Updated: Aug 9
Dubai is undoubtedly a tourist haven. Towering skyscrapers, lavishing hotels, bustling souq markets, indulging diverse cuisines, breath-taking views, you name it! Though, you might want to avoid the daytime heat during the summer and wondering “What to do at night in Dubai?” We're sharing with you evening activities to do in Dubai that you might want to try. The great thing about Dubai is it’s as action-packed at night as it is during the day. There’s no shortage of things to do.
The magic of the city unfolds as the sun goes down. You’ve got a lot to explore and experience in Dubai at night regardless of whether you want to relax or go sightseeing with your friends and family or even go on a romantic date. Here are our handpicked lists of adventures you shouldn’t miss out on when planning your Dubai night trip. At night, these places will be a different sight to behold once they are brilliantly lit up from what you can see in broad daylight.
1. Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is an observatory, museum, and monument in Zabeel Park, Dubai. It holds the record for the largest frame in the world. The frame is a great venue for capturing the Dubai skyline. You can visit either in the morning to get the stunning panoramic view or in the evening to witness the sunset and the city lit up after the dark. Its glass-bottomed sky deck provides a 360 degrees view of both old and new Dubai. Inside is a museum showcasing the past, present, and future of the city. You can also take a walk along the Zabeel park especially if you want to recreate an iconic image capturing the world’s famous frame.
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Ticket price: 50 aed - Adults / 20 aed - Children (3-12 years)
2. Dancing Fountain Show - Dubai Mall
Witness the tallest performing fountain that is like none other in the world! The beautiful lights together with the music going along with the fountains’ movement are such a show-stopper. Visiting the Dubai Fountain in Burj Khalifa Lake, Downtown Dubai is highly recommended for all travelers to experience. The waterfront promenade in front of The Dubai Mall is the most popular and easy-access location to see the fountain - for free! Yes, you don’t need to spend a penny to watch this spectacular show. It is a perfect place to visit with your family. Not disregarding the fact that it could also be a perfect romantic date night idea with your partner whilst watching the fountain and enjoying a meal together.
Timings: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm (every 30 minutes)
3. The Wings of Mexico - Dubai
The Wings of Mexico is a wing sculpture that stands in front of the iconic Burj Khalifa located in Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai designed by a Mexican Artist. And this wing is conquering Instagram and social media around the world! Viewers are allowed to climb up to the 3-step platform and stand in front of the renowned angel wings for photo opportunities. “Wings of Mexico” represents people’s dream of flying freely with their own bodies and consciousness, relying on desire, belief, and passion. How much it costs to visit the famous Wings of Mexico? Free! Even the Burj Plaza is also open to the public for free. You only need to bring your camera and do your best pose and create an amazing image with this iconic sculpture.
4. The Walk - Jumeirah Beach Residence
Jumeirah Beach also known as JBR Beach is the most popular man-made beach in Dubai located in the Dubai Marina. From the JBR beach, you will have a beautiful view of the Bluewaters Island where the Ain Dubai (Dubai Eye) is located, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world. Walking along the beach gives you a relaxing vibe, especially during the sunset and golden hours. The best season to visit the beach is in the summer season. Sitting on the beach sand while watching the breaking sea waves will be an unforgettable moment of your life. The place also has several food and drink options, souvenir shops, and fun water activities. Jumeirah Beach is mostly crowded on weekends so if you want to enjoy the sounds of the waves in a calm, tranquil atmosphere, try to visit it during weekdays. The JBR beach is open to the public for free!
Opening hours: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
5. Dhow Cruise - Dubai Marina
A journey on a boat cruise in Dubai Marina offers a breathtaking view of nighttime Dubai. It is very famous for sightseeing tourists. Each Dhow Boat (a traditional wood vessel that is common in the Middle East used for trading) has an open-air upper deck for a better view of the Dubai Marina area while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner with entertainment shows is the best experience ever. There’s romantic background music throughout the cruise, perfect for couples having a great time together, as well as offering picture-perfect spots as the cruise sails along the luxurious skylines lit up brilliantly at night. The cruise roams for around 2 hours in the entire Dubai Marina, including the lagoon that runs through it.
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Making Plans for evening activities in Dubai?
Get yourself a great deal! Plan ahead of time and do research. Discover the most fun things to do in Dubai at night and have the best holiday that would stick in your memory for life.