When people visit Dubai they often head to the city’s blockbuster attractions – the Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Mall. However, there’s so much more to see in this fascinating Emirate. Get off the tourist trail with these hidden gems, from independent cinemas and galleries to a thrilling Dubai seaplane tour, you’ll get to uncover a completely different experience of the city.
Be inspired at Alserkal Avenue
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. If you need a bite to eat there are several cafes where you can pause for a coffee while perusing local art and design. Visitwww.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
Explore Dubai from the sky
You’ll be surprised at how different the city looks from the sky when you take our luxury Dubai Seaplane tour. 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. You’ll also be recreating history by taking our Dubai seaplane tour from the same spot where the first seaplanes were landing back in the 1930s. Sit back and relax while you take in the views of the sparkling Arabian coast, dramatic desert vistas and the fascinating urban landscape of Dubai. Visit www.seawings.ae
Discover the real Dubai on a Private Heritage Tour
Your guide will share insights on local culture and traditions during this guided private tour through Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods. Discover ‘old-world’ Dubai and take in the historic heart of the city on foot and by boat. 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 Bastikiya precinct. We also offer this private guided tour as a package with our signature Dubai seaplane tour. Visit www.seawings.ae
Ride waves at The Surf House
The Surf House is a local favourite with water sports lovers, and located in a side street off Jumeirah Beach. This popular shop offers SUP and surfboard rentals for those wanting to explore Dubai on the water, as well as general fitness and yoga classes. The café is bustling on the weekends with the brunch crowd, and it’s best to book ahead of you want to head out on a paddle board. With the actual board rental and lessons situated right on the Jumeirah Beach front, you can set up an iconic holiday beach shot with the Burj Al Arab perfectly positioned in the background. Visit www.thesurfingdubai.com
Get your design fix at D3
This collection of buildings minutes from downtown doesn’t reveal much until you explore the interiors of these stylish glass structures known as D3. There are several fantastic cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the complex to keep you refreshed as you explore the creative spaces. Quirky retail outlets and event spaces complement the fashion and media houses located in the offices above. The D3 district also boasts a full programme of events which includes designer sales and artist talks. Visit www.dubaidesigndistrict.com
We hope you’re now ready to explore some of Dubai’s hidden gems. Book in on our Dubai seaplane tour today and discover the real Dubai.