If time and money were not an issue, what would be your Top 100 Things To Do in Dubai?
Dubai is a fairy-tale world of wealth and enchantment boasting striking sights and a plethora of things to do in the heart of the desert. With an array of once in a lifetime adventures, seven star experiences and culinary journeys that are sure to tantalize your senses you will never fall short of things to keep you entertained in the regal city. From designer desert safaris beneath the stars to lavish spa treatments with a cocktail in hand, take a glimpse at these one hundred ways to bask in the beauty and the splendour of Dubai.
1. Stand at the top of Burj Khalifa
Soak up the dizzying heights of the world’s tallest tower on the teetering edge of the Burj Khalifa. Standing at the top of this impressive architectural feat will show you the world from over 800 meters above the streets.
2. Take a desert safari
Explore the extremity of the desert dunes with an exclusive safari tour. Gliding across the silky dunes in a four wheel drive or on camel is an experience you won’ forget as you watch the colours change and the local wildlife battle the elements.
3. Indulge in seven star service
Book a night at the iconic Burj El Arab hotel, one of the world’s only seven star hotels and experience how the other half live. With private butler service, richly anointed rooms and startling views of the sparkling Arabian Gulf you will be in heaven.
4. Tiptoe inside the Jumeirah Mosque
The spiralling minarets of the golden Jumeirah Mosque invites you to step inside and experience the marvel of the Muslim religion. Organized tours allow you to explore the Fatimid style architecture and to immerse yourself in learning all about Islam.
5. Splurge at the souks of Deira
Heady spice, fragrant herbs and flashes of gold greet you at the souks of Deira. For an unforgettable shopping experience be sure to haggle with the traders over designer suits, polished jewels and exotic spices in this traditional bright and bustling market.
6. Ski in the desert
Inside the Mall of Emirates keen ski bunnies can find a winter wonderland begging to be explored. Ride the ski lift to the top and take to the slopes of Ski Dubai for an exhilarating experience straight out of a fantasy.
7. Sample spicy fare at Ravi
Indulge in one of the world’s best curry restaurants for only a fistful of dollars at the foodie institution of Ravi. One of the longest serving restaurants in the city is the perfect place to taste traditional Pakistani cooking with homemade breads.
8. See the fountains
Stand in disbelief at the sparkling fountains at the base of the Burj Khalifa. When the sun sinks these majestic fountains burst to life in a dazzling performance of sound and light, known as the world’s largest fountains you are sure to be awe struck.
9. Stroll along the Jumeirah Beach Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Walk boasts a beautiful wide promenade flanked by exquisite towers along the Dubai Marina. This is the perfect place to meander and soak up the vibrancy of chic restaurants and expensive cars.
10. Take a leap of faith at Aquaventure
When in the desert nothing beats getting wet and wild at the aptly named Aquaventure waterpark. Slide through shark invested waters and dip down on the world’s largest slide in this exhilarating kingdom dedicated to fun.
11. Hire a private yacht
Spend the day immersed in sheer luxury with the salt breeze kissing your skin as you sail around the gulf. Renting a luxury charter will ensure you explore another side of Dubai, sip cocktails on the deck and dive into pristine azure blue hues.
12. Taste the difference at Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire
Voted by Time Out as one of the best restaurants in Dubai you can prepare for a gastronomical adventure. Exceptional service, inspired décor with a hint of romance and culinary art makes for a supreme dining experience.
13. Indulge in perfect pampering
Take a moments respite away from the city and visit the Assawan Spa for an outstanding spa experience. Brighten tired skin with an exquisite caviar facial, glide through the infinity pool and let your stresses melt away in the steam room.
14. Welcome the day with a hot air balloon ride
Drift above the clouds as the morning sky burns with rose hues and gold’s. Taking a hot air balloon ride over the sweeping desert dunes is a romantic experience that is sure to linger. Bask in the silence and watch Dubai spread beneath your feet.
15. Rent a luxury car
Imagine exploring the sights and sounds of Dubai in a Porsche or another exquisite supercar of your choice. Renting a luxury sports car and taking to the road for an afternoon or an evening adventure is an exhilarating ride.
16. Tee off on a world class course
Golf lovers will delight in the pristine courses on offer in the heart of Dubai. Whether it’s spending the day at the Emirates Golf Club or heading to the famous Creek for a morning round you can find world class courses designed to delight.
17. Walk underwater at the Dubai aquarium
The Dubai Mall offers you the chance to get up close and personal with sharks without the bite. The impressive aquarium is boasts a glass tunnel where the waters are teeming with giant rays, tiger sharks and every fish imaginable.
18. Jump out of an aeroplane
Strike a sky dive of your bucket list with the ultimate adrenaline adventure in Dubai. Skydive Dubai will take you above the world and encourage you to dive out and fly without wings above the city. Experience the thrill of flight with skydiving in Dubai.
19. Master the art of falconry
Escape to the desert and try your hand at the oldest sport in Dubai. Surrounded by the dunes and the cultural Bedouin villages you can learn with a master how to tame and treat these magnificent birds of prey.
20. Visit the Dubai Museum
Take a step back in time in the impressive splendour of the Dubai Museum. Housed inside the ancient Al Fahidi Fort you can admire the artefacts and crinkled images of old Dubai and witness the desert dunes before the gold rush touched the city.
21. Choose curiosities at the Global Village
The Global Village is one of the oldest attractions in Dubai and is also the perfect place to pick up souvenirs from across the globe. The streets are teeming with Asian antiques, African art, European treasures and much more.
22. Admire art at Al-Serkal Avenue
You can find contemporary galleries galore on the creative spot of Al-Serkal Avenue. Art lovers will delights in dipping in and out of the galleries of Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Mojo and Ayyam all boasting spectacular pieces from up and coming artists.
23. Take dinner on a Dhow
When the sun dips her head in the gulf you can embark on a romantic evening cruise with dinner on a Dhow. Watching the city glitter like gold as you sail gently across the waters is the perfect end to a day.
24. Raise a toast in the world’s highest lounge
Panoramic views, upmarket guests and a heady mix of fabulous cocktails are just a few reasons to bag a table at the Atmosphere Bar located high up in the Burj Khalifa building. Prices may be steep but so is the view.
25. Drift away in a hammam
Spend the day getting scrubbed, steamed and soothed in the One&Only Royal Mirage Spa. Olive oil, warm mud and innovative techniques combine so that the ancient art of the hammam leaves you reeling with joy and rejuvenated to face the city.
26. Visit the desert at night
Nothing can compare to experiencing the nocturnal world of the desert. Take a midnight journey into the dunes, listen for wildlife and dine beneath the moon. Watch the stars flood the sky as you smoke a shisha in traditional Bedouin surroundings.
27. Take a private helicopter ride
Soar across the skies with a luxury private helicopter tour of Dubai. If you want to explore the city without getting sore feet then seeing the sights from high above can provide the perfect exhilarating and world class experience.
28. Bliss out on the beach
Beautiful beaches can be found across the city boasting blue waters and sugary white sands. Escape the heat by splashing in the cool blues and dream away beneath the shade of the palms with a cold drink in hand for a blissful beach holiday.
29. Breathe in the scent of Miracle Garden
Immerse yourself in the fragrance of the world’s biggest natural garden at Miracle Garden. With over 45 million species you can meander through the curated maze of bright and beautiful petals, floral blooms and perfumed scents.
30. Explore the Bastakia Quarter
The old streets of the historical centre of Dubai are certainly worth exploring for a cultural glimpse into the heritage of the desert city. In these winding streets and narrow passageways you can find the oldest building in Dubai.
31. Swim with dolphins
Splash and play with dolphins in one of the world’s most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the heart of the city. Scuba dive or simply stand in the shallows and experience the delights of the gentle creatures at Dolphin Bay.
32. Taste the world’s best burger
The Jones Wagyu Burger takes chowing down to dizzying new heights at Jones the Grocer. Truffle mayonnaise a dab of foie gras and bois boidran sauce delivers the penultimate burger experience swathed in luxury. A must try for a new spin on the American favourite.
