15 Best Things to do in Dubai

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15 Best Things to do in Dubai

Dubai is a Middle Eastern city like no other. The place may be small and compact but it incorporates everything in it to enthrall every preference. So whether you’re planning to visit here solo or with your family and little ones, there is no doubt that each member in your family will have a vacation of a lifetime. That said, the catch is to systematize a travel program that caters to your group’s unique interest and the following list of things to do in Dubai will put you at ease. 

  1. Take To The Iconic Burj Khalifa

A perfect way to start Dubai holiday is via ascending to At the Top observation deck at Burj Khalifa. Located in its 124th level, this gives you an awe-inspiring introduction to Dubai’s stunning city skyline. There is also another observation deck on its 148th level – it is extraordinary being the world’s highest observation deck at a height of 555 meters. And did we say that this dazzling structure of Burj Khalifa in the middle of Downtown Dubai is the world’s tallest building. In fact, you can’t travel to Dubai without at least making a quick stop and capturing some cool snaps against this mighty building.

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai

Nearest Metro Station: Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro Station

Important Tips and Information

  • Burj Khalifa covers an overall altitude of 828 meters which make it the world’s tallest building.
  • Besides its observation decks, it is home to many superlative and record-breaking attractions such as the world’s highest restaurant (At.mosphere) and the highest occupied floor.
  • To get the best out of your visit here, be sure to pre-book your tickets. Choose from peak or non-peak hours pass. There are also combo pass that comes with observation deck entry plus a dining session at Café Treat or one of the restaurants within Armani Deli.
  1. Discover A World Of Shopping & Amusement At The Dubai Mall

Dubai is a city dominated by the world’s most striking malls, thanks to its over 70 massive malls. Most special and vast of all is undoubtedly The Dubai Mall. Yes, it’s one of the world’s tallest malls! Not to mention, it exudes an unequaled vibe with its over 1200 outlets, 200 plus dining outlets and of course a substantial array of leisure offerings. You’ll get to see here the largest of its kind Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, try a swirl at Dubai Ice Rink, experience the latest go-karts at Ekart Zabeel, and enjoy the world’s largest VR (Virtual Reality) Park which also hosts the latest in Augmented Reality (AR.) And the best thing is that it’s right next to Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai

Nearest Metro Station: Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro Station

Important Tips and Information

  • Entry to this colossal mall is free. That said, admission fee or charges apply if you wish to visit or experience its diverse attractions such as Dubai Ice Rink, Hysteria, VR Park Dubai etc.
  • With stores of all major brands here, shopping options available here are almost endless. So make sure that you make a thorough research before you roll up sleeves for digging your favorites.
  • There are some fantastic photo-worthy spots within the mall which you can enjoy it absolutely for free, mainly the Human Waterfalls and the iconic Apple Store Terrace.
  • Finally, don’t miss the Dubai Fountain show which is an aquatic extravaganza with its perfect synchronization of water, light and mindblowing music.
  1. Check Out Palm Jumeirah & Catch The World’s Biggest Fountain Show

Palm Jumeirah is one of Dubai’s most iconic Dubai attractions. For those unversed, this stunning man-made island is instantly recognizable for its giant palm-tree shape design with a crescent on its top. More than that, this Dubai hotspot is packed to brim with some of the most astonishing sights, from the majestic Atlantis, The Palm Resort to its mesmeric Boardwalk along the Arabian Gulf. If you’re already been here, be sure that you still don’t miss it as it recently unveiled the world’s largest fountain – the Palm Fountain. To view it up-close and in its entire splendor, head to the Pointe!

Location: This reclaimed land by Nakheel juts out into the coast of Persian Gulf and is easily accessible from other parts of the city.

