There is no shortage of things to do in Dubai. However, while Dubai and Abu Dhabi have so much to offer, you should definitely venture outside the big city. UAE will surprise you with its rough beauty. And beside discovering the modern part of the country, you should also get a glimpse into its historical and cultural heritage.

A Short List of the Countless Things to Do in Dubai

Where to start? Maybe you should start with something brand new. The Dubai Frame.

Opened at the beginning of 2018, and located in the Zabeel Park, it was designed as a 150 meters by 105 meters structure that will frame the development of the past, current and future Dubai.

The two towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge, which has a 25-square-metre glass panel in the middle offering a great 360 degree view.

Go visit Burj Khalifa (make sure to book your tickets in advance, and if you want to skip the line and have an even better view, go for the SKY Lounge – you’ll get the chance to see the view from the 124th, 125th and 148th floor, too).

And visit Dubai Mall while you’re there (the biggest mall in the world, 1200 shops) with its famous aquarium and fountain.

Go for a stroll around Dubai Marina, visit the Palm Islands, go for a walk on Jumeirah Beach, and if the weather is too hot, go for a half day ski (Wait what?) inside of Mall of Emirates.

What did we miss? Oh, only the old Dubai with its spice and gold souks, the Dubai museum, the pink flamingos.

The very new Al Seef area with its half very modern and half very old look (they made even the outside air conditioning units look old).

Dubai Creek and an “abra” tour (the traditional water taxi), the Global Village, the Miracle Gardens, the many other beaches, malls, towers, etc.

These are just a few of the things to do in Dubai. A day could be enough to get a taste of the place, but not enough to really discover it. And, if you want to go outside Dubai and visit Abu Dhabi, the desert and the mountains, you will need at least one week.