Ultimate 137 best things to do in Dubai list [2024]

by Danni B

There are hundreds of options and possibilities for things to do in Dubai, a modern metropolis, it can be hard to know where to start!

As someone who’s lived and visited Dubai for over 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering the many hidden gems and must-visit attractions that make Dubai a unique destination. Including insider tips from a local!

Everything is categorised, from iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa to lesser well-known areas like Alserkal Avenue with its trendy cafes and warehouse art galleries.

There are options for every kind of traveller, whether you need a family-friendly activity, suitable solo travel adventure, or romantic escapade for two.

*I’ve added a ❤️ for romantic options perfect for couples, 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 for the best options for families and 💃 suited to solo women.

Insider tip Since 2023, Dubai has been CRAZY busy for tourists and many attractions get fully booked 1 week in advance. So to avoid disappointment on the day, I highly recommend booking in advance!

Table of Contents

Main tourist attractions

1) Visit ‘At The Top’ at Burj Khalifa

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Visiting the Burj Khalifa is an awe-inspiring experience that takes you to new heights literally! The tallest building in the world, this architectural marvel offers a breathtaking journey to its observation deck, where you’ll see unparalleled panoramic views of Dubai and beyond.

❤️ Make it Romantic by watching the sunset together and treating yourselves to the VIP experience

Check prices for the Best Burj Khalifa At The Top Tickets 🤩

2) Go shopping in Dubai Mall

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An unmatched shopping experience with over 1,200 stores catering to various tastes and budgets in one of the largest malls in the world. Beyond shopping, you’ll find many nearby attractions, entertainment, food courts, restaurants and more.

3) Smell the aromas at the Spice Souk

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Exploring the spice souks in Dubai is a sensory delight. They are vibrant displays of aromatic spices, herbs, and exotic ingredients. Wander through the bustling market alleys and treat yourself to traditional Arabic recipe flavours such as saffron and cardamom.

A must for those wanting to experience the historical and cultural side of Dubai.

4) Buy some jewellery at the Gold Souk

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Next to the Spice Souks are the incredible Gold Souks which are a must-visit for those coming to Dubai. You’ll be enthralled by the walls of gold in every window and unique pieces costing millions of dirhams.

Dubai is known for its high-quality gold and craftsmanship and I cover more information about buying gold in Dubai here.

5) Take a ride on Ain Dubai

*Currently closed

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Ain Dubai is located on Bluewaters Island close to Dubai Marina and is the world’s largest observation wheel. Providing visitors with spectacular views of both Dubai Marina and the Arabian see for a unique way to see Dubai.

6) Have a wander around Dubai Miracle Garden

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Dubai Miracle Garden is a horticultural marvel that transforms the desert landscape into a vibrant sea of colourful blooms with an astonishing array of meticulously designed flower arrangements and structures. The perfect day out for the whole family.

Be aware it is closed during summer.

Avoid waiting in line by booking your Miracle Garden Ticket 🌸

7) Have afternoon tea in the world’s highest lounge in Burj Khalifa

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Indulging in afternoon tea at the VIP Lounge in Burj Khalifa is a truly luxurious experience. Set against the stunning backdrop of Dubai’s skyline, guests are treated to a refined selection of teas, delectable pastries, and savoury delights, all while enjoying unparalleled views.

8) Discover future technology at the Museum of the Future

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The Museum of the Future in Dubai is a groundbreaking architectural marvel that explores the cutting-edge possibilities of science, technology, and innovation. Designed to inspire and challenge, it offers an immersive journey into the future, showcasing innovative solutions and ideas that aim to shape the world ahead.

Insider tip – You’ll need to book a minimum of 1 week in advance, ideally 2 weeks, as entry tickets completely sell out.

Buy tickets before they sell out 🤖

9) Walk over glass floors at Dubai Frame

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The Dubai Frame is an architectural wonder that seamlessly blends the city’s past and present. Offering panoramic views of both Old and New Dubai, the iconic landmark stands as a symbol connecting the rich history of the city with its modern aspirations.

Walk over the glass floors and enjoy the sunset from the observation deck plus learn about its construction and the vision for the future of Dubai.

Save time by buying Dubai Frame tickets online 🤩

10) Enjoy Skiing in a desert

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Ski Dubai, located within the Mall of the Emirates, provides a unique and thrilling winter sports experience in the heart of the desert. This indoor ski resort offers a snow-covered slope, challenging runs, and even fun activities for smaller children, allowing all ages to enjoy a winter wonderland.

Save money by buying Ski Dubai tickets online ⛷️

11) Take a tour of the Burj Al Arab and enjoy a gold cappuccino

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Embark on an exclusive tour of the Burj Al Arab, delving into its lavish interiors and architectural marvels. You’ll gain insight into the epitome of luxury and see the famous Royal Suite.

Conclude your extraordinary experience by savouring a gold cappuccino at the hotel’s opulent lobby, where the blend of exquisite coffee and edible gold flakes add the final touches to your visit.

Don’t miss getting your Burj Al Arab tickets

12) Travel the world in one evening at Global Village

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Global Village in Dubai is a vibrant and multicultural destination that showcases the diversity of cultures from around the world. This expansive open-air venue offers a unique experience where visitors can explore pavilions representing different countries, each with its distinct traditions, cuisine, and handicrafts.

13) Watch the Dubai Fountains

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A captivating water and light spectacle set against the backdrop of the iconic Burj Khalifa is a must-see experience in Dubai. Synchronized to different songs, you’ll enjoy a stunning display that is free to watch or you can choose to upgrade your experience.

For more information about times of the Dubai fountain, where best to watch the Dubai and other useful information. Check out the article linked.

