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12 Top Things To Do In Dubai

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    Jonathan Chum


If you're looking for a fun, family-friendly city to visit, look no further than Dubai. A city that's rapidly becoming the cultural heart of the Middle East, Dubai has something for everyone. From world-class shopping malls and luxury hotels to beautiful beaches and theme parks, there are plenty of ways to get your money's worth when it comes to entertainment options in this desert oasis. Here are our top picks for things to do in Dubai:

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building, and it's not just for show. The Dubai Mall has a Waterfall Atrium that you can swim in, an aquarium full of sharks and jellyfish, a Ski Dubai indoor ski slope complete with snow machines and heated floors, an ice skating rink (which is open year-round), an IMAX theatre showing movies on a screen five stories high---the list goes on.

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Desert Safari

A desert safari is a trip to the desert with a guide, often in a 4x4 vehicle or on camels. The tour takes you through the sands and dunes of Dubai, allowing you to see some of the most beautiful places in Dubai while learning about local history and culture.

There are many companies running desert safaris in Dubai. They usually offer all-inclusive packages that include transport from your hotel or apartment, food (often buffet style), drinks (non-alcoholic), and even some entertainment options like camel rides or belly dancing displays. You can choose between one-day trips or extended three-night stays at campsites where you can sleep under the stars!

Should you decide to book yourself an overnight stay at a camp during your visit to Dubai then be prepared for anything! Many tours include optional activities such as quad biking through dunes; boating on nearby lakes; sandboarding down steep slopes; nighttime stargazing and more!

The Dubai Fountain

The fountain is located in front of the Burj Khalifa, which is the world's tallest building. The fountain is a light and water show that runs every night, from dusk until midnight. It's one of the most popular attractions in Dubai! The show lasts about 15 minutes and features over 6,600 lights synchronized to music that moves with each beat.

The fountain was designed by WET Design (who also designed other iconic fountains around the world), with help from lighting designer Pierre-Yves Pointier and sound designer Steve Cohen.

Dubai Marina Yacht Tour

The Dubai Marina Yacht Tour is a great way to see the city in a different light. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours, and it takes place in the evening to allow for better lighting. This tour is available for individuals or groups of various sizes, ages, and fitness levels.

Atlantis Water Park

The Atlantis Water Park is the largest in the world, with over 100 attractions. It is owned by Kerzner International, a subsidiary of Sun International. The park was opened on 15th December 2008 and has since become one of Dubai's most popular tourist attractions.

The waterpark is located on a man-made island in Palm Jumeirah, connected to the mainland by a bridge. It consists of four distinct areas: Aquaventure (the main themed area), Temple Reef (an aquarium featuring sea life from throughout the world), Lost Chambers (a series of walkthrough aquariums), and River Rapids Ride Zone; each themed differently with their own set of rides.

Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden is a beautiful botanical garden in Dubai. It's free to visit and located at the Wafi City complex, which means it's easily accessible by metro. At Miracle Garden, you'll find over 4,000 different types of plants from around the world---the perfect place for any plant lover! The Miracle Garden was designed by Ewa Dziedzic who wanted to create an urban park that would make people feel relaxed and serene. The garden features winding pathways through lush greenery, as well as fountains and waterfalls throughout its various areas.

Mall of the Emirates Snow Park

Located in the Mall of the Emirates, this snow park is open from December to February and is free to enter. The snow park offers many fun activities such as tobogganing, ice skating, and even snowboarding! It's a great way for all ages to enjoy winter sports without having to go too far away from civilization.

Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis

Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis is a must-see attraction for families looking for a fun day out. The park features hundreds of water slides, an aquarium, and dolphin encounters. There's also the Shark Slide---an enclosed tube ride that takes you on a journey through the shark tank.

If you're not into slides, there are plenty of other things to do at Aquaventure Waterpark: try out one of their many pools or just relax by the beach (or in front of your hotel).

Dubai Spice Souk

The Dubai Spice Souk is a market in Deira, just south of the Creek area. It's full of spices, perfumes, and souvenirs that you can buy if you want. There's also jewelry to take home with you as well as some cool souvenirs like jewelry or knick-knacks.

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are the largest in the Middle East, housing more than 1000 species of aquatic life. It's also home to the largest shark tank in the world, making this a must-see attraction for anyone interested in marine biology or sharks.

Located at The Atlantis Hotel on Palm Jumeirah Island, this aquarium features an underwater tunnel that goes right under its massive shark tank so that you can get up close to these fearsome predators (that will be able to smell you). If you're not brave enough for that, there's plenty else for visitors to enjoy: more than 20 000 fish from over 500 species are housed here!

The Palm Island

The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands which extend into the Persian Gulf. The Palm Jumeirah has an oval shape that resembles a date leaf, with an extension to form a trunk. The extension was added after initial construction to provide space for additional villas on the island.


This is a great place to visit if you are looking for an adventure. Dubai is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there is so much to explore! Make sure you check out all these things on your next trip.