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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

Highly recommended. Nice was to cool off and take in city sights.

Enjoyable tour and guide gave us plenty of time for family photo snaps. If your in Dubai, this is a fun must do trip.

Abu Dhabi tour with Irfan Khan which was really a lot of fun!

Yesterday I did Abu Dhabi tour with Irfan Khan which was really a lot of fun! The pick up was almost on time ! The itinerary was well thought through and allowed me to see the key attractions Irfan was brilliant, eloquent and entertaining. Not only that he knows a lot about the history of this amazing place, he also gives information about his country, takes great photos and is a very funny guy, always with a joke on his lips!! I have been to quite a few guided tours in my lifetime and this one was easily one of the best ones!

Exiting boat ride with gorgeous sights of Dubai’s coast

I definitely recommend doing this activity at night, the lights and views are remarkable!!

Dubai: 90-Minute Palm Jumeirah & Burj Al Arab by Rib Reviewed by Lorraine, 09/16/2018

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I won't tell you about the safari, but tell abaut a safari with Mr. Brown. Mr Brown is one of the safari guids. Very clever and kind person. Speaks perfect English and is very entertaining with withy comments, funny jokes and interesting facts. We were picked up by Mr Brown from our hotell. On our way i remembered i forgot something, without any problem and any ill feeling mr Brown turner around and i could get it. Before sand dunes we got a chanse to drive quadruple. Mr Brown did all the speaking, and swiftly got trough the que. Mr Brown also told us goot to know things like, the scarf cost maks 20 Dhirham. We then drove to the sand dunes. Mr Brown as skilful driver he is, did some really dangeres driving without showing any expression of alarm. We were a group of cars driving on dunes with a group leader. Everything and every swing perfectly alligned and arranged. We then stopped on really good spot to take pictures and do dune bashing. I have no more words left. In all best tour!!!!

Just amazing!!! A must if visiting Dubai.

The service provided by our driver, Nazir, was outstanding. His driving skills are excellent. The adrenaline during the dune bashing sky rocketed. Every part of the tour was excellent. We ended the day with a great show at the camp and services great food. Thanks for the great time!