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The 10 Attractions You Must See 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.

Burj Khalifa

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.

Dubai Fountains

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.

Burj al Arab

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!

Palm Islands

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.

The World Dubai

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.

Jumeirah Beach

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.

Dubai Creek

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.

Dubai Museum

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.

Dubai Mall

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.

Dubai Marina

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.

Planning Your Dubai Visit

How many days should you spend in Dubai?

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.

Where should you stay in Dubai?

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.

Be conscious of cultural differences

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.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code

    • 971

  • Best time to visit
    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

A very thrilling & interesting experience.

Me & my son, were picked up from our hotel the Fairmont on the Palm at 3pm, by our driver & guide - Sharif from Oxeanair tours. After collecting the other passengers, he took us out to the desert for dune bashing & sandboarding, keeping us comfortable all the while with unlimited cold bottles of water. Afterwards we were taken to the camp for camel riding, shisha and dressing in traditional Emirati costumes. To end the evening we had a delicious bbq meal with a show & belly dancing. Both my son & I would like to thank our guide Sharif for being such a great driver who pointed out local Dubai landmarks on the way to the desert & also made sure everyone in our group was well looked after. Keep up the good work Sharif. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends.

Perfect way to spend your morning in dubai

We landed in Dubai at 4am, got to the hotel at 5am and got picked up by our driver at 6am, it quickly woke us up as we were bashing the dunes, me and my partner had great fun on this trip the dune bashing was amazing, the sand boarding was hilarious and the camel riding was also great. our driver James was very friendly and took the time to get great photos of us and even went to the effort to ensure we were always hydrated. He was also a great driver with the best job in the world!

Amazing experience. Highly recommended. Excellent value for money.

Where do I beginning? From being pick up from our hotel lobby (not all companies do this) to being dropped off back at our hotel lobby 7 hrs later, my partner and I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. One we would certainly do again. Everything which this tour operator said was included in the package is included. There are no hidden charges. I was pleasantly surprised that travelling through the dunes, sand boarding, camel rides, bbq etc... Was included within one fixed price. Our tour guide, Mujeeb, kept us well Informed about the evening. He offered to take his passengers photos using their phones/cameras. I'm impressed that a company will not try to extract a few more quid out of their passengers for professional photos. There was certainly opportunities along the way. There was a good selection of food on offer at the bbq. More than what I was expecting.

Exhilarating fun seeing Dubai from a different perspective.

Would highly recommend using splash tours. We needed to change the timing of our booking and they did it efficiently without any hesitation. Our tour guide (sorry didn't get a name) was friendly, helpful and good knowledge of location. He also offered to take the on board guests pictures using their phones/cameras at the various stopping points. Impressed that a company isn't trying to exploit more money from a trip by charging for professional photos.

Very good and memories experience. Kudos to our guide Rashid!!

We are family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids. Dune bashing experience was amazing and fun. Rashid, our guide did everything possible for us to have this experience right from picking up from the hotel to dropping us back. Everything was planned perfectly and executed well.I would recommend this to anyone.

Premium Red Dunes Safari & Evening at Al khayma Camp Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/06/2018