by Yashi Murphy

Born in Sri Lanka raised in Dubai, Bahrain, Pakistan, U.S, Australia and England, I now find myself settled in Toronto. Passions include wine, dining out, cooking, cocktailing, travelling, hunting for random fun events in the city and now… exploring all things baby related.

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Get ready to bargain

Sharpen those negotiating skills. From the spice souks to the fabric markets and even the Karama Shopping Complex, the vendors expect you to haggle. If you plan on buying gold, a visit to the gold souk will fill you with giddiness but be aware that the cost includes the daily gold rate and the making charges, so you can bargain on the latter. While not done restaurants or shopping malls, bargain is common in bazars, souks and on anything that doesn’t have an official price tag.

Escape to the Mall

Dubai’s shopping malls are world renowned and no visit to this enchanted city is complete without a day at the mall. The air conditioned mega malls are one-stop destinations for locals. Places like the Dubai Mall offer everything from entertainment, including an Aquarium and Children’s Museum, to culinary delights (with a wide array of cuisines) to relaxation (spas and hotels). The Dubai Mall even has an indoor train and taxi service, in case your legs are tired from all that walking!

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Go on a Self Guided Shawarma Tour

There is more to Dubai’s street food scene beyond Shawarmas but the quest for the perfect one is a mission you’ll want to undertake. The shawarmas are not only delicious, they’re easy on the pocket too. Most are family run establishments where the secret spice recipe is passed down from fathers to sons. From large restaurants to small establishments like Picnic Home or Al Mallah, you’ll find shawarma joints everywhere, even at IKEA! Don’t let the yelling, steaming grills or the rush hour crowds deter you. It’s worth it.

Roam around the old city

Dubai is forever changing and while most of the focus is on the glitz and glamour of the new downtown and its architectural wonders, don’t forget the old city. Most local residents still live in the old city and that is where you will be able to visit souks, enjoy a reasonably priced shopping experience and spot some fantastic street art. Visit the Dubai Frame to catch a bird’s eye view of both new and old Dubai, where you can see the contrasts and marvel at the progress and rich heritage that co-exist.

Explore beyond the city

Between the lush golf courses and colourful gardens, it’s easy to forget that Dubai is in the desert. For a true cultural experience, plan a desert tour. Enjoy the drive into the dunes, catch a beautiful sunset and end the night at a Bedouin camp with sheesha, music and a delicious local spread. Luxury travelers can enjoy 5 star experiences in the middle of the desert while adventure seekers can sandboard, ride a camel and learn belly dancing. Day trips and overnight stays are possible, so fitting the desert into your schedule should be easy.

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