Top 10 Things to Do in Dubai

This post covers the best things to do in Dubai, including top attractions, free activities, museums, points of interest, kid-friendly activities, things to do at night and much more. Be sure to consider our tours to explore these neighborhoods. 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

Below is our list of the top 10 things to do in Dubai. 

Sightseeing Tours of Dubai

Dubai and the UAE have a tremendous history, culture, tradition, and folklore. Much of this can easily be missed as one gets enamored by the tall skyscrapers and modern infrastructure. Therefore, sightseeing tours can be really valuable in providing a deeper understanding of the region, along with the stories that shaped the course of history. Dubai is a real case of desert-to-destination in a very short time frame and in order to capture this transformation accurately, you need a local guide to show you around and provide the insights and context. Fortunately, Dubai has many options for sightseeing tours be it walking tours, bus tours, boat tours or even seaplane tours.

Old Dubai and particularly the Al Fahidi District is a hidden gem of the city preserving its pearl diving history and its very first residential community. This area is only accessible to pedestrians as no cars or vehicles can get inside these winding narrow alleys. Off-beat walking tours by Dubai By Foot offer rich content tours by expert certified guides who know their way around the maze and bring you to the little museums and temples tucked quietly amidst the hustle-bustle. The signature Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour is the ideal way to get to understand Dubai and its history from a bird’s eye view of what happened since the 1750’s up until oil was discovered in the mid-1950s. This introductory tour is of value to both stopover guests as well as those in Dubai for a week. For those looking for a 2-in-1 value tour, we recommend the Flavors of Arabia – Emirati Food Walk tour which encapsulates both the history of Old Dubai, its major sights as well as authentic Emirati cuisine.

Favours of Arabia: Emirati Food Tour

For those guests who prefer an overview tour of Dubai from the comfort of air conditioning, Dubai has a variety of Bus Tours and we offer a detailed comparison of the best value bus tours here. These bus tours are popular in the summer months when the heat can be harsh especially between June and August.

Boat excursions range from paddle boats to 200-feet yachts and usually provide a scenic photo opportunity from the seaside.

Old Dubai, Al Fahidi Historic District (Al Bastakiya)

On your trip to Dubai, you should not miss seeing how traditional life in the mid-19th century used to be at the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, formerly known as Bastakiya, by joining us on our Old Dubai and Souk Tour. Located along the Dubai Creek, this district is a key heritage site which has preserved much of the original infrastructure.

Bastakiya

The traditional wind towers constructed from stone, teak, gypsum, palm wood and sandalwood represent only a small part of Al Fahidi’s history. Each alley, twisting pathway and breezy tower tells a story of life before the Emirates.

Today, these houses have been converted to art galleries, hotels (XVA Art Gallery and Hotel, museums (coffee museum and coins museum) and institutes such as the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

Escape the skyscrapers and take a glimpse into how Emiratis from past generations lived their lives in this historical district.

Cross the Dubai Creek on an AED 1 Abra (boat) Ride

Abra rides across the creek might not be fully free, but we would not mind spending one dirham to hop on the boat and witness the beautiful sunsets.

The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across. Also, check our Old Dubai tour to see this part of the city.

Cross the Creek on the Abra

We’re convinced this is the best cruise in the city!

Walk through the Textile, Spice and Golds Souks on our Walking Tour

Retail therapy in Dubai doesn’t necessarily mean heading to one of the (many) sprawling malls. For a more traditional experience, head down to one of the many souks lining either side of Dubai Creek. The Gold Souk has hundreds of retails offering a selection of jewelry, diamonds and other precious stones, while the Textile Souk has a wonderful selection of colorful fabrics

Walk through the Souks

Our Old Dubai and Souk Tour is our signature tour and the best way to visit this part of the city.

Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall & Dubai Fountain

The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since

excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online, inside the Dubai Mall or from the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. You can check out the views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa or go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city. The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai also hosts the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere.

Visit the Burj Khalifa

You can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvelous buildings the area has.

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. Ticket is valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo are open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am until midnight.

Experience a Desert Safari

Desert Safari gives you the chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities. Desert Safari is a must- do if you are in Dubai for the dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding, henna, shisha and some hours of unlimited desert fun. There are several safari companies which allow you to camp overnight in the desert as well. Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can definitely opt for a tour with extended riding time. Meals are included in most safaris are give you a taste of the traditional local food.

Book you Desert Safari with us on this visit to Dubai!

La Mer Beach

La Mer Is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk.

La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

You can check their website here.

High Tea at the Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is one of the top iconic hotels of the world. You can truly experience living like a royal if you book a stay in the Burj Al Arab. The hotel was opened in 1999 and has a distinctive sail-shaped silhouette. The hotel marks Dubai as a luxury tourism destination.

It is built on a man-made island and rises 321 meters above the sea level, offering great views of the sea. Gold interiors, lavish restaurants, great afternoon high teas, and its own helipad- that has hosted Roger Federer and Tiger Woods!

Discover Middle East’s Art Hub at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai has its very own art scene thriving in the city. Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz District is home to famous art galleries from around the world, government office, a jewellery store and a chocolate factory.

Dubai By Foot’s Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour is the perfect way to explore this neighborhood.

Enjoy a traditional Emirati Meal at Arabian Tea House

One of the Heritage houses in Bastakiya has been converted to a restaurant- Arabian Tea house restaurant. The restaurant is full of guests from 7am, for traditional Emirati breakfast like Balaleet with coffee and dates, to 10pm for dishes like Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. You can enjoy these delicacies on our Flavors of Arabia: Emirati food tour on your next visit to Dubai.

Take a Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates. If you wonder why you should take a day trip to Abu Dhabi, it is because you can cover 75% of the major attractions of Abu Dhabi, including the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World in one trip. You get ample opportunities for memorable photos all the trip. If you can cover so much on an eight to ten-hour trip, then why not?

