• 100 things to do in Dubai - 2018 edition

    Ain Dubai, Blue Waters Island
    My previous post, 101 Things To Do in Dubai, written couple of years ago, may now have a place in a museum. It just quickly became outdated.

    New attractions sprout like mushrooms in the city. They come quick. Almost every month there are new places to see and new experiences to try. Some of us could easily miss what's happening around if we're not following major news and bloggers on social media.

    This is just a list. However, I've linked the significant ones so it can be handy for you to get more info. So let me start with the newest spots that are currently making a buzz in the city:

    See the New Sights and Hangout Destinations

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    1. La Mer
    Situated by the beach, this place offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s iconic skyline.

    2. Al Seef Waterfront
    The destination includes a marina, traditional souk, a floating market and pontoons with space for floating restaurants, art galleries, and shops selling locally made Emirati crafts.

    3. Riverland
    A fun-themed dining and retail destination, inspired by "Modern Old Europe" architecture

    4. The Yard
    The Yard is home to Dubai's first Promise Bridge. This place situated at "The Last Exit" in D89 also offers a rustic courtyard, a farmer’s market, a bakery, a lake and shaded walking trails.

    5. Box Park
    A riot of green, yellow, orange blue and grey container boxes, Boxpark is a mall unlike no other. It's uniquely very urban and provides a different soul of the city.

    6. Dubai Frame
    Dubbed as world's best new attraction, this new concept takes the visitors to a journey through time on three different levels: old Dubai, present Dubai and future Dubai. The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle offering a great 360 degree view.

    7. Dubai Water Canal
    See a city in the midst of one of the world’s greatest urban transformations as it launches the Dubai Water Canal, a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay.

    8. IMAGINE Light Show
    It is Dubai Festival City’s record-breaking new attraction, which offers unique sensory experience, harnesses the power of light, water, and fire, combined with giant aqua screens, 30 fountains and surround sound to connect with audiences and produce a show like never seen before.

    9. Rise Dubai Creek Harbour
    Rise Dubai Creek Harbour brings in food, entertainment, edutainment, and retail to an already spectacular destination. All of the programming is curated to provide a flavor of fun, no matter what age you are.

    10. Last Exit Food Truck Park
    A unique food truck destination with a wide selection of awesome street food

    11. Queen Elizabeth II luxury cruise ship
    After 10 years of docking in Dubai shores, the world famous cruise ship is set to become a hotel and museum

    12. La Perle Aqua Theater Show
    La Perle's mysterious storyline, incredibly talented performers and one-of-a-kind stage concept is making major waves as the city's very first in-residence theatre show.

    13. Dubai Opera Tour
    Embark on an adventure to discover Dubai’s iconic cultural destination, blending visionary architecture with moments of magic. Listen to stories about Dubai Opera’s unique heritage and breathtaking design. View exclusive VIP hospitality suite. Access unique multi-format auditorium

    14. Ain Dubai / Blue Waters Island (see cover photo)
    Not yet 100% completed, but it's taking shape already and is opening soon. The observation wheel is set to become the largest and highest in the world. Ain Dubai will tower high above Dubai’s coastline with its dimensions far exceeding any similar existing structure. The observation wheel will open up never-seen-before 360-degree views of Dubai and its renowned landmarks and skyline. 

    15. Etihad Museum
    The museum is focused on inspiring its visitors with the story of the founding of the UAE.

    Explore the Theme Parks

    16. Dubai Safari
    17. IMG World of Adventure
    18. Legoland Theme Park
    19. Legoland Waterpark
    20. Motion Gate
    21. Bollywood Parks
    22. Global Village (November to April)

