Must-see activities in Dubai

The capital of the Middle East, the most influential city in the Persian Gulf or the city of gold – whatever you want to call it, Dubai deserves the praise of all, so it is undeniable that it is one of the most amazing and most visited places in the world. With a vibrant multicultural environment, breathtaking architecture, exciting accommodation and dining options and incredible entertainment venues, Dubai offers many incredible attractions. We’ve mentioned a few that you shouldn’t miss here. After all, knowing where to go or what to do here allows you to better plan and make the most of your stay in Dubai.

A day in the desert, the must-do activity in Dubai

Desert Desert is the ideal solution when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. But this is not only an alternative experience, it is a necessity in itself. It’s only a 30-40 minute drive to the Dubai desert, but you’ll feel like the whole world is far away from Dubai’s big side. Surrounded by pristine golden sand, it is secluded, unspoiled and best enjoyed with a reliable desert safari company.
Standard desert excursions include 4×4 dune drives, camel rides and sandboarding, as well as countless cultural experiences such as henna tattoos, hookah, etc.

View Dubai from Burj Khalifa

As the most iconic building in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the world, the Burj Khalifa in the heart of Dubai is a must-see on your Dubai vacation. With three different levels of observation decks and several world-class dining and lodging options, it’s easy to see why the Burj Khalifa is worth a visit. If you don’t want to try them all, be sure to add the observation decks to your wish list – they’ll give you unparalleled panoramic views of Dubai’s rooftops as well as the desert, ocean and more.

Dubai Mall, the XXL shopping center

Adjacent to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall is home to the best shopping, dining and entertainment. But beware, shoppers, it takes you an average of 250 hours to visit over 1,200 stores, even if you plan to spend 15 minutes in each store. Needless to say, for avid buyers, pre-planning is a must.

If you just hang out there and click on pretty pictures, this is also for you; take a picture with the Dubai dinosaur skeleton and take a picture of the popular waterfall. In addition, there are attractions such as the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, KidZania Dubai, Dubai RV Park and more. This makes it an ideal place for individuals and groups. Best of all, there are over 200 restaurants throughout the mall, so you’ll never go hungry and you’ll keep your energy up.

Experience all the action and fun and set aside time for the final feast – a spectacular choreography performed at the Dubai Fountain on the shores of Burj Lake outside the Dubai Mall. This is a free attraction and if this is your first show or you’ve seen it before, you absolutely must see it.

At the foot of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, don’t miss this magnificent fountain show. The fountains are projected at 150 meters high and accompanied by music from all over the world. Every 30 minutes from 6pm.

Les activités incontournables à Dubai - guide in dubai
Les activités incontournables à Dubai - guide in dubai

Spend a day exploring Palm Jumeirah and its surroundings

Like other parts of Dubai such as Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah is a dining, shopping and entertainment destination, but with a stunning water view and atmospheric ambiance. Super refined and goes well with all the quests on the island. For a good reason, this artificial island is one of the greatest wonders of the world, thanks to the complex shape of the palm trees topped by a crescent moon.

It’s up to you whether you decide to spot them on a guided tour, a quick ride or a relaxing monorail. But if you want the most raw and precise majesty of this island, take a helicopter ride or dive to the next level. In addition to that, you can also see many popular attractions such as Atlantis, The Palm and the Palm Fountain, which is also the largest fountain show in the world.

Better yet, combine your expedition with Palm Jumeirah, extending your trip to legendary nearby attractions including the seven-star Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.

Amusement and water parks

For theme park lovers, there is no place like Dubai in the Middle East. Yes, it’s a paradise for those looking for Hollywood, cartoon and superhero inspired rides and activities. There’s IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, and even a snow theme park in the form of Ski Dubai, where you can try out all your favorite snow and winter activities. But most importantly for theme park fanatics, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest and the first integrated resort in the region with four theme parks: Bollywood Parks Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park.

The water parks in Dubai are breathtaking. There is no better place on earth for little and big children. For example, you can cool off in water parks (wave pools, giant slides, waterfalls, etc.) such as the Wild Wadi water park near the entrance to the Burj al Arab hotel.

Even higher with a helicopter ride

Nothing better for an incredible view than a helicopter ride. Discover Dubai as you have never seen it before, the sea on one side, the desert on the other, and in between the two the magnificent city that is Dubai.

Enjoy views of Dubai’s most beautiful buildings.

Visit the historic district of Dubai

No list of activities and attractions in Dubai is complete without a mention of this ethnic neighborhood. Otherwise known as the historic Al Fahidi district, it lies in the heart of old Dubai, and a visit here is like entering a completely different era. In this old-fashioned part of the city, you can expect simple but charming buildings that the merchants of the Bastak region built in the 19th century.

What makes these structures a strange pleasure to look at is the subtle shade of the sand, complemented by wind towers that once kept residents cool naturally against the desert heat (without the use of air conditioners). Most of them now serve as large museums, art galleries, traditional art cafes, etc.

So don’t miss your walk this quarter and be sure to visit the Dubai Museum and the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding for a quick overview of the region’s history, culture and traditional way of life.

Les activités incontournables à Dubai - guide in dubai
Les activités incontournables à Dubai - guide in dubai

The world's largest Ferris wheel, Ain Dubai

Since October 2021, the city of extremes offers the largest observation wheel in the world. Ain Dubai, which means Eye of Dubai, is a must during your stay in the metropolis!

Perched more than 250 meters above Bluewater Island, this Ferris wheel offers a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city and its iconic sites such as Burj Khalifa, Marina, Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah Island. In 50 minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view (and lots of photos) from the smart, air-conditioned observation pod.

The Museum of the Future

The recently opened Dubai Future Museum is already one of the most beay in the world. A marvel of architectural and technological innovation, the site presents 30,000 square meters of exhibits on various themes: development of ecosystems and space resources, health, and well-being. There are also film screenings, artworks, workshops and public events designed to imagine a better future.