the mountain. Additionally, many experienced climbers have alleged that the climb is quite physically and emotionally unnerving (by Gulf News).
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is a complex of surface water bodies, both natural and man made, around 40km southeast of central Abu Dhabi, just past Mussfah. You will discover an amazing diversity here, including several endangered species who have made this their home and found shelter, protection and nourishment. More than 250 species of birds have been spotted, along with an abundance of aquatic life, as well as 37 plant species. Al Wathba also features a rich variety of dragon flies and damsel flies. But its greatest and most spectacular attraction is, of course, its flamingo population. When these migratory birds fly in to spend autumn until spring here, as many as 4,000 can be counted.
Since Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is an ecologically sensitive area, their visiting hours and days are limited. The reserve is open for free to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm (last entry at 2 pm).
A dizzying labyrinth in which you are challenged to find your way through a baffling and disconcerting maze of mirrors! Discover your way through this mind-blowing fun-filled, life-size maze of mirrors!
Cost: From AED25
Get transported to Greece at this beautiful beachfront restaurant. Order some seafood delicacies and drinks, sit back and enjoy your company. This place is also the perfect place to take some beautiful pictures that your friends are going to think you took in Greece! Average cost rounds up to AED250 (might be a bit more exp with sheesha)! Located at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai and operational from 12 – 11PM.
How cool would it be to say you and your partner know how to “spin the wheel” and create some pottery? Learn all the pottery basics, tips and tricks and master the art of pottery with your partner. Check out “Wheel Throwing for beginners”, Mondays, 10:30AM-12:30PM, priced at AED200 per person. The clay is sold separately at AED110 per bag.
Home to the richest horse race in the world and known for their fine bred horses, attending the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse is a must. This could be a little expensive but we’ve got you covered on that. During race season, Meydan offers free entry during weekends to catch the exciting practice races that go on. Indulge in food and beverages as well from Meydan’s many restaurants while there. Call beforehand to find out about the races scheduled during the weekends. Free admission at Gate B, Meydan.
Horse Riding on the other hand can be a weee bit expensive but there are several discounts available on Groupon and Cobone! Riding horses at Mushrif Park is AED300 for 90 minutes and Al Ahli Horse riding club is priced at AED135 per person for 2 horse riding lessons!