33. Wake up underwater
Imagine waking up beneath the sparkling sea or drifting to sleep surrounded by brightly painted fish. In the Atlantis underwater suite you can rent a room beneath the waves with glass walls offering pristine viewings of 65,000 different marine species.
34. Bird watch at Ras Al Khor
Watch pink feathered flamingos gather in the nature sanctuary of Ras Al Khor. With thousands of birds nestling into this nook of Dubai it’s the perfect spot for spending the day with a camera in hand and soaking up the sights.
35. Chill out in the ice bar
If the heat of Dubai starts to wear thin then head to the Chillout Bar to cool down. With ice sculpted interiors you can order up a vodka on the rocks and immerse yourself in the minus temperatures for a change of scene.
36. Have a golden facial
At the Biolite Aesthetic Clinic you can slather your face in gold and let the precious metal work its magic. Gold leaf is said to heal and regenerate and leave you with a glittering glow. The special treatment will certainly leave you feeling a million dollars and more.
37. Bathe like a goddess
Cleopatra bathed in milk to soothe her skin and now at the Talise Ottoman Spa you can sink down into a steaming Jacuzzi of goat’s milk. Let your skin soften and turn to silk with this extravagant treatment fit for a queen.
38. Spend a day at the mall
When it comes to shopping Dubai Mall can certainly dress to impress. The sprawling mall boasts no less than 1200 stores and luxury boutiques along with theme parks, aquariums, ice rinks and more. Lose a few hours window shopping in this extravagant spot.
39. Slide down the dunes
Sand boarding is an incredible sport that allows you to glide in style down the magnificent dunes of the desert. Let the 4x4 carry you away into a world of majestic shifting sand slopes and towering courses simply begging to be explored.
40. Ride the fastest rollercoaster in the world
Put your prowess for speed to the test with an exhilarating ride on the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a theme park sponsored by Ferrari which means you need to hold on to your hats.
41. Take a traditional boat ride
At the Bur Dubai Abra Dock you can climb aboard an old wooden boat and discover Dubai in a different light. The former fishing village stays true to its roots in this small dock perched on the wharf where you can explore the souks by water.
42. Let the children play
KidZania in Dubai is the perfect place to take the young ones for a day of sheer fun. This mini universe is designed to let kids play at being adults with lots of dress up and freedom to explore.
43. Ride in the desert dunes
If four wheel drives and camels aren’t your cup of tea then why not indulge in an ultimate romantic experience on horseback. At the Al Sahra Equestrian Centre you can take a rustic adventure riding into the setting sun.
44. Dive into the deep
Discover an underwater paradise with a diving experience at the Pavilion Dive Centre in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. As soon as you brush up on your diving skills you can venture out to explore the rainbow delights of the gulf.
45. Play a spot of polo
When in the land of the rich and famous, why not try your hand at their favourite sport with a smashing game of polo. The Dubai polo academy is the perfect place to learn the rules and to have a go at the lavish horseback game.
46. Lose yourself in the Lost Chambers
Families will fall in love with the imaginative reassures that can be found in the Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis. Meander through underground tunnels and mysterious ruins surrounded by a wealth of sea life in this evocative experience.
47. Jump high at Trampoline Park
Let the little ones loose in the bouncing world of Trampoline Park in Dubai. With wall to wall trampolines and plenty of fun features this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon disposing of energy.
48. Brunch at Park Hyatt
Fridays in Dubai are all about taking a long and lingering brunch to set you up for the day. Park Hyatt boasts the best brunch in the city with exquisite dishes and plenty of morning mimosas to set you in the right mood.
49. Picnic in the park
Dubai houses some beautiful green spaces offering the perfect retreat from bustling city life. Zabeel Park is an outdoor oasis of fragrant flora, glittering lakes and plenty of room for all. Pack a picnic, take a good book and while away the day.
50. Surround yourself with gold
In one of the world’s richest city’s it only seems right to surround yourself with all that glitters at the gold souks. Hundreds of windows blaze with golden joys and glowing jewels in the famous streets of the gold souk.
51. Touch silk at the Textile Souk
The textile souk is truly a kaleidoscope of colour and a fashionistas dream. Reams upon reams of bright colours, woven fabrics and textures come alive in the city’s famous marketplaces that teem with merchants selling every fabric under the sun.
52. Visit the Heritage House
Take a moment to step back in time with a remarkable visit to the Heritage House. The home of the wealthy merchant was curated in the 1890 and is a rare insight into local history and old traditions.
53. Catch a belly dancing show
Ignite your passion for the splendour of Arabian nights and be sure to soak up the wonder of a real belly dancing show. The ancient art originated from Egypt and will have you spellbound with its intricate moves and rhythmic music.
54. See the Garden City of the Gulf
Book a day trip to one of the oldest haunts in the whole of the Emirates with a visit to Al Ain, the garden city of the golf. On the sweeping plains you can visit museums and castles surrounded by climbing mountain ranges.
55. Place your bets
Nad al Sheba showcases some of the world’s mightiest swift footed runners and the horse races are truly extravagant. Visit early for a tour of the stables and to soak up the calm before the chaos of the races start.
56. Glimpse VIP property
Visit the Diwan to see where the ruler of Dubai spends time. The opulent complex may be behind strict security but you can still catch a glimpse of the ornate mosque, traditional towers and richly carved sheikh’s offices.
57. Dress up for the Cavalli Club
Nights out on the town have never been so exotic then when you swish through the doors of the prestigious Cavalli Club. Crafted by Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli you can expect lots of animal print, sparkling diamonds and expensive champagne.
58. Have a night out on the beach
Barasti is one of the most beloved spots in Dubai for celebrating the stars coming out. Located on the sands of Jumeirah you can kick off your shoes and dance barefoot in the waves until the sun comes up.
59. Indulge in a first class cinema experience
Gold class screens at the Emirates Mall invite you to veg out in style with state of the art sound and vision. Catching a movie with personalised waiter service in plush recliners is the only way to enjoy a night out at the cinema.
60. Spend a day fishing
Nothing can be more relaxing then hiring a private charter and heading into the blue horizon of the Gulf. Out in the waters of Dubai you can find a smorgasbord of fishy delights just waiting to be reeled in.
61. Overstimulate at the fish market
If you have a craving for lobster but don’t want to cast your line then the vibrancy of the fish souk will serve you well. The fish souk may be a labyrinth of glut but with glistening fish of all sizes it is the best place for seafood.
62. Pick a personal shopper
If you want the ultimate celebrity experience then pick a personal shopper to hit the malls with you. These bona fide experts will show you what to wear and even how to pimp your hair for a new and sophisticated you.
63. Take a walk on the wild side
The Arabian Wildlife Centre allows you to get even closer to the big cats and beasts of the wild world with their indoor observation area. Completely indoors you can meander through the glass rooms and watch leopard cubs rough and tumble and ostriches screech.
64. Skate away
Dubai’s indoor ice rink is a dream spot for spending the day skating across the sparkling surface. Pirouette, pick up speed or simply stumble on your skates as you explore the ice or even catch a hockey game.
65. Satiate your sweet tooth
The world’s larges sweet shop is waiting to welcome you with over fifty flavours of jelly bean and a thousand square meters of space to explore candy from across the globe. Nestled in the Dubai Mall this is Eden on earth for sweet lovers.
66. Take a cable car ride
The beauty of old Dubai is best explored from the air with a ride in the cable car that traverses across the creek. Soar across the water’s edge and admire the spectacular views on this 2km journey teetering in the sky.
67. Visit Hatta Rock Pools
Escape the urban environment and head for the Hatta Rock Pools. The contrast of landscapes and pretty rock pools may be slightly marred by the trash but if you can glimpse past to admire the hewn rocks and the cool waters you are sure to see the charm.
68. Laugh a lot
Laughter is the secret of life and at The Laughter Factory you are sure to split your sides. This is Dubai’s best comedy club and regularly showcases the best talent in the world when it comes to the comedy circuit.
