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20 Top-Rated Activities to do in Dubai.

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20 Top-Rated Activities to do in Dubai.

Since the turn of the 21st Century, Dubai has soared up with a notoriety ranking. The city itself has carried out with an aggressive mode for travel industry and come up with technique to draw never the less 25 million guests a year by 2025, and proudly on their way nearly there.

1.See Dubai’s Famed Cityscape at Burj Khalifa

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

This 160-story glass-clad tower was worth $1.5 billion to build and has since attracted millions of visitors — especially to the observation decks at levels 124 and 125, and the outdoor terrace on the 148th floor.

Walk on a glass floor that cracks every step you take in a nerve-wracking virtual reality experience, the latest attraction on the observation deck on the 125th floor. Sensors drive this realistic simulation, and you’re simply stepping on high-resolution screens.

Burj Khalifa tickets “At the top” level – floor 124 & 125

  • Adult (12 years+) – Ticket price: 154 AED
  • Child (4-12 years) – Ticket price: 119 AED
  • Infant (below 4 years): FREE

2.Head Out into the Desert

You don’t have to travel far from Dubai’s coastal skyline of skyscrapers to reach some of the UAE’s desert scapes of rippling dunes.

Both the dune fields and desert of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and the orange-hued dunes of Maleha (actually in the Emirate of Sharjah) are within day-tripping distance of the city.

Desert adventure tours can combine a range of activities, from sandboarding, camel rides, and 4WD safaris to traditional Arabian falconry displays and desert dinners under the stars. There are also options for overnight camping under the stars

Evening Desert Safari

INCLUSIONS :​

  • Pick / Drop From Your Location By 4×4
  • Dune Bashing 20 to 25 mins
  • Sand Boarding
  • Sun Set Photography opportunity.
  • Camel Rides.
  • Belly Dancing.
  • Tanoora Show
  • Fire Show 
  • Henna Painting.
  • Hubbly Bubblee (shisha) Available in shisha corner.
  • Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates.
  • Traditional costumes.
  • Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water.
  • Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q.(vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food).
  • Ticket price ADULT : 120 AED

3.Take a helicopter flight over the city

Forget about New York City — the world’s most breathtaking skyline now belongs to Dubai. While harborside views are special, there’s no perspective more impressive than that of a bird’s-eye view.

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

Hover above The World Islands on the Persian Gulf and imagine having a live satellite view of the Earth, looking at the artificial archipelago replicating the seven continents

INCLUSIONS

  • Light refreshments
  • Live commentary on board
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks/ Meal

Ticket price ADULT : AED 649

4.Soar above the desert in a hot air balloon

Soar over the radiant orange Dubai desert at sunrise in a hot air balloon, an activity that manages to be simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating. Flights include a hearty breakfast and open-air transport in vintage Land Rovers.

Keep an eye out for camels and gazelles roaming the sands — although, at 4,000 feet high, you might have to squint.

Home to endangered species like Arabian leopard and Arabian oryx, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the last of the country’s desert wilderness. It’s also the habitat of hedgehogs, bats, vipers and the Giant Long-horned Beetle — one of the world’s largest beetles.

INCLUSIONS

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Dubai
  • Hot air balloon flight
  • Gourmet Breakfast
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir video

Ticket price Adult: AED 1100

Ticket price Child: AED 1000

Age: *Adult (12-80) *Child (5-12)

5.Visit an Underwater World at Dubai Aquarium

One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall.

Although there is free viewing from the mall, the highlight of a visit here is entering the Underwater Zoo, with its three-story high, 270-degree views along the length of the glass-panel tunnels.

As well as viewing the vast amount of marine life, the Dubai Aquarium offers plenty of aquatic experiences and things to do for visitors who want a close-up encounter with some of the aquarium’s inhabitants, from hand-feeding eagle rays to diving with reef and tiger sharks.

INCLUSIONS

  • Access to the Aquarium Tunnel and Underwater Zoo
  • Access to the Meet & Greet Area (Optional)
  • Entry Underwater Observatory Platform (Optional)
  • Animal encounters (Optional)
  • Aquatic experiences (Optional)
  • Access to Submersible Simulator & Glass Bottom Boat Ride (Optional)
  • Fish feeding (Optional)
  • Access to Penguin Cove (Optional)
  • VR Park (Optional)

Entry Ticket Cost :AED 120

6.Snap Sunset Pics at Dubai Frame

Sitting slap-bang between Dubai’s older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city’s modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai’s latest sights.

Inside, a series of galleries whisk you through the city’s history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.

Afterwards check out Future Dubai gallery, which imagines what a futuristic vision of the city will look like.

Dubai Frame Timings

Dubai Frame timings are from 9 AM to 9 PM.

The last time of entry is 8:30 PM, 30 minutes before closing.

The landmark is open all year round, although timings may vary during Ramadan.

