Leisure Activities in Dubai

Family Attractions

Ski Dubai

Shiekh Zayed Road, exit 39 (4th interchange), towards Al Barsha:, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971-4-4094000

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing in the snow: Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast: Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round:

An amazing 22,500 square metres covered with real snow all year round:

Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters: Test your skills on the world’s first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes: Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe: Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world:

You don’t have to worry about ski clothing or equipment either: Ski Dubai has thought of it all and offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment: Your skis will carry you down the slope, and ski Dubsi's quad-chairlift and tow lift will promptly carry you back to the top for another run:

Timings:
Sunday - Wednesday 10.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday 10.00 am - 12.00 midnight
Friday 09.00 am - 12.00 midnight
Saturday 09.00 am - 11.00 pm

Admission : Snow Park: Adult 130, Child 120; Ski Slope (2 hours) Adult 180, Child 150.

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Ski Dubai
Mall of Emirates


Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall:

Rates are AED 55, per person, per session and includes skate hire:

Timings are:

Sunday-Wednesday

Thursday-Saturday

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:15 pm - 02:15 pm
02:30 pm - 04:30 pm
05:45 pm - 07:45 pm
08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

11:15 am - 01:15 pm
01:30 pm - 03:30 pm
04:45 pm - 07:00 pm
07:15 pm - 09:30 pm
09:45 pm - 12:00 pm

Address
Dubai Ice Rink - The Dubai Mall
Doha Street - Off 1st Interchange
Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai, U:A:E
Tel: +9714 448 5111

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Dubai Ice Rink
Dubai Mall


Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (Ground Level of The Dubai Mall)

A key centerpiece is Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m and featuring the world's largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Dubai Aquarium has more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.

Dubai Aquarium's 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system will change the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day.

Underwater Zoo
Walk along the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo and you’ll find yourself face to face with dangerous Piranha, Giant Catfish, playful Otters, a Humbolt Penguin colony, and more.

Whether viewing the Rainforest from a suspension bridge high above the river and tree canopy, or reaching out and touching some of the more hardy rock pool inhabitants, this is an aquatic experience you will never forget.

Timings :

Dubai Aquarium
Sunday to Wednesday (10am to 10pm)
Thursday to Saturday (10am to 12:00midnight)

Underwater Zoo
Underwater Zoo 9:00pm
Underwater Zoo 11:00pm

Address
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall
Doha Street, Off 1st Interchange
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, U.A.E
Tel: +971 4 448 5200

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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo


Wonderland Theme and Water Park

Next to Creek Park, near Garhood Bridge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates · +971-4-3241222

Encompassing nearly 20 hectares of fun water activities, Dubai's SpashLand is a favorite with adults and kids of all ages: This enormous fun park has scores of waterslides, a log flume, bumper boats, and even inner tube hire: After having some family fun in the sun, head over to the Caribbean-style Main Street area, where a cafe, ice cream parlor, and gift shop offer an hour's worth of rest before you hit the wave pool again: WonderLand features a variety of thrilling roller coasters and other rides:

Timings :

Theme Park: 10:00am-10:00pm

Water Park: 10:00am-06:00pm

Related Link(s):
Wonderland


Wild Wadi Waterpark

Next to Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - +971-4-3484444

Wild Wadi is a fun-filled Waterpark situated in between the stunning & world's most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab as well as the award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel: It is the only Arabian themed Waterpark in the UAE! Offering a diverse range of exhilarating rides, ranging from the soothing Lazy River and extreme Flowriders to the ultimately daring Jumeirah Sceirah; there's something for everyone: Wild Wadi has 30 rides and attractions which include the only 2 Flowriders in the UAE & 12 interconnected Master Blaster rides! Jumeirah Sceirah is also the tallest speed slide outside of North America:

Wild Wadi's operating hours are:

- September to October: 10am - 7pm
- November to February: 10am - 6pm
- March to May: 10am - 7pm
- June to August: 10am - 8pm

