Whether you’re here on vacation or you’re a local looking to switch up your routine with something more exciting, there’s plenty to do in Dubai to keep you entertained. For the thrill seeker, the family with kids and the culture vulture, there’s something here for everyone so it’s time to take out your planner and start taking notes as we’re about to run through 25 fun things to do in Dubai.
Visit the Burj Khalifa
You can’t visit Dubai without taking a trip to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and one of the most iconic places of the city. Go up the top in the high-speed elevator for an unbeatable view 160 floors above the city.
The Dubai Mall
Visiting a mall isn’t usually at the top of anyone’s vacation list, but you have to make an exception to the biggest mall in the world. Dubai Mall isn’t your typical mall. After you do your shopping, you can go into Dubai Aquarium or take a gondola ride across Lake Dubai, among many other fun activities. Dubai’s malls house most of the fun activities in Dubai.
Swim with Sharks
And while we’re talking about Dubai Mall and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, did you know that you can dive with the sharks there? It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely an experience to remember.
Ski at Ski Dubai
Didn’t expect to go skiing in Dubai, did you? But when the heat gets too much, Ski Dubai’s indoor ski slope is the perfect place to cool down and play with some real snow. Go ski, try bobsledding or just visit the top of the slopes.
Watch the Dubai Fountain Show
Dubai is great at having the best and biggest of everything, which includes the best and biggest fountain show. If you’d like some free entertainment and have a spare 10 minutes one evening, head down to the Dubai Fountain and watch the show that runs every half hour until midnight, with new music, lights and choreography every time.
Jet skiing, parasailing and more are all possibilities at one of Dubai’s beaches and marinas. It’s the perfect way to add some more fun and excitement to a day at the beach.
The world’s deepest pool, with a depth of 60 metres, is right here in Dubai. If you have a certificate you can dive down deep, but even if you don’t, you can go snorkelling at the surface and see the great depths below you.
If you prefer to do your diving outdoors, then try scuba diving with one of Dubai’s many scuba diving clubs instead. Explore the beautiful coral reefs and encounter the incredible wildlife of the UAE coast with a scuba diving experience in the beautiful warm water.
Thrill seekers looking for a real adrenalin rush shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience Dubai from above by skydiving. You can skydive in tandem with an instructor or even get a certificate to do it by yourself.
Go to the Water Park
Dubai is home to several incredible water parks, including the world’s largest water park, Aquaventure, which also homes 65,000 marine animals. Visit Aquaventure Waterpark, Wild Wadi or Laguna Waterpark for a day of fun for the whole family.
Water Taxi through Dubai Creek
Explore the old part of this bustling modern city by water, take a water taxi through Dubai Creek. You can also take a walking guided tour through the old parts of the city and experience Dubai’s rich history that way.
Visit Dubai Museum
Want to learn more about Dubai’s history? Spend a day in Dubai Museum, which will take you through the history of the city from its beginnings in pearl diving up until the present day.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Who didn’t dream of going for a ride in a hot air balloon as a child? In Dubai your childhood dreams can come true. Book a hot air balloon ride for one of the many ways you can see the city and the desert from the air.
Check out the Views from the Dubai Frame
This is one of the newer destinations in Dubai, but well worth checking out. The largest picture frame in the world also serves as a great place for a good view, as you can take an elevator up to the top and walk across a clear glass bridge.
Go to a Theme Park
Bringing the family? An amusement park is always fun, and Dubai has plenty to offer. This includes the IMG World of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Global Village, Motionland and more.
See the Largest Flower Garden in the World
If you like to visit the botanical gardens of the places you travel to, the Dubai Miracle Garden will not disappoint. You’ll find 150 million flowers here, making it the world’s largest flower garden according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Swim in the Aura Skypool
The Aura Skypool makes for a luxurious and unique swim experience that’s also quite affordable. Do some laps in the water and enjoy incredible views from this 360-degree infinity pool 200 meters above the ground.
Visit the Jumeirah Mosque
Take in some more culture and history by visiting the Jumeirah Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques in the country and the only one in Dubai open to non-Muslim visitors.
Watch the Camel Race
You’ve heard about horse racing, but have you heard of camel racing? Head over to Al Marmoom Camel Race Track early in the morning to catch a race, which is honestly one of the most amusing and fun activities to do in Dubai.
Ride the Ain Dubai
Of course Dubai would also have an observation wheel much bigger than the London Eye. 75 metres taller, in fact. Grab a ride on this attraction and see the city from a height of 250 metres.
Learn About Perfumes at Al Shindagha Museum
Another museum worth visiting is the Al Shindagha, also known as the Perfume House. Here you can learn all about the history of Arabic perfume making in Dubai.
Try the Zipline
The UAE is home to the world’s largest zipline, but you don’t have to venture out of Dubai to try a long zipline. XLine Dubai Marina is one of the longest, steepest and fastest urban ziplines. You’ll travel up to 50mph at a height of 560 feet, and probably have some of the most fun you’ve had in your life while doing so.
Explore the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
History lovers flock to this unique location that gives you some insight into what life in Dubai looked like before the Emirates were formed. It makes a welcome change from the skyscrapers and the sound of the traffic in the rest of the city.
Have Dinner in the Sky
When it’s time to grab a bite to eat at the end of a long day, opt for one of the most unique dining experiences of your life. Strap in with a seatbelt and eat at a rotating table 165 feet in the air at Dinner in the Sky Dubai. Gives a whole new meaning to dinner with a view.
Take a Flight
To finish off your trip, get a new perspective on Dubai by taking to the skies in a seaplane, helicopter or a regular plane.
Now that we’ve covered 25 of the best things to do in Dubai, you’ll never even have to think about the word “bored” during your time in this beautiful city.