Dubai is the place in the world where the word ‘impossible’ just doesn’t exist… Being home of the largest mall in the world, the largest acrylic panel in the world, the tallest hotel in the world and the tallest building in the world to name a few, it comes as no surprise that Dubai is the perfect place to visit and get wowed away. While the city is beautiful and impressive by day, it is even more impressive at night when all buildings light up as one. We’ve selected 8 things for you to do at night in Dubai.
1. Experience the fountain show at Dubai Mall
Dubai is no stranger to world wide records and the Dubai fountains show at the Dubai Mall is one of them. For a first, the Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world by total area, with a total of 1,200 shops over 1,124,000 square meters (12,098,635.3 square feet). The Dubai Mall is also home of the world’s largest acrylic panel (the aquarium), the world’s largest sweet shop, “Candylicious”, spanning over 930 square meters (10,000 square feet) in addition to the fountains.
The fountains are the world’s second largest choreographed fountain system set on the Burj Khalifa Lake, in the Dubai Mall. For all lovers of Las Vegas shows, you will simply be blown away by the Dubai fountains’ show. The show is every half an hour, daily from 6pm to 11:30pm as well as two shows at 1:00pm and 1:30pm.
Each show consist of a choreographed water show designed by a dance choreographer for a specific song. Each day the sequence of songs played is changing, allowing you to see all the shows in just a few days if you wish to. Watching the show is quite simple, find a spot around the lake and wait for the show to begin! The songs feature are a mix of Arabic songs, international ones (with a highlight for Michael Jackson and superb Witney Houston “I will always love you”) as well as Chinese.
Address: Fashion Parking - Dubai Mall - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Fountain show
Dubai Garden Glow is the largest ‘glow-in-dark’ garden in the world made of recycled luminous fabrics and features scale models of UAE landmarks like Burj Khalifa from recycled cups and bottles. Since its opening in 2015, it has drawn millions of visitors each year. Thanks to their 500 craftsmen, engineers and architects who unceasingly create magic behind the scenes. Book this experience and capture the moment of a lifetime at this stunning theme park. As the lights are turned on, the park dazzles at night like something out of a fairy tale leaving you marvelling in awe. Get into festive spirit with a host of performances by international artists. Explore up to 10 different zones which includes Dinosaur Park, Art Park, Garden Glow, Happiness Street, just to mention a few. You can include access to the Ice Park at an extra cost. Surely, a delightful and educational treat for the entire family!
Dubai Garden Glow
Price: 17.70 USD
3. Ski in the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East
I can hear you already saying, ‘what are they talking about, Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates, a desert country in the Gulf region’… Yes but Dubai is also home of the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! This mountain theme setting is the perfect place to go skiing, snowboarding or taking a break with the little ones to go tobogganing or meet with the resident penguins!
Address: Dubai Mall of the Emirates - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Ski Dubai
4. Go for a drink in the tallest restaurant in the world
Put your fear of heights aside and brace yourself for an unforgettable experience. Step in the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) elevator which will take you up to the top floors in a glimpse of an eye only. Located on the 122nd floor, Atmosphere is an award-winning restaurant and lounge. Come to have a high tea (quite literally!) or for a romantic dinner in this unique venue.
Atmosphere Burj Khalifa
Address: 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
5. Dine in the only 7 star hotel in the world
Nathan Outlaw, a 2 Michelin Star Chef, recently partnered with Burj Al Arab and Al Mahara seafood restaurant to bring his knowledge and cuisine to Dubai. Al Mahara is located in the iconic sail shaped 7 star hotel ‘the Burj Al Arab’. Al Mahara restaurant is situated right in the middle of the aquarium of the hotel, giving it a unique feel.
Try the degustation menu to get an overview of the redesigned menu by Chef Nathan Outlaw.
Al Mahara restaurant
Address: 1st floor, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Al Mahara restaurant
6. Immerse yourself in gold, literally!
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Dubai is no stranger to extravagant venues. One of the latest one of them being a lounge on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab decorated with gold leaves. 99% of the bar and furniture are covered in gold, this guarantees a treat for the eyes! This surprising lounge will serve you refined champagne (with gold of course!) and innovative cocktails. This is an experience not to be missed!
Gold on 27
Address: 27th Floor, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Gold on 27
7. Go to the club!
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A visit to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without going to a club! The city has a lot of clubs, playing from the 80s to EDM music, there is a club fitting for you. One of the most renown clubs, especially for all the events and festival it organizes, is Zero Gravity. Being a beach club during the day, the venue turns into a party place once the sun sets. Lay down on a sunbed during the day and look at the skydivers in the sky or admire the view onto the JBR walk before partying.
Address: Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Facebook: Zero Gravity
8. Visit one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world
Located in the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is the perfect place for the whole family to learn about underwater lives and environment protection. Feed the ray, the sharks or just hop on the glass bottom boat to see the underwater world on your feet. You can also visit the aquarium by feet, enter a large glass tunnel and keep your head up for a memorable experience.
The aquarium keeps on reinventing itself and improving experiences for its guests; one of the new attractions recently launched is a mermaid show, a real treat for the eyes!
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Address: Ground & Level 2, The Dubai Mall - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Website: Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Enjoy Dubai the way it’s meant to be enjoyed! Set out on a journey to a traditional Bedouin camp. Have fun bashing dunes through the desert aboard a 4x4 vehicle and then off to some incredible sand boarding on a quad bike. Let the giant camel lead you around the dessert. Notice its gentleness as it kneels for you to get on. Get acquainted with the hubblee-bubblee shisha. An evening full of amusement with fire shows, tanoura dancing and belly dancing awaits you. Feel the festive atmosphere as you tuck into a wide spread of a hearty BBQ buffet with bottomless drinks in the middle of desert. To complete the experience, dress on Arabic clothing (kandura and abaya) for souvenir pictures. The package includes pick up and drop off, all the activities, shows, dinner and drinks. Henna hand painting, sand arts and keepsakes are also available at an extra cost. Don’t miss this authentic desert experience!
Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ dinner & live entertainment
Price: from 18 USD
Duration: 5-7 hours
A dhow is a traditional Arabic ship historically used as mode of transportation, for fishing and even pearl-diving. It is a two-masted ship rigged with triangular sails at an angle of 45 degrees. Head on to a relaxing evening. Embark on our astounding dhow cruises and discover Dubai Creek with its vibrant city. Feel the warmth of Emirati hospitality with welcome treats and live shows. See the traditional tanoura dancers and be amazed how gracefully they execute the routines in colourful costumes and weighted skirts. Then, feast on a three-course international dinner buffet in a romantic ambiance as we sail past some of Dubai’s impressive landmarks. It’s a magical experience drifting along the creek while watching colourful reflections out on the water of the beautifully lit up skyline of Dubai. Make sure you bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. Book now for this unique and relaxing experience. The perfect antidote to a busy city life. For last minute and live availability, check out Headout (link below).
Dhow dinner cruise with live entertainment in Dubai Creek
Price: 59 USD
Duration: 2 hours
If you are looking for a more authentic experience, book a desert safari and hop on a 4*4 to go dune bashing before dining under the stars with Arabic dance shows and belly dancing performances. Immerse yourself in a Bedouin skin and ride a camel to catch the sunset before trying henna painting and smoking a traditional shisha. For the most adventurous, glide down the desert sand dunes during a sandboarding session.
Dubai Evening Desert Safari Including Camel Ride and Tanoura
Duration: 6 hours
Dubai... a world of wonders
There is so much to do in this amazing and surprising city that is Dubai. What have you done that is not on this list and you’d like to recommend?
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