10 Best Things To Do Over The Summer Holidays In Dubai, UAE - Updated 2024

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Dubai is a city known for luxury shopping, a lively nightlife scene and ultramodern architecture. You will be amazed by skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, The Dubai Mall and The Dubai Fountain, which are must-see sights while you are here. Bring your family along and discover all the gems that Dubai has to offer while creating new unforgettable memories. Whether you are new in town, a local or just cruising through, Dubai has countless things to do to keep you occupied. Check out this list of some of the best things to do over the summer holidays in Dubai, UAE.

1. Enjoy a day at Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park (from USD 76.99)

If you are looking for something fun to do, you can always get up close with the playful dolphins while enjoying the water under the scorching sun, at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm. The fun begins with a 15-minute orientation session and a safety briefing from a jovial mammal specialist. You will then get to enjoy a 30-minute in-water experience as you touch, pet and play with the dolphins in groups of up to 10 people per animal. During your time here, you will get to learn interesting facts about dolphins. The whole experience, which should take around two hours, is ideal for all ages and it’s also suitable for non-swimmers.

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Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park Day Pass

Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration

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2. Explore the world's largest snow park: Ski Dubai (from USD 66.0)

Are you tired of the heat? Come and spend a cold winter day in the middle of the desert at Ski Dubai! Ski Dubai is 3,000 square meters (32300 square feet) of snow where you can get your adrenaline pumping. At Sky Dubai, there are countless of fun options available such as plunging down a twin-track bobsled, tobogganing, or watching the penguin show. For a memorable wintry experience, get the Polar Pass which allows you to go on an unlimited number of rides, but for a more memorable experience, the Polar Express package includes everything in the Polar Pass and an additional 40-minute penguin interaction session.

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Ski Dubai Ticket - The largest Snow Park in Dubai

Duration: 1 Day(s) Duration

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3. Enjoy a luxurious yacht tour (from USD 50.61)

summer holidays in dubai | enjoy a luxurious yacht tour

Are you in the mood to splurge? Come and experience a red carpet welcome on a luxury yacht and enjoy personal service from the qualified crew. The yacht features a variety of comforts and amenities including a dining area, three cabins with natural light and a bar serving fresh juices, soft drinks and either breakfast for the morning tour or BBQ on the afternoon and sunset tour. During the tour, you will get to meet like-minded people and spend time networking aboard the yacht as you explore famous areas including Dubai Marina, the Palm, Dubai Eye, Blue Water Island, Jumeirah Beach and the Atlantis. Make sure you enjoy the lounge area with both abundant sun and shade.

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Dubai Marina: Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ

Duration: 2.0 to 3.0 hour

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4. Admire the Dubai Mall Fountain show (from USD 18.58)

summer holidays in dubai | admire the dubai mall fountain show

Whenever you are feeling bored during your vacation in Dubai, you can always enjoy this 30-minute tour which will give you the opportunity of seeing the lights of Dubai Mall Fountain Show. In this tour, you will use a traditional boat and sail past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as Souk Al Bahar, Burj Khalifa, and the Palace. When you reach the fountain, you will then be able to admire the visual spectrum of over 1,000 water expressions from an intimate perspective. Make sure you bring along your ID card or passport documents and note that food and drinks are not offered.

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Dubai: Burj Khalifa Fountain Show and Burj Lake Ride

Duration: 30.0 minute

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Dubai Tour Guide


Azira Oussama

Hello, I am Oussama, a licensed tour guide in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I organize tours in Dubai and Abu Dhabi so you can experience modern and old life of this developed country and witness some of culture while exploring this great place.I also offer airport pick-up and drop-off from Dubai Airport. I am doing tours in English, French and Spanish.

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Sultan Karrani

Sultan Karrani

I am an Emirati national working in the hospitality and tour guide industry since 2013. I grew up and worked in most areas of the UAE and I am special at providing guests with real information about the culture of the UAE and the different stories of the places we visit. My goal in my work is to introduce the world to the treasures of Emirati culture and its many tourist sites.

