What can you do in Dubai that is fun, memorable, and unforgettable? The possibilities are endless! Dubai may project itself as a place of glistening skyscrapers and luxury living, but there is no shortage of fun and exciting activities to enjoy. In fact, it is one of the cities where you can explore the most extravagant, outrageous, and unique experiences. Here are some suggestions of fun activities in Dubai that you can take part in while on vacation there.
Visit Dubai Expo 2020
Dubai Expo 2020 kicked off in October this year and is raving compliments from all over the world. If you are planning a trip to Dubai before 31 March 2022, don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the biggest events to be held on the planet. Dubai Expo is hosting a breathtaking exhibit at a 1083-acre site welcoming over 190 countries from across the globe to share ideas about how to bring about change in the world.
Pavillon designs focus on Opportunity, Sustainability, and Mobility, and have already attracted millions of travellers from around the world. This is the place to get a glimpse of what the world’s vision for a better future for our planet is and also experience some of the finest entertainment and culinary delights from around the world.
Explore the underwater realm at Lost Chambers Aquarium
This aquarium, located within the opulent Atlantis the Palm Dubai, is home to more than 65000 aquatic animals, ranging from tropical fish, turtles, sharks, and rays. Inspired by the lost city of Atlantis, the ambience of the aquarium feels like a sunken city shrouded in aquatic life.
The aquarium is the largest in the UAE and features various oceanic exhibits that provide a captivating glimpse into the underwater world. You can also dive into the aquarium for snorkelling sessions and if you feel brave enough, you can also try swimming with rays and sharks! For those who take diving quite seriously, the aquarium also has PADI certification programs available.
Test your courage with skydiving at Palm Jumeirah
In Dubai, the archipelago at Palm Jumeirah is a pioneering landmark as it is the first of its kind to be home to a luxurious commercial, residential, and entertainment complex. However, the most thrilling way of experiencing the Palm Jumeirah is to take in its entire panorama at once. That, coupled with the exhilarating feeling of soaring in a free fall, is an experience all adventure lovers would never forget.
Adventure lovers will enjoy a free-falling plunge from a vantage point high above the ground from mid-air that gives a birds-eye view of the sprawling palm-tree-shaped island. With an unparallel view of Dubai city and an adrenaline rush you have never experienced before, you will definitely be rewarded for your courage.
Explore a world of fantasy and adventure at IMGS Worlds of Adventure
Located along the E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in the City of Arabia, IMG Worlds of Adventure allows you to immerse yourself in a world of fantasy and nostalgia. Known as the largest indoor theme park in the world, IMG Worlds Dubai offers thrilling rides and exciting adventures. Visitors flock to this major attraction regardless of the time of year and it is one of the best places to spend time with family and friends.
The park is divided into four ‘Epic Zones’ and has rides based on MARVEL superheroes and Cartoon Network characters. A venue dedicated to prehistoric times, Lost Valley offers the chance to venture out on an expedition and encounter animatronic dinosaurs throughout the experience. At IMG Worlds of Adventure, you can also visit the Haunted Hotel, and even enjoy futuristic 3D cinema experiences at Novo Cinemas.
View Dubai’s beauty from the sky
Dubai was once a rugged, barren landscape, but today it is one of the most visionary and futuristic cities in the world. The world watched in awe as Dubai outshined every city in the world and is now envied for its stellar architectural wonders peppered throughout its city skyline. Dubai has now gained the distinction of having the world’s most breathtaking skyline. Even though there are many opportunities for viewing the stunning city skyline from the coast and waterfront, the bird’s eye perspective is the most dramatic.
Take a helicopter tour or a seaplane experience where you can hover over incredible landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah islands and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. While the deserts are part of Dubai’s past, they have a special charm and are spectacular to view. Experience the thrill of flying above the vast golden deserts of Dubai at dawn in a hot air balloon tour. This Arabian desert experience is one of the unique ways to explore the deserts in an exciting and relaxing way.
Get an adrenaline rush from unique watersports
Due to its proximity to the Persian Gulf and long stretch of serene coastline, Dubai is a popular destination for beachgoers and watersport enthusiasts. The world of watersports in Dubai is filled with thrills and excitement. There are all the usual activities to enjoy such as jetskiing, kayaking, and speed boating.
However, if you want something different in water adventures, try seabreachers, stand-up paddleboarding, and flyboarding. Seabreacher is quite a popular unique ride experienced in a specially crafted pod that takes visitors on an underwater adventure before breaking the surface of the water to give them a spectacular view of the coastline of Dubai. Dubai is one of the destinations in the Middle East where you find a myriad of watersports that cater to a wide variety of visitors. Water thrill lovers will find some of the most adrenaline-inducing thrills in Dubai, but the city also offers something in this category for beginners, families, and not just adventure lovers.
Enjoy unrivalled panoramas from the top of iconic landmarks.
City views from Dubai are among the best in the world, and the best vantage points are from its iconic landmarks. Although there are many rooftop restaurants and viewpoints to view the city’s skyline beauty, the panoramas from Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, and the newly opened Ain Dubai stand out and surpass them all. If you ascend to the top of Burj Khalifa, you will be able to view the city as far as the eye can see from the highest observatory in the world.
The scenery is particularly stunning in the evenings when the city transforms into a shimmering spectacle that leaves you spellbound. Atop the Dubai Frame, you can see the best views of old and modern Dubai. Ain Dubai, on the other hand, offers unobstructed, sublime views of the city shores, dazzling skyscrapers, iconic landmarks, and the Persian Gulf from various angles. This is a wonderful way to appreciate the city’s skyline while taking it all in at a slower pace.
Step into the world of virtual reality at VR Park
Don’t go to Dubai Mall just for a shopping experience. There is more in store for you in the city’s biggest and most extravagant mall than just lavish retail therapy. The Dubai Mall is home to a fine assortment of recreational areas, one of which can instantly get you to escape the real world. Middle East’s first virtual reality park – the VR Park is located inside the mall and offers more than 25 virtual reality experiences to guests so that they can leave behind reality and step into a world of suspense, thriller, leisure, or horror.
Rides and thrills include both single-player and multiplayer experiences with simulations based on scenarios in which you pilot an air taxi, battle scorpions in the desert, or witness the sensation of falling down from the top of the Burj Khalifa. You do not need a ticket to enter the park, though if you want to experience the virtual reality experience, each ride or experience has a cost that varies.