Recreational Activities

A world of flavour All appetites, cultures and budgets are catered for in Dubai. You can choose from thousands of cafés, food trucks and restaurants that reflect the cuisines of its 200+ resident nationalities. You can find everyone from Michelin-starred chefs to street vendors cooking exotic international cuisines. From Lebanese and Greek to Argentinian or Japanese, taste it all in Dubai. Don’t miss the Dubai Food Festival, where you can also experience the best of Dubai’s food scene.

Pamper yourself in a spa If you’re looking to indulge and be pampered, there are hundreds of spas in all shapes and sizes, from acclaimed havens such as the Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and ShuiQi at Atlantis, The Palm to low-key community favourites. Also, with such a wide variety of beauty salons, Turkish hammams and day spas, there’s plenty of room for something different such as 24-karat gold facials, kids’ nail salons and spas in the desert.

Delve into Dubai's rich history Learn about Dubai's origins, traditions and culture at one of many museums around the city. Venture into Saruq Al Hadid museum for a trip to the Iron Age, where artefacts that date back to ancient times are on display. Meanwhile the Etihad Museum commemorates the formation of the United Arab Emirates with a series of interactive and educational exhibits, while Al Shindagha Museum by the Creek shines a light on early life in the emirate. The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood offers plenty of insight into the earliest inhabitants of this region.

Explore Dubai's art and music scene Dubai inspires art as much as enterprise, with constant creativity and artistic expression to be enjoyed across the city. A highlight in the artistic community, Dubai Art Season is held in March-April and brings the emirate’s creatives together for a month-long initiative that includes Art Dubai, Sikka Art Fair, Design Days Dubai and much more.

Dubai attracts various international musical acts, festivals and legendary performances, weaving together a cultural tapestry that is unique to the city. The annual Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival brings a lineup of legends, setting the stage for dramatic performances and providing a great soundtrack to your entertainment calendar, while the Dubai Opera plays host to some of the finest acts in opera and performing arts. In addition, the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the region's largest celebration of the written and spoken word. With more than 200 of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers and doers flocking to the city, it is a celebration of books, reading and the richness of words in all its forms.

Check out Dubai Calendar and download the app to stay updated on all the events the city has to offer.