TOP 10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

Take a Free Self-Guided Walking Tour

Free walking tours? Yes! Dubai By Foot offers you self-guided tours and audio tours to visit the locations yourself. All you need to do is follow our itinerary.

You can visit the oldest neighborhood in Dubai- Al Bastakiya. On your trip to Dubai, you should not miss seeing how traditional life in the mid-19th century used to be at the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, formerly known as Bastakiya, by joining us on our Old Dubai and Souk Tour. Located along the Dubai Creek, this district is a key heritage site which has preserved much of the original infrastructure.

The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.

Check out our post on self-guided tours now!

Dubai Fountain

 A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

Shows start at 6:30 pm onwards every day till 11 pm. There are two shows in the afternoon as well at 1pm and 1:30 pm. You can also pay for a boat and view the fountain dancing from a very near distance.

Hit the Beach or a Beach Library

 For the perfect weekend, you can visit the Kite Beach, famous for the kites in the area or the famous Beach at the JBR. if you want to avoid the crowds, try Al Sufouh (or ‘Black Palace’)

Beach – this spot is a bit trickier to find, but you’ll be rewarded with peaceful waters and beautiful views.

Thanks to Dubai Municipality, there are beach libraries across the coast line of Dubai. The libraries are home to great books for avid book readers where most of the books focus on Dubai’s history and formation. The library at Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim is open 24/7 and has bean bags and a perfect setting for you to enjoy the books and the views. Books are available in both Arabic and English.

IMAGINE Show at Dubai Festival City

 There are lasers, lights, fountains, mega video displays and a huge sound system to go alongside it. IMAGINE at Dubai Festival City is one of the top free attractions in the city running regularly throughout the week and pops up with some awesome performances on special occasions too.

Whether it’s the Game of Thrones spectacular it ran last summer 2018 ahead of the seventh season of the show, or the original production A Child’s Dream it also put on, you’re bound to spot something sensational here. And best of all, it’s 100 percent free to see.

Visit a Wildlife Sanctuary

 Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to wetlands featuring salt flats, mangroves and lagoons. It houses more than 20,000 birds of 67 species. All you have to do is rock up to one of three viewing hides dotted around the perimeter of the sanctuary.

Flamingos are the area’s stars, although more than 60 species of bird and 500 types of flora and fauna can be spotted here. 

The sanctuary is open from 9am to 4pm Saturday to Thursday, and entrance is free (there are binoculars available to borrow, too).

Alserkal Avenue

 Dubai has its very own art scene thriving in the city. Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz District is home to famous art galleries from around the world, government office, a jewellery store and a chocolate factory.

Dubai By Foot’s Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour is the perfect way to explore this neighbourhood.

Ladies Night Party

Why pay for your drinks when you can have them free? Dubai’s restaurants and clubs provide a variety of fun Ladies Nights offerings, allowing women to go out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. 

Check out our post on Ladies Night in Dubai, one for each day of the week!

Visit the Parks- Zabeel Park and Khazzan Park

 Despite being in the middle of the desert, Dubai has a surprising number of green spaces, and there’s no better way to while away an afternoon than lazing around in one of the city’s wonderful parks. Bring the family along for a fun day out at Khazzan Park in Al Safa, the first totally solar-paneled amenity of its kind in the country, and the sprawling Zabeel Park, where you can watch the boats gently cruise across the lake (entry costs a five dirhams though). Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Visit the Al Qudra Lakes

The perfect spot for picnics and a long drive from the main city- head out to Al Qudra and the recently opened “Love Lakes”, the heart shaped lakes. The “Love Lakes” are two intertwined heart-shaped lakes set up near Al Qudra Lakes, and it’s full of all things related to love.

This is one part of Dubai where wildlife is likely to be seen in its natural habitat, from desert foxes to the oryx, or one of 170 bird species that live around the lakes. Just a few of the species include swans, geese, ducks, flamingos and more. Some of these native birds are even on the endangered list, such as the Steppe Eagle and the Asian Houbara.

You can also rent a bicycle and cycle on the tracks around Al Qudra! Winters is the perfect season to be here.

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS IN DUBAI

Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall & Dubai Fountain

The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online, inside the Dubai Mall or from the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. You can check out the views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa or go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city. The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai also hosts the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere.

You can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvellous buildings the area has.

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. Ticket are valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo is open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10am until midnight.

 Dubai Museum

The Al Fahidi Fort, now known as the Dubai Museum was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was opened in 1971 to be an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its original heritage. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort.

The underground museum displays the pearl diving section and tells the importance of the pearl diving industry in the history and formation of Dubai.  In the centre of Fahidi Fort lies a spacious yard that is used for displaying models of local boats and bamboo houses with their traditional furniture.

Museum ticket only costs AED 3 per person and is a must visit site when you are in Dubai. You can visit the Dubai Museum on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour as well, where our guide will give you detailed information about everything.

Coffee Museum

We all love coffee, don’t we? This is a one of a kind Museum (free of cost!) in Bastakiya, the oldest neighbourhood in Dubai. Coffee Museum is open daily from 9am except on Fridays. You can see the various displays of coffee equipment and learn about the coffee traditions in UAE and the importance if coffee in this region.

You can also taste some authentic coffee of the region for just AED 5. There’s a museum shop too where you can buy a range of products – be it barista equipment or recipe books. 

Coffee Museum is loved by all our guests on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour.

Pearl Museum

Before the discovery of oil, pearls were the biggest cash crop in the Gulf, whose warm, shallow waters produced some of the world’s finest. You can see many of these exquisite natural wonders on display at the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum.

In addition to examples of magnificent jewellery, the museum also celebrates the lives of the divers and sailors by displaying the instruments and tools they used to harvest and ship the precious cargo.

Please note, you can only visit the Pearl Museum by prearranging with Emirates NBD beforehand. They prefer 8-10 people to visit at a time, with an upper limit of about 20 people in a larger group.

