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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JOJO was prompt and on time for our pick up at our hotel. He made sure we were comfortable and continued to check on us while we rode to pick up the others. We arrived at the Safari destination about a 45min ride from Dubai where the locals draped us with traditional head scarfs to protect us from the sand in our hair and mouth. 1st up was the atv ride which was a really cool guided tour to sand mountains. 2nd was the sandboards that we rode while up in the sand mountains. After sandboarding for about 30-45mins we rode our atv's back to Safari camp. 3rd was the 15min ride to the dinner camp where JOJO added a little dune bashing to our trip which wasnt included but was fun. 4th once arrived we feed the camels which also wasnt included but they allowed us to do so. 5th was the camel ride where JOJO was our personal photographer he did amazing capturing our entire trip. 6th lastly was our dinner with shows which were great. JOJO was AMAZING we really appreciate him. Thanks again JOJO!
The date of the schedduled activity we went on the marina port at the hour shown on the activity tiket with mine wife and mine one year baby . There was no person there to explain us where was the boat. We suddenly knew by a phone call made by us that the bout left without even informing us or telling us that we should be 30 minutes earlier than the hour shown on tiket. Despite of all the bad moments due to this misunderstanding the company changed the date of the activity without any cost and this time with this new information we came 30 minutes earlier to the hour shown on the tiket, that time the boat was there . The activity itself is very nice and very good prepared, the boat is very luxuri and the launch was very nice .
The price was definitely the deciding factor and it was well worth it. Easy to collect the tickets from the Burj and then for entry into the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Queues for the Burj were minimal (time of year perhaps?) - slightly longer for the Aquarium. The Aquarium was disappointing - just a tunnel. However, the Xoo was great although the crocodiles were fake and the penguins right at the end make you a little sad considering the limited space they had. We were Grandmother, Mother and Son aged 8 and had a great day so would recommend.
The tour with Al-Ammar Tours and Hesham (our tour guide) was amazing. Our tour guide was a professional in all respects. He had extensive knowledge of the areas and was an excellent guide. The dune bashing was exhilarating and one of the best experiences I have ever had. The tour ended with a three hour stay at the desert camp in which we enjoyed all of the activities. The food was good also! All in all, this is a MUST DO activity when in Dubai and try and get Hesham from Al-Ammar Tours as your guide.
The only problem was we didnt have a printable voucher although we had the booking number with name and page the man at the counter said we werent able to go and we needed to access our email to show home the ticket if we didnt have the wifi in the mall we wouldn’t have been able to go see the fountain even tho our ticket was paid for online The service at the top of burj could have been better