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30 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai

Written by Jess Lee Updated Dec 27, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Jess Lee is a travel writer who has specialized and lived in the Middle East for over 15 years.

Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates' holiday hot spot. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where tourists flock for sales bargains, sunshine, and family fun.

Burj Al-Arab and the Dubai skyline at sunset

Dubai is famous for contemporary sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes. But this city has many cultural highlights and things to do, as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons.

Take a wander around the Al Fahidi quarter, and you'll discover the Dubai of old, then cruise along Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow, and you'll soon realize there's more to this city than its flashy veneer.

Learn more about the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Dubai.

1. Shoot to the Top of Burj Khalifa

2. view the dubai fountain display, 3. sneak in some shopping at dubai mall, 4. visit an underwater world at dubai aquarium, 5. cool off at atlantis aquaventure waterpark, 6. head out into the desert, 7. take afternoon tea in the burj al-arab, 8. ski indoors at mall of the emirates' ski dubai, 9. explore dubai creek, 10. wander through colorful dubai miracle garden, 11. walk through history in al fahidi quarter (old dubai), 12. experience global village's culture & entertainment, 13. cruise around madinat jumeirah on an abra, 14. soak up the sun on jumeirah beach, 15. discover uae history at dubai museum, 16. snap sunset pics at dubai frame, 17. swim & sunbathe at la mer beach, 18. family time at motiongate & legoland in dubai parks, 19. tour jumeirah mosque, 20. take to the water at kite beach & umm suqeim beach, 21. stroll sheikh zayed road, 22. fuel up on thrills & spills in img worlds of adventure, 23. haggle in the souks of deira, 24. skydive over dubai's palm jumeirah, 25. enjoy world-class theater at dubai opera, 26. savor a nature break in dubai butterfly garden, 27. explore local culture in the heritage and diving village, 28. spot flamingos at ras al khor wildlife sanctuary, 29. view traditional architecture at sheikh saeed al-maktoum house, 30. browse cutting-edge art in alserkal avenue, best things to do with kids in dubai, where to stay in dubai for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to dubai, map of tourist attractions in dubai, dubai, united arab emirates - climate chart.

Burj Khalifa

Highlight: The world's tallest building and Dubai's best panoramic city views

Dubai's landmark building and major tourist attraction is the Burj Khalifa , which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city's points of interest.

For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply staggering.

The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.

Enjoying the view from the Burj Khalifa

Nighttime visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas.

Buy your Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.

Dubai fountain

Highlight: A family-friendly evening entertainment spectacle

Wrapping around the Burj Khalifa are the gardens of Burj Park, with walkways dotted with modern art sculptures. Burj Park is where you come to see the Dubai Fountain display on Burj Lake.

Modeled on the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, this is the world's tallest performing fountain, with water displays shooting up to 150 meters high into the air.

The 30-minute-long displays take place regularly after dark, and although the display itself is free, there are entrance charges to access the add-on experiences.

The floating platform of the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is one of the most popular experiences for close-up views, while there are also opportunities to take an abra (traditional wooden boat) onto Burj Lake to see the fountains from the water.

Dubai Mall

Highlights: Dubai Aquarium, plenty of family activities, dining options, and brand-name shopping

Dubai Mall is the city's premier mall and one of the city's best places to visit for a day of shopping and indoor activities to keep the kids busy. It provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium.

There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options.

The shopping and eating are endless, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.

Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Aquarium

Highlights: An awe-inspiring introduction to the underwater world

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall.

Although there is free viewing from the mall, the highlight of a visit here is entering the Underwater Zoo, with its three-story high, 270-degree views along the length of the glass-panel tunnels.

As well as viewing the vast amount of marine life, the Dubai Aquarium offers plenty of aquatic experiences and things to do for visitors who want a close-up encounter with some of the aquarium's inhabitants, from hand-feeding eagle rays to diving with reef and tiger sharks.

Address: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road

Aquaventure Waterpark

Highlight: Water-based theme park fun for a day devoted to family entertainment

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark , based at Atlantis, The Palm on the Palm Jumeirah—Dubai's famous man-made island development—is a great place to cool off after a few days of hectic shopping and sightseeing.

The waterslide action here is excellent and world-class, with the Aquaconda, the world's longest water slide; a nine-story-tall slide, aptly named the Leap of Faith; and water coaster rides.

There's also underwater safaris using Sea TREK helmets; a dedicated water play area for smaller children with slides; and for when all your energy has been used up, a 700-meter sweep of white-sand beach.

Address: Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Off-roading in the Dubai desert

Highlight: See the UAE's dramatic interior of sweeping dunes on Dubai's best day trip option

You don't have to travel far from Dubai's coastal skyline of skyscrapers to reach some of the UAE's desertscapes of rippling dunes.

Both the dune fields and desert of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and the orange-hued dunes of Maleha (actually in the Emirate of Sharjah ) are within day-tripping distance of the city.

Desert adventure tours can combine a range of activities, from sandboarding, camel rides, and 4WD safaris to traditional Arabian falconry displays and desert dinners under the stars. There are also options for overnight camping under the stars.

The typical tour itinerary, giving visitors a taster of desert life, is easily slotted into even a short trip to Dubai, taking around six hours door to door, with a mid-afternoon departure from the city.

The Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari offers a half-day desert adventure and includes a camel ride, sandboarding lessons, a sunset barbecue, and a belly dancing show.

For a less rushed tour experience, choose one of the companies that operate inside the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where trips can include wildlife drives to spot the reserve's free-roaming herds of gazelles and, if you're lucky, Arabian oryx.

Burj al-Arab

Highlights: Treat yourself to one of Dubai's most famous dining experiences

The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline.

Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night.

Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15,000 for one night.

For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over-the-top opulence is to book afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar (a minimum spend is required) in the soaring atrium lounge.

Non-guests can also book dinner at the Ristorante L'Olivo at Al-Mahara where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat, or you can enjoy French and Italian classics for lunch or dinner with city vistas at the Michelin starred Al Muntaha .

Address: Jumeirah Road, Dubai

Mall of the Emirates

Highlight: Cool off from the desert heat with some winter sports then shop till you drop in the mall

Mall of the Emirates is one of the city's most famous malls, with the spectacular (and surreal) Ski Dubai facility inside.

The indoor ski slope is complete with chairlifts and a penguin enclosure, all at a continuous temperature of -4 degrees Celsius.

There's also a cinema complex and a family entertainment center with a whole host of rides aimed at both the big and small.

The shopping opportunities are boundless, as are the eating options, offering every conceivable world cuisine.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Abra ride on Dubai Creek

Highlight: Abra rides across the creek for city skyline views

Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns, with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south.

The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area.

The creek is where you come to capture city views from the water, either by taking a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or by hopping on an abra (small wooden ferry) between the ferry points on the creek's Bur Dubai and Deira banks.

On the Bur Dubai side of the creek, rubbing up against the Bastakia neighborhood, the waterfront has been regenerated as the Al Seef district, with a waterfront promenade backed by traditional coral-block and limestone buildings, a floating market, and shops selling crafts. It's a great place for a stroll with excellent water views.

Farther southeast down the creek, on the Deira bank just north of Al-Maktoum Bridge, is the Dhow Wharfage. It's still used by small traders from across the Gulf who sail their dhows onward to Kuwait, Iran, Oman, India, and down to Africa's horn.

This tiny remnant of Dubai's traditional economy is a fascinating place to wander around and watch cargo being loaded and unloaded on and off the dhows.

At the southeastern end of Dubai Creek, just before the creek joins with Dubai Canal, is the newly developed Dubai Creek Harbor with a waterfront marina walkway, which offers excellent vistas of the city skyline.

Beautiful flowers blooming at the Dubai Miracle Garden

Highlight: Colorful photography options amid Dubai's most creative gardens

This is the zaniest garden ever. Not content with constructing the world's largest buildings and malls, Dubai has created the world's largest flower garden. Dubai Miracle Garden spans 2,000 square meters and is home to a reputed 100 million flowers.

Everything that can be covered with flowers has been, from twee English-style cottages to windmills and trucks. There's even a flower version of the Burj Khalifa.

Stroll the walkways and enjoy the riot of color and the wacky flower displays.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Rd, Al Barsha

Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Highlight: Admire Dubai's vernacular Gulf architecture amid the lanes of the tiny old town quarter

The Al Fahidi Quarter (previously known, and sometimes still referred to as the Bastakia neighborhood) was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek.

Al Fahidi occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek, and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved.

Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning—the wind trapped in the towers was funneled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf.

Lined with distinct Arabian architecture, the narrow lanes are highly evocative of a bygone, and much slower, age in Dubai's history.

Inside the district, you'll find the Majlis Gallery , with its collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture (housed in a wind-tower), and the Al Serkal Cultural Foundation with a shop, café, and rotating art exhibitions (located in one of the historic buildings).

Global Village at night

Highlight: Evening entertainment hub with a global cultural focus

From October through April, this entertainment park provides family-friendly entertainment themed around taking visitors on a journey around the world.

Global Village's 26 country pavilions, ranging from Iraq to Japan and Russia to South Korea, each offer an individual experience of that country's culture, entertainment, and heritage. It's a unique option in the city for evening entertainment for families with little ones in tow.

As well as the pavilions, there are plentiful dining and shopping options on-site. Younger members of the family will enjoy the fun-fair-style Carnaval with plenty of rides, such as bumper cars, carousels, Swiss swings, and a big wheel, along with faster rides and a roller coaster.

Address: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, Dubai

Abra in Madinat Jumeirah

Highlight: Scenic canal cruises on traditional abra boats for easygoing sightseeing

The development complex of Madinat Jumeirah is a dining and retail district with a couple of five-star hotels, all set along the palm-tree-fringed banks of an artificial canal network.

All of Madinat Jumeirah has been styled to mimic traditional Gulf architecture, with wind towers and mashrabiya detailing.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah here offers easygoing shopping, with a large variety of traditional craftwork and souvenirs from the Gulf and across the wider Middle East, but the main reason to head here is to hop on an abra (small wooden ferry) and cruise down the canal.

Abras leave regularly from Souk Madinat Jumeirah's promenade and loop around the waterway, providing plenty of photo opportunities of the lush gardens and traditional architecture of Madinat Jumeirah, with the tall swooping sail of the Burj Al Arab in the background.

Address: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai

Aerial view of Jumeirah Beach Residence beach

Highlight: Dubai beach life summed up with everything you need at your fingertips

This long, wide strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors .

Some of Dubai's most popular beach resorts are strung out all along its length, making this one of the most popular places to stay for visitors who want to make hitting the beach a major part of their Dubai stay.

The large areas of the beach have excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, lifeguards patrolling the stretches designated for swimming, and water sports operators offering jet skiing, kayak rental, parasailing, and boat rides.

This is a safe beach choice for families traveling with tots, as the turquoise water of the Gulf lapping the shore is shallow and calm.

Address: Dubai Marina, Dubai

Dubai Museum

Highlight: Delve behind the high-rise facade to discover Dubai's heritage

Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.

In its history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995), it is now the city's premier museum.

The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom. The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry, and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments.

Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati life (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life), as well as artifacts from the 3,000- to 4,000-year-old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.

Address: Al-Fahidi Street, Al-Fahidi

Dubai Frame at sunset

Highlights: Aerial vistas of the modern cityscape below and galleries focused on Dubai's history

Sitting slap-bang between Dubai's older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city's modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai's latest sights.

Inside Dubai Frame , a series of galleries whisk you through the city's history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.

Afterwards check out Future Dubai gallery, which imagines what a futuristic vision of the city will look like.

Address: Zabeel Park, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road

La Mer Beach

Highlight: Take a day off sightseeing and head to the white sand for a relaxed break beside the sea

Backed by a fringe of palm trees, the stretch of La Mer Beach in Jumeirah is an easygoing spot for a full day of sun and sea.

Water sports operators here offer Jet Ski trips, boating, fly-boarding, and kayaking for beachgoers who itch to get off the sand, but for those who simply want to sloth out between swimming, there's plenty of sun lounger rental and a wide variety of cafés and restaurants just a hop from the sand for snacking and full meals.

La Mer is a sheltered bay with tranquil water, so it's a safe choice for both families and less-confident swimmers. Like all of Dubai's main beaches, it is regularly patrolled by lifeguards during the day.

If the sea and sand aren't enough, at the beach's northeast point, you'll find Laguna Waterpark, with several waterslides, a lazy river, and a surf pool.

Address: Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah

Old house at the river in Dubai Riverland resort

Highlight: Family-centered fun is the focus at these interconnected theme parks

At Dubai Parks and Resorts , your entertainment needs are all rolled together into one location. The only problem here is choosing what you want to do.

This mammoth project incorporates a swag of world-class theme parks providing something for everyone, whatever your age.

Motiongate takes its theme from Hollywood productions, with rides based around movie blockbusters; Bollywood Parks brings the world of India's famous movie industry alive on its rides; and Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark provide younger visitors with a fun-packed day out on its interactive rides, water slides, and wave pool.

The district's attached Riverland Dubai dining hub means that there's no need to leave after you've exhausted yourself with theme park pursuits, as there's plenty of evening entertainment here as well.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali

Jumeirah Mosque

Highlight: Gain greater insights into Islam on a tour of Dubai's most famous mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, which is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture.

This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (which also runs a program of tours, lectures, Arabic classes, and cultural meals) organizes guided tours of the mosque designed to try to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith.

Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.

Address: Jumeirah Road

Kite Beach

Highlight: Learn to kitesurf on one of Dubai's best water sports beaches

Thanks to its surf and prevailing wind, the northern section of Umm Suqeim Beach is Dubai's top spot for kitesurfing.

The beach is home to an array of water sports operators offering equipment hire, as well as kitesurfing lessons, along with paddleboarding and kayak rental.

This long stretch of yellow-sand beach sweeps south along the coast (becoming Umm Suqeim Beach), with plenty of space for sunbathers looking to lap up a lazy day of swimming and soaking up the rays on the sand and excellent facilities and dining choices. There are good views of the Burj Al Arab from the southern end of the beach.

While in the Jumeirah area, it's well worth brushing off the sand for an hour to visit the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef just a three-kilometer hop from the beach. Built in 1955, this was the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum.

The residence, made out of gypsum and coral block, has been restored and maintains much of the original beautiful decor, giving you a better understanding of the opulent lifestyle of Dubai's rulers.

The Majlis Gardens feature a reproduction of an impressive Arab irrigation system, and many shady date palms.

Address: Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah, Dubai

Aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road at dusk

Highlight: Take in central Dubai's skyscraper views from ground-level

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main thoroughfare running through Dubai's modern downtown business district.

This wide, eight-lane highway is rimmed with towering glass, chrome, and steel high-rises along its entire length. It's one of the best on-the-ground vantage points for Dubai's famed skyscraper views.

Main attractions are along, or just off, the strip between the roundabout and the first intersection, and most of Dubai's famous malls are located along the road's route.

The Dubai World Trade Tower has an observation deck on its top floor, which offers visitors panoramic views (a cheaper option than the Burj Khalifa), and the Gold and Diamond Park (Sheikh Zayed Road) is a one-stop shop for jewelry lovers, with 118 manufacturers and 30 retailers all under one roof.

IMG Worlds of Adventure | ViktoriyaFivko / Shutterstock.com

Highlights: Adrenaline-packed rides and hours of fun for kids of all ages

The IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, near Global Village, is immersive entertainment at its finest and has thrills and spills for both kids and big kids.

With one zone devoted entirely to Marvel's iconic characters; another to dinosaur-themed rides; and a zone where the Cartoon Network takes the helm, with gentler rides and activities for younger children, there's something here for every age.

Whether you want to help the Avengers battle Ultron, scare yourself silly in a haunted house, or join Spider-Man as he swings through the city, this is heaven for families looking for a fun-filled day out.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai

Deira

Highlight: Shop the traditional way amid the heritage souks of Deira

Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek and the winding streets here unveil the melting pot of different nationalities that have come to call Dubai home. On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels, and office buildings as a backdrop.

For travelers, Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day.

Deira Gold Souk is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world.

The Deira Spice Souk sells every imaginable spice, with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, sumac, and thyme, as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water, and incense.

The fish market provides a much less touristy experience.

While in the district, culture lovers shouldn't miss two of Deira's finely restored architectural gems. Heritage House was built in 1890 as the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant and later became the home of Sheik Ahmed bin Dalmouk (a famous pearl merchant in Dubai). Today, it's a great chance to see the interior of a traditional family home.

The Al-Ahmadiya School, constructed in 1912, is the oldest school in Dubai and is now a museum of public education.

Dubai skydiving

Highlight: Get the best aerial views of the city with Dubai's best thrill-seeker activity

For the ultimate sightseeing adrenaline rush while you're in the city, tandem-skydive over Dubai from Skydive Dubai's Palm Drop Zone.

There are bird's-eye views of the city's skyscraper coastline, Dubai Marina, and the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah, all the way down the 3,900-meter-high plunge.

The entire experience takes around 90 minutes and includes the flight; an instructor you'll be harnessed to during the skydive; and a skydiving camera operator, who'll take pictures during your dive.

If you prefer desert dune scenery, Skydive Dubai also operates a separate tandem-skydiving experience in the desert, about 35 kilometers out of the city.

Skydiving in Dubai is an activity you need to book as far in advance as possible due to limited numbers and the high popularity of the experience.

Dubai Opera

Highlight: Enjoy the best of Dubai's cultural life while on your trip

For nighttime attractions, look no further. Opened in mid-2016, Dubai's classy new opera building is the centerpiece of the waterfront district in downtown Dubai and is a major cultural hub and main entertainment venue.

The Dubai Opera hosts a year-round program of famous musical theater productions, concerts by world-class musicians, opera, ballet, and classical music, as well as smaller productions, comedy nights, and concerts.

The 2,000-seat theater building itself is an astonishing piece of architectural mastery and one of Dubai's new landmarks, with its highly-contemporary glass and steel walls jutting out over the waterfront, built to resemble the curves of a traditional dhow.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Highlight: Take a nature break without leaving the city

Escape the city's skyscrapers for an afternoon at the Dubai Butterfly Garden . For a slice of nature, this vast butterfly garden, with around 15,000 butterflies flitting under the domed enclosures, can't be beaten.

It's a great chance for kids to get close-up views of butterflies as they often land on visitors' shoulders and hands.

There's a museum here, too, with plenty of information on butterfly varieties, their habitats, and life cycle.

Heritage and Diving Village

Highlight: Explore Dubai's sea-going heritage and life along this coastline before the contemporary city

Dubai's architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage is showcased at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related to pearl diving and dhow building—two of old Dubai's historic economic mainstays.

There are also recreations of traditional Bedouin and coastal village life, with Persian homes, a traditional coffeehouse, and a small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls.

Local music and dance are performed from October to April, and visitors can get advice from practitioners of traditional medicine.

Location: Shindagha, Bur Dubai

Flamingos at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Highlight: Spend an early morning spotting flamingos and other birds amid the city's wetlands

You don't have to go too far away from the skyscrapers to soak up a more natural vista. The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary incorporates the mangrove forests and wetlands of Dubai creek.

An important stop-off on the migration routes, it's a prime place to spot flamingos in winter when massive flocks of these majestic pink birds wade through the lagoons, backdropped by soaring high-rises.

Various hides in prime spots have been set up within the park to allow bird watchers good views of the birdlife.

Address: Ras Al Khor Street, Dubai

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Highlight: Delve into Dubai's history amid the museums of this royal complex

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and grandfather to the current ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture.

The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed's father, so he could observe shipping activity from the balconies.

It was demolished, but the current house was rebuilt next to the original site, staying true to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens across the windows, and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs.

Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top.

Inside are the exhibits of the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents with many wonderful old photographs of Dubai from the period between 1948 and 1953.

The marine wing of the museum has photos of fishing, pearling, and boat building. Throughout the building there are many letters, maps, coins, and stamps on display showing the development of the Emirate.

Nearby is the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum , which explores the United Arab Emirates' historic role as a trading center between Asia, Africa, and Europe long before oil became this region's most prominent industry.

Located inside the old residence of Sheikh Hashr bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who was a member of Dubai's ruling family, the exhibits trace this coastal area's history as part of the global trade routes, with displays of artifacts and manuscripts.

Also on-site are the Rare Books and Manuscripts Museum and the small Armory Museum.

Address: Al Khaleej Road, Bur Dubai

Building on Alserkal Avenue | Ismail Noor / Shutterstock.com

Highlight: Explore Dubai's burgeoning contemporary art scene

Part of the old Al Quoz industrial district, Al Serkal Avenue has been regenerated to become Dubai's main arts hub and is home to some of the city's most important contemporary art galleries.

Established gallery names such as the Green Art Gallery , The Third Line and the Ayyam Gallery have made their home here, while a host of smaller gallery start-ups have also moved in.

The district's program of rotating collections focuses both on the work of major artists, as well as highlighting new Middle Eastern talent.

This emerging district is also the place to come for fashion and accessory boutiques by local designers, pop-up restaurants, and café life, and it showcases the energetic and youthful buzz of a city, which is usually more noted for its corporate face.

Address: Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz Industrial District

Sandboarding in the desert

As well as Dubai's glut of theme parks, a stay in the city can incorporate plenty more active things to do.

There are plentiful desert tours that head out beyond the skyscrapers if you want the kids to sample more natural scenery. Many of the tours include sandboarding or camel riding.

To stick to the coast, the beaches and resorts offer kayak hire, as well as a bundle of other water sports to get the kids working off some energy in the sea.

And for those who enjoy the complete oddity of having some snow-fun amid the heat, the indoor ski run at Mall of the Emirates can't be beaten.

Downtown Dubai view from a luxury hotel's infinity pool

For easy access to Dubai's top tourist attractions, the best place to stay is Downtown Dubai.

Prime attractions nearby include the landmark Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building; Dubai Mall; and the Dubai Fountain. You'll also find plenty of shops, restaurants, and art galleries in this vibrant precinct.

If you're seeking some sun, sand, and sea, Jumeira and Dubai Marina lay about 15 minutes by car from Burj Khalifa and are also popular bases for tourists.

Below are some highly rated hotels in convenient and central locations for touring the city:

Luxury Hotels:

  • The Palace Downtown Dubai is a five-star resort right in the heart of Downtown Dubai, combining traditional Arabic design features with contemporary facilities, all overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake. There's a pool, spa, and restaurants on-site.
  • Armani Hotel offers rooms decked out in sophisticated luxury. It's set in the Burj Khalifa, for a stay in the top address in Downtown Dubai, with a pool and spa on-site.
  • Burj Al Arab is Dubai's most iconic stay, set on its own manmade island, with palatial interiors, world-class restaurants, and suite-style rooms that overlook the waters of the Gulf.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai is in a top-notch location in Downtown Dubai, neighboring the Dubai Opera. There's excellent in-house facilities, including a pool, restaurants, and gym, and the spacious, modern rooms all come with balconies.
  • Manzil Downtown by Vida is a classy, contemporary boutique hotel option with a large outdoor pool area and white-on-white rooms that incorporate modern Arabesque design features into their interiors. It's in a handy, central location in Downtown Dubai.
  • Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach sits on Dubai's The Walk promenade, in Jumeirah so it's a top choice for those who want a waterfront location. There's a large pool area, private beach and plenty of resort facilities. It's about a 12-minute drive to the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai from here.

Budget Hotels:

  • XVA Art Hotel offers contemporary boutique-hotel style within a traditional Dubai building, right in the heart of the historic Al Fahidi (Old Dubai) district.
  • Ibis Dubai Al Rigga is a great budget choice thanks to its central Deira position, close to Dubai Creek and the city's major historic tourist attractions, as well as its well-equipped, small rooms and in-house facilities, including two restaurants and a gym.
  • Ibis Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel , next door to the namesake mall with Ski Dubai, is a popular option with both business and leisure travelers thanks to its modern, good-value rooms and solid facilities, including two on-site restaurants.
  • See the Sights : Dubai Private Modern or Traditional Dubai Tour is one of the most convenient ways to see the city's sights. This half-day guided tour takes you to the main attractions, including Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Museum, Deira Gold Souq, and more.
  • Soar over the City: Dubai Helicopter Tour offers incredible views across the city and desert surroundings on a 15-minute or 25-minute helicopter ride. There is no better way to see the famous Palm Jumeirah or the manmade archipelago created in the shape of a world map, known as The World, than from the air.

By far, the best times to visit Dubai are the months of November, December, January, February, March, and April when the weather is, in general, at its most pleasant. This is peak tourism season, though, so prepare for hotel prices to be at their highest.

Keen shoppers after discounts galore should head here during January when the entire month is devoted to the Dubai Shopping Festival. Be aware that January is Dubai's coldest month, though, with an average high of 23 degrees Celsius and temperatures dropping as low as 14 degrees.

For the best weather, particularly if you're going to hit the beach or head out into the desert during your trip, plan to travel here during the months of November or April when the average daytime temperatures sit between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius, and only peak as high as 31 degrees.

These two months usher in plenty of blue skies and sunshine for outdoor activities, but without the scorching heat of summer. Whichever month you choose, pack a warmer layer. You will need it to counter the ferocious air conditioning of Dubai's many indoor venues.

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14 Best Things To Do in Dubai

Updated May 8, 2023

There is a delicate balance of old and new in Dubai, resulting in a smorgasbord of things to do. You can spend your mornings sprawled out along  Jumeirah Public Beach  and your afternoons shredding powder at  Ski Dubai . Or you can start your day

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Burj Al Arab Burj Al Arab free

Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between  Jumeirah Beach  and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture buffs since it opened in 1999. Its curved glass façade – modeled after the sails that have graced Dubai's waterways all these years – shelters a world-class, über-luxurious hotel located on its own man-made island. The hotel not only houses the tallest atrium in the world at nearly 600 feet high, but it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Architecture aside, amenities include revolving beds in some suites, as well as a helipad, in case you thought arriving via a complimentary Rolls-Royce was too pedestrian. 

But you don't have to stay at the Burj Al Arab to enjoy it (and let's face it, most can't). Those who aren't crashing at the hotel can gain entry by grabbing a bite at one of the on-site restaurants. Among them are Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, which features floor-to-ceiling windows guarding a massive fish tank, and the sky-high Al Muntaha, located on the scenic 27th floor of the building.  

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Dubai Mall Dubai Mall free

Skirting the  Burj Khalifa  in downtown Dubai is every shopper's paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world and houses more than 1,300 stores. Even if you aren't interested in buying anything, a visit to this immense retail center is a must: The Dubai Mall also contains numerous entertainment facilities, such as an ice rink, a movie theater and several kid-friendly attractions, including an aquarium that houses thousands of underwater creatures. If you happen to be around at night, stop by the Dubai Fountain outside of the mall. Created by the team who designed the  Bellagio 's famous dancing fountains, the fountain features nightly shows set to a mix of western and eastern music. 

Visitors were taken by how much was at the mall – everything you could possibly need can be found inside its sprawling square footage. A few visitors were keen to point out that you might not want to shop here after all. Because so much is imported, some reviewers found prices to be higher in comparison to what they've seen at home. Still, many said that shouldn't stop you from popping in for a visit. Of course, if you're on the hunt for a taste of Middle Eastern culture, this isn't the place to experience it. It is, however, a great escape from the heat, according to travelers. 

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Jumeirah Mosque Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque towers over the coast from its perch north of the Dubai Marina. Its detailed white façade – which graces the 500-dirham note – mimics the architectural style of the medieval Fatimid period. Unlike Dubai's other mosques, non-Muslims are invited inside to marvel at Jumeirah's ornate decor, featuring detailed painted panels against bright blue and yellow backgrounds. But a quick note on conduct: Those planning to enter the mosque should come in modest dress – that means long sleeves and long pants or skirts. Women will also have to cover their heads with a scarf. If you don't have traditional attire, the mosque is happy to provide you with traditional clothing necessary for entrance. 

Even if you're not religious, travelers strongly recommend a visit to this attraction for its educational value and cultural significance. Visitors loved the guides' informative presentation on the architecture of the mosque and informative talk on Islam. 

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Jumeirah Public Beach Jumeirah Public Beach

Within walking distance of the  Burj Al Arab  is arguably Dubai's best strip of public sand. Sun-seekers come to this lively shoreline to revel in Dubai's bright rays, while water sports enthusiasts take advantage of the calm, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf. Jumeirah Public Beach is also equipped with a children's playground and plenty of barbecue and picnic areas. Just make sure you come early as the area grows steadily more crowded throughout the day. 

Although recent travelers said that Jumeirah Public Beach is neat and clean, defined by white sands, the water itself feels like bathwater and doesn't feel very refreshing on a hot day. The cafes that back the beach offer better spots to cool down. 

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Burj Khalifa Burj Khalifa

Although we don't recommend experiencing it the way Tom Cruise did in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," the Burj Khalifa is a crucial item on any Dubai agenda. Rising 2,722 feet above the city (that's a whopping 160 stories), the Burj Khalifa proudly holds the title of "world's tallest building." But that's not the only title this tower's got under its belt. The Burj Khalifa is also the tallest free-standing structure in the world and home to the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. You know what that means: gorgeous views. Visitors are invited to ride the elevator to the 124th floor for breathtaking city vistas extending all the way out to the Persian Gulf. Special telescopes also show scenes of the city from different points in time, allowing you to experience every stage of Dubai's history. You can also travel higher to the 148th floor, the world's highest observation deck, but it will cost you extra. 

Traveler reviews were mixed for the world's tallest building. On the one hand, visitors say it's a must-see simply for its world-famous distinction, but on the other hand, some found the attraction to be overpriced with lackluster views. A few tips: If you to decide to take a trip to the top, book in advance because they sell out quickly. If you can, schedule your visit around sunset: According to travelers, the spectacular views more than make up for the long wait to the top. 

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Bastakiya Quarter Bastakiya Quarter free

Amid the towering skyscrapers of downtown Dubai lies the Bastakiya Quarter, the city's historic district. This former fishing village earned its name from the numerous Bastak (Iranian) traders that settled here in the 19th century. The charming little neighborhood houses the popular outdoor café, the Arabian Tea House, and several art galleries that feature the work of local and international artists, among others. Some of the restored buildings also include wind towers, which was an early form of air conditioning. The Dubai Museum is also located here. 

Recent visitors found the Bastakiya Quarter to be a nice respite from the glitz and glam of downtown Dubai, and enjoyed seeing what the city looked like before all of its developments came to fruition. Some recommend taking a quick and affordable abra (boat) ride across the Dubai Creek to a market, where trying the street vendor's ice cream and purchasing Arabic perfume are musts. 

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Gold and Spice Souks Gold and Spice Souks free

Dubai is and has been a titan of trade for centuries. To get a sense of what commerce was like back in the day, take a stroll through one of the city's traditional  souks , or bazaars. The Gold Souk, located on Dubai Creek's south bank in the Deira, specializes in glitz and glamour. Featuring glittering displays of necklaces, bracelets and earrings from more than 300 retailers, the Gold Souk is one of the most renowned gold jewelry trading centers in the world. In fact, approximately 20 percent of the world's gold passes through this market. But if you're not one for gold, don't fret. The souk also sells platinum, diamonds and silver. You're also guaranteed to get what you're paying for. The government tightly controls what is sold and by who in the souk, so you don't have to walk away thinking there's a chance you may be holding something counterfeit.  

On the other side of the creek lies the pungent Spice Souk, where vendors hawk flavors from across the globe, including cinnamon, ginger and chili. This is also the place to stock up on saffron, as you'll find this delectable spice at a much lower cost here than you would at home. 

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Wild Wadi Waterpark Wild Wadi Waterpark

Located at the foot of the  Burj Al Arab , the Wild Wadi Waterpark is a collection of 30 water rides and play areas designed for all ages. The entire park is modeled after Juha, a character often referenced in Arabian folklore and featured predominately among the park. Thrill-seekers can slide down Tantrum Alley or the Burj Surj, while those looking for a little more relaxation can glide along the lazy river. There are also multiple moderate slide options, as well as a water park just for the kiddos and the Wipeout and Riptide, a simulated surfing ride that's one of only four of its kind in the world. 

Travelers say Wild Wadi is a guaranteed hit with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. However, despite all the fun-filled things to do, some found the park to a bit too pricey. 

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Ski Dubai Ski Dubai

"Surreal" is one way to describe Ski Dubai. Even when the city is enveloped in sizzling triple-digit temperatures, this massive indoor winter wonderland is never without fresh powder. The Middle East's first indoor ski center, Ski Dubai boasts five ski runs (the longest of which spans more than 1,300 feet with a 197-foot vertical drop), a freestyle snowboard zone, a chairlift, as well as room for toboggan runs and snowball fights. Inside there's also the world's first indoor black run, ski lessons for the kiddos, as well as a penguin colony.   

Recent travelers loved the idea of skiing in Dubai, but warn that avid snow bunnies may lose interest. As one might expect, those who've never skied, or didn't do it often, were thrilled by the attraction, while those who knew their way around the slopes were quickly bored. Although proper gear is available at the facility, some travelers warned that it is very cold inside, and to bring any extra winter accessories you may have, especially a hat and gloves. Families, in particular, found this attraction to be a hit with their youngsters. But many travelers warn that the hidden fees for services, such as locker usage and pictures with penguins are pretty high –even unreasonable. 

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

When the glitz and glam of urban Dubai grows tiresome, visitors strongly recommend escaping to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The UAE's first national park sits on the outer edges of the city, and occupies about 87 square miles of the Arabian Desert. The reserve mainly acts as a research unit, but travelers are allowed to explore the area – with one caveat: visitors aren't allowed to tour the reserve by themselves. 

Luckily, the park offers many different types of activities that will cater to travelers with varying interests. Thrill-seekers can go sand boarding, dabble in archery or go dune driving on a luxury four-wheeler. Those looking for a more relaxed experience can soak up the spirit of the desert on low cushions in Bedu tents for a delectable Dune Dinner, or arrange a more intimate Private Desert Dinner. There's also traditional camel treks available, as well as horseback rides, and even a class on falconry. Visitors can also camp on-site, or retreat to the luxurious Al Maha A Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa at the end of the day. The interesting flora and fauna, as well as all of the fun activities, including barbecues and camel rides, made the experience unforgettable for most travelers. 

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Dubai Museum Dubai Museum

Sitting near the  Bastakiya Quarter , the Dubai Museum offers visitors a glimpse of where this monumental city has been and where it's going. The museum occupies the Al Fahidi Fort, which is the oldest building in Dubai, previously used by the monarch and as a defense station. Today, the museum features a variety of wings dedicated to Dubai's cultural, historical and geographical landscape. Wander around and you'll find everything from goods sold in the 1950s, located in the markets wing, to information about the marine life that lies under the Arabian Gulf, appropriately located in the sea wing. There's also a folklore wing that will likely keep younger ones entertained, and a courtyard equipped with models of local boats and bamboo houses decorated with furniture used during that time period. 

Travelers recommend a visit if you're into history, or looking to beat the heat for an hour or two. Many said it was a "must-see" if it's your first visit to Dubai. 

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25 best things to do in Dubai

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Textile souk crowded with people at daytime, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Whether it's in a souk or a mall, shopping in Dubai is an essential experience © Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

If you're planning to visit Dubai, you'll find a stirring mix of profound traditions and futuristic vision wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendour.

You won't be short of things to do in the sci-fi-esque land of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls and palatial beach resorts. Dubai embraces sunshine, innovation and cultural dynamism, and is known as a shopping haven with a vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene. Here are some great things to do to make the most from your trip.

Burj Khalifa

Dubai is famous for its dramatic skyscrapers, and above them all looms the Burj Khalifa , shaped like a deep-space rocket and, at 828m, the world's tallest building. It's a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, and a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor (1483ft) is the most popular way to take in the amazing views it offers. You can also buy tickets for "At the Top Sky" on the 148th floor, which is the world's highest outdoor observation deck at 1820ft.

Footsteps in desert sand heading towards skyscrapers of the Dubai city skyline at daw

Clad in 28,000 glass panels, the Burj Khalifa also lays claim to several more superlatives, including the highest occupied floor and an elevator with the longest travel distance. On hazy days, it’s better to visit at night.

Al Fahidi Historic District

Wandering around this restored heritage area in Bur Dubai provides a tangible sense of historic Middle Eastern architecture and culture. Low-lying traditional courtyard buildings flank this quiet labyrinth of lanes in Al Fahidi Historic District , many of them featuring arabesque windows, decorative gypsum screens and wind towers.

Some contain craft shops, small heritage museums, art galleries, artsy guesthouses or cafés serving local fare, including Middle Eastern breakfasts and camel milk smoothies. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding leads guided tours of the quarter.

Dubai Miracle Garden

Covering some 2000 sq metres and touted as the largest natural flower garden in the world, there’s a sense of Alice in Wonderland–esque surrealism when entering Dubai Miracle Garden . Wander past quirky bloom-covered peacocks, clocks and castles, or alternatively, chill out in a cabana with billowing drapes and floor cushions.

Home to 100 million flowers, and adjacent to the enormous nine-dome Dubai Butterfly Garden, it is incredibly popular, attracting 55,000 visitors a week. There are food outlets on site as well as a souvenir shop and small trampoline park.

The Village of Flowers at Dubai Miracle Garden

Shop 'til you drop

Shopping malls represent an integral part of the culture and lifestyle in Dubai. Not merely places for maxing out your credit cards on fashion, electronics or gourmet foods, malls are also where locals go to socialize in cafés and restaurants, to catch a movie in a state-of-the-art multiplex or to get adrenaline kicks in an indoor theme park or game arcade. The best and biggest of the bunch is Dubai Mall, which features not only 1300 stores but also a giant aquarium, an indoor ice rink and a genuine dinosaur skeleton.

Serious shoppers can check out the Dubai Shopping Festival, which lures bargain-hunters from around the world. It takes place in January each year, and there are huge discounts in the souqs and malls. The city is abuzz with activities during the festival, ranging from live concerts to fashion shows and nightly fireworks.

Mushrif National Park

One of the oldest parks in Dubai, Mushrif National Park covers more than 5 sq km of natural ghaf forest. Mushrif is located around 15km east of the city centre, and is a haven for birds, including owls, Orphean warblers, hoopoes and black redstarts. Dating from 1974, the park has plenty of manmade attractions as well, including walking trails and bicycle tracks, a large children's playground, a swimming pool and barbecue pits.

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

On the outskirts of Sharjah , the 225 sq km Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve accounts for 5% of the Emirate of Dubai's total land. The reserve was established in 1999 and has been involved in projects to reintroduce mountain gazelles, sand gazelles and Arabian oryx.

It's possible to stay inside the reserve at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa , which was designed for superluxe ecotourism. The reserve is divided into four zones, the third of which is only open to resort guests and the fourth to a small number of desert tour operators, including Arabian Adventures , offering a less costly admission than overnighting at the resort.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

In 2016, Dubai added four theme parks to its stable of attractions, including IMG Worlds of Adventure , the world's largest indoor theme park. Housed in an air-conditioned hangar the size of 28 football fields, the park is truly impressive, with more than 20 rides and attractions split across four themed zones – Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. You won't go hungry as there are 28 dining outlets to choose from.

Etihad Museum

Opened in 2017, the striking Etihad Museum engagingly chronicles the birth of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, spurred by the discovery of oil in the 1950s and the withdrawal of the British in 1968.

Documentary films, photographs, artifacts, timelines and interactive displays zero in on historic milestones in the years leading up to and immediately following this momentous occasion, and they pay homage to the country's seven founding fathers. Free tours of the adjacent circular Union House are available, which is where the historic signing of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates took place.

For a dose of Arabian Nights flair, head to Dubai's historic core and plunge headlong into its charmingly chaotic warren of markets. The famed headliner is the dazzling Gold Souq . Even if you don't have a thing for bling, a walk through here will feel like you've entered a giant Aladdin's Cave. It's fun to just watch the action, especially in the evening. If you're buying, sharpen your haggling skills, no matter whether shopping for teensy earrings, an engagement ring or a dowry-worthy necklace.

Deira Gold Souq gold market in Dubai

White Dubai

Dazzling rooftop bars, chill beachfront lounges, classic pubs, cool karaoke joints, speakeasy-style nightclubs, live-music venues – with such variety, finding a party location to suit your mood is hardly a tall order in Dubai. One of the biggest draws for nocturnal action is White Dubai. The mega-venue with its impressive light and sound systems sits smack dab on top of the grandstand of the Meydan Racecourse.

Desert escapes

The Arabian desert, with its weathered mountains, undulating sand dunes and wide open spaces, exudes a special mystique that can easily be savored on a day trip from urbanized Dubai. There are numerous tour operators to set you up with everything from camel treks to sandboarding or overnight safaris. The best ones offer an authentic look at local culture through encounters with Bedouins and traditional meals. Alternatively, consider hiring a 4WD and staying at a desert resort, so you can appreciate the magnificent scenery on your own schedule.

Read more: Top 9 day trips from Dubai

Arabic men drinking coffee inside a traditional Bedouin tent

Dubai Museum

Housed in Bur Dubai's Al Fahidi Fort, the city's oldest surviving structure, Dubai Museum, provides a well-laid-out introduction to the history of the emirate. Marvel at its turbo-evolution from simple desert settlement to futuristic metropolis in just a third of a century. Dioramas recreate traditional scenes in a market, at home and in the mosque, while other galleries focus on life at sea and in the desert. An archaeological exhibition illustrates the ancient history of the region with a display of items unearthed during excavations at local digs.

Dubai Design District

This hub for creatives lures visitors with its edgy architecture, contemporary restaurants, public art, galleries and calendar of cultural events. Visitors to Dubai Design District can tap into this laboratory of tastemakers by browsing showrooms and pop-ups, eavesdropping on bearded hipsters in sleek cafés, checking out art exhibits in building lobbies, or attending free screenings and workshops. The week-long Dubai Design Week is held there in November, with an extensive offering of talks, workshops, masterclasses and kids' activities.

Dubai Butterfly Garden

If you want to deepen your knowledge of these pretty flying insects, pop into the Dubai Butterfly Museum , located next to the Dubai Miracle Garden. Some 15,000 butterflies flutter around nine indoor domed gardens, and you can see for yourself how they begin as caterpillars and evolve into their flying adaptations. Don’t miss the Butterfly and Insect Museum, which features in-depth analysis and information about thousands of colorful butterfly species from around the world.

Dubai Butterfly Garden in the UAE

Museum of Illusions

It opened in 2018 and the Museum of Illusions in the Al Seef district is fast becoming a favorite for families and Instagram fans. Kids will love the 150-plus illusions, including the rooms of mirrors, distorted perspective and various other optical illusions, while parents can take memorably wacky photos. Avoid visiting at weekends if possible, as visitors are restricted by number and you may have to wait your turn.

Jumeirah Mosque

Snowy white and intricately detailed, Jumeirah is Dubai's most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the United Arab Emirates open to non-Muslims. It's particularly beautiful at dusk and visitors are allowed in six days a week. One-hour guided tours are operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding , and while modest dress is preferred, traditional clothing can be borrowed for free.

Dubai Fountain

The dancing Dubai Fountain is spectacularly set in the middle of a giant lake against the backdrop of the glittering Burj Khalifa. Water undulates as gracefully as a belly dancer, arcs like a dolphin and surges as high as 140m, all synced to stirring classical, Arabic and world music soundtracks played on speakers. There are plenty of great vantage points, including a 272m-long floating boardwalk, which takes you just 9m away from the fountain.

Other good viewing spots include some of the restaurants at Souk Al Bahar , the bridge linking Souk Al Bahar with Dubai Mall, the Dubai Mall waterfront terrace, or aboard a 25-minute Dubai Fountain Lake Ride on a traditional wooden abra boat.

People watching the display at the Dubai Fountain

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The long-running annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature brings authors and thousands of book fans together to celebrate all things reading and writing. Held over nine days in March, the festival hosts talks, discussions, panels and a special program just for children, with many activities free to attend. It offers attendees a chance to meet local and world-famous authors, attend literary debates and workshops, participate in competitions and be inspired by their literary heroes.

Global Village

The carnival-like Global Village is a bit like a ‘world fair’ for shoppers, and you'll find it on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311). Each of the 30-something pavilions showcases a specific nation’s culture and products. Aside from shopping, there's also lots of entertainment – from Chinese opera to Turkish whirling dervishes – as well as a funfair with dozens of rides from tame to terrifying.

Burj Al Arab

This landmark luxe hotel, with its dramatic design that mimics the billowing sail of a ship, floats on its own artificial island and has become the iconic symbol of Dubai’s boom years. The Burj Al Arab's interior is all about impact, drama and unapologetic bling, with dancing fountains, gold fittings, shiny marble and whirlpool baths your butler can fill with champagne if you so wish. If a stay exceeds your budget, you can still partake in the opulence by making reservations for cocktails, afternoon tea or dinner in the underwater restaurant.

