Dubai has rocketed the rankings in popularity by implementing an ambitious tourism strategy, aiming to attract around 25 million tourists by 2025. Owing to its famous skyscrapers, adventure activities, entertainment, and various experiences, Dubai is a global leader in technology, innovation, and tourism. The city is also known for its vibrant culture and history. Here are some activities to do in Dubai:
Visit Burj Khalifa
Here, you’ll get to watch immersive presentations of the iconic structure while going up the observation deck, on the 124th level. Take in the views of the cityscape, desert, and ocean through the transparent floor-to-ceiling windows. You can also use advanced telescopes for a close-up look.
You should also go to the open-air terrace for a panoramic 360 view of the city. The 125th level observation deck – A Falcon’s Eye View – offers stunning experiences. Finally, once you get to the ground level, relax at The Cafe. This assures unparalleled luxury and hospitality.
Mon to Sun – Open 24 hrs
Do Some Desert Safari & Dune Bashing
The desert safari will help you escape from city life. With a shared 4X4 pickup transport, an expert driver will dune bash extraordinarily through the desert landscape. After, you can stretch your feet, take in the enthralling views of the sunset and take some pictures.
Then head to a desert camp filled with culture, nature, and Arabian hospitality all together. Get a glimpse of ancient Bedouin traditions, enjoy camel rides, Shisha smoking, henna painting, quad biking, and sandboarding. After this, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner with non-vegetarian and vegetarian delights, with traditional entertainment such as a Tanura and Belly Dance show.
Evening desert safari – 4pm to 10pm
Overnight desert safari – 4pm to 9am
Dinner only – 7pm to 10pm
Splash About in Aquaventure Water Park
Situated in the Atlantis, The Palm, is Dubai’s largest waterpark- the Atlantis Aquaventure. It offers heart-racing slides to lazy rivers and private beaches for relaxation. You don’t only get to choose the rides, but also enjoy a variety of choices for adventure. Enjoy Shark lagoon experiences, learn about marine biology and enjoy a fun time inside the Wavehouse.
Aquaventure is also home to the exquisite Lost Chamber Aquarium, which is home to 65,000 exotic aquatic creatures and also includes training in snorkelling and diving with completion certificates.
It also has exquisite cafes, Michelin star chefs’ restaurants, etc. Aquaventure is a top destination to eat, shop, and enjoy. From uber premium showrooms to shops, enjoy a staycation in one of the sea-view suites. Aquaventure is a holiday in itself.
Mon to Sat – 10am to 6:15pm
Enjoy the Waters Laguna Waterpark
This place includes 4 types of zones. It’s modelled after La Boca – a neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina known for its vibrancy. This newest water park is La Mer’s exciting segment, among Jumeirah’s prestigious beachfront developments.
The headline zone is the Surfing section, featuring – WaveOz 180, FloRider, or Ultimate Surf Machine. The most unique thing is it’s one of the three- of- its- kind in the world. Thrill-seekers shouldn’t miss Constrictor, Freefall, Mad Racer, Loop, and Mantra. There’s Splash Zone, Splash Pad, and Aqua Play. Aqua Play is a kids zone while Splash Pad is for toddlers and kids up to 4 years.
Laguna Waterpark also has a Relax Zone with direct beach access and cabanas plus an Infinity Edge Pool and Lazy River. Also, there are many shopping and dining spots across the park.
Tue to Sun – 10am to 6pm
Mon – Closed
Ge Mesmerised at IMG World of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure has a blend of exciting rides, multiplex cinema, and other highlights, ideal for individuals and families. This is the biggest theme park in the world, occupying 1.5 million sq. ft. at Lost Valley, a brand-new concept. Including 70 animatronic dinosaurs, it has five distinct rides – Adventure Fortress, Forbidden Territory, Dino Carousel, Velociraptor, and Predator.
The Cartoon Network zone is 230,000 square feet, with a variety of kid-friendly zones such as LazyTown, The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage. A major attraction is the Ben10 5D cinema.
It also features the largest retail store in the world, themed around Ben10. For spooky thrills, head to the Haunted Hotel.
Thurs to Sat – 12pm to 9pm
Sun to Tues – 12pm to 8pm
Enjoy at Kidzania
Kidzania is an interactive child-sized city that encourages kids to become independent, think logically, and develop analytical skills while having fun. Your kid can enjoy being a Dentist, Police Officer, Restaurateur to over 100 role-plays. They can use Kidzania currency to pay for services and goods, helping them to understand the value of money, transactions, and dealing.
The city has a bank, ATM, supermarkets, hospitals, pizzeria, theater, and more.
All the activities have been designed to keep in mind the height, expectation, and mentality of the children.
Sat to Wed – 10am to 8pm
Thurs and Fri – 10am to 9pm
Get an Adrenaline Rush with Skydive
Select from a Gyrocopter or Tandem flight and feel the rush, free-falling at a speed of more than 120miles/hour. It gives you unobstructed views of The Palm Island, Dubai Marina, and JBR Beach. Following a briefing by the certified Skydive instructor, board the plane from the drop zone at the Desert Campus or Palm, while being suited up with a helmet, goggles, harness, and jumpsuit for a safe experience. Experience the free-fall for 60 seconds, before the instructor pulls the cord and deploys the parachute.
Tues to Mon – 8am to 2:30pm
Relax with a Dhow Cruise
Dhow Cruise Marina has magical sightseeing, delicious dining, and striking entertainment. For a new dining experience, go for this two-hour cruise through Dubai Marina which is modelled to resemble the Venetian style canal. It offers unique views of the architecture of residences, shopping facilities and resorts, and feasts on the scrumptious international cuisines. Additionally, enjoy entertainment performances by dazzling illumination and multi-hued manifestation along Dubai Marina’s water.
9:00hrs – Pick Up
20:00hrs- Boarding time
20:30 – 22:30hrs – return after two hours
Chill Out at Ski Dubai
Escape from the blazing heat in the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, perfect for family and friends. Located inside the mall, a 3,000 sq metres area, it has an 85-meter-high mountain indoor with slopes, full-fledged snow park, snow penguins, ski school, winter-themed cafes, and other activities.
You can choose to ski depending on your skill level. There are 5 different runs, varying in length and difficulty. Strap on your ski boots, learn from trained instructors, and go snowboarding. Climb in a hamster ball, race on a twin-track bobsled, ride the chairlift for unparalleled views and take the exciting thriller mountain ride.
Make a snowman at Ice Cave, try The Snow Bullet, which has 16 metre slopes along 150 meters Zip Line. Some others include icy body slides, climbing towers, toboggan runs, snow bumpers, etc.
Sun to Thurs – 10am to 12am
Fri and Sat – 9am to 12am
Get Awestruck at Dubai Frame
Dubai Frame is made of two vertical towers, both linked by a bridge. The main highlights are the museum and gallery. It uses advanced technology, along with various exhibits, including holographic images and displays, showcasing Dubai’s transformation from being a fishing village to a global city. A glass elevator swiftly transports to the topmost floor, Sky Deck, in 75 seconds. One side gives outstanding views of Dubai and other structures. For fun, huge pyramid projectors are there to draw or write anything on the screen beneath, which gets displayed on the screen.
Mon to Sun – 9am to 9pm
Dubai has many activities to keep you busy on your visit and have a great time with family or friends. This marvelous city offers the best entertainment and the city is always welcoming tourists. So, get ready for the time of your life.