What to do in dubai

Dubai ranks at the top of a list of the world’s must-visit destinations. The city is a treasure trove for tourists, combining the mystique and history of the Arabian Desert with the gleaming amenities of a modern metropolis.

The top attractions in the Emirate are great place to start when planning a trip to Dubai. Though many cities have come close to rivaling its variety of awe-inspiring top attractions, few have been able to surpass the sheer number of outlets and types of sites that this small Emirate has to offer.

If you and your family are looking for the top things to do in Dubai during your trip, check out the top recommendation from Desert city stays.


At The Top – Burj Khalifa


In a city of record breakers, the Burj Khalifa could be considered Dubai’s most famous landmark, and is certainly a must visit during your trip.

Rising gracefully out of the desert, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.  You’ll enjoy stunning views and dramatic vistas from the top of this 163-floor structure.

No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to At The Top, the tower’s exclusive viewing deck. Spanning floors 125 and 148, At The Top gives visitors a full view of the city from the vantage point of the world’s highest outdoor observatory.

From this perch, you can take in the Dubai Fountain show, enjoying the synchronized water spectacle from an eagle eye point of view. With panoramic visibility on the rest of the Emirate, it’s the perfect spot for taking photos to remember your trip.


Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Dubai Sightseeing Tour


Dubai is a well-connected city, with most major sites and attractions branching off from its main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road. The Big Bus Dubai travels down SZR to connect you with all the top places to visit.

Whether you’re interested in the traditional culture of the city’s early trading ports and souks, or the iconic modern architecture of the Burj Khalifa, the hop-on/hop-off bus lets you explore the city at your own pace.

Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned cabin and open-top seating as you traverse the desert city. Buses come every five to 15 minutes, so you never have to worry about waiting around for long.

With more than 35 stops on the entire tour and commentary offered in 12 languages, Big Bus Dubai provides interesting and entertaining background information.


Desert Safari


Another bucket-list item in Dubai is a desert safari. Experience the majesty and beauty of the desert just the way the traditional Bedouins have done for generations.

Climb aboard a luxurious Hummer H2 or Land Cruiser and set out on your captivating nature drive. Enjoy onboard refreshments as you travel over the rolling sand dunes.

Once in the desert, you can explore your surroundings further with a camel ride. Or, experience traditional Bedouin culture with henna painting before you savor a five-star buffet set-up at an Bedouin camp.

Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm


Ride the thrills and spills at Aquaventure Waterpark on Atlantis The Palm. The Palm is Dubai’s extraordinary hotel built in the center of a manmade island.

It’s one of the only places on earth where you can zip through a water tunnel while sharks and stingrays swim above you. If you’re after hair-raising drops and rushing rapids, you’ll find your buzz at Aquaventure.

Aquaventure also has you covered if you’re interested in lazy sunbathing on a pristine, private beach. This waterpark caters to all and is a must see for the Dubai Vistor.


Boat Sightseeing Tour


Dubai has many different options for martime activities and boat trips are some of the best.

While the vessel does travel at high speeds for most of the trip, your boat will slow down enough for photos at Iconic locations.

Ski Dubai


Dubai topped the record books again with the opening of the region’s largest indoor ski resort (in one of the world’s biggest malls, of course).

Ski Dubai has five slopes of differing difficulties and inclines for skiers of any skill, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

It’s also the home of the world’s first indoor black diamond run for those who dare to conquer the demands of the snow.

A ski lift ferries skiers up the runs, while an adjoining Snow Park includes sled routes and toboggan runs, climbing towers, and an ice cave to entertain little ones.

The recent introduction of live penguin encounters at the resort adds an extra element of fun to your visit to Ski Dubai.

 Dubai Parks and Resorts

Opened in late 2016, it’s one of the largest themed entertainment parks in the region, combining three of the largest and most prolific Hollywood studios – Dreamworks, Lionsgate, and Columbia Pictures.

There are plenty of different choices from Lego Land to Bollywood to make your day special.


Other Ideas for Things to do in Dubai

     Take an ‘abra ride’ on the Dubai Creek (included in the Big Bus Dubai Tour)

  Visit the traditional Bastakiya Quarter, which squeezes itself between the Dubai Creek and the buzzing Bur Dubai district


  Explore & bargain at the Gold Souk


  Buy exotic herbs & spices a the Spice Souk


 Visit Dubai Museum, Shindagha Museum (‘Sheikh Saeed Al Makoum’s House’) and the Heritage Village and learn how Dubai was once a small fishing village


  Go shopping at the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Burjuman, Deira City Center, Marina Mall, Dubai Festival City, WAFI, or Mercato Mall


  Stroll along ‘The Beach’ at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) and have lunch at one of the many outlets along the beach, or sunbathe and take a swim at Kite Surf Beach


 Enjoy a Beach Day access at any of the 5 star resorts along the coast (Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Westin Hotel) or at the hotels on Palm Island


  Dine at the beautiful Souk Madinat with stunning views of the Burj Al Arab hotel and Arabian sea


  Enjoy a Friday Brunch at one of the many 5 star hotels – a Dubai weekend tradition!


  Book a luxury spa treatment at one of the many 5 star hotels or pamper yourself at a beauty salon (manicure, pedicure, massage etc.)


If you enjoy golf, tee off at the courses designed by Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els. Head to the city’s most famous course, the 18th hole Emirates Golf Club or at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.


Enjoy sun-downers at the many outdoor bars and clubs with sunshine all year round (Barasti bar, 360 at Jumeirah Beach Hotel etc.) or at the stunning rooftop bars of 5-star hotels in town.



Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our picks for some of the most popular and top things to do in Dubai for vistors. If you need any of these organised for you please contact Desert City Stays and we can arrange.