Nearest Metro Station: Dubai Internet City and Nakheel

Important Tips and Information

  • Palm Jumeirah contains 17 fronds, a trunk part that stretches for three miles, and most of all, the 10-mile-long crescent part.
  • To see the whole of Palm Jumeirah, the most recommended option is to take a monorail ride.
  • But for the exact view of this palm-tree-like island, hit heights on a helicopter ride or an insanely wild Sky Diving adventure which gives you the most unobstructed views over this island.
  • When it comes to the newest Palm Fountain show, you can watch it for free from the waterfront promenade. But for the choicest vantage point, step into one of the restaurants or attractions that directly face the fountain.
  1. Strike A Pose Against Burj Al Arab

Throughout Dubai, you’ll find stunning skyscrapers and inspiring scenes that radiate authentic Arabian charm and sophistication. And one of the most unmissable sights among them is Burj Al Arab. Placed on a man-made island, this breathtaking billow-shaped structure is one of the world’s most luxurious hotel, so much so that it’s considered the world’s only seven-star hotel. Most people come here for a snap against its stunning backdrop.

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If you’re willing to stretch your wallet, it’s absolutely worth checking out its interiors that are painstakingly gilded in 24-carat gold and finished with over 30 types of Statuario marble for flooring and walls. For this, you don’t have to stay in its prized suites; just reserve a table at one of its posh dining venues (such as Sahn Eddar, Skyview Bars etc) or book a pampering spa treatment at its Talise Spa.

Location: Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai

Nearest Metro Station: Mall of the Emirates (from where you can hire a cab to reach here)

Important Tips and Information

  • One of the most recommended ways to catch up with this prized sight is to join a guided sightseeing excursion.
  • If you plan to drop into this opulent hotel, pre-book the service or attraction (like dining or spa package) that you would like to experience here.
  • Check for any discount, promotion or coupon deals to ensure maximum savings on your visit here.
  • To avoid any hassle and last minute confusions, it’s ideal to book your desired Burj Al Arab package through an experienced service provider.
  • Once inside, look around its gold detailing and premium marble works which interestingly is the same marble used by Michelangelo to produce many of its renowned artworks.
  • Apart from its luxurious comforts, the hotel is famed for its nature conservation projects, courtesy to its Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) that is dedicated to treat and cure the injured sea turtles.
  1. Travel The World Without Ever Leaving Dubai

Yes, this wonderful city gives you the once in the lifetime chance to discover the culture and cuisines of different parts of the world at its Global Village. This vast entertainment destination in Dubailand features about 40 pavilions that represent 70 plus countries. That’s not all; you’ll get to take in over 40,000 live performances (mostly by celebrity performers), check out its 3500 plus outlets, and explore close to 200 dining options. What’s more; there are attractions including Ripley’s Believe it or Not! and Carnaval – the funfair park which make it an absolute favorite of families and little ones.

Location: You’ll find this on Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E 311 Road)

Nearest Metro Station: There is no direct metro route to transfer you to Global Village. But you can get off at Rashidiya Metro Station or First Gulf Bank and further take a cab from there.

Important Tips and Information

  • With so much to see and do here, it’s advisable to make a detailed research on things, experiences and pavilions that you don’t want to miss here.
  • Once here, use the convenient Global Village map to explore its sprawling grounds.
  • To make an entry here, a nominal fee of AED 15 is applicable.
  • Al though your ticket offers access to all live shows, it doesn’t cover expenses that you spend for shopping, dining, rides etc.
  • Mondays are reserved for families and ladies.
  1. Shop Till You Drop At Dubai’s Souks

Be it high-end or flagship brand stores, you’ll find it all at Dubai’s malls. So what if you wish to do some authentic Arabian shopping in the heart of the city? Just head to Dubai’s souks or traditional Arabian bazaars! From Textile Souk and Perfume Souk to Spice Souk and the dazzling Gold Souk, you’ll be literally spoilt for choices. There is even an entire souk that is dedicated to the sale of nothing but finest quality gold jewelry. Contrary to shopping at malls, a visit here allows for haggling. So come here prepared to take home some one-off souvenirs and merchandise like carpets, spices, confectionaries etc at bargain rates.

