Top 10 Things do in Dubai this Winter

3. Aquariums

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

It is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai. Also, located at The Dubai Mall, it offers a memorable journey into ocean life. Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world and it illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life. Located just above the aquarium, Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, seahorses, jellyfish and plenty more.

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Dubai Aquarium Tunnel

Aquarium Tank is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world (Dubai loves it world records – just ask Guinness). With a capacity to hold 10 million liters of water, it houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. 

The 48-meter walk-through Tunnel provides 270-degree views from 11 meters below the surface of the tank. Visitors can go on a Glass-bottom boat ride, providing unique views of the tank from beneath their feet and feed the fish. And if that is not enough you can experience a dip in the tank with a Cage Snorkeling Experience. For the adventurous ones, a Shark Dive is a once in a lifetime opportunity, bringing you within inches of a large variety of sharks and rays

The tunnel walk with photos will take 20-30 minutes at the most. Tip – turn off your flash when you take pics otherwise the light bounces off the glass and ruins the photo.

Just above the aquarium, located on Level Two Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, seahorses, jellyfish and, plenty more three ecological Zones; Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. 

You are going to love the zoo because there is so much to see and learn. You may end up spending more than an hour here. Tip – Don’t rush through but take your time visiting each creature.

The ticket prices range from USD 28 to USD 86 per person. You can purchase the tickets here.


The Lost Chambers 

Located next to The Atlantis The Palm and Aquaventure Park (more on this later) is worth the visit. There are over 20 impressive marine life exhibits including a touch tank and an interactive Aquatheatre show. At the Lost Chambers Aquarium, guests have the unique opportunity to feed and swim among the amazing creatures that call the Ambassador Lagoon home. They also have some other experiences that are worth doing.

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The Lost Chambers

The Ultimate Snorkel gets you up close and personal with local species of sharks, rays and fish as you snorkel through the Ambassador Lagoon. 
Fish Tales Tour
 – An opportunity to visit the fish hospital and discover their special breeding programs and how they take care of the jellyfish, sharks and, rays. The educational adventure continues at the top of the Ambassador Lagoon, where you will view the region?s largest marine exhibit from the surface. 
Aquarium Dives is available for both certified and non-certified divers available. It includes Atlantis Dive Explorer, Predator Dive, Atlantis Aquatrek and Atlantis Dive Discovery.

Fun Fact – The Ambassador Lagoon and The Lost Chambers Aquarium combined are home to over 65,000 marine animals!!!


Dolphin Encounter

The?Dolphin Encounter?at Dolphin Bay is a must-do!!!

It is open to all ages and the interaction is in shallow waters so it is safe for non-swimmers. Here you can hug, dance and kiss the dolphin. There is also a show the dolphins put on for you. I haven’t met anyone who has regretted doing this.

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Dolphin Encounters

The ticket is USD 230 per person but it does include complimentary same-day access to Aquaventure Waterpark as well as 25% off same-day admission to The Lost Chambers Aquarium. There is a 15-minute orientation with a Marine Mammal Specialist and you have 30 minutes in the water. They do provide you with wetsuits and vests as they are required while in the water. You need 30 minutes for check-in and changing and you can keep your stuff in the provided lockers.

All children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult (18 years and above). One adult per three children, per interaction and all programs, are conducted in English.

You can SAVE 10% on your Dolphin Bay experience when you book at least 7 days in advance.

I suggest you have someone take pictures of you while you interact because the cost to buy what they take is outrageously expensive and not worth it.

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4. Adventure Sports

Ski Dubai?- A Winter Holiday in the Desert

No winter holiday is complete without snow and Dubai provides that! A world’s first! As the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, Ski Dubai gives you the unique opportunity to experience an extraordinary winter wonderland however hot the temperature outside!

Located in the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and covering an impressive 22,500 square meters of snow-covered terrain and with five slopes of varying difficulty, this is an incredible pulse-racing experience for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Ski Dubai also offers ski and snowboard lessons for all levels.?How many people can say they learned to snowboard in the middle of a desert?

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The Snow Park

There?s something for everyone at Ski Dubai. The Snow Park offers countless hours of exhilarating entertainment options, including bobsledding, tubing, tobogganing, wall climbing, zorbing and snow bumpers. Not exciting enough for you? Then try the Giant Ball run, jump a 10ft ramp or get an aerial view of Ski Dubai from the state-of-the-art chairlift. They also have an exhilarating custom-made ride that carries you 150m at speeds of up to 40kph apt named Mountain Thriller ride. You can suspend yourself 16ft above the ground, on the Snow Bullet ride, or race against family members on their dual indoor zip line.

For the kids (can’t forget about the kids), they have a colony of King and Gentoo Snow Penguins where they can either watch the Penguin march which is held daily or have a one of a kind encounter experience. 

Sky Dive Dubai

A tandem skydive from 13,000 feet above the Palm Jumeirah is an incredible experience and should be on everyone?s Dubai to-do list. I should know I did it!

I must admit I wasn’t nervous till they opened the door and was standing at the edge of the plane feeling the chill wind in my face and looking down at the still waters of the Palm. Once we jumped I didn’t stop screaming till my throat dried up and only then did I open my eyes and boy I wish I had kept my eyes open when jumping!

The view is just unbelievable – on one side you have the towers of JBR and JLT with the golf course and desert behind them. On the other side the stillness of the Arabian Sea and the Palm. The best part was once the chute opened and all you could hear was stillness – pure nirvana!

Sky Dive offer two drop zones to do the jump – Palm Jumeriah or at their Desert Campus – I recommend the Palm.

