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7 Things You Must Do When Visiting Dubai

So, your flights to Dubai are all booked and you’re all excited for your much-needed vacation. To help you make the most of your time there, why not check out our list of 7 things you must see and do whilst you’re there.

Stick a few of these on your to-do list and we guarantee that you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime!

La Serre

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie then hats off to you for choosing Dubai for your vacation. Anyone who loves indulging their taste buds and trying exotic culinary delights will feel right at home here. La Serre is the ultimate lifestyle dining destination.

Housed in a beautiful two story glass facade, consisting of a bistro and a traditional Parisian boulangerie. Le Serre serves an ambitious menu of French Mediterranean-style dishes, perfect for any meal of the day, so you’re bound to find something the whole family will enjoy!

Desert Safari

A bit more of an adventurer? Why not treat yourself to a Dubai desert safari? You can trade in the concrete of the city for the sand dunes and explore the spectacular landscapes of Dubai the innovative way, with 4×4 dune bashing and camel rides.

You can relax and unwind with a mouth-watering barbecue dinner accompanied by a belly dancing performance to get an unrivalled Dubai experience.

Jumeirah Beach Park


If you’re looking for somewhere family friendly to relax and enjoy the views then check out Jumeirah Beach Park. It spans across 12 hectares of parkland and is equipped with everything you need to keep the whole family occupied.

From children’s play areas, picnic tables, barbecue areas, volleyball courts and white sandy beaches, this is the perfect place to set yourself down with a picnic and just enjoy the view.

Jumeirah Mosque

Fancy spending a day soaking up some real Dubai culture? Head to Jumeirah Mosque and you won’t be disappointed. Over the years it has become renowned as a focal point of Dubai and a must-see for any visitor.

You’ll get a unique opportunity to learn about Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed, casual and open atmosphere, at a beautiful, landmark mosque.

Dubai Marina


Dubai Marina is a relatively new attraction in Dubai. It’s characterised by a dramatic skyline of skyscrapers and residential apartment blocks, and looks particularly impressive when illuminated at night. It is the place to go if you want a world-beating selection of restaurants, cafes and shops.

Ski Dubai

Heading to Dubai in the colder months doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the things you love about the winter seasom. Ski Dubai is the world’s largest indoor snow park. Head inside and you will quickly forget that you are in the middle of a hot desert.

The Dubai Mall


If treating yourself to the latest trends is much more up your street, then The Dubai Mall is the perfect day out for you. It’s the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination so this one isn’t for the faint hearted. Indulge in a little retail therapy in this city that is renowned for its excellent shopping.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Dubai, be sure to pop a few of these on your itinerary and we’re sure that you’ll have a great time!

Consider Ramadan

Life in Dubai is notably different from the rest of the year during the month of Ramadan, and travelers should be aware of this when planning their trip.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, a period of religious significance, and Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours of everyday of this month in a complete fast. During this time it is prohibited to eat, drink, or smoke in public, and as such, most of the city’s public clubs, casinos and restaurants are closed.

Hotel restaurants and international food chains generally stay open for international visitors though, and some independent restaurants obtain a special license to operate during daylight hours. Generally though, travelers will find that the easiest way to eat is ordering room service at the hotel, and if you’re looking to play in a casino, choose to play in your room online ( is an Arabic site).

If there is a specific restaurant you’re dying to try, check their hours ahead of time to make sure they’re open over Ramadan.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. You somehow got few misguided tips such as holding hands in public places and cuddling, let me clear this up for you, holding hand & cuddling are perfectly fine and permitted in the UAE, there is no law that requires you not to hold hands in public, do whatever you like in Dubai, it’s lively and peacefully here and the police are friendly and tolerable with everybody and if you made a mistake they would just tell you with zero harm.

    • Thanks for sharing your insight Shedi :) We always prefer to air on the side of caution when it comes to being respectful of a country’s culture and laws, and would rather not offend anybody at all than take the risk with it … it’s great to hear that the vibe has become more relaxed in terms of public displays of affection though since I’ve last been :)

      Thanks for reading!

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