10 Bucket-List Experiences You Must Have In Dubai, UAE

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Dubai is hailed as one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But very few tourists are aware of the hidden gems that the city has to offer. Private cruises in luxury yachts, watching sunrises from the sky, mastering new dance moves, learning about Oriental traditions, and many more exotic thrills wait for you in this Emirate city. The eternal pull of the desert is enhanced by adventures of dune bashing, sandboarding, and getting the feel for nomadic Bedouin life with camel caravan rides. Blazing falcon shows, hypnotic Tanoura and belly dance performances, and mouthwatering barbecue and seafood dinners steal your soul. Read below and learn about the bucket-list experiences you must have in Dubai, UAE, to experience the holiday of a lifetime.

1. Enjoy a fulfilling day of desert fun (from USD 41.0)

Cruise across the red sand, feeling your adrenaline soar as the driver expertly maneuvers the car, changing speed to maintain balance over the dunes. But the thrill does not end there. Follow it up with the electrifying experience of sandboarding. After that, munch on some authentic Arabian dates and sweets, and sip on Arabic coffee to refresh and re-energize. Next, cool off from all the excitement with a relaxing camel ride. Let the local guide entertain you with a falcon show, demonstrating the UAE’s national bird’s fascinating hunting practices. When all these fun-filled activities leave you ravenous, head to a Bedouin-style desert camp and satiate your hunger with a delicious BBQ spread. You can also try henna paintings on your palms. Colorful belly dance and Tanoura performances accompany your dinner, raising the entertainment quotient by several notches.

High Red Dunes with Camel & vip Dinner

Duration: 7 hours

1862 reviews

2. Enjoy a boat cruise from Dubai (from USD 96.0)

Charter a luxury speedboat and cruise along the Marina Canal, enjoying views of the towers that Dubai is famous for - Dubai Eye, JBR, The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, and of course, the only seven-star hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab. The world-class stereo system onboard churns out your favorite music, setting the mood for a picnic on the sea. Light refreshments such as nuts and chips along with juice are provided. You are free to bring your own food to enjoy some quality time with your family. If the heat becomes overbearing, you can jump into the sea for a soothing swim. Do not forget your tanning lotion and get that glorious tan without which seaside holidays are incomplete.

Sea Escape: Swim, Tan and Sightseeing!

Duration: 2 hours

169 reviews

3. Attend a Chinese tea ceremony (from USD 55.0)

Why pass up the opportunity to experience the exotic cultural practices of the Orient? Let your experienced host guide you through the Chinese art of appreciating tea and incense. The Chinese have elevated the act of brewing and drinking tea to an art. Go through the intricacies while the aroma transports you to a bygone era in the East. Details about the historical significance of the Chinese Tea Ceremony and the influences of politics, philosophy, and literature on this art will enrich your knowledge. Get hands-on training on the method and the right temperatures, and feel rejuvenated while drinking fresh organic white tea. Learn more about the medicinal benefits of white tea and acquire a new nourishing habit of drinking this elixir of health.

Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony

Duration: 1.5 hours

22 reviews

4. Learn stand-up paddle boarding (from USD 109.0)

What can be more thrilling than navigating the waters while standing upright? Let the lesson from expert trainers help you overcome your fear of falling. Take baby steps into your paddling adventure, starting with sitting down while riding the paddleboards. When you gain confidence, stand up, and have fun. Even if you have never tried a paddle session before, you can master the technique soon. Remember to bring your camera and click magnificent pictures as you paddleboard.

Fun Stand up paddle session supping

Duration: 1.5 hours

3 reviews

5. Go on a quad-biking adventure over desert sands (from USD 79.0)

Dubai is the land to quench your thirst for adventure sports. Along with dune bashing, riding quad bikes over the dunes is an experience you should not miss. Even if you never tried quad-biking before, with the instructor’s detailed guidelines, you will soon get a hang of it. But there is more in store. When you are in the desert, you can’t leave the joys of sandboarding and camel safari out of your itinerary. Regale your eyes on the breathtaking panorama of the setting sun over shimmering desert sands while sitting on a camel’s back. At the end of your adventure, energizing Arabia coffee awaits you, followed by a mesmerizing falcon show.

