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
The excursion was great value, and we really enjoyed the experience. Myself and my partner visited back in September; and although the humidity was a lot and the heat increasingly warm we still had a fab morning. The sand on the dunes was incredibly hot, I was unfortunately in sandals, so I would suggest at the hottest periods of the year to wear trainers. The camel ride was fun, the quad biking was also good. You got free reign in a certain area of the dunes, albeit again the heat was scorching and so the quad bike was boiling in places and I had to be careful not to burn myself on the plastic. We also did sand duning in the 4x4s which our driver was excellent and very well skilled at doing this! Overall a fantastic morning of activities, and would definitely recommend!
From the host who picked me up Shihab to the excellent fun I had on this excursion it will be one for the memory books for sure. Great customer service team on OceanAirTravels who assisted me in changing my day to the 4th Oct even though booked 3rd by mistake with under 24hrs remaining. Quad Bike super fun. Sandboarding is really cool to try out, Camel ride was good and the entertainment and food really enjoyable. A tour that is worth it and very much recommend. Once again thank you to Jo and the wonderful Shihab for making me feel valued as a person and taking care of requests and requirements. GO HAVE FUN AND DO IT PEOPLE
Tried to purchase ticket to level 124/5 at the desk and the lady sold us tickets to Level 148 at 555Aed about £125 p person was told this was not available. She was very rude as we requested a refund which she did and someone told us we could purchase the £35 ticket online. Lady at information desk connected us onto wifi and we paid £70 for 2 to 124 level queued and you should have seen her face this was all done in about 10 mins. The day was hazy and once up there it was worth it for £35 but not for £125 they prey on people being ignorant.
I went with my family on this tour and it was far above our expectation! We saw much more than expected and received useful information from our guide, Sam. He was super well prepared and made a great mood throughout the tour. He showed us the best photo shooting spots and was very helpful. I can only recommend this tour, as you get a great knowhow and a lot of experience of Dubai. Thank you guys, excellent tour!
A great day trip to Abu Dhabi!!! Everything perfectly organized and very well explained by the tour guide Noor. Through him you get to know everything worth knowing about the very impressive buildings in very good English. We also liked the "small" travel group of only 6 people, as the day was much more personal. All in all a top excursion to get an impression of this city!