11 Different Attractions to Visit in Dubai
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Dubai, but surely this is a city that never stops growing. I have to say it’s amazing how they raise buildings in the middle of so much sand. Moreover, the good news is that there are many new attractions that will get you out of the traditional tours of shopping malls, desert safari or visiting the Burj Khalifa!! Not that these things are not great, but there are others that you may also like!
To discover new and maybe even exotic places, I asked my dear friend and tourist guide Mariana Bó to collaborate with this post and I was so glad she ran into helping me!
Want to know more about Mari’s work? She is a fantastic guide for anyone visiting the city and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish! Ahh … not to mention that she is a assiduous girl traveler and puts thousands of beautiful photos to her Instagram!
Let’s get to the list?
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium is located on the first floor of Dubai Mall and is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It carries 10 million liters of water and is home to more than 140 species of animals! It’s amazing to see from the outside, through the huge glass in one of the mall corridors. However, it is even more surprising to take the plunge and see everything up close.
There are a few options available for diving with sharks, snorkeling and scuba dive. For those who are not so adventurous, it still has a mermaid show, a marine zoo and a tunnel where it’s possible to pass through the tank.
The prices are very varied and depend on what attractions you want to experience!
IMG World of Adventure
Are you one of those adventurers folks? Love the Marvel, Cartoon Network or Dinosaurs? So, you’re one of those who need to get to know IMG, the biggest indoor park in the world! It has four lands, two of which are for the Marvel and Cartoon Network drawings. The other two are for the Lost Valley, which is the dinosaur adventure land and the other, IMG Boulevard.
It has a variety of roller coasters and other exciting attractions as well as movie theaters, restaurants and themed shops. Children are also welcome. However, the park has a rule of sorting the attractions by height and not by age.
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park
Legoland is a park made for the little ones between 2 and 12 years old and – among us – even for the adults that love Lego! At home I have one that LOVES and that has even an Instagram, @howtobrick, just for the things it builds! Lol
There are more than 40 themed rides, shows and other attractions, being indoors and outdoors all year round. It is separated by 6 thematic territories, with more than 15 thousand Lego models and more than 60 million Lego bricks! The park has special packages for summer and varied prices through out the year!
Bollywood Park Dubai
Do you know about the famous Bollywood movies? With 5 lands inspired in the classic movies, the Bollywood Park will take you straight to the movie industry of Mumbai (India). There are several attractions, presentations and shows, as well as restaurants and themed shops.
The park also has a theater, the Rajmahal, with capacity for 856 people and structure that was inspired in the palaces of India. It’s very classic and refers to the old Indian cinema, but with the latest technology. The park also has special packages for summer and prices are varied for the rest of the year.
Motiongate Dubai Theme Park
Motiongate is a Hollywood-inspired park and it’s attractions are based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate and the Smurfs!! I love the Smurfs to be honest haha
It is a park for children and adults, with thousands of attractions, divided into 5 lands plus restaurants and shops! Just one example, the DreamWorks area have the King Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, Madagascar and Shrek!! Aii .. I love Madagascar and Shrek too LOL!
The park already has 5 roller coasters and has one opening soon in the Lionsgate land called the Capitol Bullet Train! Prices also vary.
The Outlet Village
Want to shop and get away from the normal shopping malls? You can visit The Outlet Village and still enjoy an architecture inspired by the medieval Italian town of San Gimignano which is in Tuscany. There are more than 125 luxury brands plus other types of brands with more affordable prices.
There are some free shuttles that take you to the outlet from specific hotels and sights. It works from Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 10pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10am.
I love this resort and it was one of the sights that I took everyone that would visit me. It’s architecture is incredible, very Arabic and with a wonderful view to the sea. They have the abras, which are traditional boats and when I lived there, they would do the tours only for guests. The good news is that it’s now open to the public and everybody can experience it. I would say to go near sunset time to have an amazing view!
The ride costs AED 85 per adult and AED 50 per child. The tours run every day every 20 minutes and last around 20 minutes as well.
Last Exit Dubai
You are on your way to Abu Dhabi and realize you’re hungry? Last Exit is a themed complex of food trucks just before Dubai ends. They have a variety of types of food, divided in 4 areas, each one with a different theme. Even if you’re not going to Abu Dhabi, you may like to give it a look and exploring this gastronomic place, huh?
Do you have a free spirit and love the heights?? Skydive Dubai is one of the best parachute jumps in the world with incredible views of the Palm Jumeirah or the Desert Campus. I did not have the opportunity to jump in Dubai, but I jumped twice, one in Australia and one in Brazil! Want to see my free fall in Brisbane? It was my first time and can’t explain the incredible sensation I felt! It was too much adrenaline lol
The prices are different to jump at the Palm and out in the desert. I would struggle to decide in which one to jump, both seem to be amazing. If you had to choose, which one would it be? The Palm or the Desert Campus? Tell me in the comments!
Box Park Dubai
Do you like a modern design? So have you thought about appreciating a different architectural design with an open-air mall made up of containers? Box Park Dubai has an industrial and urban place with several trendy shops and many choices of places to eat.
I was surprised to see that in this mall they have a Marimekko store. It’s a Finnish brand I’ve never seen out from here! So if you go there, you can still get to know a little Finnish design! Kind of great, right?
The last but not least is the Riverland Dubai. It is part of the Dubai Parks & Resorts complex and is a themed area. It is open-air and does not need a ticket to enter. It is by the river side and full of restaurants.
It is divided into 4 smaller complexes, inspired by the greatest eras of the past, such as The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate and The Peninsula. It has several attractions and events along the river, as well as shops and services for visitors.
Comment below if you liked the tips and if you have been to any of them!!