11 Different Attractions to Visit in Dubai
It’s been a few years since I’ve last visited Dubai. For sure, it is a city that never stops developing. 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. Not that you can’t do those. Specially if it’s your first time in the city. But there are many others that you may also like!
To collaborate to this list in finding new and maybe even exotic places, I’ve invited my dear friend and travel guide Mariana Bó. She is a fantastic guide for anyone visiting the city. Apart that speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. Ahh … not to mention that she is a world girl traveller and puts thousands of beautiful photos to her Instagram. And just to let you know, this is not a sponsored post!
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. 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, you might enjoy the mermaid show, the marine zoo or the glass tunnel where you go through the tank.
The prices differ and depend on what attractions you want to experience!
IMG World of Adventure
Are you an adventurers person? Loves 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 shows. The other two are for the Lost Valley, which is the dinosaur adventure land, and IMG Boulevard.
It has different roller coasters and other exciting attractions as movie theaters, restaurants and themed shops. Children are also welcome. However, a park rule sorts the attractions entrance 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 a big one that LOVES it and has an Instagram account where he shares the things it builds (lol).
There are over 40 themed rides, shows and other attractions, indoors and outdoors all year round. It is separated by six thematic territories, with more than 15 thousand Lego models and more than 60 million Lego bricks! The park has special packages for summer and different prices through out the year!
Bollywood Park Dubai
Have you hear about the famous Bollywood movies? With five lands inspired in the classic movies, Bollywood Park will take you straight to the cinema 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. It’s structure was inspired by the palaces of India. It’s very classic and refers to the old Indian cinema, but with the latest technology. The park has special packages for summer and prices differ for the rest of the year.
Motiongate Dubai Theme Park
Motiongate is a Hollywood-inspired park. It’s attractions are based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate and the Smurfs. I love the Smurfs (lol)!
It is a park for children and adults, with thousands of attractions, divided into five lands plus restaurants and shops. Just one example, the DreamWorks area has the King Fu Panda, How to Train your Dragon, Madagascar and Shrek. I also love Madagascar and Shrek too (lol)!
For now, the park has five roller coasters and another one will start operating soon. It will be located in the Lionsgate land and will be called the Capitol Bullet Train! Prices also vary.
The Outlet Village
The Outlet Village will give you a different shopping experience. You can visit it and enjoy the medieval Italian town inspired in 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 opens from Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 10pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 10am.
I love the Madinat resort. It was one of my favorite sights to take friends and family when they visited me. It’s has an incredible architecture, very Arabic and with a beautiful view to the sea. They have the abras, which are traditional boats. 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 suggest to you 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 approximately 20 minutes.
Last Exit Dubai
If you are on your way to Abu Dhabi, are hungry and don’t know where to eat, the Last Exit is a good option. It is a themed food truck complex just before Dubai ends. They have a variety of food types, divided in four areas, each one with a different theme. Even if you’re not travelling to Abu Dhabi, you may like to give it a try.
If you have a free spirit and love heights, Skydive Dubai is one of the best parachute jumps in the world. It has two options with an incredible view of the Palm Jumeirah or of the Desert Campus. I have jumped twice before, but unfortunately not in Dubai. Mine was one in Australia and one in Brazil.
The prices differ when jumping at the Palm and out in the desert. I would struggle to decide in which one to choose. Both seem to be amazing. Which one would it be for you? The Palm or the Desert Campus? Let me know at the comments!
Box Park Dubai
If you like modern design, Box Park Dubai will please you. It is an open-air mall made up of containers with an industrial and urban space. Has several trendy shops and many restaurant options to eat.
I was surprised to see that there is a Marimekko store at the mall. It’s a Finnish brand I’ve never seen out from here! You can get to know a little of Finnish design out of Finland.
The last but not least is the Riverland Dubai, a themed area from the Dubai Parks & Resorts complex. It is open-air and you won’t need a ticket to enter.
It is divided into four smaller complexes, it’s inspired by the greatest eras of the past, such as The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate and The Peninsula. You’ll find several attractions and events along the river, as well as shops and services for visitors.
Have you been to any of them?
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!