How to spend a weekend in Dubai: 15 amazing activities for every budget

April 29, 2021

Are you wondering how to spend the weekend in Dubai? Keep reading for my ideas!

So you’re headed to the UAE for a weekend in Dubai? You’re probably on the lookout for things to do in Dubai and how to spend your weekend in Dubai! Keep reading for loads of ideas!

If you’re new to the city – I’ll try and include some ideas for your weekend in Dubai that will help you see some of the main sights in the city – but I’ll also include some non-touristy things to do at the weekend in Dubai to give you lots of variety!

The great news is, Dubai comes alive at the weekend, and there are so many options option to you if you’re spending a weekend in Dubai. From luxury yacht tours, to strolling around and people watching – this city has something for everyone.


The Burj Kalifa

You can’t visit Dubai, without seeing the Burj Kalifa. No – literally – it’s so big you CAN’T MISS IT. This is the world’s tallest building and it dominates the Dubai skyline. It’s one of the best things to do in Dubai, and it should be top of your list for a weekend in Dubai. It’s a must-see, and it’s totally unique to Dubai. Even if you don’t go up to the top, it’s lovely just to soak int he view from a restaurant or car overlooking the amazing structure. The Address Hotel Downtown has amazing views of the Burj from several of their eateries – so I’d head there first!


People watching at Dubai Marina

Another perfect addition to your weekend in Dubai itinerary is the Dubai Marina. It’s not necessarily an attraction – but a neighbourhood in the city. Dubai Marina is a marina surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants and skyscrapers – and it’s pretty amazing, so should definitely make your list of activities for your weekend in Dubai. I love it here and it’s one of my favourite parts of the city, it’s a perfect place for Dubai sightseeing.

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Yacht Cruise

If you want to splash out during your weekend in Dubai, then a yacht cruise is the one for you! Most yacht tours leave from Dubai marina (so it’s a chance to do a bit of extra Dubai sightseeing!) and they’re surprisingly affordable. A private yacht tour will obviously set you back a few bob during your weekend in Dubai, but if you opt for a group yacht tour, you still get to do some Dubai sightseeing from the comfort of a yacht – but the experience is shared. There’s not much more difference! It’s a great way to see the skyline of Dubai.


The Atlantis Hotel

If you fancy going somewhere really touristy during your weekend in Dubai, The Atlantis Hotel is one of the top spots of Dubai Sightseeing. It’s one of the most recognisable hotels in the city – and it’s a huge resort in itself, so it’s definitely something to tick off and visit. You could make a reservation at any of the restaurants inside, but also take the chance to explore this huge hotel.

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The Pointe

Another great place to visiting during a weekend in Dubai is The Pointe. The Pointe is relatively new addition to Dubai, and it’s a great must-visit complex. The Pointe is an entertainment complex, with fountains similar to the Dubai Fountains (located at the mall) but with amazing views of the Atlantis Hotel instead. It’s a great choice to add to your weekend in Dubai itinerary.

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Rooftop cinema

If you’re planning a romantic date during your weekend in Dubai, then you’re going to want to check out one of the city’s new rooftop cinemas! I just love the rooftop cinemas… they’re outside, but super sophisticated, stylish and comfortable. You’ll love it, and it’s a great way to spend one of the evenings during your weekend in Dubai.


Relax on the beach

Not everything during your weekend in Dubai has to cost money or have a ticket price. In fact, there are many amazing free things to do in Dubai. Relaxing on the Beach is one of them – and doesn’t cost a thing. Take a few hours during your weekend in Dubai to sit on the beach and soak in some of that sunshine Dubai is so famous for!


Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is an older neighbourhood in Dubai, so if you want to do some Dubai sightseeing away from the skyscrapers and glamour during your weekend in Dubai – this is a great choice. Dubai sightseeing isn’t all luxury and glitz – and Dubai Creek is a perfect example of this. Learn a bit more about local and historical culture in this part of Dubai, and make a bit of time for local culture during your weekend in Dubai.


The Dubai Mall

Next on my list of things to do during your weekend in Dubai, it’s the Dubai Mall – you can’t go to Dubai without visiting this world-famous mall! It’s located right by the Burj Khalifa – so it’s a bit of a Dubai sightseeing hotspot! The Mall is absolutely HUGE and you could easily spend the day exploring the hundreds of shops inside! On a particularly hot day of Dubai sightseeing – this is a great place to hide out in the air conditioning! This is a perfect way to spend time during your weekend in Dubai.


The Dubai Fountains

The Dubai Fountains are next on my list for your weekend in Dubai. The Dubai Fountains are an iconic option for Dubai sightseeing – and you’ll want to make sure you have time to catch a couple of shows. I wrote about the best ways to watch the Dubai Fountains here, so make sure to check that guide out. If you’ve seen The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountains are a little bit like that – but MUCH BIGGER! This is a great choice for your weekend in Dubai, and it’s free too!

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Shopping in Dubai

If you’re in the city for a fleeting weekend in Dubai, then shopping is a must. There are so many great shopping locations in Dubai, but some of my favourites include; Dubai Mall, The Emirates Mall, The Pointe, The Marina Mall, The Springs Mall – and many more.


Visit La Mer

La Mer is one of the developed public beaches in Dubai, and it’s a great activity for a weekend in Dubai. There’s a beautiful beach to enjoy, as well as loads of restaurants (beach side of course!) activities, shops and so much more. If you’ve got kids with you for your weekend in Dubai, then they will love it here – it’s really family friendly.

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Dubai Miracle Garden

If you fancy spending some time during your weekend in Dubai somewhere peaceful and laid back – then Dubai Miracle Garden is a wonderful choice. It feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the city – and it’s a really wonderful place to spend a few quiet hours during your weekend in Dubai.


Have a spa day during your weekend in Dubai

If you really want to turn up the relaxation during your weekend in Dubai, then you simply have to book yourselves in for a spa day. Dubai is home to some of the most luxurious spas in the whole world – and if you love spa treatments, you’re definitely going to want to book one in for your weekend in Dubai. So pack your bathing suit, and get ready to spend your weekend in Dubai being pampered!

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A brunch!

If you want to enjoy some great food and drinks during your weekend in Dubai, then you have to book yourself a table at one of Dubai’s famous brunches! They’re really something else, and you won’t have experienced anything like it! They’re a lot of fun and perfect for anyone who loves food and drink and likes to indulge a little during their weekend in Dubai. Here’s a list of the best brunches in Dubai.


I hope this guide to a weekend in Dubai has been helpful and given you lots of ideas!


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