fun things to do in Dubai

Since the turn of the 21st century, Dubai has rocketed up its popularity rankings. The city has implemented an ambitious tourism strategy to attract 25 million visitors a year by 2025, and it’s already almost there.

Thanks to its iconic skyscrapers, unrivaled adventure activities, fantastic tourist attractions, world-class entertainment and exclusive experiences (dinner in the sky, anyone?), Dubai has established itself as a global leader in innovation, technology, and tourism. But the City of Gold is also rich in vibrant history and culture, which exquisitely complements its modern flare.

Need help planning your trip to this desert oasis? Looking for fun and unforgettable things to do in Dubai? Look no further.

1 – Swim with sharks at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Situated on the main floor of the sprawling Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium houses a 10 million liter water tank full of over 33,000 diverse aquatic animals — including one of the world’s most giant crocodiles.

See marine creatures of all sizes from the bottom surface of the 11-meter high and 48-meter long tunnel. Get behind the scenes of the Underwater Observatory with Researcher Experience, or that plus a glass-bottom boat tour with Explorer Experience.

If you’re brave enough, you can feed and even swim with rays and sharks! Say hello in person to one of the deadliest sea creatures — while you’re safe inside a dive cage.

For the best bang for your buck, grab a ticket that combines the aquarium with a trip to Burj Khalifa’s viewing platform.

2 – Hold on for dear life with a 4×4 dune bashing adventure

4×4 dune bashing in Dubai

If you’re searching for something exhilarating, something adventurous that you can’t find at home, then look no further.

Strap yourself into a 4×4 and let the driver roar up, down and around the dunes at top speed. Combine it with a slow-paced camel ride, dune bashing and sandboarding.

End the day in a more relaxing fashion by indulging in a sumptuous barbecue buffet and refreshing drinks. Experience and partake in traditional Bedouin activities such as belly dancing, fire dancing and falconry.

Read more about the best desert safaris in Dubai.

3 – Have an epic time at IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai
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The first and one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world, IMG Worlds of Adventures boasts hair-raising thrill rides. It’s no wonder over 20,000 people visit here every day.

This mega park has four so-called Epic Zones with rides centered around popular Cartoon Network characters, MARVEL superheroes and dinosaur adventures.

Test your courage at the Haunted Hotel and find the exit from a maze of creepy spaces. Engage in a luxurious 3D experience at the Novo Cinemas zone with reclining seats and VIP service.

Take the youngsters to the latest attraction, IMG Kids Zone, an inflatable playground with an area of over 17,000 square feet! Parents can watch their children unleash their energy bouncing, climbing walls and playing in the slides.

4 – Soar above the desert in a hot air balloon

hot air balloon ride in Dubai

Soar over the radiant orange Dubai desert at sunrise in a hot air balloon, an activity that manages to be simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating. Flights include a hearty breakfast and open-air transport in vintage Land Rovers.

Keep an eye out for camels and gazelles roaming the sands — although, at 4,000 feet high, you might have to squint.

Home to endangered species like Arabian leopard and Arabian oryx, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the last of the country’s desert wilderness. It’s also the habitat of hedgehogs, bats, vipers and the Giant Long-horned Beetle — one of the world’s largest beetles.

5 – Take a helicopter flight over the city

helicopter tour in Dubai
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Forget about New York City — the world’s most breathtaking skyline now belongs to Dubai. While harborside views are special, there’s no perspective more impressive than that of a bird’s-eye view.

During your once-in-a-lifetime helicopter experience, you’ll soar over incredible landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah islands, Burj Al Arab hotel and Ras al Khor wetlands.

Hover above The World Islands on the Persian Gulf and imagine having a live satellite view of the Earth, looking at the artificial archipelago replicating the seven continents.

6 – Unleash your inner Tarzan at Aventura Parks

Aventura Parks, Dubai

Swing from treetop to treetop at Aventura Parks, the city’s largest zipline park covering 35,000 square meters of lush Ghaf tree forest in Mushrif Park.

With 85 obstacles in the park to choose from, including a wide selection of ziplines, high ropes courses and giant swings, it’s suitable for every interest and level of competence.

This family-oriented destination has something for all ages — from a miniature rock-climbing wall for toddlers to the most extreme 25-meter Tarzan jump and aerial surfboard for daredevils.

7 – Zoom around Palm Jumeirah on a speedboat

speed boat tour in Dubai

The Palm Jumeirah archipelago features the most iconic manmade islands on Earth, and there’s no better way to see them up close than onboard a high-octane speedboat!

Admire sublime views of Dubai’s skyline and top landmarks, including The Dubai Eye Wheel, Burj Al Arab and imperial hotel Atlantis, The Palm.

Learn some interesting details about the city and these famous sights with the English-speaking guide on board.

8 – Walk on a cracking glass floor at Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Ascend the world’s tallest building at 830 meters (2,723 feet), Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s icon of architectural marvel.

This 160-story glass-clad tower was worth $1.5 billion to build and has since attracted millions of visitors — especially to the observation decks at levels 124 and 125, and the outdoor terrace on the 148th floor.

Walk on a glass floor that cracks every step you take in a nerve-wracking virtual reality experience, the latest attraction on the observation deck on the 125th floor. Sensors drive this realistic simulation, and you’re simply stepping on high-resolution screens.

Read our latest post about Burj Khalifa tickets.

9 – Enjoy the amazing La Perle live show

La Perle by Dragone show, Dubai
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Considered the most spectacular live show across the city, La Perle by Dragone wows audiences nightly with incredible feats.

Be enthralled by this 90-minute show filled with acrobatics and aquatic stunts in an onstage pool. It tells a story of a girl and her journey into different worlds, looking for a lost pearl.

The cast of 65 Broadway-seasoned performers works every corner of the 270-degree stage to deliver a show that can only be described as hypnotic.

Aside from the 5-meter deep pool, the walls inside the theater are designed to create an immersive experience like being inside a cave.

10 – Go scuba diving indoors at Deep Dive Dubai

Deep Dive Dubai
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The world’s deepest pool at 60 meters, Deep Dive Dubai offers an extraordinary diving experience in a wonderful underwater world — looks like a sunken city.

First-timers can learn scuba diving or freediving in this safe environment where there’s freshwater, purified with sophistication and maintained at 30 degrees Celsius.

This indoor pool champions safety with advanced and professional scuba instructors for diving courses and workshops. There are also 56 underwater cameras for monitoring and a compression chamber to treat divers in case of an accident.

Certified divers, what are you waiting for? It’s a perfect place to master your techniques and upgrade your skills without the risks of diving in open seas and rough waters.

