The United Arab Emirates or UAE has seven Emirates and surely, the most popular of them is Dubai. The Emirates city of Dubai is glitzy and glamorous and at the same time preserves its deep-rooted traditions and culture. This unique juxtaposition of traditional and modern is what makes Dubai one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. If you are planning a trip to Dubai, there would be a myriad of things that you would want to do. The city offers several interesting places to see and exciting things to do. Here we present 15 fun things to do in Dubai, which would make your holiday memorable.
Go on a Dubai City Sightseeing Tour
With so many amazing buildings and mind-blowing architecture, a sightseeing city tour is surely one of the best things to do in Dubai. The Sheikh Zayed Road, the Palm Islands, the Hotel Atlantis, the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, etc. are some of the most important landmarks of the Dubai and should be on your itinerary. On the other hand, if you are not sure about how to go about sightseeing in Dubai on your own, it would be best to book a Dubai sightseeing tour package with a renowned travel company or agency.
Enjoy an Aerial View with Helicopter City Tour
While the regular sightseeing city tour in Dubai is amazing, you would want to try a unique way to see the city in a different perspective. The helicopter city tour is one of the best ways of sightseeing in Dubai as you get a chance to see the city from the bird's eye view. This is the perfect way to see the Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands in their true glory. You would also be able to see the mighty Burj Khalifa and other prominent buildings of the city, up-close and personal during the 30 minutes helicopter ride.
Explore the Historical and Cultural Side of Dubai
While on the surface, Dubai is all about the glamorous malls, hotels and buildings, the people of the city hold their history, culture and traditions quite closely. If you are interested in knowing about this side of Dubai, you must head to the old part of the city to check out the Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Bastakiya Quarter, Dubai Creek, etc. You can also visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding, which conducts cultural and religious (visit to mosques) tours as well as several interesting sessions on the lifestyle, religion and food of the Emiratis. This is a great way of learning about the local people.
Feel the Adrenaline Rush at the Desert Safari
Known to be the ultimate holiday experience, the Dubai desert safari is the best way to know about the place that Arabs lived in the past. However, apart being a cultural experience with entertainment programs, the desert safari also offers some exciting adventures like dune bashing, camel riding, quad biking and sandboarding. The dune bashing, done in a 4x4 vehicle, gives you a thrill like no other while the camel ride would help you know how the Arabs travelled in the past. Combined this with entertainment experiences and a delicious BBQ dinner, you would have an unforgettable time in the desert.
Watch the Desert Sunrise with the Hot-air Balloon Ride
If the adventure and entertainment at the desert safari does not appeal to you, the morning desert safari with hot-air balloon ride may sound tempting. Although you can go on a hot-air balloon ride with a group of people, you can also arrange for a ride for two if you want to make it a romantic tour with your partner. The sight of the long-stretching desert with the sun rising from the dunes and the animals grazing in the desert would make this trip worthwhile.
Feel on Top of the World at the Burj Khalifa
Known to be the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa is a must-visit place in Dubai. While you may not be able to visit each and every floor of the building, you would surely be able to visit the two observation decks, one on the 124th and 125th floors and one on the 148th floor. From the observation decks, you would be able to see the entire city and the endlessly expanding desert. Whichever observation deck you choose, you would definitely have a marvellous experience. Before you descend the building, you can also visit the restaurant (At.Mosphere) on the 122nd floor for a drink or maybe lunch or dinner.
Watch the Marvellous Dubai Fountain Show
Every evening, starting at 6, you get to see the most marvellous fountain show, right outside the Dubai Mall. The symphony of water, sound and light is incredible and one that would touch your heart in the best way possible. The best thing is that it is free to watch although if you want to have a closer look, you can do so while on a boat ride, which would cost you, but is worth every penny. Recently, a Dubai Fountain Boardwalk has been added, which would give you the chance to see the fountain show closer. Whichever location you may choose to watch the performance of the fountain, the illuminated lights, the soulful music and the perfect synchronization of the fountains would leave you spellbound.
