Fun things to do in Dubai

Fun things to do in Dubai

Dubai has skyrocketed in popularity since the turn of the century. The city has implemented an ambitious tourism strategy with the goal of attracting 25 million visitors per year by 2025, and it is almost there.

Dubai has established itself as a global leader in innovation, technology, and tourism, thanks to its iconic skyscrapers, unparalleled adventure activities, fantastic tourist attractions, family-friendly theme parks, world-class entertainment, and exclusive experiences (dinner in the sky, anyone?). However, the City of Gold has a vibrant history and culture that perfectly complements its modern flair.

Swim with sharks at the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo

The Dubai Aquarium, located on the main floor of the sprawling Dubai Mall, houses a 10 million-liter water tank full of over 33,000 diverse aquatic animals, including one of the world’s largest crocodiles.

From the bottom of the 11-meter-high, 48-meter-long tunnel, you can see marine creatures of all sizes. With the Researcher Experience, you can go behind the scenes of the Underwater Observatory, or you can combine it with a glass-bottom boat tour.

 

You can feed and even swim with rays and sharks if you’re brave enough! Say hello to one of the most dangerous sea creatures while safely enclosed in a dive cage.

Get the most bang for your buck by purchasing a ticket that combines the aquarium with a visit to the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa.

Hold on for dear life with a dune-bashing adventure

Look no further if you’re looking for something exhilarating and adventurous that you won’t find at home.

Strap yourself into a 4×4 and let the driver speed up, down, and around the dunes. Combine it with a slow-paced camel ride, sand boarding, and dune bashing.

End the day on a more relaxed note with a sumptuous barbecue buffet and refreshing drinks. Traditional Bedouin activities such as belly dancing, fire dancing, and falconry can be experienced and participated in.

Have an epic time at IMG worlds of adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventures is the world’s first and largest indoor theme park in Dubai, with thrilling thrill rides. It’s no surprise that over 20,000 people come here every day.

This mega-park features four Epic Zones, each with rides based on popular Cartoon Network characters, MARVEL superheroes, and dinosaur adventures.

At the Haunted Hotel, put your courage to the test by navigating a maze of creepy spaces. Enjoy a luxurious 3D experience with reclining seats and VIP service at the Novo Cinemas zone.

Bring the kids to the newest attraction, IMG Kids Zone, an inflatable playground covering over 17,000 square feet! Parents can watch their children burn off energy by bouncing, climbing walls, and sliding down the slides.

the desert in a hot air balloon

Soar over the glowing orange Dubai desert at sunrise in a hot air balloon, an activity that is both relaxing and exhilarating. Flights include a full breakfast as well as open-air transportation in vintage Land Rovers.

Keep an eye out for camels and gazelles roaming the sands, though you may have to squint at 4,000 feet.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the country’s last desert wilderness, home to endangered species such as the Arabian leopard and Arabian Oryx. It’s also home to hedgehogs, bats, vipers, and the world’s largest beetle, the Giant Long-horned Beetle.

Take a helicopter flight over the city

Forget New York City; Dubai now has the world’s most breathtaking skyline. While harbor views are spectacular, there is no better perspective than a bird’s-eye view.

You’ll soar over incredible landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah islands, the Burj Al Arab hotel, and the Ras al Khor wetlands during your once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride.

Imagine flying above The World Islands in the Persian Gulf and looking down at the artificial archipelago that replicates the seven continents.

Unleash your inner Tarzan at Aventura parks

Swing from treetop to treetop at Aventura Parks, the city’s largest zip line park in Dubai, located in Mushrif Park and covering 35,000 square meters of lush Ghaf tree forest.

With 85 obstacles to choose from, including zip lines, high ropes courses, and giant swings, the park caters to every interest and level of competence.

From a miniature rock-climbing wall for toddlers to the most extreme 25-meter Tarzan jump and aerial surfboard for daredevils, this family-friendly destination has something for everyone.

Zoom around palm Jeremiah on a speedboat

 

The Palm Jumeirah archipelago contains some of the most iconic man-made islands on the planet, and there’s no better way to see them up close than on a high-octane speedboat!

Enjoy breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline and top landmarks, such as the Dubai Eye Wheel, the Burj Al Arab, and the imperial hotel Atlantis, The Palm.

With the English-speaking guide on board, you’ll learn some interesting facts about the city and these famous sights.

Walk on a fast glass floor at Burj khalifa

Ascend the tallest world-building, the Burj Khalifa, at 830 meters (2,723 feet), Dubai’s architectural marvel.

This 160-story glass-clad tower cost $1.5 billion to construct and has since drawn millions of visitors, particularly to the observation decks on levels 124 and 125, as well as the outdoor terrace on the 148th floor.

The latest attraction on the 125th floor is a nerve-wracking virtual reality experience that involves walking on a glass floor that cracks with each step. This realistic simulation is powered by sensors, and you’re simply walking on high-resolution screens.

Enjoy the amazing la Perle live show

La Perle show in Dubai by Dragone, the city’s most spectacular live show, dazzles audiences every night with incredible feats.

This 90-minute show will captivate you with acrobatics and aquatic stunts in an onstage pool. It tells the story of a girl and her journey through various worlds in search of a lost pearl.

A cast of 65 Broadway veterans works every angle of the 270-degree stage to deliver a show that can only be described as hypnotic.

Aside from the 5-meter-deep pool, the walls inside the theatre are designed to provide an immersive experience similar to that of being inside a cave.

Enjoy a gourmet dinner in the sky

 

Enjoy a sumptuous meal while suspended 50 meters in the air!

Dinner in the Sky in Dubai, as the name suggests, is one of the world’s most unusual dining experiences. As long as no one in your party is afraid of heights, it’s a must-do on your bucket list.

Menus prepared by Le Meridien and The Westin Mina Seyahi Marina are available for lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.

As a main course, choose from Oriental Beef, Tortellini Pasta, King Fish, or Corn Fed Chicken. Dessert options include chocolate cake, fruit salad, and ice cream.

Shred some powder at sky Dubai

 

Skiing in… The desert? This isn’t an April fool’s joke — Dubai has a ski resort. And it’s entirely contained within 22,500 square meters of fresh, manmade powder.

Ski Dubai is the only place in the UAE where you can ski, snowboard, and zip line all year.

But, as if that weren’t enough, the venue also hosts the popular Penguin Encounter, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with colonies of adorable Gentoo and King Penguins!

This award-winning indoor ski resort features a 4,500-square-meter snow park for the entire family to enjoy. Goes ice cave exploring, sledding, or tower climbing?

The Snow Bullet Ride, which suspends you 16 feet above the ground, and the Mountain Thriller Ride, which transports you at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, are both recommended.

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