Take your friends or family to watch you dive through the screens or the glass windows. They can also dine and unwind at the restaurant here.

11 – Enjoy a gourmet meal at Dinner In The Sky

Dinner in the Sky, Dubai
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Indulge in a sumptuous supper while suspended 50 meters in the air!

True to its name, Dinner in the Sky is one of the most unique dining experiences on the planet. So long as nobody in your party has acrophobia, it’s an essential addition to the bucket list.

You can have lunch, dinner or afternoon tea with menus prepared by the Le Meridien and The Westin Mina Seyahi Marina.

Choose from Oriental Beef, Tortellini Pasta, King Fish or Corn Fed Chicken as the main course. Dessert can be chocolate cake, fruit salad or ice cream.

12 – Shred some powder at Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Skiing … in the desert? This isn’t an April Fools’ joke — Dubai really does have a ski resort. And it’s fully indoors, set across 22,500 square meters of fresh, manmade powder.

Ski Dubai is the only place in the UAE with year-round chances to ski, snowboard and zip line.

But if that weren’t impressive enough, the venue also hosts the beloved Penguin Encounter — a chance to get up close and personal with colonies of adorable Gentoo and King penguins!

This award-winning indoor ski resort has a snow park with an area of 4,500 square meters for the whole family to enjoy. Explore an ice cave, go sledding or climb towers.

Try the Snow Bullet Ride which hangs you 16 feet above the ground, and the Mountain Thriller Ride which transports you at a speed of up to 25 miles per hour.

13 – Enter new worlds at VR Park

VR Park Dubai

The largest of its kind in the world, VR Park at Dubai Mall holds the coveted title as the first immersive VR experience in the Middle East.

Over 25 attractions center around the theme of “Challenge reality,” encompassing both single-player and multiplayer experiences.

Take part in a VR heist, walk down the walls of the Burj Khalifa, travel in a spacecraft, and so much more!

Feel the adrenaline rush as you fly through the sky virtually riding the Magic Bikes or Flying Chairs, or paragliding over the Middle East.

14 – Cruise Dubai Creek on a dhow (with dinner)

Dhow cruise in Dubai Creek

Treat yourself to a luxurious 5-star dining experience aboard a traditional wooden dhow that passes through the charming Old Dubai neighborhoods of Bur Dubai and Deira.

This rigged boat offers live music and entertainment, including a Tanoura dance and puppet show during the two-hour cruise.

Admire the city’s lights as they shimmer over the water, as you pass along Dubai Creek, including the Old Boat Fort, Heritage Village and Museum of Dubai.

15 – Get soaked at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai
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Voted the region’s No.1 water park by a popular travel website, Atlantis Aquaventure is the essential Dubai destination for thrill-seekers.

Slide through shark-filled lagoons, dance with dolphins, cannon down corkscrew chutes into perfectly temperate waters, and so much more.

Adrenaline junkies, look no further than the near-100-foot death-defying drop on the Leap of Faith.

16 – Go camel riding in the desert

camel riding in Dubai

Dubai is a desert oasis, after all, so why not embrace the city’s roots? If you’ve never crossed sand dunes or taken the front hump of a camel, now’s your chance.

Begin your thrilling day with a morning safari on a four-wheel-drive vehicle and experience the magnificence of the desert, as you settle in for a relaxing camel ride.

Most tours combine camel riding with a combination of sandboarding, 4×4 adventuring, quad biking and camping, making for an unforgettable day in the desert!

17 – Lights, camera, action! at Motiongate

Motion Gate, Dubai

As Dubai’s answer to Universal Studios, this Hollywood-inspired theme park is a perfect day out for movie fans!

Guests are transported into the filmmaking worlds of DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate — with rides themed around hit movies like “Ghostbusters,” “Kung-Fu Panda” and “The Hunger Games.”

In total, Motiongate offers 27 rides and attractions, including five roller coasters, a water ride to cool off, immersive dark rides, play labs, and 4D theatre shows.

18 – Ride the lazy river at Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai

Neighboring the Jumeirah’s beach hotels and 5-star Burj Al Arab, the Wild Wadi Water Park provides visitors with an unmatched aquatic adventure.

The family-friendly park boasts 30 rides and attractions, all themed around the tale of Juha, a character from Arabian folklore.

To avoid potentially waiting in lines, try to arrive just as the park opens. Or, just opt for a skip-the-line ticket!

19 – Whiz down the thrilling Jebel Jais zipline

Jebel Jais zipline, Dubai

Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, this activity is for you!

After making your way up to the top of the UAE’s highest mountain, you’ll be harnessed in and propelled down what is officially the world’s longest zip line — Guinness World Records certified at more than 2,800 meters long.

If the 150-kilometer per hour speed doesn’t instigate goosebumps, the ride’s height of 1,680 meters above sea level just might!

If you’re craving some adrenaline, this should headline your list of things to do in Dubai.

Upgrade your ticket to experience the Jebel Jais Sky Tour, where you can fly over the Hajar Mountains on a series of six zip lines spanning a total of 5 kilometers.

20 – Skate in circles at the Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink
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Ice skating and desert don’t typically mix, yet on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall sits an Olympic-sized rink. It’s perfect for beginners and experts alike to practice their pirouettes!

This winter wonderland is within walking distance of the Dubai Aquarium, the Dubai Mall Waterfalls and the Burj Khalifa — more than enough activities to consume an entire day.

It also offers skating classes for all ages, especially those who want to improve their skills or want their kids to start learning to be professional.

Take your party to the ice rink, where you can skate and dance with club music and live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.

21 – Take a day trip to Warner Bros. World

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

Step into the world of the Flintstones, hunt villains alongside Batman, and ride exhilarating coasters, all at Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi — the world’s largest indoor park to date.

The enormous park is spread across six zones totaling 1.65 million square feet: Warner Bros. Plaza, Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch — so make sure to wear comfy shoes!

Thrill-seekers brave the high-speed 5D ride with the Justice League, as they fight their enemies, or with the classic cartoon tandem Tom and Jerry.

Adults and kids can have fun together riding the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, and walking through a classic carnival at The Joker Funhouse.

Watch shows and meet your favorite characters at the park, including the DC superheroes training and the Joker’s surprise party.

22 – Meet nocturnal animals at The Green Planet

The Green Planet, Dubai

A truly enchanting biodome featuring a tropical indoor rain forest and over 3,000 plants and animals, The Green Planet is a delightfully immersive walk through nature.

It also hosts the largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree in the world — certainly worth a photo or two.

