Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE
Must see sights in Dubai
The city of Dubai UAE is one of the most popular holiday destinations, along with Saudi Arabia.

If you are planning a trip to Dubai UAE for the first time, the city of Dubai (also known as the city of Gold) is an exciting and vibrant cosmopolitan city home to famed Dubai Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the World.

In fact, the city is known as a shopper’s paradise and, apart from retail shopping, one of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE is to shop in one of the many souks (markets).

Dubai UAE is a great holiday destination all year-round but June through July are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures between 40°C (105°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the day.

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE: Fun Activities

Sand dune jeep ride

A sand dune jeep ride on the Arabian Desert is perhaps one of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE. There are many companies that offer a sand dune ride, but the Jeep ride typically is done on a 4WD and lasts around an hour.

Indoor Skiing

Enjoying a few runs on the indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, is another of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE. Ski Dubai is located on the Mall of Emirates and has five slopes with different difficulty to suit everyone.

Helicopter and Hot Air Balloon Tour

For a different perspective of the city of Dubai, a helicopter or hot air balloon tour will allow you to get magnificent views of Dubai's landmarks such as Dubai Creek, Burj Dubai Tower and Dubai Marina among others.


Exploring the city by sea is another of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE. A typical Dubai cruise will take you along ‘The Palms’ and ‘The World’ famed landmarks.

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE: Places of Interest

Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque, located near the Ruler's Court, features one of the tallest minarets in the Dubai UAE, and one of the biggest mosques in the United Arab Emirates.

Visiting the Grand Mosque are night is perhaps the best time to admire this beautiful structure, as the mosque is lit up at night.

Heritage and Diving Village

Those of you interested in soaking in ancient Dubai can do so at the Heritage and Diving Village.

The village, located next to the Grand Mosque, is a magnificent Bedouin Village replica which features people dressed in traditional clothing, as well as period artifacts and more.

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum (which is actually the Al Fahidi Fort) is another excellent place where you can see more period artifacts and learn more about Dubai’s earlier way of life through dioramas.

Dubai Creek Abra ride

Taking an Abra ride or taxi ride along the creek is another fun way to explore Dubai’s natural outdoors, and see Dubai’s famed dhows.

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE: Shopping

As mentioned earlier, shopping is one of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE, and the Dubai shopping scene encompasses over fifty shopping malls and a variety of traditional markets, where you can shop for bargain items.

One of the most popular fun things to do in Dubai UAE is shop for gold souvenirs and gift items to take home. For instance, Deira Gold Souk (located on the Old district of Deira) is one of the best places to shop for gold goods.

Those of you interested in up-scale shopping and a trendier dining scene, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, located alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, are a great place to hang-out, and enjoy some great shopping at the famed ‘The Boulevard’.

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE: Nightlife & Entertainment

Dubai UAE has a lively and buzzing night scene, as well as strict laws regarding alcohol. In fact, most of the clubs that serve alcohol in Dubai UAE are located in hotels so, it is worth checking with your hotel regarding their alcoholic drink policy.

Also note that you have to be over 21 years of age to drink alcohol and over 25 years of age to get into a club.

Fun Things to do in Dubai UAE: Festivals & Events

The Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival, held in late January, is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular events in Dubai, and one of the best times to travel to Dubai to grab some bargains.

During the festival, visitors can grab absolute bargains as shop owners offer their merchandise at a much discounted price.

Dubai Summer Surprises

The Dubai Summer Surprises, held from June through August, is a popular event geared towards families, where kids can enjoy a multitude of fun activities such as bouncy castles and face painting competitions.


Ramadan month, held on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the holiest months of the year in every Islamic country.

Countries such as Egypt and Syria also celebrate Ramadan, and if you intend to travel to Dubai UAE during this time, it’s important to remember that is holy and sensitive time.

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