Dubai is famous for futuristic skyscrapers and giant megamalls, however these modern marvels have been built with a background steeped in thousands of years of Arabic tradition. If you’re looking to explore beyond the glamourous resorts and prefer unique things to do in Dubai, here are some of the best activities for a deeper understanding of the local people and culture.
Authentic things to do in Dubai
Step back in time on a seaplane flight
Recreate history and take a seaplane flight from the spot where the first seaplanes were landing back in the 1930s. Dubai Creek was once a stop-over locations for the British Imperial Clippers connecting Britain to East India. Today our Seawings Silver tour takes you over historic Dubai Creek where you can still spot traditional Abra Boats as well as across to futuristic icons such as the towering Burj Khalifa and impressive Palm Jumeirah Island. While you’ll be recreating a historic journey, you will enjoy modern luxuries including a comfortable leather seat right next to your own personal window.
Sit back and relax while you take in the views of the sparkling Arabian coast, dramatic desert vistas and the fascinating urban landscape of a city and relive the glory of seaplane flight with Seawings. It's a wonderful experience to share with your friends and family too. Visit www.seawings.ae
Understand local culture and tradition at the Etihad Museum
If you really want to understand this beautiful Emirate, this is one of the most unique things to do in Dubai. While the Etihad Museum is still relatively new, their exhibits provide deep insights into the history of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located at the same place where the UAE was founded in 1971, the museum shares the story of the unification of the various Emirates as well as offering a window into understanding the people and culture. There’s a wide range of short documentaries to complement the exhibits, and the museum in itself is a beautiful building to visit. Wander through the halls, view the collection and get to know Dubai, the surrounding Emirates, its leaders and its people. Visit www.etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.ae
Take a Private Heritage Tour Dubai in ‘old Dubai’
One of the most unique things to do in Dubai is to explore the very beginnings of the city. Seawings offer an intimate heritage tour with expert guides, finishing with a full traditional Arabic meal in Dubai’s oldest neighbourhood. Discover Dubai’s past 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. The beauty of this tour is that groups are no larger than six people, making this one of the best Dubai heritage tours. We also offer this tour as a package with our signature 45 minute aerial tour of Dubai. Visit www.seawingslifestyle.ae
Dive into the desert on a Heritage Safari Tour
Take a step back in time with this unique tour. You will ride on museum-quality vintage Land Rovers through the Dubai Desert Conservation where you can spot local wildlife. After that had to the Bedouin camp to watch the art of falconry then finish with a traditional Arabic meal at a Bedouin camp. As part of the camp activities you can see bread making, henna tattooing and enjoy coffee and tea. If you’re looking for unique things to do in Dubai, it doesn’t get more authentic that this! For more information visit www.platinum-heritage.com
We hope you enjoyed checking out our favourite unique things to do in Dubai. If you’d like to join us for our exhilarating Seawings Silver tour of the city get in touch with us. We also offer a range of luxury excursions and package holidays in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and beyond. Get in touch with us to find out more.