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15 Must Do Things in Dubai

 
  • With a long list of must do things in Dubai, this beautiful city will never disappoint you. The iconic Burj Khalifa, The Palm Islands, vast beautiful deserts and the beach fronts make Dubai every traveler’s ideal location to discover some of the craziest things during a vacation.

    This megalopolis is home to beautiful waterfront, Ski Dubai, water parks that will blow your mind and so much more. Take part in some adrenaline pumping activities like, sand boarding, wake boarding, dune bashing other exciting things. Explore this magnificent city that will surprise you in more than one way. 

    Here are some of the must do things in Dubai:

  • 01Dubai Miracle Garden

    Located near the Arabian Ranches in Dubailand, Dubai Miracle Garden was opened on the Valentine’s Day, 2013. It has a collection of more than 45 million flowers, spread across 72,000 SQ meter site. The Dubai Miracle Garden features traditional flowerbeds, as well as topiary-style displays along with the blooms that are fashioned in hearts, igloos, stars, pyramids, etc. shapes. Whether you are a new or repeat visitor, the floral display will always be new for you, as it changes every season. 

     

    Image Credits : Fauziah Shariff - Flickr



    Price: Approximate price starts from 20 AED. 

    Timings: The garden is open to public from 10 AM to 10 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to midnight on weekends and on public holidays. 

    Non-operational Months: The garden remains closed from late-May to September. 



    Trip to Dubai Miracle Garden

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  • 02Falconry Experience in Dubai

    Image Credit : John Karwoski - Flickr

    Indulge in an extreme and majesty of the UAE’s falconry experience, know more about the ancient tradition old falconry in this desert land. Learn about the history of an age-old practice that employs trained birds to hunt their prey. Grab the opportunity of admiring these birds’ natural agility and strength. Feel your heart racing as you mount these stunning falcons on your hand to have a go at swinging a lure. Enjoy this amazing experience for 5 hours. 

    Image Credits : Yutaka Fujii - Flickr


    Highlights: The best thing about this is that you be interacting with the falcons and learn more about the age-old tradition of falconry. If you are worried about the transfers then don’t as you will be driven in legendary vehicles and also get a chance to spotting some wildlife. 

    Location: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1395 AED


  • 03Underwater Hotel Dubai

    Underwater suites are the epitome of luxury and elite uniqueness and what better place to indulge in the finer things in life other than Dubai? Hydropolis Under Water Hotel in Dubai is still not open to the public but bookings are open. 

    The hotel will consist of three parts, The ‘Land Post’ where visitors will be greeted, the ‘Subway’ which will connect guests to the main hotel and the ‘220 suites’ all deep under the sea.  

    The hotel owners are positive that post opening the hotel will be able to greet around 3500 guests a day. The hotel's plan is to cover an area of 260 hectares, which is equivalent in area to Hyde Park in London. 

    The construction cost for Hydropolis is approximately € 600 million Euro, which will make Hydropolis one of the most expensive hotels ever created.

    Location: Off the cost of Jumeirah beach.

  • 04Dhow Wharfage

    Image Credit : Eric Wilson - Flickr

    The Dubai Dhow Wharfage area is fabulous and offers sightseeing with a real sense of adventure. Steeped in history and stretching gloriously along the Creek bank, north of Maktoum Bridge are countless creaking wooden dhows, moored in time-honored tradition to load and unload their diverse cargoes from all over the region. 

    Image Credits : Peter Dowley - Flickr


    Bursting with colour, activity and character, the Dhow Wharfage area is home to a way of life that has remained intact since Dubai’s earliest days. Deira set along the creek is a testament to Dubai’s lively past. Rich in culture and heritage, this is one place you must visit to get a feel of its vibrant authenticity. Hang around long enough and you might be invited to hop on board for a chat and a cup of tea.

    Location: Starting from Baniyas Road and running up to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

  • 05Adrenaline fueled Dune Bashing

    Image Credit : Land Rover MENA - Flickr
    Dune Bashing is one of the best things and iconic activities in Dubai that one can engage oneself in all year round. The deserts of Dubai are it’s most prized destinations and include a wide array of adrenaline pumping activities, Dune Bashing being the main one. Experience the deserts of Dubai in a 4x4 vehicle that is more than up to the duty. On this thrilling ride, there are plenty stops for photos so that you can capture memories to take home with you. The climax of your photo opportunities comes at sunset when the desert changes from day into night in with a stunning show of warm orange and red hues. 

