10+ Things to Do in Dubai for Adults During Your Vacation (Ideas for Couples & Groups of Friends)

Dubai is a glittering, modern city, filled with top-notch attractions to appeal to every interest.

Whether you’re interested in exploring the history of this amazing destination or you just want to enjoy the beaches and the weather, you’ll find something delightful to do during your time in Dubai.

If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai for adults, check out our list of the top activities that couples and groups of friends will enjoy, including…

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Dubai Tour
  • Island Beach Getaway Cruise in Abu Dhabi
  • Burj Khalifa At the Top
  • Royal Safari Experience
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • RIB Speedboat Sightseeing Tour
  • and more!

Save on Admission to Popular Adult Attractions

Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Dubai Card.

Choose as you go from dozens of Dubai activities and save up to 55% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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Hop-on Hop-off Dubai Bus Tour 

Big-Bus-Dubai-1-Day-Tour-4See all the best sights and sounds of Dubai on a comprehensive bus tour. It’s a good introduction to the city for first-time or infrequent visitors, and there are multiple routes to choose from.

Highlights from different routes include the Burj Khalifa, Heritage Village, Spice Souk, City Walk, Mall of Emirates, Pier 7, and many more.

A hop-on hop-off option like this also gives you the important flexibility to explore new things that interest you further.

Getting In: Big Bus Dubai tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card. 

Island Beach Getaway Cruise in Abu Dhabi


Couples looking to ramp up the wow factor on their Dubai vacations should definitely opt for this island beach getaway cruise.

You’ll be whisked off to an isolated island beach, called Sandbank Beach on Dolphin Bay. After a brief cruise, you’ll make landfall and get set to have a relaxing afternoon.

Soak up the beautiful scenery, splash in the warm waves, and feel that inexpressible joy of being on a quiet beach. You’re sure to love this entire experience, start to finish.

Getting In: Island Beach Getaway Cruise in Abu Dhabi tickets are are available as a premium attraction option with the 3, 4, 5, and 7-Day Go Dubai Cards.

At the Top – Burj Khalifa

At-the-Top-Burj-Khalifa-1Travelers of all stripes won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the view from the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. At the Top: Burj Khalifa is the observation deck of this stunning architectural marvel, located on the 124th and 125th floors.

Enjoy informative, interactive media displays on the way up, and at the top. Once there, you’ll get panoramic views of the city, the beach, and the desert all around you. It’s the perfect opportunity for that romantic couple selfie! 

Getting In: At the Top: Burj Khalifa admission is included with the Go Dubai Card.

Activities at Atlantis the Palm

Aquaventure-Waterpark-at-Atlantis-The-Palm-6Kick back and relax at Atlantis the Palm, one of the best resorts in Dubai. And you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy their enchanting offerings!

Enjoy a day of exciting splashy fun at Aquaventure Waterpark, with exhilarating rides and slides to enjoy.

Or, explore the many exotic marine creatures at the Lost Chambers Aquarium across 20+ exhibits.

And end it all with a chill afternoon on the beach!

Getting In: Aquaventure Waterpark admission and Lost Chambers Aquarium admission are both included with the Go Dubai Card.

Royal Safari Experience

Desert-Safari-Dubai-1Delight in an evening safari adventure as you roam the Arabian desert. Your destination is the Arabian Fortress, where you’ll be greeted with an array of traditional fare like Arabic coffee and dates.

Watch the sun set over the desert (super romantic for couples!), and enjoy demonstrations and loads of authentic Arabic activities like henna painting, traditional dance, and more.

Then, indulge into a five-star dinner buffet and perhaps some shisha to unwind.

Getting In: Royal Safari Experience admission is available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 4-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Dubai Cards. 

Insider Tip: There are also many safari options in Abu Dhabi, like the Desert Safari + Barbecue Dinner, a Morning Desert Safari, and a Camel Trekking experience.

Dubai Dinner Cruises

Tour-Dubai-Dinner-Cruise-at-Dubai-Creek-5If you’re looking for a romantic excursion or a friends-only adventure in Dubai, a dinner cruise is a safe bet. There are plenty of options to choose from, so it’s just a matter of which sounds the most appealing.

The top of the line Bateaux Dubai Gourmet Dinner Cruise is perhaps best for a date, as is the romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise, which features the Dubai Marina.

