What to do in Dubai: 10 unmissable experiences


1. Guided tour of the Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the few mosques in the UAE that is open to non-Muslims. The guided tour is organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Center For Cultural Understanding, within the Open Doors, Open Minds program and is a great chance to learn a little about such a fascinating culture.

During the visit, they explain Islamic practices tintin by tintin, in a relaxed and super open way. The visit is worth it!

Jumeirah Road
Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am.

2. Visit Bur Dubai and the Dubai Museum

Bur Dubai is the oldest and most traditional part of the city. It is the place where the first settlements of the city were formed. The super charming district of Al Fahidi is a great option for a delicious tour/travel back in time.

You can also visit the Dubai Museum, in the Al Fahidi Fort , the oldest building in the city, where the old city protection wall also passed.

The museum tour is fun, and good to get a general idea of ​​the evolution of the city since its creation. What's more, admission costs only 3 AED.

Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm | Friday, from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm.

3. Crossing the Creek on traditional abras

The Creek is an arm of the sea that cuts through the city, and separates Bur Dubai  and Deira . The look is impressive, very different from the Dubai we are used to seeing around. Worth the visit.

It's a real trip back in time. Be sure to board an abra, an old-fashioned vessel that crosses between the two regions of the city. The fare is AED 1 per person per crossing.

Abras work practically 24 hours a day.

4. Stroll around Deira

The neighborhood of Deira, is super commercial, and houses the souks of gold and spices. A short walk will bring you face to face with a Dubai you never dreamed existed!


5. See Dubai from the 'top' of the Burj Khalifa

Dubai and capitalism on steroids … Dubai Is capitalism on steroids …

And one of the greatest representatives of this is the immense Burj Khalifa. With status as the tallest building in the world, from the top of its 828 meters high, I would say that a visit to the At the Top observation deck, on the 124th floor of the building is almost a must!

The experience to climb the 452 meters (124th floor) is full of lights and sounds, and immediately gets you into the mood. When you finally look down, the feeling is indescribable.

I recommend buying your ticket online and in advance, to ensure a good time, and not queue.

The entrance to At The Top is at the Dubai Mall and opening hours are: Monday to Wednesday, 8:30 am to 00:00 am, Thursday, 7:30 am to 00:00 am, Friday and Saturday, 4:30 am to 00:00 am, and Sunday, 8:30 am to 00:00 am.

6. Stroll around the Dubai Mall and watch the Dubai Fountain show

Never thought I'd say this, but: I almost fell in love with a mall. The Dubai Mall is simply surreal and not to buy or spend, but to look at it, see the people…

The incredible works of art scattered throughout the different sectors of the mall, and also to eat at Eataly !

You also can't miss the presentation of the Dubai fountains, outside the mall... Or you can, if you don't care at all...

 Presentations every 20 minutes, Monday through Wednesday, from 7am to 10am | Thursday to Saturday, from 19:00 to 23:00 | Sunday, from 7 am to 10 am.

7. Visit the Dubai Aquarium

Another popular attraction at the Dubai Mall is the Dubai Aquarium, open daily from 10am to midnight. Photographing this tunnel was an old wish, which I fulfilled on this trip!

8. Visit the Madinat Jumeirah

I found Madinat Jumeirah,  a mini shopping-souk very friendly and fun. Totally artificial, of course, but that's where we finally got to have a choppinho! It's good now, isn't it?! ;)


9. Photographing the Burj Al Arab

Photographing the Burj Al Arab from many different angles becomes an obsession, you'll see.


10. Stroll along Walk JBR

The “Walk JBR” boardwalk of the Jumeirah Beach Residence condominium is a great outdoor walk, and by the sea, with many restaurants, shops and cafes.

The entire Marina Dubai region reminded me of Miami. Very funny.

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