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5. Explore Dubai on a city tour (from USD 47.2)

explore dubai on a city tour

If it is your first time visiting Dubai, this tour is tailored just for you. During this four and a half hour tour, you will get to explore both the new and old Dubai. The tour normally starts with a hotel pick up and from there, you will head to some of the most famous attractions including the man-made island, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, a stunning waterfront, and luxurious communities in the background. You will then head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah where you will experience the authentic Middle East culture. During your tour, you will be guided by a professional who is always happy to tell you legendary stories about the area.

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Dubai: Half-Day City Tour with Blue Mosque, Creek and Souks

Duration: 4.0 to 4.5 hour

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6. Get a breathtaking view of Dubai from Burj Khalifa (from USD 87.67)

get a breathtaking view of dubai from burj khalifa

Come and witness unforgettable, stunning views over Dubai from the observation deck of the world’s tallest building, the famous Burj Khalifa. Your jaw will hit the floor as you are elevated up 125 floors to fantastic 360-degree views over the Arabian Gulf. While you are here, you will also get to learn all there is to know about the architecture and technology behind this historic building. Do you want this memory to last? Why not purchase a souvenir photograph taken at the entrance of the 125th floor to show off this unforgettable experience to your friends and family back at home.

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Burj Khalifa 124 & Lunch or Dinner at Rooftop, The Burj Club

Duration: 5.0 hour

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7. Visit The Green Planet, an indoor rainforest (from USD 42.2)

visit the green planet, an indoor rainforest

The Green Planet is a bio-dome where visitors can explore the earth’s extraordinary flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics. The bio-dome is designed as an enclosed ecosystem, hence recreating the enchanting world of a tropical forest. The Green Planet is home to more than 3000 plants and several animals including sloths, bats, snakes, different varieties of birds and squirrel monkeys. Apart from offering a fun learning environment, this attraction also inspires visitors of all ages and from all over the globe to learn about and care more for every single animal and plant that inhabits the earth.

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The Green Planet - Dubai's Unique Indoor Rainforest

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8. Take a boat ride on Dubai Creek (from USD 485.0)

For a memorable vacation in Dubai, make sure you board a comfortable Cessna seaplane just after sun-up and fly over Dubai as you discover Dubai’s famous landmarks such as The World archipelago, Palm Jumeirah and the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab. You will then leave your plane and cruise along Dubai Creek to visit the colorful Gold Souk and Spice Souk. After fully exploring the sites, enjoy a traditional ‘abra’ boat across the water and explore Dubai Museum and the atmospheric Bastakiya quarter. For a more personalized experience, each trip allows a maximum of nine guests and a minimum of two guests.

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Dubai Seaplane Flight

Duration: 45 minutes

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9. Have fun at IMG World of Adventure (from USD 188.0)

The fun never stops in Dubai; if you feel like you are bored and need something fun but unique just head to Dubai’s mega-themed indoor entertainment destination. IMG World of Adventure boasts four “epic zones” categorized by themes. Two of the zones feature a variety of mind-blowing roller coasters and attractions that are based on Marvel Super Heroes characters and Cartoon Network while the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones and IMG Boulevard are original concepts that are designed by the IMG Group. With rides like the Fight of the Quinjets, Dock Ock’s Revenge and Thor Thunder Spin, this tour is perfect for kids and families.

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Img World Of Adventure Tours & Two Way Transfer

Duration: 6 hours

10. Experience Dubai's signature red sand dunes (from USD 69.0)

experience dubai's signature red sand dunes

Escape Dubai for the evening and enjoy a fascinating Safari through Lehbab Desert, that is famous for its spectacular red dunes. For an extra thrill, you can try sandboarding before going to Al Khayma Camp. Once you reach the Al Khayma Desert Camp, you can approach the group of Camels and enjoy a desert ride. You can also enjoy your extra time at the Camp, trying the Bedouin specialties such as Henna painting, Shisha smoking and Arabic makeover using Kandora and Abaya. You will also get to meet the Falcon expert and take a picture with the royal bird.

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Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp

Duration: 7 hour

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It does not matter what brings you to these sides of the world. During your visit here, you are guaranteed to have the ultimate fun. Check out our recommendations above for some of the activities you can enjoy while you are in Dubai, UAE.

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