Etihad Museum

Located on the Jumeirah Road, the Etihad Museum is host to a variety of photographs, videos, and interactive displays. You can view artifacts from the original founding fathers, watch informational videos on the country’s history, and explore an interactive timeline showing the nation’s founding.

You can also check our blog post on the Etihad Museum.

Women’s Museum

The Women’s Museum is a national archive and documentation center. It is dedicated to exploring the different facets of the lives of Emirati women – professional and personal, past and present. It includes artwork by various female Emirati artists, photographs showing the contributions of Emirati women. Examples of their Emirati jewellery and dresses and an exploration of how past and current rulers have affected the role of women in the UAE.

Dr. Rania Obaid Ghubash founded the Women’s Museum. Ticket costs AED 20 per person and the museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 10 am to 7pm.

Coin Museum

Located in Bastakiya and built of coral, stone, plaster and leaves of palm trees and teak wood, the two-story.  Coins museum displays more than 470 rare coins belonging to different historical eras. Special display cabinets and magnifying screens give visitors a better view of the coins, while electronic drop-down lists provide all the information required.

Admission to the museum is free.

Naif Museum

In the heart of the city, this Deira museum (a wing of the first police station in Dubai) gives visitors an insight into the history of the police and security services in the emirate. The two showrooms showcase how uniforms changed from traditional to more modern ones, as well as medals and badges of different police ranks, and weapons used by them since their formation in 1956 to now. Admission is free of charge and you can get a guided tour for free too.

Museum of Poet Al Oqaili

Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili is located at Al Ras area in Deira, the house was constructed in 1923 and retained by the poet Mubarak bin Hamad bin Mubarak Al Manea Al Oqaili, who relocated from Saudi Arabia and lived between 1875 to 1954. He is reflected to be one of the well-known poets and famous personalities of Dubai, in writing Eloquent and Nabataean poetry.

The visitor to the Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili can avail the opportunity to experience the atmospheres of one of the most stunning traditional heritage houses in Dubai, which states the fine sense and taste of its owner as a poet, where the visitor enjoys the beautiful heritage, the architectural designs and its elements.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Al Seef houses 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes. The museum promises to tantalise visitors in a unique visual and sensory experience – and provide heaps of fun, of course. Unlike other museums, you are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, and take as many photos as you like. 

Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 225 for a family of four people.

Museum of the Future (To be Opened)

Set to open in 2019, the Museum of the Future will be providing a permanent home for the world’s greatest innovations and will work to stimulate and incubate imaginative solutions to the challenges of future cities. It will bring together researchers, designers, inventors and financiers under one roof. This integrated environment will empower creative minds to test, fund and market their ideas for futuristic prototypes and services.

The Museum will be located in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Visitors will be able to experience the future through cutting-edge simulations and interactive demonstrations.


 

TOP THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DUBAI

Ladies Night Party

Why pay for your drinks when you can have them free? Dubai’s restaurants and clubs provide a variety of fun Ladies Nights offerings, allowing women to go out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. 

Check out our post on Ladies Night in Dubai, one for each day of the week!

Pub Crawl in Pier 7- Dubai Marina

Pier 7 in Dubai Marina is home to the famous pubs and restaurants in the city- Asia Asia, Atelier, Cargo and so on. The clubs have deals, discounts, and events each day, so make sure you do not miss this out. This is the best way to enjoy Dubai’s nightlife scene. Make sure to reserve your table before you head out here!

Dhow Cruise

Head on to a relaxing evening with fun and entertainment on a traditional Arabic boat, Dhow on the Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina or the Creek. Famous for its Tanura dancers and their colorful costumes, Dhow Cruise cheers up everyone. Dhow Cruise usually includes a three-course dinner buffet.

It’s a magical experience drifting along the creek while watching colorful reflections out on the water of the beautifully lit up skyline of Dubai. Make sure you bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. Book now for this unique and relaxing experience. The perfect antidote to busy city life. 

Camping at Al Qudra

Often, people think they have to venture out of the Emirate in order to enjoy a fun-filled camping trip in and among the dunes. Little do they know that just 40 minutes East of the main city, you’ll find the secluded Al Qudra camping spot in the desert near to Al Qudra Lake. Disconnect from the digital world, gather your friends and pack the supplies for a night under the stars.

Al Qudra Lakes is the ideal location if you’re new to camping in the UAE, or just looking for a low-key break from the city that won’t require a huge amount of effort. You won’t need a 4×4 to reach these picturesque lakes, and the area is within half an hour’s drive of the city. Keep in mind that because it’s so easily accessible, it’s popular with weekend warriors.

Al Qudra Lakes might be manmade but it’s still a picturesque slice of greenery, with plenty of trees and wildlife, especially birds, to be spotted in and around the water. If you’re feeling sporty you could also go for a bike around the nearby Al Qudra Cycle Track, where you might also spot wild oryx and gazelle (rent a bike from the Trek store). If the great outdoors gets too much for you, there’s always Bab Al Shams Resort and Spa nearby for a little R&R. It’s unlikely you’ll need it though, as there are plenty of amenities in the area. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, see if you can track down Dubai’s new man-made Love Lakes.

Gold Souq

A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without a trip to the famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Whether you’re just browsing or genuinely on the hunt for even the slightest amount of precious gold, walk through the glittering Gold Souk and you’ll find the biggest selection of gold jewellery and gemstones crafted in a variety of carats. Long lines of market stalls showcase a gleaming myriad of authentic and eye-catching products – you never know when you’ll spot something just for you or a loved one. All merchandise is carefully regulated by the Dubai government to ensure the authenticity its quality. You can be sure your purchases will be genuine. In addition to gold, careful inspection of the wares on offer may see you uncover diamond-encrusted ornaments, strings of pearls, platinum and silver. Retailers are more than up to the match with haggling. But be fair with your price – there are lots of bargains to find.

