Lesser known Dubai attractions: 2018 Hidden Gems

If you take a peek beyond Dubai attractions like the megamalls and theme parks, you’ll discover a strong, vibrant local culture and intriguing landscapes ripe to explore. We’ve been flying guests across the Emirates for more than ten years, so have built up a fair bit of local knowledge over this time. From family friendly days out to dramatic desert rides we’ve put together some of our favourite hidden gems around the city.

Here’s our list of lesser known Dubai attractions:

Dubai AttractionsLa Mer Dubai
Take an afternoon out at the beach, feel the sun on your face and wind in your hair at Dubai’s newest beachside destination. Located an easy 20 minute taxi ride from Downtown Dubai on the Jumeirah coast, relaxing at La Mer makes for a relaxing outdoor escape. There are plenty of family friendly facilities including a bouncy playground for the kids, watersports hub and sun loungers for hire along the shore. With shops, restaurants and cafes to browse, this destination is a wonderful afternoon escape with friends and family.

Dubai AttractionsDiscover the real Dubai on a Private Heritage Tour
Discover ‘old-world’ Dubai and take in the historic heart of the city on foot and by boat. Your expert guide will share insights on local culture and traditions during this guided tour through Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods. Feast your senses in the city’s glorious spice and gold souks, enjoy a traditional Abra boat ride and explore Dubai’s past in local museums. There’s no better way to understand a culture than through its food, and this colourful tour concludes with a traditional Arabic meal in the famous Al Bastakiya precinct. We also offer this tour as a package with our signature Dubai seaplane tour. Visit www.seawings.ae

Dubai AttractionsAlserkal Avenue
See the world from a local’s perspective at this innovative arts and design hub, it’s one of the underground Dubai attractions in the art world. This independent network of warehouses and gallery spaces set in the Al Quoz industrial area is your gateway to Dubai’s vibrant art scene. The space is popular with local creatives and often hosts artist talks, guided tours and events. Explore at your own pace and pause for a coffee at one of the unique cafes while perusing local art and design. Visit www.alserkalavenue.ae

Also, just adjacent is Cinema Akil, showing short films by local talent as well as international art house favourites. They often collaborate with the Alserkal Avenue crowd for fantastic events. Visit www.cinemaakil.com

Dubai AttractionsAl Qudra Cycle Track
The Al Qudra cycle track winds through the desert and offers a unique way to get to know the city’s unique landscape. Feel the wind in your hair and admire the rolling dunes as you ride into the wilderness. And, if you go at dawn or dusk you may even see roaming gazelle or Arabian Oryx. Start at the Trek Cycle store which rents everything you’ll need. There are two parts to the track, the main 50km loop or a 38km ‘out and back’ section. It’s up to you how fast or far you go, and there are rest stops with shelters along the way. Pack plenty of water, and after your ride refuel at The Last Exit food trucks right next to the track.

Dubai AttractionsRipe Markets
Experience life as a local at these popular markets, and you’ll be supporting home-grown artisans too. You can pick up everything from organic fruits to locally made fashion and jewellry. Make a morning of it and grab a freshly baked pastry and fresh coffee as you browse the stalls. There’s live entertainment from local musicians, and even free yoga classes too. These markets are in several locations across Dubai and run on Friday and Saturday, note over the hot summer months they move indoors. Visit www.ripeme.com

Dubai AttractionsExplore Dubai’s hidden gems from the sky

While many people think about exploring Dubai on the ground – sometimes the best way is hidden in plain sight! Touring Dubai from the sky on one of our award-winning seaplane tours is the ultimate way to see all of Dubai’s attractions.

Embrace your spirit of adventure as you experience the thrill of a water take off before soaring into the sky. As well as some of the attractions mentioned above – such as La Mer – you’ll also notice some gorgeous aspects of the city that don’t often get a mention. While you’ll soar past the popular Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab there are several other lesser known features. The network of villas set alongside the golf course in Emirates Hills makes for a fantastic sight from the air, as do the incredible motorway junctions connecting Sheik Zayed Road. The experience of soaring through the sky is simply unforgettable, and the unique perspective you get of the city makes for incredible travel photos.

Sit back and relax while you take in the views of the sparkling Arabian coast, dramatic desert vistas and the fascinating urban landscape with iconic Dubai attractions. Find out more about what you can see here.

Fly with us and book your seaplane tour of Dubai today!

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