69. The pearl in the crown
Dubai’s pearl museum certainly is a rare gem with its spectacular collection of immaculate pearls. Small, simple and won’t take up much of your day, lovers of pearls should swing by this exhibition located in the Emirates NBD.
70. Trek the mountains
Leave the desert dunes behind and head a little ways inland to discover the raw and rugged beauty of the Hajar Mountains. With lots of chalet style accommodation and pristine walking paths you can take a weekend away for a sojourn in the hills.
71. Book a Frying Pan Adventures tour
Excite your taste buds with an evocative food safari across the streets of Dubai with a Frying Pan Adventures Tour. In the heart of old Dubai you can sample the delights of down to earth gastronomy with hand-picked experiences and interactions with local chefs and vendors.
72. Learn how to fly
Since the beginning of time man has dreamt of soaring in the skies and now in Dubai you can make that dream come true. IFly Dubai is an innovative sky diving stimulator that ensures you get the full experience of flying without the risk.
73. Smoke Shisha like a local
Shisha are all the rage in Dubai and if you want to indulge without falling into a tourist trap then head for Karama. The old streets are perfect for mingling with locals, grabbing a table at La Casa and losing yourself in the thick scented smoke and authentic tea.
74. Get climbing
In the heart of the city surrounded by desert dunes you may think that a spot of rock climbing is off the cards…not in Dubai. Dorrel Climbing boasts a spectacular outdoor rock wall for you to tackle on Sheikh Zayed Road.
75. Get wet at Wild Wadi Waterpark
When you grow tired of the beaches and pools, Wild Wadi Park will rekindle your love for the water. This epic water world is brimming with rides, slides and even fake thunderstorms. A dazzling day the whole family will adore.
76. See a meteor shower
The Dubai Astronomy Club can show you the stars in a whole new light. Take a trip to the desert with them and watch falling stars burst in the sky, listen to a talk about the wonder of space and fall in love with the midnight sky all over again.
77. Bungee jump in the Gravity Zone
Let gravity do the work for you at Gravity Zone and test your nerves as you dive headfirst from 50 meter heights. Bungee jumping in Dubai is the penultimate adrenaline experience that will leave you shaking for all the right reasons.
78. Have a Schumacher experience
Have you ever wanted to climb into a car and tear up the track like Schumacher? At the Dubai Autodrome you can sit behind the wheel of an Audi TT 2.0 Turbo and hug the tight knit corners as you careen around the racecourse.
79. Let the wind take you
With its pristine beaches and light desert winds, Dubai is a fabulous spot for trying kite surfing. Blending the beauty of surfing with the power of the wind you can crest across the open waters, jump and fall and feel the surge of the great outdoors.
80. Sip a camel milkshake
Swing by the Local House Restaurant in the Bastakiya District and order up a fresh camel milkshake. Camels’ milk is a major part of the traditional diet and is super rich in goodness but low in fat and lactose.
81. Breathe in the spice
If you only make it to one souk during your time in Dubai make it the spice souk. The sweet scent of broken vanilla pods, fresh cardamom, and golden saffron and fiery pepper will make your eyes and mouth water with delight.
82. Stay in a Bedouin Camp
Leave the glitz and the glamour of the city behind and head to the desert for a memorable night in a traditional Bedouin camp. Authentic food, low tables, lanterns and reclining pillows provide a desert oasis to sleep easy beneath the stars.
83. Paint your hands
Henna tattoos are one of the oldest forms of body art in the eastern world and are exceptionally beautiful. Visit a henna artist and let them paint your hands and fingers with the earthen coloured temporary hues.
84. Pick up a gun
If you have ever wanted to try shooting in a safe and sophisticated environment then the Jebel Ali Shooting Club is well worth a visit. Try your hand at target practise and let off some steam without the risk.
85. Opt for afternoon tea in the Burj Khalifa
The regal influence and late noon sun makes Dubai a sterling place for settling down for a light afternoon tea. The Burj Khalifa boasts the best cup of chai along with pristine scones and cream and cucumber sandwiches to nibble on.
86. Run riot at the arcades
The SEGA republic is one of the best arcades in the city with its attractions, rides and games spread out over two floors. Nestled in the Dubai Mall you can run, jump, ride and shoot to your hearts content.
87. Play with penguins
Nature lovers will be swept of their feet with a trip to Peng friend Encounters. In Ski Dubai you can opt for a VIP afternoon playing and watching penguins delight in their icy world. Prices may be steep but this truly is a rare experience.
88. Open your mind
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a fascinating experience that teaches you all about the Muslim way of life. Enjoy a traditional breakfast, informative talks and ask plenty of questions in a divine outdoor setting.
89. Dine in the dark
Bring all your senses to life with dinner in the dark at Noire. This incredibly unique dining experience is one of a kind as you indulge in a three course meal along with drinks without seeing a single thing.
90. Arabian nights at Al Hadheerah
This hidden resort is almost buried in the desert dunes and provides a spectacular environment for traditional dining with an upmarket touch. Taste true Arabian cuisine whilst watching horseback riders, belly dancers and sword play.
91. Japanese fusion at Nobu
Excite your senses with a taste of modern Japanese flavours infused with Arabian style at the state of the art kitchen of Nobu. Critically acclaimed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is world renowned for revolutionizing the way we experience food.
92. Enter the dragon
Everyone knows that Dubai is famous for its souks and endless malls but the dragon shaped mall is simply unmissable. Explore the belly of the dragon and find plenty of Chinese inspired goodies to take home.
93. See the golden temple
On the outskirts of the city you can stumble across the rare wonder of the golden temple, also called Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple. The gorgeous architecture, pale golden hues and the ethereal chanting make for a soothing spiritual experience.
94. Stare up at the Emirates Towers
The Emirates Towers are an essential part of the iconic Dubai skyline and standing at their base you will be blown away with the size. These towers literally scrape the clouds and are a great place to stop when it comes to business and entertaining.
95. Spend a day at the zoo
Dubai zoo is the place to see animals great and small, from the tiny porcupine to the long necked giraffe. You can spend the day exploring the monkey enclosures, seeing hyenas, hearing the big cats and feeding the sheep.
96. See the waterfall at Safa Park
One of the most beautiful parks in the whole of Dubai has to be Safa Park. Spend the day meandering over lush green lawns, admiring the tumbling waterfall and cruising across the pretty lake on a boat.
97. Discover The World
The world islands are an inspired collection of man-made islands laid out to represent the world as we know it. This evocative archipelago is not yet complete but is well worth seeing from the air with a private sea plane.
98. Thrill seek in Dubailand
Dubai’s answer to Disney is their own extraordinary and huge theme park called Dubailand. In this sprawling entertainment complex you can get your pulse racing on the rides, indulge in a spot of shopping, stroll the farm and the gardens and simply have a blast.
99. Hop on Hop Off
The Dubai city bus tour is a great way to see the city or to familiarize yourself with the many reasons as to why the city is so special. Visiting all the landmarks you can work your way across town without the worry.
100. Watch the sunset with champagne
Finish your whirlwind of adventures in Dubai in the 360 Bar at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. With panoramic views of the glorious Gulf and a chilled glass of champagne you can sigh in delight at dazzling Dubai.
1. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building at a height of 828 meters tall and with more than 160 floors. The project to build the world’s tallest building started construction in January 2004 and was completed in January 2010. The Burj was funded by Sheik Khalifa Ruler of the UAE and president of Abu Dhabi.
2. Go on a Desert Safari
Desert Safari’s in Dubai are like no other with thousands of miles of desert to be discovered. So you can image what we mean when we say it’s very easy to get lost. We recommend if you are interested in this you ask a trained guide to take you out, as it is very easy to get lost or stuck in the sand, which we don’t want happening as you would be lucky to get mobile reception out in the middle of nowhere, let alone explaining directions to your location.
3. Go Deep Sea Diving
Deep Sea Diving Dubai is a divers dream with over five hundred Species of fish inhabiting the Gulf Sea. The Gulf Sea is a fascinating 251,000km of which vast amounts are yet to be discovered. The Gulf Sea holds two-thirds of the world’s oil supply and 35% of the worlds gas supply.
