A Splendour Called Dubai

NDTV Good Times | April 04, 2016 11:22 IST

Not many know that The Emirate of Dubai, in earlier times was a small fishing village, very famously known for being a source of pearls. Today, it is celebrated as the pearl of the Middle East. Families from all over the world flock to the destination, eager to experience the magic of its endless white beaches, splendid shopping malls and luxury hotels. For you to experience a royal stay at this royal city, you will have to shed some money. But worry not, we have got some great economical alternatives for you to have an unforgettable vacation in Dubai.

Pamper Your Kids

Fun meets learning at the Children's City in Dubai. It's an ideal place for kids from 2-15 years of age. The 80,000 square feet of educational areais best known for activities on nature, space, science, culture and the human body and don't miss to romp the flight simulator and the other interactive exhibits.

Your next stop should be the Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. It offers you a never-thought-before feature, its indoor ski slope! From skiing lessons to practicing for fun, sign up your child for an indelible affair. And what's more are the food courts, major department stores and shops of all sorts for parents to indulge in.

What's Dubai without its Desert Safari? The desert tour generally includes a guided ride over the dunes in an SUV, fueling both your excitement and thrill. Tourists may also choose to rent personal vehicles and try sand boarding on sand, 4x4 driving and quad bikes. Families who opted for the tour are then taken to a camp which offers sumptuous dinner in an absolute Dubai style.

Last but not the least, is the Magic Planet in the Dubai Mall where fun and frolic never ends. There is something for everyone here. This place includes fun rides, games and attractions and a 4D theatre.

Relax at the Beach

A number of beaches welcome you in Dubai. Families can indulge in trying water sports, swimming or simply relaxing. The scenic beauty will lure you sit there for hours, of course if the sun is kind enough! The Mamzer beach has just been awarded blue flag beach status, making it a desirable tourist attraction.

Another famous public beach in Dubai is the Jumeirah beach, locally known as the Russian Beach. It's800 meters of beach front embraces a children's play areas, shaded swimming areas, shaded picnic tables and showers.

It is accepted if you wear swim suits and beach attire at the beach but you must cover offensive body parts (there is no top-less sunbathing). Respecting their culture, you must cover your body, once you leave the pool or beach.

Eat Like a Boss

To taste the Golden Phoenix Cupcake at the Burj Al Arab, one would surely have to rob a bank. Yes, it's that exorbitant! Dubai is a place of spectacular opulence when it comes to its high-end fine-dine restaurants. But before you panic, we will help you ease the trouble.

The Calicut Paragon offers steaming parathas with a variety of curries and broths that will have you chewing furiously in satisfaction. This place delves into the best of South India. On your first visit, we recommend you to order 'half portions' so you can have a bit of all. The sweet and spicy prawn mango curry and tangy chicken varatiya is a must-try.

The Chalet's outdoor seating on the edge of Beach Road is an ideal place to chat while you grab a mixed grill or a milkshake. The menu is very well crafted featuring chicken tikka masala, crispy fried noodles and lamb kebabs, as well as some very fruity cocktails. The hearty biryani is not to be missed. The lunch dealsstart for Dhs18 to Dhs20, which include a main, soup and a soft drink, without hurting your pocket.

When in Aryaas, eat like there's no tomorrow! Order ravaidli and kaldosa to start, followed by appam, chettinadupaniyara and the special masala. And you are done for the day!
Dive in the labyrinthine alleys of Deira, grab a naan bread the size of a continental quilt and fill it with chicken, lamb and beef licked into juicy tenderness by lashing flames on the skewer. Where to head for this? It's the Afghan Kebab House!

Excited already? Well, you had to be! You will have to visit Dubai to believe it! Come to explore many of its other facets that are better experienced in life not paper!

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