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Things to do in Dubai

Traveling to Dubai soon (or already here)? Below are some of the top things to do in Dubai!

This goes without saying – always check the website/company operator for updated details regarding pricing, timings, itinerary, etc.


SKYDIVE DUBAI – ADVENTURE

The most adrenaline-filled activity in Dubai! Not for the faint hearted. Be sure to check the weight requirement before booking and remember to book in advance.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Marina | Cost: AED 1,799 | Operator: Skydive Dubai AE


DESERT SAFARI – ADVENTURE

A must for everyone! The evening tour starts in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several stops for photography, dune bashing, sunset photos, camel ride, sand boarding, henna designs, barbecue dinner and shisha, and a traditional Fire show and Tanura show around the campfire.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai | Cost: Varies by group size and package | Operator: Various operators conduct this tour (I’ve used Dubai Private Tours) and can usually be booked via your hotel.


AT THE TOP, BURJ KHALIFA – CITY ATTRACTION

Journey to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, for impressive views of Dubai.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Mall | Cost: Starts at AED 149 (cost varies by floor level -meaning, how far up to the top you want to go) | Operator: At the Top AE


DUBAI MALL – CITY ATTRACTION

The world’s largest shopping mall packed with retail stores, an aquarium, skating rink, gold/perfume souk, dancing water fountain, and plenty of restaurants.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Mall | Cost: n/a | Operator: Dubai Mall


DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO – CITY ATTRACTION

Home to thousands of aquatic animals (over 140 species) plus plenty of adventurous experiences including shark dive, snorkeling, diving, and the shark walker.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Mall | Cost: Varies by experience | Operator: Dubai Aquarium


AIN DUBAI/BLUEWATERS ISLAND – CITY ATTRACTION

The world’s highest observation wheel located on Bluewaters Island. You can either book a standard observation cabin (shared) for a 38 minute revolution, a social cabin with alcoholic beverages in a premium shared cabin, or a private cabin for events and celebrations. Also, browse around Bluewaters Island before or after your experience on Ain Dubai and explore the shops/restaurants, visit Caesar’s Palace, or have a casual outing at Brass Monkey for bowling, drinks and other retro gaming experiences.

Quick Info – Location: Bluewaters Island, Dubai | Cost: Starting at AED 130 | Operator: Ain Dubai


FRIDAY BRUNCH – DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

One of my favorite weekend activities – brunching in Dubai is more than just bottomless mimosas + entree. It’s more of unlimited rounds of champagne, wine and spirits; unlimited food at fine dining restaurants; your weekly opportunity to sport your best outfits; live music with an after party (at some). There are many to choose from (some are a bit trashy to be honest) with a few of my favorites being (mainly because of the ambience, food/drink quality, and crowd) Alici, Tasca, Pierchic, Amazonico, Zuma, Coya, STK (JBR location), Hotel Cartagena, CΓ© La Vi, Flair 5, and Traiteur at Park Hyatt.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai | Cost: packages typically start at AED 495 | Operator: Book in advance via restaurant


SPA – WELLNESS

So many amazing spas to choose from in Dubai offering a range of luxurious services and experiences. My favorites that I have personally tried are Talise Spa (Burj Al Arab), Talise Ottoman Spa (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray), Guerlain Spa (One & Only the Palm), Pearl Spa (Four Seasons Jumeirah), AWAY Spa (W the Palm), Saray Spa (JW Marriott Marquis), Nikki Spa (Nikki Beach Resort & Spa), Spa at Mandarin (Mandarin Oriental) and the Timeless Spa (Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa – outside the Dubai city center).

Be sure to always check for offers: BOGO, inclusive of pool and beach access, etc.


JAIS FLIGHT – ADVENTURE

The longest zipline in the world across the highest mountain in the UAE!

Quick Info – Location: Ras Al Khaimah | Cost: AED 270-360 | Operator: Jabel Jais Adventure park


ATLANTIS/AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK – ADVENTURE

The world’s largest waterpark with 79 slides and attraction located within Atlantis the Palm.

Quick Info – Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai | Cost: AED 279 for Day Pass | Operator: Atlantis


GOLD SOUK – CULTURE

Traditional market in Dubai offering hundreds of stores selling primarily gold at an affordable price (silver and stoned jewelry also available). Also, travel by taxi, more convenient than taking the metro.

Quick Info – Location: Deira, Dubai | Cost: Varies, remember to negotiate! | Operator: Self


AL FAHIDI HISTORICAL NEIGHBOURHOOD – CULTURE

Discover what life in Old Dubai was like during the mid-19th century. Following the winding pathways, you can shop for fabric, visit art galleries and museums, and try traditional foods. Be sure to take one of the abra boat rides across the creek for AED 1. While you’re in the area, visit Al Seef, a water front destination and home to several shops including a very instagrammable Starbucks.

Quick Info – Location: Al Fahidi | Cost: n/a | Operator: Self


GLOBAL VILLAGE – CITY ATTRACTIVE/CULTURE

Global Village combines the cultures of 90+ countries across the world in one place with a variety of dining experiences, shopping within each country pavilion, amusement park rides, and entertainment. Think of it as a giant sized version of Epcot at Disney World. Global Village is only open during the winter period (October – April).

Quick Info – Location: Along E311 in Dubai | Cost: AED 20 | Operator: Self


DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN – CITY ATTRACTION

The world’s largest natural garden featuring over 50 million flowers – a great spot for your instagram photos!

