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Things to do in Dubai – The City at a Glance

Dubai is the most populous city in the UAE and has emerged as a truly global city, a business hub, a regional shopping destination and an air transport hub and as such offers unending options of things to do.



There are plenty of sightseeing options including a hop on hop off bus that offers 21 stops that cover the main attractions of Dubai. Places to see include the world's tallest sky scraper, Jumeirah the fashionable residential area and Bastakiya with its traditional buildings and a spice souk. Taking a hot air balloon ride over the city, going up 124 floors to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa and taking a dhow trip on the Dubai Creek are the other interesting ways to see the city. A destination in its own right, Anantara Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa among the unique 5 star resorts Dubai not only offers a gorgeous beachside setting but enough onsite activities to keep guests occupied throughout their stay.



Spend at least a day browsing in Dubai's 70 swanky shopping centers that not only offer the latest merchandise but entertainment and dining experiences.



There is no sense in visiting Dubai and missing out on the amazing culinary experiences in the primary gourmet destination in the Middle East. As there are restaurants of every description offering international cuisine and gourmet experiences eating here is quite an adventure.



The sophisticated after dark scene is something that should be experienced. Dubai boasts a dizzying selection of elegant nightclubs, lounges, pubs, bars, karaoke bars, outdoor bars and beach clubs that offer high quality entertainment, dining and drinking experiences.



There is entertainment here for the whole family. Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeirah Dubai has 30 rides ranging from gentle to scary and includes the latest wave riders and slide and tube configurations.

The Lost Chambers of Atlantis is an aquarium housing 65,000 marine and freshwater aquatic species in a unique setting based on the legend of Atlantis. Visitors get to wander through 10 tastefully decorated chambers some several stories high and to participate in interactive programs.

Dubai Creek-Side Park set in 96 acres on the west shore of the Dubai creek is the largest green space in the downtown area. It comprises of a botanic garden, flower gardens, lawns, a dolphinarium and activity areas to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Much of the city's entertainment is also to be found in its humungous malls that house aquaria, Olympic size ice skating rinks, ski slopes, IMAX theaters, 21 screen cinemas, Dubai's largest performing fountain, bowling alleys and community theaters.


Sporting Activities

Water Sports

Scuba diving, sports fishing, yachting, wind surfing, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and surfboarding are among scores of water sports visitors can enjoy. Dubai's unspoiled beaches are among its biggest attractions. While the main public beaches are located along Jumeirah Beach Road, several beach clubs and hotels have private beaches. Recreational sailing is another very popular activity. Dubai's excellent well equipped sailing clubs offers mooring and catering facilities, accommodation and yacht and boat charters.


The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club offers an eighteen-hole par 71, 6,967 yard championship floodlit course. The club's marina is ISO certified and has berthing capacity for 212 private boats up to a maximum of 165 ft. The club's facilities are impeccable.