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
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.
2. Seaplane Flight
A seaplane flight sounds pretty amazing, right? A seaplane flight in Dubai sounds even better.
3. Speed Boat Tour
Do a speedboat tour in Dubai and enjoy the breeze.
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
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 :).
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
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.
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.
14. Go Flyboarding
Try out Flyboarding in Dubai and soar above the Persian Gulf.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
28. Visit Global Village
Visit the Global Village and enjoy a ride in one of the 50 rides in the Fantasy Island theme park.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
43. Private Yacht Cruise
Dubai is the city of the rich – so a private yacht cruise sounds pretty standard in Dubai.
44. Dine in an Underwater Restaurant
Dubai has several underwater restaurants, so why not dine in a very special atmosphere?
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).
My way of sand boarding 🙈 If you are in Dubai, even only for few hours, I can strongly advice to visit the desert. On my blog are two reviews of different tours in the desert (link in bio) – pic by lovely @packslight @arabianadventures – #ad #dubai #visitdubai #arabianadventures #desert #dubaidesert #desertsafari #adventures #heat #sandboarding #funinthedesert #mydubai #bloggergirl #arzotravels #tb #throwback #bucketlist
47. Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, one of the biggest indoor aquariums in the world.
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).
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
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