Top 10 Things to do in Dubai for First-Timers

Dubai doesn’t mind overwhelming you with its glamorous vault of wonders. Get mesmerised with ‘the world’s greatest and biggest’ while in Dubai. Even frequent visitors will be amused by something new every time they arrive – ultramodern skyscrapers, twinkling dusk lights adorning the tall superstructures, fast cars, swimming with the sharks at Dubai Mall, fascinating landmarks and the spell of old and new Dubai. A record-breaking blend of traditions and modernisation can be seen in the middle of the desert. We are here to take you on a guided tour to some of Dubai’s top things to do on your upcoming Dubai holiday.

1. Climb the World’s Tallest Structure – The Burj Khalifa

Standing 828 meters high, the needle-shaped Burj Khalifa is difficult to miss. The world’s tallest structure rules the Dubai horizon and its magnificence can be best experienced either from very close or from the inside. Visitors rush to get a bird’s eye view from the perception deck At The Top Sky Lounge on the 124th floor. Also, for adventure food lovers who wish to enjoy dining among the mist, the atmosphere on level 122 is the spot to be.

2. Enjoy Thrilling Rides at Aquaventure Waterpark

Over 17 hectares of rides and slides, Dubai’s largest aquarium with over 65,000 marine life, a private beach and a special area for the little ones make Aquaventure Waterpark the #1 voted fun-filled water park in the world. Located in Atlantis, The Palm, it is the only place on earth where you can zip through a water tunnel while sharks and stingrays swim above you through the ruins of Atlantis. If you are looking for chilling twists and turns along with rushing rapids, you’ll find your dose of adventure at Aquaventure. The water park is also ideal if you’re craving for a lazy sunbathing on a pristine and private beach or wish to interact with dolphins and sea lions.

3. Be dazzled by Dancing Water Fountains 

Immerse yourself in an enchanting light, water and music experience while witnessing the world’s tallest fountain in the world – The Dubai Fountain. Situated at the base of the famous Burj Khalifa and the entryways of the famous Dubai Mall, one can marvel at world’s best-arranged water jets that sway in sync to music, producing what has turned out to be the most popular show in Dubai that can be seen from over 18 miles away. With the installation of several WET super lights and over 20 colour projectors, the sight is a visual masterpiece. If you wish to get up close and personal to the fountain, set sail on the lake during the water show to grab the best seats. The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is the latest addition to the spectacle. Visitors can get even closer to the show by strolling on the 272m floating platform, which is just 9m away from the fountains.

4. Get a Taste of Life at The Beach-JBR

For those who like to shop, feast, watch a movie facing the beach and absorb beachside lifestyle, consider an outing to The Beach at JBR. The family-friendly spot is easily reachable from anywhere in Dubai. There is plenty to do here – from a wide range of beachside dining and shopping to watersports such as parasailing and wakeboarding. Plus, there’s a 600m running track, outdoor gym and beach volleyball court if you’re keen to sweat it out. Or workout at an outdoor yoga class to kick start your day the way you like. There are also banana boat rides and even a train for kids to enjoy.

5. Do not miss Desert Safari

Within 20 minutes from Downtown Dubai, you can encounter the wonders of the Arabian Desert, the first holiday spot of Dubai. Take a Dubai-style desert safari and explore the huge expanse of the golden dunes by tumbling in the deep ditches and mounting high on the summit of the dunes. Enjoy quad biking and sandboarding followed by traditional dining under the sky, sipping traditional Arabic coffee, smoking a flavoured Shisha and camel rides. Or you can even simply drive out and experience the miracle of the desert on a 4×4 SUV.

6. Enjoy Family Outing at IMG Worlds of Adventure

Fun, fervour, speed and even 5D, you can expect this in the huge amusement park, which is the size of 28 football pitches. With the most cutting-edge and energizing rides, IMG Worlds of Adventure will breathe life into your lazy bones. There are themed rides for all ages. With Ben 10, Gumball, the Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown, you’re sure to have a gala time out there with your friends and family. Curious visitors can dive into the universe of Marvel legends: Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. Do not forget to greet the life-size enlivened dinosaurs in the Lost Valley. Take a rest at a cafe or go shopping. The scope of enjoyment guarantees nonstop excitement for the entire family.

