25 Things To Do In Dubai

Have you ever wondered what there is about the city of Dubai that makes it one of the biggest tourist hubs around, where a large number of tourists go down every year with their families and friends? Those who haven’t ever visited the Middle East wish to fly to Dubai at least once in their lives, because of the wonders and attractions the city has to offer. If you really are curious about it, it’s time to get to know Dubai! There is a lot to do in Dubai. However, you can prioritize your time according to the must-dos during your visit to this wonderful city:


Ski Dubai – Mall of the Emirates


Ski Dubai Ticket Price:

Passes start from 180AED for adults and children.

Ski Dubai Timings:

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM from Sunday-Wednesday

10:00 AM – 12:00 AM on Thursday

09:00 AM – 12:00 AM on Friday

09:00 AM – 11:00 PM on Saturday

It is indeed a unique experience, of enjoying skiing in a desert, which you will get to experience only in Dubai! There is a huge ski slope in Ski Dubai, in the Mall of the Emirates that lets you grab a kit and enjoy sliding down the icy slopes. From around 40 degrees Celsius outside the mall, you can enjoy a drop in temperature to a minimum of -6 degree Celsius with just a pass into Ski Dubai! To make things even more interesting, there is also a cafe halfway up the slope, where one can take a break from all the exhilarating fun, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate whilst enjoying the view around.


Dubai Opera


Dubai Opera Ticket Price:

Price range varies from show to show.

Dubai Opera Timings:

Varies from show to show.

Situated in the heart of Dubai, you can enjoy a soothing experience, similar to that of London’s West end. Situated next to the Burj Khalifa, the building itself has a strong character in terms of design. In fact, it was inspired by Arabian dhows, and its organic form creates a continuity in the visual pattern. With its multi-functional stage, you can enjoy a concert or a play, whatever your mood prefers.


Jumeira Beach Residence Walk


JBR Ticket Price:

No tickets required

JBR Timings:

Open 24/7. However restaurants are only open from 10:00 AM – 01:00 AM, and some till 05:00 AM.

This is one of the recent developments of the city. The glamour of Jumeira Beach Residence takes you around the smattering of skyscrapers, making a strong statement about the city. They say that Jumeira Residence seems like a city within a city, with its charming architecture, beautiful landscape, and buzzing social life. Apart from the open beach, if you want to enjoy fine-dining, this place has some of the best food joints to offer! Be it cafes or 5-Star restaurants, you will find many options, to sit back, relax, and enjoy the food, with your friends and family.


The Outlet Village


The Outlet Village Ticket Price:

No tickets required

The Outlet Village Timings:

Sunday - Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight

If you’re a fan of architecture, and an explorer by nature, you would love to visit this place. It offers the unique flair of an Italian city, taking you back to the middle ages. You would love the intricate details, and the materials used on these heritage-like buildings, with towers, bridges, arches, and wishing wells, all made up of stone. Shopping here is, both, fun and cheap. The shops offer high-end items at reduced prices all year long. The items range from sports items like sportswear and equipment, to household appliances. Shopping in The Outlet Village is bound to be a unique experience, within the city of Dubai.


IMG Worlds of Adventure


IMG Worlds of Adventure Ticket Price:

AED 195

IMG Worlds of Adventure Timings:

Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 AM-09:00PM

Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 AM-10:00PM

If you are looking for adventure in the city of Dubai then this is the one place you must not miss out on at any cost! Fun, excitement, and quick-paced, thrilling action, perfectly defines this theme park. It is huge, so if you are going with a large group of people, make sure you stay together! With up-to-date, safe rides, you can enjoy a fun-filled evening at this theme park with your adventurous friends. The park emits a wonderful vibe, by bringing your favourite characters to life. Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Gumball, are among the live characters for the younger lot, while the adults can enjoy meeting characters from Marvel Comics, like Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Iron Man.


Desert Safari


Desert Safari Ticket Price:

Varies according to companies and packages.

Desert Safari Timings:

Varies according to companies and packages.