14) Watch a horse race at Meydan Race Course

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Experience the thrill of horse racing at the Meydan Racecourse, a world-class venue that combines luxury and excitement. With its state-of-the-art facilities and stunning skyline views, watching a race at Meydan promises an exhilarating and sophisticated outing for horse racing enthusiasts.

15) Slide down a glass slide with an incredible view at Address Sky Views

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Embark on an exhilarating adventure at Address Sky Views as you slide down a glass slide and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline along the way. This unique experience is a must-try for those seeking an alternative to the Burj Khalifa observation deck.

Avoid the queues with Address Sky Views tickets 🤩

16) Enjoy the open-air observation deck at The View on Palm Jumeirah

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Ascend to new heights by visiting The View on Palm Jumeirah’s observation deck, offering an extraordinary panorama of Dubai’s iconic landmarks and the Arabian Gulf. With its strategic location at the centre of The Palm, this observation deck provides a unique vantage point.

Watch the sunset at The View Palm Jumierah 🤩

Cultural activities

17) Learn about Emirati culture at Jumeirah Mosque

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Jumeirah Mosque offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in Emirati culture and gain insights into the Islamic heritage of Dubai. As one of the few mosques in the city open to non-Muslim visitors, it provides a welcoming and educational experience along with a taste of Emirati cuisine.

18) Enjoy dinner on a traditional Dhow Boat cruise

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Embarking on a dhow cruise in Dubai is a delightful way to experience the city’s enchanting waterways. You’ll have the choice of two iconic locations: Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek.

As you glide along the marina’s sparkling waters, you’ll be treated to stunning views of luxurious yachts, illuminated waterfront promenades, and the iconic skyline. If you choose Dubai Creek, you’ll see Burj Khalifa in the distance.

As you glide along the marina’s sparkling waters, you’ll be treated to stunning views of luxurious yachts, illuminated waterfront promenades, and the iconic skyline. If you choose Dubai Creek, you’ll see Burj Khalifa in the distance.

See what’s included with your 5-star luxury Dhow cruise 🤩

19) Learn more about UAE history at Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

*Dubai Museum is temporarily closed due to renovations

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Explore the rich tapestry of UAE history by visiting the Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi Fort. Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibits and ancient artefacts within the fort’s walls, providing a captivating journey through the cultural heritage and historical milestones of the United Arab Emirates.

There are a few different alternatives while this one is closed, such as Al Shindagha Museum and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House.

20) Wander around the galleries at Dubai Design District

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Explore the diverse world of design and wander around unique art galleries at Dubai’s Design District. You’ll also find art installations, contemporary exhibitions and other events frequently happening in this area.

This creative hub offers a captivating experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in cutting-edge trends. Dubai Design Week and Sole DXB are hosted here every year.

21) Enjoy a traditional Emirati meal at Arabian Tea House

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Indulge in the authentic flavours of Emirati cuisine by savouring a meal at Arabian Tea House. There are locations in the historical Al Fahidi district and a few in different spots in Jumeirah. I recommend the Al Fahidi District location for its traditional decor and experience.

Learn more about Emirati food, as they serve Arabic food and not all dishes are traditional Emirati dishes.

22) Watch a show at Dubai Opera

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Immerse yourself in a world of cultural and artistic performances by watching a show at Dubai Opera. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

This iconic venue offers a memorable experience with a diverse range of world-class concerts, operas, and theatrical productions.

23) Watch how fast camels run at a camel race

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Experience the exhilaration of a traditional camel race and witness the impressive speed of these majestic creatures. Head to a camel racing track in Dubai and in a unique, thrilling desert competition!

24) Explore Etihad museum

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Embark on a journey through the history of the United Arab Emirates by exploring the Etihad Museum.

This modern museum offers interactive exhibits and multimedia displays that provide an insightful and educational experience about the nation’s formation and development.

25) See the art by local artists at Art Jameel

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Discover the vibrant and diverse artistic expressions of local talents by visiting Art Jameel. This contemporary art space in Dubai showcases the works of local artists, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich and evolving cultural scene of the region.

26) Find art galleries and hipster cafes at Alserkal Avenue

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Explore the dynamic intersection of art, culture, and cuisine at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai’s vibrant creative hub. Wander through avant-garde art galleries and discover hipster cafes. In a trendy and eclectic area that caters to art enthusiasts and trendy cafe hoppers.

27) Watch a theatre show at Courtyard

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Immerse yourself in the world of performing arts by attending a theatre show at Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai. This intimate venue offers a diverse range of live performances, from plays to improv, providing a cosy and engaging space for theatre.

28) Enjoy an iftar buffet during Ramadan in Dubai

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Savour the spirit of Ramadan in Dubai by indulging in a delightful Iftar buffet. Experience a culinary journey of Middle Eastern dishes and delectable treats, creating a memorable and festive atmosphere during the holy month of Ramadan.

29) Enjoy a show at La Perle

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Welcome to the mesmerizing performance of La Perle, where you’ll watch dancers spin and tumble in the world of live entertainment.

This aqua-based performance, created by Franco Dragone, combines water, acrobatics, and state-of-the-art technology to deliver a breathtaking and immersive spectacle that captivates audiences with its artistic brilliance and theatrical innovation.

Check La Perle show prices 🤩

30) Try on Emirati clothes and take a photo

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Immerse yourself in Emirati culture by trying on traditional clothing and capturing the moment with a photo. Many cultural centres and markets in Dubai offer the opportunity to don authentic Emirati attire, providing a fun and memorable way to connect with the local heritage.

31) Learn about the history of the region at Al Shindagha Museum

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Delve into the rich history of the region by exploring the Al Shindagha Museum in Dubai. This cultural institution offers a comprehensive journey through the city’s evolution, featuring exhibits, artefacts, and interactive displays that provide a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s historical roots and transformation.

