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Must Try Dubai


Park Life

Al Barsha Pond Park

This park has become quite the spot for families and sport enthusiasts. Surrounded by a man-made lake, the park offers walking and jogging tracks, as well as rentable bicycles, tennis courts, football pitcher, volleyball court, fitness machines and basketball courts.

There are also numerous playgrounds-perfect for the little ones. The park is also hosts the Ripe Night Market on Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm. Open from 8am to 10pm daily, admission is free.

Dubai Miracle Garden

With its countless floral displays and extravagant outdoor recreational areas, Dubai Miracle Garden is a unique feature in the region and holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest wall of flowers.

Adding new flowers and plants this season, together with all the facilities you could need, Dubai Miracle Garden will bring even more beauty and life to this new world of enjoyment and fun. Entry is priced at Dhs 30.

Call 04-4228902 or visit

Zabeel Park

Zabeel Park is a highly maintained inner-city park, with lush green lawns and bridges connecting the 3 main areas around the Trade Centre roundabout.

In addition to the beautifully kept gardens, the park is home to Stargate (a space age theme park), Megabowl (a large outdoor amphitheater) and the Space Maze.

There is also a boating lake, mini golf, cricket field, assault course and food court, with a separate area designed to host functions.

Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm. Entry is Dhs 4 per person. Call 04-3986888.

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Covering 4,500 sq metres, with 9 custom built domes, a museum and a flower park, Dubai Butterfly Garden is the largest covered butterfly garden in the world.

Walk through the spectacular butterfly and insect museum, with thousands or perfectly preserved butterflies on display and then enter the climate controlled domes where you will be surrounded by an abundance of different coloured species, all flying around and confidently settling on your head and arms and landing on the flowers and plants.

Tip: Butterflies are attracted to white clothes! Open every day from 9am to 6pm. Entrance is Dhs 50 per person and free of charges for the disabled and kids below 2 years.

Call 04-4228902, email or visit

Mushrif Park

Situated on the Al Awir Road in 124 hectares of natural ghaf forest, Mushrif Park boasts swimming pools, fountains, lakes, children’s play areas, camel and pony rides and 26 picnic areas equipped with wooden shades, seats and modern grills.

It also supports a healthy population of birds, including Owls, Orphean Warbler’s, eastern Black Redstart’s, Yellow-throated Sparrows and Hoopoe’s, making it the ideal place to escape the city. Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm.

Entry is Dhs 3 per person. Call 04-2883624.

Creek Park

As the name suggests, Creek Park runs along the side of Dubai creek. Although one of the earliest parks in Dubai, Creek Park has a modern layout, with well-planned children’s play areas, recreational facilities, easy to navigate footpaths and a number of handy refreshment stands.

Creek Park is also home to Dubai Dolphinarium, Children’s City, the "teleferic" cable car rides, rental bikes, train rides, camel and pony rides and restaurants.

Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm. Entry is Dhs 5 per person. Call 04-3367633.

Popular Attractions

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is a captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai. One of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attractions, it delights thousands of visitors for free every day and is the world’s tallest performing fountain.

At over 900 feet in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – it is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

With The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride you can set sail on the ultimate ride front row seats to the best show in town for Dhs 65 per person. Show schedule: afternoon shows, daily (except Fridays) at 1:00pm and 1:30pm. Afternoon shows (Fridays only) at 1:30pm and 2pm. Evening shows, daily from 6:00pm to 11:00pm every 30 minutes.

Call 04-3627500 or email

Dubai Water Canal

The Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to from The Creek on Old Dubai through Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf.

Along its waterfront, the Westin, the W Hotel, the St. Regis, a whole range of new lifestyle precincts, a 3km running track and 12km cycling path.

The waterfall, where the Canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge, is a beautiful motion-operated water feature that is visible from the promenade, and switches off a sensor detects a boat nearby.

There are five pedestrian bridges available including three across the Canal, so you can take in the stunning views. It also brings a non-stop way to travel, with a free-flowing commute from Deira to Dubai Water Canal and Dubai Marina.

Visit for the route map.

Burj Khalifa – The World’s Tallest Tower

Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high – 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the records since 2004.

The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck – ‘At the Top – Sky’ and the tallest service elevator.

