Top attractions in Dubai
Dubai has transformed itself in recent years with a series of creative, ambitious construction projects that have catapulted this city to the top of every bucket list. Here are a few attractions you won't want to miss when you visit this desert hotspot.
At 829.8 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa stands proudly as the world's tallest building. Visit the observation deck on the 124th floor for a gravity-defying, jaw-dropping view.
Brought to you by the same team behind the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain show is a true spectacle. Grab a seat in a nearby cafe, and take it all in.
Dubai is home to the world's tallest hotel, the Burj Al-Arab. If you can't afford the $15,000/night luxury suite, try dining amongst the sea creatures in the underwater restaurant!
There are two palm-shaped artificial islands off the coast. Palm Jumeirah already houses luxury villas and a waterpark. The larger Palm Jebel Ali is still under construction.
Just 2.5 kilometers off the coast, The World Dubai is an artificial archipelago in the shape of the world map. These 300 mini-islands are secluded properties for exclusive investors.
Dubai gets some intense sun. And that means you'll be needing a beach. Jumeirah Beach is the best sandy strip in town, and the hub of hotels makes it a great homebase for tourists.
The creek divides Dubai into two towns (Deira to the north, Bur Dubai to the south). Check out the Dhow Wharfage, where some fishing dhows have anchored for over a century.
The Dubai museum is housed inside the 18th century Al-Fahidi Fort. Learn about the Emirates expansion after the oil boom, and examine traditional Emirati musical instruments.
In a city this well-known for luxury, you better believe the Dubai mall is a must-see! Inside, you'll find an entrance to Burj Khalifa, an ice-skating rink, a games center, and a cinema.
Spanning three kilometers along the Persian Gulf, the Dubai Marina will be the largest man-made marina in the world upon completion, and house over 12,000 residents and tourists.
For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren't used to the desert heat.
You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won't have to miss out just because you can't afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai's luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.
If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.
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- It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.
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What people are saying about Dubai
There was great communication throughout the process of excursion. The tour guide picked up my wife and I promptly from our hotel and took us to the dessert destination. We started off with the dessert tour (please advice that you shouldn't either eat too much or go on an empty stomach as the motions of the car can make you feel sick). The driver was attended enough to ensure all passengers in the car are happy. after the tour we had a BBQ lunch and a few traditional dancer shows to keep us entertained. we also had the chance of smoking shisha (if your into that and handling falcons, which was rather interesting. followed by camel riding and pictures with the baby camels. Overall this was very much value for money. and I most certainly would recommend this again. I have to give an extra thank you to Iklaq who was the tour guide who looked after all passengers including myself who were in his vehicle :)
my kids loved it. It was a great afternoon - started with a quad ride in a bigger area of a kind of farm outside Dubai. My 14 year old di not want to stop - he really had fun using his own quad. From there we went into the desert dunes, drifting rides with the SUV, sandboarding and plenty of time for taking photos. Last station was the camp with delicous tea and coffee plus arabic snacks and dates, the following performances were nice to watch, the barbeque yummy - it was possible to go twice even if not everything was available, but plenty of food. Very important for a hot day - water was available the entire trip, in the camp you also can have sprite, coke etc. all included in the price - summarizing I definitively say it was a worth trip with a lot of action and entertainment.
Just spontaneous planned in the morning and easily booked online for the afternoon, it was such a well organized and exiting 4 hour adventure. No waiting time at hotel lobby, I was informed about short delay of pick-uptime by messenger. Yaseen, the driver is very nice and friendly, always taking care on his guests, taking great photos and videos from me and bashing the dunes - it was really great. It was a great tour through the nice red sand dunes with phot stop, sandboarding and a camel ride at the end during sunset in the desert, everybody in the group had fun. Back at the hotel at 7 p.m. without wasting time at one of the boring camps it was the right event for me - with really great memories.
Our experience was exactly what we booked, there was plenty of time for all the activities, we weren’t rushed or pushed to buy any extras. Would surely go again. Sadly, we had 3 other people in our group who were extremely rude, shouted all the way there and back and have called us names in French as I asked them to be more quiet. They even rated the experience 1 star before we got to the dunes, as they complained because they apparently didn’t know English. Anyway, this wasn’t the tour operator’s fault as you can’t do much about people who have this kind of behaviour. It also shows how some reviews are totally outrageous and false, coming from people like this.
The 2 guys that ran our tour were so professional, friendly and fun. They made the trip a great experience - and the whole boat was laughing and having fab time. They helped everyone to get great pictures, made us all scream in delight at their driving skills and boat tricks. It was brilliant as well that they gave everyone water throughout the tour. I would highly recommend this tour - it was just FANTASTIC - well organised and a great experience. They also were very informative about all the sights we saw.