Staying true to its character, Dubai also takes advantage of its geographical location, and offers the opportunity to enjoy a desert safari with a 4x4 drive. There are many companies offering this service. So you can choose from them, and enjoy a comprehensive package that’s inclusive of the drive, food, and a ride back to your home/hotel. Make sure that you are well-informed on the details of the safari, before signing up with any company. The ride is rather thrilling in the dunes, irrespective of the vehicle you choose. By driving through this natural setting, the ride lets you experience a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Millions of stars will also be clearly visible in the sky, leaving you speechless at the beauty of nature, something we can rarely experience within the city.


Dubai Creek


Dubai Creek Ticket Price:


Dubai Creek Timings:


That is the thing about Dubai, you have a variety of entertainment options to choose from. If you’d like a unique experience, away from the traffic on the roads, then you can enjoy a simple abra ride at the Dubai Creek. The serene boat ride gives you a tour of some of the beautiful spots around Dubai, while keeping you at sea-level. You can even ride across the creek and enjoy the beautiful sunset, for just 1 dirham! This journey will take you to various places, giving you an experience of the old city, as well as the modern development.


Burj Khalifa


Burj Khalifa Ticket Price:

Non-Prime hours: AED 350

Prime Hours: AED 500

Burj Khalifa Timings:

08:30 AM – 06:00 PM

It is simply impossible to visit Dubai and leave without going all the way to the top of the world’s tallest building! It simply doesn’t go unnoticed, because of its height and the interesting factors surrounding it. Once inside the building, there is an exhibit on the building’s history that you can check out before experiencing the world’s fastest lift to the top. It takes only seconds to reach, both, the 125th, and the 148Th floor Observation Decks. Photographers would love this, and wish to spend a good, long time up there. However, one of the most beautiful attractions of the Burj Khalifa includes watching the sunset from the top. Owing to its height, one can experience both day and night during this time of the day. Enjoy the moment and be mesmerized from this unique viewpoint of the whole city.


Wild Wadi Water Park


Wild Wadi Water Park Ticket Price:

Prices range from AED 245 – AED 275

Wild Wadi Water Park Timings:

10:00 AM – 06:00 PM (Currently)

Themed around the tale of Juha, a well-known character from the Arabian Folklore, Wild Wadi is situated close to the Burj Al Arab. One can spend a whole day enjoying a variety of rides that Wild Wadi has to offer. With around 30 rides, Wild Wadi promises a refreshing and energizing experience with your friends and family. Facilities include not just some great rides, but also the chance to visually take in the beautiful, imaginative structures around, along with slides, and a very friendly staff to help you explore the park!


The Dubai Fountain


The Dubai Fountain Ticket Price:

No ticket required

The Dubai Fountain Timings:

Afternoon shows, daily (except Fridays): 1:00pm and 1:30pm

Afternoon shows (Fridays only): 1:30pm and 2:00pm

Evening shows, daily: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, every 30 minutes

If you are looking for a blissful escape to enjoy a soothing evening where nature dances around you, getting you in the mood to let your soul relax and dance with the beat of the music, complimented by the variance of light, then this is the place you must visit. The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest dancing fountain that shoots water up to 500ft in height, and expands over 902ft in length, on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. It performs to a selection of different melodies which echoes around the lake.


Dubai Dolphinarium


The Dubai Dolphinarium Ticket Price:

AED 40 – AED 140

The Dubai Dolphinarium Timings:

Dolphin and Seal shows: Monday to Saturday 11: 00 AM, 03:00 PM, 06:00 PM

The Dubai Dolphinarium offers yet another experience of a lifetime. A dolphin is considered to be one of the friendliest creatures around, with a very lovable aura around it. The Dubai Dolphinarium gives you a chance to get up close and personal with their bottlenose dolphins and seals as they perform one mind-boggling trick after another. They’ll sing, juggle, dance, play ball, and even paint. It’s bound to be a fun-filled experience for the whole family.


Dubai Zoo


Dubai Zoo Ticket Price:

AED 2/head for adults. Free of charge for children, and people with special needs.