Dine in the Dark at Noire Dubai

At Noire Dubai, dining takes place in the dark, where you savour the flavour of your food by eliminating light. Waiters are equipped with night vision glasses to lead you to your table. Noire is located in Fairmont Dubai.

Cost starts from around AED 325 per person.

Barasti

Barasti beach bar is world famous and the trend has not changed from the last twenty years. Barasti, Dubai Marina hosts some great parties and events in Dubai. This is for sure Dubai’s most happening place!

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.


 

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DUBAI

KidZania

KidZania is a children’s theme park with the purpose of educating as well as entertaining the kids. It is located on the second floor at the Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai. Parents can watch their children or even relax while the kids have fun. KidZania is a city with all the important structures, public buildings as well as businesses. The kids are given some starting money and the need to grow themselves by getting a job It is a great way to educate children about daily struggle of life while having fun.

Children can enter KidZania at the Emirates desk located at the KidZania International airport and the ticket is worth 95AED for adults and toddlers while it is 140AED for children between the ages of 4-16.

OliOli

Children, aged two to 11 are able to have fun while learning at OliOli. They can unlock the power of positive play and let their imagination run free. The experiential play museum in Al Quoz features eight galleries spread across two floors. Kids can have fun while learning at dedicated spaces: Air, Water, Toshi’s Net, Creative Lab, Future Park, Fort Building, Toddler Gallery and Cars & Ramps. 

Each gallery offers an immersive sensory experience and has been carefully designed with art and modern equipment, inspired by ideas from leading global educators, development psychologists, artists and fabricators. In total, the galleries include over 40 interactive things for kids to experience. 

Legoland

Legoland Dubai is a family theme park in Dubai. It opened on 31st October 2016. It is the first Legoland park in the Middle East and was the seventh worldwide. The park is designed for families with children from ages two to 12 years old. The park is divided into six fun zones for kids with unique rides and activities in each zone that the kids can enjoy. Like many other Legoland theme parks, Dubai’s includes a Mini Land where over 20 million Lego bricks are used to create 15,000 miniature models of different landmarks and structures around the world.  

Tickets can be purchased at Legoland entry for 245AED while the residents of UAE enjoy a discounted price of 145AED.

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow is the dinosaur park located at Zabeel Park jogging Track, Dubai. Dinosaur Park created a record with 120 animatronics Dinosaurs on display. This animatronics are designed to educate and entertain the kids as well as family entertainment. This season the park offers more engagement and interactive elements and immensely popular hubs like Dinosaur Lab where one can experience the journey of a Dinosaurs Life and the Dinosaur Museum that displays replica of dinosaur skeletons. Dubai Garden glow also has a glow park as well as art park.

The tickets for Dubai Garden Glow are 65AED.

 Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort located in Dubai Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai was opened in 2005. Ski Dubai is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the first to open in the Middle East. It has a chair lift and a T-bar, 6,000 tons of snow are at your disposal. Children as well as families can have fun at this ski resort. It has activities for all age groups as well as all skilled people. At the resort, you can also meet Snow Penguins in an up close and personal one-of-a-kind intimate encounter that the whole family will love. You can check activity prices on their website.

Dubai Frame

Opened in January 2018, the Dubai Frame witnessed 1 million visitors in just one year of its inauguration. This new landmark of Dubai allows you to see the past, present and future of the city in one tour. The sky glass bridge is 150 metres high and gives unique views of the “old town” and the “new city”. The Frame connects the two 15o metre tower with a 93-metre-long bridge.

Tickets can be bought online on www.thedubaiframe.com or at the counter for 50 dirhams (adults) and 20 dirhams (kids).

The Dubai Frame is open daily from 10am-7pm. Trust the people of Dubai to push the boundaries of creativity.

Aqua venture, Atlantis

Aqua venture is a water park located at Atlantis, Dubai. The water Park is overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline pumping fun. The water park has record breaking slides and rides. It also offers up and close time with sharks and rays. It also has a 700-meter private beach to relax. The park also offers features marine activities and children play areas for all ages.

The ticket for the water park is 289AED.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park neat the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach hotel. Wild Wadi has a heated as well as a cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. The park has the largest water slide outside of North America, the park is featured in various game shows like Amazing Race.

The price for a day’s entry is 149AED

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai Land. The garden was opened on 14 February in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

In 2015 Dubai Miracle Garden opened the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species.  Other attractions in the park include a floral clock, peacocks., flower castle and an aromatic garden. It also has an Airbus A380 which is the biggest flower structure in the world as per Guinness book of world Record. Dubai Miracle Gardens also has a Mickey Mouse flower structure weighing almost 35 tons to attract the kids and families.

The tickets for Dubai Miracle Garden is 50AED for adults and children above the age of 2 is 40AED.

Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai , the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world.

The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms. It has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicentre of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Covering a massive 25 million square feet, Dubai Parks and Resorts is UAE’s largest multi themed leisure and entertainment park. You can either head to Motion gate, featuring some 27 rides, Bollywood Parks for an Indian themed adventure or Legoland.

Tickets:

Bollywood Parks: AED195 (adults and kids) AED170 (residents) free for children under three. Open daily 3pm-11pm.

Legoland: From AED 235 (adults)

Motion Gate: From AED 235 (adults) and AED 165 (residents)


 

 TOP NEIGHBOURHOODS IN DUBAI

 Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai, also known as “The Centre of Now” is home to the world famous, the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. But that’s not all, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, Palace Downtown Hotel, Dubai Fountain and the Burj Plaza are all a part of Downtown Dubai. We are sure you will be amazed to see the architecture of the buildings in this area. And want to know more about them? Then, why not take our Downtown Dubai Architecture Tour. The landmarks in the area take you on a trip to understand Dubai’s ambitions as a World City and future prospects of the Region.