Location: Souks are mostly spread across Dubai’s Bur Dubai and Deira regions.

Nearest Metro Station:  Al Fahidi and Al Ghubaiba are the metro stations closest to the souks in Bur Dubai, while Al Ras is the nearest station to Gold Souk (in Deira.)

Important Tips and Information

  • Dubai’s traditional souks are located close to each other means you can explore them all in a single outing.
  • With so much to cover in a day, it’s a must to wear a comfy pair of shoes.
  • It’s ideal to visit these souks in the mornings or evenings.
  • If you don’t where to head or what to include, it’s perfect to book a guided shopping tour where an expert guide will join you on your shopping spree.
  • Souks are mostly open from 9:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days except for Fridays. Most shops in these souks will remain closed till 16:00 hrs on Fridays.
  • Besides metro and bus, you can also reach these souks via an abra ride from Bur Dubai to Deira or vice versa. It costs just AED 1 per person.
  1. Stroll Down Al Bastakiya Quarter

The cultural or traditional side of Dubai is not just restricted to its souks. And an enlightening proof of this is Al Bastakiya Quarter, also known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. This immaculately preserved 19th century quarter lets you glimpse into an age when Dubai was just a quaint Arabian settlement. Wander across its narrow labyrinths and check out its unpretentious sand colored structures and traditional wind towers which evoke the images of the region’s bygone era. You can even step into them as majority of these buildings are now converted into a museum or an art gallery / art café.

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Location: It’s located in Bur Dubai’s Old Dubai region and is close to the historic Dubai Creek.

Nearest Metro Station:  Al Fahidi Metro Station.

Important Tips and Information

  • Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) and Coin Museum are among the region’s most popular attractions.
  • Coin Museum is a free attraction, while a nominal fee of AED 3 is charged for your visit to Dubai Museum (which is housed inside the region’s oldest fort, Al Fahidi Fort.)
  • SMCCU is one of the ultimate spots for the most genuine know-how on the region’s culture, traditional heritage and religious beliefs. Entry fee here is AED 25 per person.
  • If you don’t want to visit this place on your own, there are dedicated tours that promise you an educative overview of this quarter and its main attractions.
  1. Desert Safari

Off the city’s glamorous part, Dubai’s desert landscape may appear to be barren or lifeless, but, in real, it offers plenty of activities and experiences. Don’t believe us? Go on a guided desert safari which guarantees you an off-road adventure of a lifetime. Take in the unparalleled beauty of Dubai’s desert on a 4X4 dune bash and feel how life was like before the discovery of oil as you discover the desert from the back of a camel. You can look forward to participate in more activities with henna tattooing, falconry, Shisha smoking etc.

Location: Depending on your desert safari package, it will introduce you to the dunescape across Al Awir or Al Lahbab region.

Nearest Metro Station:  Most guided desert safaris comes with roundtrip transfers, so you don’t have to worry about how to reach here or return to the hotel.

Important Tips and Information

  • With lots of service providers and desert safari companies, make sure that you pick one with proven expertise in arranging desert safari tours.
  • Once you zero in on a service provider, don’t hesitate to ask about the inclusions covered in your desert safaris.
  • For those with time constraints, morning desert safari that lasts for not more than 2 to 3 hours is most ideal.
  • For the most extraordinary desert experiences, nothing probably comes closer to an evening or overnight desert safari with BBQ dining, traditional entertainment shows (Tanura, Belly Dance etc) and camping under the stars.
  • Don’t forget to notify your provider if you’re vegetarian or have any food allergy.
  1. Dhow Cruise

This gives you the rare chance to admire Dubai’s unrivaled modern city skyline from an atmospheric setting. Yes, this is what you can look forward to when you set sail aboard a traditional wooden dhow. Once extensively used for fishing and pearl farming in Dubai’s pre-oil phase, these vessels are now transformed into floating restaurants.  This not only allows you to savor scrumptious delights onboard but also assures you of the most remarkable vantage point over Dubai’s impressive sights from water.

