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Dubai Activity Guide

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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It’s important to know where to go in Dubai when the winter breeze is nearing the end of the outdoors season. Just as important on where to go for the best dining experiences and almost any activity in Dubai that made it to this list.

Here are activities you ought to do in Dubai. Keep coming back to this article for more listings soon!

BRUNCH AT EL CHIRINGUITO DUBAI

Ibiza meets Dubai. That’s what they say here in El Chiringuito, translated as The Beach Bar in Spanish made it straight to our list thanks to the out of Dubai scenes, great music with a line up of DJ’s every Friday, and delicious food! Saturdays is mostly filled with family brunch lovers who appreciate good food, great atmosphere and some great tunes! Best part of it? Other than their sangrias, Little Chiringuito where kids are guaranteed to have their own little party going in the kids club!

Saturday Brunch Timings: 12pm – 5pm

Price per person

AED395 soft drink & Juices

AED495 beer & wine

AED595 premium bar

AED695 premium bar & bubbles

Kids under 6 eat for free

ALL DAY I DREAM

All Day I Dream events began on a Brooklyn rooftop back in 2011 and have since become an international sensation. Around the world, crowds gather to become part of a community spurred on by Lee Burridge and his unique roster of artists, each bringing forward a signature technicolor emotionalism, the sort that’s all too rare in the current electronic music scene.

Spreading across the world from New York to Los Angeles, from London to Moscow, Berlin to Beirut, the parties expanded and flourished due in part to Lee’s major presence at Burning Man and his desire to create something magical.

Giving the partygoer (or “Dreamer”) more than just the usual short DJ set, All Day I Dream aspired to create it’s own unique ambience through the combination of the musical selection and journey as well as unique venues, each decorated with draped fabric, fairy lights and lanterns creating an unparalleled and magical atmosphere.

Starting price per person

AED150

AED200 at the door

HOT AIR BALLOON

Catch the rising sun at 4,000 feet on an airborne adventure, viewing the vast expanse of golden sand dunes from the comfort of a gentle Hot Air Balloon ride. Fly with falcons as these magnificent birds have been trained to fly from the Hot Air Balloon in a breathtaking world-first spectacle. Let the world’s most experienced Hot Air Balloon Pilots take you on a ride of a lifetime.

Price per person

Adult: AED1,250
Child: AED1,050
(Rates for children aged 5-11)

DUNE BUGGY DUBAI

You can find activities to suit whatever level of adventure you crave. The Morning Dune Buggy Safari features an early bird hour-long ride in your own open buggy. If you’re looking for more, try the Evening Desert Safari. 

DINE AROUND DUBAI WITH FOODIVA

There is no better way than to make dining fun as dining with Foodiva! An intimate and mystery dining experience tasting handpicked dishes from three best-in-class restaurants in Dubai – all in one night with FooDiva herself as your personal guide. There are only 12 spots in one event so make sure you book your space! Samantha Wood curates the whole experience and you would experience dining on a whole new level!

Price per person

AED850 to include all food, champagne, wine and car transfers.

DESERT DRIVING WITH PLATINUM HERITAGE

When in Dubai you must surely visit the desert. Platinum Heritage has an array of choices to pick from desert driving to dune bashing! One of our favorites is desert driving in a convertible vintage 1950 car! Note that 3 hours in advance to book this activity online.

Prices per person 

Adult: AED 545
Child: AED 445

DUBAI OPERA

Dubai Opera is a truly unique venue and the city’s first purpose built multi-format performing arts theatre situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Make sure you keep up with the latest shows and make sure you are there 30 minutes at least before the show!

Starting price per person

AED300

FAT BIKING

Do something healthy and adventurous; explore the desert on a Fat Bike in Dubai. Fat bikes are versatile all terrain mountain-bikes that allow avid cyclists to explore rugged landscapes previously off limits. Your Guide will equip you with a high quality Fat bike and helmet as you embark on an adventure through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Traverse the gentle rolling dunes on an action packed adventure in search of local flora and fauna. You will savour a healthy picnic breakfast under the shade of the indigenous Ghaf tree forest. The ride back from the breakfast venue will test the fitness of experienced cyclists. A support vehicle will be on hand for riders looking for a bit of a rest.

Price per person

Adult: AED 495
Child: AED 395

BIG GAME FISHING

Learn the skill of fishing and catching Barracudas and others! Take a 1 hour trip to the corner side of the emirates to Fujeirah and book with Soolyman Sport Fishing, they are known to be the most experienced and proffessional crew from South Africa. You will have a chance to find Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado and the occasional marlin if you are patient enough. (They promote and encourage Catch & Release. All Billfish are tagged and released). Half day trip for 5 hours for 7 people.

Starting price per private boat for 7

AED2,500

GYROCOPTER

Witness Dubai from a new perspective and giving you the best visibility possible, the Skyhub Gyrocopters brings you the beauty of Dubai with the unique one on one airborne experience.

The Gyrocopter introductory flight includes the following:

  • Full briefing by your pilot on how these wonderful aircraft work
  • Full safety briefing
  • One on one flight in a 2-seater Gyrocopte

Price per person

Adult: AED 730 for 30 minutes

BRUNCH IN COYA

The spirit of South America in Dubai is exactly what this beautiful place represent!

COYA Dubai brings a trace of Incan heritage into the Middle East and one of the best atmosphere in Dubai! Music gets loud and food is served on your table while you sneak in a little  latino dance on your seat! The vibe is wonderful, the food is delicious and gets our vote for one of the most fun, vibrant and delicious brunch in Dubai with the friendliest staff!

For bookings: +971 (0)4 3169 600 |

Email: [email protected]

Starting price:

Non alcoholic AED328

House Beverage AED498

Champagne AED598

AED2,500

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3 comments

  1. Jerome says:

    Wow, This is amazing. I never been to so much of these places in Dubai. Will sure give a shot next time. Let me recommend Ski Dubai – The indoor Ski resort. http://www.malloftheemirates.com/entertainment/ski-dubai It is a great place for fun, action and thrills. imagine skiing on snowy slopes after a drive in the dessert. the contrast is fabulous. I really had a great time there.

  2. Amir El Etr says:

    Absolutely magnificent

  3. Shanawar says:

    Thanks for such helpful guides. Trip looks wonderful and some great pictures.

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