Top 10 Things to Do in Dubai

This post covers the best things to do in Dubai and is updated for 2019, 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. 

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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!

7. 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.

8. 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!

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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?

12. Visit the Al Shindagha Neighbourhood

Located today on the shores of the Dubai Creek, Al Shindagha is prized for its coral-clad houses, traditional wind towers, and attractions such as the Heritage and Diving Museum, and the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House. On our 1001 Arabian Nights: Old Dubai By Moonlight, we will walk through the lanes of Al Shindagha Neighbourhood at night. This local neighborhood is amid renewal and renovation.
We will talk about pirates, traders, pearl divers, and adventurers who traveled on the shores of the Creek, leaving a rich legacy of local traditions and walk by life-size replicas of fishing boats where the guide will you the history behind the life on the creek. As the night will progress, we will delve deep into Al Shindagha to share adventure stories and talk about the rich architectural landscape. You can book the tour here.

On Friday evenings, we visit the Al Shindagha Museum on this tour. Al Shindagha Museum encompasses much of the Shindagha area, on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, and consist of 23 museums that are opening as part of the Dubai Historical District project, which was first announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in 2015. Shindagha Museum tells the universal tale of human innovation, resilience, and the desire for progress which shaped the Dubai of nowadays. Visitors can explore the heritage, submerging them into true Emirati culture and its origins. The museum also highlights Dubai’s shared heritage with the region and the wider world.
Take our 1001 Arabian Nights: Legends and Lore from the Trucial Coast tour to know more and delve deep into the past!


When: Every day except Thursdays at 7 pm

13. Dubai Walk of Fame- Dubai Stars

Dubai Stars is a brand new attraction unveiled in Downtown Dubai in October 2019. It is Dubai’s very own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, the exciting new attraction is a project by Emaar, and can be found on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.

400 stars will be unveiled at the launch in October this year, with celebrities voted for by the public in a global social media campaign. When complete, there will be 10,000 Dubai Stars in total, that’s four times that of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard is a 3.5-kilometer encirclement of Downtown Dubai having an impressive array of restaurants, cafés, and retail outlets.

Location: Along the sidewalk of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai

TOP 10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

1. 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!

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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).

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Quranic Park

Spread over 64 hectares, the Quranic Park has been developed to give a better cultural and educational understanding of the Islamic heritage. Apart from Split Lake, this educational park also features 12 gardens, a Cave of Miracles and a Glass House, each of which has been specially designed to tell stories from Islam’s holy book.

At the entrance, the name of the park is spelled out in bright gold lettering, with Arabic swirls and motifs and golden leaves, vines, and tendrils completing the design element on the low walls.

Entry to the park is free, but a ticket fee of Dhs5 is required to enter the Glass House and The Cave of Miracles.

One of the two attractions in the Quranic Park Dubai, the Cave of Miracles is the first one visitors come across when entering the park. This spectacular man-made cave houses interactive displays that show seven of the miracles mentioned in the Holy Quran. Located towards the back of the park, The Glass House is a must-visit for botany enthusiasts. The Glass House contains 29 plants and trees that are mentioned in the Holy Quran and the Sunnah, which refers to the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). These include corn, olive trees, basil, barley, pomegranates, banana, wheat and more! Keep an eye out for a signpost at the entrance of the Glass House that lists all the plants and trees that visitors can find here.

Tickets:

Glass House: AED 5 per person

Cave of Miracles: AED 5 per person

Visitors can pay the ticket price for the Glass House and Cave of Miracles using their NOL card at the entrance of attractions. There’s even an NOL recharge kiosk just outside the Cave of Miracles to top up your card.

TOP ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS IN DUBAI

  1. 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.

2.  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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Perfume Museum

The Perfume Museum is of the first museums to open in the Al Shindagha neighborhood, paying homage to the history of all scented things in UAE. Perfume House is built within the former house of an avid Perfumer, Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum. Many of the items inside were part of her personal collection. This includes her perfume application and a 28kg piece of oud she had in her house and which she donated to the museum just a few weeks before she died in 2017, as well as other artifacts from other notable Emiratis, and those sourced from sites such as Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site in Dubai.

