10 Things to do in Dubai for Fun

Following is a guest post from Tarana at Sand in my Toes. She lives in Dubai and is a full time stay at home. Tarana  loves writing and has done her stints as a copywriter, reporter and online content editor, before she embraced parenthood. In this post, Tarana shares 10 Things to do in Dubai for Fun– hidden gems of adventures and other interesting activities.

10 Things to do in Dubai for Fun!

10 Things to do in Dubai for Fun

Now, when you think of Dubai (a part of the United Arab Emirates or UAE), you only think of camels, deserts and really tall buildings. You think of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. But boy, do I have some surprising things to tell you! If you tour Dubai, you could see the same old stuff that all tour companies take you to – a dhow dinner cruise, desert safari, mall hopping and beaches (incidentally, here’s how you can do all that on a budget).

However, there’s so much more to do that you wouldn’t believe, especially considering that this place was mostly desert 40 years ago! Here’s my list:

Ski indoors

  Yes, its real snow and you can really ski here at Ski Dubai. And don’t let the ‘indoors’ part fool you. This is 22,500 square meters of snow-filled area we are talking about, complete with a chairlift! What’s more, you can even meet some penguins here. A hotel next door also offers you a ski chalet experience that would fool anyone into thinking they were at a mountain peak in Europe!

Sky dive…indoors

 If it scares the hell of you to jump out of a plane (you can do that too here, by the way), why not try doing it indoors first? At iFly, you can do exactly that, at a height of 10 meters, in a wind tunnel that can accommodate up to 12 divers.

Visit the lost world of Atlantis: Built at the Atlantis The Palm hotel in Dubai, The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a replica of what the Lost City would look like. All through, you will be surrounded by thousands of sea creatures in a surreal atmosphere.

This is an experience like no other. atlantis

Cruise the World Islands

 This man-made marvel is so exclusive, few have seen it even in Dubai. As the name suggests, these islands have been created in the form of a world map. Now, it’s possible to see them through a cruise and I’m sure no one would like to miss this opportunity!

See thousands of flowers in bloom

 Dubai’s Miracle Garden is just that. Thousands of flowers of numerous varieties and colors are landscaped into mind-boggling forms. It’s just a wondrous sight, and the last thing you’d expect in a desert. This one is open for only a few months a year. miracle garden

Go on a wildlife safari: There are more than just camels to see here! In the Sir Bani Yas Island, you can see gazelles, ostriches, giraffes and more!  This is a natural island, replete with many archaeological sites.

Go to a Ferrari theme park:  Behold the largest indoor amusement park in the world! If you love some excitement, this one will bowl you over! Did I mention that Ferrari World also has the world’s fastest rollercoaster?

Swim with dolphins and sharks: At the Dubai Aquarium and the Dubai Dolphinarium, you can swim with sand sharks and dolphins. You can scuba dive in a tank full of exotic sea creatures.

Go river rafting and kayaking: At Wadi Adventure, you can go whitewater rafting and kayaking (also surfing). This man-made attraction is actually located on a mountain! How’s that for an adventure?

Buy gold from an ATM: Just like you buy a can of Coke or candy, in Dubai, you can swipe your card and buy a gold souvenir! These gold ATMs are unbelievable at first sight, and if it’s one-of-a-kind, you can only find it in Dubai!gold atm (1)

So, did you enjoy this post on 10 Things to do in Dubai for Fun from Tarana ? I know, I did!

 And I just added this place to my list of Favorite Places in the World to Travel.

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10 Things to Do in Dubai for Fun


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  1. Dubai sounds awesome! My friend recently moved there: I can see why she’s enjoying it so much. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  2. Very well written Tarana. Dubai is truly a place to watch. I have been there in last winter. Just to add in your blog, Considering weather, November is the ideal time to visit if you have limited budget. If you want to discover more in Dubai, visit in December, you will have lifetime experience of Christmas as well as New Year Party. You can add Dubai Shopping Festival too.

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