Dubai Zoo Timings:

Summer timings: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Winter timings: 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Closed on Tuesday

Considered to be one of the oldest zoos in the Arabian Peninsula, this zoo holds the record of being the first one to breed the Arabian wild cat, and the rare chimpanzee. Located in Jumeira, the Dubai Zoo is visited mostly by families. One can expect to spend a good, fun-filled time there. Around 118 animal species are present in the Dubai Zoo, among which foxes, pumas, hyenas, lions, chimpanzees, jaguars, monkeys, deer, baboons, giraffes, porcupines, and sheep are just a few of the animals you will get to see there.


Wonderland Amusement Park


Wonderland Amusement Park Ticket Price:

Entrance fee:

5 & Above- 40 AED

2 to 4- 10 AED

Below 2- FREE

Water and Theme Park Prices:

Water Park: AED 60 – AED 125

Theme Park: AED 60 – AED 125

Combined: AED 75 – AED 150

Wonderland Amusement Park Timings:

Theme Park – 10 AM to 12 AM

Water Park – 10 AM to 8 PM

Divided into two parks, the Wonderland Theme Park, and Splash Land is the largest amusement park in the UAE. The Water Park is stretched across 22 acres, offering a number of options to indulge in water related activities. Be it swimming in the pools, sliding down the long curvy slides, zipping through the tubes, or any other water sport, you can avail it all during the day up till 08:00 PM daily. The Wonderland Theme Park, on the other hand, offers more than 30 rides, most of which are famous worldwide!


Aquaventure Waterpark


Aquaventure Waterpark Ticket Price:

Adult Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Combo Ticket: AED 310

Child Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Combo Ticket: AED 250

Aquaventure WaterPark Timings:

10: 00 AM – 06:00 PM

Whether you want to enjoy the record-breaking rides and slides, get up close to sharks and rays, or relax on a private beach, Aquaventure Waterpark offers it all to you! It lets you enjoy an array of water activities, satisfying your holiday mood. You can stroll around the private beach with an exclusive seating area, or have your children experience the wildest water rides around. In other word a good time is guaranteed with the Aquaventure Waterpark! Moreover, booking your entry online would save you up to 20% of the original entry fee!


Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Ticket Price:

Researcher Experience: AED 100

Explorer Experience: AED 120

Otter Encounter: AED 200

Ray Encounter: AED 200

King Croc Encounter: AED 200

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Timings:

Sunday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What’s so special about the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo? It is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. That’s just one of the many reasons that makes it special, and it is a big enough reason to get you all excited about visiting the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo! Containing 10 million liters of water, the tank is situated on the ground level of the Dubai Mall, and is home to thousands of aquatic animals (over 140 species). They can be seen swimming around the massive tank. Moreover, it contains the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world! You can enjoy walking through the tunnel which provides a 270degree view of the tank!


Dubai Miracle Garden


Dubai Miracle Garden Ticket Price:

Adults: 40 AED

Children 3-12 years old: 30 AED

2 Years and below, and Guests with disabilities: Free

Dubai Miracle Garden Timings:

Weekdays: 9:00am - 9:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Public Holidays: 9:00am - 11:00pm

Are you in for viewing a one-of-a-kind garden, with a display of nature in the most extravagant way? This is one of the most beautiful destinations to enjoy the wonders of nature, with a touch of human creativity. Approximately a 109 million blooming flowers are displayed, in the form of structures and beautiful landscape designs. One will get mesmerized by the colourful beauty of the garden, which is not only well-maintained but also very well designed! If you’re a nature-lover, you must visit the Miracle Garden and enjoy the beauty of flowers with your loved ones.


Dubai Gold Souk


Dubai Gold Souk Ticket Price:

No ticket required

Dubai Gold Souk Timings:

Sat-Thu: 10:00 AM – 10:00PM

Fri: 04:00 PM – 10:00PM

Dubai is well known for cheap gold, of good quality, and available in different forms. If you visit Dubai, whether or not you want to buy gold, you must pay a visit to Dubai’s Gold Souk. The quality of all the items available in the stores are first-class, through a strict quality check by the government. Apart from gold diamonds, platinum, and silver items are also available, to be purchased at reasonable rates. However, gold remains on top of the list, in terms of quality and cheaper rates.


