Top Things to Do in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a cluster of seven beautiful emirates. It’s a beautiful fusion of traditional charm and ultramodern development. What was once a region known for its Bedouin traditions and strategic trade routes, the UAE has evolved into a premier global tourism destination. With the towering iconic skyscrapers of Dubai, the endless deserts of Abu Dhabi, luxurious hotels, beautiful coastlines, loads of fun activities, and rich cultural heritage, the Emirates offers an array of unforgettable experiences for tourists from all across the world.


You can start your journey through the UAE by visiting the dizzy skyscrapers and huge shopping malls in Dubai followed by the cultural sites and museums of Abu Dhabi. You can then head towards the northern Emirates’ historical sites and natural landscapes and appreciate both the cultural and natural beauty of the region. Toward the end of your trip, you can plan for an amazing overnight desert safari to enjoy some thrilling adventure sports activities and authentic Bedouin hospitality, spend some quiet moments under the starlit sky, and devour the world-famous Arabian cuisine.  

Here are the top attractions and activities in the UAE, which promise a fun-filled and memorable trip to the Emirates. 


Top 10 Attractions and Activities in the UAE


1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Standing tall at an astonishing height of 828 meters (2,717 feet), Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It is a symbol of Dubai’s rapid development. This 163-storeyed building is not just an engineering marvel but also a hub of luxury and entertainment.


Enjoy breathtaking views from the observation decks on the 124th, 125th, and 148th floors, providing a beautiful perspective of Dubai's skyline.


At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa, located on level 122 of the iconic skyscraper is the highest restaurant in the world. You can enjoy an awesome view of the city along with a fine dining experience.


The Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain system, is set on the 30-acre artificial Burj Lake. An ultimate ride on the Burj Lake and the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk allow you to go closer to the beautifully choreographed fountain.  For art enthusiasts, the building houses over 1,000 specially commissioned pieces of art from Middle Eastern and international artists, giving the message of global harmony.


Cost: Tickets start from approximately $40 per adult and $31 per child between 04-12 years.

2. Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai

An overnight desert safari in Dubai offers a complete fun package of adventure sports and tranquil moments. Experience the thrill of dune bashing, quad-biking, and sandboarding. Witness a spectacular sunrise and a mesmerizing sunset in the endless golden desert. Click lots of pics, enjoy camel rides, have a puff of shisha, enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, and experience traditional Bedouin hospitality.

Cost: Prices range from $50 to $150, depending on the package.

3. The Dubai Mall 

The Dubai Mall is not just a famous shopping destination. It’s a complete entertainment complex. Here you can explore the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the largest underwater aquariums in the world. It displays thousands of aquatic animals across a 10-million-liter tank. Tickets start around $50.

The mall houses an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink, for which entry fees begin at $20. Have a unique icy experience here in the warmth of a desert. KidZania, an interactive children’s city, offers role-playing experiences for kids, with tickets priced around $40. And you cannot miss the VR Park, a virtual reality indoor theme park, where entry is free, but games and experiences cost approximately $15 onwards.

Cost: Entry to the mall is free, but attractions inside have separate charges.


4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Visiting the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must in the list of your Abu Dhabi activities. It is not just a place of worship. It is also a hub of cultural and educational exploration. It’s an exquisite architectural marvel, comprising over a thousand columns, 82 domes, golden chandeliers, and the world's largest hand-knotted carpet. The mosque offers free guided tours, providing information about its design and the Islamic faith. The reflective pools around the mosque enhance its beauty, especially at night. It's a perfect setting for contemplation and spiritual awakening. Dressing modestly is required. The mosque management also provides complimentary traditional attire to ensure you can experience this architectural masterpiece respectfully.

Cost: Entry is free.


5. Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a museum where the East meets the West in art, showing art pieces from ancient times to today. The building itself is beautiful, with a giant dome that makes cool patterns of light and shadow. You can walk around and see various kinds of art, learn about history, and even take part in workshops sometimes. For kids under 13, entry to the museum is free. It's a fun place to explore and appreciate art. If you are an art lover, you must include Louvre Abu Dhabi among your Abu Dhabi activities.

Cost: Tickets are approximately $17 for adults.


6. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

The world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park, Ferrari World, offers you the ultimate riding, dining, and shopping experience. Enjoy the world's fastest roller coaster and the tallest loop rides. Get to see some stunning magical shows. And do not forget to buy your souvenir Ferrari from the impressive collection in the stores. Admission typically ranges from $70 to $100 per person, with additional costs for special experiences. You can book your tickets online and get exclusive discounts.

Cost: General admission starts at around $80.


7. Dubai Miracle Garden

The world’s largest natural flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden, spans across 72,000 square meters. Here you get to see over 250 million plants and 50 million flowers in vibrant arrangements and designs. You thoroughly enjoy these beautiful flowers exhibited as floral sculptures, cartoon characters, huge animals, and archways. Kids simply love Disney Avenue where they meet their favorite Disney characters including the huge 18-meter-tall floral Mickey Mouse.

Cost: Entry costs about $12 for adults.


8. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of Dubai’s most famous beaches, offering a beautiful coastline with white sands and clear waters. You can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and adventure water sports like jet skiing and parasailing. You can also spend some time enjoying the scenic jogging track and exploring the lively Jumeirah Beach Residence, which is a strategic residential development with forty towers. All in all, Jumeirah Beach promises you a perfect relaxing day out.

Cost: Free access to the public beach. Water sports and other activities have separate charges.


9. Gold Souk, Dubai

‘Souk’ means an Arab market or a bazaar. Gold Souk is a dazzling marketplace in Dubai. It showcases intricate gold jewelry, from traditional designs to modern creations of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more. If you are a good bargainer, you can seal some amazing golden deals here or may come out sporting a gold wardrobe. And not just gold, you can also buy from a variety of other precious metals and gemstones.

Cost: Entry is free, but the cost of gold varies.


10. Hatta Mountain Safari

Discover the beautiful desert scenery of the Hatta mountains. Ride in a rugged 4x4 vehicle through stunning landscapes, spotting wildlife, and exploring ancient villages. The Hatta Heritage Village houses an ancient fort and a mosque built in the 16th century. Take a tour of Hatta Hill Park to appreciate the beauty of some lush green landscapes. Visit the famous Hatta Dam and witness the strategic water management for irrigation and electricity production.

Cost: Tickets for the safari range from $50 to $100 per person.


The UAE is a perfect tourist destination promising a wide range of activities for all sorts of travelers. Enjoy the state-of-the-art luxuries and excitement of Dubai. Appreciate the cultural experiences in Abu Dhabi. Witness the natural beauty of the desert and mountains. Shop till you drop in the malls and the markets. The UAE has got something special for everyone.


What we covered in this blog are just a handful of hundreds of tourist attractions available in the UAE. We will cover some more such interesting places and activities in our next blog. We hope this will help as you plan your lavish UAE vacation.

Gaurav Verma

A passionate Traveler who wants to see the whole world before hanging his boots. Always ready to explore offbeat and hidden spots. MBA + Engineer from Ivy league colleges, Gaurav is much sought after for his choice of lifestyle activities and Brand promotional campaigns.

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