Tickets to the observation deck are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, but if you can’t wait, immediate entry is available for a price. Call 04-3661655

Burj Al Arab – Tower of the Arabs

Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world.

Sometimes referred to as "the world’s most luxurious hotel", the Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble the billowing sail of a ship, and standing 321 metres high, it makes an impressive addition to the Dubai skyline.

To make it even more inspiring the building is illuminated at night by a choreographed light show representing water and fire, and is a great photo opportunity. Call 04-3017777

Waterparks & Adventures


The spectacular ‘Tower of Poseidon’ is filled with record breaking rides, including the world’s largest waterside. The terrifying ‘Poseidon’s Revenge’ suspends you over a trap door and then releases you through a series of extreme twists and turns, reaching 60kmh!

Experience heart-thumping slides, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and up close animal encounters. Open 10am to 7pm. Tickets are Dhs 320 for adults and Dhs 275 for children below 1.2 metres in height.

Call 04-4260000

Wild Wadi

Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab and themed around the tale of Juha, a well known character from Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi is one of Dubai’s foremost tourist locations.

Discover your inner child on the Master Blaster, Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, while the Jumeirah Sceirah will push thrill seekers’ to the limit!

Open from 10am to 7pm, admission is Dhs 275 for adults and Dhs 230 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Call 04-3484444 or visit

Dreamland and Aqua Park

Located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, the 250,000sqm expanse of lush, green, landscaped gardens makes Dreamland the perfect place for a holiday escape.

Catch the action on over 30 thrilling rides, slides, and attractions or push the snooze button on a sun bed at Palm Path and Peak Park. Open 10am to 6pm.

Tickets are Dhs 160 per adult and Dhs 100 for children below 1.2 metres and for those over 65 years of age. Infants under 2 years and those with special needs are free of charge.

Call 06-7681888 or visit

Yas Waterworld

Yas waterworld Abu Dhabi features 43 rides, slides and attractions and follows the story of ‘Dana’, a young Emirati girl, on a guest for the legendary pearl that once brought prosperity to her village.

With the atmospheric setting, thrilling rides, authentic souq-style shopping and live entertainment, there’s something for the entire family.

Open 10am to 7pm every day. Ticket cost Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 210 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Premium tickets are also available.

Call 02-4142000. 

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek has served as a lifeline for the community for the centuries. A vital part of the city’s maritime trade for a staggering 7,000 years, it contributes to play a prominent role in the day-to-day business of Dubai. Imports and exports are still shipped via the busy waterways.

While you’re here, you can jump aboard a water taxi (abra) for just Dhs1 to cross the creek. Bur Dubai to Deira.

Dubai By Air

Seawings Tour

Nobody has to miss out with this special offer from from Seawings. When four friends book a Seawings Silver tour, one of you can fly for free! Perhaps you want treat a friend.

Or maybe you’ll just split the cost between the four of you. Either way, this special offer provides opportunity to share the experience of flying over Dubai in a unique seaplane.

You just pay for the three tickets and get the fourth for free. Call 04-8070708 or email


With aerial tours of Dubai considered a once in a lifetime experience, Helidubai have scenic flights to suit everyone’s budget.

Located at Dubai Festival City and Skydive Dubai (Dubai Marina), Helidubai offer a 12-minute Heritage Tour at Dhs 595, a 22-minute Explorer Tour at Dhs 895 and the unique 22-min Night Lights Tour at Dhs 1,095.

Helidubai can also offer custom made trips to almost anywhere in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Oman and Fujairah. Call 04-2081455 or email

Hot Air Balloon safari

Start off on a hot air balloon ride before heading off to explore the desert. During the ride, organized by the desert safari experts at Platinum Heritage, you’ll soar 4,000 feet over sand dunes, camels and gazelles and see a stunning sunrise.

Packages include the hot air safari breakfast, in which you’ll take a journey through the dunes  in a vintage1950s back on land.

Dhs1,250; Dhs1,050 (kids aged five-11). Daily, until May 15. Platinum Heritage, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04-388 4044).

Sports & Activities

Ski Dubai @ Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai is a wintery wonderland boasting a 400m ski run with five multi-directional slopes, purpose built jumps and a snowboarding park. If you are looking to hit the piste, improve your skills, tobogganing or just rolling around in the snow, Ski Dubai has it all.

Off the slopes why not check out the mind blowing snow park or meet and play with Ski Dubai’s resident Snow Penguins!

