Offbeat Things to do in Dubai

Today’s post is contributed by Neha Singh. Neha is a keen wanderer and a foodie. She believes music, long nature walks and making new friends is the best way to live life.

Dubai is always associated with record-breaking landmarks, magnificent architecture, luxurious shopping malls, and vast desert lands. It is a glittering and sophisticated destination for all travellers in the world. Most people visit this beautiful city to see iconic structures such as Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, and the shopping malls. But would you believe me if I told you that there are plenty of offbeat things to do in Dubai that are probably unheard of? Maybe not. Well, get ready to be surprised and read on to know what they are.

Sky Diving

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Want to get a birds-eye view of Dubai from above? And no, I am not referring to the view from the top of Burj Khalifa. Though that is something you should not miss. But if you are a thrill-seeker, then try skydiving from a height of 13000 feet above the Palm Jumeirah or the Arabian Desert and see the impressive sights of the city from above. Not only that, you can carry home the experience with a video of your skydiving and treasure it for life.

Hatta Heritage Village

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If you want to see what Emirati villages were like centuries ago, then this place should be in your things to do in Dubai list. Located in the Hajar Mountains, this village will surely take you back in time. Restored in 2001, this village is a collection of approximately 30 plus buildings. Owned by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, this oldest village in Emirates houses two watchtowers, a fort, and a mosque. Most of the houses retain the original structure made of palm fronds, mud, and stone. Visit the house of the local chief’s house, known as Bait Al Wali. The museum inside the village has a great collection of exhibits and artifacts such as weapons, crockery, furnishing, musical instruments, jewelry, and handicrafts. Visit the nearby Al Sharia Site, a palm tree farm which has one of the oldest underground irrigation systems known as Falaj.

Dubai Coffee Museum

Dubai Coffee museum (Image source)

Coffee has been an integral part of Middle Eastern heritage for years now. Tucked away in a quiet backstreet of the delightful Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, the Dubai Coffee Museum offers a peaceful ambience for you to relax and enjoy your cup of coffee. Wander through the exhibition rooms to get a glimpse of some of the best artifacts and antiques of the coffee world. There are many coffee experts here who can give you interesting information about the methods they use in preparing coffee. If you are a coffee lover, then a visit to this place is highly recommended.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

A Balloon Adventures Dubai trip over the desert near Fossil Rock.

Looking for a unique way to explore the deserts of Dubai? Go ahead and book a hot air balloon ride for yourself and your family. Float 4000 feet above the ground and watch a mesmerizing sunrise on the desert with the majestic Hajjar Mountains in the background. Watch the striking falcons fly around your balloon. If you are lucky, you can even spot some gazelles, Arabian oryx, and camels. Once you touchdown, enjoy a delectable gourmet breakfast. This unique and unforgettable experience is worth every penny spent.

Zipline Over Dubai Marina


Not many people know that Dubai houses the world’s largest urban zipline called XLine. It is also one of the steepest and fastest ziplines in the world with an incline of 16 degrees and an average speed of 80 km/h. Fly over this 1-kilometre long zipline over the Dubai Marina for a breathtaking view of the magnificent skyscrapers and Dubai’s prominent landmarks. The timings are subject to change according to the temperature so ensure you check before you book your tickets.

Gold Icecream

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For a city that is world-renowned for its gold, it is no wonder that there is an ice-cream that has 23-carat gold flakes and powder in it. The Black Diamond sundae is available at the Scoopi Cafe and it is touted to be the world’s most expensive ice cream. This sundae is made with vanilla bean ice cream from Madagascar, rare black truffles from Italy and saffron from Iran. It is served in a golden handcrafted Versace bowl and also comes with a keepsake silver spoon. It costs 2999 AED. If you are in a mood to splurge, then a trip this place is a must.

Explore the Souks

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Dubai souk (Image source)

We all know Dubai is famous for its glitzy and luxurious shopping malls, but there is a certain charm in shopping at the local markets. Stroll down the maze of colourful street shops in the Spice Souk while inhaling the rich aroma of the herbs and spices. You can find everything from nutmeg to turmeric, from vanilla to saffron, from locally blended teas to organic dates, in this souk. Be sure to carry some spices for your kitchen. Once done, don’t forget to visit the Gold Souk for some opulent gold jewellery, precious stones, and diamonds. Polish your bargaining skills to get some amazing deals. While there, you can also visit the Perfume Souk and get your hands on some traditional perfumes, incense sticks, and essential oils. You can also buy some souvenirs such as traditional footwear and clothes to take back home.

La Perle Show

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The La Perle Live Show is Dubai’s first of its kind theatre show by Al Habtoor Group. It is a masterpiece created by the legendary Creative Director Franco Dragone famous for his classics such as La RĂªve in Las Vegas and The House of Dancing Water in Macau. It is a stunning fusion of live artistic performance, technology, and imagery. The aqua theatre uses state-of-the-art technology that floods the stage with water in a matter of seconds. Touted to run for at least 10 years, the story is inspired by the vibrant and magical life of Dubai. Be ready for some jaw-dropping aerial stunts, thrilling acrobatics, and exciting aquatic feats. It is a truly mind-blowing experience.

Full Moon Yoga

Full Moon Yoga at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai (Image source)

Yes, believe it not, there is a full moon yoga class that takes place between the tropical landscapes of the dazzling Madinet Jumeirah by the Talise Spa. What better way to rejuvenate your body and mind under the beautiful moonlit sky and watching the gorgeous sights of the Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf. Though it is slightly heavy on your pocket, this marvellous and unique experience is worth it. If you are not in the mood to splurge, you can always participate in the Daily Sunset Yoga sessions at the Madinat Jumeirah Beach.

Camel Polo

Camel Polo ( Image source)

Get ready for a fun and unique experience of your lifetime. Camel Polo adds a different twist to the traditional camel race. It is a favourite pastime with locals for many years now. The traditional jockeys have been replaced with Robot jockeys that are controlled by operators driving in SUVs alongside the camels. This is the best opportunity to get a sneak peek into the Emirati tradition. The racing season runs between October and April.

As you see, there are a lot of unique experiences and unusual things to do in Dubai. So, the next time you visit this city, why not indulge in some or all of these activities and create beautiful memories for a lifetime.

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