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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

Unforgettable trip to Abu Dhabi with Sayed Marshall (OceanAir Travels)

I booked a trip to Abu Dhabi with OceanAir Travels as their trip offer included both entrance to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the observation desk at 74th floor of one of the Etihad Towers. This turned out to be a really good choice! We were picked up from the hotel on the agreed time by our guide Sayed Marshal and driver Basit. The drive to Abu Dhabi passed really quickly as we were listening our guide giving us interesting update on the UAE history,political system and other facts. In the meantime he was also amusing us with his jokes :) He turned to be a man with a good sense of humour and great knowledge so no one on board got bored. Our guide gave us some update on the attractions we were going to visit. The trip was amazing and I really recommend it! Sayed Marshal and Basit thank you for the safe and unforgettable trip!

Well worth paying for the 148th floor view.

I found this tour extremely good, but would like to have had more time watching the build of the building and more information about the building. I felt it was very rushed in getting us up to the 148th floor.

Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148 Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/21/2018

it was an amazing experience to drive the jeep by ourselves!!

our guide, rafi, did a great job!! it was really cool to do this jeep driving by ourselves and we liked the sandboarding very much!! if you stay in dubai try this one!! you will like it!!

Dubai 4x4 Self-Driving Desert Safari & Sand-Boarding Reviewed by Jacqueline, 05/20/2018

It was amazing experience. I would like to repeat it once again

It was perfect, the clime, temperature, food, organization everything. Our driver was the best, Mohamed is the best guide tour that I met, friendly, polite, happy. Thanks for everything ☺️

Dubai Desert Safari with Sandboarding and Dinner Reviewed by Cindy, 05/20/2018

Absolutely worthwhile and totally memorable.

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would recommend it highly. The staff were very professional and knowledgeable - brilliant.

Dubai: 90-Minute Power Boat Tour of City Skyline Reviewed by NILESH, 05/20/2018