Hot tip: Visit at the end of the day, just as the nocturnal animals start to wake from their slumber.

23 – Spot colorful fish at The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai

Step into a wondrous, mythical underwater world at The Lost Chambers Aquarium — a Dubai staple that plays host to over 65,000 unique and colorful fish.

Explore 21 amazing exhibits to see and learn about marine animals and how to help protect them. With virtual reality experience, you can meet up close wonderful aquatic creatures in their natural habitat, such as penguins and polar bears.

The Aquatheatre shows are always a great time, and if you want to upgrade your visit, seize the chance to snorkel with the wildlife!

24 – Snap amazing photos at the Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Spread across a whopping 72,000 square meters, Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest flower garden.

It consists of 50 million flowers and 250 million plants beautifully arranged to create an array of stunning natural sculptures.

With so many vibrant colors in every direction, this is one of the most photogenic places in the city and one of the best things to do in Dubai.

Romantics, make sure to grab a selfie in front of the Tunnel of Love.

25 – Let the kids loose at Mattel Play! Town

Mattel Play! Town, Dubai
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Parents, don’t skip over this one! Kids will be over the moon (and pleasantly distracted for hours) at Mattel Play! Town.

This indoor playground has five play zones designed to help children learn new things and develop their social skills.

The toy and cartoon-inspired facility features a soft play area, building blocks, and a cafe for mom and dad to sit back and relax.

Keep an eye out for the lively characters — Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina love to roam around.

26 – Sample Middle Eastern flavors on a Dubai food tour

Dubai food tour

Dubai is so renowned for its skyline that tourists often forget that the city is built upon thousands of years of Middle Eastern history — and we all know what that means: great food!

Tantalize your tastebuds on a journey that takes you through all of the powerful local flavors of Old Dubai. Make sure to sample a plate of khuzi, the national dish of the UAE.

Taste the traditional wheat porridge called Harees, which is soaked overnight and stewed in butter, meat and condiments for long hours.

Of course, you shouldn’t miss the all-time local favorite Shawarma, which has several versions so why not try more than one?

27 – Spend the day at LEGOLAND Dubai

LEGOLAND Dubai

With 60 interactive Lego-themed rides, water slides, roaming characters, dining opportunities, and over 15,000 Lego sculptures — fantasy truly comes to life at Legoland.

While the park is designed to suit children aged 2 to 12, it’s a blast for teenagers and parents too. Families can test their teamwork and creativity in building a raft to float on the lazy river.

Don’t forget to wander the store on the way out for an astonishing range of building materials.

28 – Give sandboarding a go!

sandboarding in Dubai

Feel the amazing force of the wind in your face, as you propel down the smooth dunes of the hot, red Arabian Desert on a professionally-led sandboard adventure.

If you’ve never touched a sandboard or even a snowboard before, don’t fret! Just cruise down on your belly (but remember to close your mouth — nobody wants a mouthful of sand).

Past adventurers rave about it, calling it one of the most exhilarating things to do in Dubai.

29 – Illuminate the night at Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

A first of its kind in the Middle East, the fanciful and immersive Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park is a visual delight.

Featuring over a million LED bulbs, this glow park features four different motifs — including magic, art, ice and dinosaurs.

Designers have created giant glowing jellyfish, romantic love tunnels, even a ferocious T-Rex — the long list of unique, enchanting light sculptures is second to none.

30 – Enjoy dinner and a show at the Al Khayma desert camp

Al Khayma desert camp, Dubai

Forget about life’s stresses and ditch the obnoxious tourist crowds — instead, enjoy a relaxing, hospitable evening at the Al Khayma Desert Camp and spend a laidback night in the shoes of the local Bedouins.

Besides the scrumptious BBQ dinner, the warm and welcoming hosts will treat you to henna tattooing, shisha and unique belly dance shows.

If you’re looking for authentic things to do in Dubai, this should be a priority. Your adventure usually sets off with an unforgettable off-road ride on a 4×4 vehicle on your way to the desert camp.

31 – Learn the ways of falconry

falconry in Dubai

For an experience that’s seldom offered in busy tourist cities, learn about and interact with falcons, hawks and eagles as part of an unforgettable falconry lesson in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Travel from the busy city to the desert on an exhilarating dune bashing, as you approach a traditional Bedouin camp. As you drive out to the site, keep a keen eye out for Arabian oryxes and sand gazelles along the way!

Past visitors can attest falconry is one of the most unforgettable things to do in Dubai. It plays a significant part in the Bedouin’s culture, as they used to hunt for food together with these raptors.

32 – Take a day trip to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi day trip from Dubai

While Dubai takes center stage in the UAE tourism show, the nation’s capital is not to be overlooked!

Just an hour and a half southwest of Dubai, Abu Dhabi is overflowing with worthy attractions.

Make sure to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, and feel the insane adrenaline on Ferrari World’s roller coasters!

Check out the filming locations of some Blockbuster movies, such as the 2015 episode of “Star Wars” and the 2021 movie “Dune.”

If you will be spending several days in the city, take a look at our list of best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

33 – Cool off at Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld, Dubai
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With over 40 delightful rides, slides and attractions spread over 37 acres, the iconic Yas Waterworld makes for a perfect day trip for those looking to escape the bustle and heat of Dubai.

Experience the floor vanish under your feet on Liwa Loops — a ride is beloved by thrillseekers — or glide over Yas Waterworld at break-neck speeds on Bandit Bomber, the world’s only suspended waterpark roller coaster!

Children can have fun riding the small slides at Yehal, spray water cannons at Cannon Point, and enjoy a family fight with water balloons at Water Wars. This enchanting water park offers fun for all ages!

34 – Embark on a jetski safari

jetski tour in Dubai

Satisfy the need for speed on board a high-powered jet ski!

If you’re yet to take the helm of one of these water cruisers, there’s arguably no better place to do so than in the City of Gold.

Whether you choose a 30-minute or an hour ride, you can speed up as you want and see many landmarks, including the man-made archipelago Palm Jumeirah and the towering luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab.

Rent your own and explore solo or join a local, expert guide — either way, the panoramic city views will amaze.

35 – Try indoor skydiving

indoor skydiving in Dubai

If you’ve always craved the thrill of skydiving but lacked the money or the courage to leap out of a plane, then indoor skydiving is the answer!

In a manmade wind tunnel, experience the crazy adrenaline of skydiving without spending hundreds of dollars.

Learn gliding and somersaulting in no time! If you’re not ready to skydive just yet, make sure that indoor skydiving is on your list of things to do in Dubai

36 – Explore the desert with a quad bike tour

atv tour in Dubai

Get out of the flashy cosmopolitan and head to the outskirts, where expert guides lead you through the hot Arabian Desert on a quad bike — one of the most enjoyable ways to soak in the vast landscape.

