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Best Things to do in Dubai for First Time Travelers

Best Things to do in Dubai for First Time Travelers

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Traveling to Dubai for the first time? We are sure that you will be both stunned and overwhelmed by the widest choices of sightseeing, leisure and entertainment attractions on offer here. That’s why we have this exclusive list for you! Whether you are inclined to shopping or theme park fun or want to explore the Emirati culture and history, Dubai has plentiful of highlights in every category. And this read gives you some ideas to get you started with the planning of your much-awaited debut Dubai visit.

1. Take to the World’s Tallest Building

Yes, Dubai hosts Burj Khalifa – the tallest man-made structure on the planet. If you are willing to pay a nominal charge, you not only get to enter into this structure, but also enjoy the views over the whole of Dubai from soul-stirring heights at its 124th level or 148th level observation deck. Add to this one of the world’s fastest elevator rides and an enlightening presentation on Dubai’s journey from a fishing settlement to a world-class city. You can choose Burj Khalifa tickets that offer access to both its observation decks and dining venues.

2. Discover the Wonders of the Massive Dubai Mall

Located close to Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest malls. But, don’t just write it off as a mega mall; it’s a shoppers’ paradise, amusement-and-thrill-seekers’ favorite and a real delight for connoisseurs of tastes.

Not a retail enthusiast? Make sure that you still wander around its 1200 plus outlets where majority of them represent merchandise from some of the greatest and well-known brands. For heart-racing action and super entertaining fun-packed moments, there is a vast spectrum of choices for all age groups, such as Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania Dubai, Ekart Zabeel and VR Park.

Now if you think you can’t discover this extraordinary mall without stretching your budget, it has some fantastic free attractions, mainly the Human Waterfalls and Dubai Fountain show – which appeals to you with its perfect sync of light, water and music.

3. Visit a Water Park

Dubai has to its credit some of the world’s most amazing water parks. Whether you are looking for milder water activities or spine-chilling and scare-inducing kind of water rides and slides, you will find it all at Dubai’s water parks. Visit Aquaventure Water Park (inside Atlantis, The Palm Resort) or spend a day at Wild Wadi with water attractions themed around the characters of a fascinating Arabian folklore. Want to heighten your theme park visit in Dubai? Be sure to head to Aqua Fun Water Park Dubai – it is the world’s largest inflatable water park.

4. Catch with the View at the Palm

This is one attraction you must definitely add on your bucketlist. The View at the Palm is an observation deck on the 52nd level of Palm Tower. What makes it stand out from other vantage points in Dubai is that it is exclusively created to give you the display of the whole of Palm Jumeirah – the iconic man-made island that is shaped like a huge palm tree. Don’t miss it; the views you get to see from here are simply indescribable!

5. Watch Palm Fountain

Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah’s Pointe is not just any other fountain. Opened in 2020, it is the world’s largest fountain show and the region’s only colored show. All we can say is that it is a sight to behold when the choreographed water shoots up and sways and twirls in astounding harmony of light, music and colors. You don’t have to pay nothing to watch it; just find a perfect spot to admire it.  

6. Enjoy an Insider Look at Burj Al Arab

This classic sail-shaped structure is a staple spot on any Dubai visit. For those who don’t know, it is an all-suite, five-star hotel complete with the most extravagant comforts and luxurious facilities. A stay here, therefore, may not be for all. But, if you are curious to know what makes it one of the world’s most expensive accommodations, you can sign up for Inside Burj Al Arab tour. It is a butler-guided tour that introduces you to the hotel’s most premium and priciest features, from the largest of its kind atrium to its choicest Royal Suite. You also get to visit UMA Lounge and be part of some cool immersive experiences on this tour.

7. Set Sail on a Dhow Cruise

Be it for a slice of the Emirati past or just to see the city sights from a new angle on water, a dhow cruise along Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina is a must-do activity in Dubai. Dhows are an epitome of the region’s pre-oil phase when these traditional Arabian vessels were largely employed for the region’s main occupations including fishing and pearl farming. They now serve as a floating restaurant with dining, refreshments and entertainment arranged onboard. This cruise lasts for about 90 minutes.

8. Tick off the Must-Experiences at Bluewaters Island

Bluewaters Island is one of Dubai’s brand-new neighborhoods with some superlative sights. Topping this list is Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and highest observation wheel. A rotation in one of its 48 enclosed cabins treats you with the most heartwarming views of modern Dubai, along with its imposing coastlines and striking islands. This is a phenomenal yet safe experience that is perfect for all age groups. Another definite visit on Bluewaters Island is Madame Tussauds Dubai; it is the first of its kind in the Middle East! With the life-size wax figures of both global icons and Middle Eastern celebs, it lets you meet and get up-close with all your favorite stars under one roof.

9. Desert Safari  

From Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to Dubai Museum and Al Shindagha Museum, there is no shortage of traditional attractions in Dubai. But, a guided desert safari that whisks you to the irresistible Arabian Desert is unmissable. It allows you to learn about age-old Bedouin culture, admire the region’s compelling seas of golden sands and participate in a variety of thrilling activities like 4X4 dune bash, camel ride etc, all on a single tour. Choose from morning desert safari or evening desert safari complete with activities, BBQ dining and traditional performances (including Tanura and Belly Dance.)

10. Feel Theme Park Fun Like Never Before

There is no way that you can complete your Dubai holiday without hitting one of its theme parks. After all, Dubai is the Middle East’s theme park capital where each of its parks is distinct, activity-packed and full of entertainment. For the fanatics of rollercoaster rides, slides and other attractions, Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the ultimate attractions; it alone hosts four parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park. Fancy a chilly day out in the desert city? Head to Ski Dubai! This is not any ordinary park; you will step directly into a winter wonderland as it is fully covered by snow. Not to mention, you get to ski, snowboard, sledge etc during your visit here. Apart from these, Dubai is also home IMG Worlds of Adventure, which is one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks.


As you are now aware of the unmissable and best things to do in Dubai, don’t wait anymore for your first-time Dubai visit! Add a few of our suggestions and be ready for a wonderful holiday in this Middle Eastern gem. With the right balance of modernity, tradition and everything in between, it guarantees you a getaway of a lifetime with some cherished memories to take home.