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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

The trip was amazing and out driver Aamir made it even better!

Our driver Aamir was very funny but at the same time always keen to bring us safely to all places and taught as a lot about the desert and the life in Dubai. I couldn't believe that all activities and food are includef in the price but it is! This Tour is a must if you visit Dubai.

Rafi was great, definitely the best driver out of everyone

He was also really helpful, taking photos, cracking jokes, making sure we experience everything on offer.

Well worth the money, a fun packed few hours!

We had Siddique as a driver and from the start he looked after us. The trip was about 6 hours and included the sand dunes, camel ride, Sandboarding, bbq, belly show etc all for free. Siddique was happy to take photos for us throughout the day. It was well worth the money. Had a great time and would certainly recommend.

Austere desert, impressive falcon and glorious starry night

A treat to ride in the vintage Land Rover!! Unique. So glad this safari did NOT include any dune bashing. The cuisine for dinner and breakfast was delicious and abundant. The falcon demo was outstanding~~~the bird flew with incredible speeed and power. All staff very friendly and my private overnight sleeping room with king bed was comfy, cozy and quiet. I would recommend this particular safari to anyone interested!!!

Overnight Safari & Breakfast with a Bedouin Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/12/2018

Best activity of my entire trip to the UAE

If you get Aamir, consider yourself lucky, best tour guide ever. The entire evening is all planned out and runs like a well oiled machine, we had a blast :)

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ, Sandboarding & Camel Ride Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 03/11/2018