Best Things to do in Dubai

Dubai is much more than glamorous attractions that can take one’s breath away. Dubai is also a hub of creative people who love the arts and a luxuriously-relaxed lifestyle. It’s also a city of people that love high-octane adrenaline sports like parkour and rock climbing. Enjoy all aspects of the modern, global Dubai which has something for everyone – arts, beauty, creativity, history, sports, food and the sheer enjoyment of life!

  1. Pay a Visit to the Pantry Cafe at Palm Islands

Pantry Cafe at Palm Islands

Dubai’s palm-shaped artificial island Palm Jumeirah is so distinctive that it can be spotted from outer space. If you’re visiting during the holy month of Ramadan, breakfast at The Palm Jumeirah Pantry Cafe. Enjoy the top-notch eggs, flat whites, pancakes and tons more between 7am to 12pm until the end of June. Taking a cruise in and around the Palm Jumeirah islands is one of the best things to do in Dubai.

  1. See the Whole World Laid out on the Persian Gulf

World Island Dubai

Take a dhow cruise in and around the spectacular World Islands. This amazingly accurate artificial archipelago is constructed in the shape of the world map.  Spot each continent executed perfectly. The archipelago is actually a composite of 300 mini-islands that’ll take your breath away. To get a bird’s eye view, take a helicopter ride over the World Map Islands.

  1. Wander Around on the Jumeirah Beach Residence Promenade

Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk

Head over to Jumeirah Beach, the very best sugar-sand white beach in town. Stay at a luxurious resort such as the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa and enjoy top-notch spa services. During the evenings, walk along the lovely promenade and observe the swankiest, most expensive cars parked there. The sea-facing promenade also offers a great view of million-dollar yachts parked in the harbor.

  1. Cruise Along the Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek divides Dubai into Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. Cruise slowly along the Dubai Creek at night; enjoy the sight of the brightly lit towns reflected in the water. The creek is one of the top Dubai attractions. Enjoy a belly dance by a dark-eyed Arabian beauty and a lovely buffet dinner onboard the dhow. Check out the Dhow Wharfage, home of dhows and fishing wharfs for over a century.

  1. Check Out the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Dancing Fountain

Burj Khalifa Dubai

The Dubai Mall has a 22-screen multiplex, 1200 retail outlets, 600 odd eateries, the Dubai Ice Rink and KidZania, SEGA Republic and a fabulous Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. There’s an entrance to the magnificent, 829 feet tall Burj Khalifa as well. You can watch the amazing light, water and color show of the Dubai Dancing Fountain from the mall. Make sure these three sights are included in your Dubai holiday package.

  1. Indulge in Some Affordable but Great Art

Citizen E Gallery dubai

Check out the paintings at Citizen E Gallery in Dubai Design District, painted by 40 Dubai artists.  You can buy any of the paintings and the cost won’t set you back more than Dhs 4,000. You could start your collection here, and get returns on a few paintings as the years increase their value. So be the first to get your foot into the door and start collecting fabulous original artworks!

  1. Shop For Truly Unique Handmade Gifts

arte market dubai

Visit the ARTE market at Mercato Mall, the UAE’s largest urban arts and crafts market. Over 35 local artisans set up shop here, selling fashion, accessories, artworks, handmade organic cosmetics and gourmet food items. You will be able to pick out the best possible original handmade things as gifts for your folks back home.

  1. Enjoy a Blissful Arabian Desert Safari

Desert Safari in Dubai

You can sign up for a day, evening or night safari. There are several high-octane desert sports on offer – dune bashing, dune driving, sandboarding, camel riding and so much more. During the evening and night safaris you can enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner in a real Bedouin tent in the company of belly dancers and henna artists. There’s also a grand sunset photography tour of the desert. You get to spend the night in the tent if you sign up for the overnight safari – a truly magnificent adventure to write about.

  1. Visit Dubai Parks and Resorts

It’ll take you several days to explore the various theme parks – Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. Enjoy the amazing interactive rides, water rides, rollercoasters and more in each. Movie buffs will love the Hollywood and Bollywood themed 3D and 4D shows. The Dubai Parks and Resorts have enough fun packed in it to keep a family entertained for days.

  1. Explore the Burj Al Arab

burj al arab dubai

Unless you’re a millionaire, you won’t be able to justify staying at the 7-Star Burj Al Arab. However, you can pay for a chance to enjoy high tea at the Aswan Lounge for AED 180, which gives you entry to explore the Burj Al Arab. Check out the top-notch fleet of Rolls-Royces parked at the entrance.  Be sure to take selfies in front of the sail-shaped marvel that is the Burj Al Arab. Explore as many of the 56 floors designed for the richest of the rich in the world.

  1. Head to Dubai Sports World

Dubai Sports World

Have you heard about the new Dubai Sports World that’s open at the Dubai World Trading Center? It’s the ultimate fun for any sports freak. Enjoy bubble soccer, rock climbing walls, watersports, and adventure zones with parkour, indoor football, Wire World Adventure Park for kids and much more. It’s the ultimate fitness paradise for the adrenaline junkie.


Dubai has endless attractions, each stunning your senses till you’re ready to move on. Any list of best things to do in Dubai can only provide a partial list of all the incredible things you can do and enjoy in this great city. Our sole recommendation is to either take several trips, or spend several weeks in Dubai to truly enjoy everything the glittering City of Entertainment offers.


About The Author

Neha Singh

As a Mass Comm post graduate, Neha naturally has an artistic take on everything about life. This is quite evident in her writings as well. An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.


An adventurous traveller who simply wants to explore this incredible world we call our home. Originally from the States, she has recently moved to Sydney to enjoy the golden sandy beaches and friendly culture of the great Land Down Under.

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