From the camel races outside the city, to the memorable gold and spice souks, there’s plenty of things to do for the traveler looking for a once in a lifetime experience in the desert metropolis.

Our adventure began with a flight from Chicago to Dubai on the EK 235 Boeing 777-300. Once you land in Dubai, there’s so much to do and see. From heading outside the city for a camel race to having an adventure in the Arabian Desert to enjoying the views at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai has something for everyone. Here are 8 things you must do when you visit Dubai. For one, don’t miss a visit to the Deira Gold Souk. You’ll find everything from jewelry to 24k gold playing cards (yes, really!).