4. Aquaventure Water Park
Aquaventure is located at the tip of the Palm Island next to The Bridge Suite Hotel. Aquaventure Water Park is said to be one of the best water parks in the world.
5. Arabian Ranches Golf Course
Arabian Ranches Golf Club is a challenge for golfers of all abilities, miss the immaculate grass of the fairways and greens and you enter the ‘sandy waste’, which makes the most of the natural terrain with its indigenous shrubs and bushes. All standards of golfers will appreciate the GPS yardage service available on every golf cart. The golf course is 247 acres, of which 120 acres are irrigate. The course is a par 72.
6. Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo is located in Al Ain and is a 5 star zoo in comparison to other zoos in the U.A.E , It has a high standard of maintenance, animal welfare and the conditions for the animals are great. Of course it still isn’t like the African Bush with free animals roaming, but unlike other zoos (Dubai Zoo) they really do take care of the animals and consider them in any decision made.
7. Mushri Equestrian Polo Club
Mushri Equestrian Polo Club Dubai is a great place for those who love horse riding, polo sports or even for people who are interested in buying a horse or pony either for leisure or racing. Mushrif Polo Club is there for all your horse needs.
8. The Sensasia Spa
The Sensasia Spa is one of the top Spas in Dubai offering great prices and a wide range of treatments. With four locations in Dubai the Sensasia Spa is never too far for a quick stop off treatment.
9. Meydan Racecourse
Meydan Racecourse is able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand. When not used for races it will serve as a business and conference integrated facility. The 7.5 million sq. m Meydan Racecourse includes the world’s first 5-star track-side hotel with 285 rooms, 2 race tracks and 72 corporate suites for entertaining throughout the year. It operates from November through March and features the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night. The Dubai World Cup Night is the world’s richest race day with over US$26.25 million in prize money.
10. Big Red
Big Red, also known as Al Hamar, is a huge 300ft high sand dune with side drops the equivalent to a black ski run. The name Big Red comes from its red colour which is caused by its high iron oxide content. Located 25 minutes along the Hatta Road, heading south from Dubai, just follow signs for Hatta from anywhere in Dubai. Click on the photo for more information.
11. Motor City
Motor City provides an abundance of experiences for all age groups and interests – experiences that become memorable events that individuals and families will want to repeat over and over and recount to their friends. It holds many professional races and on occasions allows the general public to race their own cars with friends. If you enjoy watching fast cars race or have your own car, we suggest you get down to Motor City.
12. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round.
13. The Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus Tour is your open roof tour of Dubai’s landmarks showing the rapid development of Dubai from a small fishing village to a modern, vibrant city. Take the Day Tour and use the hop-on, hop-off facility to visit all the places that interest you, or join the Night Tour with a live-guided commentary which showcases Dubai at night. On the Day Tour, you can choose a 24 or 48 hour ticket and enjoy free inclusions such as the Dhow River Cruise and Dubai Museum. Both Day Tour routes provide a personal recorded commentary available in eight languages.
SeaWings provides an amazing service to people with a bird’s eye view of the UAE’s natural beauty and extraordinary man-made structures. Operating up to 16 flights daily, they provide aerial tours and packages to destinations such as Dubai Creek, Emirates Palace, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah.
15. DreamDays Helicopter flights
DreamDays Helicopter flights offer a unique way to see Dubai when put together with its fascinating desert high-rise buildings and huge Gulf sea. Dreamdays will deliver you a wide chose of different routes and flight times to meet your needs. The most common flight time for most clients wishing to see Dubai from the sky is 30 minutes, which will give you a tour of the beautiful Jumeirah Palm and the Burj Al Arab hotel. The tour will also cover Dubai Creek and the desert. The difference between the desert and the city will bring home the point of how much the city has developed over the past 40 years.
16. Ballooning Dubai
Ballooning Dubai would have to be a number one unforgettable experience. Get picked up early in the morning then taken to the desert Oasis where you will take off in to the sky of Dubai. It’s not the cheapest day trip out, but it is a must do at some point seeing the deserts, mountains and city of Dubai from the sky.
17. Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City offers something for everyone with plenty of entertainment and leisure activities that the whole family will enjoy. Dubai festival city is where all the entertainment is, including bowling, concerts and cinemas to a 18 hole golf course. Also Dubai festival City has over 370 shops including 90+ restaurants, cafe’s and bistros and not to forget the great Hard Rock Cafe.
18. Dream Explorer Dune Buggy Driving
Dream Explorer Dune Buggy Driving in the sand dunes of Dubai is an experience like no other (If you enjoy this kind of thing) All their Dune Buggies include roll cages, seat belts, bucket seats, night lights, fire extinguisher, helmets and a back up vehicle fully complete with mechanical support to give you an uninterrupted and safe ride. All convoys are led by a qualified safari driver certified by local authorities for advanced desert driving. All their back up vehicles have mandatory First Aid kits and all their drivers hold basic First Aid certification as required by law and local authorities. The minimum age to drive is 18 Years and a valid international manual driving license is a must have.
19. Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins at Atlantis the Palm in a four-and-a-half hectare lush tropical setting carefully modelled to their natural environment. There are three vast lagoons where you can meet the dolphins through a choice of interactions. Whether you’re a hotel guest or visiting for the day, the Dolphin Bay in Dubai offers an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
20. XVA Gallery Dubai
XVA Gallery Dubai, if arts and exhibitions is your thing then you will love the XVA Gallery with a mixture of modern-day art to historical artwork and ornaments. This may not be much interest for children unless they have a deep interest in art work.
21. Camel Trek Dubai
Camel Trek Dubai is usually a half day trek in the desert up and down dunes. They take you to the desert where the camels will be waiting. On camel back you will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the desert at sunset and the darkness under the stars. A Bedouin guide will lead you to a designated location where a BBQ dinner will be awaiting you. The traditional hubbly bubbly will also be provided. It is recommended if you want to do this activity that you do it during the winter months.
22. Desert By Horse
Desert By Horse with great horses and a huge desert park to ride in, it’s a horse lovers dream, what more could you want? All levels and ages of riders are catered for, with three arenas for lessons, jumping and dressage, while the varied and scenic terrain of 1300 acres of natural parkland offers fantastic rides out.
Archery in Dubai is great fun. If archery is what you enjoy, the surge of adrenalin as you get ready to release the traditional recurved bow will not soon be forgotten, and many visitors have subsequently taken up the sport on returning home.
24. Wildlife Drives
Wildlife Drives over desert dunes in to the wild side of Dubai in a 4×4. Buildings, buildings and more buildings is how most people know Dubai, but once you drive to the wildlife reserves you get to see the way Dubai was 1000 years before people set foot in the UAE and all the natural animals that came with it.
25. Dune Dinner
Dune Dinner is a Relaxing dinner on comfortable low cushions in Bedu tents as you feast on an array of grilled meats, fresh salads, delectable Arabic sweets and beverages. A bewitching belly dancer, galaxy of stars and brilliant desert backdrop to complete the enchanting evening.
26. Sand Boarding
Sand Boarding is the contrast between the ancient ‘Bedu’ lifestyle and one of the world’s latest sports which makes this activity an unforgettable experience. Head to the dunes, strap on your sand board and take an exhilarating rush to the valley floor.
27. Private Desert Dinner
Private Desert Dinner in a secluded spot arranged with rugs and cushions and lit by traditional torches. Experience the romance of the desert as you enjoy the company of a loved one and savour a personalised menu.
28. Organised Desert Camp Outs
Organised Desert Camp Outs are for the whole family to enjoy or with friends or even a loved one. The mysterious desert beckons you for a magical evening of camping out. Safari guides transport you by four-wheel drive vehicles to your encampment where a traditional Arabian dinner and magical night in a tent awaits you.
29. Al Mamzar Park
Al Mamzar Park covers an area of 106 hectares and offers barbecue sites, private chalets for hire, swimming facilities, food kiosks, a sheltered beach, a scenic train tour and many children’s play areas. Al Mumzar Park was inaugurated in a joyful atmosphere during the celebrations of the Arab Cities Organization conference in 1994. It is 99 hectares large and costed around 100 million Dirhams.
30. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a 10-million litre Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is the largest suspended aquarium in the world, It houses over 33,000 aquatic animals consisting of over 140 species. Over 400 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main Aquarium tank which measures 51 metres in length, 20 metres in-depth and 11 metres in height.
31. ifly Dubai
ifly Dubai offers you an unforgettable and once in a lifetime experience. Their experienced flight instructors will give you one-on-one instructions on how different body positions control how you fly inside the tunnel. You will receive free complimentary actual skydive gear rental and the actual flight experience at one-tenth of the cost of a tandem jump, but with much longer free fall time! iFLY Dubai is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic.
32. Dinner in the Sky
Dinner in the Sky
Dinner in the Sky Dubai is an amazing experience, you will dine at an altitude of 50 meters above the ground where you and 21 others can have the time of your life while being held up high in the sky by a crane. You will also have a fully trained team of professionals just to make sure things go smooth and that you don’t decide to take off your seat belt after a few bears.
33. Rent A Sports Car or Yacht
If you have a bit of money to play with then why not rent yourself a sports car or a yatch either with or without a driver.
34. Sunset Spin
Sunset Spin is a Jet boat ride for a 45 minute “Thrills and Spins” ride combining the jet blast experience with a spectacular sunset over the Arabian Gulf. Always the last ride of the day, it will surely set your mood for the evening to follow.
Parasailing Dubai is a great activity while letting the wind and boat do all the work as you glide through the air. Parasailing today is easier than ever, anyone can do it, so team up to make your vacation experience unforgettable. First you will be given a safety briefing and then you will be set loose on a flight of 200 metres above sea level.
36. Banana Ride
Banana Ride Dubai is an experience with all the thrills, speed, and wet excitement. Up to 5 people can ride the giant inflatable banana rafts which are pulled behind powerful speed boats. Crash through the breakers into the warm blue waters, but hold on tight as the experienced pilots take you skimming over the water at incredible speeds.
Sailing in Dubai is a popular activity in Dubai and the UAE, and not just with the types of yachts people can only dream about. Traditional sailing yachts can be chartered as anywhere else in the world. With the beautiful weather and the great Gulf Sea with many areas still to be explored it is a sailors dream.
38. Water Skiing
Water Skiing Dubai is great fun in the warm waters of the 251,000 square kilometre Gulf Sea along with the all year-round sunshine making Dubai an ideal location for water skiing. The Facilities and equipment provided make Water Skiing great for both beginners and advanced skiers. Dubai’s reputation as a water-skier’s dream is well established. Each year Dubai Water Sports Association invites the worldwide top performers from European countries and the United States for a week-long competition and Festival.
Cycling Dubai is a great way to improve your fitness. Dubai Cycling Roadsters are a group of cyclists who enjoy leisure and recreational cycling in Dubai. Their cycling events include weekly club rides, training rides, tours through the desert, the mountains of the UAE and the occasional race. They also organise annual cycle tours overseas, so whatever your age or level of ability – from beginner to seasoned athlete – There will always be something for you.
40. Dubai Road Runners
Dubai Road Runners is a running club that welcomes runners of any age or ability. The club meets every Saturday evening at 6:30 pm in the car park at Safa Park Gate. Runners can either run one or two laps of the park (3.4km / lap). Each runner predicts their own time and the closest to prediction wins a prize.
41. Dinner on a Donut
Dinner on a Donut is a new float offshore and make your own BBQ service. There are a few restaurants in Dubai that provide this service. This is a great way to spend quality time with just friends and family without interruption.
42. Reflets Par Pierre Ganaire Restaurant
Reflets Par Pierre Ganaire Restaurant is the No.1 restaurant in Dubai with 5 star ratings across the xpat restaurant rating boards. The restaurant offers Michelin starred French cuisine and combines exciting decor and outstanding service with memorable cuisine prepared by one of the world’s most famous chefs, Pierre Gagnaire.
Kidsville is a great place for kids to learn, make friends and most importantly have fun. Kidsville offers a range of different things for children between the age of 0 and 6 years old. Kidsville offer camp outs, Dance, Music, Gym, Art and cooking lessons.
KidZania is a unique family edutainment centre for children between the ages of toddlers to 16 years old. It is a place where kids can have fun and learn more about the world and what it is like being an adult. Obviously there is only so much they can teach them about being an adult e.g. (They can’t teach them what a hangover feels like), But they can learn a lot at KidsZania and the great thing about it is they will have fun at the same time.
45. Chillout Ice Bar
Chillout Ice Bar Dubai is as you can probably tell from the photo and name, a Bar 100% sculpted from Ice. Dinners will sit on ice chairs and meals will be served on ice plates severed to your ice table and drinks are also severed (You guessed it) in ice cups from the bar made of ice. Nothing like a good meal served cold.
46. Safa Football Club
Safa Football Club is non-profit, amateur, xpat football club based in Dubai, UAE. The club was effectively formed in January 2006 after a group of guys who had been playing together at Safa Park for a few years decided to make it a ‘proper’ football club. The name Safa FC was chosen to pay respect to their previous ‘home ground’! They are proud of their diversity and their current squad contains players from the UK, India, Germany, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Iran, Canada, South Africa, Denmark, Morocco, Japan, Tunisia, Belgium, Spain, Pakistan, South Korea, Romania, Sweden, Egypt, Kenya, Hungary, Lebanon, Algeria, Armenia, Nigeria, USA, Azerbaijan, Australia and of course, the UAE!
47. Barasti Bar
Barasti Bar has two bars, one inside that has big screens often showing sport and the other outside that caters for those enjoying the views. Downstairs (beach level) is where the party kicks off later, where on weekends there are live DJ´s spinning tracks for the young crowd. The Barasti Bar also have a food menu with great sea-food dishes. This is a hugely popular venue on weekends amongst xpats where you have a choice of taking it as easy or as crazy as you wish.
48. Juma Al Majid Heritage and Culture Centre
Juma Al Majid Heritage and Culture Centre is a place for young arabs to learn about culture and there ancestries and how the UAE has developed over the past 40 years. It is also a great place for xpats to gather a greater understanding of the culture and how Dubai became one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations.
49. Rock Pools of Hatta
Rock Pools of Hatta, the scenery, drive and pools are mind-blowing. It’s an amazing experience to swim through the narrow rock corridors of this miniature canyon, roaring year-round with plunging waterfalls. The one thing that has spoilt the pools is Graffiti done by (Best Guess) the locals as it is all in Arabic. But still the rock pools are defiantly worth visiting.
50. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek is located in the centre of Dubai. The Dubai creek separates Dubai airport and Deira from the Bur Dubai. Along the Dubai creek is where historians inform us that the first Dubai settlement was built. Remains of this early Dubai settlement were found at the mouth of the Dubai creek.
51. Al Bastakiya Landmark
Al Bastakiya Landmark is a great way to get a real taste of the historical district in Dubai. Al Bastakiya Landmark is by far the oldest residential area in the city of Dubai. It is named after the region Bastak which is in Iran, where many of the residents now living at the landmark migrated from. It is located in Bur Dubai, along the Dubai Creek and includes narrow lanes and wind towers. Also found here is the Al Fahidi Fort, which is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
52. Yoshis Gaming Lounge
Yoshis Gaming Lounge is a fun destination for teenagers, families, and leisure seekers, offering the latest in recreational, network & interactive gaming technologies within a safe, friendly and enjoyable environment, Along with a wide range of snacks and beverages. Yoshis Gaming Lounge offers Billiard and Foosball tables, Computer Network Gaming, Internet Browsing facilities, Skype, MSN Messenger, Printing; Scanning & Faxing services, in addition they also offer comfortable Lounges for their TV and movie lovers and interactive gaming chairs for their Xbox 360, PS3 & Wii enthusiasts, all under one roof.
53. The Royal Shaheen Events
The Royal Shaheen Events is a family experience. Go down to the Shaheen Events with the family to touch, feed and watch the falcons fly. All the falcons are well-trained and are amazing birds to watch. The guide will also show you how they hunt for their food and will give you a live demonstration.
