Beach Jumeirah

Dubai: Things to Do

The Best Sights and Experiences

Home to the world’s tallest building and largest shopping mall in addition to its pristine beaches, modern marvels and a host of events, Dubai is known in the world as the land of records and record-breakers.

One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the city is considered as one of the top 10 destinations in the world in terms of travel and tourism whether for leisure, business or shopping purposes.

Located southeast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai has the largest population in the UAE with over 3 million, comprised of more than 200 nationalities. Arabic is the nation’s official language but English is widely spoken by residents and visitors alike.

The culture of Dubai is strongly rooted in Islamic traditions but the city perfectly blends the ancient and modern traditions with its diverse and vibrant culture, thus attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe all year-round. The emirate is safe, family-friendly and multicultural environment has citizens, expatriates and visitors mingle in a relaxed lifestyle.

Attracting demand from a wide range of segments, the government has positioned Dubai as one of the most-sought after destinations worldwide that has so much to offer and as a result Dubai continues to be the location of choice for business professional and the pleasure seeker.

Explore Dubai, the land of records and record-breakers

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Dolphin Bay, Palm Jumeirah

Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is less of an aquarium and more of a marine mammal theme park: it was the first (and remains the largest) fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East. It’s very child-friendly, and although spectators can’t observe the dolphins at rest or play, families can enjoy activities and performances. The facility features one show pool surrounded by arena-style seating, three training pools and a 600,000-litre private habitat for the dolphins, plus a separate area for seals. Learn More

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

This sizeable aquarium tank, with the world’s largest acrylic panel, is guaranteed to make you gasp can be found in Dubai Mall. Of the 140-plus species in the tank, the sand tiger sharks are perhaps the most thrilling, looming over you as they stalk the darkest parts of the walk-through tunnel. If you take one of the guided tours through the aquarium, you might even get a shark tooth to keep (don’t worry, the management don’t pull them out – they just collect the ones that fall out naturally). Learn More

The Lost Chambers at Atlantis

The Lost Chambers at Atlantis

True to the hotel’s name, The Lost Chambers are themed on the ancient Greek city of Atlantis, said to have sunk to the bottom of the sea. As part of the attraction, there’s a story woven in about how these original ‘chambers’ were discovered, complete with supposedly authentic relics on display throughout the venue. The theme, albeit fantastical, does provide an atmospheric setting, and the dimmed lighting ensures the illuminated tanks look spectacular. The centrepiece is the huge Ambassador Lagoon, which houses hundreds of creatures. Learn More

La Mer Beach

La Mer

La Mer is known for its top seaside restaurants, cafés and plethora of ice cream parlours. Beach bars MASTI and Stars ’N’ Bars are at either end of the quarter, providing al fresco dining and drinking with magnificent views from outdoor terraces. The picture-pretty shoreline is lined with brightly painted beach huts and is open for swimming from sunrise to sunset. While patrolling security forbid anyone from a dip in the dark, you can still sit on the beach and listen to the sound of the waves long after the sun sets. It’s perfect to chill out on after a hard day’s slipping and sliding around the family-friendly Laguna Waterpark. Learn More

Jumeirah Beach

Kite Beach

This huge and wide beach boasts plenty of room for you, your family, friends, neighbours, neighbours’ friends and more to gather on. It’s teaming with activities including everything from skate parks to mini bungee jumping, highrope courses to a running track. Plus, there’s also the human slingshot from XDubai. Watersports are also popular and include kayaking, paddleboarding and water skiing to turn a lazy day into something much more adventurous. Plus, plenty of what’s suggested by the name. Want to walk or jog along the coastline? Kite Beach’s 14km track is the perfect spot. After all that exercise and working up an appetite you can refuel at some of the city’s best street food stalls and food trucks including SALT and Taste of Brazil. Learn More

