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Only in Dubai

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Dubai is filled with record-breaking buildings and attractions, so if you’re looking for something that other cities just can’t deliver, it’s the place to see. From the world’s biggest shopping mall to walking in a shark lagoon, here’s our pick of some of the incredible things you can only do in Dubai.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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10 Places

Burj Khalifa

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers

Bur Dubai Abra Dock

Piers & Boardwalks

Aquaventure Waterpark

Water Parks

Skydive Dubai

Skydiving, Air Tours

Desert Safari Dubai

Sightseeing Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, City Tours, Day Trips

The Dubai Mall

Shopping Malls

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Neighbourhoods

Dubai Camel Racing Club

Horse Tracks

The World

Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ski Dubai

Theme Parks

Visit Dubai's City Tips

  • Book ahead: many of Dubai’s once-in-a-lifetime activities require advance reservations
  • Carry a portable phone charger to ensure your smartphone camera is always at the ready
  • Dress conservatively, no matter what. Revealing clothing is frowned on anywhere but the beach
  • Use Dubai’s air-conditioned metro trains or cheap and plentiful taxis to get around
  • Don’t expect every attraction to be open all week round. Many places in Dubai are closed on Friday mornings in observation of the Islamic holy day
  • Burj Khalifa
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Soaring 2,716.5 feet (828 metres), Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, and the only place on the planet where you can ascend to a viewing platform 148 floors up. From admiring the views from its observation decks to seeing this neck-craning tower from the ground, a visit is a must to experience the best of Dubai’s boundary-pushing architecture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book for the At The Top and At the Top SKY viewing decks in advance: lines for tickets on the day can be long, and daily visitor numbers are limited.
    • Visiting the decks means riding the world’s fastest double-decker elevators, travelling at up to 10 metres per second. They’re so smooth it’s hard to believe you’re moving at all.
    • Be sure to view the Burj close up, from ground-level. For shots with the full tower in frame, park yourself near the steel heart sculpture outside Dubai Mall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Its ok!! 20/11/2018
    • A must do when in Dubai! 20/11/2018
    • Burj Khalifa
    Address:
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Other:
  • Bur Dubai Abra Dock
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Dubai mashes old and new like nowhere else on earth. The contrast between its sci-fi buildings and traditional streets is sharpest on Dubai Creek, winding between Bur Dubai and Deira. Board one of the public ‘abra’ boats that cross the waters to take in the souks, mosques, wind-towers and chugging boats against a horizon of 21st-century skyscrapers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Crossing between Bur Dubai dock and Deira Old Souk dock is the most scenic route.
    • For details of routes and docks visit the Visit Dubai website.
    • Taking an abra is Dubai's cheapest mode of travel at just one dirham per one-way crossing.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the cheapest things that you can do in Dubai. 1 Dirham 15/11/2018
    • Rent a private abra 13/11/2018
    • Bur Dubai Abra Dock
    Phone:
    +971 4 800 9090
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
    Water Parks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    A hi-tech breathing helmet and sharks, rays, and fish swimming just inches from your face make a Shark Safari at the Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark one of Dubai’s signature experiences. Enjoy the sensation of breathing and walking around the shark-filled lagoon and finish by buying souvenir photos to show off back home.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • No diving experience is required: the helmet and provided equipment make it easy for anyone to participate.
    • Kids aged eight and above can take part.
    • Places for the adventure are limited, so it’s advisable to book in advance.
    • You need to purchase an entry ticket to Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark to enjoy the safari.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Terrible experience avoid! 19/11/2018
    • Great place for burnt feet! 19/11/2018
    • Aquaventure Waterpark
    Address:
    Crescent Road
    Atlantis, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 426 2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    Other:
  • Skydive Dubai
    Skydiving, Air Tours
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Skydiving is one thing, but skydiving over Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is quite another and pure, solid, bucket-list gold. Book a place and after instruction from well-trained guides, jump from a plane for a tandem fall over the palm tree-shaped island. The views and experience are once-in-a-lifetime stuff.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • No skydiving experience is needed: you’ll be guided throughout and parachute attached to an expert instructor.
    • Booking in advance is essential to secure the day and time you want.
    • Reserve your place for the start of any trip in case it needs to be rescheduled due to poor weather.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 549 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top of happiness 20/11/2018
    • skydive Dubai 😍😍😍 Amazing places 14/11/2018
    • Skydive Dubai
    Address:
    Al Seyahi St
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 377 8888
    Price range:
    US$2,199 - US$2,199
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 2:45 PM
    Other:
  • Desert Safari Dubai
    Sightseeing Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, City Tours, Day Trips
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    With vast dunes and sands on its doorstep, Dubai does desert trips like nowhere else on the globe, with all-inclusive experiences that usually include dune bashing, sand boarding, camel rides, cushion-laden desert camps, and more. With a barbecue dinner and belly dance shows on top, they’re as good as it gets for a dose of Arabian Nights-style adventure.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For an added adrenaline rush, many tours offer the option to rent quad bikes at the desert camp.