Bastakiya

Narrow walking lanes, flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind towers- if that doesn’t sound like Dubai, we recommend you visit Bastakiya, the oldest neighborhood in Dubai. Dedicated locals, expats and even the UK’s Prince Charles prevented the area’s demolition in the 1980s. The houses are now restored and serve as restaurants, cafes, hotels and museums. No wonder, our Old Dubai and Souk Tour is our most selling and signature tour. Guests love seeing this side of Dubai. Combined with the Souks and the Abra rides, it makes one memorable visit.

 La Mer

La Mer Is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk.

La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

You can check their website here.

Al Seef

Found upon the shores of the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the Creekfront development is packed with shops and restaurants. But equally it’s a top spot to just meander around and enjoy the views of the Creek. Al Seef is an area of Dubai steeped in history, with a huge amount of Emirati culture. This latest attraction leans heavily on the contemporary elements of life in Dubai in 2019, but in equal measure reflects and pays homage to the city.

Easily accessible as it is a walking distance from Burjuman Metro station and cab rides are easily available.

Well worth a visit!

JBR Walk

Shop dine and stroll by the sea along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Along this buzzing beachside boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques.

Recently, the board on the walk gives some fascinating views of the Blue waters island and the Ain Dubai.

You can also check our self-guided tour of JBR on our website.

Dubai Marina

Home to the world-famous Princess Tower and the Cayan Tower, Dubai Marina mesmerizes everyone with its high rise and unique buildings. The neighbourhood is loved by expats and also has more than 100 restaurants on the Marina Walk.

Marina Walk is also a favourite of many for morning and evening jogs. The Dubai Marina Mall in Dubai Marina is packed with fashion and luxury brands amongst some great restaurants with lovely views of the waterfront.

City Walk

Al Safa’s famous City Walk has some high-end luxurious brand stores and amazing restaurants and cafes. It is very close to Downtown Dubai. If you’re looking for something to eat, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you could even be in trouble if decision-making is not your forte, such is the huge range on offer.

Whether you’re after high-end fashion or something more low-key, there are loads of options. Fashion-wise you’ll find Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Whistles, DVF and Cavalli. There are also jewellery stores including Swarovski, beauty shops such as Sephora, Bobby Brown and Urban Decay, and home stores including Lumas and Villeroy & Boch.

Blue Waters Island

Blue Waters Island is the new development project hosting the much-awaited Ain Dubai. Located 300 metres off the JBR coastline, the island is connected to the mainland via a direct link from Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a 265-metre-long pedestrian bridge from The Beach.

The island’s lifestyle and retail area, The Wharf, is the home to all the shopping and eating action, connected by walkways dotted around low-rise boulevards, with outlets still yet to open.

As well as licensed fine-dining restaurants at the waterfront, there’ll also be a home for the hipsters, with quirky cafés and intimate bistros at every nook and cranny – because nothing goes with a lavender chai latte like an unkempt beard.

For those who want to class it up a bit, there’s always Caesars Palace Bluewater’s Dubai, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, six brand-spanking new restaurants, a fitness centre and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Which Dubai City Pass is the best?

There are several different tourist passes available in Dubai. Whether you’re just looking for a few things to do or you’d rather have access to as many attractions as possible, there are many excellent opportunities to save money in this city. This post will provide information about your options, comparing all of the activities included with each pass.

 

A Desert Safari is just one of the activities included with these Dubai city passes. Image Source: Pixabay user sharonang under CC0 Creative Commons license.
 


BEFORE YOU BUY

Dubai tourist passes come in many different forms. While some will provide easy access to many different attractions, others will allow you to pick the specific locations you want to visit. This section will provide information about what you can expect from each type of city pass. 


All-Inclusive Pass

This discount pass will include admission to dozens of different attractions for one low price. You can purchase an all-inclusive pass for anywhere from 2-7 days at a time.

Even if you can’t take advantage of everything these passes offer in the amount of time you’re given, you stand to save the most money with this option. That being said, most people prefer this service because it is easy to use for skip-the-line access at many different locations.

Flex Pass

Rather than giving you unlimited access to dozens of fun activities, this tourist pass will allow you to choose 3, 5, or 7 different attractions for one low price.

This is a much better option for anyone who might not be certain that they will be able to take full advantage of an all-inclusive pass, as you can pick the specific locations you want to visit and pay one price for all of them.

Flex passes are usually a lot more affordable than an all-inclusive pass, but the savings potential isn’t as significant as other options. That being said, flex passes usually allow you the freedom to choose your attractions as you go, so you won’t necessarily have to make your choices ahead of time.

Build Your Own Pass

If you’re looking for an alternative to the flex pass, this option will probably work out better. Although you won’t save as much money as you can with other passes, you can choose as few as 2 different attractions when you build your own pass.

The main difference between this option and the flex pass is that you will have to pick your attractions ahead of time rather than deciding where to go at your own leisure. This is undoubtedly the most affordable discount pass you will find, but it’s also the least extensive and it offers the least savings.

 


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ALL INCLUSIVE PASSES

The following section will provide all the information you need to choose an all-inclusive Dubai city pass. In addition to prices, we will also include information about the various attractions you can visit with each service.


Go Dubai Card (Smart Destinations)

Much like their competitors, there are 35 attractions included with the all-inclusive Go Dubai Card. You can get the pass in increments of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 days.

Additionally, you may also be able to choose one premium attraction from a list of four popular options. This opportunity is only available for customers who purchase at least a 3-day pass.

There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Go Dubai All-Inclusive Pass from Smart Destinations. Image Source: Smart Destinations.

Premium Attractions

  • Royal Safari Experience
  • Gourmet Dinner Cruise
  • Dubai Parks and Resort
  • Island Beach Cruise in Abu Dhabi

Main Attractions

  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Abu Dhabi Bus Tour
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi
  • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi
  • Mattel Play Town
  • And More!

