Things to do in
Dubai

Old world meets otherworldly in this most glamorous of desert hotspots.

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Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

1. Dubai: Burj Khalifa Level 124 and 125 Entry Ticket

Take the world’s fastest elevator as you ascend Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Holding the title as the world's tallest building, ride up to the 125th floor and check out the view from the observation deck balcony. The Burj Khalifa towers over Downtown Dubai at a staggering 2,723ft. Enjoy the aerial view of the surrounding emirate with 360-degree panoramas. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this Middle Eastern icon while seeing views of the city through one of the deck's telescopes. Purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music playing on the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain, set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, from your viewpoint.

Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

2. Dubai: Desert Safari, Quad Bike, Camel Ride and Sandboarding

Escape the hustle of Dubai and experience the calm of the surrounding desert to satisfy your sense of adventure. Choose from a shared or private option, and enjoy legendary Lahbab hospitality. Start your adventure with a convenient pickup at your hotel and drive out to the wilderness by 4WD. Journey to the remote desert area of Lehbab, approximately 50 kilometers from Dubai city center. Marvel at the silky red sand and towering dunes. Hop on a camel to get a short ride or perhaps choose the optional quad bike experience. Head into the desert onboard your 4WD Land Cruiser as the vehicle slips and slides like a roller-coaster across the dunes. Try your hand at sandboarding, or just relax and take photos of the spectacular views of the sunset, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

3. Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark Admission Ticket

Enjoy thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East, on dozens of rides and waterslides. With your day ticket, prepare to do battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon. Ride through the dark and twisting Aquaconda water tunnel. Grab an inner tube and take a trip on the rapids of a tidal river. Test your nerves on the exhilarating Ziggurat, and plunge more than 27 meters down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. Unwind on a private beach, and enjoy light snacks and refreshments from on-site restaurants. Take the little ones to Splashers, a water playground especially for kids.

Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

4. Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Embark on a cruise around Dubai to see its highlights from the water. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island. Cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, and pass the Burj Al Arab. Enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on board, depending on the option chosen.   Receive a red-carpet welcome upon boarding your yacht. Juices and water will be available, and the crew will help you with any requirements. Spend quality time networking aboard the 64-foot vessel. Benefit from creature comforts and amenities, including a dinette area and 3 beautiful cabins with natural light. Take your seats in the lounge area with abundant sun and shade. 

Dubai: Premium International Airport Lounge Entry

5. Dubai: Premium International Airport Lounge Entry

Spanning 1,260 square meters, the Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai is located on Level 4, Concourse A in Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport. The area offers comfortable seating and a delectable array of Arabic, Asian, and international cuisine freshly prepared in the site's kitchen. Brewed tea and coffee, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages from the well-stocked Aerobar are also served throughout the day. The lounge is equipped with free WiFi, dedicated smoking rooms, and shower rooms with quality amenities. There is also a specially designed children's play area with sustainable wooden toys for the younger travelers.

Dubai Miracle Garden: Skip-The-Line Ticket

6. Dubai Miracle Garden: Skip-The-Line Ticket

Walk around Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden, with this half-day skip-the-line ticket. Discover a surreal world surrounded by 50 million flowers. This is nature like you've never seen it before, be blown away by the sculptures that have won 3 Guinness World Records. Make sure you bring your camera; you don't want to miss out on a photo opportunity. Want to see the largest Emirates A380 airbus? No worries, this colorful airport is a photo you'll want to capture. See familiar faces as its home to Mikey Mouse, Mini Mouse, and their friends. Stroll around, listen to the live music, admire the street dancers in floats and enjoy an unforgettable experience with your family and friends that you won't forget in a hurry.

Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Levels 124/125 Combo Ticket

7. Dubai: Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Levels 124/125 Combo Ticket

Experience the magic of Dubai with a combined ticket to 2 of the city's most amazing attractions, and discover the Dubai Aquarium and the Burj Khalifa on the same day. From the depths of the ocean to the skies above upgrade your Burj Khalifa visit with an enchanting encounter with 485 aquatic species at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Start by traveling to the top of Dubai's most iconic monument with a pre-booked entrance ticket to the Burj Khalifa. Once you have selected your time slot, take the world’s fastest elevator to the observation floor on level 124 of the world’s tallest building. Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramas across the city, desert, and Gulf. Learn more about the architecture and technology behind this unique skyscraper. Enter the world’s largest suspended aquarium. Admire thousands of aquatic animals from around the world, including rare species such as the King Crocodile and Sand Tiger Sharks. Discover three ecological zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. 