Prices for all-day admission:

- General admission: AED 220
- Under 1:1 meters admission: AED 175

Prices for Sundowner (enjoy the park for the last 2 hours before it closes):

- General admission: AED 185
- Under 1:1 meters admission: AED 145

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Wild Wadi Waterpark


Parks and beaches

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971-4-2966201

Al Mamzar Beach Park, actually a 100-plus hectare peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf, offers a sheltered public beach, swimming pools, pleasant green spaces, and designated picnic areas: An ideal place to spend an afternoon with the family, the park also features a spacious amphitheater and children's playground area: On Wednesdays, Al Mamzar Beach is open to women and children only:

Timings :
Fri-Tue: 8am-11pm
Wed: Ladies and Children only 8am-11pm,
Thu 8am-11:30pm
Admission: Car entrance fee 30 Dhs, 5 Dhs per person; Large chalet 200 Dhs, small chalet 150 Dhs; Pool 10 Dhs adults, children 5 Dhs

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Al Mamzar Beach Park


Al Safa Park

Sheikh Zayed Rd at Al Wasl Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971-4-3492111

One of Dubai's oldest public parks, the 60-plus hectare Safa Park was established in 1976 and quickly became one of the city's favorite places to play: Indeed, this family-friendly park features facilities for tennis, volleyball, football, and track; a children's play area that has a Ferris wheel, a maze, bumper cars, and a video arcade; and expansive green spaces that are ideal for a mid-afternoon laze: For families and groups who want to make a full day of it, covered barbecue and picnic shelters are also available:

Timings :Daily 7:30am-10:30pm;
Admission :
Dhs 3

Related Link(s):
Al Safa Park


Dubai Creek and Creekside Park

Between Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridge, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates +917-4-3367633

Dubai Creek, which divides the city's Deira and Bur Dubai portions, is a saltwater thoroughfare that is a-bustle daily with dhows on their way to and from India and Eastern Africa: Those visiting the city for the first time should hire a water taxi, which will take them up the Creek and back, or take time to walk along the creekside promenade, which extends from the shores of the Gulf to the western fringe of lovely Creekside Park: The versatile park, located on the south bank of Dubai Creek, is a favorite with families and business-types in the downtown area, all of who head here for the relative tranquility the park offers: Featuring a mini-golf course, 3 fishing jetties, and a botanical garden that is home to more than 280 specious of exotic plants and flowers, Creekside Park provides fun activities for any number of hobbyists:

Timings :Daily 8am-10pm; Wed women and children only
Admission :Dhs 5 per person

Related Link(s):
Creek Side Park


Jumeirah Beach Public Beach and Jumeirah Beach Park

Al-Jumeira Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971-4-3492555

The public beach at Jumeirah boasts clean, white sand and crystal seawater, making it a popular destination with area hotel and resort guests: Meanwhile, the 12-hectare Jumeriah Beach Park is a perfect place for an afternoon family outing thanks to its picnic facilities, food kiosks, children's play area, swimming area with on-duty lifeguards, and show/bathing facilities: On Wednesdays, Jumeirah Beach Park is reserved for women and children only:

Timings:
Jumeirah Public Beach: Mon-Sun Open 24 Hours,
Jumeirah Beach Park: Mon-Sun 8am-9pm (Monday - Ladies Day)
Admission:
Jumeirah Public Beach: Free;
Jumeirah Beach Park: 5 Dhs per person, 20 Dhs per vehicle

Related Link(s):
Dubai Public Parks


Tours and Excursions

Desert and Overnight Safaris

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

No visit to Dubai would be complete without a trip into the desert: Such excursions, which are best organized as part of a group tour, offer a taste of the true heartland of Arabia:

The majesty and tranquility of the desert can be experienced in a choice of exciting half-day, full-day and overnight safaris: These action-packed trips cover varied terrain ranging from desert to mountain and take in remote camel and goat farms and isolated villages: Highlights of a safari in Dubai may include the following:

