Things to Do in Dubai Overview
Dubai is a thriving city with some of the top attractions in not only the Middle East but also in the world. You can’t be bored with such extravagance and endless fun things to do in Dubai.
Below is a summary of the best things to do in Dubai.
Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in the city, which was built in 1787. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971 with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai, making it one of the most informative things to do in Dubai. It features displays of the general culture of the land, especially from the 1800s, and a range of artifacts from recent discoveries to as old as 3000 BC. Dubai Museum includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. Additionally, it has several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil.
Jumeirah Mosque is said to be the most photographed mosque in the city and one of the best things to do in Dubai. Its construction began in 1976 and was built in traditional Fatimid style. The mosque is especially beautiful at night when its lights dazzle against the sky. Organized tours are available.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area and fourth largest by gross leasable area. This is one of the top things to do in Dubai and is part of the 20-billion dollar Downtown complex, including 1,200 shops. Dubai Mall opened in 2009 with about 635 retailers, making the world’s largest-ever mall opening in retail history.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest artificial structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), making it one of the most popular things to do in Dubai. Construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004, and the exterior was completed in 2009. The building opened in 2010 as part of the new development called Downtown Dubai and was designed to be the centerpiece. The building was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is the fourth largest hotel in the world after Rose Tower, which is also located in Dubai. It is known as the world’s only 7-star hotel, making it a very luxurious place to stay, in addition to one of the top things to do in Dubai.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi Waterpark, featured in The Amazing Race multiple times, is an outdoor water park in the area of Jumeirah, next to Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. As one of the most fun things to do in Dubai, Wild Wadi has a heated and cooled wave pool, multiple water slides, and two artificial surfing machines. Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft) waterfall that goes off every 10 minutes. It also has two gift shops, three restaurants, and two snack stands.
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of ski area, making it one of the most interesting things to do in Dubai. It is part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world and one of the top things to do in Dubai. Opened in 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes varying in steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run, the world’s first indoor black diamond run, and various features changed on a regular basis. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000 square meter Snow Park play area, comprising of sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs, and an ice cave. Ski Dubai also houses a number of penguins who are let out of their enclosures several times a day.
The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain, one of the best things to do in Dubai, is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake at the center of the Downtown Dubai development. The fountain was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,000 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million). Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and it was officially inaugurated on May 8, 2009, along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall. In 2010, the length of the fountain was increased by 275 m (902.2 ft).
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