You’ll need around 3 hours to explore this amazing hidden gem museum of Dubai

32) Explore how Emiratis used to live at Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house

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Visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House in Dubai to step into the past and explore the traditional Emirati way of life. This well-preserved historic residence offers a glimpse into the region’s architectural and cultural heritage, providing an insightful journey into the living conditions and lifestyle of Emiratis from a bygone era.

Trips & excursions

33) Enjoy a desert safari

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Depending on the type of desert safari you choose, you can choose a more romantic option in the evening with dinner or a more family-friendly one that doesn’t include dune bashing or quad bikes.

This exhilarating adventure in the heart of the desert in Dubai is a must-do on the list!

The majority of tours include dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding, plus either breakfast, lunch, or dinner with entertainment, creating a memorable experience in the mesmerizing Arabian desert landscape.

Check available dates for your desert safari 🐫

34) Get a taste of luxury with a Dubai yacht tour

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Indulge in the epitome of luxury by embarking on a Dubai yacht tour. Sail along the stunning coastline while enjoying breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and iconic landmarks.

A must for those looking for incredible holiday photos!

Check availability & prices for your superyacht tour 🛥️

35) Take a hot balloon ride across the desert

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Soar above the serene desert landscape and witness the beauty of Dubai from the sky by taking a hot air balloon ride. Experience the tranquillity of the desert dawn or the enchanting sunset as you enjoy a peaceful and scenic journey, offering a unique perspective of the vast and captivating Arabian dunes

36) Enjoy a tour on Dubai Ferry

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Discover the beauty of Dubai’s coastline and landmarks from the water by enjoying a tour on the Dubai Ferry. Offering a comfortable and scenic journey, the ferry provides a unique perspective of the city’s skyline and iconic structures, creating a memorable aquatic experience for both residents and visitors alike.

37) Party on the World Islands

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Experience the ultimate celebration on the World Islands in Dubai. Party on these man-made islands, surrounded by the stunning waters of the Arabian Gulf, offering a one-of-a-kind setting for an unforgettable and exclusive event.

38) Take a hop on and hop off bus around Dubai

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Explore the diverse wonders of Dubai at your own pace by taking a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. This convenient and flexible mode of transportation allows you to visit various attractions, from historic sites to modern landmarks, offering an informative and enjoyable way to discover the city’s vibrant culture and architecture.

See what routes the hop on and hop off buses take around Dubai and what attractions they stop at plus all the information you need to know.

39) Experience Dubai on foot with a walking tour of Dubai

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Immerse yourself in the charm of Dubai by experiencing the city on foot through a walking tour. Wander through bustling markets, explore historic neighbourhoods, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere as knowledgeable guides lead you on a journey to discover the diverse culture and captivating stories of this dynamic metropolis.

40) Take a tour from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to see Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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Embark on a captivating excursion from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to witness the grandeur of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Marvel at the architectural splendour and serene beauty of this iconic landmark, as it stands as a testament to the cultural richness and grand vision of the United Arab Emirates.

Outdoor Activities

41) Row a canoe over Hatta Lake

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Experience the tranquility of nature by rowing a canoe over Hatta Lake. Surrounded by the Hajar Mountains, this serene lake offers a picturesque setting for a peaceful and scenic paddling adventure, allowing you to connect with the beauty of the outdoors in Hatta, Dubai’s charming mountain enclave.

42) Try paddle boarding at Kite Beach

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Embrace the thrill of the ocean by trying paddleboarding at Kite Beach. With its calm waters and stunning views of the Dubai skyline, Kite Beach provides the perfect backdrop for a delightful paddleboarding experience, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast

Find out what other activities you can do at Kite Beach

43) Hire a bicycle and cycle at Al Qudra

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Discover the natural beauty of Dubai by hiring a bicycle and cycling at Al Qudra. Pedal through the scenic desert landscape, explore the winding trails, and enjoy the tranquility of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, making it a refreshing and adventurous outdoor experience for cycling enthusiasts.

44) Pose for a picture at Love Lakes

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Capture a picturesque moment by posing for a photo at Love Lakes. Nestled in the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, these interconnected lakes form the shape of two intertwined hearts, providing a romantic and idyllic backdrop for a memorable snapshot in the heart of nature.

45) Enjoy a walk with the Dubai Skyline at Dubai Canal

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Savor a leisurely stroll along Dubai Canal and delight in the captivating views of the city’s iconic skyline. This scenic waterway offers a picturesque setting, allowing you to enjoy the modern architecture and vibrant atmosphere while experiencing the charm of Dubai’s urban landscape.

46) Spend the day at a beach club

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Indulge in a day of relaxation and luxury at one of Dubai’s beach clubs. Enjoy the sun, sea, and exclusive amenities as you unwind by the pristine shores, creating a perfect blend of leisure and sophistication in a beachfront oasis.

47) Explore the site of Expo at Dubai Expo City

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Embark on a journey of innovation and global discovery by exploring the site of Expo at Dubai Expo City. Roam through the impressive pavilions, exhibitions, and cultural displays, immersing yourself in the diverse and forward-thinking atmosphere of this world-class event that showcases the latest in technology, art, and ideas.

48) See how fast you can complete the world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course water park

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Challenge yourself with an adrenaline-pumping adventure by attempting to conquer the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course floating on the sea at Aqua Fun. Test your agility, endurance, and speed as you navigate through this thrilling aquatic challenge, creating a fun and exciting experience for water enthusiasts seeking a splash of adventure.

49) Play a round of golf at Emirates Hills

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Immerse yourself in a world of leisure and precision by playing a round of golf at Emirates Hills. This premier golf course in Dubai offers lush greenery, stunning landscapes, and a challenging course design, providing an exceptional golfing experience against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.

50) Watch a game of polo at Dubai Polo and Equestrian

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Experience the elegance and excitement of polo by watching a game at Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. Set against the backdrop of lush surroundings, this prestigious venue offers a captivating spectacle of horsemanship and skill, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a sophisticated and thrilling sporting event in Dubai.

