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Things to do in Dubai

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Live music yoga classes kids entertainment great outlets souvenir shops Great restaurants and coffeeshops pop up galleries ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Famous Day and Night Beach and pool club with live music and DJ everyday and night”
  • 23 locals recommend
Transportation
“Another iconic mall. This time themed on the travels of " Ibn Battuta " across the world. This is were you will also find the closest large supermarket from the Marina area. Accessible by public transport and your own car of course.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Many 5 star hotels, Clubs, restaurants etc. all on one of the wonders of the world”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Dubai Marina Mall offers you the best of the big malls right in the heart of the Marina – it is a modern shopping and lifestyle destination for residents and visitors of the Dubai Marina community.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Spend a sportive day at Kite Beach, Dubai. Enjoy water sport activities, shopping & dining in a casual, hip & health conscious environment.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nature
“Very popular with the Ex-pat community. Has a large terrace for viewing $million yachts.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Water Park
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“Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai is a fun-filled amusement park located at the stunning Burj Al Arab that portrays the true Arabian experience. The park is themed around the age-old classic Arabian characters of Sindbad, Juha, folklore, etc. while offering a plethora of pulsating slides, rides, attractions activities that can entertain people of all ages. In short, you can say there is something for everyone. Browse the souvenirs from the shops which are present on the premises of the wonderful theme park.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Store
“Dubai is famous for its gold souk. A feast for the eyes, if not the wallet ! Use the opportunity of your visit to combine with an abra ride across the Dubai Creek, it's a fast and very pleasant way to cross the water.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“a lot of restaurants and shops and supermarkets are there and the view is amazing from there ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Sure, it’s not as massive as The Dubai Mall, and it doesn’t have a ski slope like Mall of the Emirates, but Marina dwellers are really quite proud of Marina Mall. One word: Waitrose. There’s also a Reel Cinemas (with comfy Platinum Suites no less). If you’re after something specific (that black tie ball gown, specialist trainers or massive flat screen TV) you’re best off elsewhere, but if you’re after some cheap and cheerful sportswear (H&M), a burger (Five Guys), some designer underwear (Tommy Hilfiger), accessories (Accessorize) or make-up (Sephora) you’ll find it here.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Lovely and lively beach. Nice restaurants, cafés, movie theater as well as water sport activities and recreational areas for children. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Opera House
“The definitive destination for performing arts in Dubai, bringing arts and music to life like never before. Located at what’s billed as ‘the most prestigious square kilometer in the world’ in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the radiant center of culture and arts in Dubai and the shining pearl of The Opera District. Dubai Opera passionately embraces its role as the creative heart of the city, producing and hosting the finest, most authentic, and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Zabeel Park is an urban public park located in the Zabeel district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A place where nature and business meets, it is a wonderful place for jogging, has garden walks and where the famous Dubai Frame is also situated.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Ski Area
“A 10 min drive will get you to emirates mall and the wonderful ski Dubai where you can practice skiing in the slope or other activities in the ice park”
  • 21 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Very close to home, the Marina area batches together all that is Dubai: nice beach with warm sea, great restaurants, scenic futuristic views in the lagoon, pictures with the camels, any water sport you can imagine... Marina is very popular with expats on the Friday when the quintessential Dubai ritual takes place: The Brunch! Here you will see the biggest buffet you have ever seen in your life but watch out ! Prices can be high! Make sure you use your Entertainer voucher!”
  • 15 locals recommend