My boyfriend and I had a layover in Dubai for 5 days before our trip to Europe, and it was the best decision we ever made! ( Courtesy to team Ykone & Dubai tourism for making our Dubai happen. )
 So what are the must-dos in Dubai? Here’s my top five must-dos list.

Hop on a Seaplane.

One of the best seaplane experience I ever had. A 45 minutes ride above Dubai’s sky, we get to see all Dubai landmarks, including Dubai’s old town, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeriah Burj Al Arab. If you have never taken a seaplane before, it’s nothing scary or dangerous, suitable for all age including infants. Me and my boyfriend voted this experience the best way to see the whole Dubai. Unless you wanted to do sky diving, I wanted to but he is afraid of heights, so this is good enough to fulfil our Dubai skyline dreams. Anyway, The Seawings Seaplane has a few options for seaplane tours and flight times are pretty flexible, but do book them earlier because the seats are hot!

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Not your typical desert safari tour.
We went to two different desert safari experiences with Platinum Heritage.

Platinum Collection - Conservation Drive.

A more private and luxurious way to discover the desert safari. We cruised in a Range Rover and had our breakfast at Al Mahal Desert Resort. I personally advice to pick the earliest time to depart so you get the best sunlight for photos. We departed at 7am and it's good enough. Also if you’re looking for a private and flexible desert safari tour, where you get to ask your tour guide to stop anywhere any moment, this is it.

Herritage Collection - Herritage Desert Safari Dubai.
One of the coolest way to visit the desert safari. Imagine cruising in a vintage 1950’s Land Rover, watching the sunset middle of the desert, and having Emirati dinner under the stars at a private Royal desert retreat. We had so much fun and we both agreed that this is the must go desert safari tour. Fyi, this desert safari tour is ranked top1 in TripAdvisor. The only advice I will have for this tour is to bring a jacket at night because the temperature drops really fast after the sunsets.

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Dine with a view.
There’s two fine restaurants that we went around Dubai’s financial district (DIFC).

Mint Leaf of London - 
An Indian fine cuisine with a view overlooking the Burj Khalifa. We both are huge fan of Indian food, we didn’t expect this had become one of the best Indian food experience.

Zuma -
We asked our uber driver to recommend us something and he brought us to Zuma, a Japanese fusion restaurant. Imagine sex and the city vibes, Zuma is very similar to NOBU. Food was really good, but I personally think the chef tasting menu that we ordered was a little too much, a la carte to share will be great enough. We made our bookings quite last minute, glad that they got us a table at the lounge area.

Chill on a hipster beach.
La Mer is Dubai’s newest beachfront district that just opened in November. I was pretty impressed with the hipster vibes going on with the strands of shops and cafes, filled with street arts and art pieces. Han Pin did his research on SALT, which happen to be one of the most famous soft serve & burger place in Dubai that started off from a caravan. Now they have an actual cafe in La Mer and trust me, their stuff are really yummy. La Mer is a huge project, heard that there will be more stuff coming in line.

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Jet-ski Tour .
Didn’t expect to have my first jet ski experience in Dubai. We cruised from the marina towards the best view of Burj Al Arab. It was quite a thrill but I wish I get to do it again by myself the next time. Our instructor was really patient and nice, also good in taking pictures too

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