5 Non-Touristy Experiences In Dubai That Will Help You Embrace The Emirate Like A Local

by Yogita Chainani
5 Non-Touristy Experiences In Dubai That Will Help You Embrace The Emirate Like A Local

Dubai has plenty of things that tourists can choose from. Right from visiting the Motiongate for adventure to spending time shopping at Dubai Mall, tourists can never get enough of Dubai. However, when it comes to exploring the Emirate, there are a few things that tourists often miss out on. These are the things that only locals know off. And if you are someone who loves to experience offbeat things on your travels, then here are five non-touristy experiences that you must have in Dubai. 

A trip to Boxpark

Nestled in the Al Wasl area of Dubai, Boxpark is a hit among the Dubai residents. You can conveniently say that it’s Dubai’s little best-kept secret. It’s an outdoor mall with hip restaurants and trend shops. While the place is lively throughout the day, it’s charm can be seen at night when the 1km strip is lit up, dunked in colourful neon lights. If you think that this mall is just like any other mall, then you are slightly mistaken, Boxpark is famous for showcasing smaller brands and labels doing something offbeat. So next time, you have to check this place out! 

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Watch a show at the Dubai Opera

Hailed in the Downtown area of Dubai, Dubai Opera is quite famous for its opulent structure, but there are quite a few tourists who buy a ticket for the shows. Opened in August 2016, the  Opera is already home to some of the biggest musicals and operas such as Flamenco Passion, La Boheme and CATS. And if you are not a fan of operas, you still have to visit this place to marvel at its architecture. Every corner of Dubai Opera speaks volume about its royalty. So plan a date night, get ready and visit the enchanting Opera the next time you visit Dubai. 

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Horse Riding at Meydan hotel

Meydan is one of the most popular hotels in Dubai and offers much more than stay. It’s one of the prestigious hotels in Dubai, where Dubai’s mega social event- Dubai World Cup is held. If you love horse races, you can come and watch the races during the winter. And during the spring, you can explore the stable and even channel your inner rider by taking some riding lessons. Well, if you think that Meydan is just limited to horse riding, then that’s not true, since the property also has a golf course and running track.

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A trip to Dubai’s Hipster town – Alserkal Avenue

Nestled in Al Quoz area of Dubai, Alserkal Avenue was initially an industrial area, and now it’s a funky area of Dubai which comprises of 40 warehouses, converted into galleries, dance studios, artisanal cafés and more. If you love art, then this place should be on your list. To know what the area has to offer, do check out their website to know more about the upcoming events.

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5. Spending time at Beach clubs

This experience is the most popular amongst the residents of Dubai. If you love beaches, then some beach clubs in Dubai are perfect for you! Beach clubs like Zero Gravity and Cove Beach can be a great way to enjoy the sun, check out the local scene while interacting with the locals. Most of these allow walk-ins, but those looking for the real Dubai experience can get a table by paying the price.