Fancy yourself as a culture vulture? Then dive head-first into the city’s rich heritage by visiting the Al Bastakiya (or Bastakia Quarter), a historical neighbourhood where you can see some of the traditional wind towers – an early method of air-conditioning – and other period features.
Alternatively, book yourself in for a meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This will give you the opportunity to learn about local traditions and customs, and can also be a place to make friends with other internationals as well. Other activities that you should most definitely add to your to-do list include riding an abra across the Dubai Creek and haggling with the vendors at the Gold, Spice, and Textile souks.
If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, spend the day dune-bashing in a 4×4, or trekking on a camel, then end it with feasting under the stars whilst learning about the Bedouin lifestyle.