100 awesome things to do in Dubai

Dubai Bucket List challenge…


Maybe you live in Dubai and you’re wondering what to do at the weekend. Maybe you’re a tourist and you’re looking for ideas for awesome things to do in Dubai. Well here is the ultimate bucket list of 100 things to do in Dubai, now there’s no excuse not to get out and start ticking off this list of awesome things to do in Dubai in 2018.


I have a challenge. Complete this list of 100 things to do in Dubai…

1. Go up to the top of Burj Khalifa for the best views of the city to the observation deck

2. Watch the fountain show from the bridge over to Souk al Bahar

3. Get an Abra lake ride around the fountains

4. Watch a show at Dubai Opera house

5. Spend a night in a luxury 5* hotel

6. Go on the scariest rides at Aquaventure (Poseidon’s revenge and leap of faith)

7. Swim in the Arabian Gulf

8. Fly a kite at kite beach

9. Eat a lotus ice cream from SALT

10. Go to one of the big Friday brunches, like Saffron or Bubbalicious

11. Eat at a restaurant in Atlantis like Bread Street kitchen or Nobu

12. Go to a Polo match at Dubai Polo & Equestrian club

13. Watch horse racing at Dubai Meydan horse races, (Dubai World Cup is the biggest event).

14. Take an Abra across the Dubai Creek

15. Party the night away at Barasti

16. Go ice skating in Dubai Mall

17. Do a luxury cinema experience – Platinum Suites at Reel or Gold at Vox

18. Take a selfie in front of Dubai aquarium

19. Go dune bashing on a desert safari

20. Go to the Apple store and people watch from the terrace

21. Ride a camel in the desert

22. Try paddle boarding in the Arabian Sea

23. Get afternoon tea at the Burj al Arab

24. Window shop at the glittering gold souks

25. Learn about Dubai’s history and culture at Dubai Museum

26. Go to Ripe Market at Zabeel Park

27. Go to Dubai Garden Glow and take cool pics

28. Party at White Dubai

29. Go to Dubai Safari and take photos of at least ten animals

30. Get a Hot Air Balloon Ride over the desert

31. Go on a yacht party

32. Spot the car of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (Hint – the license plate has a number 1)

33. Go up Dubai Frame for incredible city views

34. Escape an escape room

35. Get breakfast at City Walk

36. Wander around the quirky shops of Boxpark

37. Sip a giant milkshake at black tap

38. Ride a rollercoaster at IMG world of adventures

39. Grab a bargain at Dubai Outlet Mall

40. Ride an Arab horse under a full moon at Mushrif Park

41. See monkeys and birds at Green Planet

42. Buy souvenirs and trinkets at Souk Madinat

43. Take a helicopter tour over the city

44. Skydive over the Palm

45. Watch the sunset over the beach

46. Listen to live music at the Irish Village

47. Get amazing low cost Pakistani food at Ravis

48. Watch a camel race at Dubai Camel racing club

49. Smoke shisha at one of the Shisha bars

50. Walk around Al Quadra lakes

51. Watch the flamingos at Ras Al Khor sanctuary

52. Go on all the rides at Wild Wadi water park

53. Go to Hysteria- the ‘haunted house’ at Dubai Mall

54. Meet the penguins at Mall of Emirates

55. Get a close up photo of the Burj Khalifa

56. Visit Jumeirah Mosque

57. Ski at Ski Dubai, Mall of Emirates

58. Jump on a trampoline at Bounce

59. Go zip lining at Dubai Marina

60. Try flyboarding at JBR

61. Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay, Atlantis

62. Watch the fountains from the up close floating platform

63. Visit the world islands

64. Take a dhow cruise along Dubai creek

65. Browse scarves and clothes at the Textile Souk

66. Shop until you drop at Dubai Mall and walk down fashion avenue

67. Taste Arabic coffee at The Coffee Museum

68. Take Dubai’s driverless metro

69. Go to Wafi Mall and watch the light and sound show

70. Visit the Marriott Marquis – the tallest hotel

71. Get a Shawarma sandwich at any street cafe

72. Go to Karama and haggle over handbags

73. Buy tea light candles in Ikea and eat at the cafe

74. Experience flying at iFly at Mirdif Mall

75. Visit new countries at Global village

76. Wander Miracle Gardens

77. Get a quad bike and ride over the desert dunes

78. Buy a soft toy camel from The Camel Company

79. See the rehabilitated sea turtles at Madinat Jumeirah

80. Take the Monorail over to the Palm

81. Have a picnic in Creek Park

82. Sing your heart out at a karaoke bar like Lucky Voice

83. Go into the desert and have a barbecue

84. Watch a film under the stars at rooftop gardens Wafi Mall

85. Try go karting at Dubai autodrome

86. Drink tea at Arabian tea house

87. Try a Singapore sling at Raffles hotel

88. Buy saffron at the spice souks

89. Wander along Dubai canal and see the bridge

90. Learn about the travels of Ibn Battuta at Ibn Battuta Mall

91. Pop to Dubai design district and explore the galleries

92. Go and see La Perle at Al Habtoor

93. Eat an Emirati meal at Seven Sands

94. Be a kid again at Legoland

95. Go to the Moving Image Museum in Barsha Heights

96. Go swimming at night at Kite Beach

97. Get away from the city lights to star gaze

98. Wander the Bastayika quarter

99. Visit Motiongate

100. Get a taste of Bollywood at Bollywood parks…

When it opens… 

101. Go on Dubai eye


I hope this list gave you some ideas of things to do in Dubai. I have done 52 of these so still have a lot to work through.

Check out my top ten awesome FREE things to do in Dubai here.

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Let me know what you’ve completed, and what I’ve missed off the list that you think needs adding!

Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Dubai Dreamer

Hi, I live and work in Dubai. I enjoy getting out and about and seeing what Dubai has to offer, travelling in my holidays and spare time – prepare for blog posts about this, and cooking vegetarian recipes. I am passionate about travel and animals.



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