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Things to do in UAE

As one of the most absorbing destinations of the Middle East, the UAE is a place that opens the window into Arabia’s traditions and culture along with its dynamic urban culture. If you are wondering what to do in UAE, we bring you a comprehensive list – from soaking up the sun on beaches of Dubai, enjoying culinary delights in award-winning restaurants to enjoying international sporting events and awe-inspiring iconic views of the UAE. This is not all the things you can do in the UAE, you can also enjoy shopping in Dubai's 96 malls or souks.

Glance through the things to do in Dubai below:

Beaches

One of the best and relaxing things to do in the UAE includes visiting beaches that offer clear waters, white sand and warmth. Some of the best beaches are Jumeirah Beach, JBR Beach and Kite Beach. Topless bathing is not allowed anywhere in the UAE, but women can wear bikinis at the beach.

Desert Safari

No vacation in the UAE is complete without a desert safari. You can go for camel riding & dune bashing, and enjoy remote Bedouin-style camps. 

More attractions

If you are willing looking for some really adventurous things to do in Dubai, you must explore the waterparks here. These include Aquaventure Waterpark, Wild Wadi Waterpark™, Dubai Aquarium, and more. You can also explore IMG Worlds of Adventure, KidZania, Seawings Seaplane Tours, Ski Dubai, SEGA Republic and Dubai Parks and Resorts. These are some of the interesting things to do in Dubai. 

We have underlined a lot more things to do UAE in the table below:


Name
Emirate
Entrance Fee
Timings
Description
LINKS TO PLACES OF INTEREST
1
Al Ain Zoo
Abu Dhabi
General Admission for an adult is AED20 and a child (aged 3 to 12) is AED 10
Sunday to Wednesday from 9am to 8pm; Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm
In the year1968, the late Sheikh Zayed founded Al Ain Zoo. This unique zoo in the Middle East was established with the vision of creating natural habitats for animals to live freely.
2
Aquaventure
Dubai
General Admission for an adult (above 1.2 metres)is AED 250 and a child (below 1.2 metres)is AED 205
Everyday 10am to Sunset*
The Water Park allows you to enjoy the thrill of jumping into the No. 1 water park in the Middle East and Europe meant for all ages. It has the planet’s largest slide or the world’s first dual slide within a slide.
3
Dreamland Aqua Park
Umm al Quwaim
General Admission for an adult is AED 135 and a child (under 1.2m metres) is AED 85
Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am - 6pm; Thursday to Saturday from 10am - 8 pm
Dreamland Aqua park was inaugurated on 12th June 1997 and remains one of the largest family entertainment park in the Middle East region.
4
DUCTAC
Dubai
No Entrance fee. Special events might require an invitation or ticket.
Saturday to Thursday from 9am up to 7pm Friday closed.
DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre) is the only non-profit, multipurpose creative centre in the region and is a hub for Dubai’s performing and artistic community.
5
Iceland Water Park
Ras al Khaimah
General entrance fee for an adult is AED150 and for a child is AED100 (below 1.2 meters)
Sunday to Saturday from 10 am to 7pm
There are several attractions in the Iceland water park such as Mt Fury, Penguin Cove, Mt Tempest, Penguin Falls, Coral Isle, and Snow River amidst others. Penguins Falls at the entrance of the water park is recorded to be the world’s largest man-made waterfall. Coral Isle offers snorkelling pool.
6
Ferrari World
Abu Dhabi
General Admission for an adult is AED240 (above1.3 metres) and a child (below1.3metres) AED195
Sunday – Thursday from 11am-7pm; Friday – Saturday from 11am-8pm
Ferrari themed amusement park on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The central park is situated under a 200,000 m² roof making it the largest indoor amusement park in the world.
7
Miracle Garden
Dubai
General Admission is AED 30 and 3 yrs old and below is free
Sunday to Wednesday from 9am – 9pm; Thursday to Saturday 9am – 11pm:
Miracle Garden is one of a kind in the region and in the world for such a unique display and extravagant outdoor recreational destination. It has more than 45 million blooming flowers in stunning designs, awesome shapes and structures, and eye catching colour combinations achieved through 45 different flower varieties and colour.
8
Wadi Adventure
Abu Dhabi
General Admission for an adultis AED50 and for a child AED 25
Sunday to Wednesday from 11am -8pm; Thursday to Saturday from 10am-8pm
Wadi Adventure in Al Ain, the Middle East's first man made white water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility.
9
Wild Wadi
Dubai
General Admission for an adult (above 1.1 meters in height) is AED 275 and a child (under 1.1 meters in height) is AED 215
Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm except on Fridays from 10am to 10pm.
The Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the area of Jumeirah, adjacent to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
10
Yas Water World
Abu Dhabi
General Admission for guests (1.1 meters tall and above) is AED 240and Junior Admission for guests (below 1.1 metres tall) is AED 195
Sunday to Saturday from10am-6pm
The water park is located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with over 40 rides.
OUTING
1
Desert Safari
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
Varies in accordance to the Service Provider
3pm onwards
Desert Safari allows you to experience the desert culture. The booking can be made any of the emirates in the UAE. Pickups and drop offs are arranged by the organisers.
2
Dubai Aquarium
Duba
Combo Ticket - Adult Aquarium Tunnel& Underwater Zoo is AED 70Combo Ticket - Child (3-12 years) Aquarium Tunnel& Underwater Zoo is AED 55
Sunday – Wednesday from 10am - 10pm Thursday – Saturday from 10am - 12am
The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, situated on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall. It is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world and houses thousands of aquatic animals (comprising over 140 species).
3
Dhow Cruise
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
Varies in accordance to Service Provider
7:30 pm onwards
Several options of Dhow Cruise are accessible throughout the emirates. These are usually an hour long trip exploring the scenic beauty with meals and other facilities.
4
Jumeirah Beach Park/Mamzar Beach Park
Dubai
AED5 per admission
Sunday/Monday/Tuesday & Wednesday, from 8 am to 10pm;Thursday/Friday/Saturday and official holidays, from 08am to 11pm
These beaches let you enjoy the water based sports along the coastline of Dubai
5
Khor Fakkan
Fujairah
No information available
No information available
Khor Fakkan beach is a splendid scenic beauty along the Fujairah coastline.
6
The Lost Chambers
Dubai
General Admission for an adult is AED 100 and a child is AED 70
Sunday – Thursday (hourly) from 1pm to 7pm; Friday – Saturday (hourly) from 10am to 8pm
The Lost Chambers Aquarium lets you explore the mysterious ruins of Atlantis, lost for thousands of years deep beneath the sea. It is house to about 65,000 marine animals such as sharks, eels, seahorses, and piranhas.
SPORTS
1
Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Dubai
No information available
No information available
The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, a tennis complex is the host of the annual 500 series stop, the Dubai Tennis Championships. The Stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.
2
Dubai Autodrome
Dubai
No information available
No information available
Dubai Autodrome has deliberately positioned itself as the home of UAE national motorsport with the goal to develop and promote UAE motor racing at national level. Through the DAMC the venue has hosted races.
3
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
Dubai
No information available
No information available
Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground is a multi-use stadium, currently used mostly for rugby union matches.
4
Dubai Sports City
Dubai
No information available
No information available
