Stroll around Satwa
Explore Satwa, one of Dubai’s most diverse neighbourhoods, to have a more urban experience. In Satwa, a world away from the malls, you can find a variety of shops selling everything imaginable, fantastic, cheap food, and more. Satwa is also home to many tailors and haberdashers of Dubai with fabrics ranging from the sublime to the bizarre. Just within a few days, you can have your own tailor-made shirt or dress.
Tour a mosque
Jumeirah Mosque of Dubai is one of the few open to non-Muslims. Therefore, take the opportunity to discover this beautiful building, as well as Emirati religion and customs, and complete with local delicacies to sample.
Remember to make a trip to the Gold Souk in Deira with more than 250 shops that sell gold in all forms. Gold is regulated for quality and prices are extremely competitive. There you also can even have jewellery custom-made.
Take to the water
Dubai has always looked to the sea. Try enjoying the tranquil waters of the Arabian Gulf on a day’s fishing trip. If you want a more active aquatic adventure, you can try paragliding or jet-skiing.
Tee off after dark
Dubai hosts three major international golf tournaments. To have a special experience, try floodlit night golf. This activity has become increasingly popular in Dubai, especially in summer night after the sun has gone down. For example, the Faldo course at the Emirates Golf Club will give you 18 holes lit by LED lights, setting against a stunning backdrop of skyscrapers.
For a completely different experience, the exclave of Hatta, close to the Oman border, and high in the UAE’s mountains, is a perfect destination. There you can see a traditional mountain village while still can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay and go on a challenging mountain hike.