Dubai Frame

A gigantic rectangular picture frame in the middle of a green park

Opened in January 2018, this 150m rectangular 'picture frame' sits in Zabeel Park , right between historic and modern Dubai, and provides grand views of both parts of the city. Galleries on the ground floor of Dubai Frame tell the story of Dubai (the past) before visitors are whisked up to a viewing platform at roof level (the present). The final stop is another gallery depicting a vision of Dubai 50 years from now (the future).

Al Qudra Lake

One for the nature lovers, Al Qudra Lake is a series of man-made lakes set amidst the rolling dunes of the Saih Al Salam desert on Dubai’s southern outskirts. Part of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, the surrounding area is unspoiled. Swap skyscrapers for wide open dunes and oasis-like pools where you can spot plenty of free-roaming wildlife, more than 100 species of birds and several desert plants.

This long, pristine stretch of white sand, off Jumeirah Road and next to a mosque, is superclean and has lots of activities, including kitesurfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. There are showers, wi-fi, toilets and changing facilities on Kite Beach , plus lots of food trucks and cafés. It offers great views of the Burj Al Arab, and gets very busy on Friday and Saturday when a seaside market with crafts and gifts sets up.

A kite beach full of kite surfers in Jumeirah with the Burj Al Arab in the background.

Perfume Museum

The waterfront Perfume Museum is part of the Al Shindagha Museum restoration project and is the former home of a Dubai sheikha who loved all things perfume. The old building has been restored and its interactive exhibits are based around scent, smells and fragrance. Keep your entry ticket and you’ll get free access to the nearby Dubai Creek House .

Steps from the Deira Old Souk abra station, the sound of Arabic chatter bounces around the lanes of this covered market. Dubai's famous Spice Souk is filled with intoxicating sights and smells. Its vendors work hard to unload cardamom, saffron and other aromatic herbs photogenically stored in burlap sacks alongside nuts, incense burners, henna kits, shishas and dried limes. Away from the tourist-oriented main thoroughfare, tiny shops also sell groceries and other household goods.

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Visit Dubai: Top 31 Things To Do and Must-See Attractions

Things to do in dubai: the 31 best places to visit (all highlights).

You’re planning to visit Dubai during your next trip?

Great idea!

With its impressive skyscrapers and the numerous activities you can do in Dubai , you will for sure enjoy your trip to one of the trendiest destination in the world.

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this guide of the 31 best things to do in Dubai , with all points of interest and must-see attractions.

In addition to this list of things to do and activities, I will also give you itineraries to visit Dubai in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days (or even 1 week!) as well as my selection of the best accommodations depending on your budget.

So, what are the best things to do in Dubai? Where to stay?

1. The Burj Khalifa

2. the dubai mall, 3. the dubai fountain, 4. deira district and its souks, 5. bur dubai, 6. atlantis hotel / the palm jumeirah / aquaventure waterpark, 7. the palm jumeirah / the pointe / the view at the palm, 8. dubai marina, 9. the burj al-arab, 10. dubai museum / al-fahidi fort, 11. dubaï garden glow, 12. dubai frame, 13. dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, 14. the walk and the beach / jumeirah beach residence, 15. the madinat jumeirah souk, 16. mall of the emirates / ski dubai, 17. global village, 18. etihad museum, 20. dubai canal walk, 21. the financial district, 22. jumeirah mosque, 23. miracle garden, 24. dubai creek park, 25. shopping in dubai, 26. img worlds of adventure, 27. dubai parks and resorts, 28. ain dubai and more activities in dubai, 29. excursion in the desert, 30. abu dhabi, visiting dubai with your family, how many days to spend in dubai, 1 day in dubai, 2 days in dubai, 3 days in dubai, 4 days in dubai, 5 days in dubai, 1 week in dubai, where to stay in dubai, where to eat in dubai, flying to dubai: airfares, tourist map of dubai, you’re traveling to dubai these articles will help you , visit dubai: all must see attractions.

The Burj Khalifa is for sure THE place to visit in Dubai!

The tallest skyscraper in the world (828 meters) has been open to the public since 2010 and has quickly become the symbol of the city.

Every day, thousands of visitors flock to the tower and take one of the fastest lift in the world up to the viewing platforms located on the 124th and 125th floors .

From there, you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama over the whole city!

And that’s not the highest point yet!

You can even go up to the 148th floor , to reach the highest viewing platform in the world (555 m high).

You should visit the Burj Khalifa in the evening , to enjoy the view over the illuminated city from the highest observation deck in the world .

Burj Khalifa

To visit the Burj Khalifa , you should really book your skip the line ticket online in advance .

This will allow you to choose your visit time slot and avoid the long waiting lines to buy your tickets.

Another important advantage is that tickets are cheaper online than directly at the counter. And that’s the same for all the activities you can do in Dubai!

There are different types of tickets available (click on the orange link for information and to book):

  • Ticket At The Top Burj Khalifa – Access to 124th and 125th floors.
  • Ticket VIP At The Top Sky – Access to the 148th floor of Burj Khalifa + 124 and 125 floors + quick access to the security checkpoints and elevator.
  • Ticket The Lounge – Access to floor 152 + 153 + 154, the lounge bar of the Burj Khalifa
  • Ascent to the 124th floor + lunch or dinner at the Burj Club restaurant.

If you plan to visit the Dubai Aquarium as well , you should choose the Burj Khalifa combined ticket (access to 124 and 125) + Aquarium. It’s much cheaper than buying the 2 tickets separately!

To visit Dubai , you can also purchase the Dubai Explorer Pass .

With this pass, you have access to 3, 4, 5 or 7 tourist attractions (depending on your choice). The following activities are offered:

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Excursion in the desert
  • Dinner cruise in the marina
  • Access to the world famous Aquaventure Waterpark of Atlantis Hotel
  • Ticket for the Hop on Hop off bus.

Since all these attractions are among the best things to do in Dubai, this City Pass is really the best way to save money!

For more information about this pass and the activities included, click on the button below :

Burj Khalifa view

In the city center , right next to the Burj Khalifa, there is the Dubai Mall .

This huge mall is the most visited shopping center in the world!

With more than 1200 shops and hundreds of restaurants, you will for sure find something that fits your taste and your budget.

And there is more:

This shopping temple also houses indoor waterfalls, an aquarium (more about it below), an ice rink , a go-kart track , a flight simulator , cinemas , arcade games and a lot more!

The Dubai Mall is open every day from 10am until midnight . Restaurants and food court until 1am.

If you want to prepare your visit, you can have a look to the official website to see all the existing shops, restaurants and attractions.

The Burj Khalifa is only accessible via the Dubai Mall on the LG level . You will need to follow the signs “At The Top Burj Khalifa”.

To get to the Dubai Mall , simply get off at the metro station of the same name . But don’t be surprised, you will have to walk about 10 minutes (inside) to reach the mall.

You need to cover your shoulders and legs in public places in Dubai. Signs of affection like kissing or holding hands aren’t allowed.

Dubai Mall

This fountain (the largest water fountain in the world) is one of Dubai’s main tourist attractions.

The fountain show takes place several times a day on the artificial lake located at the exit of Dubai Mall, at the foot of Burj Khalifa.

You must attend it during your trip to Dubai!

The best is to go there at nightfall, when the tower is illuminated. It’s simply magical to watch the ballet of water jets dancing to music.

The show takes place every 30 minutes between 18.00 and 23.00 (there are also a few during the day).

The access is free of charge.

Quick tip: To get a great viewpoint, try to be there as early as possible, as the fountain show attracts thousands of tourists!

If you want to admire the sound and light show up close , then you should take an abra (traditional boat) on the artificial lake. You need to click here to book your tickets.

One of the best places to view the Dubai fountain show is from the terrace of the Apple store located in Dubai Mall.

Near the lake, you can also visit Souk Al Bahar , another gallery with a few shops , cafés and restaurants with terraces and fountain view . It’s worth to go have a look, even if only for its beautiful interior.

Dubai Fountains

Dubai isn’t just about luxury and excess: there are still traditional and authentic neighborhoods to visit!

During your stay, you should really take a stroll through Deira district , a picturesque and popular place featuring several souks :

  • The Gold Souk and its large number of shops with magnificent jewellery displays. It’s the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
  • The Perfume Souk , in Sikkat Al Khail street.
  • The Spice Souk and its colourful stalls to stock up on curry, saffron, cinnamon and more.

To visit the Old Dubai and Deira , the best is clearly to book a guided tour!

During this 3-hour tour , your guide will show you the souks as well as Dubai Museum , which I mention a bit further down this article.

The guide is really amazing, he will teach you everything about the culture, religion, daily life and history of Dubai.

You simply need to click on the button below to book your tour of ancient Dubai :

In Dubai, Friday is a holy day (equivalent to Sunday in Europe). Some places, such as the shops in Deira, are usually closed in the morning and do not open until late afternoon.

In the souks, don’t hesitate to negotiate prices : the prices quoted are often crazy (between 20 and 50 AED for a magnet!), but can easily be reduced to something more reasonable.

Deira is the best place to change money in Dubai . The exchange offices in this part of the city offer better rates than at the airport or in the shopping malls.

Deira Gold Souk Dubai

Bur Dubai is the other typical district you should definitely visit in Dubai.

This neighborhood is also one of the oldest in the city. It’s located just opposite Deira, on the other side of Dubai Creek.

To get there, you will have to take an Abra , a small traditional wooden boat (1 AED per person).

The short crossing will allow you to enjoy a beautiful view and see “Dhows”, the old ships with bright colors supplying the souks with goods.

Here are the best places to visit in Bur Dubai:

  • Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House: The old house of the Al Maktoum family until 1958. You will see photos and documents about the history of the city.
  • Old Souk, one of the oldest in Dubai. You can find everything there: slippers, souvenirs, fabrics, traditional lamps…
  • Meena Bazaar, a market where you can buy Indian goods: fabrics, spices, jewelry.
  • Hindi Lane and its Indian stalls. The best place to try traditional dishes at a reasonable price.
  • Sheik Mohamed Cultural Center: Here you can have lunch with an Emirati in a traditional house. The center was opened by the Sheikh to allow tourists to learn more about United Arab Emirates (UAE) traditions. Reservation is required, click here.
  • Al Seef Market , where you can admire replicas of traditional houses, with restaurants and shops.
  • Dubai Museum: I will tell you more about it in section 9 of this guide.

From Bur Dubai you can also take an evening cruise in the bay of Dubai .

You have 2 options. Simply click on the links below for more information and to book:

  • A cruise on a traditional boat + buffet dinner + demonstration of local folk dances
  • A luxury cruise with gourmet dinner .

Bur Dubaï Old Souk

Let’s continue this Dubai travel guide with the very famous Atlantis The Palm Hotel. It’s clearly another landmark of the city!

Located on the the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah , this luxury hotel architecture was inspired by the myth of Atlantis.

This man made island in the shape of a palm tree (visible from space!), is mainly home to luxury villas and upscale hotels .

Even if you are not staying at Atlantis Hotel , you can access shops and restaurants in the lobby and enjoy the following attractions:

  • Aquaventure Waterpark : Dubai’s most famous water park, where you can take some of the world’s best water slides and slide through a shark infested tunnel.
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium and its thousands of animals: Sharks, rays, piranhas…
  • Dolphin Bay, a lagoon where you can swim with the dolphins. Booking your “encounter with dolphins” automatically grants you access to the Aquaventure Waterpark on the same day. Buy your tickets here in advance to get the best price!

If you only want to visit the Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium , you should buy this ticket in advance :

The Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the attractions that are included in the Dubai Explorer Pass.

To get to Atlantis Hotel and Aquaventure Park:

  • Take the subway to DAMAAC Properties station
  • Then take the tram to the Palm Jumeirah station
  • Follow the signs to reach the monorail – 5 minutes on foot
  • Take the monorail – 30 AED (round trip). There is a monorail every 15 minutes between 9:00 and 22:00.

If you want to stay at Atlantis The Palm Hotel during your trip to Dubai, you can check here for availability and prices.

Atlantis The Palm Hotel Dubai

To get a great view over the Atlantis hotel , you should go to the small beach at “The Pointe”, a shopping center with shops and restaurants on the waterfront .

The surroundings are very beautiful and the place is quiet.

The Pointe is also famous for hosting the largest musical fountain show in the world, with water jets reaching 105 meters high!

Just like the fountains of the Burj Khalifa, the sound and light show takes place every evening from 6pm. It’s really a must-see in Dubai at night!

You can get there by taxi (less than 10 minutes from Atlantis Hotel) or, when the station will be ready, with the monorail.

In Palm Jumeirah , you should also go to the brand new tourist attraction of Dubai: “The View at The Palm Observatory”. Located on the 52nd floor, a t 204 meters high , you will enjoy an extraordinary 360° panorama over the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s skyline!

As always in Dubai, it’s best to book your ticket for “The View at The Palm” in advance to avoid hours of waiting. You just have to click on the button below to book:

Access to The View is through level 2 of Nakheel Mall.

And if that’s not enough, on the 50th floor of The Palm, at 200 meters high , you can also swim in the world’s highest infinity pool! (It actually dethroned the famous Marina Bay Sands pool in Singapore ).

To take a dip and enjoy the sumptuous view of Dubai from the AURA Skypool , you must make a reservation on the official website .

You’re going to Dubai?

You probably know it: the hardest part of planning your trip is to find an hotel offering a good value for money!

And that’s even worse in big touristic cities like Dubai 😅.

The closer you get to your travel dates, the harder it will be to get a good deal. Tens of thousands of people will be visiting Dubai on the same dates as you , so you can be sure that the best deals are booked extremely quickly!

Hopefully, there is a pretty simple solution to this problem: do like me and book your hotel as early as possible!

So, my best advice is to take 5 minutes (now) to have a look at the list of travelers’ favorite hotels in Dubai.

And if you see a good offer, book it!

Most hotels offer free cancellation, so it’s quick, easy, and you will avoid the the inconvenience of finding nothing but mediocre rooms at exorbitant prices.

To check the current best deals for your hotel in Dubai, simply click on the green button below 😎:

Once you’ve booked your hotel, it will be time to continue reading this guide and find out more about the best things to do in Dubai!

Let’s continue our visit of the city with a walk in Dubai Marina district.

There, you can take a walk on a pedestrian promenade along the waterfront and admire the yachts and buildings.

You will pass by Dubai Marina Mall , a big shopping center featuring brands stores such as Levi’s, H&M, Guess or Balmain.

A great way to discover the Marina is to opt for a cruise on a luxury yacht. A VIP moment you will never forget! Simply click here to book your VIP boat trip .

This boat tour is also included in the Dubai Explorer Pass.

During your visit to Dubai Marina, you should definitely try the Xline, the longest urban zip line in the world !

You will start 170m above the ground, from the top of a building and then fly amidst buildings and over Dubai Marina at more than 70 km/h.

I really loved it, adrenaline rush guaranteed 😁!

Of course, photos and the video of your heroic deed are included in the price: A superb souvenir of your flight among the skyscrapers in Dubai!

If you want to do something extraordinary and unique in Dubai, this is undoubtedly the right activity for you.

To book your zip line over Dubai Marina and enjoy an extraordinary experience, simply click on the button below:

If the ticket isn’t available, you can also check on this other website (click here).

Dubai Marina

The Burj al-Arab, in Dubai, is one of the few 7* hotels in the world .

Of course, staying in a luxury suite with sea view is pretty expensive ( Click here to see the rates )!

But even if this hotel isn’t for everyone’s budget, I have good news: You can enter the most luxurious hotel in the world for a few hours by reserving a lunch, a snack or dinner at the Burj al-Arab restaurant .

Here are the different options available (click on the links for more info and to book):

  • Snack and tea at the SkyView Bar on the 27th floor – Enjoy the view with pastries and cakes.
  • Lunch or dinner at the Al Yam ball – The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Burj Al Arab and offers a breathtaking view over the Persian Gulf.
  • Access to the SkyView Bar + 2 free drinks
  • Lunch or dinner at the Al Mahara Aquarium Restaurant – Enjoy the unique experience of tasting the dishes of an award winning chef in the middle of an aquarium!

To admire the architecture of the Burj al-Arab , you can also opt for a boat tour. The tour will also pass by the other emblematic hotel of Dubai: the Atlantis The Palm Hotel .

Book your speedboat tour around the Burj al-Arab and Palm Jumeirah by clicking on the button below:

Burj al arab

Dubai Museum is located in Bur Dubai, in Al Fahidi Fortress .

It traces the entire history of Dubai , from the first tribes who lived there through the economic boom in the 1960s, to the future plans for the coming years.

There, you will discover former fishing boats, objects from the nomads’ daily life , weapons and archaeological remains .

The museum is very interesting and allows you do get a good grasp of how the city looked like before its impressive development.

The entrance fee to the museum is 3 AED . It’s open every day except Friday morning.

Dubai Museum

You’re looking for things to do in Dubai in the evening?

Then I would recommend you to go take a walk in Dubai Garden Glow .

This park features hundreds of sculptures coming to life every evening during light shows with musical backgrounds .

It’s really impressive to see!

The entrance to the Garden Glow costs 65 AED and includes access to:

  • Dinosaur Park, a park with several animated dinosaurs that move and growl. Kids will love it! It’s best to visit this park 1 hour before dusk and then go to the Garden Glow.

For another 30 AED, you will also be able to go to Magic Park , a place where you can take funny pictures, thanks to the optical illusions of the 3D decors.

There is also an ice park with a few ice sculptures, but the entrance fee (45 AED) is in my opinion a bit expensive for what it is.

Dubai Garden Glow is open every day from 4pm to 11pm.

Dubai Garden Glow

The Dubai frame , one of Dubai’s newest tourist attractions, is already very popular!

You can go to the top of this huge 150 meters high photo frame and enjoy a panoramic view over the 2 parts of the city: Dubai Old Town on one side and Downtown Dubai (the Burj Khalifa) on the other.

To make things even more exciting, part of the floor is made of glass . You can see everything that’s happening under your feet!

Tickets for the Dubai Frame needs to be booked directly here :

Dubai Frame

The aquarium is located in Dubai Mall .

You can admire one side of the shark aquarium for free in the shopping mall and need to pay for the rest of the visit.

As the tickets are sold cheaper on the Internet than on site, you should buy your tickets in advance by clicking on the link below:

  • Tickets for Dubai aquarium and the underwater zoo

And if you also plan to visit the Burj Khalifa, you can save even more money by purchasing a combined ticket:

When entering the aquarium, you will first go through a tunnel filled with sharks and other fishes. Then, you will go to the underwater zoo located on the second floor to discover different species of fishes, seahorses and jellyfishes.

The highlight of the visit is the star of the zoo: King Croc, one of the largest living crocodiles in the world with 5 meters long for 750 kg.

Dubai Aquarium

Where can you go to the beach in Dubai?

If you want to spend some time at the beach or have a swim, you should go to the public beach called “The Beach ” (original, right? 🤪). Here you can rent deck chairs and umbrellas for the day and enjoy the sun and nautical activities .

Along the entire promenade called “ The Walk” , you can take a stroll along the sea or enjoy the many restaurants with terraces and chic boutiques.

To reach The Walk and The Beach , take the subway to DAMAC and then the tram to Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

If you like to go to the beach, either for sunbathing or swimming, you can also go to one of the following beaches of Dubai:

  • Sunset Beach and its breathtaking view of the Burj Al-Arab.
  • Kite Beach , very popular among kite surfers.
  • Black Palace Beach, located near the Al Sufouh Road and much less known.
  • Al Mamzar Beach, north of the city, bordered by a large park with a playground, picnic areas, swimming pools and a skate park.

Jumeirah Beach Residence The beach

Let’s now head to another beautiful place to visit in Dubai: Madinat Jumeirah souk .

This large shopping area is especially worth a look for its traditional architecture and oriental atmosphere.

With its canals and restaurants on the waterfront, the place is quiet and really beautiful. If you feel like it, you can even go on a boat tour on an abra.

From the outdoor areas of the souk, there are several beautiful viewpoints over the Burj Al Arab.

From Madinat Jumeirah souk, you can enjoy beautiful views over the Burj Al Arab.

In Madinat Jumeirah, there are also several luxury hotels: some parts of the souk are therefore only accessible to guests.

A great wait to discover the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, is to opt for a guided tour with pickup directly at your hotel!

It lasts 5 hours and also includes a visit to the old town of Dubai and an Abra boat tour.

Book your guided visit of the Old and New Dubai by clicking here.

Madinat Al Jumeirah

In addition to the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates is another shopping mall you should visit during your stay in Dubai.

This is actually where Ski Dubai , the famous indoor skiing area is located!

Yes, in Dubai, you can even enjoy a ski or snowboard ride when it’s 40 degrees outside.

You simply need to book your ticket for Ski Dubai by clicking here, all equipment and clothing is provided.

And if you don’t want to ski, you can simply enjoy shopping or try one of the dozens of restaurants.

If you are traveling to Dubai with your children , you should take them to “ Magic Planet “, an indoor amusement park with arcade games.

Mall of the Emirates

If you’re going to visit Dubai in winter, you will be able to discover the Global Village .

Located outside the city, the Global village features reconstructions of world-famous monuments (the Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum of Rome or the Taj Mahal) and dozens of pavilions, each dedicated to a different country : Thailand , China , Japan , United States , Egypt and a lot more!

In each pavilion you will find dozens of stands with local specialties: Food , clothes and objects.

The Global Village is pretty big, so plan at least 3 hours for your visit .

Practical information about the Global Village:

  • Open only from the beginning of November to the beginning of April – Daily from 16.00 to midnight
  • Entrance fee: 15 AED for a single ticket or 100 AED for the Wunderpass with 4 activities (fair, motorcycle show…)
  • On Mondays, it’s open for families with children and women only
  • There is a small fountain show every evening at 20h and 22h
  • To get there: Take the Metro to Mall of the Emirates station and then bus 106 (20 AED round trip, 1/2 hour bus ride).

You should visit the Global Village in the evening , it’s much more beautiful and impressive when the lights are on!

Be careful for the return trip, there is only one bus per hour.

Global Village Dubai

Let’s continue this list of the best things to do in Dubai with Etihad Museum, dedicated to the foundation of the United Arab Emirates .

Thanks to several films, testimonies and interactive terminals , you can discover the entire process that led to the creation of the Union Treaty and learn more about the 7 sheikhs founders of the nation.

If you’re interested in history, it’s a very good complement to the visit to Dubai Museum.

Plan about 1 hour for your visit. The entrance fee is 25 AED .

To get to the Etihad Museum, take the subway to World Trade Center station and then a taxi.

Etihad Museum Dubai

La Mer is another nice place to walk next to the sea in Dubai.

There, you can find many restaurants as well as a long promenade and several beaches . You can also rent deck chairs for 100 AED/person.

La Mer also features a water park: Laguna Waterpark, with several slides , a wave pool etc.. An excellent idea if you are visiting Dubai with your children!

Click here to get your tickets for the laguna Water Park (cheaper than on site).

La Mer Dubai

The Dubai Canal Walk is, as its name suggests, a very pleasant walk alongside the canal.

The walk starts near Business Bay subway station and allows you to follow the Dubai Canal for about 3 km. You can walk on both sides of the canal, crossing by one of the 3 very beautifully designed bridges along the way.

Although the place is still under construction, it already offers a wonderful panorama over skyscrapers and the Burj Khalifa tower .

Tip: you should do this walk at night! Undoubtedly one of the best free viewpoints on Dubai’s skyline .

On the canal, you can also enjoy a diner cruise and Abra tours .

The boats pass under an artificial waterfall , whose “curtain” opens automatically to let the boats pass!

Dubai water canal

The financial district and its skyscrapers are one of the iconic places of Dubai.

The DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center) not only houses offices, but also restaurants, luxury hotels (Fairmont, Radisson), art galleries and more.

Here are the best points of interest:

  • Jumeirah Emirates Tower, 2 skyscrapers over 300 meters high
  • Gate Building, a 60-meter arch housing the Dubai Stock Exchange
  • Gate Avenue, a new shopping center
  • World Trade Center, Dubai’s first skyscrapers
  • Galleries of the DIFC , with renowned art galleries.

Finanzbezirk Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque is one of Dubai’s main attractions for good reason: it’s the only mosque in the city that is open to non-Muslims .

Guided tours are organized daily (except Fridays) at 10.00 and 14.00 . You should be there half an hour before to make sure you get a seat. The tour lasts about 1h15.

You will of course need to be properly dressed: Arms and legs must be covered (that applies to everyone), and women should cover their hair as well.

You can visit the inside of the mosque and learn more about the rites and the 5 pillars of Islam . Photos are allowed.

Jumeirah Mosque Dubai

More than 150 million flowers are waiting for you at Dubai Miracle Garden !

You know it, in Dubai, when they do something, they are really pushing it it far. So you can imagine that the Miracle Garden is much more than just a garden.

During your visit, you will be able to admire impressive structures representing Disney characters and even a replica of an A380 completely covered with flowers .

The Miracle Garden is listed several times in the Guinness Book of Records, notably as the largest flower garden in the world.

The park is only open from November to May, every day from 9am until 9pm (10pm on weekends).

To get there: Take the subway to the Mall of Emirates + bus 105 (20 min. ride). The entrance ticket costs 55 AED and needs to be purchased online by clicking here!

If you prefer, you can opt for package “entrance ticket + pick up at your hotel” by clicking on the button below. This ticket also gives access to the Butterfly Garden , which includes a dozen domes with thousands of butterflies .

Combined Miracle Garden + Global Village tickets (section 16 of this article) are also available:

Miracle Garden Dubai

During your holidays in Dubai, you can also take a walk in Dubai Creek park , one of the largest parks of the city.

This huge park , located directly on the waterfront , is very popular among locals on weekends. They come here to picnic with their families, and children can play in the many playgrounds available .

The entrance fee to the park is 5 AED.

There are 2 more attractions in the park (not free):

  • The Children’s City: It includes a planetarium and several areas dedicated to the universe and the mysteries of the human body.
  • Dubai Dolphinarium , where you can swim with dolphins.

Dubai Creek Park

Can you imagine going to Dubai without doing a bit (or a lot!) of shopping during your stay?

Here are the best addresses in the city to go shopping :

  • Dubai Mall, Dubai’s largest and most popular shopping center
  • Mall of the Emirates and its hundreds of shops
  • The Walk promenade and The Beach at JBR
  • Souks of Deïra
  • Old Souk and Al-Seef market in Bur Dubai
  • City Walk, a pedestrian-only zone with chic and trendy shops
  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Outlet Village , where you can find the biggest Italian and American brands.

City Walk Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the second largest indoor amusement park in the world, just behind Warner Bros Park in Abu Dhabi .

In the park, you can for example ride a roller coaster , visit a haunted house or watch a 4D movie.

It’s divided into 5 zones:

  • Marvel and its attractions featuring Hulk, Thor and other heroes!
  • Lost Valley , dedicated to the world of dinosaurs
  • Cartoon network
  • IMG-Boulevard, with its restaurants and shops
  • Novo Cinemas, a cinema equipped with the latest technologies.

The park is open daily from 11 am . More information about the prices and schedules can be found on the official website.

The entrance to IMG Worlds of adventure is included in the Dubai Explorer Pass ( click here for more info )

IMG Worlds of Adventure Dubai

In Dubai, you can also visit an other amusement park: Dubai Parks and Resorts .

This leisure complex includes several theme parks and a hotel :

  • Motiongate Dubai and its movie-themed attractions: Hotel Transylvania, Underworld, Zombieland, Kung Fu Panda or even the Smurfs!
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai and its various environments inspired by Indian films.
  • Legoland Dubai , dedicated to Lego bricks! You can even see a miniature representation of Dubai made with Lego.
  • Legoland Waterpark, a water park with slides and wave pools.
  • Riverland Dubai, an area with shops and restaurants. Accessible free of charge even without an entrance ticket.
  • Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts : an hotel inspired by Polynesian themes. You can book your stay at Lapita by clicking here.

There are several options for 1 day, with tickets granting you access to 1 park, 2 parks or all of them.

If you plan to spend 1 day there, you should in my opinion choose the “2 parks” bundle ticket. It includes access to Motiongate (the main park) + 1 other park (choose between Bollywood and Legoland Dubai).

2 parks are easily doable in a day and it’s a great way to save money!

Book your Dubai Parks and Resorts Pass for 2 parks here:

And if you just want to go to 1 park, click on the link of your choice:

  • Ticket for Motiongate Dubai
  • Ticket for Bollywood parks
  • Admission ticket for Legoland

motiongate Dubai

You’re looking for even more activities in Dubai ?

Here they are!

Here are the best activities to enjoy in Dubai (click on the links for more information and to book):

  • The Green Planet, a biodome that recreates a tropical forest with its animals and plants.
  • Tandem parachuting over Palm Jumeirah – Amazing!
  • Helicopter flight above the main attractions of Dubai (Atlantis, the Burj Al Arab).
  • Seaplane , scenic flight over Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.
  • A Jet-ski tour , to discover the main sights of Dubai from the sea: the marina, JBR and Atlantis Hotel.
  • Dinner in the Sky , 50 meters above the ground
  • Flyboard, a new trendy activity
  • Introduction to scuba diving
  • Parasailing
  • Simulated freefall in a wind tunnel
  • Horse riding in Dubai National Park.

And for those who are not afraid of heights, I highly recommend you to try one of the new tourist attractions in Dubai: Ain Dubai . It’s nothing less than the biggest Ferris wheel in the world!

The cabins go up to 250 meters high , so you can enjoy a fantastic view over the whole city during 40 minutes.

Book your ticket for the Dubai Ferris wheel by clicking on the button below:

For one of your evenings in Dubai, you can also go to “La Perle by Dragone ” show!

This is the most popular show in the city: the staging, the performances of the artists, the light shows and special effects: everything is outstanding!

You should really book your tickets as early as possible as there are only 2 shows a day :

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The 3 best places to visit around Dubai

Now that you know everything about the best things to do in the city, it’s time to discover the 3 best places to visit around Dubai.

You can get there with organized day trips from Dubai or by public transport.

The most popular excursion around Dubai is an excursion into the desert .

Suggested day program:

  • Pick up at your hotel and drive to the desert
  • Jeep tour in the dunes
  • Sandboard rides
  • A camel ride
  • Lunch or dinner (barbecue) in a Bedouin camp, with shows and entertainment: henna skin tattoo, belly dance.

To be sure that you are booking with a serious and reliable agency , you should book your desert tour in advance by clicking on the button below.

It’s clearly the best excursion into the desert: It’s so great that they will give you a full refund if you don’t enjoy your time!

And if you prefer a bit more action, you can opt for one of the 2 following tours:

  • Excursion in the desert + Quad bike tour in the dunes
  • Excursion in the desert + Buggy tour in the dunes

Both of them are really awesome, so choose the one that you prefer!

The excursion into the desert is one of the attractions that are included in the Dubai Explorer Pass.

If you prefer to admire the desert from above, you can also opt for a hot air balloon tour .

This will give you the opportunity to fly over the desert for an hour and admire the sunrise over the dunes! A magical and unforgettable show , completed by a falconry demonstration .

After your flight, you will also enjoy a gourmet breakfast with smoked salmon, caviar and fresh fruit.

This hot air baloon flight needs to be booked here in advance:

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Abu Dhabi is the most famous city near Dubai.

You should really visit it during your trip, as it’s only 1h30 away from Dubai by car or by bus.

If you want to rent a car, you should check all car rental agencies rates on Rentalcars.com (click here). It’s the best way to get the best price!

Here are the best places to visit in Abu Dhabi :

  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: this masterpiece of architecture is the symbol of the city, you need to visit it!
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi, a modern museum with works from antiquity to the 21st century. The modern architecture of the building is also worth a look.
  • Fortress Qasr Al Hosn : now converted into a museum about the city’s history
  • Emirates Palace, the 7* hotel in Abu Dhabi. You can visit the inside free of charge.
  • La Corniche, a long seafront promenade with beaches.
  • Qasr Al Watan, also called the “Presidential Palace”: a magnificent palace both inside and outside, everything is covered with gilding and mosaics.
  • Yas Island , where the Warner Bros amusement park and Ferrari World are located.

In order to organize your stay in the capital of the UAE , you should read my detailed article: The 17 best things to do in Abu Dhabi

If you don’t have much time to visit Abu Dhabi, the best is clearly to opt for an organized day trip to Abu Dhabi from Dubai!

Depending on your interests, you can choose one of the following:

  • Great Mosque + La Corniche + Emirates Palace + Ethihad Towers + Marina Mall + Qasr Al Watan – My favorite to get a good overview of the city!
  • Visit the Great Mosque and the Louvre Museum from Dubai – This tour allows you to explore 2 of Abu Dhabi’s must-see attractions in one day.
  • Mosque visit only (1/2 day)
  • In the morning excursion to the mosque + in the afternoon excursion to Ferrari World or Warner Bros .

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Near Dubai, you can also visit the City of Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The journey by car or by bus takes about 2 hours .

In Al Ain, you can visit:

  • Palace of Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the UAE. Today it’s a museum.
  • Camel and dromedary market , held every day except Mondays.
  • The oasis, for a walk among the palm trees.
  • Al Ain National Museum, dedicated to local traditions.
  • Al Jahili Fort
  • Jebel Hafeet mountain , which offers a magnificent view over Al Ain.

To book your trip to Al Ain, simply click on the button below:

Al Jahili Al Ain

If you’re planning to visit Dubai with your family , here is the list of the best things to do with children:

  • Visit to the Burj Khalifa combined with a visit to the aquarium and underwater zoo Book your tickets here!
  • Kidzania (tickets for sale here!) in the Dubai Mall
  • The Aquaventure Waterpark of Atlantis Hotel
  • Dubai Garden Glow and its wonderful and colorful lit sculptures
  • Discover and enjoy the beaches of Dubai
  • Global Village, the perfect place for a great family evening!
  • Laguna Waterpark
  • Miracle Garden and its millions of flowers
  • Dubai Creekside Park, one of the few places where your children can enjoy a bit of nature!
  • IMG Worlds of Aventure
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • Green Planet

Visit Dubai with children: The Aquaventure Water Park

As you have certainly noticed when reading this travel guide, there are many places to visit in Dubai!

You should thus plan at least 3 days to discover the city.

In my opinion, a one-week stay is really ideal to have enough time to see everything, enjoy the activities and even explore the surroundings.

In order to help you plan your stay, I will now give you optimized itineraries to visit Dubai in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days or a week.

Don’t forget that you can save money with the Dubai Explorer Pass!

It includes access to 3, 4, 5 or 7 tourist attractions.

To get more information about the activities included, click here:

If you only have one day to visit Dubai, then you should focus on the 2 main parts of the city :

  • Visit Deira and the souks
  • Cross the bay of Dubai on an Abra (traditional boat)
  • Walk in Bur Dubai district
  • Shopping at Dubai Mall
  • Fountain show
  • Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa

To get an overview of the city in 1 day , you can also take the Hop on Hop off bus. The tickets need to be booked here!

Another option can be to hire a driver for the day: he will take care of driving you everywhere.

It’s a great alternative if you don’t want to waste time on public transport!

You can book your private tour of Dubai by clicking here.

If you only plan a 1 day stopover in Dubai , then you should book the following guided tour . It’s specially designed to allow you to explore the city in a few hours .

You will be picked up and dropped off directly at the airport!

Simply click here to book your private tour of Dubai with pick up and drop off at the airport.

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If you plan to spend a 2 days in Dubai , you should follow this itinerary:

  • Visit Deïra and the souks
  • Cross the bay of Dubai on an Abra
  • Stroll through Bur Dubai district
  • Visit the Dubai Museum, dedicated to the history of the city
  • Go to the top of the Dubai Frame : it offers a magnificent view over the whole city!
  • Visit Dubai Garden Glow , an enchanting garden with many illuminated sculptures.
  • Visit Etihad Museum to learn everything about the history of the UAE
  • Pass by Jumeirah Mosque
  • Discover La Mer: take a dip, have lunch on a terrace, enjoy the good weather and the warmth of Dubai!
  • In the afternoon, head to the Dubai Mall , the best shopping place in Dubai!
  • Visit the Aquarium and the underwater zoo
  • Attend the fountain show
  • Go to the top of Burj Khalifa and enjoy the magnificent panorama from the viewing platforms at night!

For more info about this itinerary, you should read my detailed guide: 2 days in Dubai

You plan to stay 3 days in Dubai?

For the 2 first days, you can follow the program I mentioned above . And for your third day in the city, you will have 2 options :

1) Spend 1 day in Palm Jumeirah to discover the Atlantis Hotel, the Lost Chambers aquarium and the Aquaventure Park (book here) . Don’t forget to go to The Pointe in the afternoon to admire the view!

In the evening, you should see La Perle , the most famous show in Dubai.

2) Explore Dubai Marina district

  • Start the day with a walk along The Walk . You can also go for a swim or relax by the sea.
  • Go to the Marina and head to Dubai Marina Mall
  • In search of thrills? Then you should really try the amazing Dubai Zip Line , starting from the roof of a skyscraper!
  • And if you prefer a more relaxing activity, you should instead opt for a cruise through the marina .
  • Go to the Mall of the Emirates
  • Visit the Global Village and its pavilions from all over the world
  • Attend the spectacular La Perle show .

To organize your 3-day trip to Dubai, you should read my detailed article: 3 Days in Dubai.

Souk Dubai

For a 4-day stay in Dubai , you can do the 3 days itinerary I mentioned above and add an excursion into the desert for your 4th day!

4WD vehicle tour in the dunes, sandboard , camel ride , dinner in a Bedouin camp and animations: you will have a wonderful day!

You’re planning to spend 4 days in Dubai? You should thus read my detailed itinerary: How to visit Dubai in 4 days.

If you are lucky enough to travel to Dubai for 5 days , you can add for your 5th day:

1) Spend the day at an amusement park: IMG Worlds of Adventure or Dubai Parks and Resorts .

2) Visit Dubai’s points of interests you haven’t seen yet:

  • Stroll through the blooming avenues of Dubai Miracle Garden
  • Do some shopping or, why not, ski in the Mall of the Emirates .
  • Go to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Admire the view over the Burj Al Arab
  • Spend the rest of the day at one of the nearby beaches.

You can have a look at my detailed 5-day itinerary by clicking here : 5 days in Dubai .

If you also want to explore the interior of Burj Al Arab , don’t forget to book your lunch , snack or dinner . It’s the only way to get inside in if you’re not staying overnight.

Madinat Al Jumeirah Dubai

You’re gonna spend one week in Dubai?

Then you can add the following:

  • 1 day in Abu Dhabi
  • 1 day in Al Ain

And if you don’t want to leave Dubai , you can enjoy the city a bit more and do amazing activities:

  • Do the Canal Walk or opt for a dinner cruise on the canal
  • Discover the skyscrapers of the financial district
  • Relax in Creekside Park
  • You want to see the city from above? Then opt for a helicopter flight or Seaplane Tour !
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise in Deira on a tradional boat.

The best way to easily plan your 7-day stay in Dubai is to read my detailed article: How to spend one week in Dubai.

There are hundreds of hotels in Dubai, and choosing the best for your stay can be a bit complicated.

In order to help you out, I have selected for you the best hotels in Dubai for each district, depending on your budget. I have also made a special list of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Dubai.

As always, to get the best prices, you should book your hotel as early as possible!

The best hotels in Downtown Dubai (near the Burj Khalifa)

  • DoubleTree of Hilton Dubai – Business Bay: Located 1.5 km from Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. Very spacious and comfortable room, well decorated and equipped from 110€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: free shuttle to the Dubai Mall, good breakfast, comfort, tranquility. This my favorite hotel in Dubai for its exceptional value for money!
  • Rove Downtown: Only 600 meters from the Dubai Mall. Bright and clean double room with view on Burj Khalifa, from 150€, breakfast for 15€. Strong points: Access to the Dubai Mall on foot, helpful staff, free shuttle service to the beach, Dubai Museum or Madinat Souk.
  • Taj Dubai: Located 800 meters from Burj Khalifa. Modern and luxurious room with bay window overlooking the city and marble bathroom starting at 220€ per night, breakfast at 32€. Strong points: The magnificent view from the roof, the Indian decoration, the large swimming pool. An excellent hotel in Dubai city center, perfect for a romantic stay!
  • Palace Downtown: Located on the lake at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, this 5-star hotel offers magnificent rooms with balcony, with an exceptional view of the Burj Khalifa. From 380€ per night, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: the exceptional location, the beautiful surroundings, the very attentive and helpful staff. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Downtown Dubai!

Palace Downtown - luxury hotel at the foot of the Burj Khalifa

The best hotels in old Dubai (Deira and Bur Dubai)

  • Golden Sands Hotel Apartments : Located in Bur Dubai, 1.5 km from the Dubai Museum. Apartment equipped with kitchenette and washing machine, from 80€ per night, breakfast from 11€. Strong points: Cleanliness, the heated swimming pool, the comfortable apartments
  • Swissôtel Al Ghurair Dubai: Located in Deira district. Warm and spacious room from 115€, breakfast at 27€. Strong points: the pleasant staff, the view, the good breakfast. It’s my favourite in Old Dubai for its excellent value for money!
  • Hyatt Regency Creek Heights Residences: Located next to Creekside Park. Very spacious, super comfortable and very well equipped rooms starting at 130€ per night, breakfast at 33€. Strong points: 5 minutes walk from the metro, the warm welcome, the quiet location, the spa.
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek : 5* hotel located in Deira bay. Double room with balcony overlooking the bay from 150€, breakfast at 29€. Strong points: The proximity of the metro and the shops, the beautiful swimming pool, the comfortable bed and the amazing view. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Old Dubai!

Dubai’s best beach hotels

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai: Located 300 meters from the beach. Rooms and apartments with sea view from 125€, breakfast at 27€. Strong points: The view, the comfortable beds, the location near the beach and the harbor.
  • Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach – Dubai: Located along “The Walk”. Rooms with balcony overlooking the Gulf and Palm Jumeirah from 175€, breakfast at 24€. Strong points: the exceptional view, the proximity of the tram and metro, restaurants and shops at the foot of the hotel.
  • Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach: Located 150 meters from the beach. Contemporary room with balcony and sea view from 230€, breakfast at 22€. Strong points: the infinity pool, the very good breakfast, the spa, the ideal location to enjoy the sea.
  • Grosvenor House Hotel and Apartments: Located on the port promenade. Elegant and bright double room from 290€, breakfast at 42€. Strong points: Comfort, access to the private beach, the quality of the food.

The most beautiful luxury hotels in Dubai

  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai : One of the emblematic hotels of the city, located in Palm Jumeirah. Room from 300€, breakfast from 42€. Strong points: Includes access to Aquaventure Park and The Lost Chambers aquarium, private beach, swimming pools.
  • Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites – Ultra All Inclusive: Also located in Palm Jumeirah, this luxury hotel offers all inclusive rooms (all meals included) from 452€. Strong points: the quality of the meals, the setting, the amazing rooms.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai: Located directly on the beach of JBR Walk. Elegantly furnished rooms with balcony and sea view from 500€ per night, breakfast at 39€. Strong points: 6 swimming pools, a private beach, the spa, the very helpful staff.
  • Armani Hotel Dubai: Located in the Burj Khalifa Tower! Rooms decorated by the fashion designer Giorgio Armani, starting at 550€ per night, breakfast at 41€. Strong points: the privilege of sleeping in the Burj Khalifa, the refinement of the place, the view.
  • Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah: Located in Palm Jumeirah. Luxury suite with living room and dining room starting at 750€, breakfast included. Strong points: The private beach, the huge swimming pool and the beautiful gardens.
  • Burj Al Arab Jumeirah: THE luxury hotel, one of the rare 7* hotels in the world! The “smallest” suite is 170m² and prices start at 1290€, breakfast at 74€. I can assure you that your stay in Dubai will be truly exceptional and unforgettable!

You didn’t find your dream hotel in this selection?

You should thus have a look at my article about the best hotels in Dubai by clicking on the following link: Where to stay in Dubai?

In every shopping mall or touristic place in Dubai, you will find dozens of restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world .

The hardest thing will be to choose one!

If you feel like dining on a terrace with a beautiful view , you should go to Madinat Al Jumeirah souk and eat in one of the restaurants along the canals.

La Mer or The Walk and The Beach are also great locations to enjoy a meal close to the sea.

As restaurants are quite expensive in Dubai, if you want to spend less money, you can also eat in the food courts of the shopping malls.

You will find the classic Mc Donald’s, KFC, Burger King etc.. as well as small fast foods offering Chinese or Indian cuisine for example.

The old districts of Dubai (Deira/ Bur Dubai) are also an excellent choice to enjoy “real” traditional cuisine at low prices!

As always, you should book your plane tickets as early as possible to get the best prices.

To check the rates and schedules for flights to Dubai, you can use our flight comparator, in partnership with Skyscanner:

To help you get a better idea of the city, I have created a tourist map of Dubai that lists all the tourist attractions I mention in this guide. You can view the legend of the map by clicking on the upper left button with a small arrow.