For an added thrill try the new Snow Bullet, a state of the art 150 metre zip line that propels you over the mountain-themed slopes below.

Group packages and private tuition are all available and entry prices include ski jackets and trousers, boots, disposable socks, skis or a snowboard, poles and medical insurance.

Open 10am to 11pm during the week and 10am to 12midnight at the weekends. Call 04-4094000 or visit

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the region’s largest of three theme parks. MOTIONGATE Dubai, a movie inspired theme park which showcases some of Hollywood’s beloved characters from Dream Works Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate.

BOLLYWOOD PARKS, a family theme park that showcases rides and attractions based on the authentic Bollywood experience. LEGOLAND Dubai, the ultimate world of year round Lego themed adventures for families with children aged 2 to 12.

And LEGOLAND Water Park which features more than 20 water slides and attractions. Single entry ticket prices for each park start from Dhs 245 for children and Dhs 295 for adults, Hopper and Annual passes are also available. Visit

Dubai Ice Rink

The Olympic-size ice rink at Dubai Mall offers world-class facilities for a variety of ice-skating abilities. Set your spirit free on the ice at Dubai’s sensational Olympic-size ice rink.

The Dubai Ice Rink provides professional ice skating lessons and caters to most ages through its Learn-to-Skate programme, Dubai Ice Rink skating academy for figure skating and ice hockey, as well as hosting Disco and Mega Skate sessions Open from 10am to 10:45pm (weekdays).

Admission for a Public Session (1 hour 45 minutes) is priced at Dhs 60 per adult, Dh 30 per child (under 100 cm only) and Dhs 15 for a Spectator.

Other tickets are available for a special events such as disco sessions, foam parties and celebrity DJ sessions.

Call 04-4485111 or visit

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

With 10 million litres of water and thousands of aquatic animals, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world.

The 270-degree glass tunnel running through the centre helps to illuminate the marvels of the ocean floor, while the Underwater Zoo offers an interactive approach to the ecology and sustainability of marine life.

In addition, Dubai Aquarium also offers a number of activities including Shark Dives, Specialty Dives and the Cage Experience for non-qualified divers. Call 04-4485200

Skydive Dubai

The Palm Drop Zone and The Desert Campus Drop Zone (SD2) offer you the chance to feel the rush of the free fall while being safely strapped to a professional instructor.

Tandem jumps include a video and photos to remember the experience and show everyone back home. Skydivers with a type D license and more than 500 jumps are also welcome at the Palm Drop Zone, while newer jumpers (100 jumps or less) can train at SD2 located 35km from Dubai.

Courses include accelerated free fall and tandem progression, and for experienced skydivers; canopy piloting, formation, free flying and wing suit courses.

Opening Hours (Skydiving is weather permitting). The Palm Drop Zone:10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. The Desert Campus: 7:30am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For bookings visit or email

Royal Shaheen Falconry

Royal Shaheen Falcons were traditionally trapped during the autumn migration, used for hunting the season and then released back into the wild.

Due to this cycle of trap and release, Emiratis had to develop effective training methods so they could put the birds to work as soon as possible. As a result, Emiratis are regarded as some of the best falconers in the world.

Although hunting with falcons was an important part of life in the UAE, it is now illegal, and today falconry is mainly enjoyed as a traditional sport.

If you would like to experience this amazing sport first hand, Royal Shaheen offers exclusive packages that allow you to personally handled and fly some of these magnificent birds. You will be shown traditional and modern training techniques, learn in-depth facts about the falcon’s behaviour  and biological make up, and gain a better understanding of the importance of falconry in Arabi.

Located in the Dubai Desert Conservative Reserve, with Oryx and Gazelles roaming freely, the small group sizes (max 8 people) ensure a feeling of exclusivity, and give everyone a chance to stroke the velvety soft feathers of an owl, have a hawk gently alight on your gloved first and marvel at the breathtaking speed and agility of a falcon as it swoops down at well over 100km per hour.

If you are looking for a desert experience guaranteed to create unforgettable memories, call 04-4356550 or visit


Emirates Golf Club

Probably the best known golf club in Dubai and home to The Dubai Desert Classic. There are two courses available Majlis – par 72 from range balls and a cart. Clubs are available for Dhs 240. Call 04-3801234.