7. Revel at the Largest Mall – The Dubai Mall

If you’ve seen enough of Dubai attractions, which is doubtful, you can head to Dubai Mall – one of the pioneering shopping centres with the latest collections and new experiences. For lovers of high fashion, food and fiesta, over 1,200 stores and 70 signature outlets will beckon for your attention. The Dubai Mall is also the ultimate family entertainment destination. Find yourself in front of the largest aquarium in the world and absorb the most mysterious marine life with over 150 varieties of aquatic species. Witness a few more as you cross the 48-meter long walk-through tunnel. Got nerves? Be a little adventurous and opt for cage snorkelling and shark diving activities. Indeed, it’s a life-long memorable experience. Other activities that may lure travellers include the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, children’s ‘edutainment’ concept Kidzania and a colossal indoor cinema complex.

8. Test your Skills at Ski Dubai

Dubai broke all the records with the opening of the region’s largest indoor ski resort in one of the world’s biggest malls – The Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai has five slopes with varying difficulties and inclines for skiers, from beginners to professionals. It’s also home to the world’s first indoor black diamond run for those who dare to take their skill to the next level. With attractions such as giant zorbing ball, ice cave, Mountain Thriller ride and more, the one-of-a-kind winter wonderland gives you access to polar activities like no other. The latest introduction of Gentoo and King Penguins adds an extra element of fun to your visit to Ski Dubai. With professional guides, learn to ski and hit the main slopes in no time!

9. Enjoy Bird’s Eye View of Dubai from a Helicopter

With a skyline as spellbinding as that of Dubai, who can resist a helicopter tour where you get to see one of the best manmade marvels of the world from a different view. Nothing is more engrossing than a helicopter tour ride above and around the city. You don’t need an entire day, just a 30-minute circuit will do, where the aerial tour will take you around the city. Soar above the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab and other top sights. Hover around the Burj Khalifa; glide over The World, the man-made archipelago in the Persian Gulf shaped like a map; and snap photos as your pilot points out the main landmarks.

10. Go Shop Hopping

If you have covered all the tourist places in Dubai, it’s time to uncover the shopping centres in the biggest and largest markets, souks and malls in Dubai. The Dubai Mall, a tourist’s favourite is certainly a delight with international big brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Chanel, Burberry and more. All you’d want to do is to shop as soon as you enter the gates to the shopper’s heaven. This city has a wide range of shopping destinations and while the rich people’s playground is malls such as Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, the travellers and common people can linger longer at the Dubai Outlet Mall, Meena Bazaar Dubai and Dubai Gold Souk. For an alternative shopping experience, you can visit The Dubai Flea Market or the Mercato Mall in Jumeirah as it offers sight and ambience from the European Renaissance-era of France, Italy and Spain.

Dubai is like nowhere else on the planet and is a captivating place to visit. Often claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing city, from a small Gulf trading hub to one of the world’s most dazzling, spectacular and revolutionary urban destinations, Dubai is a paradise for every visitor. Visit Dubai for a week or just a short stopover, and you’ll be blown away by the clash of cultures, extreme luxury and world-famous architecture.

15 Most Amazing Places to Visit in Dubai

Still, wondering which place would be the best to make your upcoming vacation adventure-packed and enjoyable affair? Well, we would suggest you to stop pondering over and straightaway book cheap flights to Dubai the glitzy holiday hotspot of UAE. Yes, we are talking about none other than the “City of Gold”, DUBAI. The city will not let you rest and your heart will keep craving for more. Here you will have an ample dose of both culture and cosmopolitan. The high rises, shopping malls, amusement parks, museums and man-made marvels along with so much to explore and enjoy will make your trip to Dubai worth remembering for a lifetime. A few of the places discussed herein will help you plan your trip itinerary in a better way.

