5 Things to do in Dubai

You certainly won’t be short of things to do in Dubai, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. Big, bold and beautiful, this unique city has record-breaking buildings, a breathtaking shoreline and dramatic deserts nearby. With everything from sun, sea and sand, to spectacular shopping and wonderful waterparks.

Places to go

Wherever you’re staying in Dubai, you won’t be far away from the city’s magnificent shoreline. Relaxing on the beach and taking a dip in the warm Arabian Gulf should be on everyone’s list of things to do here. A big part of the coastline is privately owned by hotels and beach clubs, but you can also find beautiful public beaches to enjoy, like Jumeirah Beach Residence and Kite Beach.

As you might expect, Dubai is home to an extravagant restaurant scene. But, there are options to suit every taste and budget. Take your pick from an impressive array of global cuisine, or visit one of the city’s favourite dining destinations such as Nusr-Et, Salt and Miss Lily’s.

Attractions

There’s no doubt about it: shopping is one of the top attractions in Dubai. In fact, this is often thought of as one of the best shopping destinations on the planet. You’ll discover luxury brands galore here, and you can even bag yourself some brilliant bargains over at The Outlet Village. Other modern shopping destinations include the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk and BoxPark.

Families will love spending the day at Dubai’s theme parks, like IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts. Then there’s the waterparks, such as Wild Wadi and Aquaventure, which are the perfect place to cool off from the sunshine.

Places to visit

If you’re looking for adventurous things to do in Dubai, there are plenty of options to keep you busy. First up, you can take a desert safari over the sand dunes in a 4×4 or on the back of a camel; it depends on the pace you’re looking for. Whilst out in the dessert you should take time to visit an authentic Bedouin campsite, where you can sample freshly barbecued shawarma. Take an evening safari and you’ll have the chance to see the stars, far away from the city lights.

Once back in the city, head to Dubai’s heritage district, this is where you’ll find spice, perfume, textile and gold souks; you’d better practice your haggling before you arrive, as it’s practically expected here. If you want to see a different side of this city, then this will be one of the best things to do in Dubai for you.

It’s never too soon to start planning your Dubai holiday. So take a look at our favourite attractions and create your own itinerary today.

Things to do

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