The Address Montgomerie

Designed by Colin Montgomerie, the par 72 course is a lenthy 7,308 yards with inland links, generous landing areas and undulating greens.

18 holes is Dhs 875, and Dhs 975 during weekends and includes a shared cart, range balls and use of the practice facilities. Clubs are available for Dhs 225. Call 04-3905600

The Els Club

Designed by Ernie Els, the course is 7,538 yards with four sets of tees, allowing for a selection of differing lengths from which to play.

Green fees are Dhs 995, including a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available for Dhs 250. Call 04-4251010

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design, this challenging par 72 uses a natural desert terrain with little landscaping.

Green fees are Dhs 570 off-peak and Dhs 670 during weekends and public holidays. Range balls and carts are included in the price. Call 04-3663000

Dubai Creek and Yacht Club

Re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005, this 18-hole course is par 71 with numerous water features. Green fees are Dhs 770 during the week and Dhs 875 at weekends.

Prices include a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Clubs are available from Dhs 140. Call 04-3801234

Beach Life

Kite Beach

This is where kite enthusiasts meet to fly their kites, making for a truly beautiful sight especially when seen at sunset. And thus, the name was born!

While this particular beach was accessible long before it became as famous as it has, it has most recently been the beach where you can find Salt, the burger food truck, as well as other food outlets.

It has also become a hub for joggers who enjoy running on the special material running track. With views of Burj Al Arab and the soothing crash of the not too distant waves, this beach is sure to leave you feeling peaceful. Admission fee is not required.

Zero Gravity

Located in the vibrant Dubai Marina, overlooking JBR and Skydive Dubai, Zero Gravity has it all.

Relax in the super comfy loungers while being served a beach friendly menu, and try the variety of water sports on offer. Beach passes are available from a single day, to one or two weeks, and include an F&B voucher.

Call 04-3990009.

JBR Beach

With the latest developments all JBR, this beach has quite become one of Dubai’s most popular sunbathing and swimming locations simply because of its convenient proximity to The Walk. You are only a few minutes away from ice cream shops, cafes and juice bars.

What better way to spend the weekend? Admission fee is not required.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Treat yourself to a day of expert pampering, total relaxation and culinary pleasures at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Choose between a delightful lunch or dinner at Crescendo, unwind and indulge yourself with a 60-minute massage and access to all spa facilities, as well as complimentary pool and beach access.

This offer is available until 31st December and is priced at Dhs 599 per person, including unlimited fresh juice and water.

Call 04-5678140 or visit

Riva Beach Club

Located beneath building 8 of the Shoreline Apartments on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, RIVA is a stylish and relaxing club with its own stretch of private beach, climate controlled pool and fully licensed al fresco restaurant and gazebo bar. Beach access is Dhs 190 weekends and Dhs 115 weekdays.

Call 04-4309466 or visit

Conrad Dubai

Located on the 6th floor of the Conrad Dubai, Purobeach Urban Oasis is the ultimate escape within the city where you can spend the day chilling in private cocoon beds surrounded by the beautifully landscaped gardens.

The pool entrance fee from Sunday to Thursday is Dhs 125 and on Friday, Saturday and public holidays is Dhs 175, while children pay Dhs 90.

Call 04-4447111.

Whether you’re fresh off the plane or just settling in, these are the fantastic sights to see in Dubai

Dynamic Dubai has something to offer for everyone. From living the high life while taking in the breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, exploring the city’s very own replica rainforest to hitting the dunes on a desert safari, the sheer volume of attractions can prove be overwhelming.

There are hundreds of exciting ways to fill your time in this city, with the only question being where you should start first.

With our comprehensive guide to what you can see and do in the city, you never have to miss out on any of Dubai’s highlights.

Burj Khalifa

The best place to get a bird’s eye view of the city, is by taking a trip up the world’s tallest building. Reach dizzying heights from the At The Top observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors.

However, for those eager to see the city from up high, the lengthy queues can be offputting. The best way to avoid this is to buy tickets online to save time and cash.

For an alternative visit to the Burj Khalifa, you can book a table at At.mosphere, to enjoy a drink or meal from the 122nd floor.

At The Top Dhs125 (advance booking), Dhs400 (on the door). At.mosphere Dhs250 (minimum spend per person). Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai.