• 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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