  • Dune Driving
    Driving in sand is an adventure in itself, combining the excitement of a roller coaster ride with the challenge of remaining mobile on the shifting surface, courses in sand driving vehicles provided along with expert instruction:

  • Camel riding
    The Camel, a symbol of Arabia, is also a major tourist attraction: Camel rides from part of some tours and desert safaris: Tour operators and hotels can also arrange camel rides separately:

  • Exploring the wadis
    A popular pastime with both residents and visitors is known as wadi-bashing exploring the wadis or dry beds of streams that flow after the winter rains from the Hajr mountains: Many wadis offer scenes of unexpected beauty: attractive rock pools, some with water year-round, surrounded by greenery: Four-wheel-drive vehicles are required and are available for hire with or without drivers: As with desert driving, it is recommended that novices do not try their hands at wadi-bashing without expert supervision:

  • Sand-skiing
    Those with a taste for speed and enthusiasm for an unusual sport will enjoy sand-skiing down the dunes of Dubai deserts: Special skis are used and high dunes in the interior of the desert are chosen as slopes: Sand-skiing can be arranged on request or as a part of a full-day or half-day safari:

  • Desert feasts
    Particularly popular are safaris that culminate in spectacular desert sunset views followed by a traditional Arabian barbecue under the stars: These can be tailored to meet every taste from a romantic and peaceful experience to elaborate fun-pack evenings complete with music, belly-dancing, the smoking of hubble-bubble pipes and often a display of falconry:

Timings :Times vary, call for reservations
Admission :Excursion prices vary

Related Link(s):
Desert Safari Operators in Dubai


Tour Dubai by Air

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Visitors with a head for heights and a weakness for the dramatic, can enjoy the excitement of a helicopter tour over the city: Alternatively, visitors can enjoy city or desert tours in a fixed-wing aircraft or even hot air baloons:

Some trips take tourists across the city and over the desert and the Hajar Mountains: Experienced pilots with a valid license can hire aircraft from Dubai Flying Club on an hourly rental basis:

Timings :Times vary, call for reservations
Admission :Excursion prices vary

Related Link(s):
Aerial Tour Operators in Dubai


Tour Dubai by Sea (Dhow Cruises)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A fascinating way to see Dubai is by sea: You sail along the Arabian Gulf and admire the coastline and palaces, hotels and beaches:

Many of the tours are in traditional wooden dhow or Abras (the traditional water taxi) which takes you on a short journey across the waterway from the glass-and-steel office blocks of Deira to the old-world Souks of Bur Dubai, providing a fascinating glimpse of Dubai's trading heritage:

Timings :Times vary, call for reservations
Admission :Excursion prices vary

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Dhow Cruises


Big Bus Tours

Your open-top tour reveals Dubai’s landmarks and charts the city’s rapid development from a small fishing village to a modern, vibrant city.

Take the Day Tour and use the hop-on, hop-off facility to visit all the places that interest you, or join the Night Tour with a live-guided commentary which showcases illuminated Dubai.

The Big Bus Sightseeing Tour is a safe and relaxing way to discover this great city; the perfect introduction to Dubai and a fun day out for all.

Prices

Adult

Child

Family

Day Tour - 24 hour ticket

$60

$27

$147

Day Tour - 48 hour ticket

$80

$35

$196

Night Tour

$34

$20

$90

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Combination

$95

$41

$231


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Big Bus Tours in Dubai


Shopping in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is labeled the "shopping capital of the Middle East": With so many shopping malls and souks, there's no better place to find products at unbeatable prices: It is truly a duty free shopper's paradise that gives you more for your money: Dubai's numerous shopping malls cater to every consumer need: Cars, haute couture clothing, jewellery, electronics, furnishing, sporting equipment, and any other goods will likely all be under the same roof.

