What do interns do at the weekend in Dubai?

Categories: Life in Dubai

Getting to Know Dubai

Dubai thrives on the fusion of modernity and tradition, and offers interns a myriad of things to do whether you like to enjoy slow, relaxing weekends, or want to experience weekends full of exhilarating adventure. Navigating the vibrant landscape of Dubai can seem pretty daunting to a new arrival, so in this short guide, we’ve put together some great ideas that will get you into the Dubai weekend mindset.

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One of the simplest yet most delightful weekend activities in Dubai is people-watching. Head to one of Dubai’s bustling cafes along The Walk at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences) or dubai Marina, and let the ebb and flow of different nationalities, fashion styles, supercars, and languages create a dynamic spectacle.

For a more laid-back experience, visit one of the numerous parks such as Safa Park, where you can unwind amidst lush greenery and observe the vibrant tapestry of Dubai’s multicultural community. Yes Dubai does have open outdoor green spaces too!

Dubai wouldn’t be Dubai without its famous beaches, and its extensive coastline beckons interns to unwind during the weekend. Jumeirah Beach, with its iconic views of the Burj Al Arab, offers a perfect setting for relaxation. Pack a picnic, soak up the sun, and enjoy the rhythmic sounds and warm waters of the Arabian Gulf.

For those seeking a livelier atmosphere, Kite Beach is the go-to spot. Play beach volleyball, rent a paddleboard, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the vibrant boardwalk, stopping off for a cool drink. The weekend vibes here are contagious, and it’s an ideal spot to connect with fellow interns and locals alike.

Dotted along the beach walks you can’t miss the green Careem bikes that whisk users around the city. Representing Dubai’s commitment to sustainability, the service makes it easy for interns to explore the city at their own pace, at a very affordable price. Pedal along the Dubai Canal, or explore the Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz – an art and cultural hub that showcases Dubai’s burgeoning creative scene. Cycling not only provides a healthy way to spend your weekend but also allows you to discover hidden gems within the city at your own pace.

Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz is not just a destination for art lovers but a vibrant cultural space, and is full of interesting contemporary art galleries, home to variosus workshops, and is a great way to enjoy the local art scene. Keep an eye on the event calendar, as Alserkal Avenue frequently hosts cultural events, film screenings, and discussions that provide insights into Dubai’s dynamic arts community.

For interns with an interest in shopping or simply immersing themselves in a world of luxury, Dubai’s malls are unrivalled. The Dubai Mall, is not only about shopping but also about experiencing the extraordinary. Wander through the breath-taking Dubai Aquarium, marvel at the indoor ice rink, and catch the dancing Dubai Fountain show against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa.

For a more cultural shopping experience, explore the vibrant hustle of the traditional markets or souks. The Gold Souk in Deira and the Spice Souk offer a sensory journey through the city’s rich heritage, allowing interns to indulge in the local atmosphere, and see how trade was done when Dubai was a small fishing port.

Enjoy Cool Evenings Out At Dubai’s Creative & Art District Al Serkal Avenue

Not far from the gold souks and old markets the Al Fahidi Historic District, also known as Al Bastakiya, provides a captivating journey back in time. Spending an afternoon strolling through the narrow winding lanes lined with restored wind-tower architecture, is a great way to remember old Dubai. Visit the Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, where interns can delve into the city’s transformation from a pearl-diving village to a global metropolis. This district also hosts numerous art galleries, cultural events, and traditional souks.

To close out this weekend in Dubai, there is no way we can exclude the adrenaline junkies among us! And Dubai doesn’t disappoint. From vertical free-fall water slides in Atlantis the Palm, to Skydiving, skateboarding or zip-lining at X-Dubai, Dubai offers lively escapes filled with excitement and laughter.

Venturing beyond the urban landscape, interns can embark on thrilling desert adventures during the weekends. Just a short drive from the city, the expansive Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers a stark contrast to the bustling streets. Join a desert safari to experience the mesmerizing beauty of the dunes, try your hand at sandboarding, and witness the sunset casting a warm glow over the golden sands.

For a more immersive experience, consider a night camping in the desert. Under the star-lit sky, interns can gather around a bonfire, partake in traditional Bedouin activities, and savour a barbecue dinner. The serene desert setting provides a tranquil escape from the urban hustle, allowing interns to connect with nature and create lasting memories.

Whether you prefer a slower more relaxed weekend pace or a full-on sensory overload of a weekend, Dubai has something to offer interns of all tastes, speeds, and persuasions. Where will you go first?

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