First-timers, don’t worry. Everybody gets an orientation at the quad bike center before setting off this stimulating adventure. With an experienced instructor and protective gear, you’re ready to cruise across the dunes.

Combine the adventure with a desert safari, BBQ, camel ride or sandboarding experience to really maximize your time on the sands.

37 – Experience 90 cultures at the Global Village

Global Village, Dubai

When you can experience over 90 different countries at Dubai’s imaginative Global Village, there is no need to travel the world anymore!

Guests move through a group of pavilions, admiring fascinating elements from world cultures — including staple foods, iconic landmarks, languages, artifacts and cultural attire.

You can check out the shops before taking a seat for the festive fireworks display.

38 – Watch the Dubai fountain show from a water taxi

Dubai fountain show

The choreographed Dubai fountain show is a spectacle to behold, with 85,000 liters of water dancing in the foreground of the world’s tallest building.

There’s arguably no better place to watch it than from the seats of a traditional “abra” water taxi.

Get a glimpse of Dubai’s history and lifestyle aboard this traditional boat made of wood, as you sail along Dubai Creek. It’s the people’s regular mode of transport and the cheapest way to get from one port to another.

Camera at the ready — 6,000 lights illuminate the crisscrossing streams, making for quite the colorful vista!

39 – Safari through the desert in a vintage Land Rover

vintage Land Rover tour in Dubai
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As you cruise through the desert dunes in an old-school, open-topped Land Rover, keep your eyes peeled from wandering wildlife in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Ride back in time on these vintage vehicles, the first to be introduced as transportation in the desert in the 1950s. Prior to that, people only traveled across the dunes by walking or riding a camel.

Depending on which tour you book, activities typically include falconry displays, Bedouin dinners, camping and camel riding.

40 – Satisfy the inner gamer at Hub Zero Park

Hub Zero Park, Dubai

As the region’s first gaming-inspired entertainment park, Hub Zero didn’t take long to climb the popularity charts.

The enormous complex is decked out with all the single and multiplayer games, including a 70-station gaming area, multi-level laser tag zone and a retro arcade featuring classics like Pacman and Space Invaders.

On top of being a gaming paradise, this place also offers plenty of entertainment — the 3D immersion tunnel, 4D cinema and karaoke rooms are all hugely popular.

41 – Dine at the Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The exterior of the iconic Burj Al Arab is remarkable, no doubt. But when you step inside its atrium — the tallest in the world — the opulence goes into overdrive.

This 5-star hotel has over 200 hotel suites, ranked among the most highly-priced suites in the world.

An epitome of Dubai’s luxury tourism, it boasts a number of extravagant dining opportunities, none more renowned than Al Iwan, Jumeirah’s quintessential Arabian restaurant.

For afternoon tea, head to the Sahn Eddar restaurant, home of the coveted seven-course afternoon tea menu.

42 – Visit the ultra-modern Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

Resembling the world’s biggest picture frame, this Dubai landmark provides exceptional views of both old and new Dubai, depending on which way you look.

Through this journey, you can see and admire not only the city’s innovations and diversity, but also the reasons why it’s cosmopolitan.

Entrance tickets include a tour guide, who can dish out all kinds of fascinating tidbits about the city’s architecture and history — while leading you to the knee-buckling glass-floored top level.

43 – Play detective in an escape room

escape room in Dubai

Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes with an ever-exciting escape room challenge at Brain Game Dubai.

Muster your teamwork, wit and creative thinking skills, as you race against the clock, solving clues and puzzles to lead to a successful escape.

Choose from unique themes like Prison Madness, The Museum, Around the World in Sixty Minutes, and, oddly enough, Pablo Escobar.

44 – Take a day trip to Al Ain

Al Ain day trip from Dubai

Known as the Garden City, thanks to its palm groves and natural springs, Al Ain (which means “the spring”) is a worthy day trip destination that is well and truly off the beaten track.

The UNESCO World Heritage city is one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements, and the city’s museum captures that history to a tee.

It’s also known as the birthplace of UAE’s first president, with Al Ain Palace Museum to learn about his life and of his family.

Don’t miss the Al-Jahili Fort, Al Ain Oasis, public gardens and Abu Dhabi’s highest mountain Jebel Hafit.

45 – Day trip to the stunning Fjords of Musandam

Fjords of Musandam day trip from Dubai

The turquoise waters of the Fjords of Musandam are simply spectacular — a must-see for anyone wanting to take a break from city life.

Travel in comfort from Dubai to Oman’s picturesque Musandam Peninsula, facing the Strait of Hormuz. Admire the rugged cliffs and shorelines with a backdrop of Hajar Mountains, as you cruise along the Gulf of Oman.

Tours to this gorgeous oasis typically include a dhow cruise, lunch and plenty of time to snorkel alongside the colorful fish.

46 – Snorkel at Fujairah on the east coast

Fujairah day trip from Dubai

Get out of the big city for a day and visit the beautiful Fujairah, the only Emirate on the East Coast, neighboring the shores of the Gulf of Oman.

Relax and enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty this place has to offer. Snorkel with schools of colorful fish and scuba dive through shipwrecks.

Make your trip hassle-free from Dubai to this serene region by joining a tour on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, which is the most practical way to access the beach area.

Tours usually include transport to and from Dubai, passing by diverse landscapes and historic monuments along the way.

47 – Sign up for a seaplane flight

seaplane tour in Dubai

There’s no better location to appreciate the grandeur of the Dubai skyline than from directly above. From the passenger seat of a seaplane, you’ll soar over Dubai’s most iconic landmarks.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the all-star attractions and amazing architecture that make the city famous.

See the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and Palm Jumeirah from a perspective that few other tourists will ever have the chance to experience.

48 – Camp under the stars at Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark, Dubai

As one of the best ways to cool off from the scorching Dubai sun, Laguna Waterpark promises endless fun for the whole family.

With epic water slides, a lazy river and plenty of splash zones, plus a notoriously welcoming staff, Laguna is a must for anyone visiting the La Mer area.

Take your visit up a notch with the bottomless food and drink option, or camp under the stars for a truly unforgettable experience — it’s one of the most magical things to do in Dubai.

49 – Learn the ropes of flyboarding

flyboard in Dubai

Feel the immense power underneath your feet in what’s quickly becoming the world’s hottest new water sport: flyboarding!

With high-speed jets, rise to the air and strike your iconic poses with Dubai’s famous buildings as your backdrop.

