Top 10 Must Do Activities in Dubai

burj al arab view from boat
The top 10 must do activities in Dubai for 2021, Burj Khalifa, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Desert Safari, La Perle, Ski Dubai, Creek Bataeux, Horse Riding in the Desert, Dubai Frame, Shooting, Yellow Boats

Here is our listing of 10 must-do activities when visiting Dubai. Or you can view our top 25 best places in Dubai list.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower, standing 555 meters high.

Dubai’s most iconic landmark attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Start your journey At the Top, where you will be guided to a dedicated elevator with specially designed projections that give you a sense of flying.

As you ascend to Level 125, marvel at the fascinating Dubai landscape.

From the top enjoy mesmerizing sights from the highest viewing point with plenty of photo opportunities.

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Hop on Hop off Bus

Venture through the streets of Dubai’s most famous landmarks on a scenic sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour.

The double-decker buses are comfortable and spacious with air conditioning, WIFI and audio commentary in 11 different languages with well-planned routes and attractions to see.

Create your own itinerary with 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour passes, allowing you the freedom to explore popular landmarks such as JBR Walk, Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.

Choose between 6 unique routes with over 40 stops, and discovering the city sights has never been easier.

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Desert Safari

Experience the culture of Dubai with a desert safari tour.

This extremely popular adventure is suitable for all ages. Arrive at the desert camp for sunrise or sunset through dune bashing in a 4×4 across the golden desert dunes.

There are many activities available to enjoy while in the desert such as camel rides, sand boarding, dune buggies, live entertainment and a traditional Arabic feast.

Desert safaris can be customised as well as package deals to suit your preferences for the best experience.

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La Perle

La Perle by Dragone is Dubai’s number 1 permanent show, featuring a unique theatre experience created by acclaimed artistic director Franco Dragone.

His recent masterpiece is performed in a world-class theatre, located in the heart of Dubai at Al Habtoor City.

Prepare to be amazed by flawless acrobatics, daring stunts, waterfalls and impressive visual effects with show-stopping entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

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Ski Dubai

Dubai is home to The Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai located at the Mall of the Emirates.

Ski Dubai covers 22,500 square metres with real snow all year round and is the world’s first sub-zero zipline. Exciting attractions include the opportunity to meet and swim with penguins and toboggan down the snow-covered hills.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels of experience can enjoy this winter wonderland, right in the heart of Dubai with slopes customised for all skill levels.

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Creek Bateaux         

Explore the waterways of the historic Dubai Creek onboard the opulent Creek Bateaux, a glass-enclosed vessel which includes a 2.5-hour 4-course dinner cruise.

Relax and enjoy iconic sights of Dubai onboard such as the Grand Mosque, Old Boat Port and Old Souk. Satisfy your appetite with a gourmet international 4-course meal and a wide selection of fine beverages including live entertainment.

Horse Riding in the Desert

Enjoy a relaxing sunset horseback ride through the beautiful scenery of the scenic Al Qudra Desert and experience the culture and landscape in a unique way.

Allow your professional guide to navigating you through untouched sand dunes, with local wildlife to discover such as desert foxes.

Horse riding adventures are suitable for most ages and all skill levels, choose between 60 -90 minute rides, available for group or private tours with horse riding lessons for beginners and ponies for children.

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Dubai Frame

Opened to the public in January 2018, discover new heights from Dubai’s latest attraction and the world’s largest picture frame.

Standing at 150 meters high, Dubai Frame provides a bird’s eye view of the iconic Downtown skyline, and experiences views of the past and present Dubai landscape from Dubai Frame.


For an action-packed day of shooting in the desert, experience the fortress-like JA Shooting Club. JA Shooting Club offers indoor and outdoor shooting ranges for beginners, experts, groups and private lessons.

Built following international safety standards, practise your shooting skills and experience all three Olympic events of trap, double trap and skeet with additional activities such as archery.

Relax at the club’s steakhouse with views of the five floodlit clay shooting ranges to end an exciting day.

Yellow Boats

Yellow Boats offer safe, adventurous fun tours of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis. Established in 2009, experience a unique water sightseeing tour of the iconic skyline of Dubai.

Yellow Boats have a range of tour options, depending on the time you’d like to spend on the water with guaranteed stunning sights and informative safe guided tours.

Each boat is equipped with GPS, life jackets, refreshments and qualified guides, allowing you to snap the best pictures of Dubai while enjoying the mesmerizing views onboard a unique Yellow Boat.

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