Take our 1001 Arabian Nights: Legends and Lore from the Trucial Coast tour to know more and delve deep into the past!

13. Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum

During our Arabian Nights Tour, we take you with us to explore the history of Dubai in the newly opened Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum. Featuring artifacts unearthed from the recently discovered archaeological site of Saruq Al-Hadid; rich immersive and interactive displays bring to life the fascinating story of the Iron Age in the Middle East. Every artifact unearthed at the excavation site, along the edge of the Rub Al-Khali desert, reveals more about the Saruq Al Hadid civilization. Analysis of the precious beads reveals that some of them did not naturally exist in the area. This means the Arab tribes traded with others as far away as India. It comes with an interesting story, doesn’t it?

Did you know that the much-awaited Expo 2020’s logo inspiration came from a golden ring found at the site of the Saruq Al Hadid civilization? The actual ring itself is made of pure gold and has small artistic designs around it. The logo, therefore, tells the world that Dubai has ancient roots and will continue being a hub for creativity and connectivity, as was with Dubai’s predecessor civilizations.

14. Mohamed Bin Rashid Library

Mohamed Bin Rashid library was announced as part of the 2016 Year of Reading and has finally opened to the public in 2019. The exterior structure has been designed to resemble an open book sitting on a rehl – a traditional lectern which holds the Quran.

Standing seven storeys tall, the stunning architecture can be seen from across the Creek, giving water taxi passengers a prime view of the building.

The library was one of the most hotly-anticipated new attractions in the city. It houses more than 4.5 million books, including printed and e-books, and includes several areas for events, activities, education and cultural festivals, as well as venues for exhibitions, and a 500-seat lecture theatre.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid library also hosts the main headquarters of The International Council for the Arabic Language and publish the Mohammad Bin Rashid Contemporary Arabic Language Dictionary.

Timing: 8:30 am to 9 pm


 

TOP THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DUBAI

  1. 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!

2. 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!

3. 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. 

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Get green fingers at Garden Souq
The Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre opened in time for the start of the winter season and will be open every Saturday until the end of March. It’s free to peruse and, if you are in the market to part with some cash, you may find an utter bargain from a range of local vendors and artists all selling their wares. As well as household pots and plants, you can also expect to find a unique collection of clothes, jewelry, shoes, fashion accessories, home décor products, handmade items, and many other artisanal products. There’s also live music and free cooking demonstrations, so we’re on board.
Entry is free!

9. Deira Waterfront Market

The Waterfront Market replaced Dubai’s long-standing Deira Fish Market in the summer of 2017, and in the last 18 months, it’s been filling up with an array of shops and stalls, plus the four huge market halls.

As well as housing the largest fish market in the GCC – with some 400 vendors selling their fresh catches every single day, the market is home to a big fruit and veg market, meat market and spice & dry food market.

At the fish market, guests can purchase an array of fish and seafood 24 hours a day (the fish market closes for deep cleaning for a couple of hours only). While some fish are priced per kilo, you can often haggle for the best price if there’s something, in particular, you’re after.


 

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DUBAI

  1. 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.

2. 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. 

3. 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.

4. 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.

 5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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)

12. Sprawl out on the grass

When was the last time you stretched out, faced the sky and just let the world pass you by? There’s a lot to be said for deliberately slowing down the pace of life and just chilling out. In JLT, behind clusters P, Q and R, sits JLT Park, a grassy expanse (bouncy running track included) where you’ll find al fresco yogis, kids playing and families with dogs. It’s laid-back, relaxing and it’s totally worth whiling away a few hours on a weekend and just watching the (occasional) cloud glide by.


 

 TOP NEIGHBOURHOODS IN DUBAI

 1. 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.

2. 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.

 3. 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.

4. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 center, and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

 

MUSIC CONCERTS IN DUBAI 2019

2018 was the year of Dua Lipa, Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin in Dubai. In this post, we will tell you the upcoming music concerts in Dubai in 2019. Make sure to mark these dates in your calendar!