And you, what do you plan to do in Dubai?

Discover all my articles about Dubai : All my articles to help you plan your trip to Dubai are listed there.

  • Dubai: The 30 best places to visit – All best things to do and activities!
  • 2 days in Dubai – The perfect itinerary for 48h!
  • 3 Days in Dubai – The best 72h itinerary
  • 4 Days in Dubai – The defitinive guide to plan your trip
  • 5 Days in Dubai – How to spend 5 days in Dubai
  • 1 Week in Dubai – The best itinerary to visit Dubai in 7 days!
  • Burj Khalifa: The definitive guide to all tickets + Tips
  • Dubai Aquarium: discover one of Dubai’s must see attraction
  • Dubai Mall: How to plan your visit of this huge shopping center!
  • Dubai Old Town: 10 best things to do
  • Dubai Fountain Show: all my tips to enjoy it to the fullest!
  • Palm Jumeirah: the 15 best things to do!
  • TOP Activities in Dubai – The 30 best activities and excursions to do in Dubai!
  • Dubai Zipline – Price, info and reservations for the best experience in town!
  • The best desert safaris in Dubai – my 7 favorites! (4WD, quad, buggy and more)
  • Where to stay in Dubai? The guide to the best hotels by district, for all budgets
  • Dubai Pass: The best way to save time and money in Dubai!

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Discussion 3 comments.

Manith

Thank you so much for making this list. It was very helpful!

Vincent

Thanks Manith!

I’m glad that my article about the best things to do in Dubaï helps you to plan your trip.

Enjoy your stay in Dubaï.

john fernandis

Dubai is spectacular! I made a solo trip to this city and had a great time. Though I haven’t visited all the places or did all the things, the three days and four nights I spent there were fabulous.

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When people think of Dubai massive skyscrapers, shopping malls, and beaches may come to mind. Nevertheless, there is more to Dubai than what meets the eye in pictures. Dubai is chock-full of grand architecture, interesting theme parks, and fanciful experiences to uncover. It has a striking nightlife and restaurant scene that attracts the masses. Use this guide to learn about some of the most interesting things to do in the sparkling City of Gold. 

Go Atop the Burj Khalifa

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One of the main attractions for any tourist visiting Dubai is the Burj Khalifa , the tallest building globally. It amasses 160 floors and is 828 meters tall. While many visitors like to marvel at the dazzling skyscraper from below, you will be blown away to take the elevator to the 148th floor to view the stunning sights of the city. Also located on the 148th floor is the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere. Book ahead to The Lounge Burj Khalifa on the 152nd floor to reserve a spot at afternoon tea between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Visit Burj Al Arab

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The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is one of the most famous buildings in the world also. The hotel, located in Jumeirah, is one of a kind in its design, playing host to one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. If offers delicious dining at Scape Restaurant and Lounge, as well as masterful cocktails at both the Skyview Bar and Gold on 27. Gold on 27 is the center of opulence, with the interior design being flanked in gold and serving high-end innovative cocktails in the evenings.  

Play at Theme Parks

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Located right off of popular Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road is the 1.5 million square foot IMG Worlds of Adventure , the biggest indoor theme park globally. It features high-speed rollercoasters like Velociraptor in the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure Zone, and 69 animatronic dinosaurs. The city is also home to the Dubai Parks and Resorts , which spans a huge 25 million square feet in mass. It is home to Motiongate Dubai, which includes 27 rides and attractions themed on famed Bollywood. Additionally, it includes the Riverland waterside district and Legoland .

Hang Out at Kite Beach

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Visitors can enjoy either laying on the beach lounging or fun-filled activities like beach volleyball, watersports, or even the action-packed inflatable assault course at sea on Kite Beach . It is home to a host of restaurants such as Chez Sushi, JJ Chicken, and even Lebanese cuisine at Kaakunada. Shopping fans can also enjoy taking a peek at local shops such as Anitas Swimwear , which has one of the biggest swimwear selections in Dubai, and Boutique Nomads.

Make a Splash at Wild Wadi

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Who wouldn’t enjoy cooling off at a water park in the desert? Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions, such as the Jumeirah Sceirah tower, which has two 104-foot-tall slides that you can slide down at a speed of 50 miles per hour. It’s a great family-friendly adventure to enjoy for those who like action-packed rides or the slower-paced activities like the 360-meter long lazy river that flows through the park. 

Shop 'til You Drop at The Dubai Mall

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A trip to Dubai is incomplete without visiting the biggest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall . It is home to the Dubai Ice Rink and The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which includes more than 300 sharks and other fish species, which can be seen for free from outside of the tank while passing by doing a shopping spree. There are also countless dining options like the Cheesecake Factory and a massive food court on the mall's bottom level. 

Zip Through the Sky on XLine

Explore Dubai from above on the XLine zip line. Those who seek adventure will have a blast zipping at speeds up to 50 miles per hour at an incline of 16 degrees! This ride is not for the faint at heart but an amazing experience for the adrenaline junkies who wish to see amazing views of the Dubai Marina and more. 

Experience Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Feel like you’re stepping back in time while walking through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. It’s similar to a shopping experience in ancient Arabian days in extravagant Dubai. It is full of world-class restaurants, and traditional market-designed corridors full of tourist shops, antiques, and fabulous jewels to find like you’re on an expedition. It is also home to three luxurious hotels and bars to enjoy happy hour, including the Madinat Jumeirah collection of hotels. 

Marvel at the Dubai Fountain

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People travel from around the globe to gaze at the 900-foot-long Dubai Fountain , which shoots water into the air in harmony to various classical and pop songs. The fountain shows occur every 30 minutes in the afternoons and evenings. It’s a fantastic demonstration that locals and tourists alike come to enjoy year-round. It is located across from Souk Al Bahar and behind the Dubai Mall. 

Explore Global Village

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Dubai's Global Village is the perfect spot to visit for the explorers at heart, as it features themed shows, stalls for selling goods, and delicious food from more than 70 countries. It’s a spectacular global themed park that includes fun-filled attractions, presentations, and performances such as kids theater shows every weekend. 

Get Lost in Atlantis The Palm

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Located on the Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Palm is home to a host of fine dining restaurants such as Nobu , Hakkasan , and world-famous brunches such as Saturday brunch at White Beach. It also features Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, where families and friends can slide down the Leap of Faith glass tunnel slide passing sharks or even swim with dolphins and feed stingrays. The decked-out Lost Chambers are also on-site, which is a massive aquarium that even has an area for those interested in doing yoga.

See the Dubai Frame

Another way to experience Dubai from above is by visiting the Dubai Frame . It encompasses two 492-foot-tall towers connected by a 305-foot-long glass bridge at the top. While atop of the Dubai Frame, visitors can get a glimpse of both old and new Dubai from an amazing vantage point. 

Discover Dubai Souks

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Outside of enjoying massive malls, Dubai souks are a perfect way to enjoy a bit of retail therapy in the city. Head down to the Dubai Creek in Deira to have a traditional shopping experience at one of the many souks lining both sides of the creek. Considering that you will be in the City of Gold, it’s only right to visit the Gold Souk , which offers hundreds of stalls featuring precious jewels, gold, diamonds, and more, or get lost in the textile souk which features a massive selection of colorful fabrics. 

Take a Walk Through La Mer

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The newly-opened La Mer is the perfect spot to enjoy a lazy beach day getaway or seaside surfing for the more adventurous wanderer. Located in Jumeirah, it offers more than 130 restaurants, shops, decadent cafes, a cinema, and even the Laguna Waterpark , which features a bar for those looking to enjoy a cool cocktail while enjoying the park. 

Take a Leap at Skydive Dubai

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A one of a kind experience to have in the city, Skydive Dubai is a great option for the thrill-seeking visitor. View the entire Palm Island from above while leaping out of a plane at speeds of 120 miles per hour. Now that will get your blood flowing! The experience is led by Tandem skydives, having an experienced instructor jump with you but of course, safety first. 

Taste Decadent Foods at a Dubai Brunch

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There is an array of fine-dining restaurants across the city of Dubai to experience a luxurious brunch experience. Dubai is home of the Friday brunch with spreads of international dishes to delight upon. From beef wellington at the world-famous Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen , to a spread of dim sum and pho at Sui Mui located in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina , the choices are endless of cuisines to devour. The desert oasis Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is also a fabulous choice for a family-friendly weekend brunch. 

Smell the Flowers at Dubai Miracle Garden

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The floral scent of millions of flowers is an experience to behold at the Dubai Miracle Garden . It is home to over 120 assortments of sunflowers, marigolds, and petunias. There are literally over 50 million blossom arrangements on display in this immaculate garden. It holds the Guinness World Record for the largest structure made out of flowers. A real life-sized Boeing A380 is decked out in 500,000 flowers. Other floral arrangements include a mini Burj Khalifa made of flowers, a floral operating clock, and the stunning Heart Passage. Miracle Garden is also home to the Dubai Butterfly Garden, housing 15,000 butterflies from over 26 species. 

Walk Through the Alleys of Al Fahidi Historical District

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Formerly known as Bastakia, Al Fahidi Historical District is an ancient quarter in Bur Dubai that makes you feel like you stepped back in time. It features a host of traditional houses, wind towers, museums, and galleries. There were plans of demolishing the historic neighborhood in the past, but in 2005, Dubai Municipality restored the area and declared it an iconic heritage site. In addition to guest houses and cafes, the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is also located in the historic district. 

Have an Adventurous Ride on a Desert Safari

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Venture to the outskirts of the city for an adventure like no other on a desert safari. Marvel at tall red dunes in the Lahbab desert and enjoy dune bashing in a 4X4 SUV, the only way to explore the desert. This amazing experience can also be had in the Magrham desert as well. Desert safari rides usually last around an hour, and the best time to go is shortly before sunset so you can witness breathtaking sunset views, which are fantastic for photoshoots. Make sure to stop at a Bedouin camp along the way or camp overnight under the stars. Tour agencies such as Rayna Tours offer exciting desert safari excursions. 

Learn about Emirati Culture in Al Seef

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Al Seef convenes on the Bur Dubai side of the Dubai Creek neighborhood. The area is immersed in Emirati history, displaying the culture alongside the streets, but it also has a fusion of the contemporary side of Dubai. Tourists can enjoy shopping in the traditional souk located in the area and dining at one of an array of restaurants offering Arabic, Indian, and even American food. Take a trip aboard a yacht which sites in old Dubai, again a mix of old and new. The area also has several hotel options like Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton , and Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef . 

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27 BEST Places to Visit in Dubai (2024)

Famous for glamorous shopping, towering buildings, modernity, and sheer excess, Dubai United Arab Emirates is one of the hottest spots in the Middle East right now. Surrounded by sandy desert with a long stretch of Persian coastline, there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and adventure too. From sunbathing and swimming to diving and dune bugging, you’ll never have a dull moment in Dubai!

However, Dubai’s reputation for exclusivity can put many people off visiting.

There’s no need to swerve Dubai completely though; not only are there some excellent activities that won’t break the bank you can also hit many of the highlights in just a couple of days, meaning that your overall stay doesn’t need to be for too long. Our expert team of travel writers have compiled this list of the best places to visit in Dubai so you can make the most of your trip without blowing your budget.

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Jumeirah Neighborhood, Dubai

Jumeirah Beach

Why it’s awesome: Fine white sands meet the sparkling blue waters of the Persian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. There is no charge to enjoy the public beach and you’ll find various vendors and facilities close to hand. Located on Dubai Marina, you'll find luxury like no other in this neighborhood.

  • Take a stroll along La Mer, a world-class beachfront
  • Visit the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE
  • Dine on delicious food at Turkish Village Restaurant & Café
  • Shop until you drop for luxury fashion at Dubai Marina Mall

If Jumeirah Beach isn’t quite your cup of tea, check out where to stay in Dubai before you scroll on down into the main Dubai attractions.

There are LOADS of areas just waiting to be explored, some of which have accommodation options too. If in doubt, I recommend staying on Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the longest road in Dubai and connects you to all the main tourist attractions.

Now, buckle your seatbelts, it’s time to look at the best places to visit in Dubai. This is gonna be fun!

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#1 – Burj Khalifa – Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

  • Tallest building in the world
  • Incredible views
  • Splendid modern architecture
  • Iconic Dubai landmark

Why it’s awesome: The Burj Khalifa , open since 2010 and built in just five years, is the tallest building in the world. Standing at 828 metres (2,717 feet) tall, it’s certainly an imposing sight! The building is that tall that people on the highest floors can still see the sun several minutes after it has set for those at ground level!

Sleek metal and gleaming glass rise high into the sky, with fountains and a pretty tree- and bench-filled park at the bottom. It has several observation decks from where you can enjoy terrific views over Dubai, and there are places inside to eat, drink, and sleep.

Also across from the Burj Khalifa, you will find Dubai’s hottest attraction, Sky Views Dubai . This adrenaline-packed activity that opened in November 2021 at the Sky Views Hotel allows visitors to slide down a complete glass slide from the 53rd floor to the 52nd floor. If you’re not afraid of heights, this attraction is for you.

What to do there: Stroll through the park at the bottom of the tower and perch on a bench to enjoy the vibe and views. Snap plenty of pictures of the towering beauty before riding the high-speed elevators up to the viewing points. (It is advised to book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.) On Level 124 you can enjoy stunning views of the world at your feet, seeing even further afield thanks to the super-strength telescopes. One of the best places in Dubai.

Level 125 has a beautiful Arabian-style lounge with panoramic views. Dare to step out onto the interactive glass floor—it seems to splinter right beneath your feet, all while standing 456 metres (1,496 feet) above the ground.

You can also take a virtual tour to the very pinnacle of the tower and enjoy a virtual flight over the city. To really feel fancy, book one of the drinks packages, such as afternoon tea, a champagne sundowner, or nighttime cocktails.

#2 – Wild Wadi Waterpark – Easily one of the most fun places to check out in Dubai

Wild Wadi Waterpark

  • Cool down in the sun
  • Enjoy various water rides
  • Ideal for a fun family day out
  • Watch the large waterfall cascading at regular intervals

Why it’s awesome: Wild Wadi Waterpark is one of the best places in Dubai to beat the heat and cool down while having heaps of fun. The large outdoor water park has some 30 rides and attractions for people of all ages and it is themed around the story of Juha, an Arabian folklore figure.

There are several pools and places where you can take it easy and bask in the sunshine, and you’ll also find great spots to grab refreshments and meals. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten any of the essentials as there’s also a shop on site that sells bathing suits, goggles, towels, and anything else that you’d need for a great day. You can also buy a range of merchandise.

What to do there: Take a refreshing dip in one of the pools and relax around the park. Why not spoil yourself and rent a private cabana for your day at the water park?

Lazily drift along Juha’s Journey, a mellow and laid-back lazy river, grab a ring to hurtle down the ring slides, bob in the turbulent waves of Flood River, and try to keep your head above water in Breaker’s Bay, the biggest wave pool in the Middle East. This place is a great spot to spend some time on the weekend in Dubai , just make sure you bring your sunscreen!

Get your body-boarding and surfing game on at the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, one of just four such water attractions in the world. Feel an adrenaline surge at Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, and climb the 32-metre (105-foot) tower of Jumeirah Sceirah to hurtle down the long and exhilarating slide at a breath-taking 80 km/h (50mph).

Watch as your kids have heaps of fun and giggles at Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, with tamer slides, water cannons, fountains, shallow pools, and more, all with a cool theme. Pick up souvenirs, enjoy a tasty meal, and have a great day to remember.

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#3 – The Dubai Mall – A great place in Dubai if you love to shop!

The Dubai Mall

  • One of the world’s biggest shopping malls
  • Home to more than 1,000 shops
  • Air of luxury, exclusivity, and glamour
  • Various leisure and entertainment options

Why it’s awesome: The best place in Dubai to spend money, the elegant and huge Dubai Mall is perhaps the most famous shopping centre in the UAE, if not the Middle East. With more than 1,000 shops and a variety of entertainment and dining options, you should plan to spend a good few hours there.

Open since 2008, it is now one of the most-visited places across the entire world! You’ll find men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions, fragrances and cosmetics, toys, electronics and gadgets, homewares, and more. Oh, its also amongst the best places to go in Dubai for some free AC and the top place to visit in Dubai for free toilets.

If you’re visiting in December and January, you’ll be visiting around the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is where you can witness live music displays, light installations, daily fireworks d even a DSF Drone Light Show – that’s how it’s done in Dubai!

What to do there: Escape the heat and step into air-conditioned comfort to enjoy some high-class window shopping and retail therapy. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything it’s still well worth visiting the Dubai Mall to admire the sumptuous surroundings and fancy shop displays. Stores include Chanel, Chloe, La Perla, Aldo, Apple, Tiffany and Co, Clinique, Prada, Mac, Dior, Bose, Lego, Fendi, Gap, DKNY, Puma, Gap, Rolex, and many, many more.

Visiting with kids? No worries! Take them to Kidzania where they can have fun with other youngsters in various cool roleplay settings in a mini world designed just for children.

Catch a film at the 22-screen cinema, grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants, cafes, and concession stands, go ice skating, see the replica of the Dubai Creek Tower in the Atrium, explore the underwater world at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo , and feel a shiver down your spine in the haunted house of Hysteria. There really is so much to enjoy at the Dubai Mall in addition to shopping.

#4 – Ski Dubai – One of the more unique places to visit in Dubai!

Ski Dubai, Dubai

  • The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East
  • Home to cute colonies of penguins
  • Lessons available for all levels of skiers
  • Experience winter in the desert

Why it’s awesome: What could be more unusual than skiing and enjoying diverse snow sports while surrounded by desert?! That’s exactly what Ski Dubai offers—heaps of wintery fun! The large facility can be found in the Mall of the Emirates and was the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort.

A top way to get some respite from the heat, temperatures are kept at around -1 to 2 degrees Celsius (30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit) at all times. It offers tons of fun for people of ages, so whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or your love interest you’ll have a great time there. You can book your full-day-ski-pass here.

What to do there: Don your warm clothes and practice your skiing techniques on the five slopes. If snowboarding is more your thing don’t worry—you can do that too. Have a go at bobsledding, tobogganing, snow tubing, and zorbing, tackle the climbing wall. And ride in a snow plough.

Have a blast in the snow, building snowmen, making snow angels, or simply enjoying a good old snowball fight. Don’t miss seeing the penguins too. The facility is home to both king penguins and Gentoo penguins. There’s a cool penguin parade each day, which is sure to enchant visitors old and young alike. Of all the Dubai place to see, this is the only one I can think of that involves snow.

#5 – The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai’s first national park!

The Arabian Desert

  • riding on the back of a camel
  • sand surfing on the dunes
  • BBQ to finish the day

Why it’s awesome: Its camels, romance and surfing down the sand – it just doesn’t get any more awesome than exploring the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve, Dubai’s first national park! This tour will take you roughly 60 km from the city centre, right into the red dunes. This is THE place to go in Dubai to get away from Dubai…

What to do there: With this EPIC 4×4 desert tour , you’ll be exploring the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on the back of a camel, have a breathtaking view over the red sand and test your surfing skills down the dunes. The tour ends with a BBQ and, of course, traditional shisha for everyone. The desert is amongst the best places in Dubai to visit – do not miss this if you have the time.

#6 – Dubai Fountain – One of the most incredible free places to go to in Dubai

Dubai Fountain

  • Stunning show that combines water, music, and lights
  • Free to watch
  • Biggest choreographed fountain in the world
  • Boat rides available

Why it’s awesome: Located outside of the famous Dubai Mall on the large Burj Khalifa Lake, the marvellous Dubai Fountain is the world’s biggest choreographed fountain. Created by the same company that designed the famous fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, shows take place at the Dubai Fountain at various times throughout the day.

There are many spots where you can watch the spectacular sound, light, and fountain show for absolutely free. This is a very popular place to go in Dubai so try to get here early though to secure a great spot.

What to do there: Be in awe of the stunning fountain show, set to traditional Arabian music, classical sounds, and contemporary tunes. Marvel at the exquisitely designed show, which incorporates perfectly synchronised jets of water, colourful lights, and music. Gasp as jets of water shoot up to 152 metres (500 feet) into the air and be blown away by the overall beauty and grace of the stunning fountain show.

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#7 – Jumeirah Beach – A perfect place to visit in Dubai if you are on a budget!

Jumeirah Beach

  • Gorgeous white sand beach
  • Stunning views
  • Varied water activities
  • Free to enjoy

Why it’s awesome: Fine white sands meet the sparkling blue waters of the Persian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. There is no charge to enjoy the public beach and you’ll find various vendors and facilities close to hand, so it’s perfect if you’re visiting Dubai on budget .

Water sports are available at the beach, along with a variety of fun beach sports and activities, or you can simply relax and soak up the sun or bury your nose in a good book. The popular beach also offers great views of the ocean and city skyscrapers.

What to do there: Stroll along the white sandy shore and admire the ocean vistas and views of the city’s skyscrapers, including the iconic Burj al Arab. Spread your towel on the sands to soak up some sun or pay a small amount to rent a lounger and parasol. Paddle and swim in the sea (though do be sure to be cautious of undercurrents and rip tides and make sure that children, especially, do not go far from your reach).

Get some morning or evening exercise by walking, jogging, cycling, or skating along the long beach boulevard, pick up some refreshments from one of the beach vendors, and enjoy a day at the seaside in Dubai.

#8 – Dubai Miracle Garden – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Dubai

Miracle Garden

  • Romantic and scenic destination
  • One of the biggest natural flower gardens across the globe
  • Eco-friendly initiatives
  • Certain elements in the Guinness Book of World Records
  • One of the top places to visit in Dubai

Why it’s awesome: The stunning Dubai Miracle Garden is an award-winning attraction. Among the biggest flower gardens in the world, it contains many large and beautiful floral displays that are photogenic and impressive. The garden boasts around 50 million flowers in a wide array of hues and 250 million plants.

Opened on Valentine’s Day, it is a great destination for lovers with much natural beauty to admire. Some of the garden’s features appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. The garden featured in a Bollywood movie, with the director eager to show a different side to Dubai than simply towering buildings and high-tech elements.

What to do there: Wander through the pretty gardens, admiring the rich array of flora and inhaling the enticing scents. The aromatic garden is especially alluring. See the gigantic floral clock, observe the peacocks that roam the grounds, marvel at the huge Mickey Mouse topiary, and be awed by the gigantic Airbus A360 floral display (entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest flower-created structure in the world).

Visit the world’s biggest indoor Butterfly Garden, home to around 15,000 attractive butterflies. Other great features include a castle made from millions of flowers, a passageway of umbrellas, a kids’ trampoline park, a walkway of hearts, a hill of flowers, a towering floral teddy bear, a shimmering lake, and a giant tortoise.

You’ll find various places to eat and drink throughout the gardens too, and there are plentiful opportunities to relax and simply enjoy being outdoors and away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

#9 – Dubai Museum – A fascinating educational place to visit in Dubai

Dubai Museum

  • Housed in Dubai’s oldest existing building
  • Wide assortment of artefacts from the Gulf states and beyond
  • Interesting dioramas at the Dubai Museum
  • Travel back through the ages

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Museum is located within the 1787 Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest remaining building in Dubai present on every backpacking Dubai travel guide (as it should be!). The mighty building exudes a sense of strength and history, having been used as a weapons storage facility, a defensive fortress, a prison, and a royal home in times gone by.

Providing insights into the Dubai of old, from a time before oil made the country rich and the modern buildings sprang up in the desert terrain, there are heaps of fascinating displays and exhibits. Open since the early 1970s, the museum seeks to preserve the traditional way of life and culture of Dubai. The museum is one of the best places to see in Dubai for those who want some historical context.

What to do there: Enter the mighty coral-built fortress through the cannon-flanked main entrance to appreciate the structure’s grandeur and strength. Gaze up at the old tower, which dates back to the 1780s, see the reconstructed city walls, and admire the traditional boat (known as a dhow) in the main courtyard.

Make your way around the diverse galleries and halls, seeing exhibitions of musical instruments, weapons, furniture, drawings, pottery, tombstones, and more.

Look into the various replica buildings, including mosques, souks complete with an ironmonger, tailor, carpenter, and other tradesmen, homes, a Bedouin tent, and farms, see how Dubai has changed over the years at the large dioramas, and learn more about the area’s traditional pearl-diving activities. There’s also an onsite gift shop.

#10 – Hatta – A very cool place in Dubai to go for a day

Hatta, Dubai

  • Mountain landscapes
  • Adventure activities
  • One of the oldest preserved heritage areas in the country
  • An hour away from the heart of Dubai

Why it’s awesome: Hatta is a gorgeous location in the Hajar Mountains. Scenic views and a sense of history make for a fantastic day out away from the skyscrapers and modern way of life. The mountain enclave has a cultural town with desert farms and a fortress and Hatta Heritage Village is a great place to see a way of life long since passed.

There are incredible viewpoints and the deep blues of the sparkling lake contrast with the reddish-grey rocks and arid terrain. Of all the places to go in Dubai for nature, Hatta is one of the best.

What to do there: Feast your eyes on natural splendour as you drive through the craggy mountains to Hatta. Inhale deliciously fresh air and try a variety of outdoor adventures—enjoy thrilling mountain biking and hiking, go kayaking on the shimmering lake, and spot a variety of nature.

Admire the vistas from Hatta Dam and learn more about the country’s past at Hatta Library. The Heritage Village is a must, with its ancient fort and recreated huts and houses. History is really brought to life.

#11 – Dubai Frame – A great place to see in Dubai if you love architecture

Dubai Frame

  • Biggest frame in the world
  • Set in pretty parkland
  • Unusual structure
  • Fabulous views
  • One of the Dubai must see places

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Frame, open since early 2018, is one of Dubai’s most incredible landmarks. Standing at 150 metres (492 feet) tall, the large frame is 105 metres (345 feet) wide. Located in Zabeel Park, the structure is surrounded by grass, palm trees, and various other natural features.

Diverse leisure options are available in the park too. Not only is the frame itself a beautiful piece of architecture, made from aluminium, steel, glass, and concrete, but the whole point of the huge frame is to provide cool views of the city’s magnificent skyline and architectural marvels.

What to do there: Stand one side of the frame and see Dubai’s modern skyscrapers as if in a picture, and then move to the other side for a framed perspective of Old Dubai. Depending on your position you can compare and contrast the old and new parts of the city.

Take plenty of pictures of the Dubai Frame and the views through the massive structure. Aside from admiring the structure and getting your Insta-fix, the frame is a great spot to meet up and hang out. Locals and visitors use the area for jogging, skating, picnicking and simply hanging.

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#12 – Burj al Arab – One of the most amazing places in Dubai!

Burj al Arab

  • Iconic landmark
  • World’s fanciest hotel
  • Striking architecture
  • Located on an artificial island

Why it’s awesome: The stunning Burj al Arab is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Coined as the world’s only six-star hotel, it offers unrivalled luxury and pampering. You don’t have to be staying at the magnificent hotel to enjoy its splendour however; many people visit simply to admire the iconic structure from outside, marvelling at the sail-like form and gleaming profile.

Standing on an artificial island, the sea provides a gorgeous backdrop to the maritime-inspired building. The hotel has featured in several films and TV shows and diverse high-profile events have taken place at the lofty helipad, including Tiger Woods playing gold, David Coulthard driving an F1 racing car, and a tennis match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.

What to do there: If you really want to splash the cash and spoil yourself, book to stay in the world’s most lavish hotel and enjoy star-quality pampering. Guests can enjoy all trapping like the decadent spa, inviting swimming pools, modern fitness centre, and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. For a cheaper (though not cheap) experience you can also dine in one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants or indulge in afternoon tea or cocktails. Alternatively, admire the elegant building from the outside and snap plenty of pictures of the striking hotel.

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#13 – Palm Jueirah – Dubai’s collection of palm islands!

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Why it’s awesome: The Palm Islands are a collection of three man-made islands that make up the shape of a palm. Palm Jumeirah is lined with luxury hotels with private beaches, making it the ideal place to stay if you want to be pampered and have a totally luxurious experience.

However, it is also a place best-seen from above. If you don’t have a drone, then you can sky dive and view the structure in all its glory.

What to do here: Take a stroll around the streets of the Palm Jumeirah or bathe on the private beach of one of the luxury hotels (if you’re staying there of course). To be honest, there isn’t much to see here from the ground, it’s more about having a luxury experience at one of the hotels.

#14 – Motiongate Dubai – Awesome place to visit in Dubai with kids!

Motiongate Dubai, Dubai

  • Fun theme park inspired by Hollywood
  • Rides and attractions for people of all ages
  • Fantastic family-friendly day out
  • Live entertainment

Why it’s awesome: Motiongate Dubai, open since late 2016, has various cool areas with different Hollywood-inspired themes. There are diverse rides, attractions, and shows, with something to suit old and young alike. A popular place for a family outing, there are indoor and outdoor activities and attractions. The themed areas include Studio Central, Smurfs’ Village, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Colombia Pictures. Enter the world of film and the big screen and meet many well-known characters. There are places to eat and shop too.

What to do there: Get set for an active and fun day out at Motiongate Dubai. Discover the different enchanting areas and enjoy the cool rides. Enter the world of animation at DreamWorks, themed around movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar, and enjoy the whimsical world of Smurfs’ Village. In Columbia Pictures you’ll find attractions based around Sony Picture productions, including Ghostbusters, The Green Hornet, and Hotel Transylvania.

Feel the rush on adrenaline-inducing rides like Blast Off, High Speed Chase, and Capitol Bullet Train, let your kids have a whale of a time in play areas like Flint’s Imagination Lab, Woodland Play Park, and the Smurfberry Factory, and have an interactive adventure at Underworld 4D and Unstoppable Awesomeness. Tap your feet at shows like King Julien’s Side Show Stop and Operation Penguin Shake, and make many magical memories.

#15 – Safa Park – A beautiful outdoor place to visit in Dubai

Safa Park, Dubai

  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Escape the crowded streets
  • Sporting and leisure facilities
  • Lots of flora and fauna

Why it’s awesome: Popular with locals and tourists alike, Safa Park is a pleasant place to unwind outdoors in Dubai. It’s easy to find a quiet place to relax and chill with a good book. Children can enjoy the play areas and there are facilities for jogging, cycling, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and football. The park’s landscapes include three lakes, a waterfall, and a small forest, and you can spot an array of wildlife. Each month Safa Park hosts a large flea market—visit on the first Saturday of the month for some bargain hunting.

What to do there: Choose a shaded spot to sit and relax and soak up the peaceful air, or get active and partake in some exercise. You can walk or run around the jogging track or grab your friends for a game of volleyball, tennis, or football. Stroll around the shimmering lakes and look out for the many bird species that call the park home. You’ll also likely spot butterflies, small mammals, and small reptiles too. Enjoy the great views of downtown Dubai, cook up a meaty feast at the BBQs, and enjoy an outdoor lunch at the picnic areas.

#16 – Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood – One of Dubai’s coolest historical sites!

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai

  • Experience a traditional way of life
  • Step back in time
  • Set next to the Dubai Creek
  • Various cultural activities

Why it’s awesome: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (also referred to as Al Bastakiya) offers a charming glimpse into Emirati life of times gone by. Sitting alongside the atmospheric Dubai Creek, the neighbourhood has much of its original streets and buildings.

Narrow alleyways wind through the olde-worlde buildings and the overall vibe is steeped in history and heritage. The way of life is peaceful and unhurried. There are vendors selling traditional foods and you’ll find a wealth of cultural establishments and small stores. A variety of events take place here throughout the year, including the Sikka Art Fair.

What to do there: Take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets and narrow lanes, absorbing the nostalgic energy and atmosphere. See buildings of old, a stark contrast to the more modern parts of Dubai. Hear whispers from the past as you walk past old homes and towers, imagining a life long since passed.

Learn how the people of yesteryear lived, before oil and wealth drastically changed the city. Travel back to the middle of the 19 th century and uncover past times at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Browse in the quaint art galleries and soak up the creative air and pause for a break and to watch the world go by in a cosy cafe.

One of my favorite things to do here is to visit an old Arabian tea house and enjoy a delicious lunch meal and some exquisite tea.

#17 – Dubai Garden Glow – Quite the quirky place in Dubai!

Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai

  • Whimsical, colourful, and imaginative
  • Perfect destination for families
  • Blend of art, technology, and nature
  • Environmentally-aware attraction that teaches people about global warming

What it’s awesome: Dubai Garden Glow is an enchanting and amazing evening destination in the large Zabeel Park. Old and young alike are sure to be mesmerised by the stunning lights and displays. While attractive during the day, watch as the park goes through a magical transformation as darkness descends, with many colourful illuminated features. Split into different areas, the park also has a terrific zone dedicated to recycling and eco-awareness. There are street entertainers to add to the carnival-like air and you’ll find various shows and places to eat and drink.

What to do there: Plan to spend at least a couple of hours exploring Dubai Garden Glow and try to time your visit to enjoy the garden both during the daylight and during the dark. Little ones can run and play in the wide open spaces and younger members of the family are all but guaranteed to be transfixed in the large Dinosaur Park. Home to around 120 huge animatronic dinosaurs, it’s certainly exciting!

Appreciate the eco-friendly Art Park, with its striking displays made of empty bottles, old ceramics, CDs, and other recycled items. Marvel at the exquisite ice sculptures in the Ice Park and be dazzled by the beautiful lights of Glow Park. There are lanterns, landmarks, flowers, and animals, all made from lights. Call into the food pavilion if you feel peckish.

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#18 – Dubai Opera – A great place to visit in Dubai at night

Dubai Opera, Dubai

  • Large performing arts venue
  • See various types of shows and performances
  • Designed to resemble a traditional sailing vessel
  • Major cultural attraction

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Opera is a modern and eye-catching building that was built to look like a dhow, or traditional boat. It was the first purpose-built multi-arts venue in Dubai. The large venue can seat around 2,000 people at any given time and it hosts a variety of shows and events. The program includes musicals, plays, ballets, operatic performances, comedy shows, fashion shows, and more. The interiors are lavish and opulent and the building also has a restaurant and a beautiful sky garden.

What to do there: Check the listings and book tickets to see an event at the Dubai Opera. It’s definitely a great way to inject a little more culture into your stay. Admire the elegant building from the outside and inside and go up to the sky garden to see sweeping views across the city. The great views include the iconic Burj Khalifa and the sublime Dubai Fountain. Dine on delectable gourmet cuisine in the high-class restaurant too. This the best place to visit in Dubai for a blast of Wagner or Puccini although the idea of an opera in the desert is a bit Fitzcaraldo.

#19 – Grand Mosque – One of the most religious places to see in Dubai

Grand Mosque

  • Large Islamic place of worship
  • Hear the call to prayer five times per day from the soaring minaret
  • One of the city’s most important religious buildings
  • Beautiful architecture

Why it’s awesome: Dubai’s Grand Mosque is at the heart of local religious and spiritual life, and it’s also a major place for Islamic culture and social events. The original mosque was built at the start of the 20 th century, though it has been rebuilt several times since with the present mosque dating back to 1998. The towering minaret is one of the tallest in the country. Resembling a lighthouse, it’s an impressive piece of architecture. There are many fine details around the main body of the mosque, including glorious domes, stained glass, and Quranic calligraphy. Of all the Dubai must see places this is the most classical beautiful.

What to do there: Be sure to dress modestly to visit Dubai’s Grand Mosque (or any other place of worship for that matter). Walk around the courtyard and admire the building from the outside and watch as the faithful come to pray. Non-Muslims aren’t permitted in the main mosque, but you can look at the beautiful minaret. Standing at 70 metres (230 feet) tall, the lighthouse-like tower is the tallest in Dubai and one of the tallest in the UAE. Soak up the spiritual air in the heart of the old city. Come back to see the mosque at night time too when it is beautifully lit up.

#10 – Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve – An unknown (but awesome!) place to see in Dubai!

Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai

  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Desert landscapes and pretty artificial lakes
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Sustainable tourism initiatives

Why it’s awesome: Situated just around a 30-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai, Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is a great place to discover the surrounding desert areas. It’s easy to forget that the modern and gleaming city of Dubai is almost entirely surrounded by arid desert. The first unfenced nature reserve in the country, it is home to an interesting array of flora and fauna. The man-made lakes are picturesque and the area also has fascinating archaeological sites too. Many locals come here to enjoy the natural beauty, though it sees relatively few international visitors. It makes a pleasant change to the high-tech aura, frenetic activity, and tall buildings of Dubai.

What to do there: Visit the extensive network of artificial lakes, the Al Qudra Lakes and spot interesting wildlife, including some rare and endangered species. Look out for butterflies, birds, lizards, frogs, fish, and rodents, and see around 40 different species of plants. The observation platforms are some of the best places to see different native wildlife. If you can bear the heat you can enjoy long bike rides along the 84-kilometre (52-mile) track.

Visit the Saruq Al Hadid Archaeological Site, discovered in 2002, to see an assortment of artefacts from the past. Things like jewellery, pottery, weapons, and tools were unearthed here. If you visit in the late afternoon you can witness a striking sunset and then stay for a spot of stargazing. With almost no light pollution it’s a great place for astronomy fans.

#21 – Bollywood Parks – Cool place to see in Dubai with friends!

Bollywood Parks, Dubai

  • Unique theme park
  • Experience Indian culture without leaving the Middle East
  • Diverse rides, shows, and other attractions
  • Plenty of fun for people of all ages

Why it’s awesome: A great place for a fun day out with your family or friends, Bollywood Parks is a unique theme park in Dubai. Indeed, it’s the world’s first theme park to be dedicated to the Indian movie industry. Inspired by the colours, music, and energy of Bollywood, the vibrant amusement park is divided into several captivating zones. There are exciting rides, captivating shows, and cool attractions as well as delicious Indian cuisine, gift shops, and backstage experiences.

What to do there: Get into the Bollywood groove as you explore the five different zones, all full of passion, colour, joy, emotion, action, romance, and adventure. Wander the scintillating Bollywood Boulevard, a riot of colour with enticing eateries and spellbinding shows. Experience Mumbai Chowk with its flair, zest, cuisine, and adventures, and immerse yourself even further into Indian life in the picturesque Rustic Ravine. This is a good place in Dubai to visit for fans of Bollywood – and there are at least a billion of them.

The decadent Royal Plaza is sure to impress and you can step into the silver screen at the Bollywood Film Studios. Enjoy an immersive cricket match at Thrill of Victory, compete against your mates at the Hunt for Gabbar Singh, enter the virtual world at Unleashed, fly high through the skies on Hero’s Flight, travel back in time at Crossroads, and enjoy all the glitz and glam at Stars on Steps. Don’t forget to pick up themed merchandise and fabulous outfits before you leave.

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#22 – Dubai Creek – One of the most romantic places to visit in Dubai!

Dubai Creek

  • Scenic saltwater creek
  • Long history
  • Lined with interesting buildings
  • Romantic boat rides

Why it’s awesome: Dubai creek connects the desert with the seaport, and was once a major trading route. It was once at the heart of the pearl trade and was/is a major place for fishing. It’s still a hive of activity today, with vessels of all sizes bobbing along the waters. The creek used to divide the city into two parts: Deira and Bur Dubai.

The Bani Yas tribal group first settled along the edges of the water. Several interesting buildings sit alongside the creek, including Dubai Creek Tower, the National Bank, and Deira Twin Towers, and there’s a pleasant Dubai park close to hand. A nice place for a stroll with your beloved, there are also several activities to enjoy here too.

What to do here: Admire the waterside vistas and take a walk alongside the creek. Admire the attractive buildings at the water’s edge and relax in the large Dubai Creek Park. Get a taste of port life at the Dhow Wharfage, an area filled with traditional sailing boats and a thronging place of activity.

Wave to the friendly sailors and watch as they unload their hauls and cargo. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of street performers next to the creek. One of the most romantic things to do at Dubai Creek is to charter a ride on a dhow and admire the city from the water. You can also watch a splendid sunset in the evening times.

#23 – Spice Souk – Certainly one of the most exotic places to see in Dubai!

Spice Souk

  • Aromatic and colourful
  • Pick up local gifts and souvenirs
  • Get a sense of the Dubai of old
  • Practice your haggling skills

Why it’s awesome: Part of the Old Souk, the spice souk specialises in fragrant spices from across the globe. You’ll also find a wealth of beautiful fragrances and perfumes too—it really is a place that appeals to the senses. Furthermore, there are also other goods for sale, including textiles, rugs, and souvenirs. The narrow twisty lanes are lined with open-air stalls and more traditional closed stores and the atmosphere is pretty old-fashioned. The spice souk is definitely a striking contrast to the modern malls and shopping centre in downtown Dubai. This is the Dubai place to go for a taste and smell of typical Arabic life.

What to do there: Get lost roaming the tiny alleyways and winding streets as you peruse a wide selection of spices and fragrances. You’ll find everything here from custom-made scents that smell like designer perfumes, teas, herbal remedies, culinary spices, and incense. Discover common spices used in local dishes and pick up items to take home with you. Don’t forget to haggle and negotiate if you do want to make a purchase. Inhale the rich aromas of things like cumin, saffron, pepper, garlic, turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The heady Arabian atmosphere transports you back in time and really gives you a sense of the exotic.

#24 – Jumeirah Mosque – One of the nicer places in Dubai to sightsee!

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

  • Important place of Islamic worship
  • Open to non-Muslim visitors
  • Learn more about Islamic culture, traditions, life, and festivals

Why it’s awesome: Built in the late 1970s, Jumeirah Mosque has a traditional Fatimid style with elements from Egypt and Syria. The photogenic building is a popular place for tourists wishing to learn more about Islam. It is the only mosque in Dubai that permits entry to non-Muslims, though do be aware that you should be dressed modestly and that women are requested to cover their hair. (Items are available for visitors to borrow.) Informative, friendly, and educational tours are available for visitors.

What to do there: Admire the large pale building from the outside, taking in the visual beauty of the two minarets, domes, windows, and arches. Take a tour to learn more about the local way of life and beliefs, and feel free to ask questions and take photos. Listen for the harmonious call to prayer issued five times each day from the minarets. Try traditional snacks and drinks like coffee and dates. Try to visit the mosque in the evening too when it is splendidly illuminated.

#25 – Alserkal Avenue – One of the most underrated places to see in Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

  • Hub for arts and culture
  • Creative vibe
  • Located in an old industrial area
  • Cool shopping and dining opportunities

Why it’s awesome: Wondering where to go in Dubai for a bit of art? Well cool, creative, hip, and trendy, Alserkal Avenue is an up-and-coming part of Dubai. Once little more than an edgy industrial area, today you’ll find a wealth of excellent art galleries and other creative spaces alongside workshops, studios, stores, and offbeat eateries. Most establishments are housed within former warehouses and factories. The area grew from one single gallery that moved here in 2008. Today, it’s one of the freshest emerging districts in the whole of the Middle East.

What to do there: See the converted industrial buildings and soak up the creative vibe in the many art spaces. With around 60 art- and design-focused venues there’s something to cater to all tastes. Admire a wide selection of artistic works by both local and international artists, learn more about local community projects, watch performing art demonstrations, attend diverse workshops, and purchase unique items to take home with you.

Galleries in the area include Ayyam, El Seed, Green Art Gallery, Carbon 12 Dubai, Jean Paul Najar Foundation , and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Check out the cultural events calendar and see what’s on when you’re visiting the city. Have a look in Salsali, the first private museum in Dubai, shop for hip fashions, gadgets, custom-made jewellery, and boutique lifestyle items, and stop for refreshments in one of the district’s cool cafes and restaurants.

#26 – Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary – A nice quiet place to see in Dubai

Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary, Dubai

  • Wild wetlands close to the city
  • Home to many bird species, reptiles, fish, and other creatures
  • Attracts migratory species
  • Top place for keen bird spotters and nature lovers

Why it’s awesome: Peaceful and quiet, it’s difficult to believe that the wetlands and wildlife of Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary are just a stone’s throw from the urban sprawl of Dubai. The large sanctuary incorporates mudflats, lagoons, mangroves, and salt flats, with habitats suitable for many types of birds and other creatures.

There are fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and small mammals in the sanctuary too, with some species using the area as a breeding ground. It’s an absolute hidden gems in Dubai and one of the few places to get up close to nature near the modern desert-surrounded city.

What to do there: Admire the varied terrain and settle down in a hide to watch for a variety of wildlife. There are so many species of birds to look out for, including kingfishers, egrets, herons, ospreys, storks, peafowl, eagles, and wagtails. The sanctuary is especially known for its huge numbers of pretty pink flamingos in the winter months. You may also see fish, rodents, and other small creatures.

#27 – Kite Beach – An awesome place to visit in Dubai for half a day!

