Find out about 50 fun activities and what to do in Dubai

(read also my full Dubai Guide, the best hotels in Dubai and my 3 Itinerary for Dubai)

As you probably know, I fell in love with Dubai when I visited Dubai during my second visit. I was surprised that there is so much more to do and see than skyscrapers and malls.

Though it is actually a lot about breaking any kind of records, Dubai can also be charming and fun.

So whether you are already in Dubai or you will head there soon, these are fun activities to do in the biggest city of the UAE (some of them are free activities, some cost a bit, some are for the wild ones, some are for those who like to chill and rest).

P.S. Some activities are not offered throughout the year – especially in summer some places are closed, so please double-check the dates :).

50 things to do in Dubai, Emirates. Travel Ideas. (50 unique things to experience in Dubai)

50 things to do in Dubai, Emirates. Travel Ideas. (50 unique things to experience in Dubai)

50 Things to Do in Dubai

1.Desert Safari

There are many different desert safari tours offered in Dubai, I would choose one that includes 4×4 wheel drive and a BBQ (which is amazing in the desert). However, any desert safari is a great thing to experience.

Check out the Prices for Your Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari @shutterstock

Dubai Desert Safari @shutterstock

2. Seaplane Flight

A seaplane flight sounds pretty amazing, right? A seaplane flight in Dubai sounds even better.

Check out Prices for a Seaplane Flight

3. Speed Boat Tour

Do a speedboat tour in Dubai and enjoy the breeze.

Book Your Speedboat Tour Here

4. Stroll Thorugh Dubai Marina

One of my most favorite parts in Dubai is Dubai Marina with all the cafes and restaurants, which is also great for nice strolls.

5. Visit Pier 7 at Night

Dubai Marina is the best area to go out in the evening, don´t miss Pier 7 at night.

6. Dubai Marina Cruise Tour

See more of Dubai´s great Marina by doing a Dubai Marina Cruise Tour

Book Your Marina Cruise Here

7. Have a Drink at Marina Yacht Club

I mentioned strolling through Marina before, and having a drink at Marina Yacht Club should also be on your list with a great view.

8. At the Top of Burj Khalifa

Visit the highest building of the world and go to the top of Burj Khalifa and enjoy amazing views from up there. Tip: I had to stand in line for ages, so probably a VIP ticket is the better choice for the people who are less patient :).

Book Your Ticket “At the Top” Here

Cool Things to Do and See in Dubai

Cool Things to Do and See in Dubai @shutterstock

9. Chill at Zabeel Park

For a small entrance fee (about 1$) you can visit Zabeel Park and relax in the lush and green park.

10. Jumeirah Beach

Chill at the public beach Jumeirah Beach and enjoy great views on Burj Al-Arab

Dubai - Kite Beach with a view of Burj Al-Arab

Dubai – Kite Beach with a view of Burj Al-Arab

11. Visit Burj Al-Arab

Have an afternoon tea at Burj Al-Arab (it is still on my own list) at the only 7* hotel in the world (reservation needed in advance). It is not a bargain but probably an amazing experience.

Book Your Afternoon Tea at Burj Al-Arab

12. Spend a day at IMG Worlds of Adventure

The IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world´s largest theme park, is still on my list.

13. Do a Hot-Air Balloon Ride

I did my first, and so far, only hot-air balloon ride in Dubai. Waking up at 4 am was worth it: Do a hot-air balloon ride in Dubai´s desert and enjoy watching the sunrise from above. 

Book Your Hot-Air Balloon Ride Here

Hot Air Balloon Over Dubai Desert

Hot Air Balloon Over Dubai Desert

14. Go Flyboarding

Try out Flyboarding in Dubai and soar above the Persian Gulf.

Check out Prices for Fly Boarding

15. Enjoy a Friday Brunch

Experience an infamous Friday Brunch in one of the top hotels or restaurants in Dubai. I tried out the Friday brunch at the fancy Ritz-Carlton JBR and was not disappointed.

16. Helicopter Flight

See Dubai from above when doing a helicopter flight.

Book Your Helicopter Flight in Dubai

Dubai - The Palm @shutterstock

Dubai – The Palm @shutterstock

17. Eat Dates

Try out dates – they are healthy and a traditional snack of that region.

18 .Ski in Dubai

Surely not the most natural environment to ski, but a great place to escape the heat and try out skiing.

Get Your Ski Pass

19. Shop at Dubai Mall

Explore Dubai Mall – the biggest mall in the world (it is more like a little town than just a mall). Seriously, this mall is crazy and it would be easy to spend several days in it.

Dubai Mall - an own little world @shutterstock

Dubai Mall – an own little world @shutterstock

20. Hotel Sightseeing

The hotels in Dubai are among the best in the world – if you do not stay overnight in one of the top hotels, do some hotel hopping. Check out which hotels are open to public (Burj Al-Arab is not e.g.).

Check Out the Amazing Hotels in Dubai

21. Jet-Ski in Dubai

If you prefer outdoor activities, go jet-skiing in Dubai – where everything is about higher, faster, further, fast jet-skiing seems to be the perfect activity.