    • Most tours include unlimited sodas and water, with alcoholic drinks available to purchase at dinner.
    • Don’t forget to wear sun cream and a sun hat. The desert sun is unforgiving, any time of year.
    • Self-drive trips aren’t recommended unless you have previous desert driving experience. If you’re a newbie, it’s best to go in a tour group.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 549 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding experience 20/11/2018
    • Dupai Safari 19/11/2018
    • Desert Safari Dubai
    Phone:
    +971-4-2087-466
    Price range:
    US$55 - US$55
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • The Dubai Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    This vast shopping mall is the world’s largest by area and home to a staggering 1,200-and-more stores over four levels. Housing everything from fashion outlets and department stores to a souk-style precinct, megaplex cinema, food courts, family entertainments, and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, it takes some beating for a day or even two days out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the Dubai Dino: the skeleton of a 155-million-year-old dinosaur hanging in the Souk Dome.
    • The Mall opens at 10am daily, and closes at 11pm Sunday-Wednesday and midnight Thursday- Saturday.
    • Ride the metro to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station. Then, catch a shuttle bus to the mall or walk via the Metro Link Bridge—its travelators will save your legs.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprises round every corner 19/11/2018
    • Great family experience!! 19/11/2018
    • The Dubai Mall
    Address:
    Al Mussallah Rd
    DownTown Dubai, Near Souk Al Bahar Bridge
    Dubai 113444
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    800 38224 6255
    Hours:
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Neighbourhoods
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Dubai’s Al Fahidi historical district is home to a rare crop of wind tower (barjeel) houses. Strolling around Al Fahidi’s lanes and restored houses is one of the world’s best opportunities to see these elegant ‘windcatchers’ and learn how they kept Dubai’s merchant settlers cool.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tours of Al Fahidi are run by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. See the SMCCU website for details.
    • Combine a foray into Al Fahidi with a visit to nearby Dubai Museum to widen your lens on the city’s past.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sikka Art Fair 2018 27/10/2018
    • Great opportunity to get acquainted with the old way of life of Dubai. 19/10/2018
    • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Address:
    Al Fahidi St
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 515 5000
    Other:
  • Dubai Camel Racing Club
    Horse Tracks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Camel racing is popular across the Gulf, but there’s nowhere better than Dubai to experience it on a large scale: the city’s Al Marmoom camel circuit is the biggest in the region. Make tracks for the ground to watch the stampede-like races, complete with robot jockeys spurring on the camels.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Race times are normally early morning and mid afternoon on selected days: Fridays and Saturdays are your best bet.
    • Consider timing your Dubai visit with the annual Marmoom Racing Festival, a 12-day camel racing event usually held in February.
    • Admission is free.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Race with a Twist 11/11/2018
    • The best Camel racing in the world 06/11/2018
    • Dubai Camel Racing Club
    Address:
    Along Al Ain Rd, exit 37
    Approx. 40 km from Dubai
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 832 6526
    Other:
  • The World
    Islands, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Artificial sand islets arranged in the shape of the world’s continents and set in the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf: Dubai’s The World archipelago is unique on every level. Take a seaplane or helicopter trip to see this engineering wonder from above—the only way you can fully appreciate all the continents and countries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Seaplane and helicopter tours covering The World usually take about 20-30 minutes, and also take in the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, and other sights.
    • If you plan to use your smartphone camera, check your photo storage: you’ll snap more photos than you think.
    • Don’t want to fly? Then splash out on lunch at the Burj Al Arab’s Al Muntaha restaurant. The food comes with a side order of fabulous views over The World islands.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #149 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Amazing Project - Amazing Idea 03/04/2018
    • Brilliant experience 05/11/2017
    • The World
    Other:
  • Ski Dubai
    Theme Parks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Dubai’s indoor ski complex is a one-off: the only place in the world that you can ski in the desert. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, visitors are treated to five runs and a chairlift, plus snowboarding, sledging and other facilities. Come in summer and enjoy the sub-zero park knowing that outside, everyone’s dealing with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The use of ski suits, skis, snowboards and helmets are included in the ticket price, but you need to bring your own hat and gloves
    • Choose from the beginner slope or more advanced runs: there’s something for every skill level.
    • Other attractions include penguin encounters, zorbing, ziplining, ski school lessons, and a family-friendly snow park.
    • Arrive early to enjoy the ski slopes at their quietest.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unlimited fun 20/11/2018
    • Wanted more time 20/11/2018
    • Ski Dubai
    Address:
    Shiekh Zayed Road, Interchange 4
    Mall of the Emirates
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 409 4090
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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