The Lost Chambers Aquarium


The Lost Chambers Aquarium Ticket Price:

Varies according to packages

The Lost Chambers Aquarium Timings:

10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Everyday

Get ready to unfold the myth of Atlantis in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, as soon as you step in to this place. If you are an explorer by nature, this place will get you excited as the chambers are created around the history of the Lost City of Atlantis. Along with that, enjoy the soothing and mesmerizing experience of walking along the aquarium, which gives it an overall cool and pleasant ambience. If interested, you can also sign up for yoga classes in these very chambers!


Dolphin Bay


Dolphin Bay Ticket Price:

Up to AED 1,075/person

Dolphin Bay Timings:

10: 00 AM – 06:00 PM

Get a chance to meet, play, and even swim with one of the friendliest aquatic animals around! You can interact with the dolphin in shallow water, as well as swim with them under water! The trainers and experts help you interact with the dolphins, to give an in-depth insight on dolphins and their lifestyle.


SEGA Republic


SEGA Republic Ticket Price:

Platinum pass: AED 300/person

Power pass: AED 200/person

Junior Platinum pass: AED 175/person

Junior Power pass: AED 125/person

SEGA Republic Timings:

Sun-Wed: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Thu-Sat: 10:00 AM – 01:00 AM

Along with all the outdoor theme parks, Dubai also has an indoor one, the SEGA Republic! A varied range of games can be played here, by people of all ages. So this means you can go with your friends as well as your family, and get everyone involved in the competition. With over 170 video games to pick from, you’ll never even notice the time zipping past.


Al Mamzar Beach Park


Al Mamzar Beach Park Ticket Price:

AED 5 per person

AED 30 per car

Entry is free of charge for people with special needs and kids below 2 years.

Al Mamzar Beach Park Timings:

Sun-Wed: 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Thu-Sat (And Public Holidays): 08:00 AM – 11:00 PM

A home to lovely beaches with acres of beautiful landscaping stretched across the land, the Al Mamzar Beach Park is the perfect escape to enjoy a weekend with the family. Swimming in the pools, walking by the beach, jogging in the park, or a picnic on the grass is all offered by this beautiful place.


The Green Planet Dubai


The Green Planet Dubai Ticket Price:

Adults: AED 95

Child: AED 70 (3 – 12 years)

The Green Planet Dubai Timings:

Open Sat - Wed 10am - 10pm

Open Thurs & Fri 10am - Midnight

Educate your children and learn more about the flora and fauna around us, with an interactive tropical forest growing vertically in the most beautiful manner in the Green Planet. Let your children learn the importance of tropical forests, and the role played by them. Visit the Green Planet and embark on the beautiful journey of exploration with your friends and family.


Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood


Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood Ticket Price:

Free of charge

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Timings:

Open 24 Hours

Also known as Bastakia, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood offers a journey back into the past, away from the modern city of Dubai. You would love viewing the intricate beauty of the heritage buildings here, along with an exposure to art and culture on this site.


Madinat Jumeirah


Madinat Jumeirah Ticket Price:

No ticket required

Madinat Jumeirah Timings:

Open 24 hours.

Located 25 minutes away from the Airport, Madinat Jumeira is one of the most exotic places in Dubai, with its own private beach stretching along the location. It has over 50 restaurants and bars, a large amphitheater, and a multipurpose venue, the Madinat Arena.


City Walk


City Walk Ticket Price:

No tickets required

City Walk Timings:

10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Experience the city life with this wonderful addition to the shopping and dining scene. Conceptualized around urban living, this shopping experience gives you all sorts of entertainment options too when you want to take a refreshing break from shopping, and would like to enjoy your favourite food. Whether you are looking for chic European fashion or a feel of the UK high-end fashion, this place offers a blend of it all.

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