February

Camilia Cabello

With “Havana” topping all charts in 2018, Camilia Cabello became a known name to everyone with her solo album release in January 2018. She is performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the second day of RedFestDXB on February 15. Tickets cost AED 395 and can be purchased here.

G-Eazy

American Rapper, G-Eazy will be performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the opening night of RedFestDXB on February 14. The event will take place over two days, On February 14 and 15. Tickets for the concert are priced at AED 395 and can be purchased here..

He has also performed in Dubai previously, in Cavalli Club.

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol will perform at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 20 to 22, with the Irish rockers set to perform on the opening evening on February 20. It will be the band’s first performance in the UAE since 2012, when they headlined the Sandance music festival on the Palm Jumeirah.

Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Alicia Keys

Described as the Queen of R&B, Alicia Keys will set the stage on fire with her performance on February 22 at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets cost AED 350.

Vishal and Shekar

Bollywood fans, make sure to block your calendar on February 7 to attend Vishal and Shekhar’s live performance in Bollywood Parks. Put your dancing shoes on as this will be one rocking concert. Tickets are priced at AED 150.

Bollywood Parks is in our list of Top Things to do in Dubai. You can visit the park as well as attend this concert by the duo.

March

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

On March 1 and 2, audiences can rediscover Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter soars across the big screen in high-definition at Dubai Opera.

Rita Ora, Little Mix

Saturday, March 23 will be Rita Ora and Little Mix’s concert at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. This music concert is in honour of all the teachers in Dubai, to thank them for their hard work. The event is called “The Assembly: A Global Teacher Prize Concert”. Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Rita Ora delivered successful hits in 2018 with “Let me Love you” and “Anywhere” from the music album “Phoenix”.

The Gipsy Kings

Dubai Opera is set to feature The Gipsy Kings with their comeback in Dubai this year. The Gipsy Kings, led by André Reyes, are a French musical group who are most famous for their catchy songs including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”and “A Mi Manera. You might also be familiar with their Spanish take on “Hotel California”, which you can see them perform on March 6 for AED 195. Tickets can be purchased from the Dubai Opera website.

Know more about Dubai Opera on our Downtown Dubai Architecture tour.

April

Boyzone

Boyzone fans, this one is for you!

Legendary Irish boyband Boyzone will perform at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on Friday, April 12. The four-piece boyband enjoyed more than 25 successful years in the music industry, racking up number ones including. Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, and Keith Duffy parted ways back in 2000 after seven years together but reunited in 2009 for the “Back Again… No Matter What” tour and again 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music. This is set to be your last chance to see the boyband, who announced last year that they are splitting up for good after their farewell tour in 2019.

Tickets cost AED 195.

We hope you enjoy these concerts and we will update you in the upcoming months as well! We are really excited. Are you?

May

Amy Dickson and Amira Fouad

Dubai Opera will host two times Grammy nominated, British-Australian saxophonist on May 1. She recently launched her third album Dusk and Dawn, which attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK Classical Album Charts. Tickets are priced at AED 150 per person can be bought here.

The show starts at 8 pm.

The Brand-New Heavies

What a way to end the season! The brand-new heavies. Bringing in their unique sound of acid jazz and funk to the Irish Village Groove into the summer.

Location: The Irish village, starting at 9 pm on May 2! Tickets cost AED 175 onwards.

June

Catrin Finch

Wednesday, June 12, Dubai opera will host the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004, Catrin Finch. Her top famous songs include Listen to the Grass Grow and Bach to Biasso. The event will start at 8 pm and there is a general admission fee of AED 150 per person and onwards. Tickets can be bought here.