Have a Fun Time at Dubai Aquarium
Located at the heart of the Dubai Mall is the Dubai Aquarium, the largest indoor aquarium in the world. Home to more than 33,000 aquatic animals of different species, this is an interesting place to visit for both adults and children. Walking inside the huge blue tunnel, you would be able to identify various species of marine animals include manta rays, tiger sharks, etc. If you want a unique experience, you can go for activities like shark diving, cage snorkelling, glass bottom boat tour, etc. You can also visit the underwater zoo located on the top floor.
Go on a Shopping Spree
Dubai is a haven for shopaholics. Right from traditional markets called souks to enormous malls, there is no dearth of shopping places in Dubai. If you want to go the traditional way, there is the gold souk, the textile souk, the perfume souk and the spice souk, all located in old Dubai, along the Creek. On the other hand, the malls of Dubai have stores of almost all international brands in the world. Some of the most popular malls are Dubai Mall (the largest mall with 1200 stores), the Mall of Emirates, Mercato Mall, etc. At these stores, you would be able to buy products of brands like Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Cartier, etc. If you visit Dubai during December-January months, you would also be able to experience the Dubai Shopping Festival where you would be able get a discount of up to 70% at most stores.
Spend a Day at the Water Park
Nothing can de-stress and give joy to every member of the family like a visit to the water park. You may want to try all the slides and rides or just relax at a pool, but spending a day at the water park would give you a break from the sightseeing and some quality time with your family. The best part is Dubai has several great water parks. Some of the most popular at the Wild Wadi Water Park, Aquaventure Water Park, Legoland Water Park, etc. While each of the water park in Dubai is unique, all of them has state-of-the-art facilities and fun attractions. You are sure to have an awesome time at each one of them.
Dine on the Dhow Cruise
The dhow is a traditional boat that was used for transportation by the Arabs. Today, they have been turned into stylish restaurants that sail on the Dubai Creek as well as Dubai Marina. The dhow dinner cruises are not only a great way to enjoy a delicious international buffet but also to relax after a tiring day. Complete with gentle breeze (if you are sitting on the upper deck), complimentary drinks, Arabic music in the background, dance performances and good food, the dhow cruise dinner would give you the chance to sightsee in a unique way.
Relax at Jumeirah Beach
All the sightseeing and mall hopping can leave you exhausted. So, take a break and chill at the Jumeriah Open Beach. Apart from enjoying a gorgeous view of the Burj Al Arab, this beach is perfect to just lay in the sand and relax. You can also choose to swim in the cool waters of the beach. The beach has something for water sports enthusiasts too. You can indulge in paragliding, parasailing, water skiing, surfing, jet skiing, etc. If these do not interest you, you can just walk on the sand and even watch the beautiful sunset.
Walk through the Miracle Garden
Growing a flower garden in the desert seems to be impossible, but Dubai has made it possible. However, the Dubai Miracle Garden is not extraordinary only for the 109 million naturally grown flowers but also for the beautiful exhibits. The flowers have been arranged in so many marvellous designs and exhibits that they would stay with you, long after you have left from the garden. The best thing is that the exhibits are different every season. Do you need anything more to visit the place again and again?
Indulge in a Gourmet Experience at Burj Al Arab
If you associate food with fun, the afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab would be one of the most cherished experiences for you. Head to the Skyview Bar on the 27th floor, not only for the beautiful view of the city but also for a culinary experience, like never before. You may want to skip lunch if you want to fully enjoy the delicious spread of pastries, cakes, sandwiches, scones, tea, coffee, etc. You have to book a table in advance and do not forget to dress up for your visit to the restaurant.
Soak in Some Gold Therapy at the Gold Souk
The gold souk in Deira, Dubai, is a place where you would hundreds of gold stores selling gold, silver and diamond jewellery. Even if you do not want to buy anything, just walk around the place to witness all the bling. On the other hand, investing in gold in Dubai is a good idea as you would find gold jewellery to be the cheapest here. What's more, you can bargain on the making charges with the shopkeeper before making the purchase. Whatever kind of jewellery you are looking for, you would definitely find the one you like at the gold souk in Dubai.
Hope we have been able to answer the question what to do in Dubai. In fact, you must have realized there is no dearth of things to do in Dubai. All you need to do is choose what interests you and get ready to have the time of your life!