Things to do in Dubai

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The glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates’ most popular tourist destination and never stops growing.

It boasts of futuristic buildings, fascinating attractions, and incredible shopping experiences, transforming it from a desert outpost to a must-visit destination.

Nothing about Dubai is small – everything is massive and immersive.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this magical city with our list of the things to do in Dubai.

Burj Khalifa

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At 829.8 meters (2,722 feet), Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the World. Two and a half million tourists visit Burj Khalifa’s observation decks every year to see Dubai’s skyline.

Dubai Fountain Show

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At 152 meters (500 feet) Dubai Fountains are the tallest performing fountains in the entire world. Yes, that’s right – water shoots up as high as 50 floors during Dubai Fountain’s musical show.

Desert Safari in Dubai

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Next to visiting Burj Khalifa, going on a Desert Safari is the most popular tourist activity in Dubai. There is so much to experience during a desert safari – the sand dunes, desert camps, Arabian food, camel rides, dune bashing, quad biking, sand boarding etc.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of the largest Mosques in the world and can hold more than 40,000 worshippers and visitors at the same time. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’, it is located in Abu Dhabi, 129 Kms (80 Miles) from Dubai.

Dubai Aquarium

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The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo showcases a variety of marine species in their natural habitats, which is a massive hit with both kids and adults. The aquarium has the largest population of Sand Tiger sharks in the World.

Ski Dubai

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Ski Dubai is Middle East’s first indoor ski slope and attracts more than a million visitors annually. Tourists visit Ski Dubai to ski, snowboard and play many other winter games.

Ferrari World

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Ferrari World in Dubai is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Visitors experience the breathtaking rush of speed on the Formula Rossa rollercoaster and test their driving skills on simulators. There are dance and acrobatic shows and go-karting as well.

Kidzania Dubai

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KidZania Dubai is both entertainment and education for kids. Located at The Dubai Mall, this Dubai attraction combines learning and play to teach children about different professions. Kids love this replica of a mini-city where they take on role-playing adventures.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

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IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme and amusement park in Dubai. The entertainment center is divided into five epic themes that offer an immersive experience. Its rollercoasters and shows appeal to both kids and adults.

iFly Dubai

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iFly Dubai is a skydiving center that lets you replicate the experience of a parachute drop in an indoor environment. Guests fly on air gusts created in an acrylic wind tunnel and get the sensation of an actual skydive without having to jump from a plane.

Dubai Museum

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Dubai Museum is part of the legendary Al Fahidi Fort, and its treasure trove of artifacts paints a vivid image of Dubai’s earliest settlements. Dubai Museum is a must-visit attraction if you want to understand Emirates’ social, cultural, and political history.

Dubai Miracle Garden

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Dubai Miracle Garden is home to more than 50 million flowers arranged in massive floral displays. Visitors love the floral replica of Burj Khalifa and numerous other arcs, tombs, huts, houses, etc. The attraction also has a butterfly garden with 15000 free-flying butterflies.

Dubai Creek

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Dubai Creek gives Dubai its identity. It is best to board an Abra, yacht, or Dhow to explore the natural seawater creek and see its glittering waterlines. All around the water, visitors can enjoy lots of attractions, activities, shopping, and restaurants.

Wild Wadi Water Park

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Themed on the Legend of Juha, a traveler from Arabian folklore, the Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai. Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides, and two artificial surfing machines, and three restaurants.

Conservation Reserve

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is a fantastic landscape of rolling sand dunes and desert fauna. Adventure seekers visit the reserve to experience fat-bike riding, off-roading, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.

La Perle Live Show

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La Perle Show in Dubai is a theatrical masterpiece with brilliant artistic performances, technology, and imagery. The show is produced in Dubai and is about Dubai and involves acrobats, dancers, singers, motorcyclists, to name a few.

Dolphin Bay

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Dolphin Bay in Atlantis is one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. Activities and experiences are available based on age groups and swimming abilities. Visitors enjoy various levels of encounters with the magnificent mammals.

Aquaventure Waterpark

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Aquaventure Waterpark has 20 plus water slides that are rated as the world’s longest and adventurous slides. Lost Chamber Aquarium, the largest open aquarium with 65,000 exotic marine creatures, is also part of Aquaventure Waterpark.

Palm Islands

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The Palm Islands are three artificial islands – Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, and Palm Jebel Ali – built on the coast of Dubai. Only Palm Jumeirah, which is home to popular tourist attractions and famous luxury hotel Burj Al Arab, is open to visitors.