Dubai Sports City (DSC) is a 50-million square feet mixed use development that will be the world’s first integrated purpose-built sports city.
5
Meydan/Nad Al Sheba Racecourse
Dubai
No information available
November through March
It has a 2,200 metre left-handed dirt race track and a left-handed turf course of the same distance. It is now called Meydan Racecourse.
6
Mohammad bin Zayed Stadium
Abu Dhabi
No information available
No information available
Al Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium, currently used mostly for football and cricket matches and is the home ground of Al Jazira Club.
7
Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Sharjah
No information available
No information available
It was originally constructed in the early 1980s and has been upgraded over the years.
8
Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi
No information available
No information available
The Yas Marina Circuit is the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It is the second Formula One track in the Middle East, with the first being in Bahrain.
MUSEUMS
1
Al Ahmadiya School
Dubai
No entrance fee
Saturday to Thursday from 8am – 7:30pm, Friday: 2:30pm – 7:30pm
Al Ahmadiya School is one of the most prestigious ancient educational institutions, and the first semi-formal private school in Dubai, and is today owned and administered by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
2
Al Ain National Museum
Abu Dhabi
No information available
Saturday to Sunday 8am to 7:30pm, except Monday (closed); Friday – 3pm to 5:30pm.
The museum, the oldest in the UAE, is situated next to the Eastern Fort (or Sultan Fort built by the former UAE President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The museum has two main sections on ethnographic and archaeological aspects of the country, in particular around Al Ain.
3
Carbon 12 Dubai
Dubai
No information available
Saturday to Wednesday from 11:30 am— 5pm; Closed on Thursdays & Fridays
Carbon 12 Dubai, established in 2008, the first gallery in the region to promote a comprehensive, firmly global, program of institution-grade artists.
4
Dubai Museum
Dubai
The entrance fee for an adult is AED3, and for a child is AED1.
Saturday to Thursday from 8:30am-8:30pm
The Dubai Museum showcases the rich culture and heritage of the emirate of Dubai. It is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, and has several distinguishing aspects of the Emirati culture such as ship building and other dioramas highlighting the daily life.
5
Saeed Al Maktoum House
Dubai
No information available
Sunday to Friday from 8am to 7?pm
It is a historic building and former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The museum contains artefacts as well as images of theold town of Dubai.
6
Salsali Private Museum
Dubai
No information available
Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and by appointment. Closed on Friday
It is the first private museum in the region for contemporary Middle Eastern and international art, founded by Ramin Salsali. It has the highest concentration of galleries and creative spaces in the region.
7
Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah
No information available
Saturday to Friday from 9 am to 1pm and 5 pm to 8pm except on Monday, this is a holiday for the museum.
Sharjah Art Museum has a collection of modern and contemporary art by artists from United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries. It also organizes as well as hosts short-term exhibitions.
8
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
Sharjah
Entrance fee for an adult is AED 5 and children are free
Saturday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm Friday: 4pm - 8pm
The museum covers Islamic culture, with more than 5,000 artifacts from the Islamic world comprising, ceramics, calligraphy, carvings, coins, glass, scientific instruments, manuscripts, metalwork.
9
Sheikh Obaid bin Thani House
Dubai
No information available
Saturday & Thursday: 8am to 9pmFriday: 4pm to 10pm
It is a historic building and former residence of Sheikh Obaid bin Thani, that was built of stone derived from the sea, gypsum, and mud in 1916. It is now a museum.
10
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum
Abu Dhabi
No information available
No information available
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum or the Al Ain Palace Museum is based in the palace of the former UAE President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his family.
11
Women’s Museum
Dubai
AED20per admission
Saturday to Thursday 10am - 7pm
The women’s Museum in Dubai is one of the first of its kind in the region. The museum aims to highlight the contribution of the Arab women in the development of the society.
ATTRACTIONS
1
Burj Khalifa
Dubai
General Admission for an adult is AED125 and a child (4-12years ) is AED95
Saturday to Friday from 10am to 10pm
Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world is a defining feature of the skyline in Dubai, and highly recommended spot. The observatory deck at the Burj Khalifa enables the tourists and visitors get a glimpse of bird-eye of Dubai.
2
Dubai Fountain:
Dubai
No entrance fee
6pm onwards or after sunset
Dubai Musical Fountain is the highest moving fountains in the world. It is a spectacle that can be viewed anyone visiting Dubai Mall. It starts at dusk with an interval of 15 minutes. It can either be enjoyed standing near the pool or seated relaxing at one of restaurants near it.
3
Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
No entrance fee
Saturday – Thursday from 9am to 10pm
The Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi is the biggest mosque in the region and third biggest in the world. The white marble structure is embellished with coloured stone carved in floral patterns. Examples of calligraphic excellence can also be witnessed.
4
Jabal Hafeet, Al Ain
Abu Dhabi
No Entrance fee
No information available
The mountain range located in the serene city of Al Ain. The mountain range is great spot for photography and spending some quality time with the family and friends. A park is placed at the mountain foot and is ideal for bar-be-que.
5
Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai
Dubai
No information available
No information available
It is one of the few mosques, wherein Non-Muslims are allowed. A guided tour can be organised.
6
Mud and Brick Mosque of Fujairah
Fujairah
No information available
No information available
It is the oldest mosque in the UAE made up of mud and brick situated in the emirate of Fujairah.