The Dhow Dinner Cruise is a great middle ground, with the potential for some couples-centric fun and plenty of opportunities just to enjoy the good food and sightseeing of Dubai Creek.

Getting In: Bateaux Dubai Gourmet Dinner Cruise admission is available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 4-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Dubai Cards. 

Getting In: Sunset Dinner Cruise Dubai Marina admission and Dhow Dinner Cruise Dubai Creek admission are both included with the Go Dubai Card.

Arabian Culinary Experience

Al-Hallab-Restaurant-Arabian-Culinary-Experience-1If a dinner cruise isn’t your thing, but you and your significant other still want to sample the local cuisine, then try out this unique Arabian Culinary Experience.

Hosted at Al Hallab restaurant (with locations in the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates), this exciting adventure into international cuisine is sure to please.

Specializing in traditional Lebanese cuisine, Al Hallab features a wide variety of traditional mezze, grilled meats, salads, desserts, and other delicacies.

What better way get the real flavor of the region?

Getting In: Arabian Culinary Experience tickets are included with the Go Dubai Card.

Ski Dubai Polar Pass

Ski-Dubai-Polar-Pass-6Who says Dubai is all heat and desert? Slide into the world of Ski Dubai for an unforgettable and unbeatable indoor skiing experience.

Your Polar Pass offers you the freedom to choose from a number of activities. Whether you want to ski the day away, try your hand at snowboarding, or ride a toboggan, you’ll be able to enjoy your afternoon.

Keep an eye out for some of the park’s more curious visitors – the gentoo and king penguins that wander about throughout the day!

Getting In: Ski Dubai Polar Pass admission is included with the Go Dubai Card.

RIB Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

Xclusive-Yachts-Rib-Boats-3Another great way to see the city is from the water – a unique perspective that a bus tour simply can’t replicate.

The RIB Speedboat is a particularly exciting option for the water-borne adventurers, offering informative commentary at high speeds for 90 minutes.

Top sights include the skyline around Dubai Marina and the surrounding waterfront.

Getting In: RIB Speedboat Sightseeing Tour admission is included with the Go Dubai Card.

iFly Indoor Skydiving

iFly-Indoor-Skydiving-4Take a walk on the wild side with a skydiving expedition! iFly Indoor Skydiving is a distinctive experience that offers the fun and exhilaration of skydiving combined with the security of bungee-jumping.

Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have any experience, either – new skydivers are welcome and the event itself is pretty low-key for first-time flyers.

Getting In: iFly Indoor Skydiving admission is included with the Go Dubai Card.

Watersports by SeaYou 

Sea-You-Windsurf-1-Hour-Lesson-1There are few things more delightful than visiting a beach city with friends or loved ones. Take advantage of Dubai’s amazing beaches with some water activities!

Be active and get some exercise with stand-up paddeboarding. Try something new with a windsurfing lesson. Or, just enjoy the scenery on a kayak tour.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll get to make the most of the sun and surf of this desert paradise.

Getting In: Stand-up Paddleboarding admission, Windsurfing admission, or Kayak Tour admission are all included with the Go Dubai Card.

Rock Republic Climbing Walls

Rock-Republic-Bouldering-Gym-5Active couples and friends will want to challenge themselves – and each other! – at Rock Republic Bouldering Gym.

They welcome climbers of all levels of experience and fitness, so no need to be a rock wall junkie to participate.

Enjoy the freedom to climb a variety of walls at different fitness levels, as long as you’d like!

Getting In: Rock Republic Climbing Walls admission is included with the Go Dubai Card.

Gaming & Activity Centers

Hub-Zero-4Gamers will relish the chance to explore the high-tech culture of thoroughly modern Dubai.

Virtual Worlds offers the opportunity for you to enjoy a two-hour virtual gaming session, complete with the latest, state-of-the-art gear. There are a wide variety of games and game types to choose from, from first person shooters to puzzles and more.

Or, Hub Zero offers multiple immersive, interactive games, from laser tag to the charming “Plants vs. Zombies Backyard Brawl.”

Getting In: Virtual Worlds admission and Hub Zero admission are both included with the Go Dubai Card.

Save on Attraction Admission

That should do it! Our list of some of the most fun things to do in Dubai for adults during your vacation. These ideas are great for couples or if you are traveling with a group of friends.

Remember, many of these great activities are included on the Go Dubai Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your kid-free vacation itinerary. Enjoy!

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