101 things to do in Dubai plus 10 more in other emirates (as of 2015)

The Maze Tower 
Admit it, when our friends visit Dubai we're still disorganized when it comes to where to take them, or what activities to let them do. Not that we don't really know. There are just too many. More often than not, we're torn whether to take them to the modern attractions or the traditional cultural heritage.

Actually, this is not only for our guests. Many of us who's been staying for years here in the UAE still haven't done some of the things below, myself included.

Some are free, some are costly, but most of the experience are priceless.

Read on, and please feel free to add these to your checklist.

Landmarks and sightseeing spots
You surely won't miss the most popular ones, but if you still got time, the rest here are either unique to Dubai or just too good to pass.

The Box Park shopping complex in Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah
  1. Burj Khalifa, the tallest in the world, need I say more :-)
  2. Burj Al Arab, the only '7-star hotel' in the world
  3. Dubai Fountain, the world's largest choreographed fountain system
  4. Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall, world's largest acrylic aquarium display
  5. Atlantis The Palm
  6. Emirates Towers (We called this Toblerone towers)
  7. Maze Tower
  8. Cayan Twisted Tower
  9. Jumeirah Mosque
  10. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  11. Dubai Museum
  12. Saeed Al Maktoum House
  13. Dhow Cruise at Dubai Creek
  14. Deira Clock Tower
  15. JW Marriott Marquis - the world's tallest hotel
  16. Rose Rayhaan Rotana - the world's second tallest hotel 
  17. Rolex Twin Towers in Deira
  18. Dubai Marina Waterfront and Yacht Club 
  19. Dubai Financial Centre facade
  20. Dubai Miracle Garden (Winter)
  21. Dubai Butterfly Garden
  22. Global Village (November to April)
  23. Dubai Dolphinarium
  24. Dolphin Bay Atlantis
  25. Al Fahidi Historic District 
  26. Saeed Al Maktoum House
  27. The Walk and The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residences
  28. Stroll, dine and shop at the The Box Park
  29. Pass by the Floating Bridge
  30. Go around Downtown Dubai
  31. Surf in the beach and surf the net under the Wifi palms at Jumeirah beach
  32. Picnic in the parks - visit any of the following Zabeel, Mushrif, and Dubai Creek
  33. Go birdwatching in the middle of Dubai at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

    Take the road and sway by the creek - Dubai Wonderbus - the amphibious bus
    Experiences and popular activities
    Never leave Dubai without experiencing at least 10 on the list. Well, make it 15.

  34. Ride the Dubai Metro coast to coast from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali
  35. Ride the Dubai Tram at Dubai Marina
  36. Ride the Dubai Trolley in Downtown Dubai
  37. Ride the Palm Monorail
  38. Ride the Amphibious Bus and tour both land and the Dubai Creek
  39. Dhow cruise Dubai Creek / Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise
  40. Dhow cruise at Dubai Marina
  41. Desert safari - sand dunes, ATV, ride a camel, see a belly dancer, get a henna
  42. Go up to 'At The Top' (124th floor) ot 'At The Top SKY' (148th floor) of Burj Khalifa
  43. Skydive over The Palm for the extremes
  44. City tour via Big Bus
  45. Aerial scenic tour via Seaplane and land on water
  46. Jump on giant trampolines at Bounce
  47. Hot Air Balloon flight over the desert
  48. iFly Indoor Skydiving at Mirdif City Centre
  49. Emirates A380 simulator at Dubai Mall
  50. Cable car ride at Dubai Creek Park
  51. Play the Challenge Chambers at Sunset Mall
  52. Traditional abra (boat) ride in Dubai creek
  53. Bungee jumping at Gravity Zone
  54. Equestrian at Al Sahra Desert Resort
  55. Sheesha at any Dubai Creek or Bastakiya old cafes
  56. Go racing at Kartdrome, Dubai Autodrome
  57. Enjoy the nightlife with clubs and bar hopping
  58. See the docked Queen Elizabeth II luxury cruise ship
  59. Sun bath at Jumeirah Beach
  60. Tour the city in luxurious limousine
  61. Helicopter Heritage Tour
  62. Get in the Ski Dubai park and see the penguins or take the slopes or cable car
  63. Slide and glide at Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink
  64. Spot the world's most luxurious police cars patrolling in Jumeirah or in Downtown

    Flyboarding in Dubai Marina
    Water sports, rides and adventure
    If you are an 'Aquaman', you should never miss the breeze of Dubai, or the waves and the splashes of thrilling water sports, rides and activities, over and under the sea. If you're a resident, check out the amazing water parks.

