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Dubai: 10 things to do

Anyone who has ever searched the internet about things to do in Dubai would know that there is no dearth of interesting things to do in this Emirate city. What was once a mere desert land has today become one of the most luxurious cities in the world. Be it a family holiday, a romantic honeymoon, or a fun holiday with friends, Dubai would not disappoint you, as you would easily find something to do in Dubai as per your age and interests. While seeing and doing everything that Dubai has on offer is impossible in one visit, there are some things that you should not miss. On this note, let us look at top 10 best things to do in Dubai.

Take a Ride on Ain Dubai

Dubai is a city that has several world records, and Ain Dubai is the latest to join the list. Standing at the height of 250 meters, Ain Dubai is the tallest as well as the largest Ferris Wheel on earth. Located on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai gives you an aerial view of the entire city as well as the Arabian Gulf. Hop into one of the 48 capsules and enjoy an uninterrupted view of the city and gather information on its major landmarks. Other than the observation capsules, Ain Dubai also has social and private cabins where you can enjoy a drink as well as host a party while enjoying the view.

Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai

Skate on Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai is a desert city, and ice skating would be the last thing on your mind. However, the city would surprise you as it has one of the biggest Olympic-sized Ice Rink you would have ever seen. Spanning an area of 1500 square meters, the Dubai Ice Rink is located inside Dubai Mall. Oval in shape, the Dubai Ice Rink has several ice skating sessions for those interesting. The public session lasts for 105 minutes and gives you the chance to improve your ice skating skills. Apart from this, you can also enjoy freestyle skating, family DJ party, Dubai snowfall, DJ night disco, etc. here.

Ice Rink

Have Fun at IMG Worlds of Adventure

The IMG Worlds of Adventure is another record-breaking attraction here. Spread around an area of 1.5 million square feet, this is the biggest indoor theme park in the world. The entire park is temperature-controlled, making it the best place to visit throughout the year. The IMG Worlds of Adventure is divided into different zones, namely Lost Valley, Marvel, IMG Boulevard, and Cartoon Network. Each zone has numerous thrilling rides and other attractions, depending on its theme. The place also offers several dining and shopping opportunities to its visitors.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Visit the Observation Deck of Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is an attraction in Dubai that does not require much introduction. Located in Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Reaching the height of 828 meters, this building can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The best way to see the interiors of the building is to visit one of its observation decks, either on the 124th or the 148th floor. From both these observation decks, you would get to see a 360o bird’s eye view of the entire city. Alternatively, you can also choose to dine at the restaurant on the 122nd floor, where you can enjoy a delicious meal along with the view.

Dubai Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Feel the Adrenaline Rush while Sky Diving in Dubai

Dubai is not just about the skyline and the extravagant buildings and attractions. On the other hand, it is also known for its adventurous offerings, and Sky Diving is one of the most popular ones. Two locations are available for sky diving in Dubai, one is the Palm and the other is the desert. In either cases, you would get to enjoy an adrenaline rush like no other when you jump from an aircraft flying some 4000 feet above the ground. Beginners would go tandem jumping with a professional while licensed professionals can enjoy the dive on their own. Sky diving in Dubai is safe and enjoyable. You would also get the video of your dive to flaunt amongst your friends and family.

Sky Diving
Sky Diving

Witness the Glorious Palm Islands at The View at the Palm

Up until now, the only way of seeing the aerial view of the Palm Jumeirah was either going on a helicopter ride or sky diving. However, with the introduction of The View at the Palm, this problem has been resolved. Located on the level 52 of The Palm Tower at Nakheel Mall, The View gives you 360o view of the Palm Jumeirah along with the Arabian Gulf. From this observation deck, you would get a clear view of the palm island, along with its 16 fronds as well as Hotel Atlantis at the center. Here, there is also The View Exhibition, which is a creative exhibition, which would give you all the information about the development of the Palm Island.

The View at The Palm
The View at The Palm

Explore Dubai Mall

Located next to Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall is one of the largest malls in the world. Home to more than 1200 retail stores, it is a heaven for shopping lovers. From clothes to gold jewelry and from furniture to electronics, there is nothing you cannot purchase here. However, this is not the only thing you can do here. On the other hand, Dubai Mall has some amazing attractions that you can spend your entire day here even if you do not want to indulge in shopping. VR Park Dubai, KidZania Dubai, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Fountain Show, etc. are few of the attractions that you should check out here.

Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall

Visit Dubai’s Past at Old Dubai

The glitz and glamour of Dubai are the first things that come to mind when we think of the city. However, just a few decades ago, Dubai was a simple fishing village. And if you want to take a peek into the past, a visit to Old Dubai is a must. Start with the Dubai Museum, where you would get to know about the history, culture, and heritage of the city. Then there is the Bastakiya Quarter, which is the oldest neighborhood of the city. Apart from this, shopping in the Dubai souks, riding an abra on the Dubai Creek, and visiting the SMCCU (Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding) are some of the interesting things you can do here.

Old Dubai
Old Town

Enjoy Desert Safari in Dubai

The desert safari is one of the ultimate things to do in Dubai. While different types of desert safaris are available, the most popular is the evening desert safari. It begins late in the afternoon and goes on till late at night. While you are at the desert camp, you get to experience some amazing adventures like dune bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, and camel riding. There are also some entertainment programs, namely Tanoura dancing and belly dancing. You also get to enjoy a delicious 3-course BBQ meal at the desert safari. If you want to spend more time in the desert, you can also opt for overnight desert safari.

Desert Safari
Desert Safari

Enjoy a Relaxing Dhow Cruise

Dubai has numerous restaurants, and many of them have a unique theme. One such restaurant is the dhow cruise. Dhows were used for transportation in the earlier times. Today, they have been converted into floating restaurants while keeping the essence of the dhows intact. Dhow cruises happen on both Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. Depending on the location you choose, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city. The 2-hour cruise includes a 3-course meal, which includes both local and international dishes. You would also be entertained with a mesmerizing performance by a Tanoura dancer.

Dhow Cruise Dubai
Dhow Cruise

These 10 things to do in Dubai only touch the surface of what Dubai has on offer. But if you are on a short holiday in Dubai, these are some of the things that you should not miss seeing and doing in this glamorous Emirate city.

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Author: Pranitaa Purohit from Dubai Ice Rink

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