    Experience the Old and New Mix

    23. Dubai Fountain Water and Light Shows
    24. Dubai Aquarium
    25. Dubai Miracle Garden (Winter)
    26. Dubai Butterfly Garden
    27. Aventura 
    28. Amphibious Bus
    29. Ride the self-serving autonomous pods (driver-less cars)
    30. Go up to 'At The Top' (124th floor) ot 'At The Top SKY' (148th floor) of Burj Khalifa
    31. Skydive over The Palm for the extremes
    32. Alserkal Contemporary and Modern Arts
    33. Dine and high tea in the sky
    34. Dubai Garden Glow and Dino Park
    35. Helicopter Tour over Dubai or Seaplane Tour
    36. Hot Air Balloon flight over the desert
    37. Emirates A380 simulator at Dubai Mall
    38. Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
    39. Spot the world's most luxurious police cars patrolling in Jumeirah or in Downtown
    40. Watch films at the largest screen in Middle East and Asia at Meydan Theater IMAX
    41. The Walk & The Beach
    42. SALT BAY Aqua Pod - Floating Food 'Truck' 
    43. Chill Out - Middle East's first subzero lounge and restaurant
    44. 4Two - world's smallest restaurant - maximum of 2 guests only.

    Cruise on Local Waters

    45. Dhow cruise Dubai Creek / Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise
    46. Dubai Canal cruise
    47. Ride the Water Taxis
    48. Abra
    49. Cruise past The Palm, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina with The Yellow Boat

    Discover Simple Nature

    50. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary bird watching
    51.  Desert safari at Al Marmoom
    52. Watch a camel race, or ride one
    53. Al Qudra Lake camping
    54. Hatta Dam & Heritage Tour of Dubai's Mountain Town

    Be Amazed with Fancy Buildings and Hotels

    55. Burj Khalifa
    Light show
    56. Burj Al Arab
    57. Atlantis
    58. Maze Tower
    59. Cayan Twisted Tower at Dubai Marina
    60. JW Marriott Marquis - the world's second tallest hotel
    61. The Gevora - the world's tallest hotel (as of Feb 2018)
    62. Emirates Towers
    63. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
    64. Rolex Twin Towers in Deira
    65. Dubai International Financial Centre
    66. Business Bay Buildings
    67. Jumeirah Lake Towers
    68. Bulgari Residences
    69. Palazzo Versace

    Just Getting Around 

    70. Dubai Metro
    71. Dubai Tram at Dubai Marina
    72. Dubai Trolley in Downtown Dubai
    73. Palm Monorail
    74. Hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tour

    Take the road and sway by the creek - Dubai Wonderbus - the amphibious bus

    Immerse in The Old Dubai

    75. Shisha along Dubai Creek
    76. Dubai Museum
    77. Saeed Al Maktoum House
    78. Heritage Village
    79. Deira Clock Tower
    80. Al Fahidi Historic District

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    Chill at the Open Parks

    81. Burj Park at Downtown
    82. Bay Avenue
    83. Zabeel Park
    84. Mushrif Park
    85. Dubai Creek Park

    Flyboarding in Dubai Marina
    Be Adventurous in Water

    86. Flyboarding in Jumeirah beach
    87. Wakeboarding in Dubai Marina
    88. Aquaventure, The Lost Chambers & Dolphin Bay in Atlantis
    89. Try extreme water thrills and rides at Wild Wadi Waterpark
    90. Yacht ride to The World Islands
    91. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo + Cage snorkeling
    92. Kite Surf at Kite Beach

    Shop at these Unique Shopping Destinations
    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.

    93. Citywalk Malls
    94. Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall
    95. Ibn Batutta Mall
    96. Dubai Outlet Mall
    97. The Outlet Village
    98. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
    99. Gold Souk and the Gold and Diamond Park
    100. The Outlet Village, Jebel Ali

    There you go! You have no excuses not to go out on weekends anymore. Plan ahead to spend more quality time with friends and family in different places. You don't really have to spend much also. Many of the places don't require you to splurge to enjoy.


    More upcoming attractions are set to open this year, including the following iconic ones:

    Madame Tussad's Museum in Blue Waters Island
    Mohammed bin Rashid Library
    Cityland Mall
    Deira Night Souk
    Aladdin City
    Azizi Riviera


    NOTE: Photos are source through Google Image search. Credits to their respective owners.

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