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Sky Dive over The Palm

The total cost for a tandem skydive at the Desert Campus is USD 463 per person. The total cost for a tandem skydive at the Palm is USD 599. The tandem skydiving package at both locations includes photos and a professionally edited video of the skydive.

On the day of the skydive, our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through the entire process, and our talented camera fliers will capture every sensational second so you can re-live the experience again and again, and share it with friends and family around the world! 

17 thoughts on “Top 10 Things do in Dubai this Winter”

  1. I think I found my next road trip!
    Those aerial tours sound like so much fun to go on! 
    And I just know the missus would love to see the aquarium.
    We’ve been to one before but not as underwater as this one seems to be.
    And you know there’s no way on earth anyone is going to pass up hanging out with a dolphin!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW!  Dubai looks amaaaaazing! 

    I have heard a lot about it but only as a place where there are a lot of restrictions!

    I would LOOOOve to visit some of these places. The indoor ski slop would blow my mind especially as it is so hot there! Crazy!I wonder how much of that is solar powered?Even Better!

    And those  gardens look incredible. I can see my family really enjoying a trip there!!

    Have you any suggestions where to stay? Think I would prefer a resort to an Airbnb setup.

    • Hi Liz,

      Thanks for the love! I am currently working on a review of a few hotels/resorts in Dubai and should be posted soon. Why dont you sign up for my newsletter and when its ready, you will get notified. By signing up, you also get a free ultimate vacation packing checklist – comes in handy whenever you are traveling.

      In the meantime, why dont you consider Lapita Hotel Dubai – its situated right inside Dubai Parks & Resort. Its a fantastic place!

  3. Thanks for such a comprehensive guide on Dubai! 

    I have not been there before, but looking at your post make me feel like i am going to set it as my next vacation destination. All the photos look stunning and I can’t believe that I haven’t considered visiting Dubai before.

    I enjoy night scenery and you really got me at the Global Village. Yea I know it is kind of weird but I am more attracted with the night lights than the dining and entertainment 😀

    Surely the theme park is huge! I have never seen 3 theme Parks with 1 water park together at a place! 

    I really wish I am there now, thanks for your great recommendation!

  4. I have been hearing and reading a lot on Dubai ,how captivating the place is but this post really convinced me and I think I will visit Dubai on my vacation . My family will be very happy to visit such a wonderful place like this . I myself can’t wait to explore all these beautiful places you listed.

  5. Dubai looks like a totally awesome place to explore. But I can’t believe that it costs so much to get into the Burj Khalifa! 54 dollars is a lot for a budget traveler like me. I think it would be totally awesome to be able to say that I’ve been to the tallest building in the world but I don’t think I could swing it for that price.

    After reading your article, it seems like Dubai might just be an expensive place in general. Is this true? Or are there things that you can do for a much lower cost? I would love to come visit but I just don’t have a ton of cash to spend.

    • Hi Mariah,

      Dubai has a high standard of living hence things tend to be on the higher side. Even though the cost to go up the Burj Khalifa is $54, its always full and the queue is never ending, so there are people willing to pay it. But I can tell you its worth every cent!

      I mentioned things you can do for a lower cost such as Global Village, Dubai Miracle & Butterfly Gardens and the water parks!

  6. Dubai is a place I would definitely like to visit one day. I have heard so much about life in Dubai that I have decided it is one of those places that I am definitely going to visit. From the top 10 things to do in Dubai that you have listed, I think my favorite is the Dubai aquarium tunnel.

    God, it is looking so good. How can a place have these sought of awesome places. In fact, I think I am going to do everything you listed on this your list because they are all so amazing. You leave in an awesome place that a lot of people would really love to have an experience of.

    • Hi Jay,

      Yeah, Dubai is really heaven on earth between Oct & March…the weather is great and there are so many things for you and kids to do. Nothing less than a 2-week stay is required to actually experience the city.

  7. Nice Dubai in pill. It is one of the strangest city I ever saw in my life. From one side we have a modern approach, luxury cars, skyscrapers. On the other hand, we can find incredibly poor people who are working almost all day. It is something impossible to forget. Btw. What do you think, is it better to live around Dubai Marina or Deira? As a tourist of course. 

    • Hi Igor,

      if you want to see old dubai its deira but if you like the modern fancy stuff its Dubai marina. ATM deira is under alot of renovation so i would suggest Dubai Marina. You can always take the metro to old dubai if you want to visit it for a few hours.

      Have you been to dubai before?

  8. Dubai has always been on the list of most travelers and tourist since it’s emergence as a tourist destination in the mid nineties.  Millions travel every year and visit these locations mentioned in your article. The fun and excitement never ends in Dubai,  the views are breath taking, hostels and accommodation excellent, environment clean and shiny. If you haven’t been to Dubai before now I recommend you give it a shot it would be worth your time and money.

  9. I do live in Dubai also and I will agree with those are best places to visit and enjoy the uniqueness of the Arabian world it always good  enjoy the best as you can for the adventures here are endless and so I agree Dubai is one place you can have fun than you might have imagined.

  10. Many people I know have visited Dubai and had many great experiences. I am thinking of going one day and this article is ideal for looking for things to do while on holiday there. 

    I’m particularly interested in the Aquarium tank and walking through the Dubai Aquarium Tunnel. 

    I’m also a big fan of water parks so the aqua park is a must! 

    Brilliant article. 

    • Hi Darren,

      My kids love the aquarium visits. We go often and their favorite bit is the tunnel walk. 

      with the water parks, you are guaranteed a blast and it doesn’t matter which one. They all are good.

      hope you signed up for the newsletter to get a free printable packing checklist?


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