51) Ride a camel on the beach

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Embark on a unique and leisurely adventure by riding a camel on the beach. Experience the tranquility of the seaside and the gentle swaying of the camel, creating a serene and picturesque journey along the sandy shores of Dubai.

52) Swim at the world’s highest infinity pool Aura

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Dive into a luxurious and unparalleled experience by swimming at Aura’s world’s highest infinity pool in Dubai. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline while indulging in the opulence of this elevated aquatic oasis, creating a memorable and glamorous poolside retreat.

53) See the flamingoes at Ras al Khor

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Witness the grace and beauty of nature by observing the flamingoes at Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. This protected wetland in Dubai provides a serene environment where you can marvel at the vibrant pink hues of these elegant birds, offering a tranquil escape into the world of wildlife amidst the urban landscape.

54) Ride across Burj Khalifa lake

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Embark on a charming journey across Burj Khalifa Lake aboard an Abra, offering a serene and up-close experience with the spectacular Dubai Fountain. Drift along the tranquil waters as the fountains dance to music and lights, creating a magical and immersive encounter with one of Dubai’s iconic attractions.

55) Swing your way through Aventura Park

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Embark on a thrilling adventure and challenge your agility by swinging your way through Aventura Park. This exhilarating treetop obstacle course in Dubai offers a unique and active experience, allowing you to navigate through the treetops and test your skills on a series of exciting challenges.

56) Join in a game of beach volleyball at Sunset Beach

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Partake in the energetic and sun-soaked atmosphere by joining a game of beach volleyball at Sunset Beach. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Burj Al Arab, this vibrant beach in Dubai provides the perfect sandy arena for a friendly match or a lively social gathering by the shores.

This is totally free and on weekends you’ll find many people playing in groups. Anyone can join, just ask and get started!

57) Experience old Dubai at Dubai Heritage Village

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of old Dubai by visiting Dubai Heritage Village. This cultural enclave offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life, featuring historical artifacts, interactive exhibits, and live demonstrations, creating an authentic and educational experience that transports you to the city’s cultural roots.

Theme Parks & Water Parks

58) Try to ride all 50 slides at Aquaventure at Atlantis

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Embark on an exhilarating aquatic adventure by attempting to ride all 50 slides at Aquaventure at Atlantis. This waterpark in Dubai promises a day filled with adrenaline-fueled excitement and water thrills, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a splashy and action-packed experience.

59) Enjoy the waterslides at Wild Wadi Aquapark

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Delight in the ultimate water-based fun by enjoying the thrilling waterslides at Wild Wadi Aquapark. Nestled in the heart of Dubai, this family-friendly attraction offers an array of exhilarating slides, rides, and pools, providing a perfect escape for water enthusiasts seeking a day of excitement and aquatic adventures.

60) Wander around the famous Legoland Dubai

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Embark on a whimsical journey of creativity and fun by wandering around the famous Legoland Dubai. This iconic theme park offers a colourful world of Lego-themed attractions, rides, and interactive experiences, creating a playful and imaginative environment for families and Lego enthusiasts alike.

61) Find lots of water activities for little ones at Legoland Water Park

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Discover a watery wonderland designed for little ones by exploring Legoland Water Park. Packed with a variety of water activities and attractions, this playful aquatic destination provides a safe and entertaining environment for children to splash, slide, and enjoy a day of delightful water adventures.

62) Perfect for film fans a day at Motion Gate

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Indulge in a cinematic adventure and immerse yourself in the world of movies with a day at Motiongate. Perfect for film fans, this theme park in Dubai offers a captivating experience with its movie-inspired rides, attractions, and themed zones, providing a thrilling and entertaining day out for enthusiasts of all ages.

63) Visit Riverland

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Embark on a delightful journey through Riverland, a vibrant gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts. This themed dining and entertainment district offers a charming atmosphere with its eclectic architecture, diverse eateries, and live entertainment, making it an ideal place for visitors to explore and unwind.

64) Become a thrill seeker at IMG World of Adventure

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Satisfy your craving for thrills by becoming an adventurer at IMG Worlds of Adventure. This colossal indoor theme park in Dubai offers a myriad of exhilarating rides, immersive attractions, and entertainment zones, creating an epic experience for thrill-seekers and adrenaline enthusiasts.

65) Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay

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Experience a magical encounter with marine life by swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Bay. Nestled in Atlantis, The Palm, this extraordinary experience allows you to interact and swim alongside these intelligent and gentle creatures, creating a memorable and enchanting aquatic adventure in Dubai.

66) Pose with celebrities at Madam Tussauds Dubai

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Strike a pose with your favorite celebrities and icons at Madame Tussauds Dubai. This iconic wax museum offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with lifelike wax figures of famous personalities, providing a fun and interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

Adrenaline Rush Activities

67) Ride the Zip Line across Dubai Marina

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Soar above the stunning Dubai Marina by riding the Zip Line, offering a thrilling and panoramic experience. Enjoy breathtaking views as you zip across the skyline, creating an exhilarating adventure for those seeking an adrenaline rush with a scenic twist.

68) Enjoy dinner in the sky

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Elevate your dining experience by enjoying Dinner in the Sky in Dubai. Suspended high above the city, this unique culinary adventure offers breathtaking views as you savor a gourmet meal, creating a one-of-a-kind and memorable dining experience for thrill-seekers and food enthusiasts alike.

69) Sky dive over Palm Jumeirah

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Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush by skydiving over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Plunge from the sky and witness the iconic palm-shaped island and stunning coastal views, creating an exhilarating and unforgettable free-fall experience in the heart of the city.

