Activities, sports and leisure Dubai

Activities, sports and leisure Dubai

Shopping in Dubai

Mall of the Emirates and other malls

From mega malls to the souks of the old town, Dubai cultivates the art of commerce. Dubai is the land of malls, these huge shopping centers mixing galleries, luxury boutiques, restaurants, cafeterias, cinemas, amusement parks and international brand stores.

The major example of Dubai malls is the Mall of the Emirates (250 m²), opened in 000, one of the largest shopping complexes in Dubai: more than 2005 stores, 500 restaurants, 80 cinemas and even a theater. This mall is renowned for its “Ski Dubai”, the one, the only and (inevitably) the largest indoor ski resort in the world.

Most shopping malls are open from 10 a.m. to 22 p.m. and most supermarkets stay open late at night, 7 days a week. Some even open 7 hours a day.


The souks are located in the city center, near the Creek. On the Deira side, the spice souk is full of traditional medicine products, incense, rose petals ... There is also the famous gold souk where we find ingots, rings, brooches, gold earrings.

On the Bur Dubai side, Cosmos Lane (better known as Meena Bazaar) offers oriental fabrics and silk and cottons. In the shopping arcade of Deira Tower, it is the kingdom of the carpet merchants. Forty shops offer many carpets with Arabic motifs, at fluctuating prices. Electronics and computer products can be found in stores of Al Fahidi Street, still in the same district of Bur Dubai.


This women's project ...). Its construction was suspended in 2008 but resumed in 2011. Dubailand is gradually opening the various sites that make it up.


Dubai has invested heavily in sports infrastructure to allow tourists to practice many sports. At the top of the sporting practices come water sports (sailing, diving, water skiing, jet skiing, etc.), 4x4 excursions in the desert, golf and even tennis.

There are also more unexpected sports: skiing on artificial snow in an indoor resort at the famous Ski Dubai in the Mall of The Emirates -, or sliding on sand dunes (sand skiing) ...


- warm waters of the Arabian Gulf are lined with many fine sandy beaches. The sun, which shines all year round, is perfect for lazing around and tanning.

The municipality of Dubai has embarked on a program to ensure the cleanliness and safety of beaches in line with international standards: it is the Blue Flag Program of the Foundation of Environmental Education, which works for the sustainable development of beaches. The places of Jumeirah and Mamzar now beat the blue flag (Blue Flag certificate), while other beaches are in the process of being certified.

Nautical sports

One can easily practice the windsurf and kitesurf Sheer on catamaran or others, the water skiing, jet ski...

For diving, the most interesting funds are rather located on the other side of the Arabian peninsula, in the emirate of Fujairah. The funds near Dubai are unfortunately affected by the construction of artificial islands. However, several small spots allow you to have fun: Sheikh Mohamed Barge (artificial reef sunk 6 km from the coast of Dubai), Barge Sarraf (a 42 m long wreck), Cement Barge (for beginners) and MV Dara (for experienced divers).

The hotels located by the sea, ideally located, directly offer all these activities.

Desert tours and safaris

Day trip to the desert, less than 30 minutes from downtown Dubai by car. The most popular release is the 4x4 hike on the sand dunes followed by a Bedouin dinner under the starry sky. An unforgettable experience.

You can also opt for the option camel safari.

The desert can also be a playground for skiing on the sand dunes, riding a camel or hiking on the handlebars of a quad.


Golf courses at the gateway to the Orient, with no less than 9 golf courses already in existence and others still under construction.


For lovers of body care and relaxation, beech Dubai can usually be found in upscale resorts.

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