Top 10 Things To Do in Dubai

With so much to do and explore in Dubai, it’s quite a difficult task to narrow down all rudiments. To plan your perfect vacation in this stunning city, check out this list that covers the Dubai’s crème de la crème, including renowned, out of the box, and off the beaten paths. The following must-do activities in Dubai are sure to provide you with a memorable and authentic experience.

1.    Go on a Shopping Spree

Dubai – being part classic Arabian metropolis and part classy global city – draws together a well-curated blend of 60 plus grandiose shopping malls, ultra-hip designer outlets, and traditional souks or bazaars – all of which together offer a generous dose of retail therapy in a setting worth exploring. From vintage couture, less pricey trinkets and souvenirs to products from high-street brands, there is something to satisfy the most discerning shopper. Must-visit shopping spots in Dubai, among many others, are Dubai Mall, Ibn Battuta Mall, Souk Al Bahar, Deira Gold Souk, Textile Souk, Deira City Centre, and Mall of the Emirates.

2.    Visit Jumeirah Beach

Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is an ideal oasis for travelers seeking pristine serenity. Not only is this beach district a safe haven to enjoy a spectrum of water sport activities, but also provide a perfect vantage point to absorb in the breathtaking views that bound the region, such as timeless billow-shaped Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah – the mesmerizing man-made island, and Atlantis – The Palm. Most of all, people vacationing with families, friends, and kids are sure to adore the well-kept recreation areas as well as spotless washroom and shower facilities.

3.    Skiing

Come and enjoy authentic alpine activities right in the middle of the desert city. With so much fun and exhilaration going on in one of the world’s largest indoor skiing facility – Ski Dubai placed within the Mall of the Emirates, you would be obviously spoilt for choices. From experiencing real snow adventure and honing your winter sport skills to enjoying world-class dining, there is certain to be something to keep you enthralled and coming here back for more.

4.    Desert Safari

Far from the noise and hustles, a desert safari in Dubai is an overwhelming experience. Ravishing desert landscape, rich cultural experiences, and that rarest of adventure which promotes for a genuine happenstance with the sublime, such as exciting dune bash, barbeque dinner, and the spectacle of belly dance performance, usually round up a trip to the Dubai’s vast stretches of dunes. (visit: https://www.raynatours.com/city-tour/tour-details/Desert-Safari-38.aspx)

5.    Heritage Tour

Cast your mind to a bygone era and contemplate on the fascinating past of Dubai by taking a trip to one of its museums, mainly Dubai Museum, or by touring to such history-drenched regions of the city as Bastakiya Quarter in Bur Dubai, Heritage Diving Village, Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House, and Hatta Heritage Village with a string of Bedouin-inspired houses restored to its true form.

6.    Fare on an incredible variety of cuisines that Dubai has on offer

Wherever you tour in Dubai, you’ll find a dining choice that would for sure leave you lip-smacking. Interestingly, there is a wide assortment of delicacies for your picking, and among the must-try Arabic specialties are Shawarma, Al Harees, and Al Machboos. The best thing about Dubai’s dining scene is that it’s unbelievably diverse and holds an apt choice to fit every taste – be it authentic South Asian, Japanese, American or even classic European specialties. While dining establishments in Atlantis and Burj Al Arab are a favorite among people on the look-out for amazing culinary offerings, open-air food centers as well as food courts within the mallsappease people looking for a bargain gourmet experience in a high-spirited ambiance.

7.    Enjoy Dhow Cruise from Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the beautiful views of Dubai from a traditional dhow on Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. See a cosmic collection of gleaming skyscrapers, along with historic architecture and iconic splendors, during your two to three hour dhow cruise. This unique cruise offers everything from a welcome drink, multi-course gourmet meal, and mind boggling entertainment to incredible sightseeing experience.

8.    Get Sky High with a visit to Burj Khalifa

Towering to an astounding height of 828 meters, this architectural gem in Downtown Dubai is a world unto itself. Acknowledged as the world’s tallest building, it offers astounding 360 degree views of Dubai from its observation deck, ‘At the Top’ on the 124th floor. Combine your trip to Burj Khalifa with a visit to Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall, where you can see water fountains dancing to the beat of Arabian or Western classics, marvel at the world’s biggest aquarium, let your kids enjoy at Kidzania or SEGA Republic, test your skills in Ice Rink, and revel in the finest dining.

9.    Take a City Tour

As one of the Middle East’s most affluent cities, the place boasts a wealth of highlights, and probably the best way to see all attractions in Dubai is to go for a sightseeing trip, essentially if you’re a first-timer or someone with time constraint. It will provide you with a well-rounded intro to renowned sights of Dubai, such as Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Island, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and high-rise, glossy structures along the Sheik Zayed Road.

10.    Indulge in adventurous activities

Hands down a haven for fun and thrill seekers, Dubai excites you with a new escapade each day. During your stay here, you can enjoy go-karting at Dubai Autodrome, go for a camel ride, try shooting and archery at the Jebel Ali International Shooting Club, take a biking excursion, or even indulge in an aquatic pursuit. Most of all, to cater to young as well as young at heart, the city has a humungous range of choices including Aquaventure, Dubai Dolphinarium, Wafi City’s Encounter Zone, and Wild Wadi Park.

Dubai gracefully fuses Arabian hospitality with a contemporary outlook in a multiethnic environment. In fact, there is no lack of staples when it comes to things to do here. Do you find this list useful? Do you want to add anything specific to this list? Leave your recommendations and suggestions below.

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About Author: Chetan Jadhav is an avid reader and loves to travel extensively. He is travel operator of the Dubai-based Rayna Tours – a destination management company offering comprehensive travel solutions.
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