    Image Credits : Land Rover MENA - Flickr


    Price: The prices for Dune Bashing can fluctuate from 150 - 300 AED depending on the type of package you avail, various companies offer exciting packages including camel rides, lavish dinners and much more. 

    Timings:
    Operates daily between 9 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 12 midnight.
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  • 06Abra Ride on the Creek Cruise

    Image Credit : Mel Peffs - Flickr

    Crossing the Dubai Creek is a really popular mode of transport for the city’s residents and it’s tourists, the boats used are small motorized taxi’s called Abras. They can hold around 20 people and offer the cheapest and fastest means of transport between Deria and Bur Dubai. Forget expensive cruises this is the real way to see the Creek. 

    Image Credits : Chris Waits - Flickr


    Location: Motorized abras currently operates in two main routes across Dubai Creek - Deira route and the Bur Dubai route. There are four stations: two on the Deira side to the north of the creek and two on the southern Bur Dubai side.

    Highlights: Attractions and places of interest near the abra routes include Dubai Museum, the Heritage and Diving Village, the Old Souk, Perfume Souk and the Spice Souk.

    Price: The fare of the Abra is just 1 AED and is paid to the abra driver

    Timings: The Bur Dubai route operates 24 hours and the Deira route operates from 5 AM to midnight. 

  • 07Visit the Burj Khalifa

    Image Credit : Liji Jinaraj

    The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architectural wonder, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Visiting the iconic Burj Khalifa is definitely one of the best things to do in Dubai which help you bring even distant developments into focus and cleverly simulate the same view at night and 35 years back in time. Access to the deck means passing various multimedia exhibits until a double-decker lift shoots you up at 10m per second. 

    To truly be on the world's highest observation deck, you need to spring for tickets on the 148th floor. A visit here is set up like a hosted elite experience, with a, guided tour refreshments and an interactive screen. Afterwards, you will be escorted to the 125th floor to be drizzled with interesting facts about Dubai and the Burj and to indulge in another virtual tour of major sights in an interactive attraction called A Falcon's Eye View.

    Price: Prices vary according to timings and age but approximate pricing ranges from 125 AED to 500 AED

    Timings: Opens daily from 9 AM to 11 PM

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    Burj Khalifa at the Top With/without Transfers

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  • 08Spend a Day in Dubai Aquarium

    The 10-million liter Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 sharks and rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand tiger sharks in the world. There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main Aquarium tank, which measures 51 meters in length, 20 meters in width and 11 meters in height. Walk through the 48-metre Aquarium Tunnel on Ground Level, and explore the Rainforest, rocky shore living ocean environments and UAE night creature at the Underwater Zoo on Level 2.

    Image Credits : salis - Flickr


    Timings: 10 AM to 11 PM on Sundays and Wednesdays and 10 AM to midnight on Thursdays - Saturdays 

    Price: Approximate price for this activity varies depending on the package availed and  range from 100 AED to 250 AED.


  • 09Experience Authentic Dinner on a Cruise

    Image Credit : Masrur Ashraf - Flickr

    Experience ultimate luxury while you engage in a dinner cruise. What can be better than cruising on a beautiful boat, exploring the city of Dubai from the waters and indulging in a lavish dinner? Dinner cruises or dhow cruises are quite famous in Dubai and each one outdoes the other with amazing ambiance, entertainment, and vibes. Pass top Dubai attractions including the Clock Tower and Al Maktoum Bridge, and the dinner cruises offer a whole lot more apart from lavish delicious dinner, you are in store for live music shows, breathtaking sightseeing and much more.

    Image Credits : Fintrvlr - Flickr


    Location: Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek are the two locations where these cruises headline. 

    Price: Approximate 700 AED to 1000 AED for two.

    Dhow 4 Star Dinner Cruise in Dubai Marina

    Dhow 4 Star Dinner Cruise in Dubai Marina

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  • 10Fly over the skyscrapers in a Seaplane

    Experience spectacular views of Dubai’s skyscrapers, beaches and architectural wonders on a 40-minute seaplane flight. Step aboard a state-of-the-art Cessna seaplane and thrill as you swoop around top Dubai attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and palm-shaped island archipelago of the Palm Jumeirah. The flight takes you over the World Island to witness how its islands mark out countries and continents from above and fly over Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina, and other famous landmarks.