54. Jumeirah Archaeological Site
Jumeirah Archaeological Site is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the UAE, but the problem is unless you like looking at old sites with nothing to dig up, then it is pretty boring as all the artefacts from this area have been dug up by scientists. In the 6th century AD this site used to be a caravan stop on a route linking Iraq and Oman, as back then the boards where completely different to what they are now in the 21st century. All items including Pottery, tools, coins and other items unearthed/dug up here are displayed at the Dubai Museum and the Heritage Village.
55. The Address Montgomerie Golf Club
The Address Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai is located in the Emirates hills community. The Montgomerie, Dubai’s championship golf course was designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead. The course covers 265 acres which consist of 123 acres of turf, 49 acres of man-made lakes (a total of 14 lakes), 93 acres of landscaped gardens and is scattered with 81 large bunkers.
56. Heritage House & Al Ahmadiya School
Heritage House & Al Ahmadiya School is a school that was established in 1912 and was the first school in the soon to be city of Dubai. The Heritage house was built-in 1890 and still contains the old items with signs explaining what they are. You probably won’t spend more than an hour here but it is defiantly worth the trip.
57. Soccer Circus Academy
Soccer Circus Academy Dubai is unique! It is a fully interactive football attraction, engaging visitors in a series of exciting, immersive football challenges. This unique attraction appeals to a wide audience from ages five to seventy, male and female and enables visitors to have fun in a safe and controlled environment whatever the weather.
58. The Palm Island
The Palm Island is a huge island shaped as a palm tree adding an extra 520 Kilometres of beach to Dubai and housing 100 luxury homes along with exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas. The Palm Island was planned to take 10 – 15 years to build but then the credit crunch hit and construction came to a halt.
DragonMart provides a gateway for the supply of Chinese products in the Middle East offering Chinese traders and manufacturers a place of which they can cater to the needs of Dubai’s sizeable market. DragonMart is the largest trading centre for Chinese products outside of China and has over 4500 parking spaces and a 3 star hotel. The 175,000 square meter shopping/outlet centre has 3,950 shops engaged in the wholesale and retail trade of a variety of Chinese products including home appliances, stationery, office appliances, lamps, household items, building materials, furniture, toys, machinery, textiles, footwear and general merchandise.
60. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (RAKWS) has become the Nation’s first Ramsar wetland site. RAKWS is located at the head of the 14Km long watercourse known as Dubai Creek, and covers an area of 620 hectares, small lagoons and pools, intertidal mudflats, mangroves and a few tiny islands which lie at the interface between the Arabian Gulf and the Al Awir Desert. During winter, RAKWS supports more than 20,000 water birds of 67 species and acts as a critical staging ground for the wintering birds of the East African-West Asian Flyway.
61. Quad Biking
Quad Biking in the dunes of Dubai is a memory that will stay with you for years to come. Go Quad biking through the trackless always changing dunes of Dubai while trying to tackle those small and big dunes. Some places in Dubai do offer small quad bikes for children with fenced off areas while others offer a wild drive in to the desert, but you must be 15 years or older to drive.
62. Dhow Tours Dubai
Dhow Tours Dubai is a great way to see the creek at day and especially at night, as long as you don’t get boat sick. If your thinking of having a party e.g. birthday this is a great idea with meals and music on board and a private boat all to yourself, of course along with the driver. Or if you just want to go on a Dhow Tour for the sightseeing, this is a great way to do it.
63. Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing Dubai is a great experience if you enjoy being out in the ocean and have a passion for fishing. You will be taken out in to the Gulf Sea along with a six-pack or more of ice-cold beers (If you drink) where you can fish to your heart’s content. This is a great way to have a bit of a laugh with your mates without the misses seeing.
64. Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, it is located in the Al Fahidi Fort which was built-in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971 which was Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The aim of the museum is to teach xpats and young locals about the history of Dubai, the museum also contains artefacts as old as 3000 B.C.
65. Bastakia Quarter
Bastakia Quarter is located in Bur Dubai and is one of the city’s most picturesque heritage sites. It was built-in the late 19th century by Persian merchants attracted to the city by its relaxed trade tariffs and takes its name from the town of Bastakia in southern Iran.
66. The Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a market place selling all traditional and cultural items. Take a walk through the traditional Arabian Souk taking in the scenery of lantern lit hallways, wind towers and narrow water ways. Also at the Souk Madinat there is a wide choice of restaurants, bars and cafe’s to choose from. This is a great destination for ladies to go and have a bit of fun, take in the historical scenery and go shopping.
67. Dubai Dolphinarium
Dubai Dolphinarium is a fantastic place for the whole family serving you a mixture of live entertainment and education. Dubai Dolphinarium is the first fully air-conditioned indoor Dolphinarium in the Middle East with temperatures ranging from 21°c – 25°c. Dubai Dolphinarium aims is to provide a world-class edutainment centre for which the whole family will enjoy.
68. Meena Bazaar
Meena Bazaar Dubai is always packed with residents and travellers looking for a traditional shopping experience and good bargain. There are plenty of cheap high quality goods at Bazaar like, clothing, fabrics, authentic and fake jewellery, watch repair shops and plenty of eat out restaurants.
69. Emirates Towers
Emirates Towers Dubai is a destination beyond compare, set in the heart of Dubai city just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Sheik Zayed road. The Emirates towers also have a large business hotel inside with 400 business suits along with 15 world-class restaurants and bars and open top swimming pools. The two buildings one being 355 meters and the other being 309 meters, put them in the 12th and 29th place for the world’s tallest buildings. Construction on the towers began in 1996 and were completed as of the year 2000.
70. Dubai AutoDrome
Dubai AutoDrome is the place to go for a great time on a race track where you can watch a race. You also have the opportunity to drive a variety of cars around the race track. Being one of the most advanced race tracks in the world they have Motorsport races, Kartdrome races, days when you can race your own car and as mentioned the opportunity of a life time to drive a sports car.
71. The World Trade Exhibitions Centre
The World Trade Exhibitions Centre Dubai is a great place to go for either family or business trading. If you wish to go with the family we recommend going to one of the car show exhibitions to see cars from all over the world with a selection of sports cars and leisure cars. Or if you are looking to trade in Dubai or the U.A.E The World Trade Exhibitions Centre also hold exhibitions where many businesses come to find business and partners.
72. The Desert Ranch
The Desert Ranch promotes the culture of the Arabian world and offers an opportunity for everyone to experience the desert environment in a safe and natural way. The Desert Ranch provides a wide choice of fun activities from campfire Fridays, family picnics, educational field trips, horse leasing and riding, children’s clubs, ranch tours, Bedouin farms, camel cuddling, team building as well as corporate and executive coaching and development.
73. The Dubai Fountains
The Dubai Fountains shoot up water in to the air 150 metres which is the equivalent to a 50 story building. The fountain is the world’s largest dancing fountain pushing out an average of 22,000 gallons of airborne water. We would recommend if you want to see the fountain display you go down one night either with family or friends.
74. The Burj Al Arab Hotel
The Burj Al Arab Hotel began construction in 1994 and opened in 1999 and is still today the most photographed building in the world. The Burj Al Arab reaches a total height of 321 meters which can be seen from most locations in and around Dubai. The burj Al Arab is a 7 star hotel with a helicopter landing pad and tennis court on the roof. The average amount for 2 adults and no children in a normal suite is around 7,500 Dhs for one night.
75. Grand Cinemas Dubai
Grand Cinemas Dubai has been in the Gulf since 1989 and now has the largest chain of cinemas in the Middle East with a work force of around 600 people. Grand Cinemas distributes and exhibits over 200 titles per annum across the Middle East. There are plenty of Grand cinemas across Dubai.
76. Sheik Mohammed’s Centre for Cultural Understanding
Sheik Mohammed’s Centre for Cultural Understanding is a non-profit organisation which was put together by Dubai government in 1998 to increase awareness and teach youngsters and adults about culture in the U.A.E and Middle East. SMCCU offer tours to the Jumeirah mosque, cultural breakfasts and lunches, Tours, Arabic lessons and cultural awareness programs and events (For kids and adults).