Quick Info – Location: Dubailand | Cost: AED 40 | Operator: Self


SKI DUBAI – CITY ATTRACTION

Indoor ski resort with almost 23,000 square meters of indoor ski area. You can ski, snowboard, zipline, meet the penguins or take a chairlift ride.

Quick Info – Location: Mall of the Emirates, Dubai | Cost: Varies by package | Operator: Ski Dubai


DUBAI MARINA/RENT A YACHT – LEISURE

Head to Dubai Marina and along the promenade you’ll find a host of yacht rentals from various providers. Cost will vary by time of day and the size of the boat.

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Marina | Cost: Varies by day/time and boat size | Operator: Xclusive Yachts (they are one of the popular ones, however, there are many to choose from)


BEACH CLUBS – LEISURE

A day filled with drinking, bites, and pool and beach access. There are many to choose from (select what works best for your budget) such as Twiggy (Park Hyatt Dubai Lagoon), Bla Bla (JBR), White Beach (Atlantis), Andreea’s (Habtoor Grand Resort), Beach by Five (Five the Palm), Azure Beach (Rixos Premium JBR), Koko Bay (Palm Jumeirah) and Cove Beach (Caesar Palace). However, my FAVORITES are Nikki Beach (Nikki beach Resort & Spa), Sal (Burj Al Arab), Drift Beach Club (One & Only Royal Mirage),Β Wet Deck (W the Palm) and Nammos (Four Seasons Jumeirah).


VISIT ABU DHABI – CITY ATTRACTIONS

Take a trip to nearby emirate and the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi, to visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World to name a few. You can get to Abu Dhabi by taxi (be sure to secure your ride back), car rental, organized tour via your hotel or any reputable tour operators (I’ve used Dubai Private Tours in the past).


MADINAT JUMEIRAH – LEISURE

One of my favorite areas in Dubai with an unmatched scenery and home to a few of my favorite hotels and restaurants is Madinat Jumeirah. Madinat Jumeirah has several 5 star hotels (Dar Al Masyaf, Al Qasr, Mina Salam and Al Naseem – all of which I recommend), a plethora of restaurants (Pierchic, Pai Thai, and Flamingo Room by Tashas are the best), an upscale souk, and countless opportunities to ride one of many abras through a scenic lagoon.


BURJ AL ARAB – ACCOMODATION

Stay at the world’s only 7 star hotel (should your pockets allow) and experience one of the most luxurious and exclusive stays in Dubai. If the nightly rate is not attractive to you, you can book a spa treatment, beach club access (Sal), or reservations at one of their restaurants in order to gain access to the hotel (you cannot pass security without a reservation). Recently, Burj Al Arab has launched a new tour called “Inside Burj Al Arab” where guests can tour the iconic hotel led by a private butler (tickets start at AED 399).

Quick Info – Location: Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai | Cost: Rooms starting at AED 5,000 | Operator: Burj Al Arab


PUBLIC BEACH – LEISURE

Dubai has several public beaches to choose from (all are great) including JBR the Walk, La Mer and Kite Beach. You’ll have the opportunity to jet ski, kite surf, kayak, fly board, plus many other water activities to choose from. Each beach is packed with restaurants, sun beds to rent, and additional activities to choose from.


HERO DUBAI – ADVENTURE

One of the more exciting boat tours that allows you to drive your own boat while stopping at some of the famous landmarks such as Burj Al Arab. No license required.

Quick Info – Location: Starting locations varies by package | Cost: starting at AED 700 per boat for two people | Operator: Hero OdySea Boat Tours


HELI DUBAI – LEISURE

Heliocpter tours over Dubai!

Quick Info – Location: Umm Suqeim | Cost: starting at AED 646 | Operator: Heli Dubai


HOT AIR BALLOON – ADVENTURE

Hot-air ballon ride over the vast desert providing views of the sand dunes, oases, camels and mountains.

Quick Info – Location: Pick-up from hotel | Cost: starting at AED 1,250 | Operator: Balloon Adventures Dubai


THE VIEW AT THE PALM – CITY ATTRACTION

Newly opened observation deck towering 240 meters above Palm Jumeirah located on the 52nd floor of the Palm Tower.

Quick Info – Location: Nakheel Mall Palm Jumeirah | Cost: starting at AED 100 | Operator: The View Palm


DEEP DIVE DUBAI – ADVENTURE

The world’s deepest diving pool for both beginners and professionals. You must know how to swim to experience this (hence, I have not done this yet lol).

Quick Info – Location: Nad Al Sheba, Dubai | Cost: starting at AED 1,200 | Operator: Deep Dive Dubai


GYROCOPTER DUBAI – ADVENTURE

A two-seater flight that takes you 1,500 feet over Dubai in a unique but thrilling experience. You must be 105 kg/231 lb. or below on the day of your flight (legal requirement).

Quick Info – Location: Dubai Marina | Cost: starting at AED 999 | Operator: Skydive Dubai


SPORTS CAR – LEISURE

Rent a sports car – simply because it’s Dubai :-).


DUBAI FRAME – CITY ATTRACTION

Largest frame in the world boasting impressive views of Old and New Dubai. The frame represents the physical transformation of the city, Old Dubai on one side of the frame and New Dubai on the opposite side.

Quick Info – Location: Zabeel park, Dubai | Cost: AED 50 | Operator: Dubai Frame


DUBAI OPERA – CITY ATTRACTION

Catch a show at Dubai’s Opera House (similar to the ones seen on Broadway) or book an inside exclusive tour to see the backstage elements of the opera house.

Quick Info – Location: Downtown Dubai | Cost: Varies | Operator: Dubai Opera House

Enjoy your visit to Dubai!

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