Dubai Frame Tickets :  AED 50

7. Indulge in a Fun Dubai Dolphinarium Activity

Spend quality time watching the performances of the friendly and highly intelligent bottlenose dolphins. Being one of the most fascinating and unique indoor attractions in Dubai, Dubai Dolphinarium offers a variety of shows featuring adorable dolphins, skilled birds and playful seals which is sure to amaze you and give you an experience for a lifetime. So, get ready to be captivated with one of the most exotic birds in UAE, get your next profile picture clicked with the pretty seals, dive into the pool to get an unforgettable experience. Last but not the least, the Dubai Dolphinarium will give you an opportunity to kiss, hug, dance, sing, play with the most lovable creatures of the ocean.

Inclusions

  • Admission ticket to Dolphin Live Show 
  • Access to up-to-date marine mammal facility 
  • Perfect for people of all age groups
  • Pick up & Drop Off Facility (If Sharing/Private Transportation option selected) 

Dubai Dolphinarium Tickets price : AED105.00

8.Have an epic time at IMG Worlds of Adventure

The first and one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world, IMG Worlds of Adventures boasts hair-raising thrill rides. It’s no wonder over 20,000 people visit here every day.

This mega park has four so-called Epic Zones with rides centered around popular Cartoon Network characters, MARVEL superheroes and dinosaur adventures. Test your courage at the Haunted Hotel and find the exit from a maze of creepy spaces. Engage in a luxurious 3D experience at the Novo Cinemas zone with reclining seats and VIP service

IMG Worlds of Adventure Tickets price : AED 335

9.Zoom around Palm Jumeirah on a speedboat

The Palm Jumeirah archipelago features the most iconic manmade islands on Earth, and there’s no better way to see them up close than onboard a high-octane speedboat!

Admire sublime views of Dubai’s skyline and top landmarks, including The Dubai Eye Wheel, Burj Al Arab and imperial hotel Atlantis, The Palm.

Learn some interesting details about the city and these famous sights with the English-speaking guide on board.

INCLUSIONS

·  Dubai Marina

·  Ain Dubai

·  Jumeirah Beach

·  The Palm Jumeirah

·  Atlantis, Dubai

·  Burj Al Arab

·  Dubai Marina

Ticket price: AED 100

10.Enjoy a gourmet meal at Dinner In The Sky

Indulge in a sumptuous supper while suspended 50 meters in the air!

True to its name, Dinner in the Sky is one of the most unique dining experiences on the planet. So long as nobody in your party has acrophobia, it’s an essential addition to the bucket list.

You can have lunch, dinner or afternoon tea with menus prepared by the Le Meridien and The Westin Mina Seyahi Marina.

Choose from Oriental Beef, Tortellini Pasta, King Fish or Corn Fed Chicken as the main course. Dessert can be chocolate cake, fruit salad or ice cream.

Not suitable for

  • People over 331 lbs (150 kg)

Ticket price AED 730

11.Go Scuba Diving Indoors at Deep Dive Dubai

The world’s deepest pool at 60 meters, Deep Dive Dubai offers an extraordinary diving experience in a wonderful underwater world — looks like a sunken city.

First-timers can learn scuba diving or freediving in this safe environment where there’s freshwater, purified with sophistication and maintained at 30 degrees Celsius.

This indoor pool champions safety with advanced and professional scuba instructors for diving courses and workshops. There are also 56 underwater cameras for monitoring and a compression chamber to treat divers in case of an accident.

Deep Dive Dubai opens its doors with prices from AED 400

12.Dubai Camel Safari in the Arabian Desert

Planning to take a traditional camel convoy? Then Camel Desert Safari is the most authentic way to explore the Dubai desert. You’ll get to enjoy the 45-minute journey through the desert traces where you can also relish sunset falcon show in the dunes and get entertained with traditional Emirati dances and join in on a cultural drumming session. So, when travelling to Dubai don’t miss out on this opportunity to get once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can spend a night revelling in the magic of the rich cultural heritage that Dubai has to offer.

13.Ditch the Expensive Boat Ride and Sail Sweet on Abra

If water activity is what you are looking for, then it’s time for you to take the Arabian Abra Ride which is also a popular mode of transport for locals as well as tourists. The reason why it is called Abra Ride is because of the use of small motorised taxis called Abras that has the ability to hold around 20 people at a time.

Fun thing about Abra Ride is that you get to sit facing the sides of the boat that would help you get a clear view of the gigantic skyscrapers. Or in other words, we can even say that if you are up to get a smooth and inexpensive city sightseeing tour then SailSweet on Abra would be an ideal and fun choice. You would get the ride from the two main routes across Dubai Creek – Deira route and the Bur Dubai route.

Dubai Creek – Deira route and the Bur Dubai route.