Kite Beach, Dubai

  • Clean and tidy sandy beach
  • Great water sports options
  • Family-friendly destination
  • Good seaside facilities

Why it’s awesome: Kite Beach is one of the best beaches in Dubai. It boasts white sands and a laid-back vibe. There are plenty of opportunities to be adventurous out on the waves too, with activities like surfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. There’s also no shortage of beach games to watch or join in with, and you’ll find amenities like bathrooms and showers close to the beach. It’s free to visit the public beach. The food trucks and refreshment carts are ideal for keeping hunger and thirst at bay.

What to do there: If you’re after water sports, head to Kite Beach in the afternoon for the best conditions. There are rental stores close to the beach if you need equipment, then you’re good to go! Hit the waves and enjoy active watery adventures! Kayaking, kite surfing, and paddle boarding are just a few things you can do at Kite Beach. You can also relax in the sun, join in with a game of beach volleyball, build a sandcastle, paddle in the sea, and take a long walk along the coast. Lap up the views of the Burj al Arab and, if you visit on a Friday or Saturday, shop for trinkets and souvenirs in the seaside market.

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Admire the architecture of the Palm Jumeirah islands which are, quite literally, shaped like a palm tree and are amongst the must visit tourist places in Dubai

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Museum of the Future

One of the best tourist places in Dubai,  Museum of the Future  is a new age museum dedicated to the exploration of a possible future, showcasing how world will be in 2071

Admire the architectural expertise of Shaun Killa in the exterior walls of the museums, engraved with lines of Arabic poetry 

Visit the Journey to the Future and learn more about how astronauts survive in space 

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Take a walk through the underwater tunnels at the Dubai Aquarium , the elaborate underwater universe home to thousands of marine species.

Catch a glimpse of the endangered tiger sharks, preserved in the ginormous tanks of the Underwater Zoo 

For an added bit of adventure, attend the Swim with the Sharks session which takes you to the depths of the shark tanks 

Pay a visit to the King Croc exhibit, housing the world’s biggest reptile- a gigantic crocodile weighing a whopping 750 kgs

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Marvel at the Dubai Fountain , the tallest choreographed fountain shows in the world and one of the best Dubai attraction 

To add to the experience, take an Abra boat ride during the fountain show to catch the marvel from the Marina waters

The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk give you an opportunity to witness this marvelous fountain from just nine meters 

Reserve a table at any of the high-end restaurants by the lake and enjoy a lavish meal as you witness the Dubai Fountain show 

- By Metro: The best way to get from Bur Dubai to Dubai Fountain is to take a metro to Burj Khalifa Station which takes 20 minutes, after that it's a small walk to the Dubai fountain show dock area. 

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Pay a visit to the fantastic Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, a rare underwater spectacle home to around 140 marine creatures 

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Try your hand at a fantastic array of snow sports at the Dubai Mall Snow Park, the only place in the city to have authentic snow

Marvel at the Human Waterfall, the four storey long waterfall that stretches along one side of the Dubai Mall 

Shop til you drop at the Fashion Avenue, home to the best fashion and cosmetic brands from around the world

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Burj Al Arab  is the most luxurious hotel of Dubai having interiors embellished with 24-carat gold

Admire the architecture of the sail-shaped hotel, best Dubai attraction, as it rests against the bright blue waters of the Gulf

Select from the array of stunning high end restaurants at the building to enjoy a lavish meal 

Lounge on the outdoor terrace pools, which looks out directly to the beautiful Arabian Gulf below 

Enjoy a meal at Al Mahara, the underwater seafood restaurant, admiring marvelous views of the marine life as it unravels around you

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Take a walk along the Dubai Marina , one of the best Dubai attraction and most beautifully landscaped promenades in the city

Choose from one of the many fantastic eateries and cafes that line the Marina, enjoying a lavish meal with views of the water 

Take a dinner cruise on a traditional Dhow Boat, witnessing the illuminated skyline of Dubai as the boat idles along 

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Rent a yacht from the Dubai Marina club and treat yourself to a luxury tour around the Marina

Take a speedboat tour around Dubai Marina, catching a glimpse of the major landmarks that line the shore here

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- By Tram: T he nearest tram station is Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Tram station is 901 meters away, 12 min walk. - By Metro: Catch the M1 metro line which lies on the Red Line to reach the nearest metro station, Jumeirah Lakes Towers Tram station and Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro stations are connected through a foot over a bridge across Sheik Zayed Road. - By Bus: The bus lines that stop near the Dhow Cruise Dubai location are Bus-8, Bus-88, and Bus-F55A.

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Explore the many themed zones at the IMG Worlds of Adventure , the biggest indoor amusement park in Dubai, home to over 22 rides and thrill attractions

Challenge yourself to an amazing array of hair-raising rollercoaster rides at the Jurassic section of IMG Worlds

Take a picture with the characters from the Marvel and Cartoon Network universe that are brought to life at the park

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Price: 152 - 180 AED Timings: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Saturday to Wednesday) 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Thursday & Friday) Don't Miss: - Rides of Marvel Zone-like- Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Thor Thunder Spin. - Rides of Lost Valley Zone-like- The Velociraptor and the Adventure Fortress. - The attraction of IMGBoulevard zone i.e. The Haunted Hotel. How to reach?

- By metro:- Nearest Metro stations are The Dubai Mall (Approx 25km), Mall of the Emirates (Approx 30 km). Visitors from Dubai can take a taxi from the Metro stations. - From Dubai International Airport:   It is only 9.7 Km which is a 15-20 minutes drive. You can always choose the round trip transfer option available below.

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Dubai Dolphinarium

Make a stop at the Dubai Dolphinarium, one of Dubai’s best water entertainment parks 

Watch as the fur seals and dolphins come together in a lively performance at the dolphin show

Under the supervision of a professional trainer, you will get the opportunity to play with, feed, and swim with dolphins

Watch how the exotic birds fly around, interact with each other and the audience at the Creek Park show

Test your intelligence at the Mirror Maze, which has a maze made entirely of mirrors through which you can pass

At the very end, stop by the Happy Valley restaurant for a poolside dinner

Location:  Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price: 41 - 52  AED Time Slots for Dolphinarium: 11.00 AM, 2.00 PM, and 6.00 PM(Monday- Saturday) Time slot for Swim with Dolphins: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM(Monday- Saturday) Time Slots for Exotic Bird Show: 12:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 5:15 PM & 7:15 PM(Monday- Saturday) How to reach? - By Metro:- The nearest Metro station to Dubai Dolphinarium is the one at Dubai Healthcare City on the Green Line route. You can get off at the Dubai Healthcare City Metro Station and take a 5-minute taxi ride for the remaining distance. Click Here to Book:   Book Dubai Dolphinarium tickets Also Read: Best Indian Restaurants in Dubai

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Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame is an iconic frame-like structure that offers breathtaking views of New and Old Dubai.

View the many tourist places in Dubai like Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Mosque while walking across the glass ceiling that joins the two sides of the frame

On the first floor of the Frame, lies the Old Dubai Gallery, which features multimedia displays on the city's history

Explore the audio-visual display 'Future Dubai,' which envisions what the city will have to offer in the future

Walk across the top bridge during sunset, treating yourself to the best views

Make a reservation for an early morning breakfast at the very top of the Dubai Frame, with a special experience titled 45 Minutes of Gold

Location: Zabeel Park Price: 48  - 73 AED Timings:  9:00 AM to 9:00 PM(Monday-Sunday)

How to reach? - By Metro: Take the Red Line to Al Jafiliya Metro Station and walk towards Gate 4 AKA Star Gate of Zabeel Park - By Taxi/Cab: Feed-in Zabeel Park Gate One on your GPS to reach the public parking near Zabeel Park. From here, Gate 4 AKA Star Gate is a short walk away.

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Global Village

Global Village

Dubai Global Village is a one-stop destination for entertainment, shopping as well as dining with various countries setting up pavilions offering varied experiences

Visit one of the nearly 26 pavilions representing each participating country to get a taste of as many different cultures as possible

Take a picture with the life sized replicas of the seven wonders of the world at Global Village, one of the best places to visit in Dubai

Choose from a selection of traditional apparel, jewelry, trendy accessories, and more at over 1500 different stores and booths

 Sample food from all over the world at the restaurants strewn across the Global fest

Allow the thrills, games, and attractions of Global Village's very own Carnival to fascinate you 

Location:  Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road Dubai Price:  13 - 16 AED Timings:  Saturday-Wednesday: 04:00 pm - 12:00 am & Thursday-Friday: 04:00 pm - 01:00 am

Don't Miss: - Stunt Show Survivor - Be sure to try out the Honolo-loop, Jamaica Drum, Vroom UAE, and Miami Surf if you are visiting with kids. How to Reach? - By Metro/Taxi: Take the red line to First Gulf bank and then take a taxi to Global village, reaching in 50 minutes - By Bus: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has resumed four of its bus routes travelling to and from Global Village. Click Here to Book:  Dubai Global Village Tickets   Recommended Read:  Global Village Rides You May Also Checkout -  Dubai Trip From Chennai

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Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Admire the beautiful display of more than 150 million flowers at Dubai Miracle Gardens

Marvel at the Emirates A380 flight's lifelike exhibit, the world's biggest artwork made entirely of flowers

Examine the craftsmanship of  the Floral Clock, a massive flower-covered clock piece that changes its appearance with the seasons

Pose for a shot at the Sunflower Field, one of the most beautiful Dubai Attraction in the Miracle Gardens

Take a picture in one of the Gardens' fantastic photogenic alleyways, some decorated with umbrellas, some with flowering canopies

Grab a snack at Hill Top's café, a flower-filled corner, enjoying the views of the entire garden as it spreads out below

The Flower Procession, a festive parade featuring costumed dancing, music, and marches, is a must-see

Location: Al Barsha South 3, Barsha, Dubailand Area - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price:  117 - 185 AED Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday to Friday) 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Saturday Only) Don't Miss: - Lake Park: Lake Park captures every aspect of the lake and gives it a flowery makeover - Umbrella Tunnel: One of the most interesting passages made by upside-down umbrellas. - Giant Teddy Bear: Combination - Floral Clock: The Garden offers a beautiful sight of a beautiful 15-meter floral clock. How to Reach? - By Metro: Take the Dubai Metro and stop at the MOE (Mall of the Emirates metro station) - Red Line - By Bus: Take Bus Number 105 and it will directly take you to Dubai Miracle Garden. Click Here to Book:  Trip To Dubai Miracle Garden Suggested Read:   Best Time and Season to Visit Dubai                               Things to Do in Dubai Miracle Garden

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Escape the blazing Dubai heat at Ski Dubai, a massive ski resort situated in the Mall of Emirates 

Take a gondola to the very top of a mountainous slope and choose from a variety of skiing paths snaking across the snowy slopes

Make use of the resident ski experts to improve your skiing and snowboarding abilities

Feel the wind in your hair as you zipline from one side of the park to the other

Try your hand at a plethora of snow sports, including tobogganing, sledding and snow zorbing 

Location:  Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings:  Sunday - Thursday: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm & Friday - Saturday: 09.00 am - 12.00 am. Price:  178 - 198 AED Don't Miss: - March of The Penguins: 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, and 20:00 daily - Penguin Encounter (40 minutes session)  - The world’s first indoor sub-zero Zip Line - Ski Dubai’s signature hot chocolate at Avalanche Café How to Reach? - By Car: Mall of the Emirates is strategically located in the heart of ‘New Dubai,’ at interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road. - By metro: Mall of the Emirates Station can be reached by taking the Red Line running from Rashidiya station to UAE Exchange station.

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  • Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Witness how art and technology come together at Dubai Garden Glow, a special theme park with attractions that glow in the night

Explore the art installations across the park's four zones: Glow Park, Dinosaur Park, Magic Park, and Art Park, some of the best places to see in Dubai 

Visit Dinosaur Park, the largest outdoor dinosaur themed entertainment park, to learn about the evolution of prehistoric species

Admire the art installations made entirely out of recycled materials at Art Park 

Pose with a beautiful collection of 3D art and optical illusions at the Magic Park, which will blow your mind

Admire the craftsmanship that went behind the making of the superior ice sculptures at the Ice Park 

Location: Zabeel Park Price: 48 - 68 AED Timings: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM( Sunday to Thursday), and 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM(Friday) How to reach? - By metro: take the metro, the closest metro station is the Al Jafiliya Metro Station on the Red Line. - By Bus: Take line named 27 from The Dubai Mall and reach the Al Jafiliya Bus station from there it is just 18 min. walk. Click Here to Book:  Dubai Garden Glow Tickets Also Book -   Dubai Tour Packages From Pune

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The Lost Chamber Aquarium

The Lost Chamber Aquarium

A walk through the glass tunnels to see the sea infront of yours very clearly and in detail will not be a dream but reality at the Lost Chamber’s Aquarium in Dubai. The awe-struck moments are created while you have a tour at Atlantis, the Palm. 

Here is a life time opportunity to interact with the mighty sharks, stingray, piranhas, sea horses and other marine creatures right before your eyes floating and playing. The design of the aquarium was inspired by the spell binding Lost City of Atlantis, the underwater tunnels at the aquarium gives the visitor an unforgettable experience by showing the shipwrecks and ruins. There are ten beautiful chambers which display the distinguished life culture underwater.

Highlights:  More than 20 marine lives exist in this aquarium along with a touch tank. Behind the Scenes will let you know more about Moral Eel and other animals found and rarely described anywhere.  Learn about the fish hospital, the water filtering systems and similar things here and know the tips to take care of marine animals. The breathtaking Ambassador Lagoon would show you how the professional divers are navigating under the water. If you dare to do something adventure, then the aquarium offers you that as well for the whole family. Location:  Atlantis the Palm, Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. It is located around 26 kms away from Dubai city.

Timings:  The aquarium is open on all days from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Price:  AED 120 per person

Experience the fastest ride on the planet at the Ferrari World!

Take a ride on the world's largest and tallest observation wheel- the Ain Dubai- which goes up to a height of 250 meters above the ground

As your capsule reaches the city's highest point, you'll get some of the best views of the city, catching sight of the places to visit in Dubai such as the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and the Palm Jumeirah islands

Go for a  sunset ride for a totally unique experience, treating yourself with front-row tickets to watch the most amazing sunset.

Treat yourself to a gourmet dinner in the sky with the Dine in the Sky experience at Ain Dubai, which combines a ride on the wheel with a specially curated dinner experience 

Location: Bluewaters Island - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price: 92 - 155 AED Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Click Here to Book:  Ain Dubai Tickets Must Book -  Dubai Trip From Hyderabad

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View at the Palm

View at the Palm

  • Discover the one-of-a-kind observatory that offers gorgeous 360-degree views of Palm Jumeirah and the skyline of Dubai.
  • Head towards the Palm Tower on the 52nd floor and enjoy the stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Skyline, and Palm Jumeirah.
  • Hop on and enjoy the longest zip line in Dubai and catch a bird’s eye view of the iconic island as you soar across the high skies. 
  • Glance through the 3D map of Palm Jumeirah on a flat surface and easily zoom in and out of the map by spinning the table.
  • You can get interesting insights into the architectural history of Palm Island with virtual reality.
  • Enjoy multiple exhibits of the island like building the reef, mini-satellite projects, and rainbowing at the View at the Palm .

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Atlantis Palm Hotel

Atlantis Palm Hotel

Atlantis Palm Hotel is situated on the iconic Palm island and is a one world renowned resort that offers luxury and entertainment

Let the 10 gourmet restaurants at the hotel redefine the idea of fine dining for you, bringing together the best of global cuisine under one roof 

Explore the best of Dubai’s water adventure activities with a visit to the hotel’s Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium 

Get up close and personal with the marine life with the special water experiences offered at Atlantis, such as the dolphin experience or the sea lion experience 

Allow yourself a day of self-care with a trip to the in-house spa, nail salon and underwater yoga center at Atlantis the Palm, often referred to as one of the most famous places to visit in Dubai. 

Attractions : Aqua Venture Water Park Location :  Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price:  531 - 592 AED Timings:  Open 24 hours Suggested Read:  15 Best Things to Do in Atlantis Dubai

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Ferrari World Day Trip from Dubai

Ferrari World Day Trip from Dubai

Spend a thrilling day at Ferrari World , the only Ferrari-themed adventure park in the world.

Get a chance to drive your own Ferrari across the park, or have one driven for you by a professional driver 

Take a ride on the Formula Rossa, the fastest rollercoaster in the world

Invite your family or friends to a race at Ferrari World's own go-karting track

With the F1 simulator experience, you can experience what it's like to drive a Formula One race car.

Explore the best of global dining with the restaurants at Ferrari World, such as Il Podio, Mama Rossella or Espresso Rosso

Leave with a memento purchased from any of Ferrari World's very own merchandise stores

Location: Yas Island, 128717, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Price:  241 - 268 AED Timings: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday - Wednesday) 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Thursday - Saturday)

Do Not Miss: - Formula Rossa - Fiorina GT Challenge - Scuderia Challenge - Speed of Magic

How to Reach? - By Metro: From airport terminal 3, which will drop you at Ibn Battuta Mall from here, you need to take bud to drop you at Shahama bus stop from there you can hire a taxi to drive you to the entrance of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. - By Bus: From terminal 1, take a bus to Ghubaiba Bus Station from there take the next bus to drop you at central bus station at Abu Dhabi. Once reached, you need to head toward Al Wadha Terminal to take a bus for YAS island Ferrari World. - By Taxi: You can also book the Taxi on a private basis from your hotel to the attraction - By Yas Express: You can opt for a complimentary shuttle bus service that runs daily along several routes, providing easy access to Yas Island's main attractions and landmarks Click Here to Book:  Full Day Ferrari World Tour Suggested Read:   40 Best Fun things to do in Dubai with Kids                                 Things to Do in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Explore all of the augmented reality based game scenarios at the VR Park , one of the best places to visit in Dubai.

Choose from virtual reality activities such as the John Wick franchise, Hologate, and Beat Saber

Conquer your fear of falling with the Burj Drop, a scenario that imagines one as a window washer right outside the window of the tallest building in the world  

With the Dubai Drone Expedition, you can see what Dubai will look like in 2050

Allow your kids to experience the classic swing ride digitally with Flying Chairs, an experience adapted to the needs of children

Location: The Dubai Mall - Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price: 48   - 73 AED Timings:   12:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Sunday to Thursday ) 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM (Friday & Saturday) Don't Miss: - APE-X:  you get to be a massive weaponized cybernetic Ape, and all you have to do is escape your creator who wants to keep you a lifelong captive. - The Raft:  This one's a four-player experience where teamwork is paramount and there's no way you're escaping the wrath of supernatural creeps without combining forces with your fellow players. - John Wick Chronicles: You will get your very own MP5 ( VR, of course) so feel like a hitman and work as a hitman with this submachine gun in your hand. - PAYDAY: The VR Heist: Based on the first-person shooter video game. - The Walking Dead Vr Outbreak: A zombie apocalypse and you're bound to a wheelchair inside a hospital. How to reach? - By metro: Take the metro to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall station. Upon arrival at the station, head out to the main road. There is a feeder bus that goes from the station to the mall every 15 mins. Alternatively, the mall is a 15-min walk from the station via the air-conditioned Metro Link Bridge. - By car: If you plan to drive to The Dubai Mall from the center of Dubai, take the first interchange and proceed through Financial Centre Road (formerly Doha Street). You will see the approach road to The Dubai Mall on the right-hand side. Click Here to Book Now:  Vr Park Dubai Tickets Popular Read:  Things to Do on Honeymoon in Dubai

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Bollywood Parks Dubai

Bollywood Parks Dubai

Visit Bollywood Park , the first amusement park in the world dedicated solely to Indian films.

Take a spin on the world's largest swing attraction, the Bollywood Skyflyer.

Catch a live presentation of Indian traditional dances on Bollywood Boulevard's streets

Admire the unusual architecture of the Rajmahal Theater, which was inspired by Agra's Taj Mahal and is home to the world's first Broadway-styled Bollywood musical

Catch a scrumptious meal from all around the nation at the different cafes like Victoria Station, Jumbo Cafe, etc around Bollywood Park.

Mela Junction, Bollywood Park's own carnival, offers amazing rides like Wheel of Stars, Monsoon Masti, Rodeo ki Sawari, etc

Location:  Opposite Palm Jebel Ali, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Price:  146 - 175 AED Timings:  3:00 PM - 11:00 PM (Sunday-Saturday) Don't Miss:

- At Bollywood Boulevard’s Crossroads stage, see colorful performances inspired by the movies of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. - At Mumbai Chowk - Don: The Chase - a 3D immersion tunnel ride co-created by SRK. - At Bollywood Film Studios- Cinemagic Featuring Zindagi Nah Milegi Dobara. - At Rustic Ravine - Bollywood Skyflyer Ride. How to reach? - By Metro: T ake the Dubai Metro Red Line towards Jebel Ali and alight at Ibn Battuta Metro station. From here you can take a taxi to reach Bollywood Park Dubai. - By Taxi: From Downtown Dubai, head south of Sheikh Zayed Road, past Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali, until you see Dubai Parks and Resorts on the left side of the road Click Here to Book:  Bollywood Parks Dubai Trip Also Check:   Amazing Hotels for a Honeymoon in Dubai                       Thrilling Bollywood Park Rides

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  • Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Take a stroll around Dubai Creek  at night, one of the city's most attractive promenades and amongst top Dubai attractions.

Opt for Dhow dinner cruise on the Creek, which blends a traditional Arabian supper with spectacular views of the Dubai cityscape

Enjoy a dinner at one of the restaurants located around the Dubai Creek like The Broadwalk, QD’s, Casa De Tapas, etc

Visit the amazing Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary, which is located at the end of the Dubai Creek promenade

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Price: 51  - 110 AED Click Here to  Book:  Dubai Creek Cruise  or  Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise

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Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Choose from thirty thrilling rides and attractions at Wild Wadi , all themed around Sinbad and Juha's legendary stories.

Slide down the ultrafast Jumeirah Sceirah, the Middle East's fastest and tallest water slide.

Ride the waves in Breaker's Bay, the Gulf Region's largest wave pool.

At Juha's Dhow and Lagoon excursion, challenge your family to a water cannon war.

After a thrilling day on the water, satisfy your appetite with a delicious lunch or supper at one of Wild Wadi Water Park's wonderful restaurants like Surfer’s Burgers, Firecrust Pizza.

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Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Spend a day on the stunning white sands of Jumeirah Beach , the largest public beach in Dubai 

Opt for a quick dip in the stunning blue waters or spend the day lounging and sunbathing at one of the top Dubai tourist places

Try your hand at the impressive range of watersports that the beach offers, choosing between banana boating, donut boating and others

Enjoy a brunch at any of the beachfront cafes and restaurants that line the Jumeirah coast, such as The Food Square, Bu Deech or Tamurai Sushi and Grill

Choose a shaded spot and enjoy a picnic spread with your friends and family enjoying the stunning ocean views.

Things to keep in mind: Ensure that you are clad in a full swimsuit when swimming in the water and kindly avoid wearing bikinis or clothes of revealing nature. Location:   Jumeirah District, Dubai Price: 90  - 138 AED Timings of Water Sports at J umeirah Beach:    9:00 AM-6:30 PM How to reach? - By Bus: Take bus 8, 84, or N55. Get down at Jumeirah Beach Residence Station 2 bus station. The meeting point is a 7-minute walk from here. - By Tram: Take tram 11 and get down at Jumeirah Beach Residence 2 Tram station. The meeting point is a 3-minute walk from here. - By Waterbus: Take waterbus BM1 and get off at the Marina Promenade Waterbus Station. The meeting point is a 10-minute walk from here. Click Here to Book:  Water Sports At Jumeirah Beach Also Checkout:  Best Romantic Things to Do in Dubai                             Places To Visit In Jumeirah

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Kidzania Dubai

Kidzania Dubai

A heaven for the kids, Kidzania Dubai has become one of the top Dubai tourist places with ample role-playing undertakings for children where they can mix learning with fun. Children between the ages four and sixteen can spend hours in this premise practicing what they want to be, learn from experts how to handle money, and other such skills that help in a professional word, the only difference being, it is all imparted fun! Location: The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road Price: 63  - 98 AED Timings: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday & Friday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM How to reach? - By Metro: Take the metro to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall station. Upon arrival at the station, head out to the main road. There is a feeder bus that goes from the station to the mall every 15 mins. Alternatively, the mall is a 15-min walk from the station via the air-conditioned Metro Link Bridge. - By Car: If you plan to drive to The Dubai Mall from the centre of Dubai, take the first interchange and proceed through Financial Centre Road (formerly Doha Street). You will see the approach road to The Dubai Mall on the right-hand side. Click Here to Book:  Family Day Out In Kidzania Dubai Suggested Read:  Luxury Resorts in Dubai

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Motiongate is one of the fun places to visit in Dubai which is a theme park inspired by Hollywood. Apart from going on an adrenaline-pumping ride, one can even meet Hollywood characters strolling around the parks waiting to be clicked with visitors. The most thrilling ride in this park is The Green Hornets High-Speed Chase and the Madagascar Mar Pursuit and the Zombieland Blast Of. Shows like Operation Penguin Strike & King Julien’s Side Show Stomp and attractions like the Smurf’s Village, Kung Fu Panda academy and Panem Aerial Tour keep children and adults on their toes all day. Location: Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road Price: 213 - 266 AED Timings: 02.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. (up to 11.00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday) Don't Miss: - The amazing Capitol Bullet Train, dancing spectacle, Step Up Dubai, All In! in Lionsgate zone. - The Green Hornet: High-Speed Chase, and Underworld 4D in Columbia Pictures Zone. - Kung Fu Panda Academy, Madagascar Mad Pursuit in Dreamworks Animation Zone.

How to reach? - By Metro: Take the Dubai Metro Red Line towards Jebel Ali and alight at Ibn Battuta Metro station. From here you can take a taxi to reach MotionGate Dubai. - By Taxi: From Downtown Dubai, head south of Sheikh Zayed Road, past Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali, until you see Dubai Parks and Resorts on the left side of the road. Click Here to Book:  Motiongate Dubai Tickets Popular Read:  35 Best Extreme Adventures in Dubai                           Motiongate Dubai Rides

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Experience skydiving with a difference at iFly Dubai without actually jumping off a real plane in the midst of a clear sky. Every jumper gets to fly as high as four meters in an AC tunnel which keeps one in the comfort, as well as lets one experience this ecstasy. A trainer is always around to guide one through this process, explain the things you can do when, not in gravity, and also help you realize if you can actually go for the real skydiving. To be completely prepared for this flight, one needs to watch the video played outside this acrylic wind tunnel, and also sign a Waiver Form. Location: Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif Price: 199- 236 AED Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 12.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. (Thursday) and 12.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. (Sunday to Wednesday) How to reach? By Bus: Catch the RTA Bus F10 that transports to the mall. By Metro: The nearest metro station to the City Centre Mirdif is the Rashidiya Metro Station, catch a taxi from there, it's a few minutes drive. Click Here to Book:  Ifly Dubai Tickets Recommended Read:  Things To Do in Dubai This Weekend  

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Yas Island Day Trip from Dubai

Yas Island was founded and developmental works on the projects began in 2006. The Yas Island Water Park is a themed water park which comes in best tourist places in Dubai, it can get you all worked up for an entire day. There are more than forty slides, rides, and attractions for you at the water park. The water park is definitely one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family . The park promises you activities and entertainment in the form of adrenaline rushing water rides like nothing else. Jebel drop, Marah fortress, Sebag, Al Raha river, Rush rider, Dawwama, Bubble’s barrel, Hamlool’s humps, Liwa loop, Yehal, Falcon’s Falaj, Tot’s playground, Yadi Yas, etc. There are more than forty rides and slides to enjoy at the Yas Island Water Park.  Come here for fun and well deserved time with your friends and family. Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Price: 192  - 241 AED Timings:  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Monday to Saturday)

Don't miss: -  Learn to surf the waves like a pro on Bubbles' Barrel - Dawamma, the world’s largest six-person water-slide with friends and family How to reach? - By Metro: From airport terminal 3, which will drop you at Ibn Battuta Mall from here, you need to take bud to drop you at Shahama bus stop from there you can hire a taxi to drive you to the entrance of YAS Water World Abu Dhabi. - By Bus: From terminal 1, take a bus to Ghubaiba Bus Station from there take the next bus to drop you at central bus station at Abu Dhabi. Once reached, you need to head toward Al Wadha Terminal to take a bus for YAS island Water World. - By Taxi: You can also book the Taxi on private basis from your hotel to the attraction. - By Yas Express: You can opt for complimentary shuttle bus service from Dubai that runs daily along several routes, providing easy access to Yas Island's main attractions and landmarks. Click Here to Book:  Trip To Yas Island Water Park Also Checkout: 20 Awesome theme parks in Dubai

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Legoland Waterpark

Legoland Waterpark

Legoland Waterpark is amongst those Dubai attractions that allow even adults to revisit their childhood days of playing with Legos. This huge theme water park has ample other allurements to keep the entire family entertained with options like Build-A-Boat and Build-A-Raft River using Legos only. It is also one of the most captivating places to visit in Dubai because it is where one can race with side by side slides like Twin Chasers and LEGO Slide racers. Rides like Wave Rider, LEGO Wave Pool, and Red Rush are most loved by people as it allows all members of the family to play together! Location: Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road Price: 146  - 229 AED Timings:   Legoland Theme Park:  The operations hours are:- 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM(Sunday - Wednesday), 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM(Thursday & Saturday), 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM(Friday). Legoland Waterpark:  The operations hours are:- 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM(Thursday- Sunday). Don't Miss:

- In Lego land Theme Park- Kid Power Tower, Dragon Apprentice, Lego Technic Twister, and Lego Studios 4D. - In Legoland Waterpark - Joker Soaker, Build-A-Raft River, and Lego Slide Racers. How To Reach? - By Metro: Take the Dubai Metro Red Line towards Jebel Ali and alight at Ibn Battuta Metro station. From here you can take a taxi to reach LEGOLAND Dubai. - By Taxi: From Downtown Dubai, head south of Sheikh Zayed Road, past Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali, until you see Dubai Parks and Resorts on the left side of the road. Click Here to Book:  Legoland Dubai Tickets Suggested Read: Things to Do at Legoland Dubai

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Laguna Water Park

Laguna Water Park

Laguna Water Park is amongst the grandiose Dubai attractions which include a day full of fun with water slides, race slides, raft slides, a water play area, a lazy river, a chance to surf on the artificial waves or take a free fall slide. People who want to relax by the water can rent a cabana and sip on some healthy juices while you watch others in a splash. Unwind at the rooftop café and where you can relish some international and national dishes to recharge you after the day’s delight. Location: La Mer Price: 92   - 116 AED Timings:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Tuesday - Sunday) Don't Miss: - Test your surfing skills in Laguna Waterpark's famous WaveOz 180. - Dive into the Infinity Pool and float away with the beach in perfect view. - Slide down the Constrictor and the Manta, the most thrilling rides of the Laguna Waterpark Dubai. How to Reach? - By Bus: One can take a bus from the airport and experience a short journey to reach the Business Bay station, two buses are running at regular intervals of time.  If you’re traveling by bus 8, 9, 88, C10, or X28, drop off at Century Plaza 1/ Century and walk towards the Laguna waterpark beachfront. - Shuttle Bus: La Mer also offers special free-of-cost shuttle buses if you’re staying at hotels located near city center in Dubai. - By Car: By car, it becomes the easiest, all you have to do is point to La Mer on the smartphone GPS and it will drop you exactly at the location. Click Here to Book:  Laguna Water Park Dubai

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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

With more than thirty water slides, Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the absolute must-visit Dubai tourist places which is an engrossing place for every member of a family. Apart from this thrill, one can also witness the sight of a Dolphin’s show, visit the largest aquarium in the city, go canoeing in the private beach which is not available anywhere else in Dubai with this privacy or try your surfing skills on the man-made waves.

There’s an adventure on every corner of this water park, and therefore it is undoubtedly one of the places to see in Dubai, especially if you want to make friends with the Sea Lions or take a scuba dive. Location: Atlantis, The Palm Price: 92  - 138 AED Timings: Atlantis Aquaventure Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM(Monday-Sunday) Lost Chambers Aquarium Timings: 10 AM to 9 PM(Monday-Sunday) Do Not Miss: - Zoomerango water slide: Famous for its deep vertical zooms and thrilling bursts from the mega plummets. - Slitherine: The world’s first dual water slide with a frenzy of twists and turns. - Poseidon’s Revenge: Experience record-breaking rides that plunge you into tanks with sharks and rays. How to reach? - By Metro: Board the metro headed to Damac Properties Metro Station, find your way to Dubai Marina tram station, board the tram to Palm Jumeriah Tram station, then head towards the Gateway Monorail Station, board the Palm Jumeirah monorail to Atlantis the Palm. - By Bus: Take line 8 bus from Dubai Marina and after that board to Palm Monorail that will drop you to Atlantis The Palm. - By Monorail: The Palm Atlantis Monorail Station is the closest public transport station and is about 1 km away (10-minute walk) Click Here to Book:   Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park And Lost Chambers Also Checkout:  Aquaria Klcc Tickets

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The Green Planet

The Green Planet

With an aim to bring every nature and animal lovers from around the world in one place, Dubai came up with The Green Planet, one of the major Dubai tourist places. This tropical home forest is home to over 3000 species of flora and fauna which we one witness during their trip to Dubai.

Some major attractions of this place are watching the Piranhas eat, the Australian walkabout, Sloth Encounter, and The Bat Cave. Apart from these personal experiences, one can spot animals like Sloth Bears, Sugar Gliders, Amazon Parrots, Leaf Cutter Ants, Squirrel Monkeys, and Pythons apart from other marine animals. Location: City Walk Price: 70  - 88 AED Timings:  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM How to reach? - By metro: Take a red line metro from the nearest station is the Dubai Mall Station and from there a short ride by taxi. - By Bus: You can take Subway, line 106 bus or Line 81 bus, line 106 bus. - By Taxi: You can book any private or public taxi and head directly to City Walk. Click Here to Book:  Hub Zero With Green Planet Dubai Must Visit  Islands In Dubai

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Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland Aqua Park

If the heat in Dubai isn’t quite your thing, then stay in the waters at Dreamland Aqua Park, a paradise for water lovers! Black Hole is one of their famous slides which takes one through a black tube which sometimes is lit with colorful bulbs until you splash into a pool of water. Other ‘must try’ enthralling slides here include Kamikaze, Twisting Dragons, Slide Five and Mighty GoGround. You can laze around in the Dead Sea area or, you can relax every muscle of your body at the Jacuzzi. The Pool Game, which puts children through water obstacles, is something that they adore the most, which is why it is amongst the best places to see in Dubai. Location: On the coastline of Umm Al Quwain Price:  175  - 219 AED Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

How to reach? - By Bus: Bus Lines 102, 103 and 104 to Umm Al-Quwain, take a 25-mins taxi to reach the park. - By Cab: If you opt for cab services, it will take 50-60 mins to reach Dreamland Aqua Park from Dubai. The two recommended routes are Muhammad bin Zayed Road (E311) and Emirates Bypass Road (E611). Click Here to Book:  Dreamland Aqua Park Dubai Suggested Read: Dreamland Aqua Park Rides

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Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Let your eyes get tricked with the Museum of Illusions as it will take you to a power-packed entertainment journey. You can capture unique pictures with the striking illusions like the Vortex Tunnel, Rotating cylinder, and several others. The Museum even features a room that defies gravity and everything there is upside down. Apart from this, you can take a look at the collection of holograms, painting, and other playful games & puzzles. Everything you see here will be a delight to the eyes and a teaser to the brain. Whether you are here with your friends, family, or partner, this destination is one of the best places to visit in Dubai. Location: Al Seef - Dubai Creek - Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price: 69 - 77 AED Timings: 10 am – 10 pm  (Sunday to Thursday) 10 am – 11 pm  (Friday and Saturday) Don't Miss: - You wouldn't want to miss the Vortex tunnel and be amazed by it. - Forget the laws of gravity in the Anti-Gravity Room. - Amuse yourself by Head on the Platter. - Hollow Face Illusion which has the capacity to tease your brain shouldn't be missed. How to reach? - By Metro: Take the Red Line to either Al Fahidi or Burjuman Metro Station, which are very near to the museum. - By Bus: The closest bus stop to the museum is the Heritage Village near the Al Bastakiya, which is five minutes away from the museum. - By Taxi: You can always choose taxis by navigating the location given. Click Here to Book Now:  Museum Of Illusions Tickets Recommended Read:   Historical Sites In Dubai

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Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

Your Dubai trip will be incomplete without visiting Dubai Opera which is another best place to visit in Dubai. Situated in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the brilliant focus of culture and expressions in Dubai and the sparkling pearl of The Opera District. Dubai Opera's stage has a staggering cluster of world-class ability. With musical show, artful dance and traditional music shows and preparations at the center, Dubai Opera will likewise organize melodic theater, form appears, jazz, drama, family appears and a full scope of live excitement. Its exceptional 2000-situate multi-arrange theater, make it one of a kind from the others. This is one of the best activities to do in Dubai at night .

Highlights: The Dubai Opera configuration offers the interesting adaptability of a proscenium curve theater, an acoustic show corridor, and 2000 square meter level floor occasion space. Dubai Opera additionally gloats various spaces and scenes, including a shocking housetop eatery and sky cultivate with perspectives of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Near Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates. Price:  95 - 950 AED Timings:  10:00AM – 9:00PM Click Here to Book Now: Dubai Opera Tickets

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

The city of Dubai is known for balancing the cultures of the Middle East as well as the luxury that makes it so popular amongst tourists. You will get to spend time marveling at the sheer beauty of the gold displayed in the stores there such as Damas, ARY, and Alukkas.  The smaller stores around are quite a sight to see and experience. The Old Souk marine station is very close to the Gold Souk and the Dubai fish and vegetable market are nearby attractions too. Location:  Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. Timings:  Monday to Sunday 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM except on Friday 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM How to Reach:  The best route is through the Dubai Metro to Al Ghubaiba or through the regular Abra (boat) which will get you here directly.  Also Check:   30 Best Cafes in Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that has opened its doors to those of non-muslim faith. Visitors can come to the Jumeirah Mosque six days a week and are required to dress modestly. Women need to wear a headscarf while visiting the mosque. If you do not have the adequate attire, you can always borrow it from the mosque itself. 

The Jumeirah Mosque is made completely out of white stone and is a spectacular sight to marvel at both during the day and night. The mosque can accommodate up to 1200 worshippers at any given time. There is a large dome at the center of the mosque which is stunning, and you will marvel at the architecture of the monument. 

The real beauty of the place can be seen at night when the mosque is lit up and you can see intricate artistry all around the monument, highlighted under the lights.

Location:  Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 am daily (except Friday) Suggested Read:  Relaxing Things To Do In Dubai Book Now -   Dubai Family Holiday Packages

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates was founded in the year 2005 and is the second-largest shopping center in Dubai after The Dubai Mall. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Dubai. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, shops that have hundreds of high-end brands, theatres, etc at the Mall of the Emirates but the main attraction is the walk-in chilling freezer which takes you straight to Ski Dubai. There are large windows that separate the beautiful winter landscape from the mall, so you can enjoy the view, watching others ski and snowboard while seated at the mall in your summer-wear. Highlights: 560 high-end brands, as many as fourteen cinemas, 6.5 million square feet of area, Kempinski Hotel, which is a five-star one, Ski Dubai. Location: Mall of The Emirates, E11 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  10:00AM - 12:00AM Also Checkout: Best Beach Restaurants in Dubai .

Kite Beach

Located across the Al Manara Road junction, the Kite Beach is apt to its name. The beach sees thousands of tourists every year, who visit this beach specifically to enjoy water sports and participate in kitesurfing. That’s what the beach gets its name from.  Kite Beach is family-friendly and teems with tourists throughout the year. The sands are soft and clean, and the pristine white texture will relax your soul. You have a great view of the Burj-Al-Arab from the beach too. There are other activities available to enjoy here apart from kite surfing, namely beach volleyball, beach tennis, kayaking, soap football, etc. 

There are a lot of facilities available too, which make your time worthwhile here. There are many food trucks and cafes, wifi, shower, and washroom facilities, changing rooms, etc. On Friday and Saturday, the beachside teems with a seaside market that sells art and craft items, souvenirs to take home, etc. Location:    35 A St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Best Time to Visit: February to August is the ideal time to visit the beach. Things to Keep in Mind: Swimsuit (fully clad) for women and men while swimming. Also check:  Best Pubs and Bars in Dubai

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The Aura Skypool

The Aura Skypool

The Aura Skypool is one of the newest entries in the list of gems of Dubai. This one is the highest infinity pool in the world and offers a 350 degree view of Dubai's skyline. In addition to this, the pool is open for all and acts as a perfect place to click some postcard perfect pictures with the Arabian Gulf as a backdrop.

Guru Nanak Darbar

Guru Nanak Darbar

Guru Nanak Darbar is built in the demand from the Sikh community for a dedicated place of worship. The Gurudwara is believed to be the first of its kind in the entire region. It has a dedicated floor for a community feasts for about 5,000 people at a time and a huge hall for devotional songs. The main prayer hall of the new Gurudwara has a 7.2-metre high ceiling and 18-metre diameter dome roof. The function hall can accommodate up to 900 people.  Location: It is located in Jebel Ali which is around 35 km from Dubai center. Taxi is the best mode of transportation to reach the temple. The closest metro station is Ibn Batuta.  Timings: It is opened daily from 4:30 AM to 9 :30 PM Suggested Read:   Things to Do in Abu Dhabi

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

For someone who is visiting Dubai in a leisurely manner and has quite some time in hand, then you can have an amazing time at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. One of the most amazing  Dubai tourist places, the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club promises you a relaxed vacation and an exciting time in the midst of everything that’s nice, such as taking care of your fitness, riding a horse, go on swims, pamper yourself with a spa, enjoy delicious delicacies and cuisines, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club. Don't forget to check out the best spa parlors in Dubai . 

Highlights: Gym, swimming pool, Zumba, yoga, horse riding, spa, etc. Dine world-class cuisines at - Palermo, Epona, Ippos, and the Splash Pool Bar. Location: Al Qudra Road, Opposite to Arabian Ranches, next to Studio City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  6:00 AM - 12:00 AM Recommended Read:  Places To Visit in Hatta Suggested Read:   Picnic Spots in Dubai

Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Al Bastakia is an old ruin worthy town that will send culture lovers into a fine tizzy. While here, you can roll down the sandy lanes to the modern white mosque, noting the splendid architectural details of the grand gypsum, coral, and limestone buildings and marvel at the carved wooden doors with brass knockers and the intricate gates that adorn every building here. Take a stroll upstairs for the incredible view of Bastakia rooftops and take a good long look at the wind towers. This traditional form of air-conditioning, constructed to funnel cool air into the house, was an architectural series of buildings in southern Iran.  The vicinity offers some major attractions in Dubai like Ave gallery, XVA gallery, Old city wall, Sheikh Muhammed Centre for cultural understanding and much more.  Location:  Al Hamriya,Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Suggested Read:  Best Restaurants in Bur Dubai You May Also Checkout -  Dubai Trip From Chennai

Saeed Al Maktoum House

Saeed Al Maktoum House

Stationed in the locality of Al Shindagha, this historic building is the former residential house of one of the old-time rulers of the Emirates; Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum and has proven to be one of the best places to visit in Dubai due to its historic significance. The building is now converted into a museum and has an array of artifacts from all over the Arab world. You will get to see historic photographs, documents, and furnishings from years dating back to the 1800s and you can get a chance to catch his panoramic landscape of Dubai’s skyline. Location:  Al Khaleej Rd | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM except on Friday it is 3:00 PM - 8:30PM How to Reach:  You can use public buses and the metro as well to get to this museum. Also Read: Guide To Visit  Infinity Des Lumières

World Island

World Island

The World Islands were developed by Dubai’s visionary development company called Nakheel. As the name suggests, the World Islands are islands spread across the coast of Dubai that looks like the world map in the ocean. These islands are on for rent or sale, as pleased by the customer. Of course, these cost beyond what you and I can convey, but this is a view we can most definitely enjoy. The only way to travel between the islands is by yachts or by air. The World Islands were completed in 2008 and have been up for rent and sell in the categories of homes, community islands and resorts in Dubai . If you can own one of these islands and make it your home, you can enjoy blissful vacations in your own private island off Dubai’s coast. Highlights: 300 private islands that are divided into estate homes, private homes, resorts, and community islands. Location: The World Islands, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Suggested Read:  25 Awesome Beach resorts in Dubai Suggested Read:  Best Restaurants in Dubai Marina Walk

Sky Views Dubai

Sky Views Dubai

If you consider yourself a braveheart and want to experience the most thrilling thing in Dubai then visit the Sky Views Dubai. Sitting on the 52nd and 53rd floor of Sky View Hotel, this place is a new style observation area which does not limit you. From the glass slide from 53rd floor to 52nd floor to the Edge walk experience between the twin towers, a lot of activities are available here. 

