As far as desert cities go, it’s hard to beat a trip to Dubai. It’s well known for the spectacular malls and a seven-star hotel, but there’s much more to this hotspot in the United Arab Emirates than materialistic items. From rich culture to sprawling sandy beaches, Dubai is filled with exciting things to do and see. With that in mind, we’ve put this guide together featuring the best experiences in Dubai. So read on and prepare for a unique trip to the land of sand.
Jumeirah Mosque 🕌
Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque open to non-Muslum visitors. That makes it a popular tourist destination, with guides showing people around six days of the week (Fridays are for prayer). The mosque is made entirely from white stone in the mediaeval Fatimid style, making it quite the sight to behold and easily one of the most photographed landmarks in the UAE.
Hatta Dome Park 🏕️
It’s not just the UK that’s known for its glamping activities. Just a short walk from the Hatta Wadi Hub is where you will find Hatta Dome Park, a glamping experience with dome-tented huts and majestic mountain views. With this being Dubai, it’s not your typical glamping adventure, and luxe tents featuring their own terrace offer a five-star lifestyle. Enjoy panoramic views of the Hatta mountain range while connecting to the wifi in a remote location. How very Dubai.
Ain Dubai 🌆
Head to the world’s largest observation wheel and take in sweeping views 250 metres in the air. See Dubai from another angle in this landmark that stands 75 metres taller than the London Eye before experiencing the rest of Bluewaters Island, which is the location of Ain Dubai.
La Mer 🏖️
Dubai has a host of beaches where you can laze the day away or participate in some water sports. La Mer is particularly popular with its beautiful sands, soothing waters and beachside shopping and dining. There’s also a water park, just in case you feel like cooling off with some slides and rides.
The Dubai Fountain ⛲
No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to its famous fountain. It more than rivals anything you’ll find in Las Vegas with its 22,000 gallons of water shooting 500 feet in the air in the 30-acre Burj Lake. A floating viewpoint platform also offers a closer look at the action. The Dubai Fountain is free to watch and is located in the Dubai Mall, which also has a range of designer shops, eateries and an aquarium.
Aura Skypool 🏊♀️
If you fancy making a splash in Dubai, the Aura Skypool is the spot. It’s the highest 360-degree infinity pool in the world, sitting 200 metres atop The Palm Tower. Soak up uninterrupted views of the emirate while making waves in this unique pool that is about as lavish as they come.
Deep Dive Dubai 🤿
With depths of 60 metres, Deep Dive Dubai is the deepest pool in the world and has a sunken city perfect for exploring by diving enthusiasts. Holding 14 million litres of water, Deep Dive Dubai gives you an experience crafted entirely for professional divers with the right certification. If you’re not a pro, you’ll have to make do with snorkelling and 12-metre scuba diving, which is still plenty of fun if you ask us.
Global village ✨
A theme park for all ages, Global Village is particularly popular with families thanks to its child-friendly rides. It opens from late October until mid-April and has a little bit of everything, including concerts, rides, dining, and many attractions. It is located on the outskirts of the city, so you’ll need the right transport and the best part of the day to explore everything on offer in the village.
Aquaventure Waterpark 🌊
Thanks to a recent extension, Aquaventure is now the world’s largest waterpark. Head here if you’re a thrill-seeker and pump up the adrenaline on more than 30 rides and attractions. The Leap of Faith and Poseidon’s Retreat are bound to get your heart racing, while the emirates’ longest lazy river and Splashers Park offer a more laid-back experience for those who don’t fancy plunging from 30 metres.
Skydive Dubai 🪂
Talking of thrills, Dubai has plenty of activities to get the hairs standing on the back of your neck. One of those is Skydive Dubai, where you can free-fall over the city at 120 miles per hour. Beginners will need an experienced guide, but licensed divers can embark on a solo jump and test their nerves.
A trip to the desert 🏜️
You can’t visit the land of sand without taking a trip into the desert. There are plenty of tours ready to take you on an adventure, with 4x4s offering a roller coaster experience on the sands and much more. You’ll also get to ride an ATV and take part in some sandboarding. Many of the tours also host dinner in the desert as the sun falls and the temperature cools.
Best things to do in Dubai
There’s plenty to experience in Dubai, no matter your holiday preference. You could just as easily lie on a beach all day as you can go on thrill-seeking adventures. There really is something for everyone here, and the year-round sun makes it the ideal destination for many holidaymakers.