Ticket price : 78 AED PP

14.Witness the Best of Light & Sound Show at the Dubai Fountain

Ready to treat your eyes with something that appears to be very relaxing? Then you cannot escape from the compelling beauty and charisma of Dubai Fountain which is one of top tourist attractions in Dubai that provides an embellishing array of light, water and music. Located in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Fountain is the tallest performing fountain with water coming up to 500 feet in the air with soothing music of traditional Arabic or contemporary style that is visited by thousands of visitors every day.

Equipped with 6600 lights and 25 coloured projectors, the dancing fountain is the second largest choreographed fountain established on the huge man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. Also, the Dubai Fountain Lake boat ride is a fun activity that gives the visitors an amazing opportunity to watch the beauty of a rare combination of music, light and water together very closely. The beauty of the place is such that you won’t be able to stop yourself from gazing at it. Yes, the Dubai Fountain is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai that shouldn’t be missed visiting.

Ticket price : 73 AED

15.Explore the desert with a quad bike tour

Get out of the flashy cosmopolitan and head to the outskirts, where expert guides lead you through the hot Arabian Desert on a quad bike — one of the most enjoyable ways to soak in the vast landscape.

First-timers, don’t worry. Everybody gets an orientation at the quad bike center before setting off this stimulating adventure. With an experienced instructor and protective gear, you’re ready to cruise across the dunes.

Combine the adventure with a desert safari, BBQ, camel ride or sandboarding experience to really maximize your time on the sand

INCLUSIONS

·  BBQ buffet (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)

·  Hotel pickup and drop-off

·  Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

·  1-hour quad bike ride

·  Fuel

·  Helmet

·  Al Khayma Desert Camp visit

·  Instructor

·  Sandboarding

·  Short camel ride

·  Camel food

·  Welcome drink of Arabic coffee

·  Henna painting, on women’s hands

·  Shisha smoking

·  Tanoura and Khaliji dance show

·  Unlimited water and soft drinks

Not suitable for

  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

Ticket price : AED 314

16. Shop from Amazing Brands

it won’t be wrong if I say Dubai is a synonym of shopping. To be very honest there is nothing that you won’t find in Dubai to shop. Right from gold to electronics, designer labels to luxury items, Dubai is packed with huge shopping malls along with old souks where the shopkeepers sell everything from spices to clothing to carpets and rugs. Products in Dubai are available from across the globe including Turkey, Iran, India and China. Some of the famous places to go shopping in Dubai are Deira Gold Souk, Dubai Shopping Mall, Al-Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai Souk, Karama Shopping Center, Wafi Mall and more.

17. Go Skydiving above the Palm Jumeirah

The ultimate activity for any adrenaline junkie is to leap out of a plane, 13,000 feet above the sea. And the ultimate place to skydive is, undoubtedly, over the breathtaking Palm Jumeirah.

Glimpse the glamor of Dubai’s famous man-made island from above and its stunning coastline — dotted with luxurious hotels and apartment complexes.

It’s certainly one of Dubai’s pricier adventure activities, but when you’re rocketing down to the Earth at terminal velocity, it’s worth every penny. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Dubai, hands down.

Price Includes

  • Ticket
    • Admission Ticket to Sky Dive at Palm Drop
  • Guide
    • Accompanied by an expertly trained instructor with Top-notch safety measures
  • Activities
    • Pictures and videos of Skydive experience

Ticket price : AED 3767

18. Get the Novel Experience at the Dhow Cruise

Make the most out of your sightseeing tour in Dubai by hopping on the traditional Dhow that offers magical views, exquisite dining, and luxury accommodations. A dream like dinner that you must have ever thought is now at the Dhow Cruise where you could sit under the fascinating lights of Dubai Creek with Music and Tanura Dance show. Sitting on the cruise, enjoy the magnificent views, see the heritage of the city, feast on the dishes from the buffet, admire the city lights, and dance on Arabian style music on this stunning Dubai Creek cruise. This is perhaps one of the best things to do in Dubai that lets you relish the cooling evening breezes. Other than this Dhows have been used to carry both people and cargo along the coasts in the region and this practice is still being done for the same purpose.

DHOW CRUISE DUBAI CREEK

Only 45 AED Per Person

Dhow Cruise Creek Includes:

DHOW CRUISE DUBAI Marina

Only 120 AED Per Person

Dhow Cruise Marina Includes:

2 Hours Cruising, Live Shows, BBQ Buffet Dinner, Unlimited Soft Drinks, Under 3 Years Are Free

19. Soak Up the Sun at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) Beach

This long, wide strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors.

Some of Dubai’s most popular beach resorts are strung out all along its length, making this one of the most popular places to stay for visitors who want to make hitting the beach a major part of their Dubai stay.

The large public areas of the beach have excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, lifeguards patrolling the stretches designated for swimming, and water sports operators offering jet skiing, kayak rental, parasailing, and boat rides.

20. Sneak in Some Shopping at Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is the city’s premier mall and one of the city’s best places to visit for a day of shopping and indoor activities to keep the kids busy. It provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium.

There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you’re looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August

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