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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
    Arabic
  • 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

Once in a lifetime experience with our unique driver Abbas !!

We have just come back from one of the most amazing experiences in my life ! We were group of 7 people, all enjoyed at a maximum level the whole safari tour - dune bashing, sansoarding, camel riding, shows and BBQ dinner at the Camp ! Our driver, Abbas, a great guy with nice sense of humour is one of the best drivers I have ever seen !! We were all highly impressed with his skills, while dune bashing ! He also made a lot of wonderful photos of my daughter, me wife, me, as well as my friend's family !! 5-star service he offered us will deeply remain in our minds and we will definitely book another safari tour when we come back to Dubai! Momchil, Ljuba, Dari, Zdravko, Petya, Dayana ... and especially Krisko !!

Fun filled experience - well worth it in every way.

We had a guide named Hamdy who was absolutely fantastic. Spoke really good English and explained everything in detail right from the start. He made us feel really special and like a VIP. The Red Dunes were unbelievable with lots of photo opportunities and had the chance to snow board the dunes. The Al Khayma Camp was a wonderful experience especially the camal ride as we watching the sun set. We enjoyed BBQ beef and chicken with lots of salads etc and fruit that followed. We could not fault the this activity in any way. Highly recommended as a must do experience when in Dubai.

Thought it would be good but it was great

We were picked up on time and taken to our vehicle for transport to Abu Dhabi and Hamid was very constructive in pointing out everything en route. The mosque was our first visit and my wife and the other female guests were supplied with very decorative black dress which was a cut above other tour operators, so well done to you. Each place we visited was awesome and any visitor could see the results of the oil dollar. I would recommend your company to anyone who were thinking about doing the trip to Abu Dhabi.

Essential Fast Track at weekend (Fri-Sun)

Loved the views from 148, so much less crowded. So glad we booked VIP fast track tickets, the non VIP queue to get down the tower from 125 floor was huge, one group asking if they could use the stairs!! Would recommend not doing this tour at the weekend. Lovely to see the fountain show at night from above too. Turn up early!

The tour was amazing and exactly as informed

Our tour guide Saad Osman (SAM) was really informative and took care of us through out the tour. Loved it! One suggestion however is the splitting of groups for shuttle to and from hotel. It is a bit of hassle. Would recommend one vehicle picking everyone and then proceeding for the tour.