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29 Awesome Things to Do in Dubai

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Dubai is the city of dreams and opportunity. What’s more, it’s also a playground for adults and children alike and is now one of the best places in the world for a vacation.

With year round sunshine, very little rain, gorgeous beaches, awesome hotels and a bucket load of amazing things to do, why wouldn’t you visit Dubai?!

Let’s dive right in with 29 of the best things to do in Dubai. After reading this you’ll be desperate to book a vacation to the UAE!

1. Reach New Heights At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Towering over the Dubai Mall; the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, standing at almost 830 metres! Tickets can be purchased from around AED179.

At the Top, Burj Khalifa’s main observation deck, is on the 124th floor. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Glass Panels: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing an unobstructed panorama
  • Interactive Features: Advanced telescopes with full HD camera integration
  • Outdoor Terrace: Feel the breeze at 452 meters above ground

Feeling adventurous? Visit the 148th floor, known as At the Top SKY. It holds the record for the highest outdoor observatory in the world. And our tip: Visit on a clear day so that you can enjoy the view at its best!

2. Shop ’til You Drop at Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is THE place to shop in the city. You can find everything here including designer clothes stores, a cinema, restaurants, a fashion avenue, a full Chinatown extension and even an Olympic-sized ice rink; and there is a whole lot more too! If you’re unfamiliar with Dubai Mall, you may also be pleased to know that it’s situated at the foot of Burj Khalifa.

If you’ve got kids with you, make sure to pay a visit to the Dubai Mall Aquarium, home to one of the world’s largest suspended aquarium tanks in the world! You can get lost for days at the Dubai Mall if you really wanted to, so we recommend spending at least half day here if you can.

And don’t forget to be mesmerized by the Dubai Mall Fountain show, the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. With majestic water displays that reach up to 500 feet, you’ll be captivated by the scale and creativity on display. Located on a man-made lake, this spectacle couples water, lights, and music to create an unforgettable experience.

Looking for entertainment of a more up-close nature? Consider the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride or the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk

3. Plunge into the Depths at Deep Dive Dubai

Dubai invites you to plunge into the extraordinary experience at Deep Dive Dubai, the record-breaking underwater attraction. Make your way to Nad Al Sheba, where you’ll find the world’s deepest man-made diving pool, boasting a staggering depth of 60 meters, filled with 14 million liters of fresh water.

At Deep Dive Dubai, the adventure goes beyond just a swim. You get to explore a submerged cityscape, complete with an abandoned streetscape and an eerie apartment complex. Put your diving gear and immerse yourself in a world that echoes the UAE’s pearl-diving legacy.

Have a scuba diving experience or just a snorkeling adventure, it’s your choice!

4. Zip Line Across Dubai Marina with Xline

If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, the XLine Dubai Marina zipline is your go-to adventure. Soar above the bustling Dubai Marina at exhilarating speeds of up to 80 km/h. Feel the wind rush past as you glide across the longest urban zipline in the world: A thrilling 1 kilometer ride!

Your start point will be in JBR, Amwaj Tower and as you land, the Dubai Marina Mall welcomes you with dining and shopping delights to round off your day.

5. Lose Yourself in the Charms of Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Experience the allure of Dubai’s heritage at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Nestled near the stunning Burj Al Arab, this market offers a blend of traditional and contemporary shopping experiences.

It has a waterway around it where you can get a boat ride (free if you stay in one of their hotels). After shopping, indulge in culinary delights at a range of restaurants. Choose from waterfront dining spots offering spectacular views, to cozy eateries inside the Souk.

There are several high quality cafes and restaurants on the waterfront here. But do be aware that this area is particularly pricey given the location and backdrop. Also, you will get a more authentic experience of a souk in the old part of Dubai.

6. Stroll The Walk and The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence

Nestled along the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) in Dubai presents two of the city’s most enticing attractions: The Walk and The Beach. These neighboring destinations offer a harmonious blend of leisure, entertainment, and retail experiences, each with its own unique flavor.

The Walk at JBR is a pedestrian-friendly boulevard with an eclectic mix of restaurants, pop-up craft markets, and retail outlets. As the sun sets, the area comes alive with outdoor cafes and restaurants serving a diverse array of cuisines, where diners can savor their meals al fresco, against the backdrop of towering skyscrapers and the gentle sea breeze.

Just a stone’s throw away from The Walk, The Beach at JBR is not just a place to soak up the sun; it’s a full-fledged entertainment complex. Families can enjoy the modern amenities, including children’s play areas, cinema, while fitness enthusiasts take advantage of the outdoor gym and water sports facilities. Retail and dining outlets are strategically positioned to afford stunning views of the sea, making The Beach a perfect spot for those looking to unwind and dine in a picturesque setting.