Below is a list of shopping malls in Dubai:

- Deira City Centre
- Mercato
- The Dubai Mall
- Mall of the Emirates
- Wafi
- BurJuman

Related Link(s):
Major Shopping Malls in Dubai


Souks in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The souks on both sides of the Creek are attractive not just for their shopping bargains but also as places for the sightseer and photographer: A huddle of narrow alleyways has survived on the Deira side despite intensive building in recent years: In the tiny lanes of the spice souk, the atmosphere and the scents of the past can be savoured: Bags of spices, incense, rose petals and traditional medicinal products are stacked outside each stall:

Along the slightly larger lanes of the gold souk, each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches: In the evening the area is a hive of activity: Gold prices are among the lowest in the world: In other small streets, the visitor can find shops selling nargilehs (hookah or hubble-bubble pipes) and coffee pots, and nearby tea stalls where both of these items are in daily use:

There are traditional bakeries where large flat loaves of delicious unleavened bread are baked to order inside a domed oven called tandoor: Small textile shops sell veils with decorated edges, pantaloons with embroidered anklets, and dress lengths with similarly embroidered necklines reminiscent of The Arabian Nights: Meena Baazaar, on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek are lanes full of textile shops, where a blaze of colourful raw silks and cottons hang in profusion in shop windows: Also, in this area, you will find the Al Fahidi Street souq - which is famous for Electronics:

The fish souk in Deira is an attraction in itself: Early in the morning and late at night, local fishermen unload mountains of fresh fish which they sell in a frenzied bargaining session: Kingfish, red snapper, rock cod (the popular hammour), barracuda, tuna, lobster, crab, king prawn, sea bream, squid, pomfret, shark, mackerel, sardine and other species are available in abundance for most of the year:

Related Link(s):
Souks in Dubai


Museums & Historic Sites

Dubai Museum

Old Al Faheidi Fort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates · +971-4-3531862

Al Faheidi Fort, which dates back to the early 19th century, houses the Dubai Museum, which has an impressive collection of military and cultural artifacts: The fort, which is believed to be Dubai's oldest standing building, was originally constructed to defend the town's early residents from warlike tribes in the region: Today, visitors can tour the old fort and see antique pearl diving tools; copper, alabaster, and clay artifacts; antique khanjars; and traditional musical instruments: A must see if you're visiting Dubai for the first time:

Timing : Daily 8:30am-8:30pm
Admission : Dhs 7

Related Link(s):
Dubai Museum


Heritage and Diving Village

Al-Shindagha Rd, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates - +971 4 3937139

A traditional heritage village, located near the mouth of Dubai Creek in the Shindagha district, features potters and weavers practicing traditional crafts, as well as exhibits and demonstrations of pearl diving. It is a place where the visitor can take a step back in time and experience some of Dubai’s culture and heritage.

Visiting Hours:
Saturday to Thursday: 08:30 am -22:00 pm
Friday: 15:30 -22:00 pm.

Related Link(s):
Heritage and Diving Village


Religious Sites

Grand Mosque

Al Mussalla Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Grand Mosque, located in the city's Bur Dubai section, is actually a recreation of the original Grand Mosque, constructed in 1900: Traditional Persian details abound, such as domes, an inspiring sky-blue mosaic, sand-hued facades, handmade stained glass, and wooden shutters: The Grand Mosque is also home to Dubai's tallest minaret, where the muezzin, or crier, calls the people to prayer: Non-Muslims are not permitted inside the mosque:


Jumeirah Mosque

Al-Jumeira Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This exquisite structure is one the city's most noted and photographed landmarks: The Jumeirah Mosque, located a few minutes' drive from the beach area, is a gleaming example of a contemporary take on traditional Muslim architecture: The entire structure is built of white stone, and its two towering minarets reach skyward, flanking the mosque's crown-like central dome: Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in Dubai; however, you may enter the Jumeirah Mosque if you are part of an organized tour:

Related Link(s):
Jumeirah Mosque

 
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