1. SKYDIVE INDOORS AT IFLY DUBAI IN MIRDIF CITY CENTRE

SKYDIVE INDOORS AT IFLY DUBAI IN MIRDIF CITY CENTRE
SKYDIVE INDOORS AT IFLY DUBAI IN MIRDIF CITY CENTRE

Skydiving is a predominant thing to do in Dubai. This is so because though you must have done skydiving at many other places where you were required to jump off the plane from a very high altitude and hence must have encountered the problem of children being disappointed, not being a part of the adventure. Keeping this in mind the Mirdif City Centre, a shopping mall in actual offers an alternative for the children to have a safe skydiving experience at lower altitudes. Here the flyers can fly at a good height in a 10-metre acrylic glass tunnel.

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 2. DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN

DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN
DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN

Al Barsha, the south region will truly amaze you with the presence of a beautiful mega garden amid the sandy desert which is one of its own kind and houses more than 45 million flowers which are manifested in the form of lovely edifices and elaborate sculptures. Saunter in the heavenly garden with an umbrella of colourful flowers to cover your head. This garden will provide ample opportunities to make memories with your family.

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3. GLOBAL VILLAGE

GLOBAL VILLAGE
GLOBAL VILLAGE

As the name signifies, Global Village is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dubai which remains inundated by tourists from all over the world especially in between the months of October till April. It constitutes around 40 pavilions each that represent different countries with different products to showcase. Delight your taste buds with cuisines of different countries and buy stuff like carpets from Afghanistan and honey from Yemen. There are also many activities for you to indulge into like amusement rides for adults and children as well as magic shows and comedy plays.

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4. KITE BEACH

Dubai is mostly looked upon as a tourist destination for its astounding beaches. These keep the families occupied and engaged on the trip. When we are talking about the beaches then how could we forget the famous Kite Beach. The beach offers great excitement to all the visitors who bask upon the crystalline beaches and take a dip into the emerald water. There are other activities also available at the Kite Beach like Skate Park and outdoor trampolines.

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5. AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK

AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK
AQUAVENTURE WATERPARK

The famous Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai will surely steal the heart of your kids. The shark lagoon, water tubes and varied rides as well as the Children’s Play Area will also offer you some retreat away from the children who will keep busy in their own little world at the Aquaventure WaterPark. The experience you will have here will quench your adventure thirst for quite a long time. Relax and have a sunbath on the private beach of Atlantis, the Palm amid a calm and serene setting.

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 6. WILD WADI WATERPARK

WILD WADI WATERPARK
WILD WADI WATERPARK

A splash of water is a real relief from the warm ambience of Dubai and it would really be fun to get that splash with the friendliest mammals on the earth, the dolphins at the Dolphin Bay. There are packages available that could be purchased as per the need and preferences like Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin Adventure. The degrees of closeness and affinity you will experience with the dolphins will depend upon the package that you will purchase. If you simply wish to swim with the dolphins or go scuba diving then go for the Royal Swim Package or Dolphin Scuba Dive Package.

7. DOLPHIN BAY

DOLPHIN BAY
DOLPHIN BAY

The friendliest mammals on the planet are Dolphins and they are really very playful and intelligent creatures. Dolphin Bay should not be missed from your travel list as you will regret it a lot later. Ideally located in Atlantis, the Palm Dolphin Bay gives you ample opportunities to swim and get close to these cute animals. Dolphin Scuba Dive package offers you a chance to do some diving with the dolphins and to get the tingling sensation as your skin rubs with them while swimming when you go for Royal swim Package.

8. DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO

DUBAI AQUARIUM
DUBAI AQUARIUM

Dubai Aquarium and the underwater zoo features the largest tank in the world which is an attraction worth visiting while in Dubai with family. Dubai Mall houses this enthralling activity for its visitors to experience the marine life. The Underwater zoo has a massive count of more than 33,000 aquatic animals which includes the largest number of sand tiger sharks. You can take a stroll through the elongate glass tunnel while observing these unique water animals or can also try water activities like cage snorkelling and a large variety of dives.

