Splash around at the water parks
A great choice if you're travelling with children, the destination's water parks are an excellent place for people of all ages to have fun and cool off from the hot sun. Aquaventure, which you'll find at Atlantis The Palm, is a popular option, while Wild Wadi Water Park is among the most famous. The latter is home to a balanced mix of gentle and more exciting rides, so young and older children alike should enjoy it.
Visit iconic buildings
No luxury holiday here would be complete without visiting some of the city's iconic buildings. Among the best known is the Burj Al Arab, which looks like a billowing sail. As well as being visually striking, this has a reputation for being the world's most luxurious hotel.
Another place not to miss is the Burj Khalifa. The tallest building on the planet, it is 828 m high and home to the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, which is situated on floor 124 of its 160 storeys. Taking a trip up to the observation deck and seeing the incredible view is a must.
As famous for its selection of shops and malls as it is for its luxurious hotels, Dubai is a shopaholic's heaven. Before hitting its large retail centres, it is well worth exploring one of its many traditional souks, such as the Deira Gold Souk. As you may have guessed, this sells all kinds of stunning jewellery and, if you want to buy any, you can haggle with stallholders to snap up a bargain.
Next, make your way to one of the city's vast shopping centres. A top place to visit is the Mall of the Emirates, which is an entertainment complex as well as a collection of designer and high street stores.
Spend time on the beach
Whether you intend your holiday in Dubai to be a fun family affair, a romantic getaway or a relaxing break with friends, spending some time on the beach is an absolute must. Dubai's shores are famous for their white sand and gleaming turquoise water, and there's scope to do everything from sunbathe to try out thrilling water sports. Palm Beach and Jumeirah Beach, which is a huge ten miles long, are just two of the options.
Have a desert experience
Due to its location, Dubai is a prime base from which to explore stunning desert landscapes. Heading out on a tour in a 4x4 is one of the most popular and exciting things to do on a break here. In addition to driving around the sand dunes, you can try riding a camel and sandboarding, which is similar to snowboarding, except you slide down dunes rather than snow-covered mountains.
Spend the night out in the desert, meanwhile, and you'll have the chance to see the stars like never before. As you'll be far away from light pollution, it is much easier to spot the constellations twinkling above. Plus, you can also enjoy a fun evening barbecue under the night sky.