The United Arab Emirates has become an expat hotspot and a financial hub in the past few years. Besides from the luxurious work packages and incentives, what attracts someone to live in the Middle East? Kingpin International have put together our top 10 for the ultimate adventure for UAE VAT professionals on their day off.
1. Desert Safari
This is one of the most authentic experiences that the UAE has to offer, allowing you to get in touch with the Bedouin lifestyle. You can choose a thrilling experience racing over the sand dunes in a Land Rover or opt for a more relaxed tempo with a camel. The safaris are either in the morning where you can witness an extraordinary Middle East sunrise or in the evening, which will allow you to experience the sunset and an astonishing, unpolluted view of the stars. The safaris are offered by a variety of companies, so it is worth keeping an open mind when reviewing the packages.
2. Jumeirah Public Beach Dubai
The perfect place for a relaxing day off and a break away from the professional world of tax. The Jumeirah Beach has a beautiful stretch of white, soft sand and is popular among tourists and locals alike. There are toilet and changing facilities, BBQ and play areas, as well as the calm Arabian Gulf water to swim in. Every Monday is a women’s only day at the beach and local events are frequently held here.
3. The Karama Market Dubai
Al Karama is the oldest street mall in Dubai which is jam-packed with stalls and stores selling a range of high-quality goods at low prices, from fake designer products to local Arabian souvenirs. The market is only 10 minutes from Dubai Creek and is the most charming and popular market in the country, attracting thousands of visitors daily.
4. Dubai’s public parks
Although it may not be the first things you associate the country with, Dubai is home to many beautiful public parks. A popular urban space is Safa Park which has multiple playgrounds, a funfair, three lakes and many open spaces perfect for picnics. The park is popular with families, as well as walkers and runners, and is just one of many green, peaceful spaces across Dubai.
5. Burj Khalifa
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building and man-made structure- the Burj Khalifa. First opened in January 2010, an exhibit lies at the bottom telling the story of the building’s rich history. Visitors can then take the lift 555 metres high to see breathtakingly beautiful views of Dubai’s skyline.
6. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Ferrari World amusement park in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, is the perfect day out for thrill seekers. Adrenaline junkies will love the world’s fastest rollercoaster here with the top speed of 150 mph, as well as there being a variety of family-friendly rides and live shows. Ferrari lovers can also view an abundance of racing memorabilia and some of the brand’s luxurious cars.
7. Shop until you drop
The UAE is famous for shopping and is renown as one of the world’s best shopping locations. If you love indulging in some retail therapy, Dubai is the place for you. Dubai has an outstanding selection of malls and is home to the largest in the world, the Dubai Mall. From luxury to the high street, the country offers it all. Or if you are a bargain hunter, then the Dubai Outlet Mall offers discounts of up to 90%!
8. Mamzar Beach Park Dubai
This is one of Dubai’s best beach parks. The grounds hold acres of land which includes five beaches and a huge outdoor swimming pool. There is a small entry fee which varies depending on if you are bringing a car or walking in. However, it is a fantastic day out for everyone. There are changing facilities, cafes, a small grocery store, play areas and the chance to rent a bike. There is also the opportunity to rent a chalet on the grounds, perfect if you are visiting as a large group or family.
9. Burj Al Arab
Another of the most iconic buildings in Dubai, this hotel is known as the only 7-star hotel in the world and has similarly been voted the most luxurious hotel many times. The Burj was designed to resemble a sail in the skyline of Dubai and is one of the most photographed architectural structures.
10. Dubai Dolphinarium
Dubai Dolphinarium provides habitat to dolphins and seals, allowing guests to watch and interact with them through live shows and photo sessions. You can get the opportunity to get up close with the animals and even swim with the dolphins. It is the perfect day out for all the family and the building also has a popular Asian restaurant inside, so you can make a day of it!
There we have it, our top 10 must-do activities for the UAE. Are you planning a move to the United Arab Emirates? Read our article on the Best Places to Live in the UAE as a Tax Expat and take some stress out of your relocation.
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