21 Things To Do In Dubai in 2021

With every new year comes new goal, new things to experience and new bucket lists. If you’re a holiday maker in Dubai, a resident looking to explore their own city or a city hopper looking to squeeze in some attractions on a quick stop through, we are here to share our top suggestions on 21 things to do in Dubai in 2021. Whether you’re looking to see a fountain show or climb to soaring heights, these are the coolest things to do in the sand pit.

Get dressed up and visit the famous Burj Al Arab

You’ll need a reservation just to get into this hotel, so book a drink at Gold on 27, a day on the infinity pool terrace or afternoon tea in style.
Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim

Visit the Spice Souk

The Dubai Spice Souk is a delight to the senses. It’s a traditional market in the heart of old Dubai near the Gold Souk. This market mainly sells herbs, spices, soaps and much more. The souk is home to over 150 small retailers. A visit to the spice souk is a great opportunity to see herbs, spices and salts in their raw and natural form. The people working there, will try and educate you on the origins and history of the spices, so make sure you listen with an open mind.
Al Ras Deira

Cycle Al Qudra

Those fond of fitness can take a trip out to the desert and cycle Al Qudra – the perfect place for you to cycle long distance – the best part, is that it’s free.
Al Qudra, Dubai

Get ready for the beach and visit La Mer

If you have a penchant for top grub by the beach, surfside shopping or lazing the day away on the sands then you can’t really go wrong at La Mer.
La Mer, Jumeriah 1

See the stunning Dubai Fountains

A favourite go-to spot among residents and tourists, The Dubai Mall fountain is an unforgettable experience that really just moves everyone because of its beauty and synchronized dance and song. The show happens every 30 minutes.
Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

Walk around the Dubai Canal

Take your time along the illuminated walkways and pedestrian bridges that overlook the Dubai water canal and enjoy the sight of the mechanical waterfall. It’s a perfect place to take photos and just enjoy a relaxed, cool and free evening.
Safa Park, Jumeirah 1

Check Out Dubai Mall and the Aquarium

Although many of the shops in Dubai are more on the higher end, pricey side, you can still walk around and admire the mall for free. Inside the mall there are incredible views of the Burj Khalifa, the aquarium and the fountains.
Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

Drink in the wonders of Alserkal Avenue

One of Dubai’s coolest and most unique artsy spots, the avenue is home to art galleries, classic cars, record stores, many different cafes and even an old school karak shop.
Al Serkal Avenue, Al Qouz

Take a swing at TopGolf

The newly opened three-storey, 50,000 square foot mega complex is the ideal place to relax and enjoy with friends. There’s space for 96 groups to all play at once, with up to six guests per group.          Topgolf Dubai, Emirates Golf Club

Live on the wild side at Dubai Safari

Dubai Safari Park is home to around 3,000 animals including lions, rhinoceros and much more. You’ll find Dubai Safari Park on Al Warqa 5 on the Hatta Road. It will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day, with standard adult tickets priced at Dhs50, and children’s standard entry priced at Dhs20, available for pre-booking online only.
Dubai Safari Park, Al Warqa, Hatta Road

Stroke a penguin at Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai has launched a new deal where guests can interact with penguins as they wake up and begin their day. For Dhs65 you can pick a dish, a hot drink and a seat at North 28 from 8.30am to witness the alluring animals wake up and go for wander.
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

See the butterflies at the Butterfly Park

Right next door to the Miracle Garden is the Butterfly Garden, which is home to more than 15,000 butterflies of more than 50 different varieties, all fluttering around.
Al Barsha South

Jump out of a plane at Skydive Dubai

Ever fancied jumping out of a plane at speeds of 120mph over a man-made island? If yes, pay a visit to Skydive Dubai and drop out of the sky over the stunning Palm Jumeriah
Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina

Visit Atlantis’s Waterpark

Pay a visit to Aquaventure to try the Leap of Faith slide, which hurtles you through a glass tunnel surrounded by sharks. The park has multiple outdoor rides, restaurants plus its own private beach.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

See a show at La Perle

Acrobatics, water stunts, motorbikes and more – this is a live theatre spectacle that must be seen at least once.
La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City

Shop at Ripe Market

If you have a few hours to meander, drift, saunter and stroll there is no better place than at Dubai’s greatest community market, Ripe Market, to shop and pick up some bargains. Open on weekends, pop to Academy Park to try some homegrown grub and pick up some organic fruit and veg.
Academy Park, Umm Suqeim

Sing along at Dubai Opera

Since opening in 2016 this stunning dhow-shaped building has been a hub for theatre, musicals, operas, ballet and comedians.
Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Experience interactive dining at Carnival by Tresind

With innovative dishes and eclectic déco, the sense of playfulness at this cool spot extends to the food, while mixologists produce drinks with a heavy slice of theatrics.
Burj Daman Building, DIFC

Take a trip up the Dubai Frame

Overlooking Downtown Dubai, the creek and the magnificent Burj Khalifa, see Dubai from new heights at the newly opened Dubai Frame – and watch out, don’t look down!
Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Za’abeelAl Kifaf

See into the Future

Opening later in 2021, The Museum of the Future will give you a glimpse of what life will be like in years to come. Combining elements of exhibition, immersive theatre and themed attraction Dubai’s new museum will explore the threats and opportunities of our time.
Trade Centre, Trade Centre 2