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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

I strongly recommend this tour to travelers in Dubai. It was actually the time of our week trip for my dad, my girlfriend and my dad. Nasir picked us up at the hotel on time and we went straight to the quad adventure, after a small hour drive we arrived to a shared platform for all trips and I was a bit afraid of what was going to happen (we didn't want to be surrounded by many tourists). But we quickly went on our respective quad bike and starting riding in the middle of the desert, just with our small group. One guide was leading and one guide was closing the train behind us, making sure everyone is alright. This is the absolute fun. The difficulty level was set exactly right, delighting and challenging at the same time. The guides were then super friendly helping us taking awesome pictures in the best desert spot. In total we were riding for more than 90 minutes which is more than enough. The evening dinner and show were amazing too. Thank you Nasir. Unforgettable desert trip!!!!!

This tour was excellent - fun, interesting and the guide, Mahmoud, was LOVELY. I would have been a bit lost to visit all these areas on my own so the tour is the best way to go and it's really worth it. También habla español con fluidez y fue súper platicar con él en los dos idiomas. Si necesitas un tour en español Mahmoud es una opción excelente. Este tour es especialmente dívertido xq nos llevó a lugares que no habría podido explorar tan fácilmente estando sola. Altamente recomendado!

Dubai: Old Town, Dubai Creek, and Souks Tour Reviewed by Wendy, 01/12/2021

I had a great experience. Nabeel was super friendly and he is a really good driver so you can feel safe. He’s also very fun and takes awesome pictures! You should book it, you won’t regret it. The tour is amazing for what you pay.

Great package to see the desert with lots of great activities very well organised. our driver Bash was very friendly and did his job well. Great value for money thanks

Despite that the start time was changed without notification, the ride was good. Our guide took time to explain the iconic features and took lots of pictures of us.