Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do when traveling to a new destnation, which is why we have put together our recommendations on the top 7 things to do in Dubai. From picks that will appease the adventure seeker to a relaxing spot beachside, there’s something for everyone.
1. Shop till you drop
A paradise for shoppers, Dubai has an abundance of stores on offer ranging from the world’s largest shopping mall (Dubai Mall) to the more traditional Arabian Souks. Dubai Souks are some of the most exciting places to shop, grab a few bargains and entrench yourself in the Arabic culture. If you’re headed to Dubai for the shopping our tip is to plan your travel around shopping festivals like Dubai Summer Surprises and Dubai Shopping Festival!
2. Views from the top of Burj Khalifa
If heights are not your thing, skip to 3! During your trip to Dubai, this is surely the number one place to visit to make the most of your staycation! Standing on the sky deck of the Burj Khalifa you’ll be simply mesmerized with the vast panoramic views of Dubai old and new. While you’re here don’t forget to watch the famous Dubai Fountains located in front of the skyscraper.
3. Relax beachside or catch some waves
Looking for something to relax after touring around the big city? Grab a towel and pull up a spot beachside for pure relaxation or cool down with a dip at Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach. There’s no need to pack your lunch as a large variety of food trucks surround the area catering to all cuisines.
Calling Adrenaline junkies or those that can’t relax with a book in hand, there are various water sports activities you can partake in such as paddle boarding, jet skiing, diving, flyboarding, kite surfing, boat rides and snorkeling with the fish.
4. Cruising through Dubai
Take a break from the walking and treat yourself to a boast cruise through several places of Dubai such as the Atlantis, the Dubai Marina, Dubai Water Canal or riding the Abra through the Dubai Creek. We promise guaranteed smiles as you sit back and take in the picture perfect panoramas.
5. Discover Desert Wildlife
A trip to Dubai would simply not be complete without a wildlife experience in the desert. There is an abundance of travel guides that can take you on both private and group tours to experience the natural wildlife of Oryx, Gazelle, Camels, Birds and much more. Make sure to pack your camera, as you’re sure to get up and close for that perfect selfie!
6. Unveil Dubai’s Heritage
Let’s rewind back to the times where skyscrapers did not exist. If you’re looking for a break away from the city and it’s modernity, uncovering the history of Dubai would be the ideal way to start your adventure! There’s so much on offer from the various souks such as Gold, Spice or Textile Souk, visiting historic villages, learning the ways of the locals in Dubai Museum, riding the Abras at the Creek, becoming enriched in the food culture at the many stalls, getting lost within Al-Bastakiya, plus so much more!
7. Adventure destination
Dubai is an ideal place for the adrenaline junkie, with endless sports activities one can sky-dive above Palm Jumeirah, glide past the Burj Khalifa with the XLine, hike up the mountains of Hatta, enjoy water sport activities along the coast of Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach, loose your stomach on rollercoaster rides at various theme parks such as IMG World of Adventures and Dubai Parks or go-kart around the circuit in Dubai Autodrome.
If you’re looking for something away from the city, do not fret! Dubai’s got you covered with the options of soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon, dune bashing and desert safari.