It may sometimes seem that all there is to do in Dubai revolves around shopping malls.
It's definitely true that some of the top tourist attractions in the UAE, such as the indoor ski resort, the Dubai Aquarium and even the Burj Khalifa, are connected to or inside of shopping malls. The massive and impressive malls are tourist attractions in and of themselves for that matter.
But sometimes, we all just want to go somewhere that doesn't have an H&M and a food court, regardless of whatever other cool things the place may have. Here are 11 things that you can do in Dubai that have nothing to do with shopping malls.
1. Dubai Dolphinarium
The Dubai Dolphinarium provides the chance to get up close and personal with dolphins and seals. Enjoy poolside interactions or any of the exciting live performances among other attractions. Find more details here .
2. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of Dubai's desert. From rabbits and hares to antelopes and wild dogs, enjoy catching a glimpse of some of the non-expat inhabitants of the emirate. Find more details here .
3. Wake Boarding, Water Skiing and Jet Skiing
Enjoy the waters of the Gulf by trying out your skills on the water. Whether you want to wakeboard, waterski, jet ski or just ride the boat and watch your friends, you're guaranteed to have a memorable day.
4. Quad and ATV Desert Tour
Head out into the desert and enjoy an adventure on the wild side, riding ATV and quad bikes. Find more details here .
5. Meydan Racecourse
Be posh and enjoy a day at the horse races. Enjoy cheering for your favorite horse or just go to be seen. Find more details here .
6. Go Fishing
You say you don't know how to fish? Well, there is no time like the present to learn. Take a tour with skilled experts that will teach you the ropes and show you the best spots to guarantee you'll go home with a catch to be proud of. Find more information here .
7. Private Night Safari
Spend a late evening in the desert enjoying the incredible night sky and nocturnal animals away from the city's light pollution. Find more details here .
8. Posh Paws Animal Sanctuary and Petting Farm
If you're looking for an activity to do with your kids – or hey, just even for you and your friends – look no further than the animal sanctuary and petting zoo at Posh Paws. With a wide variety of animals, the experience will be both fun and educational. Find more details on the website here .
9. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz Art District
Alserkal Avenue has become the region's foremost art hub since its founding in 2007. Head on over to tour the galleries and ever changing exhibitions. Also make sure to plan ahead for the the annual Al Quoz Art Festival to ensure you don't miss out on the special events. Find more details here .
10. Helicopter Tour
It's not exactly cheap but with the impressive aerial views, it may just be worth shelling out the dirhams. Consider taking your significant other on a romantic evening tour. We promise, it will leave an impression. Find more information on the website here .
11. Dubai Miracle Garden
With the vision to be the world's biggest flower garden and featuring 45 million blossoms, Miracle Garden presents a breathtaking location for all the group selfies you could ever want. Grab your friends and don't forget your selfie stick, you're going to need it. Find more information here .