1. Buy gold from a vending machiene..just because you can. Choose your weight and design. 2.5g costs about Dhs540.
2. Try an abra or dhow cruise. Take an abra ride between the Deira textile souk and the Bur Dubai abra station, or hop on a dhow to enjoy dinner as you sail. A one-way abra ride is Dhs1. Al Mansour Dhow dinner cruise Dhs185 per person.
3. Head to the Dubai Museum. You’ve got questions, they’ve got answers. Dhs2. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm; Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm.
4. Take a spin in the Dubai Autodrome. Dhs950 (advanced driving experience), Dhs2,450 (sports car experience).
5. Skydive over the Palm. Dhs1,700 for a tandem jump. Skydive Dubai, www.skydivedubai.com.
6. Eat in the world’s highest restaurant…At.mosphere, on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. Dhs390 for 3 courses.
7. Best Curry restaurant? I hear many rave about Ravi’s butter chicken and rice with garlic naan is the best, and only Dhs32. Off Rydges Plaza roundabout, Satwa.
8. Bu-Qtair Cafeteria. Written up everywhere as the best fish in town, fresh and by the beach. Picture rustic beach shack, not formal dining by any means. Take the road next to McDonald’s on Jumeirah Beach Road, close to Burj Al Arab.
9. DragonMart…spend an entire day here and pick up everything you need from textiles to furniture to clothes and more. The building, shaped like a dragon’s body, seems to go on forever. This Chinese shopping center is near International City.
10. Get henna. There are many salons all over the city, especially in the Oud Metha area, where you can get simple to elaborate henna body art.
11. Wafi Mall lightshows. A magical evening of light shows cast upon the mall’s walls in the open courtyard is sure to please any age. Currently playing: The Return of the Pharaohs at 9:30pm.
12. Visit the Burj al-Arab Hotel. Who wouldn’t want to visit a hotel where the lobby is tall enough to hold the Statue of Liberty? Word of caution, you need a restaurant reservation to get past hotel security, so plan ahead. Breakfast is Dh250 and afternoon tea is Dh395. The tea is served from 1pm to 5.30pm Saturday to Thursday and consists of seven courses and unlimited champagne.
13. Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Avid birdwatchers can spot more than 250 species in the salt flats, mudflats, mangroves and lagoons. At the mouth of Dubai Creek, the sanctuary is also an important stopover on the East African–West Asian Flyway.