Location: Dhow Cruise in Dubai is conducted at Dubai Creek, Dubai Marina or Dubai Canal.

Nearest Metro Station: Most service providers give you the flexibility to book dhow cruise with or without transfers. But as the cruise begins at a fixed time, it’s most ideal to book dhow cruise with transfers to skip all hassles of arriving at the cruise spot on time.

Important Tips and Information

  • With many dhow cruise companies, it’s recommended to opt for a direct service provider with no middlemen. This lets you top quality dhow cruise at relatively low rates.
  • If you’re vegetarian or allergic to any food, don’t forget to inform this to your cruise provider.
  • Besides standard dhow cruises, there are exclusives cruises that allow you to celebrate special events or occasions such as New Year’s Eve, Valentines’ Day etc from water.
  • Most cruise companies also let you hire the whole or part of a dhow to celebrate a corporate event or a special occasion.
  1. Check Out The Record-Breaking Attractions At Bluewaters Island

This waterfront community off the coasts of the Beach at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) is one of Dubai’s most ambitious projects. Yes, it’s one of Dubai’s newest neighborhoods where you can expect to look out for some of the most astonishing attractions and sights. This ranges from the world’s highest Ferris wheel – Ain Dubai to the world’s biggest 3D Art Museum to the Middle East’s first Madame Tussauds Museum. There is also the only Caesars Palace Bluewaters Island – the only Caesars structure outside of Las Vegas.

Location: It’s placed off the coast of the Beach at JBR.

Nearest Metro Station: DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

Important Tips and Information

  • Most of its attractions are soon on its way to completion and are expected to open right in time of Dubai EXPO 2020 (2021) in October.
  • Bluewaters Island is home to one of the region’s ultimate entertainment venues, Rotunda Caesars Palace Dubai which is inside Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. It stands out for its awe-inspiring dome shaped structure that is reminiscent of the ancient Pantheon structure in Rome.
  • Rotunda Caesars Palace Dubai is already open and continues to host world-class shows and events such as WOW – Direct from Las Vegas show.
  • Apart from these, Bluewaters Island has something for every age group, with attractions like Cove Beach, ROAM (the teen’s club), and Empire Club (which is especially for little ones up to 12 years)
  1. Experience Dubai From Heights

Going on an aerial tour is one of the ultimate ways to admire Dubai and its astonishing cityscape. For this, Dubai puts at your disposal many exciting options. Take a helicopter ride or alternatively opt for an exhilarating sea plane tour. Want to amp up the thrill and fun level of your sightseeing adventure from heights? Try sky diving, parasailing, or even head to Dubai Marina for XLine Dubai – this allows you to experience the world’s longest, fastest and steepest urban zipline as you soar over the region’s opulent sights in a superhero style.

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Location: It mostly depends on your desired aerial tours.

Important Tips and Information

  • Pre-reserve your aerial activity through an experienced tours company.
  • If you’re going to try sky diving for the first time, it’s ideal to sign up for tandem package as you’ll be accompanied by a professional sky diver.
  • Make sure that you wear right clothing and complete your look with comfortable closed shoes. It’s better to avoid loose clothes like skirts.
  • Before your sky-high action, avoid taking heavy meals; instead eat less and come light for the experience.
  • Carry your valid ID proof such as Passport or Emirates ID.
  • It’s equally vital to ensure that you’re medically fit to try your preferred activity, mainly Sky Diving and XLine Dubai.
  • While aerial tours can be enjoyed during any part of the year in Dubai, check for weather conditions to ensure that it’s safe to try your aerial activity on your chosen day.
  1. Watch A Show

What’s a Dubai trip without catching up with its extraordinary shows? From celebrity concerts, rib-tickling comedy shows and wondrous magic performances, you’ll find exciting shows that span all genres and preferences. Apart from seasonal or short run events, Dubai is equally famous for its long run performances, particularly the breathtaking La Perle by Dragone show wherein a mix of heart-stopping acrobatic actions, dazzling costumes and inspiring concept create a spectacle like no other.