7. Cruise Dubai Marina and Set Sail on a Yacht

Dubai Marina beckons with its luxury yachts and stunning skyline. It’s a hub for leisure and opulence, perfect for indulging in a serene cruise. You’ll find the experience both captivating and relaxing.

Boarding a luxurious yacht tour offers unforgettable views of Dubai Marina’s majestic skyscrapers and landmarks. The warm breeze and the rippling water combine for a perfect moment. After your cruise, you can enjoy the promenade around the marina and stop by Dubai Marina Mall.

Don’t forget your camera, as these are moments you’ll want to capture. The Dubai Marina is not just a place; it’s an experience that will leave you with lasting memories. So set sail on a journey that dazzles and relaxes in equal measure.

8. Step Back in Time at Al Shindagha

Discover the vibrant heart of Dubai’s history at the Al Shindagha Museum. Nestled along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, this museum invites you to explore the city’s rich heritage. With its location in the Al Shindagha neighborhood, you can wander through carefully restored buildings that offer a glimpse into a bygone era.

As you explore the museum, you’re stepping on the very grounds where Dubai began, experiencing the life and traditions that have shaped it. You’ll find insights into traditional perfume making and the essence of old Dubai.

Al Shindagha is perfect for those of you who don’t like your holidays to be all sea, sun and sand. You can enjoy learning some history of Dubai with a journey back in time to explore the old fishing heritage town of Al Shindagha.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the Saeed Al Maktoum House whilst you’re here, as an example of the Emirati architecture that was once prominent before the city became one of luxury. The metro runs from most areas to Al Shindagha and stops just a short walk away from the first museum here.

9. Explore the Iconic Palm Jumeirah

Filled with some of the best hotels in Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is still a great place to visit even if you are not able to stay here. Kayak tours around the island are available and are worth the expense.

One of the best place for a global view of the island is to go to the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower connected to Nakheel Mall and St Regis The Palm Hotel. You will get a glorious 360-degree panoramic views from the only observatory with a full view of Palm Jumeirah Island.

Another great way to enjoy a view of the palm is with the hot air balloon experience within Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark. It will lasts 10 minutes and you will be flying up to 300 meters high with a breathtaking Island and Dubai Skyline Views.

After that, make your way to The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm, where you can observe over 65,000 marine animals in the region’s largest open-air marine habitat in the region.

Make sure you visit The Pointe where there is a lovely path along the waterfront with lots of cafes and restaurants overlooking the ocean.

10. Embark on an Adventure with Desert Safari

Imagine the thrill of dune bashing as you navigate the undulating landscapes in a 4×4 vehicle. It’s a must-do for adventure enthusiasts and a top attraction for anyone visiting Dubai!

Most tours include a desert tour in a 4×4, sand-boarding and camel riding or quad bike too. Once you’ve finished your action packed day there is a BBQ where you can eat and drink, all with the desert sunset in the background. Remember to dress comfortably for your desert adventure, and don’t forget to capture the majestic dunes and sunset views.

You can also embark on a journey through the wild, riding in a vintage 1950s Land Rover, while discovering the secrets of nocturnal animals during a guided eco-walk under the star-studded sky, led by a professional astronomer.

11. Experience Global Culture at Global Village

Dubai always keeps stunning people with its glitz and glamour and Global Village understands that philosophy well. In short, Global Village is a beguiling spectacle combining customs, culture, festivals and cuisine across the world.

This place can literally put on a jet-set journey of having a glimpse of various nations at once. You can explore as many as 90 something countries and their specialities with your Global Village ticket.

From shopping to stunt shows, funfair to fireworks – there is too many things to see and do in the Global Village. But it’s not a round-the-year affair. This theme park usually remains open from November to April.

12. Dive into Adventure at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The city of Dubai is overloaded with all sorts of mind-blogging attractions and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is not an exception.

Home to more than 30,000 marine creatures, this is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world and has the largest collection of sand tiger sharks.

The whole premises is divided distinctively into three zones – the Aquarium Tunnel (48-meter long underwater pedestrian tunnel made of glass), Aquarium Tank (sheltering more than 140 marine species) and the Underwater Zoo (housing sea creatures like Lionfish, Humboldt Penguin and Dwarf Crocodile).

You can also step into the heart of Penguin Cove & Nursery Experience, where the adorable gentoo penguins eagerly await your arrival!

13. Hit the Slopes at Ski Dubai

Ice skiing in Dubai? You must be thinking we are kidding. Well NO! Ski Dubai is a stunning alpine mountain-themed park with thick layers or ice and snow right in the middle of desert surroundings.

Located in Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai spreads over an area of whopping 22,500 sq meters interspersed with slopes, rinks, a small mountain.

Ski Dubai features five different levels of tracks so that everyone can find something to play around amidst those absolutely gorgeous hill station setting. Penguins are also there to add more to your excitement!