70) Experience the thrill of car racing at Dubai Autodrome

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Indulge your need for speed and experience the thrill of car racing at Dubai Autodrome. This world-class motorsports facility offers adrenaline-pumping experiences, allowing you to feel the rush of the track and enjoy the excitement of high-speed maneuvers in a controlled and professional racing environment.

71) Feel the waves on a Jet ski and see famous Dubai sights from the sea

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Feel the exhilaration of the waves as you ride a jet ski and enjoy panoramic views of famous Dubai sights from the sea. This thrilling water adventure allows you to combine the excitement of jet skiing with the beauty of Dubai’s skyline, creating an unforgettable experience for water enthusiasts seeking a unique perspective of the city.

72) See Dubai from a unique angle with a helicopter tour

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Gain a unique perspective of Dubai by taking a helicopter tour, offering breathtaking aerial views of the city’s iconic landmarks. Soar above the skyline and witness the architectural marvels, creating a memorable and panoramic experience for those seeking a bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s stunning landscape.

73) Try indoor skydiving at iFly

Experience the sensation of free-fall by trying indoor skydiving at iFly in Dubai. This state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel provides a safe and thrilling environment, allowing you to enjoy the feeling of weightlessness and the excitement of skydiving without jumping from an airplane.

74) Take a speedboat tour of Dubai

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Embark on a thrilling adventure by taking a speedboat tour of Dubai. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip across the azure waters, enjoying an exhilarating ride that showcases the city’s stunning skyline and famous landmarks from the unique perspective of the sea.

Children must be over 5 for this activity.

75) Dive into the depths at Deep Dive Dubai

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Plunge into an extraordinary underwater experience at Deep Dive Dubai. This immersive facility offers a chance to dive into the depths of a colossal indoor pool, complete with underwater habitats and awe-inspiring surroundings, providing a unique and unforgettable adventure for both seasoned divers and beginners alike.

76) Hire a supercar and feel the Dubai lifestyle

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Immerse yourself in the opulent lifestyle of Dubai by hiring a supercar. Feel the thrill of luxury and speed as you cruise through the city’s iconic streets, experiencing firsthand the glamour and extravagance that define the vibrant culture of Dubai.

77) Try your hand at flyboarding on the sea

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Experience the thrill of defying gravity by trying your hand at flyboarding on the sea in Dubai. Hover above the water’s surface propelled by powerful jets, creating an exhilarating aquatic adventure that combines excitement and skill for an unforgettable experience.

78) Learn how to scuba dive at Jumeirah Beach

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Embark on an underwater journey by learning how to scuba dive at Jumeirah Beach. This picturesque location in Dubai offers the perfect setting for beginners to acquire the skills needed to explore the mesmerizing world beneath the waves, creating a memorable introduction to the wonders of scuba diving.

79) Try sandboarding in the desert

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Experience the thrill of gliding down the sand dunes by trying sandboarding in the desert. This exhilarating activity in Dubai allows you to surf the golden sands, creating an adventurous and adrenaline-fueled escapade amid the breathtaking desert landscape.

Indoor Activities

80) Enjoy a 3-course meal while watching a film at Mall of Emirates

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Indulge in a unique cinematic dining experience by enjoying a 3-course meal while watching a film at Mall of the Emirates. This innovative concept combines the pleasure of a delicious meal with the entertainment of a movie, creating a delightful and immersive outing at one of Dubai’s premier shopping destinations.

*Children must be over 5 & meet the film age requirements

81) Shop for Arabic goods and souvenirs at Souq Madinat

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Dubai by shopping for Arabic goods and souvenirs at Souq Madinat. This bustling market nestled in Madinat Jumeirah offers a diverse array of traditional crafts, textiles, and unique mementos, providing a delightful shopping experience amid the charm of an authentic Arabian marketplace.

82) See Dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium

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Witness the playful and captivating antics of dolphins at Dubai Dolphinarium. This family-friendly attraction offers entertaining and educational dolphin shows, providing an enchanting experience where visitors can marvel at the intelligence and agility of these remarkable marine mammals.

83) Get a crazy photo at the Museum of Illusions

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Capture mind-bending moments and create a crazy photo at the Museum of Illusions in Dubai. This interactive museum offers optical illusions and quirky exhibits that challenge perception, providing a fun and memorable experience for visitors seeking to capture imaginative and surreal images.

84) Treat yourself to a traditional hammam treatment

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Indulge in the ultimate relaxation by treating yourself to a traditional hammam treatment in Dubai. This ancient bathing ritual offers a rejuvenating and cleansing experience, combining steam, exfoliation, and massage techniques to provide a luxurious and pampering escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

85) Play glow-in-the-dark mini golf at Wafi Mall

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Experience a luminous twist on the classic game by playing glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Wafi Mall. This entertaining and visually stunning activity offers a unique and vibrant golfing adventure, creating a fun-filled experience for friends and family in the heart of Dubai.

86) Ride the Palm Monorail

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Enjoy a scenic journey along the iconic Palm Jumeirah by riding the Palm Monorail. This elevated transportation option offers breathtaking views of the Palm’s luxurious resorts and the Dubai skyline, providing a convenient and picturesque way to explore this man-made marvel.

87) Walk around this unique exhibition at Ana

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Explore a distinctive exhibition by taking a stroll around Ana, discovering its unique displays and installations. This captivating venue provides an immersive and artistic experience, making it an ideal destination for those seeking to engage with innovative and thought-provoking exhibits in Dubai.

88) Explore the different themed shopping courts at Ibn Battuta

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Embark on a diverse shopping adventure by exploring the various themed shopping courts at Ibn Battuta Mall. Each court is inspired by the travels of the historical figure Ibn Battuta, offering a unique and immersive retail experience that spans diverse cultures and styles, making it a captivating destination for shoppers in Dubai.

