5 ways to unwind and relax in Dubai

Dubai may be one of the world’s most important economic hubs, but the country has been careful to invest equally in business and pleasure. Therefore, once your meetings are done for the day, there’s no shortage of opportunities to unwind and relax in Dubai.

Whether you prefer to spend your downtime rushing along a river or reclining on the sands, Dubai has got you covered. Make sure you include enough gaps in your business itinerary to check out some of these more indulgent activities.

1. Get your spa on

Dubai has a huge number of world-renowned spas offering heavenly treatments. If you don’t have all day, SensAsia in the Village Mall provides rapid relaxation, with some massages and facials taking just 30 minutes to complete. Recommended treatments include the 45-minute Rapid Rub massage or a 60-minute Body Polish.

For maximum convenience at the end of a long day, our Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City is fully equipped with a fitness facilities and swimming pool.

Woman relaxing in spa

2. Cruise the creek

You can hire an abra, or water taxi, for around AED 100 (about £18) per hour and enjoy an exclusive cruise along the creek. Go in the evening to watch the sunset over the water. If you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate, check out the bigger dhow cruises; Desert Safari Dubai offer a two hour dinner cruise along the creek, leaving at 8:30 every evening. Enjoy grilled meat from the buffet, smoke a shisha, or cut loose with a bit of karaoke on the lower decks.

Cruise of the creek in Dubai

3. Lounge on the beach

True to its name, Open Beach is free to all members of the public. Located in direct sight of the iconic Burj al Arab skyscraper, there are also fantastic views across the Arabian Gulf at sunset. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more exclusive, pay a small entrance fee and visit Jumeirah Beach Park. The beach is pristine, as are the lush gardens surrounding it.

Beach in Dubai

There are plenty of facilities including a changing room, a barbecue area and cafés. You can enjoy a picnic in the gardens, lounge on the sand, or paddle in the bright blue gulf waters. The beach park is open from 8am-11pm Saturday to Wednesday and from 8am-11:30pm every Thursday and Friday.

4. Spicy shopping at the souk

Leave the hustle and bustle of the shopping malls behind and head straight for the aromatic spice souk in Deira. The souk is open until 10pm. And during the cool evenings the aromatic alleyways provide the perfect backdrop for a restorative stroll. The colorful spices are a dream for photographers and artists, and will make a fantastic addition to your Instagram feed. So, if you want to discover more souks then Dubai has a lot to offer. Check out our top 6 pick of colorful souks in Dubai!

Dubais spice souk

5. Let off steam with a round of golf

If golfing in the desert sounds strange, you’ve never visited Dubai. The city is home to some of the UAE’s best courses. Designed by Aussie champion Ian Baker-Finch, the Arabian Ranch golf course spans 247 acres. So why not play a round through the desert landscape? Or enjoy hitting a few balls on the floodlit driving range before retiring to the Spanish colonial clubhouse.

Golfing in Dubai