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The world’s fastest growing city was nothing more than a pile of sand blowing in the wind until the late 1960’s. Today, Dubai is a dazzling cosmopolitan centre and arguably the most advanced and luxurious city in the entire world! Jam-packed with fun activities, Dubai is a playground for the ultra-wealthy, adrenaline junkies and just about anyone looking for a good time. With its Lamborghini cop cars and no standard address system (how the heck do they manage?), Dubai is one of the most interesting places to visit in the world.

Here we take a look at the most fun things to do in Dubai!


Go skiing in the desert

The Mall of the Emirates, in the middle of the Dubai desert, is home to the third largest indoor ski resort in the world. As with everything in Dubai, Ski Dubai goes all out.

Not only can you ski down a real-snow mountain, you can also build a snowman, play with penguins, go on the snow bullet ride, or go tobogganing. The temperature is held at a constant -4°C, so even though it’s 35°C outside, you’ll want to kit yourself out in winter clothes. After that, a hot chocolate at the café won’t go amiss either. If you thought you were missing the cold days of winter that they don’t get at Ski Dubai, then you’re all set!

ski resort in dubai


Sleep under the stars (in style)

You’ve heard of glamping, but what about glamping in the desert? The Starlight Camp combines all the amenities of a luxury hotel, with the excitement of sleeping outside under the stars in a remote location in the middle of the desert. Here, you’ll have a spacious crystal roof tent, a stylish lounge to sit back and relax near a warm bonfire, a cozy dining area, a fully equipped BBQ facility, a food and beverage trailer, a toilet & shower, a wash basin with mirror and other lovingly selected amenities. 

After all, the desert in the evening is incredibly romantic, and it’s a great thing to do in Dubai on a romantic getaway. Star gazing, nature walks and sipping a sundowner on the top of a sand dune are the perfect backdrop for two star crossed lovers.

camping under the stars in dubai


Skydive for the best view of Dubai

Have you been itching to see Dubai from a new angle? Perhaps whilst you’re hurtling towards the ground at 200 km/h? It’ll certainly be one of the best views you can have of the whole city, we can guarantee that. Skydiving is a popular activity to do in Dubai. You’ll get to see the man-made island that’s shaped like a palm tree from the best spot in town. You’ll also marvel at the sheer size of the desert, and how Dubai makes up the tiniest part of this huge expanse of sand. The skydiving schools in Dubai are well experienced and are highly trained in calming nerves, so it’s the ideal place to skydive if it’s your first time. 

skydive in dubai


Have dinner in the sky

Could “Dinner in the Sky” be anymore Dubai? You can truly do anything in this city. Dinner in the Sky, as you can imagine, is no ordinary restaurant. No, it is not the fancy new dinner spot at the top of a skyscraper. It is a leg-dangling, vertigo-inducing, restaurant in the sky. You’ll be clipped into your dinner chair and hoisted 50 meters into the air by a crane. From here you’ll have the best view of all the sights such as the Burj Khalifa tower and the Dubai marina. The food served is a spectacle in itself, with three-course meals for lunch and dinner. The whole experience lasts about 90 minutes, and prices start at around €140.

dinner in the sky in dubai


Take part in Dubai’s national sport: Shopping

The city of Dubai is synonymous with spending. Whether you’re looking for gold and handicrafts at traditional shops or more upscale global shopping destinations you’ll find it here. Shopping is Dubai’s favourite leisure activity. Giant aquariums and open-air botanical gardens lure customers inside, enticing people to spend their cash here. Start at the Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping center by area. There are over 1,000 stores spread out over an area of 50 football fields. At this rate, you won’t need to choose a hotel in Dubai with a gym! 

Ready to visit Dubai? Book now your flight+hotel!

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