89) Grab a bargain at Dubai Outlet Mall

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Unleash your shopping prowess and snag great deals at Dubai Outlet Mall. This retail haven offers a wide range of discounted products from renowned brands, providing savvy shoppers with an opportunity to grab bargains and indulge in a satisfying shopping spree in Dubai.

90) Find the perfect discounted designer outfit at The Outlet Village

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Discover your ideal discounted designer ensemble at The Outlet Village in Dubai. This upscale shopping destination features a curated selection of high-end brands, offering fashion enthusiasts the opportunity to find the perfect couture piece at a more affordable price in a luxurious setting.

91) Enjoy a comedy show at The Laughter Factory

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Delight in an evening filled with laughter by enjoying a comedy show at The Laughter Factory in Dubai. This renowned comedy club hosts top-notch comedians, providing a hilarious and entertaining experience for those seeking a night of humor and good times in the city.

Kids & Family Friendly

92) Explore Butterfly garden

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Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of butterflies by exploring the Butterfly Garden in Dubai. This lush and vibrant sanctuary offers a captivating experience, allowing visitors to stroll amidst thousands of colorful butterflies in a serene and picturesque setting, creating a unique and magical encounter with nature.

As a solo female traveller or solo adult traveller, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go here as it’s more for children and tickets are expensive. Though it can be worth it if you’re doing it with a Miracle Gardens combination entry ticket.

93) Wander around Dubai Glow Garden

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Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the illuminated wonders of Dubai Glow Garden. This enchanting attraction features dazzling light displays and artistic installations, providing visitors with a magical and whimsical experience as they wander through the glowing landscapes and themed areas, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a radiant and captivating night out in Dubai.

94) Learn more about Islam at Quranic Park

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Deepen your understanding of Islam by visiting Quranic Park in Dubai. This educational and serene destination offers a unique experience, allowing visitors to learn more about the teachings of the Quran through interactive exhibits, landscaped gardens, and architectural features, providing a tranquil and insightful journey into Islamic culture and heritage.

95) Experience one of the world’s only indoor rainforests

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Immerse yourself in the lush wonders of one of the world’s only indoor rainforests at The Green Planet in Dubai. This captivating attraction offers a unique and educational experience, allowing visitors to explore a thriving ecosystem complete with exotic flora and fauna, creating a mesmerizing and immersive adventure in the heart of the city.

96) See how many fish you can spot Dubai Aquarium and Zoo

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Test your marine knowledge and see how many fish species you can spot at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. This iconic attraction in The Dubai Mall features a mesmerizing underwater tunnel and a diverse array of aquatic life, offering an educational and visually stunning experience for visitors interested in the wonders of the ocean.

97) Try your moves at Dubai Ice Rink

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Show off your skating skills and try your moves at Dubai Ice Rink. Located in The Dubai Mall, this popular ice skating rink provides a cool and entertaining experience for individuals and families alike, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a fun-filled day on the ice in the heart of Dubai.

98) Take time to sit and read at Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

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Unwind and immerse yourself in the world of literature by taking time to sit and read at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in Dubai. This modern architectural marvel provides a tranquil and inspiring space for book enthusiasts to indulge in a peaceful reading session, offering a serene escape and a celebration of knowledge in the heart of the city.

99) Stare in wonder at all the animals at Dubai Safari

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Marvel at the diverse array of wildlife by visiting Dubai Safari. This expansive wildlife park offers a captivating experience, allowing visitors to stare in wonder at a wide range of animals in carefully designed habitats, providing both education and entertainment for nature enthusiasts in Dubai.

100) Jump into a new world at Play DXB

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Dive into a realm of virtual reality excitement at Play DXB, the former VR Park in Dubai Mall. This immersive entertainment hub offers a thrilling escape, allowing visitors to jump into a new world of interactive experiences and cutting-edge technology, making it an exhilarating destination for those seeking a blend of innovation and entertainment in Dubai.

Previously VR Park,

101) Let the little ones play at OliOli

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Allow the little ones to unleash their creativity and have a blast at OliOli Dubai. This interactive children’s play museum offers a variety of hands-on exhibits and engaging activities, providing a fun and educational space where young minds can explore, play, and learn in a dynamic and imaginative environment.

102) Visit KidZania and let the kids try different careers

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Inspire your children’s imagination by visiting KidZania, where they can try their hands at various careers in a fun and interactive environment. This unique edutainment destination in Dubai allows kids to explore and role-play different professions, fostering creativity and providing an entertaining and educational experience.

103) Bounce away at BOUNCE Dubai

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Experience high-flying fun and boundless excitement by bouncing away at BOUNCE Dubai. This indoor trampoline park offers a dynamic and energizing environment, allowing visitors to defy gravity, perform acrobatic tricks, and enjoy a thrilling and entertaining adventure on the trampolines.

They also have exercise classes, which are great fun if you want to stay fit during your trip! Beware, they are intense! I was thoroughly tired after mine!

Budget-friendly things to do

104) Ride across Dubai Creek in an abra

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Sail across the historic Dubai Creek and soak in the traditional ambience by riding in an abra. These traditional wooden boats offer a charming and leisurely journey, providing a nostalgic and picturesque experience as you traverse the waters that have played a significant role in Dubai’s history and culture.

105) Take a swim on the night at Umm Suqeim night beach

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Enjoy a refreshing nighttime swim at Umm Suqeim Night Beach. This serene beach in Dubai offers a tranquil and enchanting atmosphere after dark, providing a unique opportunity to experience the cool waters and gentle waves under the moonlight, creating a relaxing and magical beach experience in the heart of the city.

106) Enjoy a picnic at Al Safa park

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Indulge in a delightful outdoor experience by enjoying a picnic at Al Safa Park in Dubai. This lush and expansive green space provides a serene and scenic setting, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely picnic surrounded by nature, creating a peaceful escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

107) Try travelling a different way with a Dubai Water Taxi

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Embrace a unique and scenic mode of transportation by trying a Dubai Water Taxi. Cruise along the waterways and take in the picturesque views of the city skyline, offering a refreshing and leisurely travel experience that allows you to explore Dubai from a different perspective while enjoying the waterways and iconic landmarks.

