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10 Best Things to Do in Dubai

If you are visiting Dubai for a business meeting or for spending your holidays, then here are 10 best things to do in Dubai that you should never miss.


Dubai is the land of skyscrapers, adventures, souks, seven star hotels, and so many other places that they cannot be summarized in a short article; left alone this little paragraph. Those places may be normal for people living there, but for those who have planned a visit to Dubai, these things are exhilarating.

Whether you are visiting Dubai for a business meeting or just coming to spend your holidays here, these are the ten best things to do in Dubai that you should never miss.

1. Visit Burj Khalifa

The development of this project brought excitement and thrill to people who love to experience adventures in their lives. Riding the world’s fastest lift in Burj Khalifa is a must do thing. The place is actually a heaven for photographers and people who want to go beyond horizons.

Burj Khalifa in Night

Burj Khalifa in night. Photo courtesy of Haris Nadeem

2. Visit Ski Dubai

Do you want to visit a desert and ski slopes and the same time? Well, you can do that in Dubai. The place is called Ski Dubai. Switching of temperatures from 50 degrees to below zero is kind of weird, but believe me you do want to experience this weirdness. And don’t worry if you don’t know how to ski, instructors are there to help you.

Inside Ski Dubai

Inside Ski Dubai. Photo from South Bound.

3. Visit a Road Side Restaurant

Roadside restaurants are for the lovers of curry. People who like spicy Asian food should go there at least once. From Chicken Haandi to Daal and from Biriyani to Spinach, everything is served in a very friendly and very tasty way. The atmosphere there is just ideal and for people who like to stay casual while eating.

Tip: if you go there, you should be ready to eat a lot. These restaurants offer heavy food, not snacks.

Road Side Restaurant

Roadside restaurants offer the greatest food. Photo courtesy of The Food Grapher.

4. Go Day Tripping

Tour companies usually pick you up from the hotel and give you a tour of the desert. Then take you to ride a camel, and then top it off with a traditional Arabic meal and a performance of belly dance. If you want to go a little adventurous then you can bathe the rock pools of Hatta or Wadi Wurrayah, Dubai’s natural waterfall.

Relevant Post: You can also go wandering in the streets. That’s also quite an experience.

 

Dubai Tour Bus

Dubai Tour Bus. Photo courtesy of Katy McClelland.

5. Go to Desert Safari

Your visit to Dubai won’t complete if you do not visit Desert Safari. Try Shisha and eat barbecue food too. Have you ever seen pictures of people with falcons on their hands? Yes that is Desert Safari.

Relevant Post: Desert night safari is a must-must-go for all adventure lovers.

Desert Safari on Jeep

6. Burj Al-Arab

Undoubtedly, this place is already on your list. The world’s first ever seven-star hotel and undoubtedly the world’s most luxurious hotel is Burj Al-Arab on Jumeirah Beach.
With the amazing building design resembling to a dhow, and since it stands in the middle of Arabian Sea, it does seem like a sailing dhow. This is the landmark Dubai is most associated with. It also happens to be one of the most iconic buildings of the world, along with Big Ben of London, Opera House in Sydney and Eiffel Tower in Paris.

7. See Dubai Fountain

Seeing Dubai Fountains go up and touch the sky won’t cost you anything. The thing is quite similar to Belaggio fountains in Dubai. However the difference is that in Dubai Fountain, it is louder, bigger and taller.

Relevant Post: We have covered Dubai Fountain in a separate post, you can check out pictures and information about the Dubai Fountain over there.

Dubai Fountain

8. Going to the Dubai Mall

Dubai is mainly famous for shopping malls. But believe me, Dubai Mall is something very different and something worth-seeing. There is a 22 screen cinema and a theme park called Sega World. There is an ice-rink and underwater zoo also. It is nothing less than a tourist destination and it is much more than just a mall.

Dubai Mall photo by Reshma Muralitharan.

9. Jog around Dubai Marina

People go jogging around Marina just because of the stunning views during daytime. You can also take Dubai ferry which offers a great passage from Atlantis Hotel and Palm Jumeirah. The ferry finishes its ride at the Creek.

Dubai Creek

Dubai Marina HDR photo by Saqib Khan.

10. Dubai Creek

The Creek is one of the oldest areas of Dubai. Ride an abra for a dirham in afternoon when sun is about to set. The site takes you back to 60s when Dubai came to existence.
This abra ride will not only be a trip down the memory lane but also you’ll be witnessing a manmade miracle. A miracle of development, commitment and riches.

Abra Ride in Dubai Creek

Abra Ride in Dubai Creek. Photo courtesy of Alexzander McBeath.



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Written by Anna Peterson

Being born in Dubai and having seen all Dubai growing from great to greatest city for business and tour purposes, is more than a blessing.