Prices

  • 2-Day Pass: $319/Adults | $239/Children
  • 3-Day Pass: $429/Adults | $279/Children
  • 4-Day Pass: $529/Adults | $309/Children
  • 5-Day Pass: $569/Adults | $359/Children
  • 7-Day Pass: $599/Adults | $399/Children
  • 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Purchase or learn more about the Go Card All-Inclusive Pass

Things to Consider

You’ll get the best deal by purchasing the longest pass. While the 2-day pass is $159.50 per day and does not have any premium attractions, the 7-day pass is only around $85.50 per day and everything is included.

You can use either a physical card or a digital pass which is offered through their app for admission to each activity. If you don’t manage to use your pass, you can return it within 30 days of the purchase date for your money back.

Your Go Dubai Card will be valid for the allotted time, but you can use it on any day you want over the course of two weeks.

For example, if you use your card once, the pass will be validated for one day of use. If you don’t plan on using the card on the next day, it won’t count against the time on your pass. The next day of service will not be validated until you use it again.

In other words, you could technically get a 2-day pass and use it on Monday, wait 3 days, and then use it again on Friday without needing to purchase another card.

NOTE: Dubai Parks and Resort includes a lot of different amusement parks such as LEGOLAND, MOTIONGATE and Bollywood Parks. The pass you will receive allows you to hop from one park to the next at your own leisure.

TIP: You will not require reservations to enter IMG Worlds of Adventure with the Go Dubai Card. This priority entry is only included with Smart Destinations passes. 

30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

 


Dubai Unlimited (iVenture)

This all-inclusive pass includes access to 30+ popular attractions in and around the city. The Dubai Unlimited pass is available for 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days.

Upon purchasing this service, you will have 6 months to activate your discount pass.

A free color guide and map is also included with each option, and you can save over $300 per person on various activities in the area.

Included Attractions
The Dubai Unlimited Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.

  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Desert Safari, Dinner & Camel Ride
  • Speed Boat Tour Around Dubai
  • Dubai Safari Park
  • And More!

Prices

The price of the Dubai Unlimited Pass depends on whether or not it is high or low season. High season is from September 16th – May 14th while low season is May 15th – September 15th.

  • 3-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $257.03/Adults | $241.88/Children
  • 3-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $265.61/Adults | $249.88/Children
  • 5-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $385.69/Adults | $359.96/Children
  • 5-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $408.56/Adults | $383.98/Children
  • 7-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $508.63/Adults | $474.32/Children
  • 7-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $540.08/Adults | $504.91/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Unlimited Pass


Things to Consider

As you can probably tell, the Dubai Unlimited Pass is a lot more affordable than at least some of the other passes.

This service also offers a lot of the same attractions as competitors such as the Go Dubai Card, including at least one of their premium options – Dubai Parks and Resort. Their lowest price option is valid for three days, and it’s actually cheaper than the 2-Day pass from Smart Destinations.

Although the Turbo Pass (which you can read about below) is a bit more affordable, it doesn’t include as many popular and premium attractions as this service. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, this tourist pass is definitely worth consideration.

Make sure to compare the activities included with each pass before making a decision.

With that said, it’s important to note that the Dubai Unlimited Pass must be used on consecutive days. Although it is valid for 6 months after your original purchase, once it has been activated, you will need to use it as quickly as possible.

 


Dubai City Pass (Turbo Pass)

If you’re working with a tight budget, this all-inclusive pass is definitely worth a look. Depending on how many days you choose to use it, you could have access to over 30 different attractions in Dubai.

In addition, a shuttle bus to Abu Dhabi is also included. The Dubai City Pass is offered in increments of 1, 2, 3 and 7 days.

1 & 2-day passes include only 14 attractions, but 3 & 7 day passes feature over 30 activities.

1 & 2 Day Pass Attractions
The Dubai City Pass from Turbo Pass. Image Source: Turbo Pass.

  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Conservatory
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Heritage House Museum
  • Dubai Museum
  • Horse Museum
  • Camel Museum
  • Desert Safari
  • And More!

3 & 7 Day Pass Attractions

  • Ethiad Towers Observation Deck
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Shuttle Transfer to Abu Dhabi
  • Flamingo Lagoon Discovery
  • Marina & Lagoon Boat Cruise
  • Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium
  • Everything included w/ 1 & 2 day pass
  • And more!

Prices

  • 1-Day Pass: $129.18/Adults | $70.41/Kids
  • 2-Day Pass: $152.69/Adults | $82.16/Kids
  • 3-Day Pass: $176.20/Adults | $105.67/Kids
  • 7-Day Pass: $199.71/Adults | $117.43/Kids

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai City Pass

The main difference between this and other passes is that they don’t offer popular activities such as the Dubai Parks and Resort. However, if you’re interested in visiting the museums and taking a variety of tours, this is a great choice.

The Dubai City Pass is a lot more affordable than some of their competitors. Even the 7-day pass is more affordable than the cheapest Dubai Unlimited Pass.

Even if you won’t need it for more than two days, we recommend purchasing at least a 3-day pass in order to get access to all of the attractions. The price difference between these two options is negligible, so it’s worth spending a few extra bucks to double your entertainment value.

NOTE: The Dubai City Pass includes skip-the-line entry to Burj Khalifa’s ‘At the Top’ Observatory. This is an excellent advantage that other tourist passes do not include.

 


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FLEX PASSES

The following section will provide details about the various flex pass services that are available in Dubai. These discount passes will allow you to choose a specific number of popular attractions rather than a number of days that you can access them.

Even though this option is more affordable, your discounts probably won’t be as significant as they would be with an all-inclusive pass. 

There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.


Dubai Explorer Pass (Smart Destinations)

Much like their competitors, this flex pass will also allow you to choose a specific number of attractions for one flat price. Choose between 3, 4, 5 or 7 different options from a list of 40+ popular activities and attractions in Dubai. This list has 10 more attractions than the unlimited pass.