108) Watch IMAGINE show at Dubai Festival City

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Experience a spectacular audio-visual display by watching the IMAGINE show at Dubai Festival City. This nightly multimedia extravaganza combines water, lights, and music, creating a mesmerizing and vibrant performance that illuminates the night sky, providing a captivating and immersive entertainment experience for visitors at Dubai Festival City.

109) See how many pieces of graffiti art you can photograph at JBR

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Embark on a colorful and artistic journey along Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) as you photograph the vibrant graffiti art that adorns the streets. This dynamic outdoor gallery showcases an array of urban masterpieces, offering a creative and visually stimulating experience for photography enthusiasts exploring the lively atmosphere of JBR in Dubai.

110) Learn about coffee and enjoy a cup at Dubai Coffee Museum

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Immerse yourself in the rich world of coffee by visiting the Dubai Coffee Museum. Gain insights into the history, culture, and art of coffee-making, and indulge in a delightful cup while exploring the various exhibits and artefacts. This cultural experience provides both education and enjoyment for coffee enthusiasts in Dubai.

The best part is that entry is free!

111) Shop at the infamous Karama markets

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Embark on a shopping adventure at the infamous Karama Markets in Dubai, where the lively atmosphere and diverse stalls create an eclectic shopping experience. As you explore, you can encounter the intriguing practice of being taken to secret rooms where vendors will reveal their notorious “designer” goods.

You may think this is a bit scary as a solo-travelling female, but Dubai is extremely safe, and it’s a lot of fun being taken to these secret rooms to look at handbags, shoes and more!

If you ever feel unsafe, telling them you’ll call the police is usually a very strong deterrent in Dubai. The police are extremely quick to arrive, so anyone harassing you will run off before you’ve even had a chance to call.

112) Watch the free fountain show at City Walk

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Enjoy a captivating and free fountain show at City Walk in Dubai. The synchronized water and light performance provides a delightful spectacle, creating a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere for visitors to relish in the heart of this dynamic urban destination.

113) Have a day at the beach at Al Mamzar Park

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Spend a leisurely day at the beach by visiting Al Mamzar Park in Dubai. This expansive park boasts pristine sandy shores along the Arabian Gulf, offering a serene and picturesque setting for beachgoers to relax, swim, and enjoy various recreational activities amidst lush greenery and stunning coastal views.

Food and Dining experiences in Dubai

114) Drink a Karak from a tea shop

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One of my personal favourite addictions in Dubai!

Indulge in the rich and flavorful experience of sipping on a Karak tea from one of Dubai’s traditional tea shops. This popular spiced tea, typically brewed with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and aromatic spices, provides a delicious and culturally immersive way to enjoy a warm beverage in the vibrant city.

There are many karak places to enjoy a tasty cup of chai but one of my favourites is Kite Beach, where you can sit right on the beach while enjoying your tasty spiced karak.

115) Enjoy Regag bread from Grocery

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Savor the delicious taste of regag bread by picking some up from a local grocery store in Dubai. This traditional Emirati flatbread, thin and crispy, is a delightful treat often enjoyed with various toppings and fillings, offering a flavorful and authentic culinary experience in the city.

116) Dine with an awesome view of Museum of the Future at Emirates Towers

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Experience a culinary delight with an awe-inspiring view of the Museum of the Future at Emirates Towers by dining at Mi Amie in Jumeirah Emirates Towers. This restaurant not only offers exquisite cuisine but also provides a stunning backdrop of the iconic museum and the modern cityscape, creating a memorable and picturesque dining experience in the heart of Dubai.

117) Enjoy a mocktail or drink at Zuma Dubai

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Indulge in a refreshing mocktail or drink at Zuma Dubai. This upscale and trendy restaurant offers a sophisticated atmosphere and an extensive beverage menu, providing a perfect setting to unwind and enjoy a beverage of your choice amidst the chic ambiance and contemporary vibes of this popular dining destination in the city.

Winning 17th place in 2021 and 38th Place in 2023 for best bars in the world, you won’t be disappointed with your drink here!

118) Stuff yourself with cheap Indian street food at Meena Bazaar

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Satisfy your taste buds with budget-friendly Indian street food at Meena Bazaar in Dubai. This bustling market area is a culinary haven for food enthusiasts, offering a variety of flavorful and affordable Indian street eats. From chaat to kebabs, Meena Bazaar provides a delicious and budget-friendly gastronomic experience in the heart of the city.

119) Try Dubai’s freshest seafood at Bu Qtair

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Delight in the freshest seafood that Dubai has to offer by dining at Bu Qtair. This iconic eatery is renowned for serving a delectable array of seafood, prepared to perfection and enjoyed in a casual and laid-back setting. Indulge in a culinary experience that showcases the flavors of the sea, making Bu Qtair a must-visit destination for seafood enthusiasts in Dubai.

120) Dine at a restaurant with an incredible view of Dubai’s skyline

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Elevate your dining experience by choosing a restaurant with an incredible view of Dubai’s skyline. Indulge in a culinary delight while soaking in the breathtaking cityscape, offering a perfect blend of exquisite cuisine and stunning panoramic views that create a memorable and picturesque dining experience in the vibrant city of Dubai.

121) Try traditional mandi sitting on the floor

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Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of traditional Mandi while enjoying a unique dining experience seated on the floor at Najd Palace in Dubai. This restaurant offers an authentic taste of Arabian cuisine, allowing diners to savor the aromatic rice and perfectly cooked meats in a traditional setting, adding a cultural touch to your culinary journey in the heart of the city.

