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
Our driver picked us up from the hotel at 7am and we drove for about 30-40 mins out of town to the desert. It was nice to see camels just roaming around. We got to the meeting point and we were given head scarfs which are 40 dirham extra. Worth it to keep the sun off your head and sand off your face. Before you depart they take a picture of you on the quad, again these are extra 100 dirham each. If you have driven a quad before they will take you out further into the dunes. Even if you are not experienced the bikes are fully auto so you can’t go wrong really. Just accelerate, steer and brake! It was an amazing experience going out into the dunes. After 30 mins we stopped for a water break and our guide took pictures and videos of us on our own phones which was really good. After a 10-15 min break we headed back to the centre. It was just the right time to be out there as we were all quite hot and exhausted by then. Overall a brilliant experience. A must for teenagers like ours.
I love this activity. It was an amazing experience and always will be. Thanks to Basheer (Bash), OceanAir Travels and Get your guide. Bash was extremely professional, friendly, welcoming and polite. Bash kept us all informed throughout the entire trip and made it fun. A definite must activity if visiting Dubai. You’ll drive towards the desert then have a chance to go cart and camel ride and souvenir shop then you’ll head to the dunes for some fine bashing before heading to Alkhayma camp for camel riding, a buffet dinner, souvenir shopping and some entertainment shows. Before watching the night sky and stars for reflection. The Get your guide app is very informative with regular communication and keeps you up to date. Telephone staff are great too and can easily be accessed by phone with a number to call for all countries in the world. Great service an all time great experience and well worth the price.
The aquarium as many people have said is rather disappointing, just a short tunnel you walk down with the sea creatures swimming around. The underwater zoo was of more interest and many 10-13 year old children seemed happy enough. I enjoyed the visitation of the Burj Kahlifa as i didn't want to leave the country without visiting its land mark but everything is super expensive! They took a picture of us there and the price was laughable, i swiftly declined. I would say the visitation of the building is not really for children unless they have an interest in such things, as mine were not really impressed and after all the qeueing all they wanted to do was sit down somewhere. Which made it seem a huge waste of money bringing them. They more enjoyed watching the dancing fountains outside the dubai mall (which is free!)
The Burj Khalifa was on the list of Dubai must-do activities, but I only booked at the last minute. A recommendation from people met on a desert tour was "do the 148th floor". That was one of the best pieces of travel advice that I could have been given. It's not cheap, but the beat-the-queue process coupled with the calm and tranquility of the skylounge shifted the experience up more than just 23 floors. I was able to relax, drink coffee, view quietly, take as many photos as I wanted, and get real value from the time at the top. The one tip I would give to others: allow plenty of time on the way in and out. There are truly interesting displays at ground level, and they are easy to be rushed-through.
This is a ‘must see’ attraction. Myself, my wife and my 16 year old son booked this through GET YOUR GUIDE and from start to finish it was exceptionally handled / managed. The visit to the Burj Khalifa is quite an atomising visit with breathtaking views at night at the 124th floor. I would certainly visit this again in the future and would definitely use GYG again. Thanks very much