A city that has seemingly risen from nowhere, Dubai is now a popular destination that sees millions of visitors every year. Its location also makes it a common “stopover” city, and you’ll find many cruise itineraries have a one or two night stay here before embarking or after disembarking. No matter how long you have to spend here, there’s plenty to see and do – here’s 10 of our favourite things to do in Dubai.
Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world, the viewing platform from its towering spire offers unparalleled views of the city as you soar 555 metres into the sky.
Entry: From AED 200
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
2. Watch the Dubai Fountains
Set to lights and music, the dazzling fountains at Dubai Mall are an amazing spectacle not to be missed. Watching the Dubai fountains also allows you to appreciate the incredible scale of the aforementioned Burj Khalifa as it towers behind the sparkling spray.
Location: Dubai Mall
3. Visit the Dubai Museum
Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort which was built in 1787, the Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in the city and features galleries that recreate historic Arab houses, mosques, Souks, date farms and desert and marine life.
Entry: AED 3
Location: Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (opposite the Grand Mosque)
4. Explore the Dubai Mall
The largest mall in the world is brimming with all manner of shops, places to eat and drink, a cinema, ice rink and even an aquarium! Even if you don’t plan on shopping Dubai Mall is definitely worth a visit, if only to be amazed at its vastness.
Location: Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
5. Watch a show at Dubai Opera
Those looking for a little culture will love the Opera District, the pinnacle of which is Dubai Opera, an ultra-modern glass building shaped like a traditional dhow. Here you can enjoy all manners of performing arts, from opera to musicals, ballet and comedy shows.
Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Near Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
6. Visit the Burj Al Arab
The sail-shaped silhouette of the Burj Al Arab is an iconic symbol of Dubai. The only seven-star hotel in the world, the hotel also hosts luxury afternoon tea which you can enjoy from the Skyview Bar, offering incredible views of the Palm Jumeirah and The World islands.
Entry: From AED 620
Location: Jumeirah Beach
7. See the Gold Souk
If you’re looking for gold, then a stroll through the shimmering Gold Souk is a must in Dubai. Be prepared to haggle and you could leave with a bargain!
Location: 54 Al Khor Street
8. Visit the Jumeirah Mosque
One of the most mesmerising landmarks in Dubai, with its towering minarets, central dome and intricate design, the Jumeriah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim visitors through its doors.
Entry: AED 20
Location: Jumeriah Beach Road
9. Relax on Jumeriah Beach
Overlooked by the Burj Al Arab, if you’re looking for a spot of sunbathing then Jumeriah Beach’s white sand and dazzling sea is the perfect spot to relax and watch the world go by.
Location: Jumeriah Beach
10. Book a desert safari
Leave the city behind and head to the desert for a thrilling ride across the dunes, camel rides, belly dancing and traditional Bedouin dining under the stars.
Entry: From AED 375
Location: Hotel Pick-up