Dubai Holidays - Things To Do

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Visit the Burj Khalifa

Holding the title of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa reaches an impressive 830m and is the definition of awesome. Make sure you book in advance, to witness jaw-dropping views of Dubai at the top of the incredible structure. Viewing the building is an experience in itself, however visiting the top is a memory that will last forever.

Explore the Palm Islands

The largest man-made islands in the world, the Palm Islands are quite a sight. Visit the sandy beaches, the luxurious Atlantis Hotel, The Lost Chambers Aquarium and the fantastic Aquaventure Waterpark on The Palm Jumeirah, perfect for family fun! Or, for a true sense of the islands’ scale, exciting helicopter tours are available to arrange, to see the astonishing city from a bird’s eye view.

Wander through the Al Fahidi Historical District

In the midst of gold-plated cars and sparkling modern skyscrapers, take a refreshing look at the historic side of the city in the Al Fahidi Historical District. Traditional buildings, authentic Arabian cafes and restaurants, museums, art exhibitions and much more can be found in the district. Make sure to look out for festivals such as the Sikka Art Fair for a true showcase of local culture.

Go shopping at the Dubai Mall

Retail therapy is given new meaning at The Dubai Mall, where luxury retailers and local brands display their wares in one of the largest shopping centres in the world. Bag a bargain or invest in a statement piece, and then head to the food court or choose from one of many top-rated restaurants and cafés. For younger ones and for those who may not be a fan of shopping, the mall is also home to amazing entertainment including an ice rink, virtual reality park and even an aquarium!

Unmissable things to do in Dubai

France has the Eiffel Tower, Italy has the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the UK has Blackpool Tower, but Dubai’s signature landmark towers above them all – literally. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building and structure in the world. This mega skyscraper really does look like it touches the endless blue of the Dubai sky, too. Whilst impressive from the outside, the view from the top is breathtaking, so make sure you take the chance to explore the viewing deck. Top tip: time your visit for sun set to see the best of the city skyline.

While we’re on the subject of manmade must-sees, make sure you make time to explore the Palm Islands. Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali are impressive feats of engineering, as well as beautiful additions to the Dubai shoreline. With Palm Jebel Ali still under construction, Palm Jumeirah is definitely the place to go to get the full experience. This group of islands has been shaped into a palm tree, and is host to some of Dubai’s most exclusive hotels and exciting waterparks.

What’s more, we’d be neglecting our beach-loving roots if we didn’t make a fuss of Dubai’s golden sandy beaches. At Sunset Beach you’ll find gentle waves that a perfect for beginner surfers, as well as gently shelving sands that are great for families and photo ops. The Burj Al Arab serves as a dramatic backdrop here too. Other stunning beaches include Kite Beach – so named as it’s a popular kite surfing spot, Black Palace Beach – a bit of a hidden gem – and plenty of beach clubs.

Love to shop ‘til you drop? The impressive Dubai Mall is an air-conditioned wonderland of high-end stores and retail therapy. Inside, you’ll also find an aquarium, a VR park, a cinema, a haunted house and a children’s theme park. Outside, make sure to catch the light and water show at the famous Dubai Fountain.

Things to do in Dubai for couples

What better way to discover Dubai than with your partner? Sizzling days and romantic sunsets await. From a visit to the hotel spa for a couples’ massage to a pool day relaxing on a sun lounger, there’s plenty of ways to unwind and enjoy your time together.

Food and drink is always a holiday highlight, so why not book yourself onto a bottomless brunch? This is a Dubai speciality, where you pay a set fee and can help yourself to as much as you like. And we aren’t talking budget buffets, either. Think lobster and high-end liquor. Dress up in your finery and get your fill; romantic dinners will never be the same again.

Things to do in Dubai for families

If you think that Dubai isn’t the obvious choice for a family holiday, it might just surprise you. This Emirate is very family-focused, especially when it comes to certain hotels and attractions. After, all the family that plays together stays together. So jump into an adventure at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, where you’ll find incredible slides, stunning swimming pools and plenty of places for littles ones to splash. There’s also the Lost Chambers Aquarium that lets you get up close with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet.

If that’s not enough, there’s Legoland Dubai and the Legoland Waterpark where you’ll find brickloads of fun for the whole family. Let your imagination run wild in Lego City and visit the different kingdoms to experience every corner of creativity. There are plenty of exciting rides and places to eat here too.

Another sure-fire family hit is the IMG Worlds of Adventure, where you’ll find all your favourite characters from Cartoon Network and the Marvel Universe, as well as a dinosaur world called the Lost Valley. Where else could you hang out with Captain America in one area and then meet the Powerpuff Girls in another?

Things to do in Dubai for thrill seekers

Everything is bigger and better in Dubai. And that goes for the thrills too. If you’re a fan of high-octane holidays, then this city is a great choice. As the natural landscape includes sand dunes, it follows that dune buggy experiences are a Dubai staple. You can also take to the seas on a jet ski or speedboat, or try your hand at any number of exciting watersports.

Fancy skiing in the desert? Ok, so you won’t be sliding down the dunes on your skis, but it is more possible than it sounds to take to the slopes in Dubai. Check out Ski Dubai and you’ll step into a snowscape that you’d think would be located in the Alps rather than this close to the shores of the Arabian Sea. All indoors, this complex offers a ski lift, penguin sanctuary and incredible apres-ski options too.

  • Dubai Culture

    Dubai has its roots in Islamic and Arabic traditions and has become a world centre for modernity and innovation. Hospitality is an extremely important part of the culture, so visitors will find that the locals are pleasantly welcoming and courteous. Beautiful mosques share the skyline with state-of-the-art skyscrapers, perfectly demonstrating the two harmonious sides of this city. Wind your way through futuristic shopping malls or barter at souk stalls for spices, clothes and perfume. Old and new, a Dubai holiday will show you that this wonderful place has it all.

  • Dubai Nightlife

    With nightclubs that attract internationally successful DJs and musicians, Dubai more than earns its reputation as an upmarket party destination. Here, the working week finishes on Thursday, making this and Friday the hottest nights to go out. Typically, mid-week Ladies Nights offer free entry and free drinks to female visitors, and you can out-party Cinderella and stay out past midnight – clubs don’t close until 03:00. If your perfect night out is sophisticated signature drinks with panoramic scenes of the city lights, Vault Bar is located on the 71st and 72nd floors of the JW Marriott and serves a selection of premium tipples and fine cigars. One of the best in the city, Zero Gravity is the venue that has it all. From day brunches to extravagant parties into the night, if you’re looking to dance the night away to the hottest tracks, this is the place to be.

  • Dubai Food & Drink

    Attracting tourists from all over the globe with its glitz and glamour, Dubai’s diverse culture means a deliciously diverse array of cuisine is available throughout the city. The vibrant Sheikh Zayed Road is an excellent place to start for top-quality restaurants. For fusion cooking, try Nobu, Zoco or Enigma, or for authentic local flavours look out for venues that serve shawarma, falafel and tabbouleh. When wining and dining on your Dubai holiday, indulgence is a must, and indulgence is what Friday Brunch is all about. At venues such as Bubbalicious and Brasserie 2.0, the world is your oyster (or lobster if you prefer), with an unimaginable amount of food to choose from, these are parties that are not to be missed. Although traditionally a dry country, cocktail enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs can still enjoy a tipple in the designated areas of the city, mainly in hotel bars and clubs. For a softer alternative, the favourite non-alcoholic drink is ayran, a local delicacy made from yoghurt.