Understand the basics from professional instructors, then before you know it, you’re diving and jumping like dolphins — alongside the city’s glorious skyline.

50 – Go scuba diving at Fujairah

scuba diving at Fujairah

With colorful tropical fish by your side and historic shipwrecks to explore, a dive in the pristine, warm waters of Fujairah is a wonderful way to spend a day.

It’s a sanctuary of vibrant marine creatures, including clownfish, parrotfish, lobsters, whale sharks and sea turtles.

This is an ideal place for divers of all levels, especially those who want to be master divers. For a few extra bucks, you can get your PADI certification.

If the open waters are a little too intimidating, Dubai has a number of indoor dive spots like the shark tank in the Dubai Aquarium!

51 – Zipline over the Dubai Marina

zipline in Dubai Marina
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This is one of the world’s most impressive and thrilling urban ziplines, no doubt! The world’s longest urban zipline, Xline offers an exciting experience hovering over the marina with a double line so you can glide in tandem.

It propels daredevils over the Dubai Marina from a 170-meter-high launch platform at one of the Amwaj Towers, finishing at the Dubai Marina Mall.

The zip line stretches an entire kilometer in length, allowing riders to reach exciting max speeds of 80 kilometers per hour.

52 – Go horse riding in Mushrif Park

horse riding in Dubai

Explore Dubai’s natural landscapes as they were meant to be explored — on horseback!

The perfect chance to experience horse riding for beginners and more experienced riders alike, these eco-friendly tours allow visitors to see the stunning deserts and forests that surround the city.

Start at a walk and progress up to a trot when you’re ready in the beautiful Mushrif Park, a picturesque landscape blending desert dunes with tree-lined forest paths.

For a great romantic excursion, you can choose between sunrise and sunset trips to create an unforgettable experience.

Tours will pick you up from the city, allowing for a relaxing, seamless experience.

53 – Swim like a dolphin in the Sea Breacher

seabreacher Dubai
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The brilliantly-designed Sea Breacher watercraft is the closest thing you ever get to living like a marine animal.

In either orca, shark, whale or dolphin look-alike vessels, adventurers strapped inside can dive 3 meters deep and jump 5 meters above the shoreline — twisting and turning just like the real animals do!

It’s one of the most unique experiences in the city and a must-try activity for adventurers and adrenaline junkies.

Feel the thrill of high-speed twists and turns on the water in these unique and fun vehicles. You’ve probably never experienced anything quite like this.

54 – Go skydiving above the Palm Jumeirah

skydiving above the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

The ultimate activity for any adrenaline junkie is to leap out of a plane, 13,000 feet above the sea. And the ultimate place to skydive is, undoubtedly, over the breathtaking Palm Jumeirah.

Glimpse the glamor of Dubai’s famous man-made island from above and its stunning coastline — dotted with luxurious hotels and apartment complexes.

It’s certainly one of Dubai’s pricier adventure activities, but when you’re rocketing down to the Earth at terminal velocity, it’s worth every penny. It’s one of the most fun things to do in Dubai, hands down.

55 – Go crab hunting

crab hunting in Dubai

Venture into the protected lagoon and mangroves of Umm Al Quwain to try your hand at spearfishing, an ancient tradition of food sourcing in the region.

These tours take place after dark when the tide is lowest, so grab a spear and a flashlight and learn the age-old techniques of crab hunting.

Friendly guides teach the tricks of the trade so that visitors can have the best chance of catching the juiciest crabs.

After the activity, treat yourself to a dinner buffet with the catches of the day as the table’s focal point.

56 – Take a gyrocopter tour

gyrocopter tour in Dubai

Grab the joystick of a Gyrocopter (with the pilot by your side, of course) and feel the thrill of piloting your very own private aircraft!

Flights glide above the city’s iconic landmarks with the aircraft’s 180-degree visibility. Glimpse the Palm islands, Burj Al Arab and sparkling coastline like never before!

View the towering skyscrapers of the city from above and take the opportunity to grab some astonishing photographs and videos.

See Bluewaters and Dubai Marina on these private flights which last between 20 minutes and three hours.

57 – Kayak through Dubai’s waters

kayaking in Dubai
kayaking in Hatta

Explore the shimmering Dubai harbor peacefully and slowly, saddled into either a solo or tandem kayak.

Explore the city’s coastline at the famous La Mer Beach, the city sights of the Burj Lake, or paddle out to Palm Jumeirah for a sightseeing experience you’ll never forget.

Rent your own kayak and paddle around the Palm at your own pace, or opt for a guided tour through lesser-known regions like Hatta mountain — either way, it’s a great day out!

58 – Be wowed at the Museum of Illusions

Dubai Museum of Illusions
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Wander through the Hall of Mirrors, experience the optical intrigue of the vortex tunnel, and so much more at the sensory delight that is the Museum of Illusions.

This family-friendly attraction deceives your eyes, tricks your mind, and keeps you saying “wow” from the moment you arrive.

Grab the chance to take mind-boggling photos in the Instagram-able sets and locations. Test your wits with puzzles and games designed to tease the brain and challenge your visual perception.

59 – Learn the UAE’s history at the Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum, Dubai

An iconic UAE landmark dedicated to the founding and culture of the Emirates, the Etihad Museum is an excellent destination to learn about the history of Dubai and its neighbors.

The museum has gallery sections to depict the chronology of major events that leads to the unification of the Emirates.

The exhibits consist of films, documents, an interactive map of the UAE, massive photos of its founding fathers and the ruling family — and many more artifacts.

Don’t miss other attractions outside the museum like the Union House, Union Flag and the Guest Palace which also play important roles in the UAE’s history.

60 – Watch a stunt show at Bollywood Parks

Bollywood Parks in Dubai

Thanks to its explosive stunt shows, delightfully themed rides, multi-sensory 4D theater and a rotating showcase of unique entertainment, Bollywood Parks is an exciting destination for the whole family.

A fresh change from the constant spotlight on mainstream Hollywood, the park spreads across five fascinating zones inspired by the Bollywood film industry — Bollywood Boulevard, Bollywood Film Studios, Royal Plaza, Rustic Ravine and Mumbai Chowk.

Spice up your visit by combining Bollywood Parks with a tour around the city and/or a desert safari!

61 – Enjoy a multicultural show at Music Hall

The Music Hall, Dubai

Found on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island, the Music Hall restaurant offers a unique twist on the classic “dinner and show.”

Rather than showcasing one style of music and dance, this spot puts on around 10 multi-cultural acts per night — with genres ranging from rock to reggae, Arabic to Latino, and everything in between.