The Dubai Explorer Pass is valid for a total of 30 days after its initial activation, giving you plenty of time to use it at your leisure rather than having to hop from one activity to the next as quickly as possible.

The Dubai Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations. Image Source: Smart Destinations.

Included Attractions

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • LEGOLAND Park
  • LEGOLAND Waterpark
  • MotionGate Park
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • RIB Speed Boat Tour
  • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • And More!

Prices

  • 3 Attractions: $169/Adults | $139/Kids
  • 4 Attractions: $219/Adults | $179/Kids
  • 5 Attractions: $269/Adults | $219/Kids
  • 7 Attractions: $379/Adults | $299/Kids
  • 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Explorer Pass

This flex pass might not be as cheap as some of the other flex passes on this list, but there are a few notable features.

For one thing, you don’t have to use it immediately after it is activated. Visitors who are spending more than a week in the UAE might appreciate having plenty of time to use their pass whenever they want within a span of 30 days.

There are also a lot of attractions included with the Dubai Explorer pass which you will not find on other flex passes. The RIB Speed Boat, Aquaventure Waterpark and Camel Trek activities are all examples of services that their competitors do not offer.

The Dubai Explorer pass is also easy to use with the Go City Card app. Although you can print out your tickets, they are also simple to access and can be scanned directly from your smartphone. 

There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

 


Dubai Super Saver Pass (My Pass UAE)

This flex pass will allow you to choose between 3, 5 or 7 different attractions for one low price. There are well over 30 activities to choose from including popular locations like Burj Khalifa and IMG Worlds of Adventure.

They also offer a premium option with access to 12 elite attractions which you won’t find on the Super Saver pass.

Dubai skyline. Image source: Pixabay user nextvoyage under CC0 Creative Commons license.Premium Attractions

  • Ferrari World + Dubai Transfer
  • Atlantis Aquaventure
  • Palm Island Sea Cruise
  • Dubai Exotic Limousine
  • VIP Safari
  • And More!

Super Saver Attractions

  • LEGOLAND
  • MotionGate Park
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Mattel PlayTown
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour
  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • And More!

Prices

  • 3 Attractions: $148
  • 5 Attractions: $240
  • 7 Attractions: $337
  • 2 Premium Attractions: $181
  • 3 Premium Attractions: $267

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Super Saver Pass

Some of the prices for this service are comparable to the Dubai Unlimited all-inclusive pass. The attractions included are also very similar, but you’ll be choosing the specific locations you want to visit rather than paying one lump sum for dozens of activities.

What this means is that you should consider what you want to do while visiting before making your decision.

For instance, if you only want to visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, LEGOLAND, and the Wild Wadi Waterpark, it would be cheaper to get the Dubai Super Saver Pass.

However, if you intend to do all of this and use a hop-on-hop-off bus or enjoy a cruise, it might be worth it to consider an all-inclusive pass instead. 

 


Dubai Flexi Pass (iVenture)

This service also offers admission to either 3, 5 or 7 different attractions. There are a total of 33 different activities to choose from including many popular locations such as MotionGate and LEGOLAND. Unlike their competitors, iVenture does not include any premium attractions with the Dubai Flexi Pass. All tickets must be used within 7 days of pass validation.

Included Attractions
Dubai Flexi Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.

  • Palm Island Dinner Cruise
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Bollywood Parks
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Aventura Parks
  • Desert Safari w/ Dinner
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Dubai Safari Park
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • And More!

Prices

The price of the Dubai Flexi Pass depends on whether or not it is the high or low season. High season is from September 16th – May 14th while low season is May 15th – September 15th.

  • 3-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $136.95/Adults | $131.23/Children
  • 3-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $145.53/Adults | $139.81/Children
  • 5-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $211.29/Adults | $199.85/Children
  • 5-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $222.72/Adults | $211.29/Children
  • 7-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $274.19/Adults | $257.03/Children
  • 7-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $285.62/Adults | $271.33/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Flexi Pass

It is worth noting that some attractions such as the Palm Island cruise are actually the same as the premium options offered by their competitors. Why pay a higher price for something that you can get with the basic Dubai Flexi pass?

Speaking of value, you might have noticed that the prices for this pass are actually a lot lower than some of the other flex passes. If you’re looking for the lowest possible price on certain attractions, make sure to keep this service in mind.

You can also save money by purchasing your pass during the low season. The Dubai Flexi pass can be activated at any time within 6 months of the original purchase date. As a result, you can buy your pass ahead of time and avoid paying high season prices!

 


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BUILD YOUR OWN PASS

If you’d rather take matters into your own hand and pick the specific attractions which interest you, consider a build your own pass instead. This option will allow you to save money on as few as two activities in Dubai.

However, this pass also represents the least significant discounts of any tourist pass on our list.

You will also need to pick your attractions ahead of time rather than making that choice at your leisure. 


Go Dubai Card – Build Your Own (Smart Destinations)

Go Dubai Card Logo. Image Source: Smart Destinations.This tourist pass will allow you to pick from 50+ different attractions and activities in Dubai. As long as you choose at least two different services, you’ll save 20% on every activity you select.

Although this isn’t as much savings as you’ll get from their all-inclusive and explorer passes, you will have access to over a dozen more activities.

This option to build your own pass is valid for 30 days after your first visit to an attraction and tickets can be validated using your smartphone.

Included Attractions

  • Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
  • Kitesurfing Lesson
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Royal Safari + 5 Star Dinner
  • Dubai Parks + Resort Park Hopper
  • Kayak Tour of Palm Jumeirah
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Mattel Play Town
  • Camel Trekking
  • And More!

