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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 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

Very informative, the Lady Tour Guide was, patient, friendly, 28/6/18.

The lady guide Miralaman was great, caring, patient, knowledgeable. WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE TRIP .

Dubai: Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by Pamela., 07/17/2018

A must do for those visiting for just a few days

We were picked up & dropped to our hotel. We had a very knowledgeable guide who took us an an unforgettable experience. We saw all the 'must see' places - in 4/5 hours. Fantastic variety & value for money. our bus driver & guide were excellent.

Dubai: Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by Rita, 07/17/2018

Fabulous! I highly recommend going to top.

This was a wonderful, hassle free experience. I recommend getting skip the line tickets in advance and going all the way to floor 148, the highest you can go. It was informative, gave us space to enjoy the view on our time and the refreshments were first class.

Awesome Way to Spend an 11 Hour Layover!

We hired a private transportation for our Desert Safari and asked the guide to pick us up from a hotel within the airport. Our guide, Saed, was super accommodating and kind, and he was able to pick us up at 4:30 instead of the normal 3:30 time of the tour. The tour was exciting. We had a blast. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to do a Desert Safari.

Dubai Desert Safari Reviewed by Christina Lachelle, 07/16/2018

Crazy Driving Skills.. lifetime experience

Mohammad (Ammar Group) has crazy driving skills. His car had safety bars for all of us to hold on to. When we reached the dune, there were 4 other cars waiting. We all started at the same time, and that made it much better. Mohammad knew the perfect place for Sandboarding. He had a Sandboard with him, have a couple of tips. Pro tip: you can use the same board to do sledging. Good food at camp. They had vegetarian options too. All in all, it was a great family trip.