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Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an initiative by the Dubai Government that allows you to spend a good amount of time camping at the deserts of Dubai (over 9 in number) and dine in the company of night stars which are primarily organized to experience a Bedouin lifestyle. Over here, you can experience camel safari and falcon shows, several other activities that will get you to the true essence of Dubai. Highlights:  This reserve provides an array of activities such as Falconry, Archery, Horse Riding, Dune Driving, Camping, Hookah.  Location: The office is located on the Airport road and they will take you to the desert where you can participate in a variety of activities. Timings:  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Suggested Read:   Camel safari tours in Dubai , the most loved activity by tourists. You Can Also Book:  Bali Bird Park Tickets

Dubai Museum

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Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Located in the district of Deira near to the Gold Souk, this is a traditional spice souk in Dubai that offers a variety of fragrant spices to choose from. It’s a heavenly place which has a series of aromatic spices that is only available in this part of the Middle East. The colors alone are enough to make you want to stay here for a longer time. It is the biggest spice market in Dubai and has textiles and household items as well. The narrow passageways are a delight for the photographer’s eyes and you will get a chance to see the fresh stock of herbs and spices coming in from Iran, India, and Southeast Asia. Location:  26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings:  7:30AM–9:30PM How to Reach : You can reach the place by public transport (bus) or by the metro.  Also Checkout:   30 Best places for romantic dinner in Dubai Must Book -  Dubai Trip From Hyderabad

Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum

Whether you are a history buff or a traveller simply interested in history, there can be no place better than the Etihad Museum for paying a visit. At Etihad Museum , you get to see some of the historic items that changed the course of history for the United Arab Emirates. The Etihad Museum is clearly one of the best historic places to visit in Dubai. Everything from rare videos and sounds to documentation of the historic meetings, important figures, moments from the period of 1968-1974. Highlights: Historically accurate and extremely well-documented archives, some of the most iconic and personal items, masterpieces that belonged to the Founding Fathers are on display. Location: 1 Jumeirah Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Price:  10 - 25 AED Timings:  10:00AM - 8:00PM Also Checkout:  20 Best Villas in Dubai Book & Checkout -  Dubai Tour Packages From Kerala

Dolphin Bay

Dolphin Bay

The Dolphin Bay at Atlantis is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Dubai. If you are one of those adventurous people who love the idea of getting in the water and swimming with dolphins, then visiting Dolphin Bay is the right thing to do for you. You will come across some of the most sophisticated and well-trained dolphins here at Dolphin Bay. It doesn’t matter what kind of experience you have as a swimmer, if you are a novice, you can stay in the shallow waters and enjoy being with the dolphins, if you are an expert, you can go for scuba diving with the dolphins in the deep end. Highlights: Complimentary entry to Aquaventure Water Park on the same day, vests and wetsuits are provided. Location: Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Price: 838 - 974 AED Timings:  9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Book & Explore -  Dubai Tour Packages From Surat                                Dubai Packages From Chandigarh Must Read:  Places to Visit in Dubai in December  

Bur Dubai Village

Bur Dubai Village

Bur Dubai Village, also known as the Dubai Heritage Village is located near the mouth of Dubai Creek that takes tourist back in time through a series of heritage villages complete with recreated architecture and local artisans. For patrons, the village is a great place to find unique handmade items to take home as souvenirs or gifts.  Highlights: The vicinity offers many places to stroll around like Pottery shopping, visit traditional markets and enjoy live performances of Arabian folklore such as Raza, Ayyala, and Harbeya. Location:  Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings: It is opened every day from 08:00 to 20: 00, however on Fridays many shops will be closed as the operational hours are 15:00 to 22:00.  How to Reach : You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba bus and train station nearby.  Suggested Read:  Things to Do in Burj Khalifa   Also Checkout -  Dubai Tour Packages From Vadodara

Children’s City

Children’s City

Located in Creekside park along the side of Bur Dubai, this colourful cluster of lego-style buildings in Creek Park is jam-packed with dozens of interactive and inspiring learning stations. The stations are specifically geared for kids between 2 and 15. The place boasts of a wide range of activities. Activities:  There are daily educational workshops, story events, competitions, theatres and it’s own Planetarium. There is also a Toddler’s Area to engage kids below 6 years of age in interactive learning. Location:  Al Riyadh St | 90 Awolowo Way Ikeja Lagos, Dubai +234,  United Arab Emirates. Price: 10 - 15 AED Timings: 9 AM–7 PM (Sunday-Thursday) 2 PM–8 PM (Friday-Saturday) How to Reach : The best way to get here is by taxi. Recommended Read:  Roller Coaster Rides in Dubai Also Book -  Dubai Tour Packages From Jaipur

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An important spot in the history of Dubai and the people over there, Safa Park has been going through many redevelopments from years. It is a 64-hectare huge park which was an erstwhile accommodation center for illegal migrants from South Asia mostly. The park came into establishment during 1975 after the inhabitants were removed from there.

Deira Clocktower

Deira Clocktower

A clear definition of Dubai’s Clock Tower has not been published anywhere but it is one of the major landmarks in Dubai. It is believed to be constructed by the people in Dubai lived during 1960s have designed and created the clock. 

Deira Clocktower or Dubai Clock tower as people fondly call is a roundabout in Dubai. It is located in eastern Dubai in Deira exactly at the intersection of Umm Hurrair Road and route D 89 road. It is a predominant monument in Deira and the access to the famous Al Maktoum Bridge is provided by this monument.

Highlights:  It was designed by an architect Ziki Homsi and it was built by Architecture Design Construction as the people say. It came into existence as a symbol of Dubai’s life and one can witness or learn the importance of this tower in the lives of the natives. As the Telegraph newspaper listed out, Dubai Clock Tower is the prime attraction in Dubai and one of the 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world.

Location:  Deira, Dubai. From Dubai main city, it is hardly 10 kms to reach Deira Clock Tower.

Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue

An industrial compound accommodating warehouses in the industrial zone of Al Quoz in Dubai is Alserkal Avenue. Now, it is being celebrated as an arts and culture district with a wide array of galleries, facilities and platforms. It houses residencies for local and international artists as well.  The time Alserkal Avenue was just an industrial location has flown away and not it displays itself as a mix of industrial business and creative spaces. There are 60 art houses, design and creative venues which have foundations, private collections and community projects. It was founded in 2007 and from then on it was gathering the region’s artists and other people who belong to different sorts of lives to have discussions and dialogues, to share their ideas and enhance their artistic values to a great height. Highlights:  The galleries here are made distinct and beautiful by arranging individual programs which represent the emerging or established artists along with some exhibitions, talks, discussions, community events and so on. Location:  Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  The Avenue is open on all days except on Fridays from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm. Price: Entry is free of cost.

Emirates Towers

Emirates Towers

The Emirates Towers is one of the most amazing places to see in Dubai. There are four hundred suites and rooms, and the Jumeirah Towers is the home of about thirteen nightclubs and dining ventures, where you can escape anytime. The Jumeirah Towers are the only towers that provide you unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park. You also have complete access to Jumeirah Tower’s private beach at any time of the day. Staying at the Emirates Towers is an experience in itself and therefore, as a traveller, you can always come here and experience the hospitality and wonders of the Emirates Towers. Highlights: Private beach, unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park. Emirates Tower’s atrium lobby is one of the best places for business in Dubai. The towers also have a string of venues for social and business meets and host some of the most iconic conferences as well. Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Suggested Read:  Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Dubai Must Book -  Dubai Honeymoon Packages From India

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall

While shopping is fun, Ibn Battuta Mall makes it a beautiful experience too with its spellbinding architecture and plentiful things to buy. Named after a Moroccan traveler, the mall has just one floor but is widespread to cover over 250 shops, a multiplex, some restaurants, a five-star hotel, and even a gym. To honor the man who traveled to places six lands, the mall is also divided into six zones, namely- China Court, India Court, Persia Court, Egypt Court, Tunisia Court, and Andalusia Court.  To visit so many lands in one mall, you have to ensure that Ibn Battuta Mall is on your list of places to see in Dubai. Location: Sheikh Zayed Road Timings: 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM (Saturday-Wednesday) 10:00 AM–12:00 AM (Friday-Saturday) Suggested Read:  Best Beach Clubs in Dubai Book Now & Checkout -  Dubai Honeymoon Packages From Delhi

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Another one in the array of places to visit when in Dubai is the Dubai Butterfly Garden that exhibits more than 15,000 butterflies and vibrant colored flowers that will melt your heart away with beauty. There are 26 different varieties of butterflies and ten domes where you can spot them sucking nectar from the flowers. This is a place where you can learn about the ecosystem of butterflies and delight your eyes with the stellar displays. If you are traveling to Dubai then this is a must-visit destination and must not miss out on a chance of touring it. Location:  Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area, Beside Dubai Miracle Garden - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Price: 55 - 60 AED Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Saturday-Thursday), 9:00 AM–7:0 PM (Friday) Click Here to Book Now: Butterfly Garden Dubai Tickets Also Read: Best Turkish Restaurants in Dubai

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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Famed as Umm Suqeim beach, the Sunset beach is arched with the trails of coconut grooves and is a great spot for relaxing. Marking its spot in the best places to visit in Dubai it is settled close to Burj Al Arab and is one of the most serene coasts. Ranging from water adventures like surfing, fishing, and kite surfing to the long trails of sand for sunbathing here, you can witness all of it. Stroll along with your partner, relax watching the sunset, or pump up your adrenaline with adventures at the Sunset beach Location: Sunset Beach, Dubai Recommended Read: Best Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi for Free

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Dubai Autodrome

Dubai Autodrome

Known to be Dubai’s first-fully integrated entertainment and motorsport zone, the Dubai Autodrome is one of the best places to visit in Dubai. It is located in the center of the MotorCity development center and has a 5.39 km long circuit for racing. You can opt for the self-driven cars or can pump up the adrenaline to its notch by driving the cars on your own. There are two options available for karting: indoor & outdoor tracks. Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings:  9 AM - 5 PM Also Read: Things to Do in Dubai Mall

Cayan Tower

Cayan Tower

The shape resembling that of a helical, the Cayan Tower is a luxury apartment and every floor has the same architecture plan. The architecture of the building is quite intriguing and the shape is an expression of the relationship between a building’s form and the structural framework. As the tower has a twisting shape it is one of the most amusing tourist places in Dubai. It is located in the proximity of Dubai Internet City and from this tower, you can gape at the stellar views of the Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf.  Location: 1202, Al Barsha Heights, Tecom, Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on all days except Saturday & Sunday.

Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District

The list of adjectives falls short to define the beauty of artworks showcased in the Dubai Design District. It marks its spot on the list of amusing tourist attractions in Dubai and is famed for its global and design festivals. The district is dotted with a number of chic-galleries and also displays the artworks of the up-coming artists. Location: Dubai Design District PO Box 333 300 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach Park

One of the most serene places for visiting in Dubai is Al Mamzar Beach Park that is a hidden jewel for travelers. The park sprawls over 106 hectares and is located close to the Mamzar beach. The entire park is adorned with a number of entertainment zones where the children and adults can spend gala time. The best thing about this park is that it has well-manicured gardens, pool access, and beachfront that is a great spot for relaxing. Location: Al Mamzar Beach St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Price: None

The Walk at JBR

The Walk at JBR

Another one in the array of places to visit in Dubai is the Jumeirah Beach Residence that is a wavefront strip and is famed as the walk JBR. The entire beachside track is dotted with retail shopping spots, international retailers, handicraft shops, and boutiques. Apart from this, here you can even witness the pop-up markets at the streets and shop for antiques, jewelry, and relish local meals at the stalls. Something that you must not miss is strolling at the beach and shopping for amazing trinkets.

Location: The Walk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 24 hours open

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Azure Beach

Azure Beach

Watch the sun set down along with the sparkling golden sands and relax at the Azure beach. This is one of the most tranquil places for visiting in Dubai that is located in the heart of Dubai. The beach is dotted with a number of stalls, where you can relish the local meals and the entertainment zones where you can party all night. This beach is famed as a social paradise and is a great place to visit with family, friends, and partners! Apart from this, at this beach, you can even opt for a private island bed and gape at the beauties of Dubai. Location: Rixos Premium Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm Price: None

Al Sufouh Beach

Al Sufouh Beach

Famed as the “Secret Beach” Al Sufouh Beach is one of the most impressive places to visit in Dubai. The beach is tucked away from the buzzing city life and is settled close to Burj Al Arab. The beach is arched with the trails of palms and the environs are quite relaxing that makes it a great spot for spending quality time. The waters of the beach are not very shallow and you can dive deep into the waters and explore the underwater kingdom. Location: Al Sufouh Beach, Dubai Timings: 24 hours open for all Price: None

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Al Qudra Lake

Al Qudra Lake

Tucked close to the striking skyline of Dubai the Al Qudra Lake is one of the most interesting places to visit when in Dubai. It is dotted with several other lakes in its proximity and is a great leisure spot. The lake is interwoven with the laid back vibes and stellar vistas of nature. Apart from the soothing water, here you can even spot an array of avian species that include oryx, desert foxes, and more than 200 other bird varieties. Location: Al Qudra Lake, Dubai. Timings: 24 hours open Price: None

Dubai Coffee Museum

Dubai Coffee Museum

Are you a lover of caffeine? Add the Dubai Coffee Museum in your list of tourist attractions in Dubai as this is a place that brings all cultures together over coffee. In this museum, you can witness the laid back vibes and learn about the coffee culture with the movies. The museum has artifacts that have coffee making equipment and here you can learn about the aromatic brews and their origin. Location: Villa 44, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday to Thursday only. Price: Starting from INR 1000 per person.

Oli Oli

Looking for places to visit when in Dubai? Head to the Oli Oli with your family as it features 8 different galleries that sprawl over two floors. Each one of the galleries is equipped with modern equipment and displays the artworks. The idea of the galleries is inspired by global educators and artists. At this gallery, you can experience 40 different artifacts and learn a lot at the spaces like the creative lab, fort building, and the future park. If you are here with your family, then this place is a paradise for the kids where they can have fun all day! Location:  62 4 A St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Price:  40 - 43 AED

Al Jaber Gallery

Al Jaber Gallery

If you are an art lover then one of the most classic tourist places in Dubai is the Al Jaber Gallery that features an exotic collection of antiques, arts, and distinct crafts that will melt your heart away. Apart from this, the collection even owns a collection of carpets that are handcrafted and ranging from the small to full-sized each one of them is available in stock. 

Location: Financial Center Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Dubai Street Museum

Love street art? Add Dubai Street Museum in your list of places to visit in Dubai as this outdoor gallery showcases the artworks of popular names like Hua Tunan, Ashwaq Abdulla and Inkman. There are amazing murals made with spray paints and the gallery features an elegant painting called the “Prohibited” where there is a girl & boy peeping through a window. Apart from this, it even has a calligraphy quote that denotes, “A positive spirit resides in our soul”. Location: Dubai Street Museum, Dubai. Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days. Suggested Read: Zoos in Dubai

 XPark Jr.

Vacationing with your family? Tour the XPark Jr. that is arched with well-manicured gardens and adorned with beautiful flowers making it the best park of Dubai. The park features a number of swings, slides, and a whole lot more unique adventures. Your kids can play in the mud or can test their skills by climbing the nets. Apart from this, the kids can even witness the petting zoo as that is the best place in the park.  Location: 35A Mizmelah Street, Kite Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Also Read:  Best Indoor Activities in Dubai  

Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta Heritage Village

Located in the Al Hajar Mountains, on the outskirts of Dubai city, the Hatta Heritage Village shows the traveler the beautiful traditional life in Dubai. You will get to observe the strong attachment of the people who hail from this old town, people whose ancestors were farmers and handicraft men. The other significance also lies in the houses that you will see here, which were built from mountain rocks in the old year. There are over 17 houses, 2 castles and even a fortress here that you can revel in. You can explore the sculptures here as well and enjoy the folklore, the songs and the performances that grace the village every night. Location:  Al Hajar Mountains, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings: Can visit the place from Saturday to Thursday How to Book:  Day Tour To Hatta And Kalba Flat 20% Off Click Here to Book Now: Hatta Heritage Village Tour From Dubai with Kayaking

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The innovative and unique Museum of the Future in Dubai is an exciting new addition to the Dubai skyline. Listed as one of the most innovative structures in the world, this futuristic museum is poised to become one of the most exciting tourist attractions in the city. It gives visitors valuable insight into the future of human technology and innovation with practical exhibits, amazing installations and unique inventions that are yet to be introduced to the world population. At the Museum of the Future, you can get a glimpse into the human potential – and what the world could look like a few decades down the line. Along with the exhibits, the very structure of the museum is reflective of its innovation – where a portion of the building was made by robots. The exterior is defined by massive steel panels with Arabic inscriptions, which makes the museum as distinctive as other iconic structures in Dubai including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Frame. You can explore 7 floors of fantastic installations and exhibits that let you imagine a world several years in the future. It is also a wonderful place for children to familiarize themselves with technology and its unending potential. Museum of the Future encourages visitors to ask imaginative questions such as “What would a world where robots take care of the elderly, look like” and “Can AI help humans get superhuman powers like running faster than usual?” All these aspects of the Museum of the Future will allow you to transport yourself to the future and experience a world that is as yet, inaccessible to most of mankind. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that is impossible to find anywhere else in the world, one which will make your trip to Dubai a truly life-changing experience.Here is the Design and Architecture of the Museum of the Future Dubai:The Museum has been constructed by Killa Designs using the latest technology in design and construction. AI and robotics technology have been used to precision-cut almost 1000 moulds that make up the unique exterior of the museum. The shape of the museum represents the sky and the earth, inspired by Feng-Shui philosophies.One of the most distinctive features of the design is the Arabic calligraphy that is carved into the steel paneling, which are all quotes from the Prime Minister of Dubai talking about the future of the country. There are 7 levels which are connected by an elevated walkway that leads to the Metro Station, and also a bridge that links the museum directly with the Emirates Towers.Experience The Visual World By Booking: Museum of the Future Tickets

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, a renowned skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the tallest structure and building in the whole wide world. It boasts a height of 2722 feet with the roof soaring up to an elevation of 2717 feet. It was developed for Dubai to gain recognition on an international level.It was originally given the name of Burj Dubai but was later renamed in the honor of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates’ President and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.The building is designated as the world's tallest one and has led to break numerous height records. The Burj Khalifa is a mixed-use development designed to be a large scale centrepiece. It boasts a total of 9 hotels including the renowned The Address Downtown Dubai, 30,000 homes, a minimum of 19 residential skyscrapers, 7.4 acres of parkland, 12 hectares of artificial Burj Khalifa Lake, and the Dubai Mall.Back in the year, 2010 in the month of January an outdoor observation deck by the name of 'At The Top' opened on the 124th floor of the building. Featuring a height of 1483 feet, it was the world's height outdoor observation deck. Although, in the year 2011 it was surpassed by Cloud Top 488 of the Canton Tower featuring a height of 1601 feet. Once again, Burj Khalifa gave the highest observation deck to the world when it opened the 1821 feet high 148th-floor SKY level in the year 2014 on October 15th. The record was overtaken in June 2016 when the Shanghai Tower came up with an observation deck boasting a height of 1840.55 feet.The observation deck on the 124th-floor features an augmented reality device, the electronic device by Gsmprjct° of Montréal. The device allows tourists to view the beautifully landscaped surroundings in real-time. It also allows them to relish the previously taken and saved images such that the ones taken under several weather conditions at different times of the day.The management works well to reduce the rush of daily sightseers by allowing them to buy tickets for a specific time and date in advance at a 75% discounted price as compared to when purchased on spot. When the visibility is high and the tide is low, one can view the Iran shores from the skyscraper top.Planning a Dubai Trip, Checkout: Best Holiday Tour Packages to DubaiHere are a few facts about the Burj Khalifa:1. Burj Khalifa is the ultimate venue for the Dubai New Year's Eve celebration, a unique global spectacle. 2. Burj Khalifa utilized 39000 tons of steel reinforcement, 330 000 cubic meters of concrete, 103 000 square meters of high-quality glass, and 15500 square meters of embossed stainless glass.3. The skyscraper became the tallest man-made structure in the world just one thousand three hundred and twenty-five days after excavation work started in the year 2004.4. The skyscraper was named after Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi.5. There are fifty-seven lifts in Burj Khalifa, including fifty-five single decks and two double decks. 6. Burj Khalifa has two observation decks - one on the 125 and 124th floors and another one on the 148th floor. 7. Watching the sunset from Burj Khalifa's lower deck is a breathtaking experience. From a height of over four hundred and fifty-two meters, you can watch the sunset in the Arabian desert. 8. Burj Khalifa offers you an option to dine at the highest and the most famous restaurant in the world - At.mosphere. Burj Khalifa also has many other restaurants like Armani Amal, Armani Mediterraneo, Armani Ristorante, Armani Deli, Armani Hashi, and Armani Lounge.Explore the world of butterflies by booking Butterfly Garden Tickets in DubaiBurj Khalifa FireworksCelebrate New Year Eve in style by watching the amazing display of the fireworks from Burj Khalifa. This iconic building lights up to its full glory during the New Year and becomes the center of attraction for everyone. The duration of the Burj Khalifa display is around twenty minutes making it one of the largest and the longest firework displays.Burj Khalifa is fully illuminated in different colors through the fireworks display, and you can capture this amazing phenomenon on your camera. The fireworks are lit after the stroke of midnight, but you should arrive as early as possible to get a good spot to watch this phenomenal spectacle.Awaken the adrenaline rush by indulging in Sky Diving in Dubai

Dubai Aquarium And Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the awe-inspiring man-made wonders comprises of 3 sections that present a captivating sight to the visitors interested in exploring the unrestrained aquatic life in DubaiDubai Aquarium is a gargantuan 10-million litre tank located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. One of the largest suspended aquariums admeasuring 51 meters long, 20 meters deep, and 11 meters high houses 140 species of thousands of exciting marine animals amidst artificial coral.33,000 vibrant marine creatures including 400 sharks and rays, large sea bass, and shoals of oceanic fish that habitat the aquarium enthuse the kids and adults alike. The tank is known for its largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. The public can view the aquarium through the world’s largest acrylic panel for free from the Mall.Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, the 48-meter walk-through tunnel takes the visitors on a fascinating journey of marine life. It offers a 270-degree view of the aquarium from 11 meters below the surface of the tank and presents visitors an option to capture aquatic life through their camera lens.Underwater Zoo, situated above the tank on level two is segregated into 3 ecological zones – Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean. The 40 individual display tanks bring visitors face to face with an astounding range of aquatic creatures that inhabit both rivers and oceans.Be bedazzled by a menagerie of exotic and weird critters such as Piranhas, African dwarf crocodiles, Lionfish, Sea horses, Archerfish, Nautilus, Water rats, Cichlids, etc. A cynosure of Underwater Zoo is 5.1m long Australian saltwater lake crocodile names King Croc. The monstrous reptile that 40 yrs old and weighs 750kg, sends shivers down the spine of the visitors.Snakes, lizards, Giant Spider Crabs, and other nocturnal desert denizens of UAE such as an Arabian toad, and veiled chameleons also inhabit the Underwater Zoo.The ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system that changes the ambiance of the tank based on the time of the day mesmerizes the visitors.Explore the Beautiful Underwater World by Booking Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo Tickets

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A city of mesmerizing contrasts, Dubai is Old World charm meets modern metropolis – and it blends the two together in ultimate style that few other cities around the world can match. Dubai attractions come in all forms; from traditional pedestrian markets to the world’s tallest building, and everything in between .

Having been built up exponentially over the past half-century, the city’s skyline is now peppered with towering skyscrapers, while its streets are lined with luxury malls and five-star hotels.

And yet despite all the modernity on display, Dubai has managed to retain much of its traditional Arabic culture and heritage – meaning that whether you’re a history buff, architecture lover, adrenaline junkie (make sure to venture out to the desert dunes nearby) or foodie (the souks are a melting pot of flavors that can’t be missed), you’ll be spoiled for choice for noteworthy attractions in Dubai .

Nowhere is this more evident than in the historic district of Bastakiya, where you can wander through meandering alleyways lined with colorful wind towers and traditional merchant houses before hopping over to the slew of modern attractions at Zabeel Park just 10 minutes away.

So, without further ado, here are our 50 best tourist attractions in Dubai that you simply cannot miss!

1 – Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

And, as you’d expect from a skyscraper of this status, the views from atop its observation deck are nothing short of extraordinary. As the tallest outdoor observation deck, at a whopping 1,820 feet high, visitors are greeted with 360-degree views of Dubai’s magnificent skyline and contrasting desert and ocean landscapes.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, head to the Atmosphere Grill and Lounge – an upscale 122nd-floor eaterie with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can sip champagne as you soak up the incredible vistas.

There are plenty of other Dubai attractions that offer breathtaking views, but few can match the sheer scale and grandeur of the Burj Khalifa. So if you’re looking to tick one thing off your Dubai bucket list, make sure it’s this!

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2 – Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Across the expansive 10-million-liter aquarium, visitors have the rare chance to get up close and personal with some of the most intimidating (yet often misunderstood) predators in the world, including sharks and rays, alongside thousands of bright and vibrant creatures (everything from seahorses to starfish and jellies) in impressively constructed rainforest and deep ocean environments.

If you’re feeling brave, you can even get up close with the friendlier creatures at the touch tanks! Located right next to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the aquarium is one of the most centrally located attractions in Dubai – perfect for those who want to make the most of their time in the city.

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3 – Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden, Dubai

The ideal morning destination for Instagrammers and nature-lovers alike, the Miracle Garden is a vibrant and colorful oasis that sells itself as one of the must-visits for anyone traveling to Dubai.

Set across 72,000 square meters of land, this enchanting garden playground is home to over 50 million flowers arranged into intricate designs and patterns (think hearts, butterflies, castles, ducks, and even a giant Emirates plane!).

About 70% of the garden’s displays are constantly changing throughout the year (with different themes for each season), so there’s always something new to see and light up that social media feed – no matter how many times you visit.

And if you thought the outside was impressive, just wait until you see the indoor butterfly garden! Here you can walk among thousands (close to 15,000, to be exact) of free-flying butterflies as they flutter around you in a beautiful temperature-controlled environment.

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4 – Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

Made famous back in 1999 by being dubbed ‘the world’s only seven-star hotel’, the Burj Al Arab is one of Dubai’s most iconic and luxurious landmarks.

Positioned on its own man-made island just offshore from Jumeirah Beach, this sail-shaped hotel is impossible to miss – and it’s not just because of its size (at 321 meters tall, it’s one of the tallest hotels in the world).

From the moment you step inside, you’re greeted with an incredible level of opulence and extravagance with an engulfing atrium that needs to be seen to be believed. From the stunning marble lobby with its grandiose staircases and calming waterfall features, to the lavish suites complete with 24-karat gold iPads and butler service (there’s a staff-to-suite ratio of 8:1) – no expense has been spared in making the Burj Al Arab one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet.

Foodies, even if you’re not staying at the hotel, be sure to book a time to dine at one of the seven world-renowned restaurants on site. From delectable French cuisine at Al Muntaha, to classic seafood fare at Al Mahara – your taste buds will be in for a treat.

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5 – Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

A little off the beaten track in Zabeel Park, the Dubai Frame is one of those hidden gems that’s often overlooked by first-time visitors to the city.

And that’s a shame, because this 150-meter tall structure offers some of the best views in Dubai. From the top of the frame, you can see old Dubai on one side and new Dubai on the other – making it the perfect place to get your bearings and understand how this city has transformed itself from a small trading port into one of the most futuristic metropolises on earth.

But it’s not just about the views from the 93-meter glass skywalk; inside, there’s also an informative museum chronicling Dubai’s rich history, as well a handful of displays pointing toward the future of the city.

Hot tip: arrive about an hour before sunset and, if possible, avoid weekends as it can get a little crowded.

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6 – The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm, Dubai

Regularly finding itself on the front of postcards and Instagram stories, the world-famous and manmade Palm Jumeirah archipelago, constructed to resemble the shape of a palm tree, has long been one of Dubai’s most renowned landmarks.

While there are plenty of ways to experience the Palm – from taking a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk or going for a swim at one of the many beaches – perhaps the best way to see it is from above at The View at The Palm.

Towering 240 meters above the sands, perched on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, this observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Palm, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Arabian Gulf, Bluewaters Island.

On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Burj Khalifa and beyond. So make sure you bring your camera, and reserve a few minutes for sipping on cocktails at the elegant View Lounge (the Cheers at The View package oozes VIP luxury, if that’s what you’re after).

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7 – Sharjah Grand Mosque

Sharjah Grand Mosque, Dubai

Stepping away from the ultra-luxe and diving into the traditional and cultural side of this Arabian metropolis, the Sharjah Grand Mosque is one of Dubai’s most important (not to mention architecturally stunning) historical locales.

This beautiful house of worship was built in 2014 and can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers at any one time.

With beautiful domes, chandeliers, and windows, as well as towering 60-meter-high minarets, this cherished landmark is brilliant inside and out.

Just be mindful that you dress modestly (think long pants/dresses and tops that cover your shoulders) out of respect for the customs.

And if you really want to get a taste of traditional Emirati culture, sign up for one of the mosque’s guided tours which dives into the building, city, and culture.

8 – Dubai Creek

Dhow cruise in Dubai Creek

Hop aboard a traditional dhow cruise and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Once the beating heart of Dubai, this saltwater creek acted as an important trading hub for merchants from all over the world and was responsible for much of the city’s early growth.

Nowadays, it remains an integral part of local life – many residents still live and work on its shores – and is one of those places that really helps give Dubai its unique character.

You can explore the creek by taking a leisurely stroll along its banks, hopping on an abra (a small wooden water taxi) to get from one side to the other, or taking a dhow cruise at sunset for a truly magical experience as you glide past illuminated souks, modern skyscrapers, and traditional wind towers.

With a range of Dhow cruises to choose from – including combination tours that visit the nearby sand dunes or Burj Khalifa as well – you’ll find something intriguing no matter your interest or budget.

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9 – IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

This one’s for the thrill-seekers.

A crowd-favorite when it comes to high-energy Dubai attractions, IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor amusement park like no other, boasting a total of four epic adventure zones (plus Novo Cinema), each inspired by some of the world’s most popular cartoons and comic books – Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard.

With close to two dozen adrenaline-inducing rides and roller coasters, plus shows, costumed characters, and no shortage of unique eateries (Mama Scano’s Of Yancy Street dishes up a killer pizza), and plenty of shopping spots, there really is something here for everyone.

Whether you want to go on a heart-pounding rollercoaster ride or meet your favorite cartoon characters in person, IMG Worlds of Adventure is 1.5 million square feet – making it the largest indoor park in the world – of fun guaranteed to be a day that you’ll never forget.

Free parking is available, and the park is open every day until 10pm (11pm on the weekend).

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10 – Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah island, Dubai

Aptly named after its palm tree-shaped outline, this massive manmade island juts out into the Persian Gulf and is home to an array of luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and top-tier Dubai tourist attractions.

One of the most popular things to do on the Palm is to take a ride on the Palm Jumeirah Monorail, which offers stunning views of not only the island itself but also nearby Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm . Along the way you’ll stop at the Golden Mile Galleria, Al Ittihad Park, Nakheel Mall, and Atlant, each destination worth exploring in its own right!

If you’re feeling active (and have deep pockets), experience a speedboat tour , or why not try your hand at paddleboarding or flyboarding (sometimes called the ‘jetovator’).

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11 – Dubai Fountain

Dubai fountain show

Dazzling visitors time and time again, the Dubai Fountain is a whimsical water wonder that provides the perfect backdrop for any tourist snap. Located at the base of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and next to The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world, this massive musical fountain is truly a sight to behold.

Performing daily at sunset (and sometimes during the day), the Dubai Fountain puts on an impressive display of water, light, and music that is emblematic of Dubai’s desire to outperform the rest of the world in style, size, and technology. And it does so every half hour in the evenings from 6pm to 11pm.

Best seen from one of the many nearby cafes or restaurants with outdoor seating, it’s also possible to take a ride on an abra for a closer look – just make sure you’re prepared to get wet!

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12 – Desert Safari

Dubai desert safari

Despite towering skyscrapers and engineering marvels in every direction, Dubai is still very much a desert city.

And what would a visit to the desert be without a safari?

There are plenty of tour operators offering half-day and full-day excursions into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, but if you’re looking for something truly special, go for a day trip that hits up a wide range of the reserve’s essential activities.

Hurl down at high speed at the sand dunes, enjoy a camel ride or quad bike through the desert, pop into a camel farm to see a more traditional side of the area, and end your day with a homely Arabian dinner under the stars.

The desert is one of the most famous places to visit in Dubai. so just make sure to book in advance as these tours often sell out weeks ahead!

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13 – Bur Dubai Souk Market

Bur Dubai Souk Market

One of the quintessential attractions in Dubai for shoppers and hagglers alike, the Bur Dubai Souk Market is a bustling waterfront labyrinth of narrow covered lanes overflowing with every conceivable type of merchandise.

From embroidered fabrics and hand-woven carpets to spices, gold, perfume, and souvenirs, this is the place to come if you’re looking to pick up a few bargains or simply soak up the unique atmosphere.

The market is open daily from 10am to 10.30pm, but the best time to come is in the evening when the heat has died down.

14 – Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future, Dubai

Like stepping into a fascinating world of tomorrow, the Museum of the Future in the city’s Financial District is one of Dubai’s most unique and futuristic attractions.

Designed to be a platform for innovation and a hub for discussion about the future, the museum is home to a number of interactive exhibits that explore everything from artificial intelligence to biotechnology, the long-term sustainability of food, health, water, energy, transportation (flying cars, anyone?) and more.

There is also an area dedicated to children, where the little ones can solve challenges to become earth’s “future heroes”; and with 7 floors spread across the impressive, 77-meter-tall Torus-shaped structure, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon if you’re interested in learning more about the cutting edge technologies that are shaping our next generations.

15 – La Perle By Dragone

La Perle by Dragone show, Dubai

Looking for things to do in Dubai at night ? An extravagant live performance of water, acrobatics, and pyrotechnics, La Perle by Dragone promises a night of unforgettable entertainment, holding its own as one of Dubai’s most popular evening shows.

With a cast of over 65 international artists (comprising 23 nationalities if you don’t mind), the show tells the story of Dubai through the lens of a young girl who stumbles into a dream-like state and wanders through the UAE in search of a lost pearl, uncovering different cultures, ecosystems, and people along the way – all brought to life with stunning special effects, including rainstorms, fireballs, giant drums, and flying motorcycles.

Set inside a purpose-built theatre with state-of-the-art technology and seating for up to 1300 people, La Perle is an immersive experience that will leave you feeling both exhilarated and inspired.

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16 – Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

One of the quintessential family tourist attractions in Dubai, especially considering the year-round sizzling heat, Atlantis Aquaventure is a sprawling waterpark located on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island.

With over 30 slides and attractions, including Dubai’s longest Lazy River, a zip line that soars 65 feet over the park, slides that plummet through shark-filled lagoons, and plenty of pools and beaches to relax in among a handful of other record-breaking rides, there’s something here for everyone – and with a dedicated Splashers Kids’ Play Area, little ones are guaranteed to have a splashing good time too.

Don’t forget to check out the park’s Sea Lion Point where you can get up close and personal with these charismatic creatures, or consider taking a leisurely stroll through The Lost Chambers Aquarium next door, to see over 65,000 marine animals swimming around in their natural habitat.

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17 – Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

A powdery white ski hill in the middle of the desert? Believe it or not, complete with chairlifts, penguins, and apres-ski alike, Ski Dubai is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai – and with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area (one of the top three largest in the world), its easy to see why.

Featuring 5 different slopes of varying difficulties, a dedicated freestyle zone, a range of lessons for beginner skiers and snowboarders alike, and a Penguin Encounter where you can meet and greet a handful of furry friends (you won’t find that at your typical ski resort!), this is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

You’ll find the multiple award-winning ski hill (named world’s best indoor ski resort for three years running) at the Mall of Emirates – an attraction in its own right that delivers four floors of shopping, over 900 stores, and a cinema to boot.

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18 – Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

A must-visit during the cooler months, Dubai Garden Glow is a unique attraction that’s part sculpture park, part theme park, and glow-in-the-dark wonderland – all rolled into one.

Located at Zabeel Park and featuring millions of LED lights spread across five different zones (the Dinosaur Park, the Glow Park, the Glow Garden, the Ice Park, the Magic Park, and the Art Park), this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Dubai. Doused in neon and whimsically lighting up the night sky, Garden Glow showcases all kinds of quirky illuminated creations – from wildlife animals and marine creatures to flowers, trees, and birds, and a slew of mind-bending optical illusions, there’s something to catch your eye in every direction.

Throw in a variety of live entertainment including acrobatic shows, firework displays, and musical performances from local and international artists, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect night out.

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19 – LEGOLAND® Dubai

LEGOLAND Dubai

A crowd favorite for galavanting families and builders-to-be, LEGOLAND® Dubai is one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai for kids 2 to 12 years of age (but, let’s be honest, Lego-loving parents have a ball here too).

Featuring over 40 rides, shows, and attractions spread across six different themed lands (Miniland, LEGO® City, Adventureland, Imagination Land, Kingdoms Land, and Factory Land), as well as a waterpark next door, there’s enough here to keep little ones entertained for hours on end.

And with interactive experiences like LEGO® City Driving School where kids can get behind the wheel of their very own LEGO car and walk away with an official LEGOLAND® Driving Licence or the 4D Studios where next-generation technology is on display, the tots might never want to leave!

Hot tip: make sure to spend some time in Miniland – while not chock-full of rides, it impresses with over 20 million LEGO® bricks built to replicate Dubai’s iconic skyline and key landmarks from all over the Middle East.

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20 – Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Housed inside the oldest building in the city, the Al Fahidi Fort on the shores of the Dubai Creek which dates back to the late 1700s, Dubai Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the Emirate’s rich culture and heritage.

Founded in 1971 to preserve Dubai’s history and display its traditional way of life (before the discovery of oil and the building up of the now-futuristic city), the museum today is an engaging, interactive space that tells the story of how Dubai has evolved from a small fishing and pearling village to the bustling metropolis it is today.

With exhibits on traditional Arabic houses, mosques, souks, boats, weaponry, musical instruments, and more (with some items dating as far back as 3000BC), as well as a walk-through diorama of old Dubai complete with sounds and smells, this is one attraction that provides insight into what life was like before all the glitz and glamour.

The life-size dioramas are a constant delight, and at only AED three per person (about 80 cents US), it’s an absolute bargain of a destination.

21 – Al Marmoom Camel race track

Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, Dubai

Lesser-known to tourists but one of the more renowned Dubai attractions among locals, the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track is where you catch a glimpse of a sporting tradition that’s existed in the Middle East for over 2,500 years – albeit in a more modern environment.

Al Marmoom is the biggest camel race track in Dubai, sits right next to the Al Marmoom Heritage Village in the heart of the desert, and, best of all, is totally free to visit.

Keep in mind: the race season usually runs exclusively from October to April in the winter months, with races happening in the early mornings on Fridays and Saturdays.

22 – Deira Clocktower

Deira Clocktower, Dubai

A symbol of the city and one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, the Deira Clocktower is an impressive sight to behold whether you’re seeing it for the first time or the hundredth.

The clocktower was built in 1963 in the heart of Dubai’s old trading district to signify the first land-crossing between Deira and Bur Dubai – a nod to the area’s industrial development – and has since become one of the most popular photo spots in town (as well as a handy navigation point at the intersection of Umm Hurair Road and D89).

These days, the area has been built up around it, surrounded now by a busy roundabout where a plethora of eateries await – from Illusions Lounge and Yakitate to the Dampa Seafood Grill, the area is a formidable spot for blending history and architecture with a spot of lunch.

23 – Green Planet

The Green Planet, Dubai

Like taking a journey into your very own tropical rainforest, The Green Planet is one of Dubai’s newest attractions and a non-negotiable stop on any UAE itinerary for animal and nature lovers.

Housed inside a massive biodome along one of the city’s most popular lifestyle districts, City Walk, the indoor rainforest is home to over 3000 species of animals, plants, and birds – many of which are endangered or on the brink of extinction.

As well as being an incredibly educational experience (there are plenty of informative displays and talks throughout the day across the four levels: the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest), it’s also great fun – kids will love getting up close to sloths, sugar gliders, snakes and parrots while adults can appreciate the engineering feat that is this captivating man-made ecosystem.

Looking to make your visit to the next level? For the brave of the brave, the Green Planet offers guests the chance to swim with Piranhas!

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24 – Dubai Global Village

Dubai Global Village

A Dubai institution, the Global Village is a journey through the diverse culture of humankind; showcasing people, traditions, history, and lifestyles of countries as far and wide as Egypt, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and China, to name but a few of the 90 different cultures depicted.

An unmissable spot for any first-time traveler to the city, the huge open-air themed market and entertainment destination puts the world in perspective; while we are all different and unique, we also have a lot in common – a love for food, language, and art, for starters.

Running typically from October to May, the Global Village is open for five months of the year and welcomes millions of visitors during that time – so if you’re in town, make sure to add it your itinerary and enjoy the famous replicas of World Heritage Sites like the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, and Taj Mahal; the high-paced stage shows, and the family-friendly thrill rides!

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25 – 3D World Dubai Trick-Art ‘Selfie’ Museum

Dubai 3D World

Guaranteed to impress (and confuse) your social media followers, the Dubai Trick-Art Museum is a fun-filled activity for all the family.

With over 185 different optical illusions and ‘trick art’ paintings, this air-conditioned venue holds its own as the largest 3D trick art museum in the world. Featuring iconic landmarks from near and far, as well as local scenes dedicated to fantasy, humor, or history, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours (and rack up those likes).

Not only is it great fun trying to figure out how the paintings were created, but it’s also a unique way to explore some of Dubai’s most popular attractions without even leaving the city!

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26 – Deira district

Grand Souk in Old Deira, historical Dubai

A shopper’s paradise, the Deira district is where you’ll find everything from traditional Arabic markets and souks to modern malls.

But that’s not all this historic area of Dubai has to offer: take a ride on an abra (traditional water taxi) down the creek, visit the Gold Souk to admire – and purchase – some of the finest jewelry in the world, or haggle for spices and souvenirs at the bustling Spice Souk. At the latter, you’ll uncover everything from fresh herbs to rare spice blends unique to the Middle East, making it one of the best places in Dubai for foodies and fragrance-lovers alike!

If, after browsing the aromatic Spice Shuk, you want to follow your nose to another level, The Perfume Souk (located next to the Gold Souk,) is a hotbed of smells that will tantalize your senses! Here, thousands of smells range from subtle to potent, and represent a host of the most common scents in Arabian life. And, of course, with hundreds of distributors and vendors, you can practice your negotiating skills all day.

And when you need a break from all that shopping, stop by one of the many cafes and restaurants for a refreshing cup of coffee or some delicious Emirati cuisine.

27 – Al Noor Island

Al Noor Island, Dubai

A wonderful escape from the crowded city, Al Noor Island is a man-made oasis located in the heart of Sharjah on Khalid Lake.

A popular spot for picnics and days out, the island is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge and features lush gardens, meandering walkways, charming fountains, and an incredible butterfly house.

The butterfly house is home to over hundreds of brightly colored butterflies which flit freely around the tropical plants; it’s truly a magical experience!

If you’re looking for a calm and serene spot to relax in nature, not to mention admire the brilliant skylines of both Dubai and Sharjah from afar, the new and still little-known Al Noor Island is the perfect place – just be sure to bring your camera to capture some amazing photos.

28 – The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai

If you’re after attractions in Dubai suitable for youngsters, the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm is an excellent choice.

Home to over 65,000 marine animals, the aquarium features a series of chambers and tunnels (no less than 21 amazing exhibits) which impress and amaze with shark-filled lagoons, rays gliding overhead, and vibrant coral gardens.

Younger children will love the interactive shows where they can learn all about the different creatures inhabiting the aquarium; while older kids (and adults!) can get up close and personal with some of the residents on a behind-the-scenes tour or by participating in a snorkeling or feeding session.

With so much to see and do, and a handy proximity to the beloved adventureland that is the Atlantis Water Park, it’s a justifiably popular choice for vacationers.

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29 – Motiongate Dubai

Motion Gate, Dubai

All about Tinseltown, show-biz, and the glitz and glam of Hollywood, Motiongate Dubai is a cinephile’s delight, combining all the tropes of classic American cinema into one incredible theme park.

With five themed zones (Studio Central, Dreamworks, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and the kid-friendly Smurfs’ Village), attractions include a raft of 30 rides and rollercoasters inspired by some of your favorite films including The Hunger Games (be sure to ride the Capitol Bullet Train!), Shrek, Madagascar, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Kung-Fu Panda, and a whole lot more.