9. DUBAI CAMEL SAFARI IN THE DESERT

DUBAI CAMEL SAFARI IN THE DESERT
DUBAI CAMEL SAFARI IN THE DESERT

Whether you are doing it on a camel or having a gala time in a 4 wheeler, a desert safari will always delight the visitors and hence is the major attraction of Dubai. A desert safari is indeed a very challenging task in itself which could be enjoyed in a unique way on the white powdery sand dunes of Dubai with the family or in groups. On the Safari trip itself, you could enjoy the delicious delicacies of Arabian cuisine and also regional dance programs which are either or not a part of the desert safari trip package which you purchase.

10. BURJ KHALIFA

BURJ KHALIFA
BURJ KHALIFA

Burj Khalifa is a well-acknowledged landmark in Dubai which needs no introduction. It is again a must-visit attraction while on a trip to this amazing land of luxury. Till date, it is the tallest man-made building in the whole universe. One can get a breathtaking view of the splendid city, its oceans, and desert from the exquisite lounges of Burj Khalifa.

11. SKI DUBAI

Dubai is not everything about deserts, beaches and malls and if you are having apprehensions about the warm weather of Dubai then the water park is not only the last resort at your disposal. The mall of Emirates is another rescue to beat the heat. Here you will get the chance to experience the cold winter feeling at Ski Dubai during the summertime also. You can spend your time doing shopping at ease while your children will have some fun-filled moments playing with the snow, throwing snow at each other, or just simply grabbing the ski boards and getting up and down the slopes.

12. THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN

THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN
THE DUBAI FOUNTAIN

Dubai Fountain is one of the most popular and happening attractions in Dubai. It adorns the beautiful Burj Khalifa Lake located in the middle of the city of Gold. The beautiful coloured water of the fountain dances on melodious Arabian music and shoots up to a height of 150 meters into the air. The music system of the fountain is operated from close by Dubai Mall.

13. DUBAI ICE RINK

The Dubai Mall is certainly the favourite attraction of people in Dubai and also houses many entertainment activities for adults and children alike. The Olympic size ice rink is one of such attraction that complements the others. The Ice rink is not only for the professionals who are experts at skating but also for the amateurs who are still learning or wish to try this thrilling activity once. The rink is open to people of all age groups whether a six-year-old child or a sixty year old elderly. There is a provision of a few extra activities for the children like the Skating program under the proficient guidance of professionals.

 14DISCOVER THE OLD TOWN OF DUBAI

DISCOVER THE OLD TOWN OF DUBAI
DISCOVER THE OLD TOWN OF DUBAI

Let your children explore the old town of Dubai on the Creek by taking a cruise on the traditional “Abra Road” The ancient side of Dubai flaunts rich culture and heritage, making it one of the most visited places in Dubai city. You can bask upon the narrow streets of famous souks of textiles, spices and gold and also visit the Dubai Museum. Bastakiya is another little town area with an exuberant wind tower and lovely surroundings. You will indeed love this side of Dubai too.

15. DUBAI CITY TOUR

DUBAI CITY TOUR
DUBAI CITY TOUR

Taking a city tour of Dubai is one of the top-rated attractions in Dubai. One can anytime hop off at any of the places of choice and spend as much time as desired.  After spending good quality time with the family one can again hop on the bus to the next upcoming spots on the way. To keep the people entertained and informed on the journey, commentaries are given in 12 languages and in the voice of famous cartoon characters like Ali, Alice, Ghantoot and the Arabian Orynx. This commentary is really very helpful to equip oneself with the necessary details related to the place they are visiting.

Besides the things discussed above Dubai is a hub of attractions that are beyond imagination. One must definitely plan a family tour to Dubai once in a lifetime as this one city of UAE will suffice your wanderlust to the supreme. There would be nothing left which your heart desires of a perfect adventure-packed and fun-filled vacation.