Dubai: Desert Quad Bike Safari, Camel Ride, Sand Surf, & BBQ

8. Dubai: Desert Quad Bike Safari, Camel Ride, Sand Surf, & BBQ

Explore the magnificent Lahbab Desert on a thrilling guided tour, including quad biking, sandboarding, a camel ride, shisha smoking, a Khaliji dance show, and more. Start the tour with a pickup by your guide in an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your desert adventure, discovering the beauty of Bedouin culture. Upon arrival in the desert, enjoy a short break during which you can use the toilet before starting your quad bike adventure. Listen to your guide as they give you safety instructions on quad biking including how to wear the helmet. Once geared up, hop on the quad bike, and kick-start your 1-hour bike ride. Feel the thrill and adrenaline rush as you race through the sand surmounting the red dunes. Follow the instructions of your leader to conquer the red dunes with this biking experience. As you get to the peak of the dunes with the bike ride, take a break to relax and breathe in the beauty of the desert terrains. Later, try your hand at sandboarding. Strap the board onto your shoes and slide down the dunes. Don't be scared to fall off your board, it is just like landing in a sea of silk. While enjoying the sport, click photos of your fun-filled adventure and the serene desert. Next, ride back to the starting point and proceed to the ravishing Al Khayma desert camp. At the camp, be welcomed with the traditional Arabian coffee, sweets, and dates. Hereafter, meet your friendly camel and enjoy a ride in the desert, admiring the beauty of the dunes. Return to the camp to take part in traditional activities like posing with the falcon, Henna tattoos and Shisha smoking. Finally, as the entertainers take the stage, enjoy a Tanoura show and Khaliji dance performance while savoring a delicious BBQ meal. As the red dunes desert adventure comes to an end, be taken back to your hotel or preferred location in Dubai.

Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma

9. Dubai: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari, & BBQ at Al Khayma

Embark on an unforgettable day-to-evening journey across the Dubai Desert. Experience the thrill of driving through red sand dunes and feel the hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp, where you can partake in interactive cultural activities and feast on a delicious BBQ buffet. Drive out of the bustling city and into the peaceful desert aboard a 4-wheel drive vehicle. When you arrive, enjoy a relaxing rest stop and go on an optional quad bike ride.  Next, sit back and strap in for a dune bashing ride across the stunning red dunes of the Lehbab Desert. For an extra kick of adrenaline, get the chance to try out sandboarding. Continue to the Al Khayma Camp and be welcomed with Arabic coffee, sweets, and dates. Say hello to the camp’s resident camels and, if you’d like, go on a 10-minute camel ride across the sand. During your time at the camp, you can smoke Shisha, do Henna painting, and meet the resident falcon expert and his loyal bird.  The buffet barbecue begins at sunset. While you eat, be entertained by traditional dances performed in the center stage. Finish your dinner on a high note with a tasting of various local desserts. As a final treat, the camp will go dark, giving you the opportunity to take in the peaceful ambience of a desert night before being returned to your accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

10. Dubai Burj Khalifa Tickets & Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148

Avoid the crowds and treat yourself to a premium experience on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa, including access to the outdoor terrace of the world's highest observation deck. Select the sunset option to enjoy the city as the sun sets over the skyline.  Ascend the 555-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, starting at the SKY Lounge. Watch as specially designed projections let you “fly” over city landmarks en route. Watch the Dubai Fountain show with synchronized music that can be heard through the Burj Khalifa observation decks. Marvel at the world's largest dancing fountain set on the Burj Khalifa Lake from your panoramic viewpoint. Descend to ground level, where a new exhibition allows you to relive the construction of the Burj Khalifa. Hear testimonials from the brains behind the building, from the interiors to the landscaping, architecture, and more.

Frequently asked questions about Dubai

What top attractions are a must-see in Dubai?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days should you spend in Dubai?

    For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren't used to the desert heat.

  • Where should you stay in Dubai?

    You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won't have to miss out just because you can't afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai's luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.

  • Be conscious of cultural differences

    If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    +971
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 209,789 reviews

This was an amazing experience. The company was extremely professional. The driver, Hashim, was early even to pick me up and he gave me a guided tour of things in the city as we drove to the desert. So kind of him! All of the activities were so much fun. Be prepared with sunglasses when coming because the wind blows the sand a lot. It was a day well spent! My driver returning, AK (Assif), was also really great as well! He provided me a guided tour as we went through the city and passed a lot of different hot spots. The Oceanair Travel company really makes sure you are taken care of! 10/10 would recommend!

Great event, well organized. Lots of good memories created with the family. With a special thanks to our guide Omar who took such good care of us during the afternoon and evening.

It was absolutely amazing!It's THE experience of a lifetime!We had a whale of a time ! All the services were more than we expected!

the whole day was brilliant from start to finish. the guide Shan made the whole day 10 times better. brilliant tour guide.

Very nice activity, the guide very kind ! I recommend :)