The eclectic acts and performances take place on the region’s largest stage and are complemented by cutting-edge sound and lighting.

The restaurant also boasts a gourmet menu that is sure to make it a highlight of your time in the city.

62 – Go stargazing at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center

Al Thuraya Astronomy Center, Dubai

Far from your typical astronomy center, Al Thuraya boasts a range of interactive experiences all about space and space travel.

Check out the planetarium show and Astro cinema for some seated entertainment, or try the immersive Mars Landing Game and shuttle simulator.

Thanks to its location on the outskirts of Dubai, in the middle of Mushrif Park, it’s the perfect spot to stare into the night sky.

You can check out this fantastic observatory at any time of the day. Look for solar flares on the surface of the sun through a specially produced telescope or view distant stars and planets after nightfall.

63 – Party it up at the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

pool party in Dubai

Situated on the glistening waterfront of Pearl Jumeira, the Nikki Beach Resort boasts 117 rooms and suites, and 15 private pool villas.

But you don’t need to have a room key to enjoy the luxury resort. The good vibes, flowing drinks and live DJs are available to anyone with a beach club ticket.

For lavish parties and some exciting social things to do in Dubai, look no further!

64 – Wander around the enormous Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Equivalent to the size of over 50 soccer fields, the Dubai Mall holds the coveted title as the largest shopping mall in the world (based on total area).

Home to the Dubai Aquarium, more than 1,200 shops, 120 restaurants, a skating rink and the gateway to the Burj Khalifa, this mall truly is a sight to behold.

A must-see destination in the city for shopaholics, it’s a great place to pick up souvenirs, gifts and luxury items.

You can find some of the biggest brands in fashion here, including Bvlgari, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and many more.

65 – Practice your haggling skills at the Dubai souks

souk in Dubai

Forget about the chain stores. Shop as the locals have done for centuries at one of the  Dubai souks — a form of traditional Arab market.

Plenty of themed souks line the city, offering everything from bespoke fragrances to textiles, artisanal crafts, aromatic spices, gold and jewelry.

Head to the Dubai Creek area to explore the Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Perfume Souk all in one afternoon. You can also head to the Souk Madinat, a contemporary market with live music and a buzzing atmosphere.

Whether shopping for specific items, just browsing or looking for an authentic cultural experience, the city’s souks are a must-see.

66 – Take a buggy tour through the dunes

buggy tour in Dubai

No visit to Dubai is complete without at least one desert activity on the city’s outskirts. Perhaps none is more enjoyable than exploring the rugged dunes on the back of a roaring  800cc buggy!

Guided tours take adventurers up and over the most famous dunes in the area, including Big Red, Pink Rock and Fossil Rock.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as camels and gazelles, or take a moonlight buggy tour for a unique and magical experience.

Explore the captivating Arabian Desert and its ancient historic sites, and venture off the beaten track to find the region’s hidden gems.

67 – Flip till you drop at Bounce Dubai

Bounce Dubai

Whether you’re looking to practice your backflips or perfect your slam dunks (trampoline-style), this giant indoor playground is the place to be.

Bounce Dubai is filled with all kinds of trampolines, including dodgeball zones and a foam pit. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat and burn a few calories!

Explore the Freestyle Terrain Park for some gravity-defying action in a cushioned and safe environment.

68 – Have a go at deep-sea fishing

deep sea fishing in Dubai

Head out to the open waters of the Persian Gulf in search of your next meal. Odds are you reel in a few sizable barracuda, queenfish or kingfish — the most common trio in the area.

Join a five-hour trip which is a mix of regular fishing and trolling, a way fishing by dropping lures at the back of the boat as it moves at a constant low speed. It’s a technique to catch medium and large fish in Dubai.

If you’ve never been fishing before, there’s no better place to start than in a spot blessed with sparkling Dubai skyline views.

69 – Get around town on a hop-on hop-off bus tour

Dubai hop on hop off bus tour

Dubai is enormous. Save yourself the hassle of hailing cabs by opting for a simple hop-on hop-off tour around the city.

The six routes take riders all around the city, with 46 stops tackling all of the noteworthy Dubai landmarks. Take a seat on the open-air roof for the best views (but bring a hat!).

Since it passes so many places, the bus is one of the smartest things to do in Dubai if you’re short on time.

70 – Kitesurf or windsurf at Kite Beach

windsurfing in Dubai

With beautiful year-round weather and warm waters, Dubai is heaven on Earth for water sports.

Try your hand at windsurfing (it’s harder than it looks) or take to the skies by kitesurfing, enjoying the panoramic views throughout.

Once you’re all tuckered out, Kite Beach has open stretches of soft sand perfect for a quick nap. This favorite Dubai beach is a hive of activity all year round, as well as surfing and watersports.

A popular place to jog, take a swim or kayak, the beach also has play areas for children, making it a great family-friendly destination in the city.

71 – Walk through a storm in the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Rain Room

Sharjah Art Foundation’s Rain Room, Dubai
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Stroll through a watery cascade without getting wet — it’s not magic, it’s the Rain Room at the contemporary Sharjah Art Foundation.

Using state-of-the-art cameras and sensor equipment to track the movements, the installation automatically turns off the water in sections where people are standing.

There’s nothing in the Emirates quite like this art installation located in Al Majarra!

72 – Board a luxurious yacht

yacht tour in Dubai

With a nickname like The City of Gold, Dubai is all about luxury, extravagance and style — and nothing quite screams luxury like a yacht tour over the shimmering marina.

Whether you cruise in the afternoon with a glass of bubbly in hand or hit the waters by moonlight with live music and a buffet, an amazing time awaits either way.

For those who enjoy life in the fast lane, try a thrilling speed boat tour around the city’s coast and landmarks. For the more laidback traveler, a traditional “abra” boat taxi ride is a lot of fun.

73 – Practice your drive at Top Golf

Topgolf Dubai
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Mixing the fun of a driving range with fancy technology, great food and an ultra lively atmosphere, Top Golf is the perfect blend of sport and entertainment.

Bay hire includes unlimited golf balls, so the golf pros can swing to their heart’s content, while the rest of the gang can sit back and sip on a fresh cocktail (or five).

This is perfect for first-time golfers that are curious to try out the sport as well as seasoned pros who want to brush up on their birdie. There are games to suit all skill levels at this all-ages golf venue.

74 – Strap into a go-kart at the Dubai Kartdrome

Dubai Kartdrome

Drift around corners and race against your friends on a go-kart, an adrenaline-pumping activity that never disappoints.

