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Top Things to do in Dubai for First Time Visitors

Dubai’s awe-inspiring attractions, captivating landscape, rich array of experiences, and exquisite cuisine have made it the coveted gem among rival cities, making it an irresistible destination for first-time visitors.

Dubai’s awe-inspiring attractions, captivating landscape, rich array of experiences, and exquisite cuisine have made it the coveted gem among rival cities, making it an irresistible destination for first-time visitors.

Dubai is a fabulous tourist destination that has caught the attention of global tourists. This Emirate city combines mystical historical elements through a Desert Safari Dubai with the modern metropolis of Ain Dubai, making it a loved destination for tourists of all ages. You must have the top Dubai indulgences ready in your itinerary, especially when you visit Dubai for the first time, as you want to uncover the best of what Dubai has to offer.

Desert Safari Dubai

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The desert safari Dubai is on the bucket list of every global traveler, irrespective of their age. A fascinating experience set in the heart of the grand Lahbab desert gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore the majesty and beauty of the desert while also getting a glimpse of the traditional Bedouin lifestyle and culture. Add sporting and cultural activities elements with traditional Arabic hospitality and delightful cuisine; you can’t ask for more from a Dubai indulgence.

Dhow Cruise Creek

Photo by Dhow Cruise Dubai.
Photo by Dhow Cruise Dubai.

The Dhow Cruise Creek is one of the key highlights of the Dubai Creek Harbor, giving you a great opportunity to stunning views of the Dubai skyline. Witness the glittering Dubai landmarks through the quaint waters of Dubai under the star-studded sky while relishing some great international buffet spread and a host of cultural activities onboard. Witnessing the glittering Dubai skyline post-sunset is a sight to behold.  

Hop On Hop Off Big Bus

When visiting all major attractions in one go, there is no better indulgence than the Hop On Hop Off Big Bus. Being a well-connected city, the Big Bus travels down Sheikh Zayed Road. It stops at all the major attractions in the city, allowing you to explore the best of Dubai at your own pace. The air-conditioned cabins and the open-top seating give you transverse views of the Dubai landscape.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is synonymous with the city, currently holding the title as tallest standing structure globally. Rising high into the Dubai skyline amidst the desert, the Burj Khalifa gives you instant access to dramatic vistas from the top observation deck on its 125th and & 148th Level. The view from the top is unimaginable and mind-blowing in all aspects.

Ski Dubai

The largest indoor ski resort set in the biggest mall in the world is another record-breaking attraction in Dubai. Welcome to the world of ice as you look to indulge in skiing, snowboarding, toboggan runs, snow climbing towers, and other icy adventures here. Hone or train your skiing skills as the five slopes are defined with varying difficulty for both beginning and seasoned skiers. If that was not it, interact with the in-house penguins residing inside. Don’t miss the first indoor black diamond run placed here.

Aquaventure Waterpark

The Aquaventure Waterpark is a thrilling water adventure park set in the center of the Palm, a human-made island. This a perfect place to beat the scorching heat of the afternoon and indulge in some aquatic adventures through the thrilling rides and slides customized for all age groups. If you want a break in between, then you can laze on the pristine private beach. Don’t miss the unique experience of zipping through a water tunnel as the dangerous sharks and sting rays swim above you.

Lost Chambers Aquarium

If aquatic adventures are your forte, you will love this amazing place. Fulfill all your marine-inspired aspirations as you witness up-close encounters with the marine species who have inhabited the ten glass-tunneled chambers here. Understand the myths, shipwrecks, and the lost civilization of the ruins through the 20 marine exhibits set to fulfill your aquatic exploration.

MotionGate Dubai

Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and Dreamworks are the region’s largest themed entertainment parks that bring the most prolific Hollywood studios together. Witness your favorite animated stories and characters come to life. Immerse yourself in this interactive display of how filmmaking works, including going behind the scenes and visiting a real-life movie set or stepping into the inner workings of a production studio. You will love visiting this fabulous Dubai destination regardless of your taste and preferences.

Green Planet

Welcome to an indoor tropical rainforest that gives you a refreshing feeling of the most exotic flora and fauna globally. Get a first-hand experience of nature’s beauty as you browse this exotic destination with interactive exhibits giving you key insights about nature. A must-visit destination gives you good knowledge about the various rainforest layers and the plants and animals that call it home.

Al Fahidi District

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Welcome to the charming ancient world of Dubai, dating back to the 19th century. Understand and witness the fabulous transformation of city as you browse through the ancient buildings, wind towers, art galleries, Dubai museum, and narrow streets and alleys. Don’t miss relishing some culinary delights at the XVA Café, which is set in a courtyard whose landscape is dominated by a humungous tree.


For all the travelers with little ones coming to the city, you should mark a visit to KidZania in your travel itinerary. This kid’s play club in the Dubai Mall is designed for kids ages four and sixteen. This space provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to engage and explore living their role-based dreams mimicking their real-life counterparts. Teach your kids the value of money as they look to spend the KidZania currency received for the work they put in.

Ain Dubai

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We recommend you try a ride on the largest Ferris Wheel globally, which will take you up to a height of 250 meters as you witness the panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. There are 48 air-conditioned capsules, and each capsule can capture up to 40 people in one go. The seating is comfortable and luxurious from all quarters. The ticket for the Ain Dubai also gives you access to other attractions set on Bluewaters Island.

Dubai has been the envy of many rival cities due to its mind-blowing attractions, fascinating landscape, diverse experiences, and fabulous cuisine. The above things are great things to uncover, especially for first-time visitors. Relish a Dubai holiday by booking one today!

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