  65. Go Flyboarding (Jet blade) in Jumeirah beach
  66. Wakeboard in Dubai Marina
  67. Experience record-setting water adventure at Aquaventure, Atlantis
  68. Try extreme water thrills and rides at Wild Wadi Waterpark
  69. Yacht ride to The World Islands
  70. See The Lost Chambers in Atlantis
  71. Cage snorkeling at the Dubai Mall Aquarium
  72. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  73. Scuba diving with dolphins
  74. X-Jetpack
  75. Watch films at the largest screen in Middle East and Asia at Meydan Theater IMAX

    Angry Birds Park at 2014 Modesh World
    For the kids
    And who wouldn't want to treat the kids to their own tour? Dubai has got a plenty of options to choose from

  76. Visit Modhesh World (Summer)
  77. Bring the kids to Kidzania
  78. Let the kids play at Sega Republic indoor theme park
  79. Treat the kids to dolphin and seals show at Dubai Dolphinarium or swim with the dolphins
  80. Go with them to the exotic bird show in Dubai Creek
  81. Play arcade with the kids, and eat pizza at Chuck E Cheese's

    Comicave Store, Dubai Outlet Mall
    Shopping
    Dubai can easily beat New York, Paris or London as the world's best shopping destination. Malls, traditional and modern souks and popular bargain shopping centres are almost in the every corner of the emirate.

  82. Dubai Shopping Festival (Winter) and Dubai Summer Surprises 
  83. Find best priced gadgets and gizmos at GITEX (October & March/April)
  84. Comicave, Outlet Mall - world's largest comics and collectibles superstore
  85. Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall, world's largest shopping mall based on total area
  86. Mall of the Emirates, home of Ski Dubai
  87. Ikea at Dubai Festival City
  88. Dubai Outlet Mall for top brands bargains
  89. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  90. Shop for bling and gold at the old Gold Souk or the Gold and Diamond Park
  91. Citywalk / The Box Park
  92. Mercato

    Juiceworld in Al Rigga Road, Deira
    DiningThis doesn't really lists the extravagant ones, but those worthy of a try because of their uniqueness.

  93. Chill Out - Middle East's first subzero lounge and restaurant
  94. Zero Gravity - dine within the perimeters of Skydive Dubai drop zone
  95. Taste of Fame
  96. Boardwalk - al fresco fine dining by the Dubai Creek
  97. Don't just cool down with smoothies, take a picture at the grand fruity display of Juice World
  98. Feast of this region's street food at Zaroob
  99. Sip a hot karak chai (tea) at the nearest cafeterias or at posh hotels

  100. Annual sporting and entertainment events These are seasonal events so if you happen to visit during the time these sports or festivals are held, you may want to book a ticket so.

  101. Global sports tournaments (World Cup, Dubai Tennis Championships, DP World, Run in the Dubai Marathon)
  102. Annual entertainment showcase (Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival)


From Dubai to the other emirates
Of course when you're already in Dubai and got more time, you would want to visit the other emirates for more exciting activities (and souvenirs).

Every other emirate has got its own museums and landmark mosques, but in addition to those traditional attractions, here are the handpicked ones you should not miss when you're travelling the 6 other emirates:
  1. Ferrari World - Abu Dhabi
  2. Yas Waterworld - Abu Dhabi
  3. Yas Marina Circuit - Abu Dhabi
  4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi
  5. Iceland Waterpark - Ras Al Khaimah
  6. Jebel Hafeet - Al Ain
  7. Wadi Adventure - Al Ain
  8. Dreamland Aquapark - Ras Al Khaimah
  9. Emirates Park Zoo or Al Ain Zoo
  10. Tallest flagpole at the Flag Island, and nearby, see the Eye of the Emirates in Al Qasba - Sharjah
The highlighted ones are my personal recommendations not to miss. Have fun doing your to-do list, and enjoy Dubai!

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