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Things to do in Dubai

The golf course at The Montgomerie Dubai is world class, as is Meydan Racecourse. Whiz up to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa or chill out at the indoor ski slope at Ski Dubai and savour seven-star hospitality at the opulent Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah. Visits to Dubai Museum and the Bastakiya District or Jumeirah Mosque give an insight into Dubai's history and culture. Opening times and dates vary.

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Majlis Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Majlis Gallery, Dubai. Courtesy of Majlis Gallery

    Set in the historic Bastakiya district in Bur Dubai, the Majlis Gallery hosts art exhibitions for both amateur and professional, local and international artists. A creative and quaint setting with inspiring architectural surroundings make this a pleasant place to visit.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thur 9am-8pm

    Address

    Al Musalla Roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4353 6233

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Majlis Gallery

  2. 2. Bahri Bar - Free admission to 75 attractions

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  3. 3. Dubai Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Dubai Museum, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    Dubai's oldest building, Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai, built in 1787, now houses the Dubai Museum. A collection of artefacts depicts the social and economic life of Dubai before oil was discovered and includes 4000-year-old archaeological objects.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED3

    Opening hours

    Daily 8.30am-8.30pm (from 2.30pm Fri)

    Address

    Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4 3531862

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 4. Jumeirah Mosque - Attractions

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    Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    Impressive modern Islamic architecture makes Jumeirah Mosque one of the most photographed sites in Jumeirah, and it's the only mosque in Dubai non-Muslims can enter. Volunteers explain worship rituals and the pillars of Islam making this a culturally educational experience.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED10 for one hour tour

    Opening hours

    Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun 10am-11pm (registration at 9.45am outside the mosque is compulsory)

    Address

    Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4353 6666

  2. 5. Jumeirah Beach Park - Attractions

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    Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    Jumeirah Beach Park is a well-maintained strip of beachfront surrounded by gardens. There are also play areas for children, volleyball nets, barbecue areas with picnic tables, showers for patrons, and lifeguards on watch. Relax on the beautiful Arabian Gulf shores.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED5 per person; AED20 per car

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.30am-10pm (until 11pm Thu & Fri); Mon women and children under 4s only

    Address

    Jumeirah, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4 349 2555

  3. 6. Bastakiya District - Attractions

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    Bastakiya District, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    The waterfront Bastakiya district in Bur Dubai features traditional wind-tower houses, precursors to air conditioning, and built in 1890. Once home to wealthy Persian merchants, today this heritage site houses art cafés and galleries in a distinctly Arabian architectural setting.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours

    Address

    Bur Dubai, Dubai

  4. 7. Ski Dubai - Attractions

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    Ski Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    Chill out at the region's only indoor snow park, set within the Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai boats five runs for skiers of all abilities and there's a freestyle zone for snowboarders.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED90 for Snow Park; AED180 for two-hour ski pass

    Opening hours

    Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu 10am-12am; Fri 9am-12am; Sat 9am-11pm

    Address

    Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4409 4000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Ski Dubai Website

  5. 8. Grand Mosque - Attractions

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    Grand Mosque, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae

    On the Bur Dubai side of the creek, the Grand Mosque is a distinctive landmark featuring multiple domes and the city's tallest minaret (70 metres). Although non-Muslims are not allowed inside, it's still worth seeing its impressive exterior.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Al Mussalla Road, Dubai

    Transport

    Taxi

  6. 9. Atlantis at the Palm - Attractions

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    Atlantis’s Aquaventure has 2km of watery fun, ranging from the lazy river to the Leap of Faith, a 30-meter drop into a tank infested with sharks and stingrays, plus daily ray feeding times and encounters with dolphins at Dolphin Bay. The Lost Chambers recreate the marine life of mythical Atlantis, with sharks, ugly catfish and sparkling shoals flashing around vast aquariums.

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    Cost

    AED160-AED240

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-sunset

    Address

    Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Telephone

    +971 4 426 0000

Special things to do

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  1. 10. Burj Khalifa Observation Deck - Special Things to Do

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    Book tickets in the lower ground floor of the adjoining Dubai Mall for the 828m trip into the air at the bronze-and-glass Burj Khalifa. The elevator trip up the tower is augmented by a documentary on the history of Dubai; 124 storeys up, the At The Top observation deck has views of the city's many skyscrapers, Sheikh Zayed Road, the Gulf and the desert laid out far, far below.

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    Cost

    Admission AED 100 for pre-booked tickets, AED 400 for immediate entry

    Opening hours

    Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thur-Sat 10am-midnight

    Address

    1  Emaar Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Telephone

    +971-4/888-812-4

  2. 11. The Montgomerie Dubai - Special things to do

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    The Montgomerie Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, © www.dubaitourism.ae

    Golfers shouldn't miss The Montgomerie Dubai golf course in Emirates Hills, designed by Scottish golf star Colin Montgomerie. It covers 265 acres with 14 lakes, 81 bunkers and a dramatic 18th hole championship golf course.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED395 for 18 holes

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-9pm

    Address

    Emirates Hills, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4 390 5600

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Montgomerie Website

  3. 12. Burj Al Arab - Special things to do

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    Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Courtesy of Burj Al Arab

    Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel dominates the Dubai coastline, in the Jumeirah district. Access is limited to hotel and dinner guests, so enjoy a meal or cocktails to admire its opulent interior.Show this on map

    Cost

    Depends on booking

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4 3017777

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Burj Al Arab

  4. 13. Bateaux Dubai - Special things to do

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    Bateaux Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of Bateaux Dubai

    Step aboard state-of-the-art Bateaux Dubai, a luxury glass-enclosed boat, for an à la carte dinner cruise on the creek. It's relaxing, romantic and a great way to see the contrasts of architecture and lifestyles depicting old and new Dubai.Show this on map

    Cost

    AED295 (dinner cruise)

    Opening hours

    Daily 7.45pm (boarding)

    Address

    Bur Dubai, Dubai

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 4399 4994

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bateaux Dubai

  5. 14. Meydan Racecourse - Special things to do

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    Meydan Racecourse, Dubai. Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club

    Enjoy an evening of excitement and glamour at Meydan Racecourse, home of the world's richest horse race, in Zabeel district. The racing season starts in November and attracts horse lovers and stylish socialites who lead the fashion parade.Show this on map

    Cost

    General admission free, grandstand and package prices vary

    Opening hours

    Nov-Mar race start time 7pm

    Address

    The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai 9305

    Telephone

    +971 (0) 43270077

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Meydan Racecourse

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