14. Get Thrilled at Dubai Parks & Resorts

When you visit Dubai, spending a day at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers you an escapade of thrills and entertainment. This massive complex houses a variety of theme parks where you can immerse yourself in diverse worlds of adventure and fun. Each park delivers unique experiences tailored to different interests and age groups.

Motiongate™ Dubai beckons movie buffs with rides and attractions based on popular Hollywood films. Buckle up for the roller coasters and make sure to catch the live shows! At LEGOLAND® Dubai, both kids and the young at heart can build memories, quite literally, with interactive LEGO-themed attractions. The excitement doubles at LEGOLAND® Water Park, designed for families with children aged 2 to 12.

Remember to take a break and explore Riverland™ Dubai, the gateway to the parks. Stroll through this themed dining and retail destination for a leisurely respite. Ready for action? Real Madrid aficionados will find a haven at Real Madrid World, offering an immersive football experience.

15. Understand Islamic Culture at Jumeirah Mosque

Gracing the skyline of Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most visited tourist attraction in the city.

Both the exterior and interior of Jumeirah Mosque depicts amusing architectural heritage of the region. It was built by taking heavy inspiration from medieval Fatimid style.

Adopting the ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ policy, the mosque is a wonderful place to absorb and understand the Emirati culture and Islamic principles.

16. Fly in the sky in a Hot Air Balloon

Take a good look at the expansive desert landscape by booking a hot air balloon ride during your Dubai Vacation.

Away from the glamour of the city, hot air balloon ride can instantly take you to a soothing and peaceful world. you will surely be amazed by looking down at the splendid desert vistas during your flight in the air.

You will experience sunrise from 3,000 feet above the ground and the balloon will float between 40 to 70 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

17. Cherish the Utmost Thrill with Skydive Dubai

If free-falling over the iconic Palm Jumeirah skyline with a speed of about 120 miles per hour sounds good to you, then get your slot booked with Skydive Dubai.

This is certainly not for the faint-hearted people and the excitement is too much to be compared with any other adventure sports in Dubai. So, don’t worry at all regarding your personal safety. Skydive Dubai has you covered.

Beginners will be accompanied by company’s experienced instructors whereas licensed divers are allowed to take the plunge all alone. Several packages are available to meet your diving expectations. Choose the one that fits your pocket and your skill. Skydive Dubai experience worths every penny that you invested. This is something that will treasure for the rest of your life.

18. Enter a Floral Wonderland at Miracle Garden

Let the colours and flowers of the world enchant you at the Miracle Garden.

This place has every element to lift your mood as soon as you cross the entrance of the park. This floral wonderland is fascinating collection of blooming flowers spreading over an area of 72,000 square feet.

Dubai Miracle Garden has floral replicas of Burj Khalifa, an Emirate A380 airplane, Lost Paradise, Disney Avenue, clocks, cabanas, arcs, houses and floral designs – everything made of blooms, twigs and plants.

19. Experience Tradition and Modernity at Al Seef

Dubai is a city that astonishes you with its blend of history and innovation, and Al Seef encapsulates this spirit perfectly. At Al Seef, you’ll wander through streets that tell tales of the emirate’s rich cultural heritage while experiencing the flair of modernity. 

Architecture here is a visual feast, from wind-towered buildings harking back to the early 20th century to contemporary design marvels. All with a view of the historic Dubai Creek, you will have an Heritage area to explore the traditional side, with its old-world charm and souks. As well as a contemporary district with boutiques and eateries.

As you explore, you can stop by the Museum of Illusions to have fun with mind-bending exhibits and puzzles, perfect for a family outing.

20. Discover Treasures at the Dubai Souks

Embark on a shopping adventure at Dubai’s legendary souks.

In the Gold Souk, you’ll find yourself surrounded by exquisite jewelry, from opulent necklaces to finely crafted rings. Even if purchasing gold isn’t on your agenda, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Just a short walk from the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk awaits with aromatic treasures. But, you will find different souk thematics around like utensils souk or herbs souq. And for fabric enthusiasts, there is the textile souk. Touch the rich textures of silks, satins, and velvets, and select the perfect material to fashion your own garment.

21. Wander Through Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Dubai at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Stroll through the winding alleys lined with sandstone buildings and discover the city’s illustrious past. You’ll feel the pulse of traditional Emirati life as each step takes you deeper into history.

You can start your journey at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), offering an immersive tour delving into the district’s cultural depths.

22. Elevate Your Experience with Sky Views Dubai

Sky Views Dubai is providing a unique perspective of Dubai’s skyline. First up, ascend to the Observatory Deck where you’ll find yourself 219.5 meters above the ground. It presents a panoramic experience of Downtown Dubai, making it an ideal spot for enthusiasts seeking a visual treat.

