Discover with us the top things to do in Dubai. Dubai becomes a favourite destination for travelers, as it is combining iconic buildings, pleasure destinations, top attractions and cultural offerings. If you are looking for a city break, romantic or family vacation, Dubai offers everything. Find our tips for the top things to do in Dubai.
1. Dubai Burj Khalifa
The best way to start your unforgettable trip in Dubai is from the world’s tallest building. You can enjoy the sunset and 360-degree view over the city, the ocean and the surrounding desert from the observation deck on the 124th and 125th floors. The outdoor terrace and SKY lounge are located on the 148th floor, they are fewer tourists and you can take stunning pictures. Book online and you don´t even have to wait at the ticket desk. Check out sunset times and book a tour half an hour before, so you can enjoy a sunset from level 148 (550m). If you want to have high tea in style, book your table at the Atmosphere lounge on the 122nd floor. From above you can watch the spectacular fountains show.
2. Dubai Fountains
Dubai Fountains are the largest performing fountains in the world and the most popular free tourist attraction in the city. You will enjoy a spectacular show of dancing fountains in harmony accompanying classic, pop and Arabic music, illuminated with thousands of lights, projectors and lasers. They are located between Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Souk Al Bahar and the most popular spot to see the show is the Waterfront promenade outside the Dubai Mall. This area is extremely busy before each performance, come early to ensure a spot at the front or go to the walkway around the Souk Al Bahar, where is far less crowded. A better option is to book an outdoor table for dinner in one of the restaurants at the Souk Al Bahar with a view to the lakes and the fountains. For an unforgettable romantic evening, book a table at Thiptara, with a name meaning ‘Magic of the Water’, Thai cuisine with a focus on Bangkok-style seafood. Located at The Address Downtown Dubai, the elegant restaurant overlooks the Dubai Fountain.
3. Dubai Desert 4×4 Dune Bashing, Sandboarding, Camel Riding and BBQ Dinner
One of the best activities in Dubai is a desert safari. There is a big range of companies offering different attractions, from sunrise, sunset to overnight safari. It is a large dose of adventures, full Bedouin-style experience with camel riding, dune bashing, fireman show, belly dance and falconry show. Pick up and drop off is at your hotel with a short drive to the desert.
4. La Mer
La Mer is the newest and coolest beachfront promenade. Located in Jumeira 1 with 2,5 kilometers white sand, the beach offers lounges, umbrellas and cabanas for rent, but you can bring your own towels and umbrellas as well, and chill under the sun with a beautiful view. The place is a kid’s heaven regardless of which age they are with playgrounds, trampoline and Laguna Waterpark. La Mer has numerous choices of restaurants and cafes, from affordable to finer dining options, with different cuisines like Arabic, Italian, Turkish, Greek and more. The Promenade is lovely for shopping in the winter period (from October to March) with many retail stores and street art.
5. Boat tour
Book a yacht tour at Dubai Marina and explore all the top Dubai landmarks from a different perspective. It is a luxury experience with breathtaking views without a high cost or anything to plan and organize. The departure is from the famous Dubai Marina and the trip is trough the most picturesque yacht destination, including the World Islands, the iconic Burj Al Arab, the majestic Atlantis The Palm, with the option of swimming 5 -10 minutes. You can choose a trip with breakfast, the afternoon with BBQ and colourful sunset.
6. The Beach
The Beach at JBR is Dubai’s busiest beachfront. You can find there unique shops, wide selection of beachside dining and fun activities for everyone, like camel ride along the beach, or to enjoy a cold drink in the sky at Flying Cup with stunning 360 degree views, or challenge yourself with your family and friends to the most fun inflatable obstacle course at AQUA FUN – world’s largest inflatable water park. The Beach offers parasailing, wakeboarding, banana boat rides and even a train for the kids to enjoy. JBR Dubai is home for funky street art and flea market during the cooler months. For the sweet tooth, don’t miss the best macarons at the French café Ladurée at JBR Dubai.
7. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek offers the chance to get a flavour of the old Dubai lifestyle, like in the 1960s when the city began. Take a ride with abra, old traditional water taxi with roof, across the creek from Bur Dubai to Deira just for one dirham. On the other side, you will explore traditional souks where you literally go back in time. Go true romantically narrow alleys of aromatic Spice Souk, where fresh stock arrives every day from India, Pakistan and Iran. Do not forget, bargaining is required. A few blocks from the Spice Souk is the shiny Gold Souk. You might not buy anything there but is worth to see it.
A visit to Dubai is not complete without a visit to this area in the old part of Dubai!
8. Dubai Mall, Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Shop ’til you drop in one of the world’s largest shopping mall. With more than 1,200 retail stores, Dubai Mall is everything that you are looking for, from affordable brands to high fashion and haute couture. And not just shopping, but dinning, entertainment and leisure. The biggest highlight is The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, which is one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums in the World. For the kids are ultimate entertainment destination like the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, children’s ‘edutainment’ concept Kidzania and a huge indoor cinema complex – just some of the ways to make everyone happy, while you are shopping.
9. Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates
In Dubai, everything is possible, even to ski while outside is 50°C. Ski Dubai offers a big range of activities: you can choose to ski, snowboard, meet the penguins, zip line or take a chairlift ride. There even you can warm with a hot chocolate in a café-bar halfway up the ski slope in authentic Alpine style.
10. Kite Beach
Kite Beach is the perfect place to spend an unforgettable day at the beach with friends or family, as relaxing on sun-loungers or doing some sport. In the afternoon, when the wind picks up, the kite-surfers dominate the scene here. Kite beach offers not just activates in the water, but also on the sand like trampolines, bungee trampolines, a large climbing park, volleyball, skate park. Along the beach is the longest-running track in Dubai, connecting several beaches with exercise equipment. The best time to be there is in the afternoon, when you will be able to see the sunset as well as the spectacular view of Burj Al Arab. There are many restaurants, food trucks and cafes to spend time in if you don’t want to stay on the sand.
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