Book Your Jet-ski Tour in Dubai

22. Visit Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya is one of the oldest district, located at Dubai Creek, and quite charming with the narrow streets and surely worth a visit.

23. Visit the Gold and Spice Souk

Visiting the Gold and Spice Souk in Dubai should be on your list (close to Al Bastakiya).

24. Do an Abra Ride

Do an inexpensive abra ride on Dubai Creek, a natural creek close to the Gold and Spice Souk.

Abra Ride in Dubai @shutterstock

Abra Ride in Dubai @shutterstock

25. Visit a Museum in Dubai

Apparently, Dubai is super modern but if you visit one of the museums in Dubai you´ll learn more about Dubai’s past (yes, there is some history involved).

26. Stroll Along The Walk at JBR

Discover JBR Walk by feet – a popular area with many restaurants, hotels, cafes, and with access to the beach.

27. Visit Miracle Garden

Visit Miracle Garden and take 10000 of pictures at Miracle Garden.

Get Your Ticket for Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden @shutterstock

Miracle Garden @shutterstock

28. Visit Global Village

Visit the Global Village and enjoy a ride in one of the 50 rides in the Fantasy Island theme park.

Get Your Ticket for Global Village

29. Visit the Iranian Mosque

Pay a visit to the beautiful Iranian Mosque in Bur Dubai. 

30. Cruise Along Dubai Marina, Atlantis, and Burj Al Arab

 One of my favorite activities anywhere in the world: doing boat cruises. With all the stunning buildings in Dubai boat cruises are pretty amazing.

Book Your Boat Cruises

31. Dubai Ferry

An inexpensive way to do a little boat cruise is by doing a ferry ride.

32. See the Water Fountain Show

Watch the water fountain show at Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa and see the water dance.

Water Fountain Show in front of Dubai Mall @shutterstock

Water Fountain Show in front of Dubai Mall @shutterstock


33. Aquaventure Waterpark

Visit Aquaventure Waterpark – it is easy to spend a full day at one of the biggest and best waterparks in the region (a visit there made me feel like a little child again).

Check out Rates for the Aquaventure Waterpark

34. Hop-On and Hop-Off

Hop on in one of the sightseeing buses and discover many areas by bus – with great stops along the way.

Book Your Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus Tour in Dubai

35. Visit Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is one of the very few mosques in Dubai open to non-Muslims as well, so put it on your list.

36. Do Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

Do a day trip to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, and see, among others, the stunning Grand Mosque.

Do a Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Dubai @shutterstock

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Dubai @shutterstock

37. Visit Lost Chambers

Visit the Lost Chambers at the 5* hotel Atlantis – The Palm and find out about the Atlantic myth and marine life.

Visit the Lost Chambers

38. Do a Professional Photoshoot

If you have ever thought of hiring a professional photographer in an amazing scenery/surroundings then Dubai might be the place for a great outdoor or indoor shot.

Book Your Photoshoot in Dubai 

39. Camel Riding

Go camel riding in Dubai. It is often included in desert safaris.

40. Day Pass on the Palm Jumeirah

If you do not stay at one of the hotels on the Palm, get a “day ticket for beach access on the Palm” (the beach is my favorite in Dubai but since it is private this is an easy and legit way to get access).

41. Do a Bike Tour

Rent a bike (at a rental station on the Palm) and explore Palm Jumeirah by bike.

42. Explore Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most charming areas in Dubai – though it is extremely modern it is a recreation of ancient Arabia and it is also home to some fantastic hotels.

Dubai - Madinad Jumeirah @shutterstock

Dubai – Madinat Jumeirah @shutterstock

43. Private Yacht Cruise

Dubai is the city of the rich – so a private yacht cruise sounds pretty standard in Dubai.

Book Your Private Yacht Tour in Dubai Here

44. Dine in an Underwater Restaurant

Dubai has several underwater restaurants, so why not dine in a very special atmosphere?

Book a Dinner in an Underwater Restaurant

45. Visit Wafi Mall

This Egypt inspired Wafi Mall has also a free light show every evening which is worth to watch.

46. Go Sand Boarding

Skate boarding can be done anywhere – sand boarding in Dubai is more exclusive (p.s. I do not do it the proper way in the picture).

Book Your Tour and Go Sand Boarding in Dubai

47. Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, one of the biggest indoor aquariums in the world.

Book Your “Dubai Aquarium” Ticket Here

48. Dubai Garden Glow

A perfect Instagram location is the Dubai Garden Glow – a garden with beautifully arranged lights.

49. Visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Enjoy the free attraction and visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and see flamingos (among others).

50. Enjoy

Enjoy your time in Dubai.

Finished: Though I could probably add many more things, I stick to the 50 great stuff to do in Dubai.

Hope, this list inspired you and you´ll have found great ideas what to do when in Dubai.

Safe Travels, Arzo



50 things to do in Dubai. Fun activities, free things to do as well as luxurious travel tips.

50 things to do in Dubai. Fun activities, free things to do as well as luxurious travel tips.