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Things to do in Dubai: A top 15 list of must sees

Dubai really knows how to create headlines! Call it impressive or mind-boggling. From seven-star properties to manmade islands to underwater hotels – this city knows how to pique people’s curiosity. No wonder this ‘getaway between the east and west’ has successfully earned its reputation as a tourism, trade, and logistics hub.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you realize it’s unstoppable when it comes to amazing the world with its marvellous creations. A new project is announced every now and then to generate interest among travellers making it a hot tourist destination. So, excited to explore the wonders of this gorgeous city? If yes, then check out some of the best travel deals for Dubai to make your Dubai visit exciting and enchanting. You can Increase your fun quotient in Dubai by soaking in different experiences.

Here is a list of top 15 things to do in Dubai:

1. Visit the Burj Khalifa

‘To build castles (read skyscrapers) in the air’ isn’t just an expression when you visit this magnificent centrepiece. Start Dubai sightseeing with the tallest building “Burj Khalifa”. This shimmering tower is a sight to behold.

2. Shop at the Dubai Mall

Muslims Celebrate Eid Al- Adha In Dubai

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view of Dubai Mall ahead of Eid celebrations on September 9, 2016, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca which thousands of Muslims all over the world embark on. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

It is massive and you really need to see it, to believe. What makes this mall a famous tourist destination? Right from myriad shopping and eating options, it offers a 22-screen cinema, an indoor theme park and a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo. The spectacular Dubai Fountain starting every evening at 6 pm adds icing to this delectable experience.

3. Ski at the Mall of Emirates

Skiing literally sounds unbelievable in a desert city. But wait till you experience this! Every bit of it is worthy of boasting among your friends. Enjoy a genuinely great ski experience with the longest run at around 1,300 feet at this indoor ski spot.

4. Explore the Ibn Battuta Mall

the Ibn Battuta Mall in dubai

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The world’s largest theme-based mall can be seen as a tribute to the famous Moroccan explorer, Ibn Battuta known for his extensive travels. Divided into six sections where each represents the country that he visited – Andalucía, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China, it features 275 retailers, 50 restaurants and 21 cinema screens. If not shopping, then at least the grand decoration will amaze you.

5. Go for Palm Cruise

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Get a glimpse of Dubai’s ambitious project, ‘The World’ featuring a series of man-made islands shaped like various continents of the Earth. Sail around Palm Island and get stunned.

6. Hit the sands with the Desert Safari

A rollercoaster ride of its own kind – it’s a must for everyone visiting Dubai. For a more enthralling experience, try the evening safari. With stars as your companion, enjoy dune bashing, BBQ dinner and camping.

7. Haggle at Deira Gold Souq

Haggle at Deira Gold Souq

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All that glitter is gold here. One of the best places in the world to buy gold, you will be blinded by the glitz of this bazaar. The quest for King Solomon’s Mines quite literally ends here once you enter the ‘City of Gold’. But be ready to haggle to get good bargains.

8. Feel Royal at Burj Al Arab



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Nobody ever comes to Dubai in search of an understatement. Burj Al Arab with its opulent grandeur and luxury not only dominates Dubai’s skyline but also every tourist’s imagination. This seven-star the establishment is flanked with everything surreal – from underwater seafood restaurant to the exotic glass elevator. Looking for some royal treatment? You need nothing but pots of gold.

9. Go ‘wow’ at Dubai Miracle Garden


It’s nothing short of a breathtaking oasis. If you’re expecting vast stretches of sand, then you’ll be astounded to find the world’s biggest natural flower garden. Over 45 million flowers are fashioned in the shape of hearts, stars, igloos, pyramids and so on. Hold your breath and take in lots of freshness.

10. Go Wild at the Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park - top water parks in dubai

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What makes this one of the top things to do in Dubai for kids and adults alike? With more than a dozen ingeniously interconnected rides, it scores big-time if you’re looking out for family fun time.

11. Have fun at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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Witness the incredible marine life at this colossal aquarium. It homes almost 3300 sea creatures. Also, if you are looking for a super exciting adventure then don a wetsuit and head over for shark diving.
A Journey through 3 eco-zones: rainforest, rocky shore and living ocean in the underwater zoo. Meet lots of rare and interesting denizens. Like a cheeky archerfish that catch insects by shooting water, spooky giant spider crabs and much more.

12. Swirl in the Dubai Ice Rink

Swirl in the Dubai Ice Rink

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Friendly instructors, good ambience and plenty of space make it a must-visit for first-timers as well as experienced skaters. A perfect place to set your spirit free and make beautiful memories!

13. Touch the sky with Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning

Glide over the tranquil desert in a hot air balloon as the sun starts to rise. Bask in the glory of morning skies, away from the glitz and glamour of this desert city.

14. Eat at Ravi

No holiday is well spent without tasting the local delicacies. This is a legendary Pakistani eatery, dating from 1978. It offers various delicacies – from spicy curries to succulent grilled meats and creamy daal. This makes it a delectable treat for epicureans. Pocket friendliness makes this place all the more irresistible. Eat like a prince and pay like a pauper!

15. Race Nights at Meydan Racecourse

Don’t like horse racing? Even so, attending one in a futuristic stadium with a grandstand bigger than airport terminals is worth watching. Spanning across 16km with solar and titanium panelled roof, it can accommodate 60,000 spectators. The stadium also integrates a five-star hotel.

With world-class attractions at its doorstep, the diversity of Dubai’s offerings will leave you wanting for more.

Guest Post by Sakshi Kaushik

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