We’ve compiled a list of the ultimate Dubai bucket list! With so many iconic things to do in the emirate, how many have you ticked off your list?
At The Top, the Burj Khalifa
Can you really visit Dubai without taking in the world’s tallest building? On a clear day you can see this icon from almost anywhere in Dubai! Impressive from both the inside and outside, this is a view you don’t want to miss.
When to go: 4 or 5pm to take in the sunset then go and watch…..
The Dubai Fountains
With an ever-changing soundtrack and the breathtaking backdrop that is the Burj Khalifa, we think our dancing fountains more than rival Las Vegas’ famous Bellagio Fountains. With performances every half an hour, it is worth booking a table at a restaurant in Souk Al Bahar or outside at Dubai Mall to truly get the Dubai Fountains experience.
When to go: Thursday, Friday or Saturday night between 8 and 10pm – it will be busy but it is worth it for the atmosphere
Take a boat trip!
Whether you are looking for a party out at sea or a more relaxed tour of the coastline, you can’t come to Dubai without hitting the water! We suggest starting your journey from the marina, coasting round the Palm Jumeirah past Atlantis before finally getting that iconic pic in front of the Burj Al Arab.
When to go: Any day of the week, start around 3-4pm and book a boat for a few hours making sure to take in sunset! Xclusive yachts provide a variety of yacht options perfect for any size of party, prices are reasonable and include soft drinks and bar service.
The famous Dubai brunch is somewhat of an institution here, be it a relaxed family brunch or the wildest party going, there’s something for everyone. There are literally hundreds of options to choose from for any budget or demographic!
When / where to go: Friday is the most popular day for brunch but, for something more relaxed, there are many great Saturday brunches also. For the ultimate brunch experience in a beautiful setting, we suggest Al Qasr or Mina A Salam!
Go Sky Diving!
If it’s good enough for Will Smith and Sheikh Hamden, it’s good enough for us! Whether you are a thrill seeker or just doing it for the ‘gram, there aren’t many locations globally which offer such an iconic shot as you throw yourself out of a plane at 13,000 ft over the Palm Jumeirah.
Where to go: Skydive Dubai offer tandem Skydives daily all year round starting from as early as 6am however winter offers the best conditions for jumping
While it’s not the most economical way to get round, it is without a doubt the best way! Choose a 45-60 minute ride to get the best experience which will take you from the Palm Jumeirah, past the Burj Khalifa and the Creek and then down to the marina.
When / where to go: Fly High Dubai Heli tours do daily flights over Dubai departing from Atlantis The Palm. The best time to go is between October and December when the humidity is low and the conditions are less windy
Visit Old Dubai
Before the skyscrapers and super cars, Dubai was a centre for fishing and pearling. ‘Old Dubai’ still retains much of its original character in the many souks in Deira where you can find textiles, spices, perfume and gold at rock bottom prices. Be prepared to haggle and barter with the charismatic tradesmen – it’s all part of the fun!
When / where to go: Any day! We recommend going across to Deira and getting an abra across the creek – remember to take some small change as this is one place in Dubai that does not accept credit card!
The world’s largest and, arguably, the most impressive mall – a trip to Dubai is incomplete without a visit to Dubai Mall which houses over 1,300 shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets. Home to an aquarium, an Olympic size ice rink and a virtual reality park – there’s always something interesting to see at Dubai Mall whether it’s an art installation suspended from the ceiling or the human waterfall Make sure your phone is charged and get ready for your Instastory to be a Dubai Mall takeover!
When to go: While we enjoy the hustle and bustle of a weekend, the mall can become somewhat overwhelming at peak times so to avoid the crowds we’d suggest visiting on a week day or a weekend morning
Go on a desert safari
Get those perfect sunset desert pics by taking a desert safari where you will enjoy countless activities such as dune bashing, camel riding and falconry displays before enjoying traditional Middle Eastern food and entertainment.
When to go: Any time of year – there are many desert options from budget to luxury!
Sunrise cycle at Al Qudra Cycle Track
Set your alarm because this one is for the early risers! Suitable for riders of all abilities, the track is 86 kilometres and boasts stunning views of the desert. You can rent a bicycle close to the track but make sure you pre-book to ensure bike availability.
When to go: Any time of year but the autumn / winter months will be less of challenge with the heat. Get there before sunrise so you can enjoy the sun rising as you ride!