With fun and interesting things to do in Dubai, Friday and evening brunches to nights out, theatre, beaches or shopping. There is something exciting for everyone here, Dubai offers something fantastic. With the best of world-class restaurants (www.dubaicity.com/category/restaurants/ click here to see the very best in the city). There are chic rooftop bars, super-clubs and ladies’ nights, there’s a lot more to keep you thrilled for more. For a comprehensive list of Dubai’s fantastic things to do and attractions,www.dubaicity.com/category/leisure/ click here.
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This is Dubai’s Creekside dining and shopping scene, Al Seef is located on the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek. Al Seef is a destination set up in history, with a massive amount of Emirati culture and there are loads of things to do in this part of Dubai. Dubai’s Al Seef showcases the contemporary elements of life in Dubai along with a nostalgic feel. Right from the place to dine at the restaurants, such as Skafos (www.dubaicity.com/skafos/), or tryout Bateaux Dubai for a top dinner on the water of Dubai Creek. There are a number of things to do by the waterfront from sightseeing to shopping.
Free. Open daily 10:00 – 24:00. Al Seef, Dubai Creek, www.alseef.net.
Aquaventure and Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm has many restaurants from Nobu to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and a massive aquarium called The Lost Chambers. Plan a visit to Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, swim with dolphins or feed some stingrays. Those looking for adventure can even try the record-breaking Leap of Faith slide that hurtles you through a glass tunnel surrounded by sharks.
Aquaventure: From Dhs195 (adults, residents), Dhs170 (kids less than 1.2m tall, residents). Under two, free. Open daily 10:00 – 18:00. Atlantis The Palm (+971 4 426 0000). www.atlantis.com/dubai/atlantis-aquaventure/.
Burj Al Arab
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is one of the most iconic buildings in the Middle East. The stunning sail-shaped structure is one of a kind and the hotel property is all about luxury. Head to Skyview Bar for inventive drinks with a view, or visit Scape Restaurant and Lounge for a outdoor terrace. Meanwhile Gold on 27 is a bucket list place for a swanky mixed beverage with views out across Dubai. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (+971 4 301 7777).
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with a 160 floors and looms at 828 metres high. Burj Khalifa opened in January 2010 after six years of construction and is probably Dubai’s most iconic landmark and holds various world records. While Burj Khalifa is great to go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city or stop off on the 148th floor at the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere. It also has the world’s highest lounge on the 152nd floor. For more information about Burj Khalifa visit: www.burjkhalifa.ae
A must visit destination would be the old town, this place is great to embrace Dubai’s past with a sail across Dubai Creek. Abras cross the water every minute or so and will cost just Dhs1. A short trip to the other side allows a chance to explore Old Dubai and it’ll given an insight to everything Dubai is all about.
This stunning vantage point allows visitors to see the city’s past, present and future in a one-hour tour with spell binding views of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Dubai from a 150-metre-high sky glass bridge. Also famous as Berwaz Dubai, Dubai Frame comprises two towers measuring 150 metres in height and connected by the 93-metre long bridge at the top.
From Dhs20 (kids), Dhs50 (adults) free (kids under three, adults over 60 and people of determination). Open daily 10:00 – 19:00. Zabeel Park, www.thedubaiframe.com
Check out the walls of Al Fahidi Fort in Old Dubai offering a tribute to the city’s past. The historic Dubai building is home to a number of life-size dioramas that depict Emirati life from a bygone era. Enjoy the heritage and take a tour through traditional scenes of Arab households, souks and mosques offering unique insights into life in the desert by the sea. For more things to do in Old Dubai. Dhs3 (adults). Dhs1 (kids under six). Open Sat – Thurs 08:30 – 20:30, Fri 14:30 – 20:30, Fri 14:30pm – 20:30. Al Fahidi Historical District, Bur Dubai (+971 4 353 1862).
Dubai Parks And Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts a massive 25 million square feet and is the UAE’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination. You can head to Motiongate Dubai, which features 27 rides and attractions themed on movies, or Bollywood Parks for an Indian themed adventure. Riverland waterside district and Legoland also are great – the world’s seventh offers more than 60 rides, water slides and attractions. Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jebel Ali (+971 4 820 0000).
Retail therapy in Dubai is possible not just by heading to one of the many malls but souks too. For a more traditional experience, head down to one of the many souks lining either side of Dubai Creek. The Gold Souk has numerous retail offering a selection of jewellery, diamonds and other precious stones, while the Textile Souk has a wonderful selection of colourful fabrics. Dubai Creek, Deira.