Beach - Jumeirah

Jumeirah Open Beach

Grab a book and head to one of the quieter stretches of sand in the city. Not only will you be able to enjoy your read in peaceful surroundings, there also won’t be much else to look at. The once-clear sea views have been diminished by the view of Jumeirah Bay Island. If you’ve got a penchant for property, however, look in the other direction where you’ll see some of Dubai’s most stunning villas backing directly onto the golden sand. Forgot to bring your own novel? There’s a library unit on the beach and books can be borrowed for free. There are even comfy beanbags and tables to lounge around with lighting making it possible to read long into the night. Learn More

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park

Many visitors to this sizeable space make a beeline for the Dubai Dolphinarium to admire those most majestic of mammals, but there’s much more to Creek Park than aquatic acrobatics. Firstly, there’s the cable car – a 2.3km route that gives you a bird’s-eye view of this relaxing retreat from 30m in the sky. Then there’s Children’s City – the UAE’s first edutainment attraction of its kind, where youngsters can interactively explore more about the world around them. However, you certainly shouldn’t overlook the botanical gardens and rolling lawns that are perfect for a twilight stroll. But if you fancy things a bit faster-paced, test out your racing skills with a few laps round the go-kart track. Learn More

Al Safa Park

Al Safa Park

Despite being downsized for the arrival of the Dubai Water Canal, the green space off Sheikh Zayed Road remains one of the most popular in the city. On any given day you’ll find groups of families, teenagers, joggers, rollerbladers, yoga enthusiasts, kite-flyers and nature-lovers all enjoying the leafy environs. Predominately taken up by manicured lawns, the park is also home to about 200 species of birds and more than 16,000 varieties of trees and bushes. Learn More

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park

This is a family park where family can come and enjoy there day and specially the weekends. The white soft sand provide you with the opportunity to play and relax. People come here for the picnics with their families. The beach consist of toilet facilities, courts for volleyballs, a swimming pool and a very beautiful park. As of the low entry fee many people come from around the city and outside of the city. The total area of Jumeriah Beach Park is around twelve hectares. The park also contains the sitting places and play area for children’s. Beautiful chairs and tables make your picnic awesome. It is a marvelous painting of landscaping and environmental coordination. Looking down from an airplane, we could contemplate on architectural harmony mixed with a beautiful contrast of colors, where the blue gulf water floats on a golden shore followed by artistically designed green spaces. It was open for public in 1989 and after that improved a lot over the years. Learn More

Zabeel Park

Zabeel Park

At just Dhs5 to enter, this vast expanse is a total bargain, and one that bundles of Dubaians are more than happy to shell out for. The Gulf region’s first technology-themed park strikes the perfect balance between fun and education and at 47.5 hectares, it’s certainly big enough to cater for the swathes of families who descend here during peak leisure times. Along with a wide range of sporting activities on offer, including a full-size cricket ground, you can head up the Panoramic Tower for a great view of the surrounding area, catch an IMAX film at Mega Bowl or visit the wholly unique Dubai Garden Glow. Learn More

Shopping Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Huge shopping and leisure centre, with department stores, plus an ice rink, aquarium and a cinema. Learn More

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

Huge shopping mall with international department stores, a ski centre and a multi-screen cinema. Learn More

IBN Batuta Mall

IBN Batuta Mall

Mall with lifestyle/department stores, restaurants and a multiscreen cinema in travel-themed zones. Learn More

BurJuman Shopping Centre

BurJuman Shopping Centre

Within walking distance from the hotel. Designer fashion, lifestyle and jewellery stores in a shopping, residential and business complex. Learn More

Deira City Centre

Deira City Centre

Huge shopping centre with fashion, electronics and department stores, plus a multiscreen cinema. Learn More

Mirdif City Centre

Mirdif City Centre

Vast, sleek mall with fashion and department stores, hypermarket, food court and a 10-screen cinema. Learn More

Wafi City

Wafi City

Egyptian-style mall with fashion and department stores, plus replica ancient Arabian market. Learn More

Mercato Shopping Mall

Mercato Shopping Mall

Airy, Italian Renaissance-style shopping centre with lifestyle and fashion stores, cafes and cinema. Learn More

Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Mall is the first Outlet concept mall in the Middle East, a home to over 1200 of the world’s most premium and top fashion brands and 240 stores.
Dubai Outlet Mall aims at being the ultimate value retail destination, where you can enjoy intensive deals and discounts up to 90% on most of the brands, under one roof.
Dubai Outlet Mall is the perfect destination throughout the year. While you enjoy shopping, your family will enjoy the first Chuck E Cheese’s family entertainment center in the UAE, as well as the comprehensive food and beverage choices. Learn More

Sports Activities

The Dubai Desert Classic Golf Championship

The OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic was born in 1989 and is regarded as one of the European Tour’s most historic events that has helped to pave the way for golfs presence in the Middle East and create some of the most iconic moments in golf history.
Promoted and organised by Falcon and Associates, the tournament is fondly referred to as the ‘Major of the Middle East,’ because of its legacy and world-class field that it attracts every year. Learn More

Duty Free Tennis Championship

The Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the UAE sporting calendar and one of the most popular tournament stops for the ATP World Tour and the WTA Tour. Learn More

Dubai Rugby Sevens

Dubai Rugby Sevens

Established in 1970 and organised annually by Emirates Airline, the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is one the world’s leading international sevens event. Every year the tournament welcomes to The Sevens Stadium over 300 rugby & netball teams. Learn More

Dubai Fitness Challenge 30 x 30

Dubai Fitness Challenge 30 x 30

Launched in 2017, the challenge is simple: complete 30 minutes of activity each day for 30 days. Dubai Fitness Challenge helps create a fitness-focussed mindset and inspires us all to seek healthy, active lifestyles. With a month-long calendar of free workouts, exciting fitness events and wellness-centric entertainment, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to keep moving. Learn More

Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon

One of the world’s richest road races, the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon brings both professional runners and aspiring amateurs to tread in the footsteps of the record breakers who have run the path before, with 4km and 10km distances on offer for those who aren’t up for the full marathon. Learn More

Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in the region. It’s the home of three world-class theme parks and one water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, the grand entrance plaza, and a Polynesian themed family resort. With three theme parks and one waterpark, Dubai Parks and Resorts offers visitors a thrilling experience like no other. Featuring more than 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, this labyrinth of fun will keep young hearts enthralled. What’s more, at the centrally located Riverland entertainment and dining boulevard, visitors will find delightful options for the whole family. You can even stay in the middle of the action at Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort inside the park. Learn More

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet. With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day, the destination features roller coasters, thrill rides, and other attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and animatronic dinosaurs. Other facilities include a variety of themed retail stores and dining venues, and a 12-screen Novo cinema complex. Learn More

Theme Parks Aquaventure

Aquaventure (Atlantis the Palm)

Voted Dubai’s No. 1 Water Park on TripAdvisor*, Aquaventure Waterpark promises a world of excitement to make you feel different in water in more ways than one. Get your pulse racing on 30 slides and attractions, laugh your way down Dubai’s longest Lazy River, and relax on 500m of private beach. Thrill-seekers can scream down world-record-breaking waterslides, young families will enjoy the safety of Splashers Island, and animal lovers can get up close with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and stingrays. Whether you’re here on holiday or a UAE resident looking to add a splash of adventure to your weekend, you’re different in water at Aquaventure Waterpark. Learn More

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Waterpark™ is welcoming you and your family back for entertainment and aquatic adventure in one of Dubai’s most iconic waterparks.
With fun at the top of its agenda, Wild Wadi Waterpark™ offers a host of exciting rides and attractions for families, thrill seekers and those simply looking to stay cool in the summer heat. Throughout the waterpark paths have been resurfaced with state-of-the-art anti-slip flooring that disperses heat so that guests can stay comfortable and cool while they explore, even at the hottest time of the day.
Wild Wadi Waterpark™ is strictly following the directives of the UAE Government and have extensive preventative measures in place for the safety of all. Wild Wadi Waterpark™ guests will have temperature checks on arrival, will be required to wear masks when transiting public areas and must strictly adhere to all social distancing measures. Learn More

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