Quad Bike, Camel Caravan & BBQ Dinner

Duration: 7 hours

477 reviews

6. Attend a hip-hop dance class (from USD 55.0)

Get those muscles humming with an exhilarating hip-hop session, picking up the moves and honing your dancing prowess. The trainer, adept at modern dance techniques, shows you the ropes to a wide range of urban dance styles, including freestyle, popping, and new school vibes. After a quick shower back at your hotel, head out to explore Dubai nights. Scorch the dance floor at the city’s crowd-pulling hip-hop clubs, showing off your new skill. This upbeat activity is sure to make you feel at one with Dubai’s vibrant night scene and make your Dubai holiday outstanding.

Dance to Dubai's Hip Hop Cardio scene

Duration: 1 hour

3 reviews

7. Ride a hot-air balloon at dawn (from USD 414.0)

Imagine floating serenely across the sky as the rising sun spreads its first golden rays over the horizon. You’ll get to watch the world below wake up slowly while holding your loved one’s hand. Could anything be more romantic? Get picked up from your hotel at dawn and gear up for this incredible experience of a lifetime. Fly over the desert on a hot-air balloon, witnessing an unforgettable sunrise and the unique desert wildlife. End your trip with a sumptuous breakfast and return to your hotel with your memory brimming with visions that you are sure to cherish forever.

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight with Transport & Breakfast

Duration: 4 hours

8 reviews

8. Rent a private luxury yacht (from USD 123.0)

If you are on a romantic getaway, do try this extravagant experience. Book an hour-long private cruise on a luxury yacht with your loved one and experience what Dubai is famous for - riches and splendor. The vessel is fully furnished to ensure your comfort on this sea excursion. You can also celebrate your special day with friends and family or enjoy some laid-back quality time with your loved ones through this offbeat and relaxing experience.

Luxury Yacht Dubai 1 Hour Private/ Shared

Duration: 1 hour

12 reviews

9. Have dinner on a double-decker boat (from USD 47.0)

Elevate your holiday experience beyond the conventional with a lavish dinner on the Dubai Marina, onboard a two-story cruise boat. Escape from the Emirate’s heat in the air-conditioned floor below, or let the soothing sea-breezes revive your spirits on the upper open-air floor. Enjoy mouthwatering dishes on a buffet dinner, serving both vegetarian and non-veg dishes. You can also get a glimpse of traditional entertainment with local cultural performances like a Tanura show. The cruise provides the option to celebrate special occasions like birthdays. Otherwise, you may choose to spend a pleasurable evening with your loved ones with good food and beautiful views through this exotic experience.

Traditional Wooden Boat Dinner Dubai Creek

Duration: 2 hours

29 reviews

10. Experience the thrill of jet-skiing (from USD 82.0)

Go on a high-powered voyage from the well-known Fishermen Harbor in Jumeirah 1, gliding across the Dubai skyline, dominated by the Burj Khalifa. Get a chance to experience the marvelous views of Sheikh Zayed Road, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, JBR, Barasti Beach, and Palm Jumeirah Atlantis. Admire the iconic Dubai landmarks from the open sea, and shoot jaw-dropping videos as souvenirs of your trip.

Dubai Fastest Jet Ski 30 Min Ride

Duration: 1 hour

115 reviews

Soak up the magic of Dubai

Do not confine your Dubai trip to run-of-the-mill shopping and sightseeing. Experience Dubai like a local instead. Savor every adventure the city has to offer, learn the traditions of another culture, feast on a scrumptious dinner, or enjoy the splendid views from the sea. Try out every activity on this list of bucket-list experiences in Dubai, UAE.

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