Top Things to Do in the UAE in 2018
UAE is a leading destination for Ukrainian tourists. The country surprises millions of travelers. Here is the world’s tallest skyscraper, and the largest aquarium, and one of the largest indoor amusement parks. In December 2017, the Emirates opened their borders to Ukrainians, and a visa-free regime came into force for this country as well. And now, when tourists are not paid a visa fee of $ 80-$ 100, the United Arab Emirates has become even more accessible and popular. Everyone will find entertainment here. The article will figure out what to do in the UAE in 2018.
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Dubai is the largest emirate of the UAE, the center of world trade. Dozens of festivals and fairs take place here annually. The most famous of them is the Dubai Shopping Festival. A must visit for every shopaholic. However, in addition to the bright windows, there is something to do.
The first time this event was organized in 1996. Discounts were offered only by one shopping mall, and the number of interested people barely reached 200 thousand people. However, as early as next year, a million tourists arrived for the holiday, and the number continues to grow to this day. Now the main participating malls are: Dubai Mall, Al-Barsha City Center, Mall of the Emirates. In each of them you can get lost among the shops, huge food courts are immediately equipped and a lot of entertainment is offered.
In 2018, the shopping festival will last until January 28. At this time, shopping centers sell goods with discounts up to 90%. The most profitable purchases are waiting for you at the beginning of the festival. All the action is accompanied by music and dance shows and, of course, prize draws. So, here you can catch your luck in the form of a luxury car or get a gold bar.
Note that buying branded clothing in the UAE is not profitable when compared with other countries, however, all collections and brands are presented here. As a rule, people come to Dubai for furs and precious jewelry. There is a large selection, excellent quality and affordable prices with discounts. Stores are accredited before the holiday, which excludes the sale of fakes. The commissions also check the progress of the draws so that there is no fact of juggling the results.
One of the most popular entertainment in the UAE is sand surfing – riding on the sand dunes on the boards. The most popular place for such an activity is the desert of Rub al-Khali in the south of the UAE. At the entrance to the desert you need to pay 300 dirhams (about $ 82) for a one-day ticket. The cost of renting a sandboard will be 100 dirhams (about $ 29). You can do surfing both independently and as part of excursion groups. Note that the principle of skiing in the snow is different from that in the sand. Experienced local trainers will show master classes and teach you how to glide smoothly.
No less amusing and extreme will be the Desert Safari. Powerful jeeps will ride tourists with all kinds of tricks along the emirate’s sand dunes. So, you will get a lot of adrenaline and enjoy the beauty of the desert, especially it is incredible during sunset, when you will be delivered to the Bedouin camp and offered real Arabic coffee and dates. Different tour agencies offer such entertainment and the cost varies, but as a rule, the maximum ticket for an adult will cost $ 65.
Lazy bounty-style relaxation
Despite the thousands of entertainment on offer, many choose the UAE to lazily lie on the beach and swim in the clear waters. The coast of the Emirates is washed by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian. Most beaches are private and relate to nearby hotels. However, there are also free city ones. The entire coast is sandy, clean and safe in a criminal sense. All dangerous places with undercurrents or funnels are marked with special marks, tourists are not allowed to enter there.
One of the most popular free beaches is Jumeirah Beach Residence. The infrastructure is developed here and almost always it is filled with tourists. The opposite is another free Sunset beach in Dubai, where very few people gather on weekdays, so you can count on 10 meters of personal space. Young people should visit “Kite Beach”, where there is the opportunity to rent a kite, play volleyball, go in for water sports. In addition, the city authorities often organize entertainment shows.
And those who want a natural shade, not an umbrella, should choose the “Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Club”. Entrance here will be 30 dirhams (about $ 8). There is pure white sand, azure water and palm groves. A similar beach among plants is in Sharjah. Entrance to Al-Cornish will be 5 dirhams (about $ 2). It is crowded here on weekdays and weekends. And the quieter Sharjah beach is Al Khan. The infrastructure is developed here. There are cafes, shops, bars and playgrounds. It is proposed to rent a jet ski in the lagoon, but you can ride it behind a special fence.