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Bucket List: Top 10 Things to do in Dubai, UAE

What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Dubai?

Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Bucket List: Amazing Places to Visit in Dubai, UAE

Dubai is an exceptionally charming city offering fun and amusing retreat during every season of the year. A treasure trove of iconic attractions, along with an array of gardens, parks, beaches, and historic monuments, makes sure that you could spend endless days in Dubai without ever loss for what to see and experience here.

While there numerous things to do in Dubai, the ten activities mentioned in this list are apt for travelers (mainly first-timers) who wish to spend a few days in the emirate.

See the whole of Dubai from At the Top.

Dubai at night Travel Guide: Top 10 Things to do in Dubai
Dubai at night Travel Guide: Top 10 Things to do in Dubai

To enjoy stunning views of the city, take the fastest elevators within the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, to reach its 124th floor, where you can see the entire of gorgeous Dubai swirl around you, thanks to At the Top Observatory providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

Adjacent to Burj Khalifa is the mind-blowing Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall, the biggest mall globally, with more than 1200 outlets offering an inimitable mix of fun, shopping, and entertainment choices.

Walk around the Bastakiya Quarter & Visit Dubai Museum

Bastakiya Quarter Top 10 Things to do in Dubai
Al Bastakiya by Diego Delso – Licensed under GFDL via Commons Top 10 Things to do in Dubai

Bastaqiya Quarter is considered an iconographic representation of Dubai, and hence a visit to this place is a must to experience the living legacy of the emirate’s rich heritage.

A stroll through its maze of narrow streets packed with wind-towered buildings, tranquil courtyard houses, art galleries, and museums may seem a whole world away from the hordes of glitzy structures that congregate along the Sheik Zayed Road.

Nearby is the Dubai Museum boasting an engaging assortment of displays that delve into Emiratis’ history and ancient lifestyle.

Tour Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and more to Marvel at the City’s Contemporary side

Burj Al Arab Dubai Luxury Hotels
Burj Al Arab Dubai Luxury Hotels

With so many astounding modern and futuristic attractions to see here, perhaps the most perfect way to admire them will be to go on a Dubai city tour or Big Bus Tour, ensuring that you don’t miss out on the best the city has to offer.

A typical city sightseeing tour will cover the trip to the fantastic architectural attractions along the Palm Jumeirah, including Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, Jumeirah Beach, and Jumeirah Mosque, which continues through the attractions scattered across Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai.

There are also several other ways to marvel at the main highlights of the city. See the attractions of Downtown Dubai in the vintage-style Dubai Trolley or opt for a tram ride or a luxury yacht ride to explore Palm Jumeirah or simply go for a dinner cruise in a traditional dhow that glides you along with the sparkling sights of Dubai Marina.

Take a helicopter or seaplane ride over the mesmerizing attractions of Dubai.

Dubai Birds Eye View
Dubai Birds Eye View

If the regular sightseeing options have begun to bore you, why not add zing to your Dubai vacation by taking a scenic helicopter or seaplane tour. After all, nothing beats the exhilaration of experiencing the finest views over the air’s breathtaking skyline. This unique way of sightseeing would for sure leave you in awe.

Visit Shopping Malls

Shopping in Dubai
Shopping in Dubai

Dubai is a shoppers’ haven with the largest concentration of shopping centers in the Middle East, a majority of them boasting their own unique specialties.

From luxurious and designer labels in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates to rare and striking finds Karama Centre and Deira City Centre to distinctive Ibn Baututta Mall, Burjuman Center, and Mercato Mall, you can easily while away an hour, an evening, or even a whole day surfing through the malls in Dubai.

To top off the finest shopping choices, these shopping malls are also places where you’ll find an incredible blend of dining and leisure attractions, including cinemas, amusement venues, and gaming options.

Shop Outside the Box at Traditional Souks

Shopping Areas in Dubai
Shopping Areas in Dubai

Shopping malls in Dubai are classy and all-inclusive, but there’s an unusual charm in each of its traditional souks, being a depiction of the region’s days-gone-by-trade-scene.

Stunning jewelry, apparel, unique souvenirs, homewares, and exceptional knick-knackery can all be shopped from these souks.

So be prepared to roll up your sleeves and explore the never-ending trove of one-off shopping delights once you’re in Dubai. Must-visit souks are Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Perfume Souk, and Textile Souk.

Enjoy a dhow cruise along Dubai Creek

Experience Dhow Cruise at Dubai Creek
Experience Dhow Cruise at Dubai Creek

For many people visiting Dubai, one of the favorite things to do here is a dhow dinner cruise on Dubai Creek in Dubai’s historic heart.

This two-hour long cruise down past a mix of historic and modern sights that line along the Dubai Creek is a great way to start your evening or even end a day of a sightseeing trip.

With great entertainment and the finest food served on board the magnificently restored wooden Arabian dhow, it’s undoubtedly the most memorable and romantic way to enjoy the enchanting of this city.

Go on a Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari
Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai is endowed with an enormous swathe of a pristine desert landscape, which makes it evident that no visit to UAE is complete without discovering its majestic sand dunes.

Regardless of you are an adventurist, nature lover, or culture buff, taking a desert safari can be astonishingly gratifying.

While the first part of the safari focuses on wonderful desert views through a heart-stopping dune bash in a 4X4 vehicle, the subsequent segments of this trip will enable you to get an insight of the unique Emirati culture and traditions, with activities like camel riding, henna designing, falcon shows, BBQ dinner, and live belly dance shows.

Spend a day in Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden in Dubai
Miracle Garden in Dubai

A visit to Miracle Garden, which is located about 30 kilometers from the city center, will not only please your eyes but also refresh all your senses.

With a total of 18 acres filled with over 150 million splendid flowers in a variety of intricate yet attractive shapes and structures, Dubai Miracle Garden is a real oasis of flowers in the middle of the desert. But it is open to the public only during winter months.

Chill out at Amusement Parks

Dubai Dolphinarium
Dubai Dolphinarium

A myriad of authentic experiences in roller coasters, kiddie rides, and more await you in Dubai if your imagination about absolute entertainment loops around amusement parks.

From Wild Wadi and Wonderland offering superb rides for both little ones and adventure types, to Ski Dubai promising an unforgettable snow park experience, to Dubai Dolphinarium showcasing gorgeous dolphin and seal shows, Dubai boasts of everything to sprinkle your vacation with a dash of unmatched fun and adventure.

Apart from this, there are more than 101 things to do in Dubai. But with this list, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy an incredibly fulfilling vacation in this magnificent city.

Dubai Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Dubai, we listed places to visit and other amazing Dubai activities. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Dubai hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about new package tours and tourist spots in Dubai, UAE? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

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Written by Neha Singh

A postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.

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