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5 Things to Do in Dubai When You Have Friends in Town


Got friends coming to visit soon? From popular Dubai tourist places to hidden gems and nightlife spots, there are just so many things to do in Dubai. Whether your mates are here for 24 hours or an entire week, here are 5 things they must tick off their Dubai bucket lists…

1. Kayaking at Hatta Dam

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Kayaking is great, but kayaking at Hatta Dam surrounded by mountains? Now that’s something you cannot miss in Dubai! Take your mates on a road trip to Hatta, and rent out some of the kayaks or water bikes to explore the stunning mountainous area.

Price: AED 60 per kayak

2. Visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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The magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE, and it’s only an 1 hour drive from Dubai. From the traditional Arabian architecture to the intricate details in every corner, it’s a must-see for everyone visiting the UAE.

Price: Free

3. Exploring hidden gems in Old Dubai

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Old Dubai is home to a lot of popular Dubai tourist places like the souks, museums, Dubai abra ride, Arabian Tea House, etc. However, there are quite a lot of hidden gems to check out as well! Have a coffee at Make Art Cafe, have kebabs at Al Ustad, walk around the newly developed Al Seef area.

Price: Free

4. Partying till sunrise at Dubai’s clubs

You cannot leave Dubai without experiencing Dubai’s nightlife scene! From rooftop bars and speakeasies to beachside hotspots and super clubs, there are so many places to party it up in the city – and some of them are open till 4am. Hungry after all the raving? Luckily for all the party people, there are lots of late-night eateries open till the wee hours.

Price: Free entry to most bars & nightclubs

5. Watching the sunset from the Burj Khalifa

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If you’ve got friends visiting, a trip to the top of the world’s tallest building is a must! Whether you prefer going to the viewing deck at At the Top or enjoying afternoon tea at At.Mosphere, the best time to go is golden hour as you can watch the sun set over the entire city.

Price: From AED 134 (prices vary depending on time)

Featured image: Via IG | @mayassaal

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