Choose from the outdoor, 1.2km International Circuit or the 620-meter-long, twisting indoor course. If time permits, why not squeeze in a game or two of laser tag as well?

Can’t get enough racing action? Check out the RaceRoom simulator games for the most true-to-life racetrack experience. Race against 10 other competitors in these realistic action-packed games.

Head over during Happy Hour for a buy one, get one free deal!

75 – Dine in the sky on the Flying Cup

Flying Cup, Dubai
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From afar, the Flying Cup might look like a strange carnie drop-ride. But, in reality, it’s a dining area with an innovative concept.

Imagine you’re sipping a coffee and snacking on popcorn at the dinner table, except that dinner table is 40 meters above the ground.

Dine with dangling feet while having your favorite Italian pizza or hotdog meal, and refreshments.

You can opt to have drinks only or if you’re not sure you can stomach the height, you can also just take the flight.

Boasting 360-degree views of the Persian Gulf below — that, folks, is the Flying Cup.

76 – Take a city tour of Old Dubai

Old Dubai

Forget about the innovative skyscrapers and manmade islands for a moment! Dubai is a city rich in culture and history, all of which are on display in the vibrant neighborhood of Bur Dubai.

Visit the colorful and fragrant souks and check out some of the great museums and galleries in the quarters.

See the original 19th-century architecture of the city — from when it was a small merchant town — and the traditional wooden boats on Dubai Creek.

Led by locals, the old town tours take visitors to the waterfront, past ancient mosques, through markets and more. Pack your walking shoes!

77 – Snap the perfect selfie at Dubai 3D World

Dubai 3D World
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An interactive museum that screams creativity and imagination, Dubai 3D World is a must for anyone searching for that perfect travel selfie.

Covering 21,000 square feet, the museum showcases optical illusions and 185 incredible Trick-Art paintings.

Visit nine different zones which transport you back in time to Ancient Egypt and let you explore underwater worlds or travel to faraway jungles.

Plenty of memorable pictures and great times await!

78 – Enter the Hysteria haunted house (if you dare)

Hysteria haunted house

If you get spooked easily, go right ahead and skip this one.

But if you crave a good fright — if the idea of living your own twisted nightmares is enticing — then Hysteria is ready to scare the pants off anyone. (At least, thanks to its location in the Dubai Mall, it’s not hard to replace said pants.)

This is not for the faint-hearted! You need to be brave enough to enter its ghostly manor doors.

Encounter a gruesome crew of ghoulish creatures in the haunted halls and try not to become their latest victim as you pass through the many rooms and corridors.

Keep your eyes peeled to see what is lurking in the darkened corners … before it sees you.

79 – Bask in the sunshine on a stand-up paddleboard

stand up paddle in Dubai

Connect with the sea as you float across the calm Dubai waters on a SUP, soaking in both the sun and the skyline.

For an unforgettable experience, head to famous spots such as Jumeirah, Kite Beach and the exceptional beachfront of La Mer.

First-timers, expert guides are more than happy to show you the ropes in an instructed lesson. Intermediates and experts, simply rent a board and go for the ride of your life!

80 – Take a day trip to Ferrari World, home of the record-breaking roller coaster

Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

You might expect Ferrari World to be little more than a giant museum of classic Italian cars, but how wrong that expectation would be.

The first Ferrari branded theme park on the planet, Ferrari World boasts the hair-raising ride Formula Rossa with a top speed of 149 miles per hour. It’s officially the world’s fastest rollercoaster!

Despite Ferrari World being located in Abu Dhabi, tour companies can transport you door to door, so the only thing you have to worry about is whether or not you’re brave enough to strap in!

81 – Release any suppressed rage at The Smash Room

The Smash Room, Dubai

Bottling up some rage that needs to be released? Inundated by stress at work and need a reprieve? Then this place should headline your list of things to do in Dubai.

There’s no therapy more satisfying than smashing mundane objects with baseball bats, which is exactly what Dubai’s Smash Room offers.

Choose from the pre-arranged box of destroyable objects, or bring your own (photo of an ex-partner, perhaps?). In this room, you’re the boss!

82 – Challenge yourself at TEP Factor

TEP Factor, Dubai
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Kids of age and kids at heart will love TEP Factor, an indoor adventure park nestled in the heart of Dubai’s prestigious Jumeirah Beach Residence promenade.

Solve puzzles and overcome physical obstacles to complete the game. You need all your logic, skills and teamwork to make it through to the end.

It typically takes teams between two and four hours to complete all of the 21 challenges, but you can stay and play for as long as you want!

It’s easy for fans of adventure movies to love this place.

83 – Witness centuries of history at the Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Housed in the ancient, historic and photogenic Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum serves as a time machine.

It takes guests back to the years before the discovery of oil and subsequent skyscrapers in the UAE — recreating settings from creeks, traditional houses, mosques, souks and plenty more.

Learn about the history of the region’s pearl divers and see objects in the museum’s collection that date back to around 3,000 B.C.

The contrast between then and now is nothing short of fascinating. The Fort itself is the city’s oldest building, so it’s a must-see for history lovers.

84 – Spend an afternoon at the kid-friendly OliOli®

OliOli Dubai
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With a host of unique, child-focused activities and games, the interactive OliOli museum combines entertainment with education — delighting the senses all the way through.

Kids are free to build, create, play and experiment in this colorful and educational world. They can safely explore, swing and bounce at the giant Toshi’s Net.

The Water Gallery lets kids discover engineering and physics principles in a fun and tactile way. They can build rockets and hovercrafts that can withstand hurricane conditions, or discover infinite construction possibilities at Future Park.

Smaller children are also well catered for in the toddlers’ gallery. The staff is always available to entertain the kids, allowing the parents to sit back and take a well-earned break.

85 – Catch a few horse races at the Meydan Grandstand

horse racing in Dubai

The globally-renowned Meydan Racecourse is home to the world’s richest race day, the coveted $35 million Dubai World Cup.

While the pinnacle spectacle takes place in late March, the 1-mile-long, 60,000-seat grandstand hosts races from November through to April.

One of the world’s largest and finest racing facilities, the racecourse offers a host of restaurants and lounges where you can watch the action. Overlooking the racecourse, 5-star The Meydan Hotel has a rooftop pool, fully equipped fitness gym and a golf course.

Noted for its extremely futuristic aesthetic, the racecourse was even used as a Star Trek filming location.

86 – Go bird-watching at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

This Dubai wetland reserve is renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers, offering a peaceful opportunity for Mother Nature to work her magic.

The diverse wetland includes salt flats, mangroves and lagoons which are home to species of foxes, hedgehogs, lizards and crabs. Eagle-eyed visitors can also spot herons, egrets, sandpipers and osprey among the flock of flamboyant flamingos.

