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Things to do in Dubai

The golf course at The Montgomerie Dubai is world class, as is Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Whiz around the FIA track at the Dubai Autodrome, 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 Bastakia District or Jumeirah Mosque give an insight into Dubai's history and culture. Opening times and dates vary.

Bateaux Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of Bateaux Dubai
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
1

Sheikh Saeed House

Former ruler's house

At the mouth of Dubai Creek, Sheikh Saeed House, built in 1896, was the former ruler's residence (1912-1958). The restored building has been a museum since 1986, housing a rare collection of historic photographs, artefacts and documents recording Dubai's history.



Cost

AED2

Opening Hours

Daily 8.30am-8.30pm (from 3pm Fri)

Address

Al-Shindagha Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 43937139

Transport

Taxi

Majlis Gallery, Dubai. Courtesy of Majlis Gallery
2

Majlis Gallery

Art and exhibition hub

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.



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 Website

Dubai Museum, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
3

Dubai Museum

Historical hub

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.



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

Ski Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
4

Ski Dubai

Desert Alpine experience

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.



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

Grand Mosque, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
5

Grand Mosque

Landmark Islamic religious hub

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Al Mussalla Road, Dubai

Transport

Taxi

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
6

Jumeirah Mosque

Learn about Islam

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.



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

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Dubai. Courtesy of Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
7

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Equestrian experience

In the desert, near Jebel Ali, spectators can enjoy local and international polo events as well as show-jumping and dressage competitions at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club with its beautiful 'Hacienda'-style clubhouse. For the active, there are desert hacks.



Cost

Desert hack AED300 for two hours/Polo events vary

Opening Hours

Daily 6.30am-12am

Address

Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4361 8111

Bastakiya District, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
8

Bastakiya District

Historic architectural site

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours

Address

Bur Dubai, Dubai

Transport

Taxi

Jumeirah Beach Park, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
9

Jumeirah Beach Park

Sun, sand and surf

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.



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

Transport

Taxi

Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, www.dubaitourism.ae
10

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild watery fun

With 30 rides and attractions, Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeirah is packed with thrills for kids and other brave souls. Best rides include the 80km/h speed slide Jumeirah Sceirah and Breakers Bay wave pool. Fun is guaranteed for all ages.



Cost

AED195; concessions AED165

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-7pm (until 8pm Jun-Aug & until 6pm Nov-Feb)

Address

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4 348 4444

Transport

Taxi

Website

Wild Wadi Website

The Montgomerie Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of the Government of Dubai, Dept of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, © www.dubaitourism.ae
11

The Montgomerie Dubai

Luxury championship golfcourse

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.



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 Dubai Website

Dubai Autodrome, Dubai. Courtesy of Dubai Autodrome
12

Dubai Autodrome

Motor-racing thrills

Experience the thrill of circuit driving at the Dubai Autodrome in Jebel Ali. Get behind the wheel on the karting track, or on the FIA-sanctioned circuit in a Subaru or Audi TT with 200bhp at your fingertips.



Cost

Various

Opening Hours

Various

Address

Emirates Road, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4 367 8700

Transport

Taxi

Website

Dubai Autodrome Website

Bateaux Dubai, Dubai. Courtesy of Bateaux Dubai
13

Bateaux Dubai

Luxury dinner cruise

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.



Cost

AED295 (dinner cruise)

Opening Hours

Daily 7.45pm (boarding)

Address

Bur Dubai, Dubai

Telephone

+971 (0) 4399 4994

Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Courtesy of Burj Al Arab
14

Burj Al Arab

Iconic seven-star hotel

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.



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 Website

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai. Courtesy of Dubai Racing Club
15

Meydan Racecourse

Horseracing and pageantry

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.



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

Dubai Racing Club Website

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