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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

Really a good experience with a kind and professional driver

I would suggest everybody to have such an experience, with a driver really kind with us, professional and always caring about our satisfaction. The safari on the desert has been fantastic, playing with the quad was exciting, the ride on the camel a short but nice experience to try for few minutes, a good dinner and beautiful show.

It was a awesome expierince! Worth every Cent!l

the driver Alam was very nice and we had the best action in the dessert! He also had an eye on safety and made it an unforgettable adventure for me. Number one on "what to do in Dubai" list.

Great waterpark. Not enormous, but enough to keep us going.

A fairly small water park compared to others we have visited around the world but this is the only one I have seen where there are rubber rings taking you up the slides as well as down - a fantastic idea for those who have difficulty walking up lots of steps but still want to enjoy the thrill of the rides. Also having the flow rider (body surfing) at no extra cost is excellent.

Super organised & good view over Dubai Creek

Nice decorated tables, very good buffet diner. The staff is multifunctional and assures that every passenger is happy and satisfied. For us especially Yasser made our evening very special. Good sense of humor and a very good eye for detail. We can highly recommend this tour.

Dubai: Deira Creek 5-Star Buffet Dinner Dhow Cruise Reviewed by Gerardus, 12/11/2018

Excellent drive and entertaining evening!!!

The guide Mr. Samar was good and polite all throughout the evening. He drove well and the entertainment was good. The was typically Arabian and good. Chicken shawarma and the falafel were great. The alcohol is a wee bit steep in price.

Dubai Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner Reviewed by Sheldon, 12/11/2018