More than 70 countries are represented at Dubai’s Global Village with themed stalls, shows, presentations and attractions at what has grown to become a global-themed part-funfair, part-cultural festival and part-market right here in Dubai. There are more than 100 themed kiosks offering street food from around the world, while the huge main stage hosts performances every weekend. Nov-Apr, 16:00 – 24:00 (Sun – Thurs), 16:00 —01:00 (Fri – Sat). Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.globalvillage.ae
IMG Worlds of Adventure
The 1.5-million-square-foot IMG Worlds of Adventure is the biggest indoor theme park on the planet, and it’s home to some pretty epic rides. Highlights of the park include the high-speed Velociraptor roller coaster in the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure Zone, which reaches 100kph in 2.5 seconds. Also within this setting – which is home to 69 animatronic dinosaurs – is the gravity-defying Predator, featuring a 35-metre “beyond vertical” drop.
Dhs257 (adults), Dhs236 (kids under 1.2m), free (kids under 1.05m). Open daily 10:00 – 22:00. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai Land (+971 4 403 8888). www.imgworlds.com
A nice way to spend time in Dubai would be to lie on the beach in Dubai. This spot has jogging and walking tracks, showers, toilets and kiosks, not to mention the beach, volleyball and watersports – including an inflatable assault course on the sea. There are also restaurants and a scattering of food trucks that ensures a complete fun-filled day out.
Umm Suqeim, +971 4 317 3999. For information please visit www.kitebeach.ae
If you have a penchant for top grub by the beach, surfside shopping or lazing the day away on the sands then you can’t really go wrong at La Mer. The sprawling new development in Dubai’s Jumeirah features more than 130 restaurants, cafes and shops, plus a cinema and a waterpark, Laguna Waterpark which has a licensed bar.
Free. Open Sun-Wed, 10:00 – 22:00 (retail), 10:00 – 24:00 (restaurants); Thurs – Fri, 10:00 – 24:00 (retail), 10:00 – 24:00 (restaurants). La Mer, Jumeriah 1 (+971 800 637 227).
Dubai’s Laguna Waterpark is found at the happening beachside destination of La Mer. It’s also is the only place in the Middle East where you can try out a full, 180-degree wave machine. Ride the waves either surfing or body-boarding, on what is only the third wave machine of its kind in the world. Try out treats, at a bar there.
Dhs99. Open daily 10:00 – 20:00. La Mer Central, Jumeirah 1, www.lagunawaterpark.com
Must try jumping out of a plane at speeds of 120mph over a man-made island. SkyDive Dubai offers all the thrills of freefall with views of the city like you’ve never imagined. Tandem skydives, with an experienced instructor, are held at the firm’s campus that overlooks the desert dunes. Not for the faint-hearted. Dhs1,699 (tandem skydive). Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.skydiveduabi.ae
The water park’s main attraction, Jumeirah Sceirah tower has two 32 metre-high tandem slides which is thrilling with a dive of speed of 80km/h. In total there are 30 rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy Dubai waterpark. If you’re a fan of the who prefer something a little more relaxed, like the 360-metre long lazy river.
Dhs270 (adults), Dhs220 (children under 1.1m). Open Sun – Thurs 10:00 – 19:00, Fri 10:00 – 22:00. Jumeirah Beach Road (+971 4 348 4444).
Excited about seeing Dubai from above? XLine zip line offers thrill seekers the chance to zoom over Dubai Marina at speeds of up to 80kilometres per hour at an incline of 16 degrees, headfirst in true Superman style. It’s one of the best ways to see the city, while getting your adrenaline fix, too.
From Dhs650. Open daily 09:00 – 17:00. Dubai Marina, www.xdubai.com/xline
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat Jumeirah allows you to experience ancient Arabia in modern Dubai. It has three kilometres of waterways and it’s surrounded by lush gardens, with plenty of top-class restaurants, bars and shops on site. With traditional market-style corridors, three opulent hotels and a quaint abra service connecting it all, you can easily while away the hours here. Top spots to check out include folly by Nick & Scott and McGettigans.
Open daily 10: – 23:00, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (+9714 366 8888).
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is more than 900ft in length and shoots water into the air to a range of different songs, from classical music to contemporary Arabia tracks and classic pop songs. It’s a spectacular show and one that’s always popular with city dwellers and visitors alike. Head to ZETA or NEOS from some stunning views.
The Dubai Mall: Open daily 10:00 – 24:00. Downtown Dubai . Dubai Fountain shows are free and from Saturday to Thursday every 30 mins.
The Dubai Mall
A must visit even if you aren’t able to indulge in retail therapy here, the world’s biggest mall still has plenty you can do and see. The Dubai Mall is home to The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where you can marvel at 300 sharks and countless species of fish completely free from the outside of the tank, as well as Dubai Ice Rink where you can learn to skate. For everything you need to know about shopping in Dubai.
The Dubai Mall: Open daily 10:00 – 24:00. Downtown Dubai
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