Dubai is one of the 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and one of the cities of reference when it comes to pointing out the technological and industrial power of the Arab countries, but it is also a place with many activities for the whole family and with some of the most striking tourist attractions. In this definitive guide I'll tell you about the best tickets you can get to discover the city during your trip.
From accessing the top of the world at the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building on the planet, to visiting an indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert, there are many activities you can do in Dubai and among them are also the theme parks, the city's main aquarium and its Underwater Zoo and a recreation of Indian cinema in an adventure park for the whole family.
1. Tickets for the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa, with its 828 meters high, is since 2010 the tallest building in the world and therefore also the main attraction of Dubai. During your visit you can visit the observation decks on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors, where you will find the At the Top observation deck, which will put you 555 meters above ground level for one of the most spectacular open views of the city.
At the At the Top observation deck you can also discover the skyline through the telescopes and enjoy a coffee or a snack at the bar on the 148th floor. You can do the tour on your own or choose when booking your ticket the assistance of an audio guide in different languages that will take you through the history of the building, whose plant is inspired by the Hymenocallis flower, which in the Arab world is considered one of the most beautiful, and which stands out for its striking aesthetics.
If you want to choose a less expensive alternative, you can opt for the ticket that includes access only to the viewpoints of the 124th and 125th floors, from where you can glimpse the skyline of the city from 452 meters high.
2. Tickets to The Lost Chambers aquarium
The Lost Chambers is a spectacular aquarium that, in addition to boasting the characteristic of being one of the largest in the world, is composed of chambers and tunnels that allow you to discover closely more than 65,000 marine animals, among which are from tropical fish to sharks, from the depths with a privileged view.
During the tour you can also learn about the history of the mythical lost city of Atlantis and you can combine your entrance to the aquarium with tickets to the Atlantis Aquaventure water park. This option is ideal for the whole family or if you plan to tour Dubai with young children.
3. Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park Tickets
If you want to immerse yourself in a universe of water attractions with 105 slides, glass tunnels and panoramic views, buy a ticket for Atlantis Aquaventure, a theme park where you can surf artificial waves. You can also experience paddling in artificial rivers and visit the shark lagoon, which is located in an area near the aquarium The Lost Chambers, because if you want you can also combine both tickets.
Atlantis Aquaventure is Dubai's most famous water park and one of the largest, mainly because of the variety of its attractions, some of which are suitable for small children and some of which will test your energy and stamina, such as the Raging Rapids experience, where you will have the sensation of being immersed in a rushing river.
4. Ski Dubai tickets
If you think that finding a huge ski slope in the desert is impossible, it's because you haven't yet seen Ski Dubai, the world's largest indoor ski resort, where you can glide down its five slopes, including the black circuit, a 400-meter-long slope with a 60-meter free fall.
In this alpine site, which perfectly recreates the most distinguished slopes in the world, you will be able to put your skiing skills to the test. In addition to living a sub-zero experience with these tickets you can also enjoy North 28, Ski Dubai's multifaceted restaurant where you can have hot coffee and lunch, always keeping in mind that outside the walls temperatures exceed 40 degrees.
5. Bollywood Parks Tickets
Bollywood Parks is not only the only park in the world that recreates the Indian film universe, but also the ideal opportunity to enjoy more than 15 attractions that will take you through roller coasters, Ferris wheels, swings, recreations of classic buildings like the Rajmahal Theater and even an 856-seat palace that relives the golden years of Indian cinema.
At Bollywood Parks, you can also revisit the stories of some of India's classic films such as Sholay, One, Lagaan and Ra. You will also have the opportunity to attend live shows, marvel at the lights and special effects, which are a constant in Indian cinema, included in the tickets. In short, you will be able to live an experience for the whole family at one of the most fun attractions in Dubai.
6. Motiongate Adventure Park tickets
Motiongate is one of the most famous adventure parks in Dubai and it is partly because its theme is to imitate the universe of Hollywood movies, but also because its adrenaline rides recreating the films of John Wick, Heist and the Hunger Games will allow you to ride spectacular games, such as the world's fastest spinning roller coaster.
Motiongate is divided into 4 zones that review the films of Columbia Pictures, Smurfs Village, DreamWorks and Lionsgate, so you can cross paths with characters from The Smurfs, escape to the paradisiacal beaches of Madagascar or get lost in Far Far Away and the fantastic world of Shrek. Don't miss out on tickets to this magical park.
7. Tickets for Blacklight Mini Golf 3D
One of the best family experiences to do in Dubai is to enjoy the Blacklight Mini Golf 3D, an 18-hole course and themed stations where you will pass through colorful rooms, eye-catching paintings and a special environment that you can discover with 3D glasses, while playing a game of golf.
With these tickets you can also discover works of art painted by artists from around the world, recreations of urban graffiti and themed stops where you can immerse yourself in a water world, tour the main cities of the United Arab Emirates and discover the results of the game on giant screens. Are you ready to live a different golf experience?
8. Dubai Aquarium tickets
The Dubai Aquarium is not as big as The Lost Chambers, but unlike the latter it has a 48-meter underwater tunnel where you can get a panoramic view of the natural habitat of more than 33,000 animals of 150 different species. Underwater Zoo is one of the great attractions of Dubai and is the ideal place to discover up close the sharks, seals, crocodiles, piranhas and fish that inhabit the aquarium.
During your tour of the aquarium you can meet King Croc, a crocodile that is considered the largest reptile in the world and is one of the stars of the complex. In addition, inside the main building you will also find a restaurant and a refreshment and service area.
9. Tickets for the theme parks of Dubai Parks and Resorts
In Dubai there are many activities you can do but generally speaking tourism is not economical, so if you want to save some money and have fun in equal parts you can opt for 1-day tickets for 2 of the parks of Dubai Parks and Resorts, which is the largest Arabian entertainment complex and contains four theme parks of attractions.
Among the sites you can choose from are Motiongate, a park inspired by the Hollywood universe where you can enjoy live shows, Bollywood, which is a recreation of the Indian world of Indian movies, Legoland, where you can explore the world of Lego blocks and is an ideal experience for children and Legoland Water Park, which will prove to be the ideal water park for kids.
10. Discover every corner of the city with the Dubai Explorer Pass
If you want to discover all the attractions of Dubai and save money along the way you can opt for the Dubai Explorer Pass Tourist Card, an electronic pass where you can choose from 3 to 7 attractions to visit during your trip, in a long list of alternatives that includes, among other activities, a tour of the Burj Khalifa building and access to the top, the IMG Worlds theme parks and a bus tour of the city.
The pass is valid for 60 days from its first use and not only includes tickets for the emirate's main buildings and amusement parks, but also tickets for movie studios, sightseeing tours and yacht tours, which are expensive but very interesting experiences in the city and if you choose them within the Dubai Explorer Pass will allow you to save up to 35% money on entrance fees.