Stranded in Dubai?

Has your flight been cancelled leaving you stranded in Dubai? Make the most of it

Are you one of the thousands of travelers stranded in Dubai because of the European travel chaos?

If you are we really do hope you can travel soon and that your stay in Dubai isn't causing you too many personal and financial problems.

But while you're in Dubai you might as well make the most of it. Check out Time Out Dubai's list of 30 great things to do in Dubai.

1 Go up the Burj Khalifa: We thoroughly recommend you book your Dhs100 ticket beforehand. Call 800 2884 3867.

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2 The gorgeous terrace at Uptown bar, Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 04 406 8181

3 The art deco-inspired Neos Sky Lounge on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Dubai; 04 436 8927).

4 Vista Rooftop and Bar at the Holiday Inn Express Dubai, Knowledge Village. Superb food and views. Call 04 427 5500

5 Dubai Aquarium: The aquarium tunnel is worth every one of your Dhs25.

6 Dubai Ice Rink: Check out the Olympic-sized ice rink (and don’t think about everyone watching you).

7 Go on a desert safari: Prepare for dune bashing, a barbecue, shisha and sandboarding. We recommend Arabian Adventures (04 303 4888).

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8 Quad biking: Arabia Horizons Tour (04 294 6060). Dhs450 for a three-hour ride.

9 Hot air ballooning: Amigos Balloons (04 289 9295). Dhs880 for a day spotting wildlife from the air.

10 Go horseriding: Call Tina on 050 662 0969 or visit

11 Snoop in a sheikh’s place: Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum lived in this museum until 1958. Dhs2 entry, 04 393 7139.

12 Wander Dubai Museum: This Bur Dubai fact-house is full of fascinating information about Dubai’s past. Call 04 353 1862

13 Art attack: Check out the art galleries of Bastakiya while you’re there.

14 Catch the fish market: Dozens of Indian and Pakistani men sell their catch. Deira, opposite Hyatt Regency. Open 9am-1pm, 4pm-10pm

15 Get henna-ed: Try the Arabic Hi Beauty Saloon, in Jumeirah 3 (04 394 6669). It only lasts a week. Or two.

16 Grab a cheap mani-pedi too: We like N Style for the looping Friends episodes.

17 Have afternoon tea at the Burj: So much cake! Dhs395 per person; 04 301 7600 /

18 Afterwards, pop to 360° – still the most amazing location. Call 04 406 8769

19 Check out the Time Out Nightlife Award’s best club, Chi

20 Check out the Time Out Nightlife Awa’rd’s best bar, Barasti

21 And check out the winner of Time Out’s Restaurant Awards 2010, Rhodes Mezzanine

22 Visit Shoreside: Our new beach club crush.

23 Eat as quickly as you can: At the Dusit Thani they’re charging Dhs2 per minute on Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 04 343 3333

24 Eat well: Try our favourite brunch at Traiteur, Park Hyatt. Call 04 317 2222

25 Cross the Creek: By abra for Dhs1, or pay around Dhs15 for a creek tour from the abra stations in Bur Dubai and Deira.

26 Or try a five-star: newer abra at the Madinat Jumeirah (officially for those staying or dining there).

27 Learn to dive: Check out Al Boom Diving for one-to-one Padi beginner classes. 04 342 2993 /

28 Help us find Dubai’s best burger: Head to, try some of our short list and vote to win a chance to eat more.

29 Try Dubai’s best falafel: It’s at Sultan Dubai Falafel Restaurant, Al Muraqqabat Road (04 227 5559).

30 Learn about Islam: Take an hour out of your day and Dhs10 from your purse to learn about Islam on the Jumeirah Mosque tour. Tours from 10am, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. No booking required, 04 353 6666

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