The sanctuary also offers educational programs, including workshops and awareness lectures.

87 – Drive an F1 car at the Dubai Autodrome

formula one in Dubai

Go-karting is fun, sure. But to really satisfy that insatiable need for speed, strap into the driver’s or passenger’s seat on a hot lap in a Ferrari GT, thoroughbred McLaren Racing Machine, or for a few extra bucks, an F1 car!

The Dubai Autodrome offers a range of cars and driving experiences to delight any petrolhead. If you’re craving a need for speed, visiting this place should headline your list of things to do in Dubai.

88 – Be dazzled by a show at the Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

With 2,000 seats and the title of the city’s first multi-format performing arts theatre, the Dubai Opera is the premier live entertainment destination.

The radiant cultural center puts on shows, including Broadway-style theatre, opera, ballet and music concerts — there’s something on the calendar to suit every interest.

The spectacular building houses a multi-use auditorium, Grand Circular Foyer and an outdoor promenade and gardens, with dazzling views of the Dubai fountains and Burj Khalifa.

89 – Cheer on your camel at the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track

Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, Dubai

Camels might seem like slow movers but when they want to, they can move at quite the velocity!

At the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, about 40 minutes outside of Dubai, the centuries-old Arabic tradition of camel racing continues in full force.

The ancient sport of camel racing can be traced back over 2,500 years and has its roots in the Arabian Peninsula. The race track is set in the attractive wetlands of the Al Qudra Lakes which are rich in wildlife.

For genuine insights into the local sporting culture, it’s hard to go past this one.

90 – Greet the animals at Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Spread over a massive 119 hectares, the Dubai Safari Park is quickly stamping its name down as one of the top 10 zoos around the world.

Curious 2,500 animals from some 250 species of all shapes and sizes, roam around in the areas designated as Arabian, Asian and African villages.

Pet-friendly animals wander around the Children’s ‎Farm, and there’s plenty to see on the Open Safari experience. This is a great day out for all the family.

91 – Explore the Dubai Heritage Village

Dubai Heritage Village

Created in 1997 with the intention to both preserve and display the important heritage and history of old Dubai, Heritage Village is an essential, albeit quick and simple activity, to add to the list.

Here you can discover the earlier palm leaf and wooden building styles of the region, and catch demonstrations of traditional crafts and cooking.

Stroll along the banks of the creek, admiring the old (renovated) buildings and getting an insight into the other side of Dubai.

92 – Take a dinner cruise down the canal

dhow dinner canal cruise Dubai

After being welcomed with kahwah (Arabic coffee), take a seat on the dhow and let the captain sail you away onto the canal’s shores.

While you chow down on a scrumptious buffet dinner, take a moment to appreciate the dazzling IMAGINE fountain show.

Admire the historic dhow building yards and the Ras Al Khor bird sanctuary as you float on the water glistening with the reflection of the Dubai lights.

93 – Play a round at a world-class golf course

golf course in Dubai

Ditch the backpack for the bag of clubs and head to one of Dubai’s many internationally-renowned courses.

While there’s plenty to choose from, satisfying all budget and skill levels, the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club comes highly recommended — as well as the beautifully landscaped Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

Golfers, this is one of the essential things to do in Dubai and should be atop any bucket list.

94 – Appreciate the artsy vibes at Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A renowned industrial compound covering some 500,000 square feet, Alserkal Avenue is a vibrant artistic hub.

It plays host to contemporary galleries, performing arts organizations, and homegrown businesses. It’s a great area to wander through over the course of an afternoon.

There are regular festivals, group activities and public artworks popping up here all the time, so be sure to explore with your eyes wide open.

95 – Take a day trip to Hatta Mountain

Hatta Mountain day trip from Dubai'

Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, the turquoise waters of Hatta Lake atop Hatta Mountain are a sight to behind.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Dubai and book a day trip to this natural oasis. Enjoy stops at noteworthy places like Fossil Rock and the Hatta Heritage Village below the Oman border.

Discover a real desert adventure high up in the Hajar Mountains on these awe-inspiring tours.

96 – Fly a plane (simulator-style!)

Emirates A380 Experience, Dubai

One of the very best flight simulators going round, the Emirates A380 Experience allows visitors to understand the ins and outs of a real commercial jet cockpit.

Choose your own airport, set the weather conditions and pick your departure time. You could be soaring over the Eiffel Tower at sunset or landing in Lisbon on Christmas Eve — the possibilities are endless.

97 – Try a new water sport: the Jetovator

jetovator in Dubai
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Resembling a motorbike on the water or a flyboard with handlebars, the Jetovator is one of the freshest new water sports activities to hit the Dubai Marina.

Practice turns, spins and dives with one of the most remarkable backdrops imaginable. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer’s day (or, in reality, any day in Dubai).

98 – Party on the best rooftop bars in Dubai

rooftops in Dubai

Boasting hundreds of towering skyscrapers and a long list of award-winning restaurants, Dubai hosts some of the world’s most impressive rooftop bars.

The sophisticated Uptown Bar on the 5-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s 24th floor is worthy of a visit — likewise the luxurious Siddharta Lounge in the Dubai Marina.

For magical sunset views, check out the 155-meter-high Level 43 Sky Lounge. For a rooftop bar with an infinity pool, head to LookUp Rooftop.

99 – ‘They’re growing up so fast’ at Kidzania

Kidzania Dubai
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If you thought your kids were growing up too fast, wait until you see them don a uniform at Kidzania!

At this children’s theme park, youngsters learn the adult way of life by dressing up as firefighters, doctors and builders — as they practice real-world jobs in a fun, entertaining way.

Over 80 role-playing activities are available for the kids’ enjoyment and social development.

100 – Walk the decks of Queen Elizabeth 2

Queen Elizabeth 2 boat hotel
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Queen Elizabeth 2 is a stunning piece of naval architecture, that we know. But, it’s also home to the one and only floating hotel in Dubai!

Whether you’ve got a room key or not, you can experience ample activities on offer.

Explore the six dining and nightlife venues, check out the interactive history exhibition, or grab a drink and enjoy the show at the licensed theatre.

Enjoy a night out fit for a queen on the one and only QE2.

Ready to pack for your next holiday? Make sure you check out the best hotels in Dubai to get great deals at the best price.

If you’re planning to have more adventures in the UAE, add the capital city to your list and experience fun things to do in Abu Dhabi.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of fun things to do in Dubai! If you know of any other cool activities, feel free to let us know in the comments.

As always, happy travels!