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Exploring Dubai: Best Things to Do in Dubai

Record-breaking, futuristic, and glamorous, Dubai deserves all these adjectives and more. Dubai has transformed from a fishing village to one of the world's most stylish and richest cities in just a few decades. Today, it is a city with the most significant number of expats. However, Dubai is the most popular holiday destination. It offers a complete tourism package, including sightseeing, shopping, food, adventure, and cultural experiences. Dubai has something for everyone, be it a family vacation, a romantic holiday, or a solo leisure holiday. Here we discuss the best things to do in Dubai while exploring the city.

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Watch the sunset from the top of the Burj Khalifa

Towering over all the skyscrapers of Dubai is Burj Khalifa, the pride and honor of not just Dubai but all of UAE. Measuring 828 meters (about 2716.54 ft) in height, Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. It is in Downtown Dubai, right next to the Dubai Mall. Apart from admiring the structure from the outside, you can also visit its observation decks (it has two) to see a 360-degree view of the entire city. While you can visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa from 8 am to midnight, sunset is the magical time to enjoy fabulous city views.

Experience adventure and entertainment on a Dubai desert safari

If there is only one thing you can do during a trip to Dubai, it must be the desert safari. The desert safari in Dubai promises an evening of thrilling and fun activities. Adventure enthusiasts would love dune bashing, camel riding, quad biking, and sandboarding sessions. Moreover, you also get to enjoy entertaining programs like Tanoura dancing and belly dancing. The desert camp will familiarize you with the Bedouin culture with henna painting sessions, traditional wear, and flavored shishas. The evening desert safaris usually end with a delicious BBQ dinner.

Check out the older, more cultural side of Dubai

As a tourist to Dubai, it is important to understand that Dubai is not just about its luxury and modern architecture. Instead, the city has preserved its culture and heritage in the old part of the city. Head to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, where you can walk on narrow cobblestone lanes to check out the traditional limestone houses. Many old buildings have been turned into museums, boutique hotels, art galleries, and cafes. You must also visit the Dubai Museum nearby to learn about the city's history. If you are a keen historical and cultural enthusiast, visiting the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is a must.

Enjoy the aerial view of Palm Jumeirah from The View at the Palm.

Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest manmade island, has intrigued people around the world right from the time it was introduced. And why not? The island is shaped like a palm tree, with fronds and a huge trunk. And the best place to get an aerial view of the entire island is to head to The View at the Palm. Located on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, The View at the Palm stands at the height of 240 meters. The observation deck gives you uninterrupted views of the palm island, the Arabian Gulf, and the city's stunning skyline.

Explore the offerings of the Dubai Mall

One of the largest shopping malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is popular among locals and tourists. Offering more than 1200 retail stores, Dubai Mall is a shopper’s paradise. But the mall is not just about its stores. Rather, there is an array of entertainment avenues and interesting activities in Dubai Mall, including an ice-skating rink (Dubai Ice Rink), an aquarium (Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo), an indoor theme park (KidZania Dubai), and a gaming zone (DXB Dubai). It also has a multiplex theater and an enormous food court. With so many offerings, spending an entire day here is easy.

Satisfy the thrill-seeker in you with skydiving in Dubai

Thrill seekers will be happy to know that Dubai is one of the top 10 places to go skydiving. SkyDive Dubai offers this experience to those interested. Here you jump from an airplane 4000 feet above the ground. You can choose between Palm Jumeirah and Dubai desert as your diving spot. The most popular here is tandem skydiving, where you jump from an airplane along with a trained instructor. The professional takes care of the entire adventure while you are free to enjoy the experience thoroughly. You can also get trained as a skydiver and get your license for solo skydiving at this center.

Click some amazing pictures at the Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai is full of surprises, and the Dubai Miracle Garden is the greatest. Spanning an area of 72,00 square meters, it is the world’s largest natural garden. Yes, you heard it right! This flower garden is located right in the desert city! Home to more than 50 million flowers, the Dubai Miracle Garden is nothing less than delightful. The place has some of the most amazing floral sculptures, including a replica of the Emirates A830, Disney characters, prominent landmarks of Dubai, etc. You will also find a butterfly garden with more than 15000 species of butterflies as its inhabitants.

Enjoy a delicious dinner on a dhow cruise on Dubai Marina

When dining in Dubai, you will always have options. But if you want a unique dining experience, the dhow cruise dinner is something you need to try. You can book a dhow cruise sailing on Dubai Marina, a manmade Venetian-style canal located in one of the most stylish neighborhoods in the city. The dhow (a traditional boat used for transportation in the past) has been transformed into a floating restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks, engaging entertainment programs, and gorgeous city views.

Spend a fun time at the theme parks and water parks in Dubai

Make your trip to Dubai a fun, memorable one with a trip to one of the theme parks in the city. IMG Worlds of Adventure (the world’s largest indoor theme park), Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Carnaval, and Play DXB are a few of the fantastic theme parks in Dubai. Apart from these, Dubai also has some of the best water parks. You must take the time to visit at least one of them, which includes Aquaventure Water Park, Legoland Water Park, AquaFun Water Park, and Jungle Bay. Whichever theme park or water park you visit in Dubai, you will be satisfied, as the city has record-breaking slides, rides, and rollercoasters.

Shop like you have never shopped before

It is a well-known fact that Dubai is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. While the enormous shopping malls in Dubai are populated with almost all the popular brands in the world, the city also houses some traditional markets where you can purchase local goods and handicrafts. Some of the best malls in Dubai are the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, and Ibn Battuta Mall. If you want to have a local shopping experience, you must head to the souks of Deira and Bur Dubai, where you will get everything from spices to gold. Moreover, if you are really into shopping, you must visit the city during the Dubai Shopping Festival, the world’s biggest shopping festival in December-January every year.


The list of things mentioned here only skims over the myriads of things you can do in Dubai. Watching a fantastic show at La Perle Dubai, exploring the beaches in the city, getting mesmerized by a performance at Dubai Opera, enjoying skiing and snowboarding at Ski Dubai, and going scuba diving at Deep Dive Dubai are a few other amazing things you can do in the city. All you need to have is a travel visa. With so many exciting things available in Dubai, a trip to the golden city sounds promising.



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