The Best Unique Experiences in Dubai

Soar above the luxury buildings of Jumeirah Beach Residence with a parasailing experience in Dubai
Soar above the luxury buildings of Jumeirah Beach Residence with a parasailing experience in Dubai | | © Rastislav Sedlak / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

There are so many different things to try in Dubai that the choice can sometimes feel overwhelming. Culture Trip’s curated list of unique tours and experiences will take you to the very heart of the desert city.

Dubai is a city of extremes. One minute you could be parasailing along the sunny beachfront of Jumeirah, the next you could be face-to-face with penguins in sub-zero temperatures. One thing’s for sure, you won’t get bored here.

2. Ski Dubai Penguin Experience

Admission

Meet the penguins at Ski Dubai during this 40-minute penguin experience. At the state-of-the-art indoor centre in Dubai, change into the provided thermal wear, enter the sub-zero penguin zone, and watch a video about the Gentoo and King penguins that live here. Then, meet two or more of the wonderful birds under supervision from the trained staff. Watch the penguins playing around their pool, and diving into the water at the underwater viewing area.

3. Parasailing off Jumeirah Beach in Dubai

Activities

Experience Dubai and see the beautiful skyline of Jumeirah Beach Residence from a different perspective on a parasailing activity with up to three of your friends. Get aerial views of Dubai Marina and Palm Island as you soar over the Arabian Gulf at heights of up to 500 feet (150 metres).

4. Dubai Desert Dinner with Traditional Show

Tours

Are you looking to try a desert adventure without a dune bashing session? In a small group, you will be driven across the red sand dunes to our campsite where you will try the traditional shisha (a common term for hookah), enjoy a camel ride, and receive a henna tattoo. While at the campsite, you will be able to watch the sunset as it descends over the dunes. Enjoy a sumptuous barbecue with an international buffet and a wonderful traditional Tanoura and a belly dancing show.

6. Dubai Sunrise Camel Trek with Breakfast

Activities

Ride through the dunes of the Dubai desert on camelback and roam around the sands enjoying the sunrise views over the golden landscape. Then, enjoy an ancient Arabic-style light breakfast in a Bedouin camp.

7. Heritage Morning Falconry and Wildlife Desert Safari

Activities

As an integral part of desert life in Arabia, falconry goes back more than 2,000 years ago and is still extremely important to the heritage of Dubai. This is a unique opportunity to observe the world’s best-trained falcons and other birds of prey in an authentic setting in a Royal desert retreat. During this interactive experience, our professional falconers will guide you through both ancient and modern training techniques.After this spectacular experience, enjoy a delicious breakfast in our authentic desert camps before embarking on an adventurous wildlife drive in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the UAE’s first and largest national park. You will get to spot and learn about some of the iconic desert dwellers such as the Arabian oryx from the comfort of a luxury Range Rover or vintage Land Rover, depending on which tour option you choose.

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