Location: Dubai Opera, Rotunda Caesars Palace Dubai, and The Atrium (Al Habtoor City) are some of the city’s top-notch venues to watch amazing live shows and events.

Important Tips and Information

  • Check for Dubai’s events calendar and make booking of your favorite events well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
  • Another must is to get your ticket reservation done through a reputable service provider.
  • Be sure to arrive at the event spot earlier – this helps you to grab the best vantage point (seating) to watch the live performance.
  • Some shows don’t allow entry to kids below certain age; so check with your show organizer regarding this.
  1. Experience Skiing & Snowing

This may sound odd when you’re in an Arabian Desert city. But Dubai makes this effortlessly attainable with its ultimate snow destination, Ski Dubai. Located inside Mall of the Emirates, it’s the region’s first of its kind and the world’s third largest ski resort. And true to your imagination, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of the desert once you’re here. With tons and tons of snow, it allows you to enjoy all your favorite snow activities, cool rides, and even meet the real penguins.

Location: Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 – Dubai

Nearest Metro Station: Mall of the Emirates Station

Important Tips and Information

  • Get the right pass for your Ski Dubai visit.
  • Depending on your preferences, you can select from Ski Dubai Snow Classic, Ski Dubai Snow Plus and Snow Daycation Pass.
  • They all provide access to equipment plus outfit / gear (such as fleece gloves) and also come with locker facility.
  1. Have Utmost Water Fun And Thrill

Whether you’re looking for cool water park rides or just want to indulge in its exciting water sport activities, Dubai has the most exciting options for all. For water park enthusiasts, there is the newest Laguna Water Park, the classic Wild Wadi Water Park, and the impressive Aquaventure Water Park (inside Atlantis, The Palm). Dubai is also home to the world’s largest inflatable water park, AquaFun Dubai. Now if you wish to have a direct rendezvous with Dubai’s waters along Arabian Gulf, just go ahead and sign up for some delightful activities such as jet skiing, banana boat ride, wakeboarding, and flyboarding.

Location: This varies dependent on your chosen water park or activity.

Important Tips and Information

  • Most water parks in Dubai offer unlimited access to its rides, slides and water games.
  • That said, the duration of most water activities like jet skiing, flyboarding etc is 15 to 20 minutes. But you can lengthen its duration for extra nominal charge.
  • You should know swimming to participate in most water activities.
  • With contact to direct sunlight during water activities, use appropriate clothing and be sure to apply your sunscreen cream / lotion.
  • Winter months are the best time to enjoy Dubai’s water and outdoors.
  1. Get A Taste Of Dubai’s Incredible Theme Parks

From escape rooms and kid-specific amusement venues to all-age parks, theme park lovers are in for a massive treat once in Dubai. Visit the world’s largest indoor theme park at IMG Worlds of Adventure, enjoy the game-themed Hub Zero, and spend a whole day or two at Dubai Parks and Resorts with three theme parks and a water park (Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park.)

Location: This varies dependent on your chosen theme park in Dubai.

Important Tips and Information

  • Book your theme park tickets in advance for maximum savings.
  • Opt for fast-track tickets to skip long queues and enjoy quick entry.
  • It’s better to avoid traveling to these theme parks on weekends and holidays due to hectic crowd.
  • Kids should always be joined by a responsible adult, especially during intense or high-speed rides.
  • Don’t attempt to try nerve-wracking rides if you’re pregnant, suffer from any kind of ailment, or have recently undergone any surgery.


Now that you’re aware of the top and unmissable Dubai things to do, don’t delay anymore to plan your Dubai vacation with the most unforgettable moments.


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