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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
    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

Entertaining and relaxing trip! Highly recommended!

We really enjoyed the trip! Our guide, Ash, was very kind and made this an unforgettable experience for us. Especially the big dunes are highly exciting. At the camp you get delicious food and cold drinks. I can highly recommend this for everybody who is looking for some adrenaline rush. Keep in mind that you really (!!!) need sun protection. ... and there is still sand in my shoos. :D

Dubai Red Dunes Desert Safari: BBQ, Falcon & Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/22/2017

wonderful Fountain show, smooth redemption with Getyourguide

The show was wonderful, magnificient and beautiful. Some things to be praised as Getyourguide makes the redemption easier and faster, so i can have more time for other attractions.

Dubai: Fountain Show and Lake Ride by Traditional Boat Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/22/2017

Smooth booking of Burj Khalifa in Getyourguide

Smooth booking of Burj Khalifa in Getyourguide. It is fast and the money is reasonable. Appreciated to book on it again

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/22/2017

Excellent experience, great value for money

Fantastic! And the boat driver was very kind. He offered to take pictures of us before the fountain show with the Burj Khalifa on the background.

A great boat ride to see things from a different perspective

Nice little trip out - took taxi to departure point in Dubai Marina, arriving just ahead of embarkation time. Little slow in safety briefing and boarding the boats, so didn't leave exactly on time - sweltering in the 44 deg C heat. Boat seats were very hot (should consider covering them with towels between excursions). Pottered out of marina (due to harbour speed limits), which added to the heat stress, but much more comfortable once going at a decent speed. Good boat handling and information provide by boat driver. Cold, bottled water was provided at regular intervals (free of charge) to help stay hydrated which was well received. After viewing Burj Al Arab, returned by much slower route inside the Palm Jumeirah - this had no added value to the sight seeing and was very, very hot due to the reduced speed. Would have preferred to have blasted back even if that meant the trip was just an hour rather than 90 minutes and would be more akin to a speed boat ride.