Nouvelle Vague

Dubai Opera will host the highly acclaimed Parisian new wave band ‘Nouvelle Vague’ as part of their 15th Anniversary world tour, on the 25th of June 2019.
Led by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, ‘Nouvelle Vague’ released their first album in 2004, with renditions of Punk and New Wave hits reinterpreted by female singers in the dreamy style of the 50s and 60s Bossa Nova, with lush arrangements and entrancing vocals. Nouvelle Vague soon became a global phenomenon.
After five studio albums and many extensive global tours, Nouvelle Vague is now celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with an international unplugged tour in 2019 keeping with the band’s original 2004 format: an acoustic guitar, a few keyboards, a smattering of ambiance, and two singers, performing the band’s iconic songs.

Price as per stand in Dubai Opera and start at AED 150 up to AED 450.

September

Puccini’s Turandot by Shanghai Opera House

Puccini by Shanghai Opera House will make its Middle East debut at Dubai Opera on September 5, with its spectacular masterpiece “Turandot”.  The event will last till September 7 and will start at 8 pm on all three days.

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, featuring arguably the most famous tenor aria in the opera repertoire, the iconic “Nessun Dorma”, an instantly recognizable piece of music. This magical version of Turandot, under the direction of Roberto Andò, was held as the first new opera production of Shanghai Opera House’s 2018 Season, receiving wide acclaim. Tickets can be bought here.

Early Spring

Dubai Opera will host the next September event by Shanghai Opera House on September 11 and 12, composed by Du Wei Yuanyuan and performed by Shanghai Opera House Dance Ensemble.

Early Spring is an original Dance Drama, adapted from the novel February of Rou Shi. In front of the contradictions between ideality and reality, the protagonist Xiao Jianqiu’s feelings, serving as the main line, reflected a prevalent indifference to the vulnerable during the 1920s in the traditional rural culture in China. The seemingly unintentional gossips and gibes have suppressed kindness and destroyed human nature, and finally led to tragedy.

Tickets can be bought here. The show starts at 8 pm onwards.

October

Dubai Opera and Dubai will host the world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera for the first time from October 16, 2019, through October 29, 2019.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On January 1, 2018, it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

Keep your calendar updated so that you do not miss the biggest international concerts in Dubai!

Upcoming Attractions/ Events in Dubai in 2020

1.Creek Tower

Set to open in 2022, Dubai Creek Tower will be the next tallest tower in the world. It will be the centerpiece of a new and sprawling residential and retail location. The new global icon is being constructed by Emaar properties. the tower will soar up from the heart of Dubai Creek, up into the clouds. The tower is expected to be atleast 828m high.

2. Burj Jumeirah

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will literally leave his fingerprint on Dubai. Burj Jumeirah will be a 550metre tower, the base of which will bear the imprint of the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. This will be the latest building to define Dubai’s skyline and is expected to open in 2023.

Burj Jumeirah will be developed by Dubai Holding Group, who is also responsible for Burj al Arab. The building will be oval-shaped on its front, and sleek and cut in two halves which meet in the middle.

3. Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 is not far off and Dubai is already building its future. It will be the first world exhibition in a Middle Eastern country and full of surprises await you. World Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021. The Expo site, which will cover a total of 438 hectares, is located in the Dubai South district, near the Al Maktoum International Airport.

Preparations are already well advanced as Dubai moves into gear to host Expo 2020, which experts say should boost the city’s economy by injecting an impressive $ 23 billion. The World Expo is a prestigious international event that takes place in a different host city every five years. It acts as an important convening point for new technologies and ideas, as well as a platform for economic, social and sustainable development. Under the theme “Connecting Minds, Building the Future,” Expo 2020 will inspire stakeholders, participants and visitors to consider the future and the ways we all have to make a difference.

  1. Taste of Dubai 2020

For three days each year, Dubai’s gourmets, gourmands, and connoisseurs head to Taste of Dubai, a full weekend festival of top-notch restaurant food, tasting sessions, cookery workshops, talks, and live entertainment. The annual event attracts some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, who curate tasting menus with bite-sized portions of their best dishes, all for a fraction of the usual price.

Expect to learn from some heroes of the culinary world – as every year the fair attracts the world’s top chefs for demonstrations, workshops, and talks. There’s also an entertainment stage with family fun by day and live entertainment by night. You can check more details on their website here.