122) Pick from a multitude of food trucks at one of Dubai’s food truck parks

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Explore Dubai’s vibrant food truck scene at Last Exit, with two locations on the outskirts of the city.

If you’re wanting a more central location, Kite Beach is perfect with lots of food trucks dotted along the stunning walking path along the beachfront.

All locations offer a diverse array of culinary delights, burger are extremely popular and you’ll even find barista style coffee shops all served from vibrantly coloured trucks. from gourmet burgers and tacos to decadent desserts and refreshing beverages. With a casual outdoor setting and a lively atmosphere, Last Exit is the perfect destination for a fun and flavorful dining experience.

123) Enjoy a drink at Dubai’s ice bar

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Quench your thirst in a truly unique setting by enjoying a drink at Dubai’s ice bar. Immerse yourself in a sub-zero environment surrounded by intricately carved ice sculptures, creating a memorable and refreshingly cool atmosphere. This distinctive experience offers a one-of-a-kind way to savor your favorite beverage in the heart of the city.

124) Take a walking food tour of Dubai

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Embark on a culinary adventure by taking a walking food tour of Dubai. Explore the diverse flavors of the city as you stroll through different neighborhoods, sampling a variety of delicious dishes from local eateries and street vendors. This immersive experience allows you to savor the rich tapestry of Dubai’s gastronomic scene while discovering hidden gems and cultural insights along the way.

125) Try a Dubai classic at Ravis

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Savor a Dubai classic at Ravis, a beloved culinary institution known for its delectable Pakistani cuisine. Indulge in a flavorful array of dishes, from mouthwatering kebabs to aromatic biryanis, all served in a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere. Ravis stands as a Dubai classic, offering an authentic and satisfying dining experience for locals and visitors alike.

126) Enjoy a buffet meal at the famous Saffron at Atlantis

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Indulge in a lavish culinary experience by enjoying a buffet meal at the renowned Saffron restaurant in Atlantis, The Palm. This famous dining establishment offers an extensive array of international cuisines, including Asian and Middle Eastern flavors, providing a sumptuous and diverse feast in a stunning setting overlooking the iconic Palm Jumeirah.

127) Enjoy a slice of kunafa

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Delight your taste buds with a slice of kunafa, a popular Middle Eastern dessert. This sweet treat, made with thin noodle-like pastry soaked in sugar syrup, is often filled with cheese, nuts, or cream, creating a rich and indulgent dessert that is a must-try for those with a sweet tooth in Dubai.

128) Attend a famous Dubai Saturday Brunch

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Experience the culinary extravagance of a famous Dubai Saturday Brunch. These renowned brunches, hosted by various upscale hotels and restaurants, offer a lavish spread of international cuisines, refreshing beverages, and decadent desserts. The lively atmosphere and diverse menu create a delightful weekend tradition for locals and visitors alike, making it a must-try culinary experience in Dubai.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 There are family-friendly brunches available on Saturdays and Sundays

129) Enjoy a meal at Tresind Studio

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Savor an exquisite culinary experience at Tresind Studio, where innovative twists on Indian cuisine promise a gastronomic delight through creative flavors and artistic presentations. This upscale restaurant in Dubai is a must-visit for those seeking a sophisticated fusion of culinary artistry and exquisite taste.

Voted the 11th best restaurant in the world in 2023.

Events and Festivals

130) Celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks at Burj Khalifa.

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Ring in the New Year with a dazzling display of fireworks at Burj Khalifa, where the iconic skyscraper becomes the backdrop for a spectacular celebration. Join the festive atmosphere and witness the illuminated skies, creating a memorable and breathtaking start to the new year in Dubai.

131) Get all dressed up for the Dubai World Cup

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Dress to impress for the Dubai World Cup, where the glitz and glamour of horse racing combine with high fashion for a spectacular event. Don your finest attire and enjoy a day of thrilling races and sophisticated elegance at this prestigious sporting affair in Dubai.

132) Attend the Dubai Jazz Festival

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Immerse yourself in the world of music and rhythm by attending the Dubai Jazz Festival. This annual event showcases a diverse lineup of international and local jazz artists, offering a vibrant and soulful experience for music enthusiasts in Dubai.

133) Enjoy the Dubai Food Festival

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Satisfy your culinary cravings and indulge in a feast for the senses at the Dubai Food Festival. This annual gastronomic celebration showcases a diverse array of cuisines, culinary experiences, and food-related events, making it a must-attend for food enthusiasts in Dubai.

134) Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr at the Dubai Eid in Dubai festival

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Mark the joyous occasion of Eid Al-Fitr by celebrating at the Dubai Eid in Dubai Festival. This festive event encompasses a range of cultural activities, entertainment, and special performances, providing a vibrant and celebratory atmosphere for locals and visitors during the Eid festivities in Dubai.

135) Experience the Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament

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Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of rugby by experiencing the Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament. This exciting annual event brings together top international teams for a weekend of fast-paced matches, creating an electric atmosphere for sports enthusiasts in Dubai.

136) Celebrate Diwali at the Festival of Lights

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Celebrate the vibrant festival of Diwali at the Festival of Lights in Dubai, where the city’s large Indian population transforms the occasion into a grand and widely embraced event. Embrace the joyous atmosphere, witness dazzling light displays, and participate in cultural festivities that highlight Dubai’s multicultural spirit, making Diwali a significant and festive celebration in this diverse and dynamic city.

137) Enjoy the Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival

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Indulge in a shopper’s paradise during the Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival. This annual event offers unparalleled deals, promotions, and exciting activities, making it the perfect time to explore Dubai’s vibrant retail scene and enjoy a summer filled with retail therapy and entertainment.

Please note – Some activities and attractions may have changed or may require advance booking due to seasonal or operational factors. It’s always a good idea to check the availability and timings beforehand!

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