If you are spending a long weekend in Dubai, you might be in search of ideas for things to do in your free time. Well you’re in luck, because this guide will show you a few options. From thrill-seeking adventures to laid-back vacations, this destination won’t disappoint. This list will make you look forward to spending more long weekends!
6 Must-Do Activities
on a Long Weekend
Dubai is teeming with options and there is something for every kind of tourist to enjoy. From breathtaking skyscrapers to expansive deserts, and gorgeous beaches, you have many to choose from and ensure you’ll never be bored.
Check out this list of the must-do activities to enjoy on a long weekend, whatever your idea of fun might be.
Start your day with a hearty brunch
The best thing about long weekends and holidays is you don’t need to set your alarm clock to wake up early. This means you can extend your sleep and can skip breakfast for a hearty brunch with friends and family. Fortunately, there are lots of amazing brunch spots in Dubai.
For pocket-friendly brunch, you can check out the Warehouse restaurant located at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. It’s a popular choice for old-timers and residents. Aside from delectable dishes, they also serve unlimited beverages, and diners will be treated to the latest musical hits.
There is also a tropical bar that lets you mix your own cocktail.
For a fine dining brunch with your special someone, check out Nobu at Atlantis, The Palm. This is easily one of the most popular restaurants in the city and an icon in Dubai’s food scene. Here you get to indulge in a five-star quality Japanese brunch and sample their favorite dishes like the yellowtail with jalapeños and black cod miso.
Explore the Global Village
Another must-see attraction in Dubai is the Global Village – a limited-time yearly attraction that features multiple pavilions that showcase various customs and cultures of different countries around the world.
The Global Village has everything you can expect from a world-expo-type event, popular food and delicacies to shopping, entertainment, and various attractions. This makes the seasonal attraction perfect for the whole family.
Global Village is scheduled to open in October 2022 and will run up to April 2023. This year, the main attractions are stage shows, live concerts, kids theater shows, food trolleys, lots of cafés and restaurants, thrilling rides, worldwide pavilions, and shopping spots.
Visit Theme Parks
Traveling with kids? There is no better way to spend your long weekend in Dubai than in amusement parks. Fortunately for you, Dubai has plenty of options for the whole family to enjoy. With lots of adrenaline-pumping rides, incredible shows, activity zones, eateries, theaters, and even shopping centers, kids and kids at heart will definitely have a good time in these theme parks.
Aquaventure Waterpark, for example, is the biggest water park in the entire Middle East and Europe. Located at the Palm Islands in Atlantis, which by itself, is also a stunning vacation spot, the Palm Resort’s water park features 105 slides and multiple 90-foot slides that will take you to a lagoon with real sharks. Don’t worry; it is totally safe, as you will be protected by the slide throughout.
Some of the theme parks that are worth your time are Legoland (the most innovative theme park), IMG World of Adventure (for Cartoon Network and Marvel fans), and Ski Dubai (a 22,500 square meter indoor sky park with slopes for all levels of skiers).
Watch the Fireworks Shows
If you time your trip right, you can witness spectacular lights in the sky with fireworks shows in Dubai. There are plenty of fireworks scheduled throughout the year, mostly to celebrate Muslim holidays and festivals. Some of the best places to see the fireworks during long weekends and holidays are the Global Village, Yas Island, Dubai Festival City Mall, The Pointe, Bluewaters Island, and of course, anywhere near the vicinity of the tallest skyscraper in the world Burj Khalifa.
For the adrenaline junkies out there, or anyone looking for an adventure of a lifetime, nothing will get your heart pumping more than jumping out af a plane and free-falling at more than 120 miles per hour.
Anyone who is brave enough can experience skydiving in Dubai, as you will be secured to a harness and accompanied by a professional world-class instructor. Those with sky diving licenseses of course, are allowed to jump solo.
If you don’t feel you are ready for a real skydive yet, or you are not into that kind of adrenaline-pumping activity, you can try indoor skydiving. Indoor skydiving will put you inside the world’s first vertical wind tunnel where with the help of powerful fans and air conditioners, you will float 3 meters off the ground.
Swap the hectic life in the city and escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for a relaxing night under the stars and enjoy the expansive desert of Dubai with all the comfort of home by going glamping.
Glamping (a play on the words “glamorous” and “camping”) is camping with luxury, and there are plenty of gorgeous glamping spots in Dubai. Sonara Camp, for example, offers the finest and most exquisite experience, as it is set in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. A delectable dinner is served under the stars, and campers will spend the night in either a Lotus tent or a Nomad tent.
Another incredible glamping option is the Platinum Heritage. Here you will be offered an oasis tent accommodation with a 4-course dinner, before joining an eco-safari adventure with a gourmet breakfast in the morning.
Finding a balance between work in the corporate world and a personal life can be challenging. Why not take a long weekend break in a bustling metropolis like Dubai to treat yourself to an experience like no other. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to create your own itinerary and have fun discovering the beauty of this world-class city.