Venue: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Dates: March 5 to March 7, 2020

4. Art Dubai 2020

Art Dubai is a leading international art fair that takes place every March in Dubai. Founded in 2007, Art Dubai is the pre-eminent platform for art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Each year, the fair features a globally diverse lineup of over 90 galleries from more than 40 different countries, from household names to emerging art spaces, making it the world’s most globally diverse art fair. The 14th edition of Art Dubai will take place in March 2020.

Art Dubai is one of the major events on the international art calendar, attracting over 28,000 visitors in 2018, including UAE-based, regional and international collectors, curators, patrons and nearly 100 visiting museums and institutions. Alongside its gallery halls, Art Dubai’s extensive programming includes commissioned artists’ and curators’ projects, residencies, education initiatives, and the Global Art Forum.

Art Dubai is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

If you are an avid art lover, why not check out our Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour of Dubai!

Venue: Madinat Jumeirah

Dates: March 25 to March 28, 2020

5. City Land Mall

One of the most futuristic malls we’ve ever seen, this massive space will have a 200,000 sqm Central Park-style botanical garden running from the center and throughout. Made by the same people that worked on the Dubai Miracle Garden and the Miracle Butterfly Garden, this mall stands as a fusion of indoor and outdoor experience.

Flora and fauna aside, the mall has the largest Carrefour in all of Dubai, over 75 restaurants and cafes, 12 cinema screens, 350 retail outlets and 50,000 sqm of entertainment space.

It is said the use of nature and outdoor styles will create a unique sensory experience for the 7,000 or so shoppers that can occupy the space.

6. The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

In a joint venture between Six Construct and Ssangyong, The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences is a megaproject that comprises a hotel and residences. It encompasses 43 storeys and will culminate at a height of 185 meters above sea-level, while the residential tower will reach 37 storeys (165 meters above sea-level).

The complex will offer 795 guest rooms and suites as well as 231 serviced residences. It will also feature private gardens, cantilever pools, an infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline, a cutting-edge fitness center and modern spa therapies. In preparation for Dubai’s Expo 2020, the resort is considered one of Dubai’s largest projects.

Together, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences and Atlantis, The Palm will create the ultimate entertainment destination.

7. Dubai Lighthouse

Dubai Harbour, set to be developed by Meraas Holding, will be on the coastal area between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah. The focal point will be the Dubai Lighthouse, which will include a luxury hotel, an observation deck and an external façade which will be used as a screen for high-resolution projections and light shows.

8. Sky Walk

Sky Walk, a 200-meter high cantilever observation corridor will be in the Address Sky View development in Downtown Dubai. Sky Walk offers the unique experience of taking in spectacular views from a height of 200 meters as the visitors navigate the observation corridor in safety harnesses, walking literally ‘outside the building’.

Sky Walk will join the league of Emaar’s other iconic attractions such as At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. It opens to the entire expanse of Downtown Dubai including its famed attractions such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. The views expand further afield to the upcoming new icon Dubai Creek Tower and of the Arabian Gulf. At level 53 of Address Sky View, and suspended at the imposing height of 200 meters, Sky Walk is another first-of-its-kind in Downtown Dubai.

9. Madame Tussauds

Who doesn’t know the Madame Tussauds wax museum? Originally Madame Tussauds started in London and is now one of the most visited attractions in London. Millions and millions of people have visited Madame Tussauds since they opened over 200 years ago and it still is a very popular attraction. Currently, Madame Tussauds has locations all around the globe including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Delhi, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Las Vegas, London, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Wuhan.

Madama Tussauds Dubai will be located at the Bluewaters island, which has many shops and restaurants close to the wax museum. So it will be fun to combine your visit to Madame Tussauds with shopping or something to eat. And there’s another major Dubai attraction located near to Madame Tussauds: Ain Dubai (also known as the Dubai Eye) is the biggest Ferris wheel of the world and provides a spectacular view at the Dubai skyline.

It still needs to be announced who you can see at Madame Tussauds Dubai, but it’s expected that you can get up-close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons including the rulers of the UAE and Dubai.

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