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🗓️ October 16th to October 20th, 2023
📍 World Trade Center, Dubai
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Dubai, the crown jewel of the UAE, is a city that seamlessly blends its rich cultural heritage with the shining wonders of modernity. Dubai offers a truly unique experience that captures the essence of the Middle East, from legendary high-rise buildings that penetrate the desert skyline to full traditional markets. Join us on a journey through a typical day in Dubai, where tradition collides with innovation.
A Taste of Arabia in the Morning
Begin your day with a breathtaking sunrise view over the Arabian Gulf. Many hotels along the coast offer spectacular views, so book a room that allows you to take in this daily spectacle. Head to a local eatery for delicious falafel, hummus, and freshly baked Arabic bread for a genuinely authentic breakfast. Alternatively, a lavish hotel breakfast buffet featuring international and Middle Eastern delicacies is available.
Late Morning: Discover the Old and the New
The history of Dubai is preserved in its historic neighborhoods. Begin your exploration at Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, where you can walk through narrow streets lined with wind-tower architecture, visit the Dubai Museum, and sip traditional Arabic coffee at a local café.
Then, to see the modern side of Dubai, go to the world-famous Burj Khalifa. Climb to the observation deck for 360-degree views of the cityscape and the vast Arabian desert beyond. Don't forget to take some photos to remember the occasion.
Dubai has a wide range of culinary experiences to offer. Choose between fine dining restaurants serving international cuisine and traditional Emirati restaurants for a more local experience. Try Al Harees (slow-cooked wheat and meat dish) or Machbous (spiced rice with meat) to taste authentic Emirati flavors.
Dubai is synonymous with shopping, and every trip to the city is complete with visiting one of its modern shopping malls. The Mall of the Emirates features an indoor ski slope, while The Dubai Mall provides an unparalleled shopping experience in addition to the famous Dubai Aquarium. You can also visit traditional markets called souks. The Gold Souk and Spice Souk are must-see destinations for exquisite jewelry and aromatic spices, respectively.
Evenings and Nightlife
Take a desert safari as the sun sets for an unforgettable adventure. Enjoy the thrill of dune bashing, a camel ride through the golden sands, and a spectacular desert sunset. Many safari tours include a traditional Bedouin-style dinner under the stars, with belly dancing and henna application.
Dubai truly comes to life as night falls. Head to the Dubai Marina area, where you can stroll along the scenic promenade or take a boat ride to see the city's skyline illuminated by dazzling lights.
The ability of Dubai to successfully combine tradition and innovation makes it such an inviting destination. A day in Dubai promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you in admiration of this dynamic city, from its rich history and culture to its towering skyscrapers and futuristic attractions. Whether you're a history buff, a foodie, a shopaholic, or an adventurer, Dubai has something for everyone. So pack your bags and prepare to spend a day in Dubai, where old and new meet to create a truly magical experience.
Bonus: Traditional Al Harees Recipe
Al Harees is a slow-cooked wheat and meat dish often enjoyed during special occasions and celebrations in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates. It's a hearty and flavorful dish that requires time and patience but results in a delicious and satisfying meal.
1 cup of wheat berries
500 grams of boneless lamb or chicken, cut into chunks
One tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter)
One teaspoon each of ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg
Salt, to taste
Water, as needed
Soak the wheat berries for at least 6 hours or overnight.
In a large pot, brown the meat in ghee over medium-high heat.
Add drained wheat berries, water (to cover by 2 inches), and season with spices and salt.
Simmer covered for 2-3 hours until wheat and meat soften.
Grind the mixture to a smooth consistency.
Return to the pot, add coarsely ground wheat (burghul), and cook for 1-2 more hours until thickened.
Serve hot, optionally drizzled with ghee and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
Enjoy your traditional Emirati Al Harees!
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