The Shortest Guide to 18 Amazing Things to Do in Dubai

Dubai is inarguably the most entertaining city, tourists flock to. From the biggest bonanza Dubai Shopping Festival at the beginning of the year to the largest crowd-puller Christmas and New Year's Eve in the end, from Dubai Creek to Dubai Marina, the entire year and the whole city revolves around awe-inspiring festivals, huge concerts, and upcoming attractions.

Here we have compiled the 18 best things to do with your Dubai Visa- from camping in the desert to diving with sharks to ascending the world's tallest building:

1. Ascend the Burj Khalifa

An iconic blend of Dubai's engineering and architectural designing, the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure on the globe, pierces the sky at 828metres. Take a tour inside and reach the world's highest observation deck on the 148th floor, the fastest elevator, the opulent restaurant At.Mosphere, tallest lounge on the planet, multimedia presentation of the city and delicious tea.

Burj Khalifa

2. Discover the Burj Al Arab

The next big thing dominating the skyline and shining like a signature luxury destination, the Burj al Arab is a deluxe hotel shaped like a sail on the water. Either book a high tea or brunch and lounge in its sophisticated balcony or stroll on the beach and admire its exterior sight.

3. Visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

See the world's largest suspended aquarium holding 10 million litres of seawater, 140 marine species, 300 sharks and rays and thousands of animals. It is bewildering to walk through the tunnel that covers you from overhead. Upgrade your experience with the underwater diving and feeding show.

dhow cruise in-dubai

4. Take the Dhow Cruise

Every time we are rushing into things, the sea reminds us to be calm. Find respite as you sail in traditional dhow cruise, and savour sumptuous food in the floating restaurant. The choice of sightseeing variedly depends on what you want to see; the past heritage, or the modern Dubai.

5. Ride in the Desert Safari

Push your usual exploration beyond the tall buildings to the large expanse of dunes. Take advantage of the flexibility of the itineraries of the desert safari, which includes everything from adventurous sports like dune bashing, quad biking, hot air balloon ride and camel riding, to cultural actions like belly dance, Tanoura, henna designing and a lavish buffet.

6. Make entry into the Aquaventure & Atlantis, the Palm

The grand resort, Atlantis, The Palm is loaded with restaurants like Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, activities like helicopter riding, and adventure like Leap of Faith. The fun begins with the magical waterpark, Aquaventure and escalates to the huge aquarium The Lost chambers. Overall, this is a place that could keep you entertained for an entire week.

7. Duck inside the Dubai Mall

One of the world's largest malls is made to keep the whole gang happy. It is sprawling with so many activities, but first head towards the quintessential shopping in the most dynamic and coveted brands ever. Then the entertainment area has KidZania, Reel Cinemas, Hysteria, VR Park and best restaurants to gratify your taste buds.

The Dubai Mall Aquarium

8. Witness the mind-blowing Dubai Fountain

The extraordinary choreographed fountain and the largest of its kind, the Dubai Fountain spray 22,000 gallons of water. It is illuminated by 6,600 lights and shoots water up to 500 feet on the classic to contemporary music. The best way to experience it is to ride on the Burj Lake in the traditional boat.

9. Spend a day at Dubai Marina

This affluent neighbourhood in Dubai has upscale dining options to savour the best cuisine in the charming ambience, pristine beach to relax on, pop-up markets to nibble something and buy souvenirs, speedboat tour for sightseeing and luxury yachts to spend an evening in delight.

Fireworks Display at Global Village

10. Rejuvenate at Global Village

Every year, Global Village adds an extra punch to its already amazing celebration. Bringing over 80 countries together in the form of pavilions, several shopping outlets, fun parks, international dining, carnival shows, concerts, museum and fireworks, this multicultural destination is the perfect hunt for families and friends.

11. Play at Kite Beach

The white and wide stretch of a pristine beach at Jumeirah Road is brimming with activities like kitesurfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. The array of food trucks and eateries make it a fun-filled day.

12. Unravel fun at IMG Worlds of Adventure

Titled as the biggest indoor theme park on the planet, IMG is split into 5 epic zones, drawing both adults and kids alike. In this impressive US$1 billion park, visitors can enjoy at Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard zones with more than 20 rides and attractions, and 28 dining outlets.

13. Choose Zip Lining

Another feather in the cap is the world's longest urban zipline by XLine. Set in Dubai Marina, this is the steepest and fastest zipline, accelerating at 80km/hr and takes you from 170m down to ground level. So, hold on tight and double the thrill.

zip line

14. Go for Freefall Skydiving

Did you see the three exotic man-made Palm islands- Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali? Have a sneak peek by falling from a breathtaking height of 14,000 feet as soon as the helicopter doors are opened. While the wind makes you sway in the sky, marvel at the major landmarks like The Atlantis, and Burj Khalifa from the top.

15. Explore the Dubai Parks and Resorts

Spanning across 25 million square feet, this is the Middle East's largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination. Combining the three different kinds of parks, Motiongate (Hollywood-inspired), Bollywood (Indian film's dance, play and acts), and Legoland (Lego-themed), there are over 100 rides and attractions to give you enthralling and hair-raising experience.

wild wadi park rides family fun

16. Enjoy the sun and water at Wild Wadi Water Park

The first waterpark in Dubai is nestled beside the Burj Al Arab. So, besides splashing fun and unleashing your inner child in the rides, you can also bask in the lazy river and admire the view of the hotel.

17. Learn Dubai's history at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

The traffic fades, the buildings shrink and the lanes get narrower, this is the Old Dubai from where the modern city developed and flourished. Delve deeper into the past as you meander through the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and see the houses with high air towers made out of stone, palm wood and gypsum, museums, souvenir shops, cultural exhibits, cafes, art galleries and boutique hotels.

18. Shop at Traditional souks

Embrace the old Dubai and ditch those swanky malls by shopping in the traditional souks. Give your retail therapy a new direction by buying those strong-smelling spices, handicrafts, souvenirs and gold at jaw-dropping prices.

Dubai is an ambitious and futuristic city that surely set down an impressive itinerary.

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