    Location: Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali or Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club; option selected at booking. 

    Price: Approximate price starts from 1700 AED

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  • 11Hit the Snow Slopes in Dubai

    Image Credit : Jon Rawlinson - Flickr

    Situated inside the behemoth shopping mall that is the Mall of the Emirates, this indoor ski resort sprawls over 22,500 square metres for fun in excess. Imagine skiing in the snow in Dubai! Ski Dubai is the very first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, and the massive area is set in a mountain-theme. Here’s the best opportunity to get rollicking in the snow all year round, with great rides and even penguins making this indoor resort their home. Ski Dubai, the indoor ski resort is open throughout the year, where the 5 runs offer a unique experience to suit different levels of expertise. The themed restaurants are a delight in their own fashion.


    Price: Starting from 250 AED onwards, the resort offers a wide array of activities for a gala time in the snow. A ski school on the premise is a wonderful way to support the participants.

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  • 12Camp in the Desert

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    Another must-do activity while in Dubai, camping in the desert is said to be a surreal experience. Under the sky’s vast expanse, watching the innumerable stars is an unforgettable sight. Many places lie in close proximity to Dubai, where camping is strongly recommended for tourists. Each camping experience is unique, and can be availed throughout the year, as long as the weather permits.

    Image Credits : Himanshu Sarpotdar - Flickr


    Location: Fossil Rock or Jebel Maleihah, Um Al Quwain beach, Liwa are among the widely acclaimed camping hotspots across the United Arab Emirates. If pitching a tent might seem like too much work, clamping is tailored for you. Head to Dubai’s Desert Conservation Reserve to camp amid animals in

    Price:
     Approximate price starts from $289, and varies according to the terrain and season.

  • 134x4 Desert Safari

    Image Credit : Vignesh Ananth - Flickr

    Off-road through the magical desert in a 4x4 vehicle, and delve into an adventure that is unheard of in most places on the planet.

    Take on the sweeping dunes and embark on an adventurous trip, which promises to make a great story. A combination of experiences make this activity worthy of being on this list.

    Image Credits : Robert Young - Flickr

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    Location: Arabian Adventures offer an all-inclusive desert dinner experience after the desert safari. Drive into the deep forests in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, and feast on the starry night.

    Timing: Open throughout the year, the activity might be inaccessible under drastic weather conditions.

    Price: Costing 375 AED onwards, the activity presents dune driving, camel ride, and a belly dance show. A regional selection of grilled meats, salads, sweets and beverages proffer a sumptuous experience.

    Difficulty level: Easy

  • 14Taste Arabian Food and Shisha

    Image Credit : Kate Webster - Flickr

    One way to delve into the Arabian heritage is through a thorough culinary exploration. There are innumerable restaurants dishing out a combination of Arabian food and shisha. So, sit back and indulge in the delicacies in true Arabic style.Out of all the places serving the famed cuisine, a few stand out for the ambiance. Khan Murjan is one such Middle Eastern restaurant, chiselled in Umawi architectural style with an exquisite Marble courtyard to boot. The Kana Café is another hookah bar that has been reviewed favourably so, alongside Zahr El Laymoun. Indulgence knows no constraint, and rightfully so. Arabian cuisine coupled with shisha can be enjoyed on any day of the year.


    Price: A decent fare and hookah can be enjoyed from 200 AED onwards. However, prices are bound to vary according to the restaurant in question.

  • 15Experience Skydiving Indoors

    Located in City Centre Mirdiff, the indoor skydiving activity at IFLY breaks the notion that Dubai’s gargantuan malls offer only shops and gigantic food courts. Here’s a whimsical opportunity for those with vertigo to experience the raw thrill of skydiving, without any danger at all. One is lifted in the air in a wind tunnel and the feeling of weightlessness in a controlled environment provides a taste of the real deal. Being an indoor activity, this unique skydiving experience can be availed on any given day of the year.

    Turn and move around freely in mid-air in this tempting indoor skydiving experience in Dubai.

    Image Credits : Jamar Johnson - Flickr


    Price: Approximate starts from 220 AED, with prices rising according to the package availed. A must-do experience while in Dubai, and especially when inside the mall.