Things to do in Dubai alone, with your partner or with friends

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Updated 2021-11-12 05:37

There is lots to discover in Dubai. If you don't believe us, just hop on the largest Ferris wheel in the world, the Ain Dubai opened in 2021, and see for yourself. And if you are still not sure how to keep yourself busy in Dubai, alone, with your friends or with your partner, here are some tips.

Dubai Calendar

Dubai is an amazing city with lots of activities going on, including the opening of new cafes and restaurants, water parks, etc. The Dubai Department of Tourism has recently launched a mobile application called 'Dubai Calendar' so that you won't miss out on any events happening in the city. Whether you are moving there alone, with your partner, or you have friends there, there is a vast choice regarding entertainment, from luxury resorts and beaches to staycation, no matter what your budget is.


Many of Dubai's beaches belong to the hotels and are accessible only to their guests or visitors who are prepared to pay a fee. However, there are some beaches where you can soak up the sun without spending a dirham. Some of the best public beaches to enjoy the sun are Umm Suqeim Beach, JBR Beach, Kite Beach, Al Mamzar Beach and the newly opened beach La Mer. All those beaches are surrounded by many coffee shops and restaurants, so you can take a break from the sea and relax with a cold drink. There are plenty of watersports to try too, including wakeboarding, flyboarding and kayaking. Dubai is famous for its beach clubs. You should visit these with friends before it gets too hot. Barasti Beach Club, Nikky Beach, Zero Gravity and Drift Beach Club are the most popular beach clubs in Dubai. Some of them offer a promotion for ladies ('Ladies Day') access to the pool, beach, unlimited drinks and lunch at a discounted rate. Usually, beach clubs are full of ladies on those days.

Escaping the city life

If you want to escape city life with your family, a safari is an excellent choice. You can even spend a night in the desert. This activity is favourite during winter as summer is scorching, and it gets hotter in the desert. Many companies offer safari trips, depending on your budget and preference. If you choose safari and travel with children, they would have to be old enough to sit in a car and wear a seat belt. People with back or neck problems, as well as pregnant ladies may have issues with the trip in four-wheel drives through the dunes.

If you're planning to travel with your family, you can also go to another Emirate like Al Ain or Ras Al Khaimah. While the first one is best known for its green spaces, Ras Al Khaimah offers abundant nature and mountains. It is the perfect place for weekends far from bustling Dubai.


If you want to dance all night, you will definitely enjoy rooftop cocktails as the sun sets. Dubai has a range of venues to suit your mood. The city regularly hosts some of the most in-demand artists in the world including Solomun, David Guetta, Carl Cox and 50 Cents. Due to the various licencing laws in the UAE, most of the clubs are located inside or are connected to hotels.

Keep in mind that the legal drinking age in Dubai is 21 years, and nightclubs always adhere to this rule. As the regular working week starts on a Sunday and ends on a Thursday, the majority of clubs such as White Dubai, Cavalli Club, Cirque Le Soir, VIP Room, Stereo Arcade and Blue Marlin Ibiza are at their busiest on Thursdays and Fridays. Some clubs also host a ladies' night which usually takes place on either Tuesday or Wednesday. On these days, ladies will be entering for free and will even be offered free drinks and food.

Useful links:

Dubai Calendar (Google Play)

Dubai Calendar (App Store)

Government of Dubai

Kite Beach

La Mer Dubai

Barasti Beach

Drift Beach Dubai

Emirates Park, Zoo and Resort

White Dubai

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