77. Bur Dubai Abra Docks
Bur Dubai Abra Docks is a great place to go if you are looking for a scenic view and cruise. The abras are used by 15 to 20 million people annually and take you to either side of the river (Bur Dubai or Deira). It usually takes around 10 minutes to cross from one side of the Creek to the other.
78. Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi Water Park is the top place to go for a wet days worth of total fun with the tallest free fall slide outside of North America, which will take you travelling at a whopping speed of 80km per hour. Wild Wadi also won the Dubai quality gold award in 2007, the lifeguards national championships award in 2006 and 2007, and on top of that all employees must undergo 6 hours of training per month making sure they have the skills to do what needs to be done if someone is in trouble, (So you really don’t need to worry about your little ones).
79. Jumeirah Beach Park
Jumeirah Beach Park is an ideal location for a family picnic on the weekends where the kids can choose from either the pool or the Gulf Sea and for the adults if sunbathing is your thing, you will most definitely get a suntan while relaxing on the beach. Jumeirah Beach Park has picnic tables, barbecue areas, small play areas for children, a volleyball play area, showers and swimming areas with lifeguards always on the lookout.
80. Crab Hunting
Crab Hunting has been classed as the number one most dangerous job in the world. Go on a glass bottom boat and catch some crabs with a spear and net. The trip departs from Umm Al Quwain where you will be taken out to crab for 5 hours. Dinner is included in the trip at no extra fee and as long as you catch crabs you will be able to cook them on a BBQ and have a crabby snack on the shores.
81. Jet Skiing
Jet Skiing in Dubai with the warm Gulf waters and the all year round warm weather makes Dubai a fantastic location for Jet Skiing. There’s not a lot to say about this activity apart from it is great fun and if you love the water you will love jet skiing.
82. Khasab Travel
Khasab Travel does a huge range of boat tours travelling all over the Musandam, UAE, Oman, Muscat and Khasab. The amount of expeditions they do is absolutely crazy, but all great fun with something to please the whole family.
83. Kayaking Dubai
Kayaking Dubai is one of the best ways to see parts of Dubai yet to be explored by man. Also doing it by Kayak is 100% environmentally friendly and great exercise, plus the kids will love it. There are plenty of companies in Dubai that provide this activity on the beach, but only a few that will give you a guided tour in to the unseen areas of Dubai where nature comes alive.
84. Go Snorkelling
Go Snorkelling and see under the Gulf Sea at its clearest. With over 700 species of fish in the UAE you are bound to see something spectacular. The great thing about this is it is free, but of course if you go deeper in to the Gulf Sea by boat to one of the many small islands you are defiantly in for a treat.
85. Body Boarding
Body Boarding is a great fun and great exercise. If you are a child or new to body boarding, then you would be best off learning some skills at the Wild Wadi water park, but for those more advanced body boarders there are is a wide choice of beaches to board on.
86. Wake Boarding
Wake Boarding on a windy day in the Gulf Sea with the amazing scenery of Dubai from the waters is an unforgettable experience. If you have your own equipment get out there on the waves and have fun. If you don’t have your own equipment this can be rented fairly cheap.
87. Wind surfing
Wind surfing is also another way to have a fantastic time on the waters of the Gulf Sea. Conditions are close to perfect with minimal tides in the Gulf Sea or currents. Wind is usually predictable and reassuring for beginners, but is strong enough to be a bit of a challenge even to the experienced wind surfers.
88. Global Village
Global Village is located on Emirates road and since it opened 16 years ago in 1996 it has rapidly grown in the number of visitors. Global village is a great place for the whole family to visit with plenty of rides and different sections to visit e.g. India, England and china ect. With fireworks on Thursday and Friday night you will never be bored, Entry is a great price of only AED 10 per head and you will be able to pick up a great bargain from the shops. But be warned the rides are not cheap with the average ride costing around 4 to 8 tokens and each token costing AED 5.
89. Jumeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque Dubai was built-in 1998 and is the tallest mosque in Dubai at a total height of 70m (231ft) and is located on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek. The Massive mosque can hold up to 1200 people. This mosque is a recreation of the old grand mosque built-in the year 1900.
90. Angsana Spa Dubai
Angsana Spa Dubai is for those who are looking for a relaxing and joyful time either with a full body massage, facials or body polishes. They offer these services to gentlemen and woman who really appreciate the finer things in life.
91. Dubai Sports City
Dubai Sports City offers so much it is impossible to put it all in a few lines. But some of the main attractions are a golf course, cricket course, football academy, rugby academy, hockey academy, a swimming academy and much more. They have also got shopping malls, places to eat out, bars and a large residential area.
92. The World Islands
The World Islands Dubai was built by Nakheel who started construction on the world in 2003 and has now completed construction. You can buy your very own country on the world e.g. England, as you may have guessed from the picture above the World can only be accessed by boat, so if you’re thinking of buying property make sure you can also afford a boat or you’re in trouble, (Unless you’re an amazing swimmer). The world is 7km long and 9km wide and each island is between 150,000 sq feet to 450,000 sq feet and costing around $20 – $50 million per island.
93. Dubai Heritage Village
Dubai Heritage Village is constructed around an old settlement which has been recreated to give an example of a traditional style mountain village set in an oasis. Dubai Heritage Village gives you a great idea of what Dubai looked like 20 to 30 centuries ago. This is the place to go to discover how they used to live a very long time ago in what back then wasn’t Dubai. Visitors will be greeted with traditional coffee, dates and an optional tour guide to take you round.
94. Climbing in Dubai
Climbing in Dubai has come along way in the past 30 years, with a huge number of brands and options available in the UAE to choose from, we advise that you choose a company that provides a realistic, stimulating and safe climbing experience.
95. Children’s City
Children’s City is a location in its own world with everything a child could every want. Take the kids here and they will never forget it. The Dubai-based Children’s City is the first educational city in the UAE devoted to children between the ages of two and fifteen years old where they can investigate, explore, play, discover, learn about the world in which we live and at the same time have great fun.
DubaiLand is still currently under construction and most probably will be for a few more years to come. But when finished it will most probably be in the top 100 tourist attractions in the world.
97. Dubai Zoo
Dubai Zoo is full of wild animals and is also not only the oldest zoo in the UAE but in the Arabian Peninsula. But we highly recommend you do not visit this zoo. If you are looking for a good zoo to visit we recommend Al Ain Zoo. Dubai zoo is dirty, the animals are kept in small cages and the management and welfare of the animals is not very good at all and by visiting the zoo you are just supporting the zoo to stay open and keep the animals in a dirty small environment.
98. WonderLand UAE
WonderLand UAE has been open since October 1996 and has received more than 2 million visitors since the beginning. Wonderland is the largest amusement park in the UAE and is open for people to get wet everyday of the week. They also have more than 30 attractions and rides across an area of 22 acres. This trip is great for the whole family and relaxing for parents, as you know your children will be in good hands with a wide range of Life guards and helpers across the park.
99. Al Sahra Desert Resort
Al Sahra Desert Resort is a spectacular desert resort set on 37 million square feet of sand dunes and desert. Animals that can be found include camel spiders, camels, snakes, lizards, geckos, eagles, goats and lots more. The resort is set in the middle of DubaiLand and is a great location for events and a private getaway and to see some traditional culture.
100. K9 Friends Dubai
K9 Friends Dubai totally depends on contributions from the general public. They are all volunteers and don’t get paid a penny for their work. They have around 40 regular volunteers who help in the shelter and office and others who help in specific areas such as vet runs, education and outside fundraising events. K9 Friends relies on volunteers and always needs them!
Dubai is known for its diversity, therefore Top 100 things to do in Dubai is all about experiencing cultures and traditions, sampling authentic and exotic cuisines, exploring every nook and cranny, and seeing the city in a variety of ways!