The youngest visitors will love the Smurfs Village Playland; while big kids can enjoy the exhilarating adrenaline rush of flying through New York City on The Green Hornet: High-Speed Chase or being plunged 58 meters into the air on Zombieland Blast Off.

Whatever your age or interests, there’s something at Motiongate Dubai to get your heart racing and scratch that movie itch!

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30 – The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Enormous being an understatement, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area, with over 12 million square feet of space (and fittingly located next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa).

As well as being home to more than 1200 stores, 200 restaurants and cafes, an Olympic-sized ice rink with regular learn-to-skate programs, an indoor aquarium and underwater zoo, a kid’s edutainment center (KidZania), and much more, the mall also offers some incredible views of the Burj Khalifa from its outdoor terraces.

In other words? You could easily spend an entire day (or two) here and still not see everything!

Oh, and did we mention there’s a 25-meter-long, 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton too? Clearly, these guys don’t do things by halves.

Hot tip: because Dubai’s weather is typically off-the-charts hot, it’s best to visit the Mall during the peak heat hours of the day (air conditioning is your friend!) before venturing out in the evening to explore Dubai’s incredible nightlife when things have cooled down a bit.

31 – Love Lake – Dubai

Love Lake, Dubai

Traveling with your loved one and looking for romantic things to do in Dubai ?

Large enough that it can be seen from space (take that, Great Wall of China), Love Lake is quite simply one of the most unique attractions in the greater Dubai region.

A man-made lake located in the otherworldly Al Qudra Oasis, tucked away amidst the Al Salam desert dunes, the lake is shaped – you guessed it – like a heart; two large, interconnected hearts, in fact.

A little cheesy but romantic nonetheless, the area has been built up so that love is all around, with plants and flowers shaped in hearts dotting the leisurely walkway.

The lakes are open 24 hours for both visiting or camping, all up, offering both a pleasant and lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of typical Dubai life, and with more than 175 species of birds (not to mention the ducks and land-based wildlife), it’s a hidden gem well-worthy of a visit.

32 – Meydan Racecourse

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Home to some of the lushest greenery you’ll find in the region, the futuristic-looking Meydan Racecourse , with room for more than 60,000 eager spectators, is one of Dubai’s most popular local sporting meccas.

As well as being a world-class horse racing venue (most famous for hosting the $30-million Dubai World Cup every March), the racecourse also offers several other activities and amenities, including a golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and cafes (the Winner’s Circle restaurant is all class), and – perhaps most impressively – a luxury hotel.

Races run from November through to April most years (avoiding the blaring summer heat), however, the facilities in the area are open year-round, including the opulent and 5-star Meydan Hotel (widely considered one of the best hotels in Dubai, with rooms that offer spectacular views of either the cityscape or racetrack).

33 – Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Of all the animal-focused Dubai attractions, Dubai Safari Park is constantly held alongside the best of the best, certainly being one of the most immersive.

A world away from your typical caged zoo environment, Dubai SafariPark is more like an African game reserve, with a huge number of animals (more than 3,000 all up, encompassing more than 250 species) residing in open, natural habitats that are as close to their natural homes as possible.

There are five main animal zones at Dubai Safari Park – the African Village, the Asian Village, the Arabian Desert Safari, Explorer Village, and Adventure Valley – each home to a different array of animals; think lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), giraffes and rhinos, komodo dragons, moon bears, baboons, Nile crocodiles, elephants, orangutans, and flamboyant flamingos (the list really does go on).

Besides the chance to up close and personal with some incredible animals, there are plenty of fun-filled activities for families to enjoy together here too; from the kids farm to the multitude of live wildlife shows!

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34 – Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais zipline, Dubai

A cruisey two-hour drive from Dubai, straddling the border of the UAE and Oman, Jebel Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE, measuring in at a whopping 1,934 meters.

A popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, Jebel Jais has become somewhat of an adrenaline junkie’s playground over recent years, playing host to a number of exciting activities and attractions.

For starters, there’s the world’s longest zipline at almost 2800 meters (according to Guinness), which offers breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains as you speed along at up to 150 kilometers an hour (93 mph); or the Jebel Jais Sky Tour, where the thrills are far more long-lived as you fly over the jagged mountain range on a dramatic five-kilometer-long, six-zip-line course.

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35 – Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum, Dubai

Full of insights into the local culture – both modern and traditional – the Etihad Museum is one of the newest Dubai attractions, having only opened in 2017. Located in Jumeirah, on the site next to the former Union House where the UAE was founded in 1971 (free tours of which, by the way, are available), this excellent museum dives into the history of the UAE through well designed and interactive exhibits that focus on a number of different sections of UAE history and culture.

As you walk in, you can’t miss the giant painting by Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais that depicts the geography of the UAE; while other sections explore the Union’s founding fathers, showcase 3D documentaries about the founding years, and display artifacts like the signed union agreement itself and Sheikh Rashid’s passport.

Not too far away sits the Jumeirah Mosque and the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, two very different yet very popular tourist destinations each within walking distance.

36 – Dubai Autodrome

formula one in Dubai

Craving that need for speed? You’ll find it in spades (and then some) at the Dubai Autodrome – one of the most popular things to do in Dubai for petrol heads and car enthusiasts.

With a capacity for 15,000 spectators, the 5-kilometer Dubai Autodrome circuit has hosted some of the world’s most prestigious racing events over its 15+ year history; think Le Mans Series, MotoGP, the UAE Procar Championship, and a whole lot more.

Besides being a spectacular venue for watching live races (check their website to see what’s on during your stay), the Autodrome is also home to Kartdrome – one of the best go-karting tracks in town where both kids and adults can race around like maniacs in electric go-karts. The outdoor 1.2km International Circuit is perfect for speed demons, while the younger ones usually prefer the 620-meter-long indoor circuit.

For the ultimate thrill, however, sign up for a hot lap in one of the supercars! From driving a Ferrari GT to a legitimate Formula DXB, as well as BMWs, Audi TTs, McLarens, Renault Clios, and Prodrift-style single-seaters, high octane is just around the corner!

37 – Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

A wonderful way to spend an evening; dressed to the nines and experience the local haut-classe culture, Dubai Opera is a stunningly designed, state-of-the-art performance venue that opened its doors in 2016.

With a capacity for 2000 people, Dubai Opera has already become one of the most popular things to do in the Downtown Dubai area (especially if you consider yourself more of a culture vulture), playing host to a number of excellent shows, operas, ballets, musicals, and more throughout the year.

Considered the shining pearl of The Opera District – it’s just one of many entertainment venues in the Dubai Mall area, and worth visiting even if only to admire the modern structure from the outside.

38 – Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

If you’re looking to ditch the high-octane thrills of dune buggies, skyscrapers, and water parks for a more low-key way to spend the day, head over to Dubai Marina and stroll along the water’s edge, stopping for an ice cream or coffee in one of the many cafes that line the promenade.

Or, if you’re feeling active, rent a bicycle or inline skates and make your way down the palm tree-lined Marina Walk; on weekends especially, this is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to get some fresh air, and with no less than 305 outlets and 69 restaurants along the 7km stretch, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eats and activities.

For those who want to stay afloat, there are plenty of options for renting a yacht or boat – from small dinghies to massive luxury yachts – and taking in the sights from the water.

And when night falls, the party doesn’t stop – the luxurious lifestyle transitions from shopping to partying, with a handle of waterfront bars and clubs acting as tourist magnets.

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39 – Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld, Dubai

Keen for a day trip?

Situated on Yas Island, Yas Waterworld is one of the best water parks in Abu Dhabi – about an hour’s drive from Dubai – and promises a great day out for anyone traveling with young kids (or any theme park lover, in all honesty).

With over 40 diverse rides, slippery slides, and entertaining attractions, there’s something for everyone here – from the youngest tots who can splash around in the dedicated children’s area (Tot’s Playground) to older kids and adults who can feel the adreniline on seriously thrilling waterslides like the Bandit Bomber, Jebel Drop, and Slithers Slides.

A beloved experience for those looking to try something new, Yas also boasts the world’s first pearl-diving experience, where brave treasure hunters can plunge to the depths of an underwater tank to uncover oysters and pearls!

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40 – Museum of Illusions Dubai

Dubai Museum of Illusions

Sure to leave you confused and impressed simultaneously, the Museum of Illusions Dubai is an interactive museum like no other, with over 80 different optical illusions and mind-boggling displays that’ll have you scratching your head in disbelief.

From anti-gravity rooms to vortex tunnels, levitation tools, and holograms, the science behind each exhibit is just as fascinating as the visual displays – making this one of the prime spots to visit in Dubai if you’re looking for something a little different (and educational) to do with the family.

Located in the Al Seef area near the Dubai Creek, it’s the perfect hour-long activity before a pleasant wander down the banks and a spot of lunch.

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41 – VR Park

VR Park Dubai

Step into a futuristic world of digitally-created realities at VR Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

With over 30 different virtual reality experiences to choose from – including roller coasters, simulated skydives from the Burj Khalifa where you step into the shoes of a window-washer, spaceship blastoffs, and offroading on the UAE’s sand dunes – it’s one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai to let your imagination run wild and explore new worlds without leaving the city limits.

Plus, with a soft play area, merry-go-rounds, and arcade games targeted at the youngsters, as well as a cafe for the parents, there’s something for the whole family at this centrally-located Dubai Mall haunt.

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42 – BollywoodParks™ Dubai

Bollywood Parks in Dubai

One of the Dubai attractions tailor-made for movie buffs and Bollywood fans, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is a first-of-its-kind theme park that celebrates India’s rich film heritage.

From live, glamorous stage shows and interactive rides to street food stalls and movie-themed attractions, the park brings the vibrant colors, sounds, and smells of India to life – giving visitors a taste of the country’s rich culture and thriving movie industry.

With five different zones (Bollywood Boulevard, Bollywood Film Studios, Royal Plaza, Rustic Ravine, and Mumbai Chowk) dedicated to some of Bollywood’s most iconic films and blockbusters – including Sholay, Dabangg, Lagaan, Mughal-E-Azam, and more – this one-of-a-kind amusement park delivers a bounty of cinematic entertainment.

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43 – Warner Bros World

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

Found over in Abu Dhabi – the UAE’s capital city about an hour away from Dubai’s main haunts – Warner Bros World is a must-visit for anyone traveling with young kids (or any diehard DC Comics fans, in all honesty).

With over six different themed areas – including Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Metropolis, and Warner Bros Plaza – each adorned with larger-than-life statues of iconic characters like Bugs Bunny and Superman, the park is straight out of a comic book come to life.

Kickstart your day with a wakeup call on adrenaline-pumping rides like Batman: Knight Flight (for a wild flight over Gotham) and Justice League: Warworld Attacks (where you’ll join Wonder Woman and the gang in an epic enemy battle), and then take it easy on the more gentle attractions perfect for little ones like Scooby-Doo’s Jeeps Adventure and Tom & Jerry: Swiss Cheese Slides.

Scattered all over the park are whimsically themed eateries, costumed characters, and marvelous and meticulous details and decorations, all combining into a brilliant day out for the whole family.

Hot tip: for the best bang for your buck (and to see the most of the neighboring city) consider booking a tour that includes transport as well as entry to Ferrari World and stops at iconic landmarks like Emirates Place and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque .

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And, while you’re at it, make sure to check out our comprehensive list of exciting things to do in Abu Dhabi !

44 – Al Fahidi Historical District

Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai

Head to Al Fahidi Historical District for a step back in time – this is where old Dubai comes to life.

Wander the narrow, meandering streets and alleyways and you’ll find traditional Arabian houses, art galleries, quaint cafes, and boutique hotels housed in beautifully restored heritage buildings.

The area is also home to the Dubai Museum, which offers an insightful look into the city’s past with its exhibits on archaeology, Emirati culture and traditions, the evolution of the city in recent decades, and more.

Spend an afternoon exploring this atmospheric district along the Dubai Creek; pop into one of the oldest markets in the region, the Textile Souq; check out the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in the city; browse the charming Arabian Tea House for a deserved refreshment, and you’ll quickly see why this area is considered one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai.

45 – Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Shopaholics, take note!

Mall of the Emirates is one of Dubai’s most popular shopping malls, and it’s easy to see why.

With over 630 stores to suit luxury fashionistas, bargain hunters, and everyone in between; as well as 100 restaurants, you’ll be maxing out your credit card in no time.

Whether you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy at high-end stores like Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s, pick up souvenirs at one of the many traditional Arabian shops selling spices, textiles, and handicrafts, or simply take a break from sightseeing with a spot of lunch or coffee – Mall of the Emirates has got you covered.

But wait, there’s more. Far from your typical shopping center, this sprawling indoor mall also houses an indoor ski slope, a theatre complex, bowling alley, VR center, and kid-friendly Magic Planet.

46 – Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

A stone’s throw from both the Etihad Museum and La Mer Beach – sandwiched in between the two, about 10 minutes walk in either direction – is one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai: the Jumeirah Mosque .

Fitting for a postcard, this stunning building is made entirely from white stone in the style of medieval Fatimid design, and can accommodate over 1000 worshippers in its peaceful and beautiful prayer room.

Despite the religious significance, the mosque is open to people from all religions and walks of life, with daily guided visits for all at 10am and 2pm (except Fridays). Besides the chance to learn about the architecture and spirituality of the building from the friendly guide, you’ll also be treated to some light Emirati refreshments.

Keep in mind: registration for the tours opens 30 minutes beforehand.

47 – Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Looking for attractions in Dubai that will please both the little kids and the kids at heart? Then look no further: Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for a day of family fun.

Situated just a 10-minute drive inland from Downtown Dubai, this urban and protected nature reserve is home to an abundance of bird species, as well as all kinds of crustaceans, mammals, and fish (especially during the migratory months).

There are plenty of activities on offer here: go birdwatched from strategic locations; take a slow and peaceful walk through the relaxing gardens and explore the scenic trails; enjoy a picnic lunch under the shady trees; or join a guided tour for an expert view on the local wildlife!

48 – Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

A colorful oasis right next to the Miracle Garden (see #3; where more than 150 million flowers are in full bloom), the vibrant and wonderful Dubai Butterfly Garden is a must-see for all ages.

As the world’s largest indoor butterfly park, this paradise is made up of a temperature-controlled greenhouse filled with over 15,000 butterflies from over 50 different species, spread elegantly across 10 custom-designed domes.

Wander through the lush gardens and take in the beauty of these winged creatures as they flit about; learn about their life cycles at the informative exhibit, or simply relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

49 – Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai

One of the most popular water parks in Dubai, it features a huge wave pool, numerous slides and flumes, as well as two artificial surfing machines (Wipeout and Riptide); not to mention an entire area dedicated to little ones, with smaller slides and a heated pool.

Thrillseekers, don’t miss the Master Blaster, a dramatic ride that takes you up to 15 meters above ground level the; take a spin on Thunder Rapids, and tackle the ominous Tunnel of Doom! And if you’re really feeling brave, head to the 32-meter-tall Jumeirah Sceirah slide; overlooking the entire park from above, it’ll have you cannoning down at a top speed of 80 km/h!

Whether you’re looking to cool off or just have some fun in the sun, Wild Wadi is definitely worth a visit!

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50 – Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai

An undeniable symbol of luxury, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai, offering the perfect blend of relaxing waterfront, high-energy nightlife, and endless shopping.

This iconic development stretches for almost two kilometers along the coastline of Dubai Marina, and is home to a number of world-class hotels (you’ll find no less than 40 towers spread across the shoreline), restaurants, cafes, malls, and more.

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on one of the many beaches, take a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, stroll along The Walk (a promenade lined with shops and eateries), take a dip at the cosmopolitan JBR Beach, or enjoy some retail therapy at one of the many stores – as you can tell, despite coming across as residential because of its moniker, JBR has a little splash of something for every kind of traveler.

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Final thoughts:

So there you have it – 50 of the best tourist attractions in Dubai! We hope this list has inspired you to start planning your next trip to this amazing city.

Recently, the government put forward an ambitious tourism strategy to attract 25 million annual visitors by 2025 – and thanks to all of the Dubai attractions we’ve mentioned throughout this article, it’s closing in on the finish line quicker than expected!

Whether you’re looking for luxury and relaxation, excitement and adventure, or a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B, you will find plenty of fun things to do in Dubai . So what are you waiting for? Start packing your bags today!

Have you been to Dubai? What was your favorite attraction? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy travels!

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The 25 Best Things to Do in Dubai

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The Best Things to Do in Dubai From Rooftop Pools to Desert Glamping

Contrary to what you might have heard, Dubai is not all malls and flashy hotels. This sprawling desert city is always adding notable cultural institutions , galleries, and design-focused shopping , all focused on luring in a new generation of visitors . If you prefer an adrenaline rush, though, there's always the thrill of sliding between the high floors of a glass skyscraper, or jumping into the world’s largest dive pool. Almost anything is possible in this city, and we have a list to prove it: Here are our picks for some of the best things to do in Dubai, both longstanding and new.

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This is the planet's highest 360-degree infinity pool, perched 200 meters atop The Palm Tower. Aura Skypool offers not only uninterrupted views of the emirate, but also a unique pool day experience. From 50 floors up, the sweeping views of The Palm, the Burj Al Arab, and the gulf beyond are an incredible way to see Dubai from above and alter your perspective. Tickets cost from about $46 per person for one of three sessions, and are best pre-purchased online .

Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai

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As the only mosque in Dubai that's open to non-Muslim visitors, the Jumeirah Mosque is popular with a range of travelers—it's also the most photographed. Easily one of the most beautiful in the emirate, it's crafted entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid style and particularly breathtaking at dusk. Visitors are allowed in six days a week (Fridays are for prayer), and tours are led by knowledgable guides who make the experience.

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This is the world's deepest pool with a depth of 60 meters. It boasts a sunken city for diving enthusiasts to explore and holds 14 million liters of water. Tailored entirely to water lovers, deep diving is for those with certifications only, while snorkeling on the surface and scuba-diving up to 12 meters can be undertaken by anyone over the age of 10. Given Deep Dive Dubai also acts as the region’s largest underwater film studio, packed with 56 cameras and the ability to create different moods, it is definitely a must-try experience. Tickets are required and can be pre-purchased or bought online.

Hatta Dome Park Dubai

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Ideally positioned a walkable distance from the Hatta Wadi Hub, this is a desert glamping experience that immerses guests in nature, offering them dome-tented accommodation, incredible mountain views, and an abundance of outdoor activities at their doorsteps. Hatta is buzzing with nature lovers and active travelers seeking refuge from the city, and geared up to explore the mountain range. These luxe tents offer comfort and adventure in equal doses. Each has its own terrace, and there are fire pits, barbecues, and food vans just a short distance away. Stylishly furnished in desert-inspired tones, the dome suites have a minimalistic chic design and serve up not only starry evenings, but also panoramic views of the picturesque Hatta mountain range that surrounds them. Despite the reasonably remote location, each room has Wi-Fi and can comfortably sleep two adults and three children (under the age of 14).

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Camel Racing Dubai

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A popular heritage destination, Al Marmoom draws camel racing enthusiasts of all stripes, local and otherwise. A day at the camel races is an experience that is nicely representative of Middle Eastern culture, one that dates back to the 7th century. The grandstands are often filled with camel owners, trainers, and handlers, and most seats offer good views of the action. Remember that races start early—between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.—and that commentary and announcements are made in Arabic.

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Officially the world's largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai is 75 meters taller than the London Eye. Towering over Bluewaters Island, the wheel affords sweeping views from 250 meters in the air. Not only is it visible from so many of Dubai's vantage points, this attraction appeals to just about everyone—schools, businesses, families, tourists, and locals alike. Rides on the structure are ticketed, with passes sold at the venue or online .

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Dubai's sprawling spice market is arguably the most entertaining of all the city's souks. It's bustling, with intoxicating sights and smells. Many of the vendors sell the same ingredients—Persian dried limes, saffron, barberries, rose hips, and traditional Middle Eastern spice mixes. Saffron, while still pricey, is more affordable here than elsewhere in Dubai. Part of a complex that features three Jumeirah hotels and an adjoining waterway, the souk has stalls selling everything from the spices, to handmade lanterns, clothes, souvenirs, and everything in between. There are also two-dozen restaurants, indoor and out, not to mention some of the most spectacular views of the world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel. It’s free to enter, but parking and abra-style water taxis cost extra.

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The world's tallest fountain puts the ones in Vegas to shame. Multiple fountain shows are scheduled every day, shooting 22,000 gallons of water up 500 feet in the air within the 30-acre Burj Lake. Plus, a new floating viewing platform means you can get much closer to the action than before. Even better, it's free. If you visit the Dubai Mall , you'll likely see the fountains while you're there, so pause for a moment and enjoy the show.

Hot Air Balloon Dubai

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In this private adventure experience, the only other person in your balloon is the pilot, who is an expert balloonist and falcon handler. Guests are picked up from their hotels and driven out into the desert. The aerial views of the desert are some of the most spectacular you'll see. Not only is the rolling landscape incredible but it is possible to see Oryx and camels strolling the desert below. This tour is ideal for a special occasion with a loved one or for those looking to experience the culture in a totally different way. Bookings are required.

Global Village Dubai

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Dubai's massive Global Village is essentially a theme park for all ages, though it's popular with families as the rides and attractions are kid-friendly. Open Late-October to mid-April, it features concerts, rides, dining, and attractions from around the world. It's on the outskirts of Dubai, so don't think you can pack it into a city-centric day, but if you have time and are interested in some global shopping and entertainment, it's worth a visit.

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High above Downtown Dubai, 219 meters up, Sky Views serves up a series of adrenaline-inducing one-of-a-kind experiences. Like so many of the experiences offered in Dubai, this incredible attraction is not for the faint of heart. Tread the 25-meter glass-bottom podium that connects the Address Sky View's twin 50-story dual towers; ride the outdoor glass slide; or tackle the Edge Walk, which is exactly as it sounds. Tickets are required but you can buy them online or at the venue.

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Positioned on the Dubai Creek within the recently renovated Al Shindagha neighborhood (once the traditional center of the emirate), the Perfume House offers the opportunity to travel back in time and discover the ages-old methods of Arabic perfume-making. You'll learn about the region’s perfume-trading route and explore the traditional oils and ingredients used to make local scents (including oud, saffron, and specific roses).

Kite Beach Dubai

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Like a Miami beach with its wide stretch of sand, aquamarine water, beach chaises, and enough activities to make you feel like sunbathing isn't quite enough, Kite Beach is for beach lovers. Join a game of volleyball, give kite-surfing a try, or take a run around the soft running track—when it's not 106 degrees out.

Aqua Venture Waterpark Dubai

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Now considered the world’s largest waterpark thanks to its recent extension, the venue has expanded by a third. Trident Tower, its newest arm, features the largest kids-only waterparks in the Middle East—Splashers Lagoon and Splashers Cove. Aquaventure contains more than 30 slides and attractions, including the emirates' longest lazy river, some thrilling rides (including the Leap of Faith and Poseidon's Retreat), and a private beach. There are also record-breaking waterslides to get the adrenaline pumping; Splashers Park and the Lazy River for families; and opportunities that encourage up-close-and-personal interactions with stingrays, dolphins, and sea lions.

Legoland Dubai

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Legos come to life at Legoland Dubai (sister to others across the world, including in Florida), where 60 interactive rides and 15,000 Lego models entrance the young and young-at-heart. Aimed at families with children between the ages of 2 and 12, the theme park was created from 60 million Legos and encompasses six lands, indoor and out. And now there is a Legoland Hotel that allows families to really immerse themselves in Lego for a weekend or overnight stay. In the heat of summer, the outdoor attractions can be a little too much to bear, but the indoor ones are just as good—and they're air-conditioned.

Skydive Dubai

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If free-falling over Dubai at 120 miles per hour sounds like your idea of a good time, Skydive Dubai has you covered. Beginners are welcome to jump in tandem with the company's experienced guides, but licensed divers can take the plunge solo. A tandem flight from Skydive Dubai's location on The Palm costs nearly $600—but it's worth it if you're a thrill-seeker who's not afraid of heights.

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As the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall draws in almost 100 million visitors a year. It's easy to get lost—there are more than 1,200 shops, after all—but a great place to beat the Dubai heat and ogle at the luxury stores. The place draws in more tourists from around the world than both New York City and Los Angeles so it's safe to say, everyone comes here.

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Fly belly-down across highways, skyscrapers, and swimming pools through the city of Dubai with XLine Dubai, one of the longest, steepest, and fastest urban zip lines in the world. From a height of 560 feet with speeds up to 50 miles per hour, riders soar from the Jumeirah Beach Residence to Dubai Marina, passing once-in-a-lifetime views along the way. There's even an option to ride tandem with friends.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood Dubai

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This quaint neighborhood offers a glimpse into what Dubai was like before the Emirates were formed in 1971. Traditional buildings crafted from stone, palm wood, gypsum, and teak line the twisted alleys and pathways—history and architecture buffs will love getting lost here. The neighborhood is a quiet retreat from the traffic and skyscrapers of the city, and the labyrinth of lanes make this place feel like you're in a secluded village.

Dubai Creek

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Riding an abra, or traditional wooden boat, is one of the most low-key ways to get a feel for life in Dubai. The boats gather on either side of Dubai Creek—in Deira or Bur Dubai—and can carry about 20 people. Many locals use the boats to get across the creek quickly and to avoid traffic, but you'll also see lots of tourists, especially at dusk. Given that it's quick and cheap, an abra ride is a must if you plan on spending any time at all in Old Dubai or visiting the QE2 .

Al Seef Dubai

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From its location within the emirate's cultural epicenter, Al Seef marries the city’s heritage with contemporary offerings. The 1.1-mile precinct that hugs the Dubai Creek is split into two areas: one dedicated to the past and another to the future. Meander through the charming laneways, stop and have a coffee or a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes, or simply sit and watch the activity on the creek from one of the tranquil public spaces.

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In the middle of a mall in the desert, the world's third-largest indoor ski slope is a sight to behold. A daily lift ticket will run you about $138 (excluding equipment rentals), while a Snow Daycation pass, which primarily provides access to the non-skiing parts of the mountain like tubing, costs $75 per person, and you should plan to get there early. The place is filled with families with kids, most of whom are taking part in various rides, penguin visits and the Snow Cinema instead of skiing. If you're here to shred, there are two runs and a dedicated freestyle area (but Vail this is not).

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The world's tallest building is, unsurprisingly, visible from almost everywhere in Dubai. Taking in the site is thrilling enough from the street, but you can also visit the top of the 160-story behemoth—brace yourself for the thrill of the high-speed elevators, followed by complete awe the moment you step onto the observation deck. Buy tickets online in advance for a specific time slot. Most first-time visitors to Dubai go to the top.

Etihad Museum

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This ultra-modern museum offers a comprehensive look at the formation of the seven Emirates that make up the UAE. It draws a diverse crowd of UAE nationals and history-buff tourists. The museum lies on the site where the country's unification was signed in 1971. The Etihad Museum isn't overwhelming in size or content. Even non-museum lovers will find the exhibitions interesting and crucial to a well-rounded UAE visit.

Dinner in the Sky Dubai

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Dinner in the Sky Dubai is no ordinary restaurant—even pulling up a seat at the table requires that you clip a seatbelt. The experience takes place nearly 165 feet in the air, at a table that rotates ever so slowly over the course of an hour. If you can stomach the altitude, you're in for impressive views of the Gulf—and maybe one of the most unusual dining experiences on the planet. Artful Dining by Le Meridien Mina Seyahi and The Westin Dubai are responsible for the menu, which ranges from burrata salads to Middle Eastern mezzes. It's ideal for a romantic evening or surprise celebration with a first date, long-time partner, or best friend.

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  • 60 Tourist Places In Dubai: Do Not Come Back Without Visiting These Marvels!

23 Mar 2023

With thousands of hundreds of tourists visiting this Arab city every year, the entertainment city of the world, Dubai, needs no introduction! Ultra-modern architecture, exotic and lively nightlife, magnificent bird-eye views of the beautiful skylines, Dubai is synonymous with grandeur and a pompous lifestyle. This means that you would be spoiled by choices of tourist places in Dubai , on your upcoming Dubai vacation.  Dubai in UAE is popular for its nightlife scenes, beaches, high-rise buildings, grand shopping malls, luxury hotels, unique museums and zoos, and a lot more. We present to you some of the most happening Dubai tourist places that every traveler must explore. Dubai is an example of what hard work and dedication can do to a city. It has come a long way from being a port to one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. You can witness the numerous places to visit in Dubai on your next vacation. Keep reading and get to know about the amazing Dubai attractions along with photos. 

60 Best Tourists Places to visit In Dubai

From Burj Khalifa to Ferrari World, Dubai is home to various spectacular attractions that will make your trip memorable. Here is an intricate list of the most famous places to visit in Duba i that you should not miss out on your trip. Keep scrolling down and read along to know more!

  • Burj Khalifa – Architectural Marvel
  • Burj Al Arab – Imposing Structure
  • Jumeirah Beach – Pristine Waters
  • Mall Of The Emirates – A Beauty To Behold
  • Dubai Mall – Opulence Exemplified
  • Sheikh Saeed Al – Magnificence Overloaded
  • Wild Wadi – Take A Dive
  • Dubai Creek – Beauty At Its Peak  
  • Deira Souks – Gold Everywhere
  • Dubai Aquarium – World’s Largest Suspended Aquarium
  • Global Village – Enjoy Performances From Global Artists
  • Ibn Battuta Mall – Give In To Your Vanity
  • Desert Safari – Hop On A Camel
  • Dubai Marina – Image Of Affluence  
  • Ferrari World – Indulge In Fun
  • Dubai Dolphinarium – Watch Them Dance
  • Ski Dubai – Put Your Talent To Good Use
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure – Jump On The Carousel
  • Dubai Miracle Garden – Biggest Flower Garden
  • The Atlantis Palm Hotel – Stay Like A King
  • The Palm Islands – Home To Luxurious Resorts
  • Yas Island Waterpark – Beat The Heat
  • Dubai Fountain – Watch The Dance
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai – Watch Live Performances
  • Dubai Underwater Zoo – Check Out Sharks
  • Al Bastakia – Beautiful Ruins
  • Hatta Heritage Village – Grand Old Town
  • Dubai Polo And Equestrian Club – A Rejuvenating Retreat
  • Saeed Al Maktoum House – Rich History
  • Dubai Gold Souks – Shop Until You Drop
  • Guru Nanak Darbar – Seek Blessings
  • World Island – Check Out The Coast
  • Kite Beach – Compete With Your Pals
  • Hatta Rock Pools – Mind Blowing Canyons
  • Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Littered With Forts
  • Iceland Water Park – Take A Dip
  • Dubai Opera – Watch A Cultural Show
  • Etihad Museum – Go Back In Time
  • Bur Dubai Village – Ancient Architecture
  • Children’s City – Fun-Filled Break
  • Grand Mosque – Historic Beauty
  • Deira Clocktower – Step Back In Time
  • Safa Park – Run Wild
  • Hajar Foothills – Peaceful Spot
  • The Lost Chambers Aquarium – Check Out Marine Animals
  • Alserkal Avenue – Contemporary Gallery
  • Emirates Towers – Party Hub
  • Desert Camping – Camp Under The Stars
  • Dolphin Bay – Feed The Mammals
  • Dubai Spice Souk – Buy Spices
  • Al Nassma – Eat Camel Milk Chocolates
  • Dubai Coffee Museum – Luscious Coffee
  • Desert Gate – Take A Ride
  • Jumeirah Mosque – For A Spiritual Experience
  • Dreamland Aqua Park – A Fun-Filled Place
  • Dubai Frame – A Window To The Past And Future
  • Kidzania Dubai  – Fun Inspired Learning
  • Motiongate – Theme Park For Hollywood Buffs
  • iFly Dubai – Skydiving Simplified
  • Cayan Tower – A 75 Story Skyscraper

1. Burj Khalifa – Architectural Marvel

Burj Khalifa

Do we need to say more? Burj Khalifa , the landmark building is on every traveler’s list of tourist places to visit in Dubai. The staggering bird-eye views from the 124th floor are an experience of a lifetime, with the desert covering one side and the turquoise blue ocean on the other. If you are in Dubai, you cannot miss visiting this place which finds its position on the list of tourist places in Dubai. Location:  1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: Daily 8:30 am-1 am Ideal for – Every single traveler! Official site

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2. Burj Al Arab – Imposing Structure

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab tops the list of Dubai tourist places to visit. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and one of the most expensive 7-star hotels in the world which holds many feats. Burj Al Arab is beautifully lit up in the evening by choreographed lighting and offers a myriad experience of exploring the Dubai attractions. Ideal for – Photographers and the extremely affluent ones; until you can manage your savings for this one! Location:  Jumeirah St – Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  12 PM – 6 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids Website

3. Jumeirah Beach – Pristine Waters

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is amongst the most popular places to visit in Dubai , ideal for all travelers. This beach is perfect for all beach bums and sunset lovers.   With a series of exotic hotels lined up throughout the road leading to the beach, world-class facilities and majestic sunset views at the beach make for a picture-perfect destination. Location:  Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  7:30 AM – 10 pm Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

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4. Mall Of The Emirates – A Beauty To Behold

Number four on our list of the best places to visit in Dubai is the Mall of the Emirates, equipped with almost everything under one roof. Be it the cuisine from every part of the world to the numerous brands to shop or the exclusive Dubai Ski, which consists of a fantastic ski set up and a penguin enclosure – all at a temperate of -4 degrees Celsius . Mall of Emirates has to be on your list of the top tourist attractions in Dubai.

Timings: Sat-Wed 10 am-1 am Thu-Fri 10 AM -2 AM Location: Sheikh Zayed Road Ideal For: Friends, family Website

5. Dubai Mall – Opulence Exemplified

Dubai Mall

Popularly known for its shopping extravaganza festivals– ‘ Dubai shopping festival ’ and ‘Dubai Summer Surprises’, this mall is for the shopaholics who are sure to be spoilt for choices. One of the best Dubai visiting places, Dubai Mall provides entry to Burj Khalifa and also houses the famed Dubai Aquarium and is loaded with an array of entertainment options – gaming zone, ice skating rink, and multiplex. You can buy souvenirs for the people back home from this mall or shop for jewelry, the choices are endless. Dubai Mall is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Dubai. Location:  Hapur Rd, Block 1, P & T Colony, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201002 Timings:  9 AM – 10:30 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

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6. Sheikh Saeed Al – Magnificence Overloaded

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Sightseeing in Dubai is incomplete without a visit to the house of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum , which houses the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents giving a glimpse of Dubai’s history. The house is the epitome of Arabic architecture , which has a splendid design, coupled with luxurious interiors. Location:  Hapur Rd, Block 1, P & T Colony, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201002 Timings: Sat-Thu 8:30am-8:30pm, Fri 3-8:30pm Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

7. Wild Wadi – Take A Dive

Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi is a popular amusement park located in front of Burj Khalifa, which is packed with some fun-filled rides of more than 25 types. This is a perfect place to enjoy with your family while getting to know about the Arabian folklore, on which Wild Wadi is based. Undoubtedly, this is one of the best places to visit in Dubai . Location:  Opp. Burj Al Arab – Jumeirah St – Umm SuqeimUmm Suqeim 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: November to February: 10am – 6pm March to May: 10am – 7pm June to August: 10am – 8pm September and October: 10am – 7pm Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids Official Website .

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8. Dubai Creek – Beauty At Its Peak

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek tops the list of places to visit in Dubai for couples. The creek is natural seawater, which cuts through the center of the city. Tourists could take a boat or abra to view the port on the other side. The picturesque view of the town , enriched by the history of Dubai makes it one of the most romantic tourist places in Dubai.

Location:  Dubai Creek , Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  8 AM – 11 PM Ideal for: Family, Couples, Friends

9. Deira Souks – Gold Everywhere

Deira Souks

Attention Shopaholics! Your paradise for unlimited shopping is right at the most popular tourist place in Dubai – Deira Souks. Get the essence of Dubai’s business culture. There is a market for all types of spices to souks for just gold or the textile souks – shop to your heart’s content from the wide array the city has to offer. Timings: Daily: 7 am-12 pm and 17 pm -19 pm Fri 17 pm – 19 pm Location:  Deira, near the junction of Baniyas Road and Old Baladiya Road Ideal for: Women

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10. Dubai Aquarium – World’s Largest Suspended Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium

Have you been to an underwater zoo? Yes, one exists! Visit Dubai Aquarium, is one of the popular tourist attractions in Dubai which has varied activities, including an underwater zoo , glass-bottom boat tours , cage snorkeling, and shark diving . It’s a unique mix of experience, so be sure to have some fun at this most popular Dubai tourist places !

Location: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road Timing: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10AM- Midnight Ideal For: Kids, family Official Website

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11. Global Village – Enjoy Performances From Global Artists

Global Village

The global village is a destination that provides a wonderful international shopping experience as well as entertains you with some of the best performances from artists all over the world . The Global village also has food joints, serving delicious cuisine making it one of the most popular Dubai attractions.

Location:  Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311 road Dubai. Timings:  9:30 AM – 7 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids Official site

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12. Ibn Battuta Mall – Give In To Your Vanity

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall is the largest theme based mall in the world , with over 270 shops, 50 restaurants, and 4500 sqft parking spaces! The architecture and the splendor of the Mall are awe-inspiring. Visit these popular Dubai tourist places to witness flamboyance and the Dubai culture of indulging in luxury.

Timings: 10:00 am – 12:00 am Location:  Sheikh Zayed Rd – Jebel Ali Village – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Ideal for: Family, Couples, Friends Official site

13. Desert Safari – Hop On A Camel

View of Desert Safari

Image Credit: Xisdom for Pixabay While the number of places around to visit is abundant, the number of activities around in Dubai is just as riveting. The desert safari in Dubai is one of the best you could ever experience around. Exploring the deserts meshing into the abyss is definitely something you just can’t miss out on. This is one of those versatile activities that one can indulge in not just with their friends but also with the entire family without any constraints.

Location:  10th St – Al Quoz Industrial Area 4 – Dubai No 4 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 3:30 PM till 9:30 PM every day Ideal for: Friends, Family, Solo

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14. Dubai Marina – Image Of Affluence

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Next on the list of the must-visit places when in Dubai includes the Dubai Marina. This place has become one of the most exotic places to visit. The place has multiplied its immense popularity and growth mainly because of the fact that it is considered one of the biggest man-made marina around in the world. Not just the Marina itself, there is an abundance of activities one can indulge in, ranging from the eateries to the various shopping plazas.

Location:  Residential district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 11 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Solo

15. Ferrari World – Indulge In Fun

Ferrari World

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The Ferrari World is not your display of cars, rather, the complete opposite of it. Ferrari World is the biggest amusement park in the entirety of Abu Dhabi. It was founded back in 2010 and has since then attracted quite a large sum of tourists over the course of years. The place is constructed in a way to suit and cater to everyone’s needs, right from someone aged 8 till 80. Apart from riding a Ferrari, you can also indulge in shopping and stop by the quaint restaurants to gorge down some local favorites. Without a doubt, it is one of the best places to see in Dubai. 

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Timing: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Ideal for: Family, Kids

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16. Dubai Dolphinarium – Watch Them Dance

Dubai Dolphinarium in Dubai

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The Dubai Dolphinarium, one of the most popular Dubai attractions, is located near the Creekside Park in Dubai and is considered as one of the best amusement venues including fish farms and even coral reef aquariums. This specific sightseeing spot is more than just a mandatory spot, it has been constructed with an aim to educate the visitors about the dire need regarding the conservation of dolphins around the world. Not just the dolphins, the same also does emphasize the need for protection of the endangered marine life.

Location: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1 – Dubai Dolphinarium Building – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 7:30 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

17. Ski Dubai – Put Your Talent To Good Use

Ski Dubai, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Next, on the list of amazing places and things to do in Dubai include visiting Ski Dubai. Spread across a total area of 22,500 sq mt, Ski Dubai is one of the best indoor resorts around in Dubai. The resort is specifically dedicated to snow and skiing in Dubai . The entire place is covered in snow which gives you the feeling of enjoying the activities around in the Alps rather than Dubai. Make sure to visit the Snow Park too while you are there and for the complete feeling, sip on some hot chocolate from around the shacks available around. In Ski Dubai account for one of the best animals you will witness around in the place. The visitors are allowed to see the penguins from the barrier of glass and the show they put on is amazing on its own. The private holding area is off-limits but just viewing them is just as good of an experience while there. Apart from that, you can also swim in the ten-foot deep pool with the penguins and have the time of your life. Kids especially enjoy playing around with the penguins a lot.

Location:  Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al BarshaAl Barsha 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 10 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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18. IMG Worlds of Adventure – Jump On The Carousel

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Now that we are on a roll of mentioning all the popular amusement parks and activity areas around Dubai, it is time we discuss the IMG Worlds of Adventure. It is a very popular indoor amusement park that hosts four different adventure spots around in just one single spot. That is what exactly makes it one of the best around in the area. They host some of the most popular global brands like of Cartoon Network and even Marvel. Apart from that, you can delve into the IMG Boulevard along with the lost valley dinosaur adventure zone with amazing original concepts.

Location:  E311 – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  12 – 9 PM Ideal for: Family, Kids

19. Dubai Miracle Garden – Biggest Flower Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

If you love flowers and nature in general, you are definitely going to be loving the Dubai Miracle Garden without a shadow of a doubt. If your itinerary doesn’t include this specific place while you are in Dubai, it is time to make a change to that. The lush greenery with the vibrant hues from the flowers is more than enough to leave you awestruck and your heart full. It is the biggest natural flower garden around in Dubai and the best part of this is the fact that the same is grown around in a desert. The place includes distinctive models of some of the most popular establishments around in Dubai. The models change shape and even have suitable lighting to make them even more beautiful.

Location:    Al Barsha South 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 09:00 AM till 09:00 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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20. The Atlantis Palm Hotel – Stay Like A King

The Atlantis Palm Hotel, one of the tourist places in Dubai

It is not surprising at all when people tend to correlate Dubai with luxury. The wide range of multiple star hotels and luxurious resorts do give it that reputation. The Atlantis Palm Hotel is every person’s living dream if they can afford the expenses that do come along with it. The majestic 7-star hotel is everything luxury defines as and probably more. Often also known as the Royal Towers, the fireworks around in the hotel is something that leaves the tourists and the visitors in an awe. The hotel is also believed to host some of the most popular A-list Hollywood celebrities. This place finds its place in the list of Dubai tourist places to visit.

Location:  Crescent Rd – The Palm Jumeirah – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: NA Ideal for: Family, Friends

21. The Palm Islands – Home To Luxurious Resorts

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If you have heard of artificial islands but never been to one, you definitely need to visit The Palm Islands . The Palm Islands is the collective of two different artificial islands situated mainly in Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali. While the island in Palm Jumeirah is complete and can be visited by the tourists, the one in Jebel Ali is still not completed yet which is why you can’t visit that yet. The islands are named so because of the shape it takes. The majority of the tourists and even the ex-pats suggest viewing the islands from either in the air or from any of the popular skyscrapers around in Dubai like that of the Observation Deck in the Burj Khalifa.

Location: Coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Timings:  open 24 hours Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

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22. Yas Island Waterpark – Beat The Heat

Yas Island Waterpark

The Yas Island Waterpark has been around in the construction and developmental phase since 2006. Just as the name suggests, this is one of the best themed water park in Dubai which enthralls the kids and the adults alike. There are over 40 different water slides, several rides, and a plethora of attractions around in the water park for you to try out. The water park is actually one of the best places to see in Dubai. I f you want your adrenaline peeking through the heights, try the various water rides and dunk yourself in the water pools.

Location: Abu Dhabi Timings: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

23. Dubai Fountain – Watch The Dance

Dubai Fountain, one of the best tourist places in Dubai

Next on the list of tourist places in Dubai is the Dubai Fountain. It is one of the most unusual places to visit in Dubai . The Dubai Fountain is the tallest and the most well-choreographed fountain in the whole entire world. The fountain reaches over to a height of 900 feet which is definitely something that makes it one of the best things to witness around in the place. It stands tall in the middle of Burj Lake and has been attracting a flock of a tourist attraction over the course of years. The combination of the nightlife with the rhythmic dance of the water in the fountain adds to the marvelous experience altogether. The work and architecture put into this single piece of the fountain will leave you shocked and gobsmacked. The entire structure contains around 6600 super lights along with twenty-five color projectors which make up for the overall experience. The songs played range from classical to contemporary.

Location:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  6 Pm – 11 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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24. Bollywood Parks Dubai – Watch Live Performances

Bollywood Parks Dubai, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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If Bollywood is something you live for, visiting Bollywood Parks in Dubai is an absolute must for you. The place is known to have everything that you would needs when it comes to the whole Bollywood scene, from rides to restaurants. It is truly one of the best Dubai tourist attractions . You can also enjoy live performances around the place and even depict some of the most entertaining activities around. The entire place is spread over an area of 1.7 million sq. ft. This Bollywood theme park in Dubai is a definite must-visit when it does come to reeling around in the realms of amazing entertainment from Bollywood.

