Top 7 Surprising Things To Do In Dubai

Top 7 Surprising Things To Do In Dubai

Dubai is home to opulent shopping malls, record-breaking structures, spotless beaches, ultramodern theme parks, and vast stretches of golden sands. It also boasts of a plethora of dining and entertainment options… But do you know that there are a lot of unique things to do in Dubai as well?

Let’s go a little off track and sample seven of the most surprising things Dubai has to offer its visitors.

1. Helicopter Tour

While there are several options for you to get a bird’s eye view of Dubai’s skyline, nothing comes close to taking a helicopter ride around the city. Venture on a picturesque helicopter ride which lasts for approximately 30 minutes.

Helicopter tour

Fly over the stunning Palm Islands, feast your eyes on the breathtaking Burj Khalifa, and click pictures of the majestic Burj Al Arab. You can also witness the spectacular The World, man-made islands shaped like a world map from above. You will be tongue-tied with the sheer beauty and magnificence all around you.

2. Afternoon Tea at Burj Al Arab

The boat sail shaped Burj Al Arab hotel is luxury spelled with a capital ‘L’. So, why not visit this place for a relaxed afternoon tea in one of its many incredible restaurants or cafes?

Afternoon Tea at Burj Al Arab

The Skyview Bar on the 27th floor and Sahn Eddar located in the basement of the hotel are two places extremely popular for their afternoon tea. Enjoy an array of mouthwatering pastries, sandwiches, cakes, coffee, and tea, while you enjoy the splendid sights of the Palm Jumeirah.

3. Hot Air Balloon Ride

The exotic deserts of Dubai beckon every traveler but how about trying the desert safari Dubai with a twist? Sign up for a hot air balloon ride and witness the allure of the desert from 4000 feet above the ground.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

You will be mesmerized by an amazing sunrise with the imposing Hajjar mountains in the background. Spot desert animals such as camels, gazelles, and Arabian oryxes. Enjoy a sumptuous English breakfast once you reach the ground.

4. La Perle Show

The La Perle Show in Dubai is a magnum opus created by the legendary Creative Director Franco Dragone. He is famous for his classics such as The House of Dancing Water in Macau and La Rêve in Las Vegas.

La Perle Show

The show is a brilliant fusion of live artistic performance, imagery, and technology. The story is inspired by the vibrant life of Dubai and is believed to run at least 10 years. The exciting acrobatics, thrilling aquatic feats, and mind-blowing aerial stunts will leave you awestruck.

5. Visit the Spas

Tired after a long day of sightseeing in Dubai? Head to one of the exotic spas that are extremely well-known. Let the skilled hands of the masseuse pamper you and drive all the stress away.

One&Only Royal Mirage Spa

You can select from an amazing array of massages, nourishing body wraps, traditional Arabian baths, and also facial treatment using a 24k gold leaf. The essential oils and bath salts will surely rejuvenate your body and mind. The luxurious Armani Hotel Spa is also a great destination.

6. Dubai Opera

Located in downtown Dubai, a visit to the Dubai Opera is a must when you are here. Dubai Opera hosts myriad performances and events such as ballets, concerts, theatres, conferences, and the likes. The performances not only pay homage to the rich and glorious culture of Dubai but also to splendid experiences world over.

Dubai Opera

The structure of the building resembles a ‘dhow’ or a wooden boat that is synonymous with the history of Dubai as a sleepy fishing village. The venue is also used for weddings, exhibitions, art galleries, and fashion shows. There is a rooftop restaurant that offers fantastic views of the colossal Burj Khalifa and the sparkling Dubai Fountain.

7. Yacht ride

Explore the dazzling waters of the Dubai Marina in style. Book a private yacht and cruise along the water enjoying spectacular sights of the iconic landmarks including Palm Jumeirah all around you.

Yacht ride

The yacht package typically lasts for 1-5 to 3 hours and you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on board depending on the time and package selected. Experience the bespoke luxury and grandeur of the yacht and enjoy a red-carpet welcome and five-star hospitality. This is enough reason for you to apply for your Dubai visa.


Though there is no dearth of entertainment options when it comes to Dubai, the above-listed places offer a very different and luxurious experience. Why not splurge a little and indulge in some of these surprises Dubai has to offer?

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