Things to do in Dubai

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Our most recommended things to do in Dubai

From Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, BBQ, Al Khayma Camp

1. From Dubai: Red Dune Safari, Camel Ride, BBQ, Al Khayma Camp

Embark on an unforgettable day-to-evening journey across the Dubai Desert. Experience the thrill of driving through red sand dunes and feel the hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp, where you can partake in interactive cultural activities and feast on a delicious BBQ buffet. Drive out of the bustling city and into the peaceful desert aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When you arrive, enjoy a relaxing rest stop and go on an optional quad bike ride.  Next, sit back and strap in for a dune-bashing ride across the stunning red dunes of the Lehbab Desert. For an extra kick of adrenaline, get the chance to try out sandboarding. Continue to Al Khayma Camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Say hello to the camp’s resident camels and, if you’d like, go on a 10-minute camel ride across the sand. During your time at the camp, you can smoke Shisha, do a Henna painting, and meet the resident falcon expert and his loyal bird.  The buffet barbecue begins at sunset. While you eat, be entertained by a local Bedouin show. Finish your dinner on a high note with a tasting of various local desserts. As a final treat, the camp will go dark, giving you the opportunity to take in the peaceful ambiance of a desert night before being returned to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

2. Dubai: Half-Day Desert Safari, Camel Ride & Quad Bike Option

After pickup from your hotel in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, head off with your local guide to the desert, just 45 minutes from Dubai. Upon reaching the Lahbab Desert, be welcomed into an air-conditioned tent with refreshments and time to relax. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can try some optional quad biking and take a ride over the beautiful red dunes of the Dubai desert. Next, you will hit the desert for a dune bashing experience in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Feel your stomach leap as you ride up and down the tall red dunes. Marvel at how the vehicle tackles impossibly steep inclines and the uneven terrain of the sand.  After dune bashing, you will have a chance to try sandboarding or simply admire the scenery around you. Make sure you take plenty of photos of the scenic desert landscape.  Next, stop at the red dunes desert and enjoy a camel ride in the open desert. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort as you enjoy soft drinks, water, and Arabic tea or coffee with dates before getting dropped back at your hotel in Dubai.

Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

3. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Take the world’s fastest elevator as you ascend Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Holding the title as the world's tallest building, ride up to the 125th floor and check out the view from the observation deck balcony. The Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai at a staggering 2,723ft. Enjoy the aerial view of the surrounding emirate with 360-degree panoramas. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this Middle Eastern icon while seeing views of the city through one of the deck's telescopes. Purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music playing on the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain, set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, from your viewpoint.

Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

4. Dubai: International Airport Premium Lounge Entry

Enjoy your time at the airport by spending it in the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Dubai International Airport. Treat yourself to delicious international cuisine including authentic Arabic and Asian dishes, and stay refreshed with a wide variety of beverages including alcohol. Take a load off in the spacious luxury lounge, located on Level 4, Concourse A, in Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The area offers comfortable seating and a delectable array of Arabic, Asian, and international cuisine freshly prepared in the site's kitchen. Sip on brewed tea and coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages from the well-stocked Aerobar. Connect to the free WiFi, enjoy dedicated smoking rooms, and refresh with a relaxing private shower. There is also a specially designed children's play area with sustainable wooden toys for younger travelers.

Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Level 124 or 125 Combo Ticket

5. Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Level 124 or 125 Combo Ticket

Experience the magic of Dubai with a combined ticket to 2 of the city's most amazing attractions, and discover the Dubai Aquarium and the Burj Khalifa on the same day. From the depths of the ocean to the skies above upgrade your Burj Khalifa visit with an enchanting encounter with 485 aquatic species at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Start by traveling to the top of Dubai's most iconic monument with a pre-booked entrance ticket to the Burj Khalifa. Once you have selected your time slot, take the world’s fastest elevator to the observation floor on level 124 of the world’s tallest building. Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramas across the city, desert, and Gulf. Learn more about the architecture and technology behind this unique skyscraper. Enter the world’s largest suspended aquarium. Admire thousands of aquatic animals from around the world, including rare species such as the King Crocodile and Sand Tiger Sharks. Discover three ecological zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. 

Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

6. Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Avoid the crowds and treat yourself to a premium experience on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, including access to the outdoor terrace of the world's highest observation deck. Select the sunset option to enjoy the city as the sun sets over the skyline.  Ascend the 555-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, starting at the SKY Lounge. Watch as specially designed projections let you “fly” over city landmarks en route. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music that can be heard through the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain set on the Burj Khalifa Lake from your panoramic viewpoint. Descend to ground level, where a new exhibition allows you to relive the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Hear testimonials from the brains behind the building, from the interiors to the landscaping, architecture, and more.

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

7. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Al Khayma Camp

Discover the desert outside of Dubai on a guided dune bashing safari. Enjoy the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional activities including a quad bike ride, camel ride or dinner and entertainment with an extended tour option. You will be picked up from your hotel or selected location by your tour guide. Then, drive to the Dubai desert and after a short break, you can experience the thrilling dune bashing session with trained drivers. You can also try out sandboarding and snap some amazing photos of the rolling dunes. Proceed to the Al Khayma camp for the optional camel ride and included refreshments. The 7-hour tour participants will continue to enjoy some entertainment shows and have a delicious BBQ dinner at the camp. As the tour comes to an end you will be dropped back to your hotel/building.

Dubai: La Perle by Dragone Entry Tickets

8. Dubai: La Perle by Dragone Entry Tickets

Take advantage of a pre-booked ticket to see La Perle by Dragone. The performance features a cast of 65 artists, each bringing their own unique skillset to the performance. See actors and acrobats in aquatic and aerial stunts during the fast-paced live show. La Perle combines the spirit of Dubai with an iconic aqua stage to deliver an unforgettable spectacle in, on, and above water. Performers dive into the pool on stage and fly through the theater at spectacular heights, creating a visually captivating experience. Located in the heart of Dubai at Al Habtoor City, La Perle is the region’s first resident show with its own purpose-built theater. The venue provides a unique experience for audience members. With just 14 rows in the 1,300-seat theater, the audience is close to the action.

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

9. Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

Enjoy thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East, on dozens of rides and waterslides. With your day ticket, prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon. Ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an inner tube and take a trip on the rapids of a tidal river. Test your nerves on the exhilarating Ziggurat, and plunge more than 27 meters down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. Unwind on a private beach, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments from on-site restaurants. Take the little ones to Splashers, a water playground especially for kids.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Day Ticket

10. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Day Ticket

Walk through the Aquarium Tunnel and experience life under the water. Marvel at the giant 10 million-liter tank which contains more than 33,000 aquatic animals and the world's largest collection of sand tiger sharks. After exploring the aquarium tunnel continue to the Underwater Zoo, which provides an interactive approach to education on the ecology and sustainability of marine life. Marvel at the various exotic species. The journey consists of three ecological zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean.  Meet playful otters and penguins, and don’t miss your chance to see one of the largest crocodiles in the world, King Croc and his Queen at the Underwater Zoo.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 245,795 reviews

All the experience was excellent!!! We had a great time in the dessert and in the camp!!! Ahsan was the best, very kind and helpful, he took care of us and always with smile. He made our trip the best memory!!! This experience worths every penny..!!

The dessert Safari was amazing. full of enjoyment. we had Hanif as our driver. We booked for the private tour for me and my wife. We both enjoyed the evening, with having Hanif as our driver.

I would like to leave a positive review for Adnan who took us on a tour around Dubai - Photography was amazing. Thankyou

Great experience! We love it! Mr guide/ driver is nice too.

All good apart from huge waiting for have 40’’ of fun