Location:    Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  12 PM – 9 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends

25. Dubai Underwater Zoo – Check Out Sharks

Dubai Underwater Zoo, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Next on the list of amazing places to visit around in Dubai is the Dubai Underwater zoo. It is located on the ground and level two of the famous Dubai Mall and does make up for one of the most sought-after tourist destinations around the world. It is the world’s largest suspended aquarium which holds around 10 million liters of water. The aquarium is home to over 140 species of aquatic animals and marine life which does include over 300 species of just sharks and stingrays. It also contains the infamous Sand Tiger Shark. The overall dimensions of the aquarium are around 51 meters in length and around 20 meters in width.

Location: The Dubai Mall, UAE Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:15 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

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26. Al Bastakia – Beautiful Ruins

Al Bastakia, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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If culture and history is something you want to explore while in Dubai, visiting the Al Bastakia is an amazing choice to delve into. This ruin-worthy town is every cultural lover’s delight and if you are one of them, make sure to never miss out on visiting this place while you are there. The sandy lanes around the place make your experience around even adventurous and worth remembering. The modern white mosque around the place is a must-visit and if architecture and design intrigue you, it is definitely a must for you to stand and admire the designs made with gypsum, coral, and limestone. The carved wooden doors further add to the majestic feel of the place.

Location:  Bur Dubai Hamriya – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  7 AM – 8 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

27. Hatta Heritage Village – Grand Old Town

Hatta Heritage Village, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The next on the list of mystic destinations around in Dubai is the Hatta Heritage Village. If you wish to experience the traditional life around in Dubai, visiting the Hatta Heritage Village in the Al Hajar Mountains is an absolute must. The place is the classic depiction of what the overall grandeur of old town and locals reflect on the place. The amazing houses around the village were made from the old age stones and hold great significance in the raging popularity of the place around. There is a total of just 17 houses around the place and even a gigantic fortress which in itself is a sight to behold.

Location:    Sufayri – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  7:30 AM – 8:30 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends

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28. Dubai Polo And Equestrian Club – A Rejuvenating Retreat

Dubai Polo And Equestrian Club, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Polo and Equestrian Club in Dubai is definitely one if you wish to revel in some of the rich people’s sports. This is basically the best to visit if you have the resources and the leisure time in your hand to spare. The place does allow you to have a very relaxed and laid back time with no stress whatsoever. Not only is the environment chill and stressful free and rejuvenating, but it also does provide some of the best experiences when it comes to fitness with their plethora of outdoor activities. Some of the most popular activities include horseback riding, swimming, spa, and even enjoy the delectable dishes from the top chefs.

Location:  Al Qudra Road, Next to Dubai Studio City, 7477 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  6 AM – 12 AM Ideal for: Friends, Family

29. Saeed Al Maktoum House – Rich History

Saeed Al Maktoum House, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Still looking for the best places to go in Dubai ? The Saeed Al Maktoum House is located around in Al Shindagha and holds importance in the representation in the history of Dubai .

It was the former residential palace of one of the most prestigious rulers of the Emirates, Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. Owing to the rich historical significance of this place, this is regarded as one of the most popular places to visit around in Dubai. Currently, the building has been converted into a museum and showcases a wide range of artifacts aligned with the Arab dynasty.

Location: Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  8 AM – 8:30 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

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30. Dubai Gold Souks – Shop Until You Drop

Dubai Gold Souks, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Dubai Gold Souks do make up for one of the major cultures and traditions around Dubai. It is believed to showcase the cultures of the Middle East and provides the feeling of luxury to the tourists as they demand it. Located around in Deira, they do make up for one of the best souk markets around in Dubai when it comes to sourcing precious gold. Simply window shopping and witnessing the pieces of gold on display around in the shops is enough to leave your mouth wide open. It is one of the best tourist places in Dubai. 

Location:  DeiraAl Ras – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  9:30 AM – 9:30 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Solo

31. Guru Nanak Darbar – Seek Blessings

Guru Nanak Darbar in Dubai

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If you have been seeking some peace and tranquility for yourself, visiting the Guru Nanak Darbar is an absolute must-visit while in Dubai. It is the first constructed one in the area and is often an amazing place of worship for Sikh devotees. It also has a dedicated floor that caters to the community feasts which are conducted every single day and serves over 5000 people. It is located in Jabesh Ali and is considered a must-visit when you want to get rid of the impending stress and pressure of life. Location: 3806 Sheikh Zayed Rd – Jebel Ali Village – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 04:30 AM till 09:30 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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32. World Island – Check Out The Coast

World Island, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The World Island, which was developed by renowned developers Nakheel is one of the most popular sightseeing spots Dubai. It is spread around the complete coast of Dubai and looks like an amazing rendition of the world map on the ocean. The best part is the fact that these specific islands are on sale or even rent depending on the wish of the customers. The prices of these places are beyond anyone’s realm of imagination, so that is definitely something out of topic.

Location:  United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 7 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

33. Kite Beach – Compete With Your Pals

Kite Beach, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Kite Beach is not just the famous Dubai tourist attraction but locals love this place just as much. It is situated in the Al Manara Road junction and the name of the beach is apt for the kind of activities you can indulge in around the place. The wide range of water sports along with kitesurfing make up for the amazing activities that the majority of the tourists indulge in the entire year around. The pristine white texture of the soft sand is definitely something that will satisfy your heart and soul. The Burj-Al-Arab can be seen clearly from there.

Location:  main street of Jumeirah, Dubai Timings:  10 AM – 7 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

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34. Hatta Rock Pools – Mind-Blowing Canyons

Hatta Rock Pools, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Hatta Rock Pools do make up for yet another one of the amazing sightseeing spots around Dubai. It is considered one of the best visiting spots around during the weekends. The entire area is studded along with spring-fed pools and narrow canyon passages which is what makes up for the amazing beauty of the place. It is located nearby to the Hatta heritage village and if you are short on time, visit both of the places together to get everything sorted out. The rocky mountain passages along with the landscapes around make up for the overall beauty of the place around.

Location: Half an hour drive away from the ancient village of Hatta Timing: NA Ideal for: Friends, Family

35. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Littered With Forts

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is yet another one of the ideal must-visit places in Dubai. It does reflect quite a lot of historical importance and is one of the oldest buildings around Dubai. It was initiated back in 1971 and has since then reflected significant importance in the history of Dubai. The place is littered with a wide range of forts and galleries which is what showcases the rich culture of the land. The Al Faidi fort in the museum is what holds the maximum importance. There is also a room in the place which is just filled with old maps. You can also witness the plethora of archaeological findings from Al Quasis.

Location:  Sharjah – United Arab Emirates Timings:  Open 24/7 Ideal for: Friends, Family

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36. Iceland Water Park – Take A Dip

Iceland Water Park, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Dubai is not just known for its oil reserves and gold but also for the amazing range of water parks it had. The Iceland Water Park is one such must-visit place around that not many tourists are aware of. It is considered one of the most beautiful water parks in the entirety of Dubai. Spread over a total area of 103,000 sq ft, this definitely makes up for one of the most notable sites to visit around in Dubai. It is themed as a Penguin homeland and has a capacity of 10,000 people at one go.

Location:  Jazeera Al Hamra – Ras al Khaimah – United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 6 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

37. Dubai Opera – Watch A Cultural Show

Dubai Opera, one of the best tourist places in Dubai

Not many people are going to correlate Dubai with Opera music but if you wish to get a taste of it, the Dubai Opera is actually an amazing tourist place in Dubai . It is located around in downtown Dubai and does make up for being the Opera district of the place. The place is an amazing rendition of the culture that Dubai is known around the world for. The place hosts a wide range of musical shows and artful dance which makes it one of the best places around. It has also got an amazing 2000 situate multi arrange theatre.

Location:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 9 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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38. Etihad Museum – Go Back In Time

Etihad Museum in dubai, one of the tourist places in Dubai

If you are a history buff, you are definitely going to be loving the Eithad Museum. The place is the perfect rendition of everything one needs to witness when it comes to the complete discourse that happened around in the United Arab Emirates. It is home to some of the rarest videos and personal items that nobody deemed would remain in existence. It does also showcase the various moment from the period from 1968 till 1974. If you wish to witness some of the highly accurate documentation and the archives from around the place, visiting the Etihad Museum is an absolute must.

Location:    1 Jumeirah St – Al Mina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  10 AM – 5 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

39. Bur Dubai Village – Ancient Architecture

Bur Dubai Village, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Next on the list of the amazing sites around Dubai is the Bur Dubai Village. It is also often regarded as the Dubai Heritage Village and is located close to the Dubai Creek. The architecture and designs made by the local artisans are more than enough to make you reel back in time. Yet another amazing thing to do around is to visit the local artisans and get small handmade souvenirs that you possibly can gift to your loved ones. This is one of the must-visit places in Dubai if you want to learn about Dubai.

Location: 7 32 St – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 08:00 AM till 08:00 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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40. Children’s City – Fun-Filled Break

Children’s City, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Children’s City is one of those spots that are adored by children of any age. The lego style buildings located in Creek Park and are packed with a plethora of interactive activities for the kids to try out. Every single one of the activity stations around is meant for children in the age group of 2-15 years of age. You can also indulge your kid in some of the educational workshops that do work around here and get your kids interested in interactive learning.

Location:  Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirate Timings: Saturday till Thursday- 09:00 AM till 08:00 PM, Friday: 03:00 PM till 09:00 PM Ideal for: Family, Kids

41. Grand Mosque – Historic Beauty

Grand Mosque, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Visiting the Grand Mosque is an absolute must when it comes to popular places around Dubai. It is one of the world’s biggest mosque and keeps its visitors hooked with the amazing architectural pieces around in the place. It has 82 vaults and the 24-carat gold overlaid fixtures simply add to the grandeur of the place. It also has the world’s largest hand tied cover which further adds to the fervor of the place. Spend some quality time by the pool staring at the mosque and you won’t regret the experience you get there.

Location:   Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Friday: 04:30 PM to 10:00 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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42. Deira Clocktower – Step Back In Time

Deira Clocktower, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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The Deira Clocktower is one of the most popular landmarks around Dubai. If legends are to be believed, it is said that the clock tower was built back in the 1960s by the people who resided there. Located in the eastern part of Dubai, this makes up for one of the most significant tourist spots in Dubai.

Location: Al Maktoum Rd – Deira – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: Open 24 hours Ideal for: Friends, Family

43. Safa Park – Run Wild

Safa Park, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Last but not least on the list of places to visit around in Dubai is Safa Park. This is known not just for its elegance and beauty but also for the kind of historical significance it beholds. The park is a 64-hectare park which was priorly an accommodation center for illegal immigrants from South Asia. Following the years, the place has been renovated quite a lot of times and has since then become quite a popular tourist destination around Dubai.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Al Safa – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 08:00 AM till 10:00 PM Ideal for: Friends, Family

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44. Hajar Foothills – Peaceful Spot

Hajar Foothills, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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Yet another amazing spot around in Dubai that accounts as a must-visit place is the Hajar Foothills. Owing to the fact that around 80% of Dubai is covered in sand, having desert camping is an absolute must. Hajar Foothills is one such place that do offer a similar experience where you can camp out on the beach itself. Make sure that you don’t go around dirtying the place and have the mere decency to keep the beach clean and carry a trash bag separately and use it to discard all the unwanted items that you don’t require throughout the camping experience. Carry the camping essentials too.

Location: Sharjah, Hajar Mountains, UAE Timings: Anytime Ideal For: Family, Friends

45. The Lost Chambers Aquarium – Check Out Marine Animals

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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If Atlantis is something that entices you, you are definitely going to love The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The entire place is littered with a number of tunnels and holes which makes the experience even better for you to try out. The underwater and marine life showcased there is something amazing, one that enthralls you to the peak.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Ideal For: Family, Kids, Friends

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46. Alserkal Avenue – Contemporary Gallery

Alserkal Avenue, one of the tourist places in Dubai

Alserkal Avenue is a hub of contemporary art galleries. The venue hosts a variety of exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, film screenings, Young Collector’s Auctions, and community-based festivals. The place is a mix of industrial business and creative spaces housing residencies for local and international artists as well.

Location: Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Timings: 10:00 am to 07:00 pm (open on all days except on Fridays) Ideal For: Friends, Family

47. Emirates Towers – Party Hub

Emirates Towers, one of the tourist places in Dubai

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In the modern age of business architecture, Emirates tower contains the Emirates Office Tower and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel . Jumeirah Towers is home to about thirteen nightclubs and dining ventures. The highlight of Emirates Tower is the atrium lobby which is one of the best places for business in Dubai. Emirates Tower should definitely be included in your itinerary for places to visit in Dubai in 7 days.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings:  9 AM – 10 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

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48. Desert Camping – Camp Under The Stars

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Dubai holds some stunning locations for desert camping. Some of the activities that can be availed while camping is quad biking, camel riding, belly dancing, and dune bashing. The best time to enjoy camping is from the middle of November until early December. The best desert camping sites in Dubai is Hajar Foothills, Umm Al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah desert, Khasab and Al Sayah Plateau, Jebel Shams.

Locations: NA Timings:  12 PM – 6 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

49. Dolphin Bay – Feed The Mammals

Dolphin Bay, one of the best places to visit in Dubai

Dolphin Bay is one of the most enchanting places to visit in Dubai. If you are one of those adventurous people you are going to have a great time here. Here you have the chance to learn all there is to know and swim with dolphins, regardless of the experience you have as a swimmer.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timings: 9:30AM – 5:30PM Ideal For: Kids, Family

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50. Dubai Spice Souk – Buy Spices

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Dubai Spice Souk offers a wide range of traditional spices, herbs, incense, and traditional medicinal products. It’s a heavenly place for a great selection of nuts, oils, and saffron as well. Wander among many different stalls and enjoy the different colours of spices. You can also discover many new tastes at Spice Souk.

Location: 26 34 St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00AM – 10:00PM (except Friday) Ideal For: Solo, Friends, Family

51. Al Nassma – Eat Camel Milk Chocolates

Al Nassma

The UAE makes various things out of camel milk, such as cheese, butter, chocolates, cakes, and so on. Not all tourists know about chocolates made out of camel milk and you won’t find them sold at the malls anyway. They are more of a gourmet offering, available only at select places. The vanilla flavor is close to the actual flavor of the milk. Pick up some chocolates for your friends back home from any Al Nassma kiosk at the Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, or Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

Location:  Warehouse No. A1, Light Industrial Unit, Industrial Area – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  12 PM – 5 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

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52. Dubai Coffee Museum – Luscious Coffee

Luscious Coffee in Dubai Coffee Museum

While you’re at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, make sure to visit the Dubai Coffee Museum. The coffee museum offers a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of tables and seats for you to sit down and enjoy your coffee. Plenty of coffee experts are available at the museum to explain the methods they use to make the coffee. Make sure to pick up some coffee and accessories such as latte art pens and milk jugs for your friends.

Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids Location:    Historic Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Villa 44 – Al Hisn St – Al Fahidi – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  9 AM – 5 PM

53. Desert Gate – Take A Ride

Desert Gate, one of the best places to visit in Dubai

A qualified Emirati tour guide will take you to various places such as the old souks, Dubai Creek, Dubai’s first schools and more on the list of places to see in Dubai. Visitors to Dubai can enjoy an offbeat Desert Gate Tour which takes them to various parts of the city to understand Dubai’s growth. There’s also a tour of Heritage Village where you can learn about Dubai’s pearl-diving history.

Location:  oldest existing building in Dubai Timings:  12 PM – 6 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

54. Jumeirah Mosque – For A Spiritual Experience

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This mosque in the city of Dubai is known to be the only one which welcomes non-Muslim people. The architecture of this mosque is a treat to the eyes, as it is constructed using white stone. The building of this mosque looks stunning both day and night. At once, around 1200 people can accommodate in this mosque.

Location:  Jumeirah Beach Road – Jumeirah 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00 am (onwards everyday except Fridays) Ideal for: Friends, Family, Kids

55. Dreamland Aqua Park – A Fun-Filled Place

Dreamland Aqua Park

This is one of the best places you can visit in Dubai if you are exploring the city with your family. The amusement park is known for its thrilling rides and is the best place for tourists as well as locals to beat the heat. Various rides like Twisting Dragons, Slide Five, Kamikaze, Mighty GoGround, and Pool Game will make your visit memorable.

Location:  Al Shebeakah – Umm Al Quawain – United Arab Emirates Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Ideal for: Family, Kids Official Site

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56. Dubai Frame- A Window To The Past And Future

Dubai Frame, one of the best places to visit in Dubai

Dubai Frame is the latest addition to the magnificent architectural marvels in Dubai, and is one of the many tourist places in Dubai . The height and breadth of this massive picture frame is 150m and 93m respectively, and it showcases the past and future of Dubai using the latest technologies, graphics, and animations. It also houses a skywalk that offers a view of old dubai, and the new advanced Dubai. This place provides a view of everything Dubai has to offer making it one of the most popular tourist places in Dubai .

Location: Zabeel Park Timings: 08.30 am to 08.30 pm Ideal for: Family, Kids

57. Kidzania Dubai  – Fun Inspired Learning

Kidzania Dubai, one of the tourist places in Dubai

Kidzania is one of the most popular tourist places in Dubai , and is also heaven for kids. This place mixes learning with fun by making kids indulge in role-playing activities. The activities at this place are designed to help youngsters learn about adult life in an interactive way. Kids will love spending a day out at this one of most popular tourist places in Dubai , learning professional skills while having fun.

Location: The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Road Timings: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm (10.00 am to 11.00 pm from Thursday to Saturday) Ideal For:  Kids

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58. Motiongate – Theme Park For Hollywood Buffs

Motiongate, one of the tourist places in Dubai

Do you love Hollywood movies? If yes, then you must visit Motiongate, one of the most fun and popular tourist places in Dubai. Motiongate is a theme park that draws its inspiration from Hollywood. This place is filled with adrenaline surging rides, and you can also meet with Hollywood characters in the park and get pictures clicked with them. There are many rides in the park such as The Green Hornets High-Speed Chase, The Madagascar Mar Pursuit, and many that will ensure that you are on your toes all day long at this one of the many famous tourist places in Dubai .

Location: Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road Timings: 02.00 pm to 10.00 pm (02.00 pm to 11.00 pm on Thursday and Friday) Ideal For:  Kids, Family, Friends

59. iFly Dubai – Skydiving Simplified

iFly Dubai, one of the tourist places in Dubai

How does skydiving without having to jump from a plane in the middle of nowhere sounds? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Well, this is what Dubai offers you at iFly – one of the absolute must-visit tourist places in Dubai . Instead of jumping out of a plane, you will be jumping in an AC tunnel from a height of 4 meters. Not only will this experience leave you comfortable, but also ecstatic. ‘Skydiving’ at iFly – one of the most exciting tourist places in Dubai will leave you in a state of trance. Location: Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif Timings: 10.00 am to 11.00 pm (Friday and Saturday)   12.00 pm to 11.00 pm (Thursday)   12.00 pm to 10.00 pm (Sunday to Wednesday) Ideal For:  Kids, Family, Friends

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60. Cayan Tower – A 75 Story Skyscraper

Cayan Tower, one of the tourist places in Dubai

Cayan Tower is a 75 story skyscraper in Dubai also known by the name of Infinity Tower. It is one of the best places to visit in Dubai and is the tallest twisted building in the world. These luxury apartment buildings only have limited facilities accessible to outsiders. Make sure to visit this marvelous Dubai attractions on your next trip.

Location:    1202, Al Barsha Heights, Teacom, Dubai Marina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates Timings:  8 AM – 6 PM Ideal for: Family, Friends, Kids

Further Read: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit UAE

Dubai is a destination where even the most placid traveler would end up having fun! And with so many interesting and entertaining tourist places in to visit in this amazing city in United Arab Emirates (UAE), you can imagine how wonderful your vacation can turn out to be. So, plan a trip to Dubai right away. Make sure to visit these tourist places in Dubai with your loved ones! For our editorial codes of conduct and copyright disclaimer please click here .

Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Places In Dubai

Which are the best places to visit in Dubai for free?

Dubai is loaded with lots of wondrous places to visit with your loved ones. While there are plenty of places to explore here do not forget to check out Fashion Avenue, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Beaches, and Manmade Waterfalls as these are some of the places in Dubai that you can visit for free.

Is Dubai expensive to visit?

Dubai can be cheap or expensive depending on the kind of accommodation and activities one chooses to experience here. Dubai tour packages for 5 days and 4 nights begin at INR 18,999.

Which is the cheapest month to fly to Dubai?

September is the cheapest month to fly to Dubai. So if you are short on budget then plan your trip to Dubai in the month of September with your travel buddies.

Which is the best time to visit Dubai?

November to March is the best time to visit Dubai. Enjoy the best of Dubai during this month as you explore the wondrous places at the best time.

Which are some famous attractions near Dubai?

Some of the famous attractions near Dubai, in Abu Dhabi, are 1. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

How many days are enough for Dubai?

5-6 days are perfect to explore and tour the best of Dubai with your near and dear ones. You can also plan a trip for lesser or more days.

Is Dubai good for a honeymoon?

Yes, Dubai is a great destination for a honeymoon. It has some of the most luxurious resorts and experiences to offer to couples. Plan your honeymoon here to relish a romantic time with your bae.

What can I do in Dubai for the New Year?

If you are planning to spend New Year’s in Dubai, then this is what you can do there: 1. Enjoy the fireworks 2. Go on a New Year’s Eve cruise 3. Picnic at the beach on New Year’s Eve

What are the most popular things to do in Dubai with kids?

Some of the popular things to do in Dubai with kids are visiting Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall, Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, and Dubai Aquarium.

What can you do at night in Dubai?

Some of the best things to experience at night in Dubai are 1. Fountain show at Dubai mall 2. Safari desert tour 3. Dubai garden glows 4. Enjoy a drink in the tallest restaurant.

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Dubai Attractions

Top 15 Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Dubai

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Top tourist attractions in dubai, 1. burj khalifa.

Burj-Khalifa

The tallest free-standing manmade structure in the world,  the Burj Khalifa, is the star attraction of Dubai . With a variety of Burj Khalifa tickets to choose from, it makes for an exciting outing, especially if you book a visit to its 124 th or 148 th level observation deck. It is almost three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower. The view of the world beneath is breathtaking and makes for a memory that will stay with you forever.

Timing: Starts at 11 AM

Duration: 5 to 6 Hours

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai

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2. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

One of the biggest malls in the world, the Dubai Mall boasts of over 1200 shops including the world’s biggest candy shop and the best of international brand showrooms, 120 restaurants and cafes, 21 cinema screens, along with the world’s biggest acrylic aquarium the Dubai Aquarium. You can also watch the world’s biggest themed fountain- the Dubai Fountain showing its magnificence every evening at 6 pm from the Dubai Mall.

Timing: 10 AM to 12 AM

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai.

Tickets: Entry is free

3. Mall of  The Emirates

Mall of the emirates Dubai

The Mall of Emirates is one of the biggest malls ever made across the globe and houses the Dubai ski resort inside it. It has the world’s first indoor ski resort Ski Dubai that is both spectacular and surreal with real penguins and regular temperatures of -4 degrees Celsius. The mall also has a special family entertainment center, a plethora of shopping opportunities and incomparable eating options at its restaurants. Check out our deals page for the latest Ski Dubai offers .

Timing: 10 AM to 10 PM

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai.

4. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Sheikh Mohammad Centre

Rapidly becoming one of the most sought after places to visit in Dubai, the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding is your window of opportunity to get up close and personal with the Arabic culture, Emirati food , and Islamic religion. Remember to book your tour well in advance to secure a spot. We promise you’ll have a completely different outlook towards Islam, Dubai, and the Arabic culture after the tour.

Opens at: 9 AM

Duration: 4 Hours

Location: Al Musalla Road – Dubai

5. Dubai Museum

Dubai-Museum

The best way to know the history and the meteoric rise of Dubai from a humble Bedouin village to one of the most visited cities of the world is to visit the Dubai Museum. The museum is housed inside the Al Fahidi Fort, one of the oldest forts of Dubai and has beautifully displayed the lifestyle and trade ways of the ancient Bedouin village Dubai once was. The place also houses the rare artifacts that were unearthed during excavations over the years.

Timing: Saturday to Thursday – 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM and

Friday – 2:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: Al Fahidi Area, Bur Dubai

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6. Bastakiya Quarter

Bastakiya Quarter UAE

The oldest neighborhood of Dubai beautifully preserved with its wind towers, old buildings, and small cafes that are perfect to make your evening delightful. Visit the Bastakiya mosque that is also one of the most photogenic mosques in the UAE. The small souvenir shops and cafes make for spending your time leisurely while you soak in the timeless historical feel of the place.

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM

Location: Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai

7. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo

Housing over 140 species exotic marine creatures,  the Dubai aquarium is the world’s biggest suspended acrylic aquarium in the world. Starting from the ground floor, it stretches up to the third floor of the Dubai Mall. Right next to it is the Dubai underwater zoo that gives you a 180-degree exquisite view of the underwater life of some of the most beautiful sea animals of the world.

Location: Dubai Mall – 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai

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8. Dubai Miracle Garden

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The Dubai miracle garden is one of the most treasured Dubai sightseeing places. It is the world’s biggest natural flower garden with over 45 million of flowers arranged in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and design themes. It also houses a special butterfly garden that has the largest variety of butterflies from all around the world and is a wonder in itself. Get the right Dubai Miracle Garden tickets to make the most of your visit here.

Timing: 9 AM to 9 PM

Location: Al Barsha South 3 – Dubai.

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9. Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

Claimed to be the world’s largest entertainment destination project, the Global village is where 75 countries represent the best of their cultures across 32 pavilions. More of a carnival than a shopping destination, visiting  Global Village  is more than just a shopping experience, it is more like being a part of the world fair. It has everything from the shopping of the best and authentic souvenirs across different countries, live concerts of the best of celebrities, rides, entertainment shows and an array of international cuisine lined up all for the visitors to enjoy and have a gala time.

Timing: Saturday to Thursday – 4 PM to 11:30 PM

Friday – 4 PM to 12:30 AM

Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai

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10. Gold and Spice Souk

Spice souk Dubai

Timing: Saturday to Thursday – 10 AM to 10 PM

Friday – 4 PM to 10 PM

Location: Baniyas Street, Deira, Dubai

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11. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

One of the must-visit mosques of Dubai, the Jumeirah mosque is one of the best attractions of the city for its incredible architecture and white stone marbles. You can photograph its beautiful interiors pretty much at any time. Special tours are organized to get a walking tour of the mosque and the tour guide offers incredibly insightful information about this spiritual place.

Timing: Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 8 PM

Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Jumeirah Beach Road – Dubai.

12. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach Dubai

The only free and possibly the best beach of Dubai- the Jumeirah beach boasts a postcard-perfect setting with the mighty Burj Al Arab at the backdrop. Serene waters on a white sandy beach offer an ideal way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. The lane alongside is filled with both small eateries and big restaurants to satiate your appetite after a great day at the beach.

Timing: Saturday to Wednesday – 7:30 AM to 10 PM

Thursday and Friday –  7:30 AM to 11 PM

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13. Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall Dubai

A great mall in Dubai that stands out because of its great architecture and a different concept is the Ibn Battuta Mall. The entire mall is based on the theme of the legendary Arabic traveler- Ibn Battuta and his excursion across six different countries. The mall is divided into six different sections, each designed as per the architecture of the particular country. More than the happiness of over 150 shops, it is the brilliant concept and the construction that will blow your mind.

Timing: Sunday to Wednesday – 10 AM to 10 PM

Thursday to Saturday –  10 AM to 12 AM

14. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek Park

The creek known to be ancient than the city of Dubai itself, the Dubai creek stretches from the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary to the inland of Al Ain. The creek divides the city of Dubai into two parts of Deira and Bur Dubai. The best way to experience the grandeur of the glittery skyline of Dubai and the tranquility of the creek is through the Dhow cruise .

Location: Burj Khalifa – 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai.

15. Desert Safari Dubai

Desert-Safari

They say no trip to Dubai is complete without  experiencing the Dubai desert safari . Not only is the desert safari one of the biggest attractions of Dubai, but it is also one of the most adventurous and thrilling experiences of the city. Take a morning or evening desert ride in a 4×4 and enjoy dune bashing, quad biking, Bedouin-style camp with dinner, dance, and entertainment, and even overnight camping in the desert.

Starts at: 4 PM

Duration: 6 Hours

Location: Desert, Dubai

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I have heard that Dubai Aquarium offers scuba diving. Is it true?

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Yes, you have heard right! Along with scuba diving, you can also indulge in shark feeding, cage diving, and such other interesting underwater activities at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

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I would love to visit the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk in Dubai. Does Dubai have any other souks?

Along with Gold Souk and Spice Souk, there is the Perfume Souk in Deira. Moreover, there is the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai, i.e., on the other side of the Dubai Creek.

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I have visited Dubai before but haven’t heard about Global Village Dubai?

This must be because Global Village Dubai is a seasonal attraction and is open from October to March only.

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Dubai is such a cool city; there are so many things to do here. I am planning a visit soon. If I had to choose one place that I must visit in the city, what should it be?

You are right! Dubai is amazing. It is really difficult to choose one place that you must visit, as Dubai is home to so many unique constructions. But if you insist, we think it should be the Burj Khalifa. After all, it is the tallest building in the world!

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I would love to visit Dubai Creek. What is the best way to enjoy the surroundings of Dubai Creek?

The best way to enjoy the beauty of Dubai Creek is by going on an abra ride, which is how the Arabs traveled across the Dubai Creek in the past. Moreove, it is quite cheap as well.

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Dubai indeed is the most beautiful place for tourism. There are a lot of places one can visit in Dubai but this article narrows it down some of the most beautiful and famous spots one can visit in Dubai. I’m definitely planning a visit to Dubai with my family and I would recommend my friends to have a trip too. This article has a lot of information and it is educative. Thank you for posting this article. Keep posting.

Yes, Dubai is truly a wonderful place & you will definitely enjoy with you dear ones. And we will come up with more interesting & informative posts soon.

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Thank you so much for this informative blog. Dubai is the best place according to me. It has all the elements which makes a holiday A WOW experience.

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I do agree with you. Dubai is truly a WOW experience

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Burj Khalifa

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#1 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper located in the heart of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest building in the world and among the prime places to visit as part of the Dubai Tour Packages . Standing 828 m high, the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the most prominent attractions in all of the Middle-East. A headlining accomplishment by Emaar, the construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The building is constructed on the government's decision to diversify money from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who provide .....

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Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari

#2 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 61 km from Dubai International Airport, Desert Safari is the most popular and must experience things to do in Dubai. Renowned for its great infrastructure, Dubai is also known for its adventurous streak, especially Desert Safari held in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The Desert Safari in Dubai is a mix of adventure, cultural entertainment, and sumptuous dinner under the stars. The city presents various Desert Safari options like Day Safari and Evening Safari. Visitors can experience desert camping with a delicious Arabian dinner, belly dancers and other traditional performers. Day safaris hold you in for an adventure as you get to try out Dune Bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides and more. The real highlight of the tour is Dune bashing, an exciting, adrenaline-pumping 4x4 drive deep into the desert to explore the vast stretch of the golden dunes by plummeting low in the deep ditches and escalating high on the summit of the dunes. The experience .....

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

#3 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Al Bastakia and 7 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek that separates Bur Dhabi and Deira. Located in the heart of Dubai, it is one of the popular places to experience Dubai Tourism. Also known as Khor Dubai, Dubai Creek was historically known for being between Deira and Bur Dubai and ending at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. After the creek was extended into the Dubai Water Canal, its waters now also flow through the Business Bay and Jumeirah areas. The creek was considered a free trade zone in 1902 under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher. During the same period, the creek became a major trading hub. Due to its limited depth, large vessels were not able to enter the creek. However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the creek was dredged to make it wider and deeper in order to anchor the ships of up to 500 tons. This mighty creek divides the iconic city of Dubai into two halves - Bur Dubai which lies to the southwest .....

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

#4 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Mall is a shopping mall located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai. Situated next to the iconic Burj Khalifa, it is the biggest shopping mall in Dubai and among the must-visit places for shopaholics while holidaying in Dubai. Situated next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall is the most-visited retail and entertainment destination, which welcomes more than 80 million visitors annually. It is the 2nd largest shopping mall in the world which covers more than 1 million square meters. The mall features around 1200 stores, two anchor department stores and hundreds of food and beverage outlets. It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system. The mall was voted the best shopping experience in the world by Grazia Magazine in 2010. Serving as the entryway to Burj .....

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

#5 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is located inside Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai. It is one of the largest and most stunning aquariums in the world and among the top tourist attractions in Dubai. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a walk-through aquarium that houses more than 33,000 aquatic animals. Located on the ground level of the Dubai Mall, the 10-million liters Dubai Aquarium tank measures 51 m in length, 20 m in width and 11 m in height and is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses 140 species of aquatic animals including over 300 Sharks and Rays along with the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. Located on Level Two above the Aquarium tank, Underwater Zoo leads you through three ecological zones namely Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. Visitors can mesmerized by the spectacular displays of animals with 40 different shelters holding a wide variety of animal .....

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

#6 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Fountain is a dancing fountain situated at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai. It is the largest dancing fountain in the world and among the must-see things in Dubai. Submerged within the 30-acre Burj Lake in front of Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain features the tallest and the most well-choreographed fountain system in the world. Built at a cost of AED. 800 million, this fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated in May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of water in the air at any moment. More than 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors have been installed. It consists of five circles of different sizes and two arcs of jets. The Dubai Fountains project water in the .....

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

#7 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Museum is a museum situated in the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood in Bur Dubai. It is the main museum in Dubai and among the prime places to visit as part of Dubai Packages. The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, a stunning desert fort and architectural marvel built-in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. It is the oldest building in the Emirate. As per the history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. This fort was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort. Al Fahidi Fort is square-shaped with towers occupying three of its corners. It was built of coral rock and mortar in several phases. Just off the southern .....

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

#8 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Dubai Museum and 12 km from Dubai International Airport, Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning mosque situated at the Jumeirah 1 area of Dubai. It is one of the beautiful mosques in UAE and among the must-visit places during your Dubai Tour . Built exactly on lines of Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most attractive and biggest mosques in Dubai. The construction of the mosque began in 1976 and was completed in 1979. The Jumeirah Grand Mosque was a gift from the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the former Ruler of Dubai and father of the current Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is said that the Jumeirah Mosque is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. Jumeirah Mosque is an excellent example of the medieval Fatimid style of architecture. Made of carved white stone, the mosque is adorned with two minarets displaying intricate stonework. The .....

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

#9 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 16 km from Burj Khalifa and 27 km from Dubai International Airport, the Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is one of the tallest hotels in the world and among the prime places to visit in Dubai. Established in the year 1999, Burj Al Arab is one of the premium hotels in Dubai. Burj Al Arab stands 280 m on an artificial island off Jumeirah Road and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is the 7th tallest hotels in the world, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 feet) above ground. Offering the ultimate in luxury, this 7-star hotel is an architectural and engineering marvel and is unmatched by any other building in the world as it's founded on sand, not on rock. It's standing tall on 250 concrete columns of 1.5 m in diameter each that goes 45 .....

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

#10 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Burj Al Arab and 25 km from Dubai International Airport, Jumeirah Beach is a public beach in Dubai. Stretched along the coast of the Persian Gulf, this sandy white strip of sand is among the top beach destinations for the visitors of Dubai. Jumeirah Beach is a white sand beach that is located and named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai. It stretches along the coast south of the Al Fahidi historic district to the junction with The Palm Jumeirah and terminates between the southern end of the Jumeirah Beach Residence (adjacent to the Dubai Marina district) and the port facilities at Jebel Ali. Sun-seekers come to this lively shoreline to revel in Dubai's bright rays, while water sports enthusiasts take advantage of the calm, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf. The Jumeirah Beach is lined with exotic luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs and other recreation points. The famous Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel .....

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

#11 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 14 km from Burj Al Arab and 30 km from Dubai International Airport, Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the biggest natural flower garden in Dubai and among the prime places to visit during your Dubai Trip. The Miracle Garden was launched on Valentine's Day in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 sq. m, making it the largest natural flower garden in the world featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. The flowers are maintained by re-use of treated wastewater through a drip irrigation method with an average amount of 757,082 liters of water per day. Seeing the garden in full bloom with its 150 million flowers arranged in colorful arches and patterns, and the myriad shapes they form, are truly magnificent. The place includes distinctive models of some of the most popular establishments around in Dubai. The models change shape and even have suitable lighting to make them even .....

Kite Beach

#12 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Burj Al Arab and 21 km from Dubai International Airport, Kite Beach is a clean beach off Jumeirah Road in Dubai. It is one of the popular beaches in Dubai and among the prime places to visit as part of Dubai Packages . Kite Beach is a long, pristine stretch of white sand situated south of Jumeirah Beach. This super clean beach is renowned as Dubai's premier destination for kite surfers and a regular spot for water sports enthusiasts. One can find all the water sports equipment on the beach. Wakeboarding, kite surfing, and paddle boarding are a few things that visitors try out when visiting Kite Beach. Visitors can try their hand at volleyball too with the net set upright on the beach. If you are more of a sand lover than water activities, you can simply engage in beach sports such as volleyball or football else just help your child in building a small castle out of the sand. In addition, Kite Beach .....

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

#13 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Dubai Museum and 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market (or souk) located in Al Dhagaya locality of Deira district in Dubai. It happens to be the world's largest gold market and one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Situated in Deira, this golden souk is the most famous and highly visited tourist spot in Dubai because of its excellent quality and designs of gold. The souk consists of over 380 retailers, most of whom are jewelry traders. With more than 350 jewellery traders and retailers, Gold Souk is restocked with at least 10 tons of gold daily. The gold souk is famous worldwide and has a mention in the Guinness World Record Book as it was host to the world's largest and heaviest ring weighing 64 kilograms with a 5.1-kilogram stone resting on it. The piece is owned by Dubai-based Taiba. Besides gold, the souk has a lot to offer like silver, diamond, emeralds, .....

Al Bastakia

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#14 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Bastakia Quarter or Al Bastakia is one of the oldest and traditional Emirati residential areas in Bur Dubai, also known as Old Dubai. Situated along Dubai Creek, it is one of the oldest and most picturesque heritage sites in Dubai. Also known as the Al Fahidi Historic District of Dubai, Al Bastakia village was built in the late 19th century by Persian merchants who left their native homeland due to ongoing religious persecution, as well as tax breaks and incentives offered by the Emirati government. This place gets its name from Bastak, Iran, the origin of many of the traders who first plied their trades. In its prime, the locality was capable of 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes. In the 1980s half of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood village was destroyed to make way for the development of a new office complex. The remaining houses were mostly used as warehouses or accommodation .....

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

#15 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Dubai Museum and 10 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Frame is an iconic structure located in Zabeel Park in Dubai. It is the UAE's latest cultural landmark and among the must-visit Dubai Tourist Places. Rising 150 m from Dubai's Zabeel Park, the Dubai Frame is the largest picture frame in the world. This impressive feat of engineering opened to the public on 1st January 2018, adding another point of interest to Dubai's already awe-inspiring skyline. The structure connects Dubai's rich past with its magnificent present. The project has not come without controversy, however - last year, it was revealed that the design may have been used without the consent of its original architect. It consists of two 150 m towers connected at the top by a 93 m bridge- the Sky Deck. The exterior is clad with stainless steel sheets. The sheets are coated with titanium nitride, giving a golden appearance to the exterior. At the base of the frame, there's a pleasant .....

Zabeel Palace

Zabeel Palace

#16 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Dubai Frame and 14 km from Dubai Airport, Zabeel Palace is a majestic palace situated in the Zabeel area of Dubai. It is one of the popular Dubai Landmarks and among the must-visit places in Dubai. Zabeel Palace is the home of Sheikh Rashid, UAE's former prime minister. It is constructed in the Zabeel area, which was formerly just bare land covered with sand. Today, it is surrounded by all the glitzy buildings that make up the skyline of Dubai. Another Zabeel Palace has also cropped up in the vicinity, but it is the old palace that is full of charms. This palace was constructed sometime in the 1960s and was used as a residence till the 90s. The Arabic word 'Zabeel' stands for 'Thanks'. The design of this palace is the idea of Otto Bulart who also designed the Clock Tower in Dubai. It is one of the most secured palaces in the world, which is protected by sophisticated electronic devices. The palace is surrounded by well-maintained lush gardens. From .....

Mall Of The Emirates

Mall Of The Emirates

#17 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Burj Al Arab and 28 km from Dubai International Airport, the Mall of the Emirates is a shopping mall located at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. It is one of the popular places to visit in Dubai for Shopaholics. Developed and owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, it was opened in 2005. The mall was designed by the American architectural firm F+A Architects. The multi-level shopping mall currently features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. In 2017, Forbes named Mall of the Emirates as one of the top five shopping malls in Dubai. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai, and Magic planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centers in Dubai. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of the indoor ski area. It is the largest indoor ski park in the world. The park has a Snow Park, ski slopes, an ice museum .....

Palm Islands

Palm Islands

#18 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 9 km from Burj Al Arab and 32 km from Dubai International Airport, Palm Islands are artificial islands on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Often referred to as the 'eighth wonder of the world' Dubai's Palm Islands are the largest manmade islands in the world and among the must-see places in Dubai as part of Dubai Packages. There are three islands in total that make up Palm Islands Dubai including Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. However, the only island open to visitors is the Palm Jumeirah. These offshore islands were created using land reclamation which extends into the Persian Gulf. The creation of the islands started in 2001 and takes their name from their artificially crafted palm tree shape. The islets were made mostly from sand dredged from the floor of the Persian Gulf, but the side of the crescent that is exposed to the open sea was shored up with stones and boulders from the mainland. These will add a total of 520 kilometers shoreline .....

Palm Jumeirah Atlantis

Palm Jumeirah Atlantis

#19 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Burj Al Arab and 36 km from Dubai International Airport, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the top hotels in Dubai and among the must-visit places for adventure lovers. Nestled between the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Dubai skyline, Atlantis Dubai is the crown of the world-famous Palm Island. Opened in 2008, the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah is the first-ever resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah Island. It is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The 1,548 room nautically themed resort has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. With pink palatial structures, soaring turrets and an Arabian archway, the look of the resort are itself fascinating. The rooms have Arabian and oceanic style decors and feature all amenities that one requires. .....

Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

#20 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 28 km from Dubai International Airport, Global Village is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai. It is one of the best places to visit in Dubai while holidaying in the United Arab Emirates. The Global Village is a destination that provides a wonderful international shopping experience. It was started out in the form of a number of kiosks in 1996 located on the Creek Side opposite to Dubai Municipality. Later, it was shifted to the Oud Metha Area near Wafi City for 5 years. Today, Global Village has 6 million visitors at its current location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is claimed to be the world's most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project of UAE and also the first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination in the region. Managed by Dubailand, Global Village is a part theme park and part market. The fair features 26 pavilions that showcase a country or region's traditional handicrafts, merchandise, and cuisine. .....

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

#21 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Dubai Museum and 11 km from Dubai International Airport, the Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building situated in the Al Shindagha area of Dubai. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and among the famous historical monuments in Dubai. The Saeed Al Maktoum House was the former residential palace of Sheikh Saeed bin Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958, and grandfather of the present ruler - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Located along the Dubai Creek, the building was established around 1896 CE as the seat of the Al Maktoum family. The building remains the residency of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum since his death in 1958. The site is also the birthplace of his sons and grandsons. The house is the epitome of Arabic architecture, which has a splendid design, coupled with luxurious interiors. It has three inner courtyards flanked by 30 rooms behind richly ornamented teak doors and lorded over by four wind towers. .....

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

#22 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 7 km from Palm Jumeirah and 36 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Marina is a conceptualized man-made canal city in Dubai. It is one of the popular places to visit while holidaying in Dubai. Nestled in the New Dubai, the artificial canal city of Dubai Marina was built along a 3-kilometer (2 mi) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. It is located on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai. Dubai Marina was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada. With over 200 high-rise towers, including 40 towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, it is the world's largest man-made marina. It offers luxurious lifestyles through its exquisite waterfront development along the Persian Gulf shoreline. There are classy hotels and upscale shopping and other leisure options here. It also contains the Dubai Marina Mall Complex, a .....

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

#23 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 7 km from Burj Khalifa and 13 km from Dubai International Airport, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the few urban protected areas in the arid zone and among the must-visit places in Dubai for bird lovers. Situated at the end of the ecologically important and culturally rich Dubai Creek, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary silently replenishes the fishing grounds for three settlements - now known as Deira, Shindhaga and Bur Dubai. The Ras Al Khor Sanctuary was established in 1985 and was officially declared as a protected area in 1998. It was designated as the Ramsar Site in 2007 under the Ramsar Convention and also identified as a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and considered an exceptional wetland within the UAE. Known as the 'Cape of the Creek,' Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 6.2 sq. km and features a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, .....

Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai Shopping Festival

#24 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Shopping Festival is held annually in Dubai. It is one of the longest-running and most successful shopping festivals in Dubai. Located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall is the venue for the prestigious shopping festival. Though sales happen in Dubai every month, the one-month-long Dubai Shopping Festival held in January and February annually gives you the best offers where much-loved fashion brands, electronics, jewellery, and perfumes are available at exceptional discounts. The shopping festival in Dubai is a diverse bouquet of activities and festivities. It gives the desert country a whole new set of cheerful and vibrant vibes. The Dubai Shopping Festival is a haven for shopaholics around the globe. Major brands showrooms in Dubai have huge discounts on their products, making the deals inevitable for even the most reluctant shoppers. One can buy all sorts of products like clothes, .....

Grand Mosque / Grand Bur Dubai Masjid

Grand Mosque / Grand Bur Dubai Masjid

#25 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Grand Mosque is a sacred mosque situated in the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood in Bur Dubai. Opposite to Dubai Museum, it is an absolute must when it comes to popular places in Dubai. Also known as Grand Bur Dubai Masjid, Grand Mosque was built in 1900 as a school devoted to the study of the Quran but it was demolished to make way for another mosque in 1960. Again it was rebuilt in the year 1998, closer in style to the original of 1900. This mosque is one of the largest in Dubai and one of the biggest mosques in the world and keeps its visitors hooked with the amazing architectural pieces around in the place. The hub of Dubai's religious and cultural life, the mosque displays an impressive blue mosaic work which makes it worthy of a visit. It has 82 vaults and the 24-carat gold overlaid fixtures simply add to the grandeur of the place. There are five large Quranic inscriptions at the entrance. It has nine large domes .....

Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum

#26 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Jumeirah Mosque and 13 km Dubai International Airport, Etihad Museum is a dynamic 21st-century museum situated on Jumeirah Road, Dubai. It is one of the popular museums in Dubai and among the must include places in Dubai Tour Packages. Established in the year 2016, Etihad Museum is a historical place that consists of everything old and new. The museum is located on the same historical site of the Union House, the very place where the 7 rulers of the 7 Emirates came together in 1971 to sign the declaration that marked the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Spread over 25,000 sq. m, the museum is managed by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The word 'Etihad' means 'union' in Arabic. There's no better place to gain insight into the UAE's extraordinary economic development since its independence as the first federation in the Arab world. Designed by Canadian architects Moriyama & Teshima, the museum is constructed in the shape of a manuscript, .....

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Dubai is the “city of gold”. Doubtlessly! Interestingly, the place has a lot more things apart from gold. This lively city is famous for its colossal skyline, staggering nightlife, notable beaches, futuristic architecture, the list goes on. Development is not just a word in Dubai. It is the ‘mantra’! Dubai is the one-stop destination for all travel enthusiasts. Pack your bags and be ready to jump into an unforgettable expedition. Let us check out the top 50 places to visit in Dubai below.

Some Top Dubai Outing Places

1.burj khalifa.

Dubai places to visit - Burj Khalifa

This architectural marvel tops the list of Dubai famous places. The landmark serves a perfect birds-eye-view scene from its 124th floor.

2. Burj Al Arab

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The imposing structure is a place for affluent people. Serves exquisite views from its Skyview bar.

3. Dubai Fountain

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The choreographed fountain system displays a show full of lights, fun, and amazement in the evening. The show lasts for about 4 minutes and repeats every 30 min. 

4. Safa Park

Safa Park.

It tops the chart of the most beautiful places in Dubai. The place is filled with lush green scenery. One of the prettiest and best picnic spots in Dubai to visit with family.

5. Dubai Coffee Museum

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A must-visit place for all the coffee lovers. Popular for bean roasting sessions that fill the senses with a majestic aroma.

Places to visit in Dubai at night for Free.

6. palm jumeirah.

Palm jumeirah.

This is a free tourist place in Dubai. This man-made excellence is known for glitzy hotels, posh apartment towers and a lot more. 

7. Dubai Mall

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This is one of the top Dubai places to visit for free. It is also a one-stop destination for shopaholics. Get the best retail experiences at the Dubai Mall.

8. Dubai Marina

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Traveling with family?  This is one of the first free of cost places to visit in Dubai. The place is characterized by its affluent neighborhood, hangouts, and the beach.

9. JBR – Jumeriah Beach Residence

JBR

Explore the hot sports car rides in the town, The Walk at JBR. Gazing at the over-priced cars of locals for free is really fun. Do not spend money on visiting car museums, land here on Saturday nights.

Glorifying Beaches to Visit in Dubai

10. jumeirah beach.

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This marvelous white sand beach is a top place to go to Dubai for Free. Have guaranteed full-time enjoyment and take part in water activities.

11. La Mer Beach

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The place is for leisure seekers. Consists of unique dining facilities, beachfront resorts, and a hospitable environment for a perfect staycation.

12. Kite Beach

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The most recommended place to go with friends in Dubai. Enjoy kite surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving here.

13. Villa Beach

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The place is perfect for couples. Spend quality time here along with your partner by surfing or just relaxing on the beach.

Some Top Dubai Family Outing Places

14. madinat jumeirah.

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Visit the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The Arabian Resort serves you with amazing dining facilities, gaming zones, and relaxation options.

15. Dubai Museum

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The oldest existing building in Dubai is a bag of knowledge. It represents the traditional way of life in Dubai as it originally was. 

16. Mirzam Chocolate

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Visit the top chocolate factory in Dubai along with your family and kids. See the complete making procedure of chocolates. Taste the heavenly creations!

17. Logo Islands

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These are two artificial, palm leaf-shaped islands. These are two of Dubai’s most beautiful places, surrounded by sea and man-made beaches.

Top Outstanding Indoor Places to Visit in Dubai

18. mall of the emirates.

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The place is equipped with almost everything under one roof. Starting from food outlets, top clothing brands and much more.

19. Dubai Dolphinarium

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The best amusement venue with live dolphin shows fish farms, a coral reef aquarium. Kid-friendly place filled with fun activities to explore.

20. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

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The place has an underwater tunnel. Above which you will witness the extraordinary marine life floating and giving an eye-to-eye moment.

21. Ibn Battuta Mall

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A large shopping mall with astonishing architecture. The one-stop destination for all the shopping lovers out there. The interior is interestingly amazing.

Some Engaging Outdoor Places to Visit in Dubai

22. dubai miracle garden.

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All the nature admirers, visit the large artificial miraculous garden. The place has an outstanding collection of colorful and a variety of flowers.

23. Downtown Dubai

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The best place to visit in Dubai at night the nightlife in Downtown is filled with sparkling lights, night shows, and exquisite outlets.

24. Emirates Towers

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An eye-catching marvelous creation. The building shows the contemporary art of infrastructural engineering. Genius is the word for this amazing place.

25. Desert Gate

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A famous tourist place in Dubai, witness dune bashing, camel riding, sand surfing and ultimate fun here.

26. Hajar Foothills

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A must-visit for all the adventure lovers. Climbing on rocks is a fun activity to go through. Hajar foothills provide that experience.

Romantic Places to Visit in Dubai for Couples

27. dubai creek.

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Explore fun things to do in Dubai at night. Cruise, eat, stroll, do all the fun activities. The environment is lively and has a sparkling view of the whole town.

28. The Walk JBR

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You will find many things to do in Dubai after midnight. Hold hands and stroll in the walk JBR. Satisfy your retail cravings or dine by the sea along the chic waterfront strip. 

29. Global Village

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The best night places to visit in Dubai. The place becomes livelier at night. The exquisite view, old souks, sparkling environment fills the air with love.

30. Desert Safari

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Experience the thrilling and fun activity of Desert Safari. Dubai is best known for its deserts and the breathtaking, marvelous and enthralling desert rides.

Refreshing  Places To Visit In Dubai In Winter

31. jumeirah mosque.

Jumeirah Mosque.

The iconic structured mosque looks marvelous. The only mosque that welcomes non-muslims. The place looks gleaming at night with all the lights in and around.

32. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club

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Play polo in the amazingly cool weather. The place holds extravagant events for sports lovers. Bring out the sportsman in you.

33. Saeed Al Maktoum House

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This historic building is famous for its architectural intelligence. A must-visit for its futuristic uniqueness. Stroll around and discover history.

34. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

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DDCR rides take you through the desert covered areas. Dune bashing, thrill, and excitement await here.

Exciting Places To Go In Dubai in Summer

35. ski dubai.

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The place is a must-visit at the time of summers. It offers an escape from the humidity of Dubai. Snow rides, live penguin show, and ultimate fun are what you will get here.

36. The World Islands

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The artificial archipelago gives a soothing view of the mesmerizing turquoise green water. The specialty is it forms a picture of the globe. Excellence is what it is!

37. Wild Wadi Water Park

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An outdoor water park filled with rides and thrilling experiences. Share the laughter with family and friends. Slide on the exciting water rides.

38. Aquaventure Water Park

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The water park is famous for kid-friendly rides. It has separate kid zones. Beat the heat at the time of summers here.

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39. grand mosque.

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A spectacular architecture made of white marble. The beauty is irreplaceable. The beautifully carved structure is a perfect place for peace seekers.

40. Al Fahidi Historical District

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Visit the ancient district. Explore the traditional type of life. Filled with historical monuments, a perfect place for all the history buffs.

Calm Places to Visit in Dubai For Elderly

41. etihad museum.

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The museum collects,  preserves and showcases the heritage of UAE. The topics are covered around social-political issues, history, and other social subjects.

42. Zen Yoga

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Take internationally certified yoga and pilates here. Calm your nerves, balance your mind, soul, and body. Breathe in, breathe out and relax.

43. Dubai Gold Souk

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For all the glittering-gold lovers. The gold souk is the top place to visit in Deira. Gift your loved ones with some precious gold jewelry.

44. Bur Dubai

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A popular and free tourist attraction in Dubai. One must visit this historic district to spend a day filled with fun and knowledge.

Fun Places to Go In Dubai at Night

45. deira island.

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The artificial island has many amazing and astonishing views. Filled with several upmarket shops, top restaurants, and energetic gaming zones. Explore the fun and get enthusiast here.

46. City Centre Deira

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One of the oldest malls in Dubai, it consists of numerous stores. Eat, shop and stroll for fun and binge-worthy experiences.

47. Bollywood Parks Dubai

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The Bollywood themed park is amazing. Many lively activities to perform for tourists and visitors here. Witness the amazing shows of top Bollywood songs and movies.

48. IMG Worlds of Adventure

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An indoor amusement park filled with enthusiasm, amusement, and a lot more stuff. The fun begins here. A kid-friendly place.

49. Marina Mall

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An entertainment venue for people of all ages. It is situated in Abu Dhabi, the thrilling city near Dubai. It is the perfect place to travel from Dubai. Stroll around and explore the amazing fun outlets here.

50. Ferrari World

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An indoor amusement park is the best destination in Dubai. Say why? It is filled with thrilling and fun rides. Get an adrenaline rush as you reach the top height of the ride.

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Top 14 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Dubai

Beloved by Instagrammers, holidaymakers, and shopping addicts taking advantage of its tax-free status, Dubai is a travel destination which is proud of its past but with a passion for dreaming up – and carrying out – some incredible futuristic projects.  It’s not always considered conventionally beautiful, but this is a seriously glamorous place filled with genuinely extraordinary sights where everything seems more wow-inducing. Here are my favourite places…

1. Burj Khalifa Lookout

Burj Khalifa lookout

The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is an impressive sight that dominates the skyline. Standing on the ground looking up at the incredible architecture is one thing; taking a trip up to the lookout is something else entirely. The journey is an adventure, but once you get to the lookout, you’re standing at 555m on the 148th floor, and the view is surreal.

It is so high that your brain has difficulty with what it sees, and it takes a minute or two to get used to it. Laid out in front of you is the city’s beautiful scenery, with the vast expanse of clear glass giving a 360-degree view to enjoy; it is unlike anything else you have experienced, and the views are just incredible!

2. Palace Downtown

Palace Downtown Dubai

A traditional palatial residence, Palace Downtown is known as a fine place to stay! This sumptuous hotel looks out over the incredible Dubai Fountain and the lake, with Burj Khalifa at its center.

A haven for those seeking some of the best leisure facilities in Dubai, whether it is the palm-lined outdoor pool, the traditional Arabian-style spa, or a fully-featured gym with on-hand personal trainers, there is something for everyone.

With four restaurants offering fine dining opportunities, including an all-day Mediterranean buffet and more formal eating, Palace Downtown has plenty to keep you occupied and entertained without leaving the hotel.

3. Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah - most beautiful places to visit in Dubai

If you’ve looked at images of Dubai anywhere, you’ve seen the Palm Jumeirah, the artificial island that, when viewed from above, forms the shape of a palm growing outwards into the sea. It is a stunning visual from above and in my opinion, is just as incredible when you visit it.

Tree-lined roads and pristine sandy beaches create an excellent environment unlike anywhere else, while the monorail makes getting around fast and fun, too.

With a range of clubs and hotels like the Atlantis, great food such as Nobu and 101 Dining, entertainment, and activities to suit every taste, from swimming to watersports, it’s a complete resort experience if you want. For the adventurous, you can skydive over the Palm, seeing that famous overhead view for yourself.

4. Bur Dubai Abra Dock

Bur Dubai Abra Dock

The dock allows you to look out over the traditional Arabic boats, known as dhows, to the modern cityscape beyond the water. That blend of traditional and modern is always something special, but of course, you come to the dock not just to look but to take a trip in one of those lovely boats. So I recommend you do this while here!

A ten-minute trip from the dock to Gold Souk takes you past many of the city’s landmarks, along with the Textile Souk and notable art galleries. It’s a great way to slow the pace on your trip, sit back, and relax as the world rolls past.

Pier 7 Dubai

Named after the seven restaurants found within its circular walls, this tower sits next to the Dubai Marina Mall, with the two connected by a glass-walled walkway that makes approaching it something of an occasion. Inside, you can choose dining, with everything from modern twists on traditional local cuisine to a British Pub experience; there is dining to suit every taste.

Each restaurant has a terrace for al fresco dining. You can enjoy exceptional dining if you try Atelier M, Abd el Wahab, The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Cargo, Mama Zonia, or Fume.

6. Dubai Creek Harbor

Dubai Creek Harbor

Great for a family evening, it’s a fantastic site with a great view across the cityscape. It is more relaxed than many areas around Dubai; it has fun architecture, plenty of places to sit and enjoy the ambiance, great dining options, and plenty of entertainment.

An excellent spot for photography, it sits next to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, giving a great view of the flamingos as you stroll along the marina boardwalk. Perhaps the highlight is the sightseeing cruise available from the marina on the Black Pearl, a unique custom boat that brings the essence of pirate adventure to your experience! 

An hour-long and fully guided, the cruise takes you by Mangroves, Sheikh Zayed Road Skyline, Dubai Festival City and Dubai Library, the Dubai Canal, and other attractions. In my opinion, it’s well worth your time and great value too! 

7. Hatta Water Dam

Hatta Water Dam Dubai

A 90-minute drive from the city through some breathtaking scenery, the Hatta Water Dam gives you a fantastic view of the blue-green water and the scenery beyond. It’s a haven for water lovers, with the option to rent a kayak, water bike, or electric boat to explore the lake and its surroundings and a range of other activities.

Food trucks are abundant as it’s a popular destination, and it is one of the few places you can walk among lush greenery by taking a stroll on the footpath between farms.

While it is a fun day for the whole family, a lot of climbing is involved, so small children will need carrying, but as a spot that shows a very different side to the city, and I think it is a must-see! 

8. Al Nafoorah Restaurant

Most beautiful places to visit in Dubai

Found in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the Al Nafoorah Restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences in the city. You can enjoy sublime food with award-winning Lebanese cuisine, but that is only part of the reason it’s such a must-visit spot. The dining room is breathtaking, with soaring arches and impressive decoration, an ornate homage to Middle Eastern tradition.

With exceptional service in these impressive surroundings, it is easy to see why the Al Nafoorah attracts so many visitors, and it is one restaurant that I think everyone should visit!

9. Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates Dubai

A shopper’s paradise and so much more, the Mall of the Emirates is Dubai’s grand scale and incredible architecture distilled into a single place. Everything has been thought out to make this a comfortable, easy place to spend your time, from the vast dome of glass to the spacious walkways.

Along with the high and middle-tier designer brands you may expect to find, the mall also offers some excellent restaurants, hotels, theaters, and even the famous Ski Dubai resort.

Here, you can spend the day on the slopes with its complete indoor snow resort, a ski lift, and everything else you expect from your ski vacation. Vox Cinema is also found in the mall, where you can catch the latest blockbuster movies, Magic Planet, coffee bars, and more—a great place to spend the day with everything you may want in a single place.

10. Atlantis, The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm

One of the more famous buildings in the city is Atlantis, The Palm towers over Palm Island beach with its pink walls reaching towards the sky and unmistakable central Arabian archway. A favorite destination for visitors worldwide, it offers sublime luxury on an epic scale.

It offers a beautiful blend of Arabian and modern for those staying in one of its rooms, but there is plenty for those just visiting this impressive hotel.

With no less than 23 bars and restaurants, there is a cuisine for every taste, along with the Aquaventure Waterpark to entertain the whole family. Even in the city, I think this hotel stands out for its luxurious service, sheer scale, and breadth, one you don’t want to miss.

11. Pure Sky Lounge

Glamorous places in Dubai

Rooftop dining is always a little unique, and in the heart of the city, the Pure Sky Lounge continues that tradition and then some. Sitting on the 35th floor of the Hilton Dubai The Walk, with its cool white and blue theme, á la carte dining, and relaxed lounge, this is a prime spot for watching the sun go down and enjoying the incredible views it brings.

With a happy hour for great cocktails, the terrace features glass walls for absolutely stunning views. Whether you visit for the dining experience or enjoy the sights and atmosphere in the lounge with one of their trademark Marshmallow Martinis, the Pure Sky Lounge will provide memorable views of this fantastic region.

12. Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah Dubai

This lovely traditional Arabian bazaar is full of locally produced goods, including spices, jewellery, textiles, and more. Wandering through the endless stalls underneath carved wood décor and beautiful lamps is also an incredible experience. There is always something new, and every trip is a chance to discover something magical.

It may be traditional, but it’s also Dubai, which means plenty of modern amenities to make your day go smoothly. With more than twenty-five restaurants serving various foods, you can enjoy everything from a coffee or light lunch to a la carte international dining. Whatever you prefer is on offer.

13. Marina Beach

Marina Beach Dubai

This beach is stunning! Parking is expensive at Marina Beach, but with easy travel on the metro and tram, you can enjoy a glorious day on pristine sands. The beach has an open gym and children’s play area, with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire to keep you comfortable all day.

A weekend shopping market offers excellent bargains, and restaurants and cafes surround the beach to cater to your eating needs. A range of watersports is available to try in those clear waters, and the whole area is meticulously maintained. It is a fantastic place to spend a day as it has something for all the family or a place to relax and watch the world go by.

14. Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta Heritage Village Dubai

The city is a fun place to visit, a testament to modern construction, and a fabulous city for enjoying fine dining, beautiful scenery, and entertainment. If you were critical, it lacks a touch of history, but the Hatta Heritage Village is where that is remedied! 

I love this attraction because it’s an authentic traditional village that has been restored to give you insight into the culture and lifestyle of the region, with video and more to guide you along the journey.

It’s a beautiful way to show the region’s heritage, with some lovely on-site dining, and because it’s within easy reach of the Hatta Dam, it makes a great trip to pair the two for a day exploring.

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With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a small coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year, now she balances travel and travel writing with teaching and a passion for vintage interior design. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat, Cambodia as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights. Find Emma-Clair on Instagram or Facebook .

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Experience Dubai: Top Attractions and Activities for an Unforgettable Vacation

Posted: August 17, 2023 | Last updated: August 17, 2023

<p>Dubai boasts the reputation of being the city of the most extraordinary experiences. Yes, the things to do in Dubai are unmatched by any other destination in the Middle East. It will have sightseers in awe, foodies dribbling, culture buffs circling, and daredevils gratified. </p> <p><strong>Where is Dubai?</strong></p> <p>Dubai is the UAE’s second-largest emirate and the Middle East’s most famous city on the Persian Gulf coast. It is just two hours’ drive from the country’s capital and the largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, and about 40 minutes away from its cultural hub, Sharjah. Apart from these, it shares borders with the Sultanate of Oman. Dubai International Airport is the main airport, which is also one of the world’s busiest airports, with regular flights to and from almost all parts of the world.</p> <p><strong>When is the best time to visit Dubai?</strong></p> <p>Dubai is a desert city, and temperatures can reach scorching highs in the peak summer months of July and August. It’s generally not recommended to visit Dubai during this period. But, if you’re not outdoorsy or want to save on your vacation, a Dubai trip in the summer won’t disappoint you. </p> <p>November to March is the peak tourist season when Dubai is at its best. It has pleasant chill waters and many iconic attractions and events, primarily the New Year’s Eve festivities and Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Now if you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, you can visit Dubai during the shoulder season from April to mid-June or mid-September to October.</p>

Dubai boasts the reputation of being the city of the most extraordinary experiences. Yes, the things to do in Dubai are unmatched by any other destination in the Middle East. It will have sightseers in awe, foodies dribbling, culture buffs circling, and daredevils gratified.

Where is Dubai?

Dubai is the UAE’s second-largest emirate and the Middle East’s most famous city on the Persian Gulf coast. It is just two hours’ drive from the country’s capital and the largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, and about 40 minutes away from its cultural hub, Sharjah. Apart from these, it shares borders with the Sultanate of Oman. Dubai International Airport is the main airport, which is also one of the world’s busiest airports, with regular flights to and from almost all parts of the world.

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

Dubai is a desert city, and temperatures can reach scorching highs in the peak summer months of July and August. It’s generally not recommended to visit Dubai during this period. But, if you’re not outdoorsy or want to save on your vacation, a Dubai trip in the summer won’t disappoint you.

November to March is the peak tourist season when Dubai is at its best. It has pleasant chill waters and many iconic attractions and events, primarily the New Year’s Eve festivities and Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Now if you want to enjoy the best of both worlds, you can visit Dubai during the shoulder season from April to mid-June or mid-September to October.

<p>Experience what it’s like to see the whole of Dubai and beyond from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Gain a standard admission ticket to the 124th level ‘At the Top’ observation deck or the 148th level Sky ticket to experience the world’s highest observation deck at over 555 meters. A swift elevator ride and a multimedia display (on Dubai’s transformation from a fishing village to a global city) are part of your Burj Khalifa experience.</p>

1. Burj Khalifa – World’s Tallest Building

Experience what it’s like to see the whole of Dubai and beyond from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Gain a standard admission ticket to the 124th level ‘At the Top’ observation deck or the 148th level Sky ticket to experience the world’s highest observation deck at over 555 meters. A swift elevator ride and a multimedia display (on Dubai’s transformation from a fishing village to a global city) are part of your Burj Khalifa experience.

<p>The Dubai Mall is an all-in-one destination where you can indulge in shopping, sample sumptuous cuisines, and participate in endless activities and experiences. More than 1,200 shops spread across its massive area will satiate every shopping desire, while 200 plus dining options here will delight your senses. </p><p>Want to venture beyond shopping and dining? This place is for all, including kids and grownups; gawk at the fascinating underwater creatures that occupy the colossal 10-million-liter tank at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, try ice skating across Dubai Ice Rink’s frozen floors or ride the latest go-karts at Ekart Zabeel.</p>

2. The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is an all-in-one destination where you can indulge in shopping, sample sumptuous cuisines, and participate in endless activities and experiences. More than 1,200 shops spread across its massive area will satiate every shopping desire, while 200 plus dining options here will delight your senses.

Want to venture beyond shopping and dining? This place is for all, including kids and grownups; gawk at the fascinating underwater creatures that occupy the colossal 10-million-liter tank at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, try ice skating across Dubai Ice Rink’s frozen floors or ride the latest go-karts at Ekart Zabeel.

<p>This signature fountain, on the Burj Lake and against the background of Burj Khalifa, presents a well-synchronized spectacle of water, music, and lights. Launched a decade ago, it remains one of Dubai’s top must-sees. It’s a free attraction, but you gain priority access to this water performance on a Dubai Fountain Lake ride or by taking to the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk.</p>

3. Dubai Fountain Show

This signature fountain, on the Burj Lake and against the background of Burj Khalifa, presents a well-synchronized spectacle of water, music, and lights. Launched a decade ago, it remains one of Dubai’s top must-sees. It’s a free attraction, but you gain priority access to this water performance on a Dubai Fountain Lake ride or by taking to the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk.

<p>The artificial Palm Jumeirah is undoubtedly one of the city’s most legendary attractions. This island is an unequaled engineering marvel, resembling a giant palm tree crowned by a crescent. You can absorb the comprehensive 360-degree views of this stunning island and Arabian Gulf most safely just by hitting the View at the Palm, the dedicated observatory deck on the Palm Tower’s 52nd level. Beyond views, you can participate in immersive experiences enlightening you on the island’s fascinating facts.</p>

4. The View at the Palm Jumeirah

The artificial Palm Jumeirah is undoubtedly one of the city’s most legendary attractions. This island is an unequaled engineering marvel, resembling a giant palm tree crowned by a crescent. You can absorb the comprehensive 360-degree views of this stunning island and Arabian Gulf most safely just by hitting the View at the Palm, the dedicated observatory deck on the Palm Tower’s 52nd level. Beyond views, you can participate in immersive experiences enlightening you on the island’s fascinating facts.

<p>Dubai is an uber-futuristic city, the ultimate proof of which is the Museum of the Future. This brand-new museum, next to Emirates Tower, is straight out of a sci-fi movie, where its ring-like architecture, avant-garde displays, and the astonishingly themed segment will transport 50 years forward.</p>

5. Visit the Museum of the Future

Dubai is an uber-futuristic city, the ultimate proof of which is the Museum of the Future. This brand-new museum, next to Emirates Tower, is straight out of a sci-fi movie, where its ring-like architecture, avant-garde displays, and the astonishingly themed segment will transport 50 years forward.

<p>A selfie or a photograph snapped against the iconic Burj Al Arab is something you can’t afford to miss in Dubai, especially if it’s your first-time visit. Burj Al Arab, an all-suite, five-star hotel, is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. A stay here, even for a single night, will set you back a fortune. But if you’re curious about what makes this sail-shaped structure one of the world’s most luxurious and expensive accommodations, you can take a butler-guided Inside Burj Al Arab Tour. It introduces you to its prized interiors, stunning Royal Suite, and the recently unveiled UMA Lounge.</p>

6. Burj Al Arab Tour

A selfie or a photograph snapped against the iconic Burj Al Arab is something you can’t afford to miss in Dubai, especially if it’s your first-time visit. Burj Al Arab, an all-suite, five-star hotel, is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. A stay here, even for a single night, will set you back a fortune. But if you’re curious about what makes this sail-shaped structure one of the world’s most luxurious and expensive accommodations, you can take a butler-guided Inside Burj Al Arab Tour. It introduces you to its prized interiors, stunning Royal Suite, and the recently unveiled UMA Lounge.

<p>It’s one of the top attractions to experience in Dubai at night. As the sun sets and the illuminated structures lend a distinct allure to the night skyline, hop on a traditional wooden dhow for an approximately two-hour cruise along Dubai Marina’s stylish waterfront sights. Immerse yourself in the vessel’s rustic settings and admire Dubai’s magnificence from the water. Depending on your cruise package, buffet dining, and entertainment options are arranged onboard.</p>

7. Dhow Cruise at Dubai Marina

It’s one of the top attractions to experience in Dubai at night. As the sun sets and the illuminated structures lend a distinct allure to the night skyline, hop on a traditional wooden dhow for an approximately two-hour cruise along Dubai Marina’s stylish waterfront sights. Immerse yourself in the vessel’s rustic settings and admire Dubai’s magnificence from the water. Depending on your cruise package, buffet dining, and entertainment options are arranged onboard.

<p>Looking to marvel at the sky-high views with a sprinkle of pure fun and adventure? Dubai’s latest attraction, Sky Views Dubai, within the Address Sky View Hotel, won’t disappoint you. It has an observation deck spread over the hotel’s 52nd and 53rd levels. But that’s not all; it allows you to ride an incredible transparent glass slide from the 53rd to the 52nd level, the first of its kind in the Middle East.</p>

8. Sky View Dubai

Looking to marvel at the sky-high views with a sprinkle of pure fun and adventure? Dubai’s latest attraction, Sky Views Dubai, within the Address Sky View Hotel, won’t disappoint you. It has an observation deck spread over the hotel’s 52nd and 53rd levels. But that’s not all; it allows you to ride an incredible transparent glass slide from the 53rd to the 52nd level, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

<p>Dubai is hands-down a foodies’ paradise; you can look forward to tantalizing your taste buds with almost all you crave, be it Arabic, Chinese, English, American, Italian, or Mediterranean flavors. There are street food stalls, picturesque art cafes, and even restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But what if you want to take your dining experience to the next level? Simply book a ‘Dinner in the Sky’ or a ‘Flying Cup’ adventure; it lets you participate in a sky-high culinary session surrounded by the most panoramic city views.</p>

9. Dinner in the Sky

Dubai is hands-down a foodies’ paradise; you can look forward to tantalizing your taste buds with almost all you crave, be it Arabic, Chinese, English, American, Italian, or Mediterranean flavors. There are street food stalls, picturesque art cafes, and even restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But what if you want to take your dining experience to the next level? Simply book a ‘Dinner in the Sky’ or a ‘Flying Cup’ adventure; it lets you participate in a sky-high culinary session surrounded by the most panoramic city views.

<p>The quaint parts of Old Dubai are often overlooked, but it’s where you’ll discover some real treasures that capture the real spirit of the Emirati past. One such spot is Al Bastakiya or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. This painstakingly preserved enclave gives you a taste of early 20th-century Dubai, where the antiquated sandstone structures and wooden wind towers remain intact. You can step into the Dubai Museum (inside Dubai’s oldest fort, Al Fahidi Fort), the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and the Al Bastakiya Art Café, to name a few.</p>

10. Experience Old Dubai

The quaint parts of Old Dubai are often overlooked, but it’s where you’ll discover some real treasures that capture the real spirit of the Emirati past. One such spot is Al Bastakiya or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. This painstakingly preserved enclave gives you a taste of early 20th-century Dubai, where the antiquated sandstone structures and wooden wind towers remain intact. You can step into the Dubai Museum (inside Dubai’s oldest fort, Al Fahidi Fort), the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and the Al Bastakiya Art Café, to name a few.

<p>Dubai is already grand and glitzy from the ground, but admiring it from above on an aerial tour takes the city’s grandeur to the next level. You can take a helicopter tour or add a twist to your flight with a thrilling seaplane tour. It lets you see the <a href="https://wanderwithalex.com/famous-landmarks-around-the-world/">iconic landmarks</a>, man-made islands, ports, and endless desert from an unrivaled vantage point.</p>

11. Dubai Helicopter Tour

Dubai is already grand and glitzy from the ground, but admiring it from above on an aerial tour takes the city’s grandeur to the next level. You can take a helicopter tour or add a twist to your flight with a thrilling seaplane tour. It lets you see the iconic landmarks , man-made islands, ports, and endless desert from an unrivaled vantage point.

<p>Theme park lovers and thrill seekers will find Dubai a haven to enjoy the most astonishing rides, slides, and attractions. Subject to your preference, you can tour IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks, or even spend a whole day at Dubai Parks and Resorts, with three parks (such as Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park). Head to the ultimate Ski Dubai, covered with snow, for pure winter-themed fun, while hardcore gamers should check out the Arcade by Hub Zero. Dubai also has wonderful options for water park enthusiasts, such as Atlantis Aquaventure and Wild Wadi Water Park.</p>

12. Visit a Theme Park

Theme park lovers and thrill seekers will find Dubai a haven to enjoy the most astonishing rides, slides, and attractions. Subject to your preference, you can tour IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks, or even spend a whole day at Dubai Parks and Resorts, with three parks (such as Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park). Head to the ultimate Ski Dubai, covered with snow, for pure winter-themed fun, while hardcore gamers should check out the Arcade by Hub Zero. Dubai also has wonderful options for water park enthusiasts, such as Atlantis Aquaventure and Wild Wadi Water Park.

<p>Looking to take a break from Dubai’s busy city center? Retreat to Hatta Dam Lake, an enclave of Dubai where time stands still. Located less than an hour from the city, Hatta’s unpretentious allure and antiquated sights transport you to a different era. The best thing is that you can participate in various activities depending on your abilities.</p>

13. Spend a Day in Hatta

Looking to take a break from Dubai’s busy city center? Retreat to Hatta Dam Lake, an enclave of Dubai where time stands still. Located less than an hour from the city, Hatta’s unpretentious allure and antiquated sights transport you to a different era. The best thing is that you can participate in various activities depending on your abilities.

<p>Shopaholics are in for a treat while in Dubai. You can check out high-end designer stores and premium outlets within the city’s 70-plus malls, mainly the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, Burjuman Centre, etc. But for maximum shopping deals, browse the packed shops across the narrow streets of the traditional Arabian bazaars or souks, especially the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Textile Souk.</p>

14. Malls and Souks

Shopaholics are in for a treat while in Dubai. You can check out high-end designer stores and premium outlets within the city’s 70-plus malls, mainly the Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, Burjuman Centre, etc. But for maximum shopping deals, browse the packed shops across the narrow streets of the traditional Arabian bazaars or souks, especially the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and Textile Souk.

<p>Want to find yourself in the footsteps of the ancient desert dwellers? All you need to do is embark on a fully guided desert safari with the right measure of amusement, entertainment, culture, and thrill. A 4×4 dune bash through the unparalleled golden sands will soar your adrenaline levels, while a shaky camel ride will transport you to the region’s bygone era. </p><p>Activities like henna tattooing, falconry, and Shisha smoking will familiarize you with the fascinating Emirati culture and heritage. Choose an evening or overnight desert safari, as it lets you absorb the desert charm in all its glory with a delicious BBQ dinner and traditional performances, including belly dance and a Tanura show.</p>

15. Go on a Desert Safari

Want to find yourself in the footsteps of the ancient desert dwellers? All you need to do is embark on a fully guided desert safari with the right measure of amusement, entertainment, culture, and thrill. A 4×4 dune bash through the unparalleled golden sands will soar your adrenaline levels, while a shaky camel ride will transport you to the region’s bygone era.

Activities like henna tattooing, falconry, and Shisha smoking will familiarize you with the fascinating Emirati culture and heritage. Choose an evening or overnight desert safari, as it lets you absorb the desert charm in all its glory with a delicious BBQ dinner and traditional performances, including belly dance and a Tanura show.

<p>Fancy traveling around the world in a day? A visit to<a href="https://www.raynatours.com/dubai/culture-and-attractions/global-village-dubai-e-4833" rel="noreferrer noopener"> Global Village Dubai</a> is the answer! This multi-cultural theme park has over 36 pavilions representing close to 80 countries, which means you can experience diverse cultures, sample authentic cuisines, and watch mesmerizing cultural events in a few hours. But it is open only during winter, from November to March.</p>

16. Global Village Dubai

Fancy traveling around the world in a day? A visit to Global Village Dubai is the answer! This multi-cultural theme park has over 36 pavilions representing close to 80 countries, which means you can experience diverse cultures, sample authentic cuisines, and watch mesmerizing cultural events in a few hours. But it is open only during winter, from November to March.

<p>It is another much-awaited seasonal attraction in Dubai, active only during winter. It is the world’s largest garden, spanning over 72,000 square meters. With over 150 million colorful flowers, lush plants, and themed gardens, this Dubai attraction radiates an air of awe and fantasy.</p>

17. Dubai Miracle Garden

It is another much-awaited seasonal attraction in Dubai, active only during winter. It is the world’s largest garden, spanning over 72,000 square meters. With over 150 million colorful flowers, lush plants, and themed gardens, this Dubai attraction radiates an air of awe and fantasy.

<p>Can’t imagine winding up your Dubai vacation without getting wet? Luckily, Dubai’s waters will treat your wild side to the most fantastic water sports activities. They range from the all-time favorite jet skiing, kayaking, and SUP (stand-up paddle) to the fun-packed fly fishing and donut boat ride to the most intense and exotic water adventures like flyboarding, e-foiling, jetcar riding, etc.</p>

18. Thrilling Water Activities

Can’t imagine winding up your Dubai vacation without getting wet? Luckily, Dubai’s waters will treat your wild side to the most fantastic water sports activities. They range from the all-time favorite jet skiing, kayaking, and SUP (stand-up paddle) to the fun-packed fly fishing and donut boat ride to the most intense and exotic water adventures like flyboarding, e-foiling, jetcar riding, etc.

<p>Yes, Dubai is one of the ultimate playgrounds for adventurists. Feel unmatched excitement blast through your veins when you jump from an aircraft at an altitude of over 12,000 feet on a skydive session. If this is too extreme, you can consider floating over the desert on a hot air balloon flight or zip over the city’s glamorous cityscape with an XLine Dubai adventure, the world’s longest and fastest urban zipline experience.</p>

19. Airborne Adventures

Yes, Dubai is one of the ultimate playgrounds for adventurists. Feel unmatched excitement blast through your veins when you jump from an aircraft at an altitude of over 12,000 feet on a skydive session. If this is too extreme, you can consider floating over the desert on a hot air balloon flight or zip over the city’s glamorous cityscape with an XLine Dubai adventure, the world’s longest and fastest urban zipline experience.

<p>Set against Bluewaters Island’s pulsating vibe and right next to the largest-of-its-kind Ain Dubai (observation wheel), it’s the Middle East’s first Madame Tussauds Museum. You can expect to catch up with the life-size replicas of all your favorite personalities representing diverse domains of fame under one roof. So don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to pose with your beloved musicians, influencers, movie stars, sports personalities, politicians, and historians, among others.  </p>

20. Madame Tussauds Dubai

Set against Bluewaters Island’s pulsating vibe and right next to the largest-of-its-kind Ain Dubai (observation wheel), it’s the Middle East’s first Madame Tussauds Museum. You can expect to catch up with the life-size replicas of all your favorite personalities representing diverse domains of fame under one roof. So don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to pose with your beloved musicians, influencers, movie stars, sports personalities, politicians, and historians, among others.  

<p>Whether leisure, <a href="https://wanderwithalex.com/most-culturally-rich-destinations-in-the-world/">cultural</a>, historical, or natural attractions, Dubai showcases everything grandly. No single list of Dubai things to do can encompass them all. The above list of things to do in Dubai you shouldn’t miss proves a great starting point for planning your dream Arabian vacation.</p><p>This article originally appeared on <a href="http://wanderwithalex.com">Wander With Alex</a>. </p><p><strong>More Articles From Wander With Alex</strong></p><ul> <li><a href="https://wanderwithalex.com/tropical-islands-vacation/">Paradise Found: 15 Tropical Islands for Your Dream Vacation</a></li> <li><a href="https://wanderwithalex.com/cities-in-europe-similar-to-las-vegas/">Top Ten European Cities that Resemble Las Vegas the Most</a></li> </ul>

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Whether leisure, cultural , historical, or natural attractions, Dubai showcases everything grandly. No single list of Dubai things to do can encompass them all. The above list of things to do in Dubai you shouldn’t miss proves a great starting point for planning your dream Arabian vacation.

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Top futuristic attractions in Dubai that will blow your mind!

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Set in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is all about futuristic attractions, architectural marvels, and innovative concepts. As a city that never ceases to amaze, Dubai has a lineup of attractions that push the boundaries of imagination. Its towering skyscrapers, immersive museums, and other attractions will not only blow your mind, but will also pique your curiosity to know more things.

Burj Khalifa

Your trip to Dubai will remain incomplete if you miss visiting this place. This iconic Burj Khalifa soars into the clouds, and is famed as the tallest building globally. It’s a symbol of Dubai's ambition to touch the sky. A trip to the observation deck on the 148th floor offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city, providing a glimpse of Dubai's futuristic skyline.

Museum of the Future

Located in the heart of Dubai, the Museum of the Future is a great example of innovation. This architectural masterpiece is a testament to Dubai's commitment to shaping the future. With its sleek design and cutting-edge technology, the museum showcases advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, and sustainable living, offering visitors an immersive experience that sparks curiosity about what lies ahead.

Dubai Creek

While Dubai is synonymous with futuristic skyscrapers, the Dubai Creek stands as a testament to the city's ability to blend tradition with modernity. The Creek has undergone a transformation, with modern developments like the Dubai Creek Harbour creating a balance between old and new. Enjoy a cruise on the Creek to witness the seamless integration of tradition and innovation.

Dubai Miracle Garden

In the midst of the desert, Dubai Miracle Garden blooms, and is a sight to behold. When you first visit this place, you might be taken aback to see how they managed to bring in life the unimaginable. This breathtaking garden features a riot of colors with an array of flowers arranged in intricate patterns. With heart-shaped arches, floral castles, and even a full-scale Emirates A380, Dubai Miracle Garden offers a surreal experience that defies the arid surroundings.

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame stands as a living metaphor for the city's journey from the past into the future. This colossal rectangular structure provides panoramic views of both Old Dubai and the modern skyline. As you walk on the glass-floored SkyDeck, suspended 150 meters above the ground, you'll feel like you're stepping into a futuristic portal that bridges time.

Dubai Aquarium

Situated within the vast Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium is a subaquatic marvel that seamlessly blends with the surrounding urban landscape. Housing an incredible array of marine life, including sharks and rays, the aquarium features a massive acrylic viewing panel that offers an immersive experience, making visitors feel like they are part of the ocean world.

Dubai Museum

While the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort is a nod to the city's rich history, its innovative presentation takes visitors on a time-traveling journey. Interactive exhibits, holographic displays, and augmented reality installations bring history to life, making it a futuristic exploration of the past.

Nakheel Marinas Dubai Islands

This is the newest marina in Dubai, which in time, will turn into a hotspot for boating aficionados, and features cutting-edge amenities and more. With the capacity to host 13 superyachts, the marina has 248 wet berths and 40 dry berths. For those visiting this place, they can indulge in many beach activities, watersports, and more.

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Top futuristic attractions in Dubai that will blow your mind!

Set in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is all about futuristic attractions, architectural marvels, and innovative concepts. As a city that never ceases to amaze, Dubai has a lineup of att...

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Dubai welcomed 17 million international visitors in 2023

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The tourism sector’s performance closely parallels Dubai’s 3.3 per cent GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023

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Dubai hosted more tourists than ever before in 2023, attracting 17.15 million international overnight visitors, a 19.4 per cent year-on-year (YoY) increase from 14.36 million arrivals a year ago.

“Dubai’s ability to constantly generate diverse and refreshingly novel travel and tourism experiences catering to a wide range of visitors has been a key factor behind this exceptional performance,” Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai.

“With several indicators outperforming pre-pandemic levels, this year’s results mark Dubai out as a vibrant focal point of growth in the global tourism landscape.”

  The latest figures from the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) align with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 initiative to consolidate the city’s position as one of the top three global cities for business and leisure.

The tourism sector’s performance closely parallels Dubai’s 3.3 per cent GDP growth in the first nine months of 2023. Accommodation and food services activities witnessed a remarkable 11.1 per cent growth, cementing the emirate’s position as a leading global tourism hub.

The performance of the tourism sector outpaced global tourism trends, with the latest data from the UN World Tourism Organisation showing that, overall, international tourism reached 88 per cent of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023.

Dubai leads the GCC tourism sector

DET said the strong tourism performance in 2023 saw the emirate maintain its position as a first-choice travel destination for visitors both from key traditional and emerging markets.

Earlier in January, Dubai secured the top spot in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2024 awards for the third consecutive year, making it the first city to achieve this remarkable milestone in succession.

From a regional perspective, the GCC and MENA delivered a combined 28 per cent of the share, demonstrating Dubai’s allure as a trusted and favoured destination for visitors from neighbouring markets.

Western Europe and South Asia accounted for 19 per cent and 18 per cent of arrivals respectively, while the Commonwealth of Independent States/Eastern Europe recorded a 13 per cent share. The North Asia and Southeast Asia region accounted for 9 per cent of arrivals, the Americas contributed 7 per cent, Africa 4 per cent and Australasia 2 per cent.

The average occupancy for Dubai’s hotel sector stood at 77.4 per cent, among the world’s highest, increasing from 72.9 per cent in 2022 and exceeding the 75.3 per cent average occupancy in 2019.

Meanwhile, the city’s hotel inventory at the end of December 2023 comprised 150,291 rooms at 821 establishments, compared to 146,496 rooms available at the end of 2022 across 804 establishments.

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