Potential Savings

The price you pay for this pass will be dependent on how many attractions you want to visit. Here is a sample of the potential savings:

Dubai Parks + Resort Park Hopper

  • Normal Price: $77.66
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $62.13

IMG Worlds of Adventure

  • Normal Price: $70.03
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $56.02

Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory

  • Normal Price: $57.23
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $45.78

iFly Indoor Skydiving

  • Normal Price: $62.95
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $50.36

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

  • Normal Price: $70.85
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $56.68

Total Price: $270.97

Total Savings: $67.75

Purchase or learn more about the Go Card Build Your Own Pass


Things to Consider

One of the best things about this discount pass is that you can use it anytime you want within the span of 30 days. If you’re planning to spend more than a week in Dubai and you want the freedom to enjoy various activities at your own leisure, this is a great opportunity.

It’s worth noting that their all-inclusive pass is valid for two weeks from the date that it is first validated. Although it’s not the full month you’ll receive with this option to build your own pass, the same general principle of using the card at your leisure also applies with their other services.

There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

 


Dubai Select (iVenture)

This is one of the cheapest tourist passes you will find in Dubai, but it will only provide access to 3 different attractions from a list of over 30 possibilities.

Depending on how you choose to use the Dubai Select pass, you could save over 50% on each activity. Your savings will depend primarily on which activities you choose, so you may want to consider using this pass for the more expensive services.

The Dubai Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.


Attractions Included

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’
  • Dubai Safari Park
  • Aventura Parks
  • LEGOLAND Dubai
  • MotionGate Dubai
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • And More!

Potential Savings

Some of the attractions you can choose from cost almost as much as the Dubai Select pass, so it’s pretty easy to save a lot of money. Here is an example itinerary you may want to consider:

Palm Island Dinner Cruise

  • Normal Price: $82.63
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Wild Wadi Waterpark

  • Normal Price: $88.63
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

  • Normal Price: $72.05
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Total Value: $243.31

Total Price: $114.08

Total Savings: $129.23 (53% off)

Prices

  • Low Season (May 15th – September 15th)
    • $114.08/Adults | $111.22/Children
  • High Season (September 16th – May 14th)
    • $121.51/Adults | $115.79/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Select pass

Things to Consider

Although you can save a lot of money with the Dubai Select pass, there is one requirement that you should keep in mind: you must use the pass within 7 days of the first use. You’ll have the freedom to use it whenever you want during those 7 days, but after that week the pass will no longer be valid.

In comparison, the Build Your Own pass option from Smart Destinations will allow you to use your tickets at any time within 30 days of the first use. If you plan on staying in Dubai for longer than a week, that might be a better option.

However, it is worth noting that you can save more money with the Dubai Select pass.

The only other catch with this pass is that all three of the attractions you select must be from different pools. Needless to say, you can find some pretty valuable and fun activities in each pool, but this also makes it impossible to get more than one ticket from one pool.

If you plan to visit more than one of the locations included in one of the attraction pools, keep this factor in mind before purchasing.

 


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OTHER DUBAI TOURIST DISCOUNTS

The following section will provide a few different alternatives to traditional tourist passes. Rather than paying per day or activity, you will pay one flat price for a specific selection of attractions.

Most of these opportunities are offered by bus tour companies. The discounts possible with these options aren’t always on par with attraction passes, but you may still want to consider them if you know exactly what you want to do while visiting Dubai. 


Big Bus Tours

This is a very popular international bus tour company. Although they do not offer any discount passes in Dubai, their special ticket options include several notable attractions. They also provide a few select combo packages that you may want to consider.

 

 


Premium Ticket

  • 2-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Sharjah Tour
  • Marina Cruise
  • Dhow Cruise

Deluxe Ticket

  • 5-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Desert Sunset Tour
  • Palm Island Drive
  • Marina Cruise
  • Sharjah Tour
  • Dhow Cruise

Dubai & Abu Dhabi Combo

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Abu Dhabi Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Dhow Cruise

Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Muscat Combo

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Abu Dhabi Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Muscat Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Desert Sunset Tour
  • Dhow Cruise
  • Water Bus
  • 10 Museums
  • 5 Walking Tours
  • Etihad Gallery
  • Heritage Village
  • And More!

Dubai Bus Tour & MotionGate Park

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • MotionGate Theme Park
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Walking Tours
  • 10 Museums
  • Dhow Cruise

The combo packages offered by Big Bus Tours may actually be better than the passes provided by City Sightseeing. In addition to various tours, each pass also includes cruises and museums.

It’s also worth noting that prices for tickets and packages are a lot more affordable than the deals offered by their competition.


City Sightseeing

This is another notable international bus tour company, and they often offer either discount passes or packages which include their hop-on-hop-off tours. In Dubai, they provide a selection of 3 tourist passes and several packages to choose from.

Depending on which option you choose, you could save up to $157 for various activities. You’ll find a breakdown of each major option below.

 

 


Cool Summer Pass

  • 3-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Al Seef Dhow Cruise
  • Palm Jumeirah Cruise
    • Total Value: $301
    • Total Price: $180
    • Total Savings: $121

Twin City Pass

  • 7-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour w/ hotel pick up & drop off
  • 2 Hour Walking Tour of Dubai Creek
  • Global Village Ticket
  • Palm Jumeirah Cruise
  • Dhow Cruise
    • Total Value: $235
    • Total Price: $180
    • Total Savings: $55

Dubai Essential Pass

  • 7-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Sunset Dinner Safari
  • Palm Jumeirah Cruise
  • Dhow Cruise
    • Total Value: $337
    • Total Price: $180
    • Total Savings: $157

City Sightseeing also offers combo packages which include their bus tours and one other attraction. Here are a few combination deals they offer:

  • Bus Tour + IMG Worlds of Adventure
    • $125/Adults | $91/Children
  • Bus Tour + Bateaux Cruise
    • $115/Adults | $73/Children
  • Bus Tour + Ski Dubai Polar Pass
    • $130/Adults | $101/Children
  • Bus Tour + Aquaventure Waterpark
    • $136/Adults | $97/Children
  • Bus Tour + Ferrari World
    • $141/Adults | $108/Children

There are many more combo packages to consider. Check the City Sightseeing Dubai site for more details.

 


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