For those craving a bit more adventure, the Edge Walk at Sky Views Dubai offers an adrenaline rush unlike any other. You’ll walk around the outside edge of the towering structure, safely harnessed, of course.

If you want to feel as if you’re floating over the city, step onto the glass-bottomed podium that connects the Address Sky View’s twin towers and do the Sky slide. The view downward is nothing short of breathtaking.

23. Glide Across Dubai Creek on an Abra Ride

Cruise Dubai Creek on a traditional abra, a small wooden boat central to the city’s heritage. The creek divides the city into two main sections, Bur Dubai and Deira, both rich in culture and history.

For just 1 dirham, you can hop on an abra for an authentic taste of local transport. It’s the most cost-effective and picturesque way to explore the historical part of the city. Abra rides are available every day, typically from early morning until late at night.

24. Peek into Tomorrow at the Museum of the Future

If you’re seeking a glimpse into what lies ahead, the Museum of the Future in Dubai is your gateway to innovation. This architectural marvel isn’t just a sight to behold; it’s an interactive experience that propels you into tomorrow’s possibilities.

Make sure to book your tickets in advance for a specific entry time. This ensures your seamless entry into a world of future-inspired innovations and discoveries. Grab your tickets here and embark on an inspiring adventure.

At the Museum of the Future, Dubai showcases its vision of the years to come. You can expect to find inspiring exhibits and technological advancements.

25. Sightsee in Style on a Dubai City Tour

Sometimes it may seem like Dubai is all about humongous malls and exceptionally mind-twisting buildings, but this desert city is also the home to some enticing cultural institutions and galleries too.

Hop on board the Hop-On Hop-Off Dubai bus tour to explore all of Dubai’s iconic landmarks! Don’t miss out on any of the exciting sites as you journey across the city.

This one tour includes the giants from the city ranging from Burj Khalifa to Dubai Museum, from Al Fahidi Fort to Palm Island, from Dubai Mall to Sheikh Zayed Road and much more.

This tour can take several hours depending on the places you want to cover in a single trip.

26. Land Yourself on the Top of Dubai Frame

We bet you have never seen anything like the Dubai Frame, all glitzy and gleaming with gold. This 150-meter-tall and 93-meter-wide structure is the largest picture frame in the world.

Dubai Frame is the metamorphical representation of the connection between the Old and New Dubai. From the observation deck at the top of the frame, you can cherish the stunning skyline of the city.

Walking on the glass bridge connecting two towers of the Dubai Frame, gives a feel of walking on the air.  Taking a picture of the city skyline right through the frame is a must.

27. Retrace Ibn Battuta’s Epic Journey with shopping at Ibn Battuta Mall

There is dearth of giant shopping malls within the limit of Dubai but shopping at Ibn Battuta Mall is something very different and exquisite too. This is the biggest themed shopping mall in Dubai and your shopping spree at this mall has to end with the discovery of different lands retracing Ibn Battuta’s explorations.

Housing more than 400 outlets, Ibn Battuta Mall is haven to all shopaholics. Apart from global brand outlets, it has encompassed plenty of eateries bringing various flavours from all over the world to your platter. In short, Ibn Battuta Mall is the blend of history, heritage, culture and charming adventure trips under one roof.

28. Indulge in Luxury at Burj Al Arab

Dubai is a metropolis of opulence, and Burj Al Arab stands as its crown jewel. Experience unprecedented luxury in this iconic hotel, known for its unique sail-like silhouette against the Dubai skyline.

Your 90-minute journey inside the Burj Al Arab promises not only a feast for the senses but an indulgent escape into a realm of opulence. With soft beverages in hand, your personal butler will guide you through the storied halls, sharing captivating anecdotes about the hotel’s illustrious history, visionary architecture, and glamorous past events. From the awe-inspiring atrium to the sumptuous Royal Suite, and culminating in the serene open-air lounge with its panoramic sunset views—this is an experience crafted for the discerning traveler seeking the epitome of sophistication.

29. Experience the Exhilaration of Camel Racing

Yes you read it right, Camel Racing! If you’ve never been to the UAE before you will soon learn that camels are a big thing around here!

Venture to the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, where the excitement is palpable. Watch as trainers prep their camels, using a blend of traditional methods and modern technology. You’ll witness a unique part of Dubai’s cultural heritage unfold before your eyes.

Each race is a high-speed chase across the sand, where strategy and speed reign supreme. Make sure to check the race calendar for upcoming events and plan your visit accordingly.

Your Dubai Adventure Awaits: 29 Unforgettable Experiences!

Dubai offers an abundance of unforgettable experiences, from thrilling adventures to cultural delights. With 29 awesome things to do in Dubai, your itinerary is sure to be filled with excitement and wonder at every turn! Make sure to come back for more on Travel & Living in Dubai & Abu Dhabi. Follow us on Pinterest and Subscribe to our Youtube channel too.

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