Here is the well researched list written by Lady Anne:
In Old Dubai
Window shop or buy a 24-carat gold in Gold Souk
Stop and smell the spices at Spice Souk
Cross the creek - ride an Abra, a traditional wooden boat in Dubai Creek for only 1 dirham
Haggle and purchase a pair of Arabic Shoes or a stylish abaya at Dubai Old Souk or Textile Souk
Savor international cuisine with an Emirati twist (e.g. French Toast with date jam) at Creekside Cafe
Explore the Heritage Village, a well-preserved Arabian village in Al Shindagha
Eat freshly-made Luqaimat (Emirati sweet dumplings) in a barasti at the Heritage Village
Visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House - former residence of Dubai’s visionary ruler from 1912 to 1958, now a museum
Know Dubai’s rich history at the Dubai Museum 10. get lost in maze-like alleys of Bastakiya
Have a cultural meal at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding
Taste the exotic Camel Burger at Local House restaurant
Watch a Blooming Tea bloom and savor its unique blend at the lovely courtyard of Arabian Tea House
Have a romantic dinner on a Dhow Cruise along Dubai Creek
In Downtown Dubai
Gaze at Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world
See Dubai from up above at the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa (At The Top observation deck)
Have a luxurious High Tea with a view at At.mosphere in Burj Khalifa
Watch the Dubai Fountain dance gracefully to different tunes
Have a shopping spree at The Dubai Mall
See amazing aquatic life inside the world’s largest acrylic panel; Dubai Aquarium
Meet the Dubai Dino - real dinosaur skeleton displayed at The Souk Dome in Dubai Mall
Glide on ice in Dubai Ice Rink
Gaze at The Waterfall, a stunning water feature with art sculptures of human divers
Dine in a restaurant with a terrace facing the Dubai Fountain (e.g. TGIFridays, Katsuya)
Explore Downtown Dubai on board the Dubai Trolley
Dine al fresco at Souk Al Bahar (e.g. Urbano, Serafina)
Walk along the picturesque entrance pathway of The Palace Downtown Dubai (and perhaps head inside the hotel for a lavish afternoon tea)
Relax and see another Dubai Fountain show at Burj Park
Join a Segway tour in MBR Boulevard
Visit Jumeirah Mosque, the most photographed mosque in Dubai (informative tours from Saturday to Thursday at 10 am)
Shop while daydreaming about Venice in Mercato, an Italian-inspired shopping mall
Kitesurf, sun bath and eat SALT burgers in Kite Beach
Have a seafood dinner in Bu Qutair, a popular seafood shack near Umm Suqeim public beach
Swim with a view of the world’s most luxurious hotel in Umm Suqeim Beach
Stay or dine at the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Enjoy a thrilling water adventure in Wild Wadi water park
Catch a glimpse of the iconic Burj Al Arab from its gates
Soak up the opulence of Burj Al Arab, stay in a luxurious suite or have a date night in one if the restaurants
Stroll in the alleys of Souk Madinat, a shopping and dining destination that resembles a traditional market place
Have an ultra-romantic dinner date over the water in Pierchic - Dubai’s most romantic restaurant
In the Man-made Islands
Take a private cruise to one of the islands in The World
Ride the Palm Monorail in Palm Jumeirah
Dine or stay in Atlantis The Palm, a majestic hotel located in Palm Jumeirah’s crescent
Spend a day splashing and sliding at Atlantis Aquaventure
Swim with the dolphins at Atlantis’ Dolphin Bay
See over 65,000 marine animals at the Lost Chambers
In Dubai Marina
Head to Skydive Dubai, conquer your fear and sky dive above Palm Jumeirah
Stroll along Dubai Marina Walk and spot the Cayan Tower - the world’s tallest twisted tower
Walk at The Walk in JBR - a strip of shops and restaurants along the coast
Get some tan, watch a movie and dine near the shore at The Beach in JBR
Have a boat trip from Dubai Marina canal to the sea (e.g. The Yellow Boats, Captain Jack)
In Al Barsha
Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment at Mall of the Emirates
Frolic in the snow, take ski lessons, meet the penguins at Ski Dubai
Indulge in your favorite cheesecake at the largest Cheesecake Factory in the world at Mall of the Emirates
In Al Quoz
Chill and dine in Chillout ice lounge in Time Square Center
Jump for joy, literally, at Bounce indoor trampoline playground
Artsy? check out the art exhibits at Alserkal Avenue
Have a good casual meal at the trendy Tom and Serg cafe
In Sheikh Zayed Road
Spot the tallest hotel in the world - JW Marriot Marquis
Have an authentic Thai meal fit for a king at Benjarong in Dusit Thani
Walk beneath the skyscrapers from Emirates Towers to Financial Centre
Enjoy a Levantine meal at the funky Zaroob
Head further afield to Ibn Battuta Mall, a travel-themed shopping mall in Jebel Ali
- Grab a delicious yet budget friendly Pakistani food at Ravi’s
Devour home-cooked Goan cuisine at Eric’s
Drop by any cafeteria and buy a shawarma and avocado shake
Enjoy a simple yet delicious Filipino meal at Pita restaurant (Order the best-selling Bulalo!)
Sample scrumptious Indonesian fare at Betawi, one of the best budget and best Pan-Asian restaurants in Dubai (Don’t forget the Nasi Pandang!)
In Bur Dubai
Join Frying Pan Adventures’ Little India foodie trail
Have an authentic Iranian kebab for dinner at Special Ostadi Restaurant (I highly recommend Khorak Bahraini and the freebies - mint tea and dates with sesame.)
Purchase electronic goods at a lesser price in Computer Street
In Oud Metha
Explore WAFI, an Egyptian-inspired shopping mall and catch the Light and Sound show in Wafi’s central courtyard during winter
Taste the goodness of Turkish cuisine in Bosporus at Wafi (Thumbs up for Lamb Chops, Pide, and Kunefe.)
For Roman Catholics, give thanks and hear mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Fine dine with a view of Dubai Creek at Boardwalk (Try the Boardwalk Seafood Platter.)
Have an ultimate movie experience; watch, see, feel, and be a part of the movie at Vox 4DX in Deira City Centre
Sip a glass of fruit juice and take tons of photos beside the fruit decors at Juice World
In Al Garhoud
Buy something for your home and eat Swedish meatballs in Ikea
Get to know the Emirati cuisine in an outdoor barasti or in the inner courtyard of Al Fanar, an authentic Emirati restaurant in DFC
Ride an electronic Abra and catch the sunset in the promenade of Dubai Festival City
- Defy gravity at iFLY Dubai in Mirdif City Centre
In the great outdoors
Take a trip to Ras Al Khor and see flamingos in their natural habitat
Have a hearty breakfast amidst a lush surrounding at The Farm Al Barari
See the world in an hour at Global Village (open only during winter)
Stroll in the most beautiful flower garden in the world - Dubai Miracle Garden during winter season and visit the world’s largest covered butterfly garden - Dubai Butterfly Garden nearby
Go on a mountain safari in Hatta, hike and dip in the natural pools
Have a picnic in the park (e.g. Zabeel Park, Creek Park, Mamzar Beach Park)
In the desert
Get an adrenaline rush while dune bashing in the desert landscape
Ride a camel
Watch a belly dance show
Get a traditional henna tattoo
Rent a quad bike and drive around the desert camp
See the hues of the desert sand from up above in a hot air balloon
Explore the city on a budget via public transportation
Ride the Dubai Metro, the longest fully automated metro network in the world (The two lines run along Dubai’s major attractions.)
Take the Dubai Tram when visiting attractions along Dubai Marina and Al Sufouh (e.g. JBR, Palm Monorail, hotels in Mina Seyahi)
Ride an RTA Bus to attractions not covered by the metro and the tram (e.g. Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah)
Discover the city in a posh way
Ride a Hummer Limo to your destination of choice
Ride a seaplane and see Dubai in a different perspective
- Celebrate with a grand fireworks display during Eid holidays, Dubai Shopping Festival, and New Year’s Eve
Do a good deed
- Share a meal with the men in blue, the construction workers behind every astounding structure in the city! (Join Water for Workers by The Sameness Project)