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30 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai

Written by Jess Lee Updated Mar 21, 2024 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Jess Lee is a travel writer who has specialized and lived in the Middle East for over 15 years.

Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates' holiday hot spot. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where tourists flock for sales bargains, sunshine, and family fun.

Burj Al-Arab and the Dubai skyline at sunset

Dubai is famous for contemporary sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes. But this city has many cultural highlights and things to do, as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons.

Take a wander around the Al Fahidi quarter, and you'll discover the Dubai of old, then cruise along Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow, and you'll soon realize there's more to this city than its flashy veneer.

Learn more about the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Dubai.

1. Shoot to the Top of Burj Khalifa

2. view the dubai fountain display, 3. sneak in some shopping at dubai mall, 4. visit an underwater world at dubai aquarium, 5. cool off at atlantis aquaventure waterpark, 6. head out into the desert, 7. take afternoon tea in the burj al-arab, 8. ski indoors at mall of the emirates' ski dubai, 9. explore dubai creek, 10. wander through colorful dubai miracle garden, 11. walk through history in al fahidi quarter (old dubai), 12. experience global village's culture & entertainment, 13. cruise around madinat jumeirah on an abra, 14. soak up the sun on jumeirah beach, 15. discover uae history at dubai museum, 16. snap sunset pics at dubai frame, 17. swim & sunbathe at la mer beach, 18. family time at motiongate & legoland in dubai parks, 19. tour jumeirah mosque, 20. take to the water at kite beach & umm suqeim beach, 21. stroll sheikh zayed road, 22. fuel up on thrills & spills in img worlds of adventure, 23. haggle in the souks of deira, 24. skydive over dubai's palm jumeirah, 25. enjoy world-class theater at dubai opera, 26. savor a nature break in dubai butterfly garden, 27. explore local culture in the heritage and diving village, 28. spot flamingos at ras al khor wildlife sanctuary, 29. view traditional architecture at sheikh saeed al-maktoum house, 30. browse cutting-edge art in alserkal avenue, best things to do with kids in dubai, where to stay in dubai for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to dubai, map of tourist attractions in dubai, best time to visit dubai, united arab emirates.

Burj Khalifa

Highlight: The world's tallest building and Dubai's best panoramic city views

Dubai's landmark building and major tourist attraction is the Burj Khalifa , which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city's points of interest.

For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply staggering.

The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.

Enjoying the view from the Burj Khalifa

Nighttime visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas.

Buy your Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.

Dubai fountain

Highlight: A family-friendly evening entertainment spectacle

Wrapping around the Burj Khalifa are the gardens of Burj Park, with walkways dotted with modern art sculptures. Burj Park is where you come to see the Dubai Fountain display on Burj Lake.

Modeled on the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, this is the world's tallest performing fountain, with water displays shooting up to 150 meters high into the air.

The 30-minute-long displays take place regularly after dark, and although the display itself is free, there are entrance charges to access the add-on experiences.

The floating platform of the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is one of the most popular experiences for close-up views, while there are also opportunities to take an abra (traditional wooden boat) onto Burj Lake to see the fountains from the water.

Dubai Mall

Highlights: Dubai Aquarium, plenty of family activities, dining options, and brand-name shopping

Dubai Mall is the city's premier mall and one of the city's best places to visit for a day of shopping and indoor activities to keep the kids busy. It provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium.

There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options.

The shopping and eating are endless, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.

Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai Aquarium

Highlights: An awe-inspiring introduction to the underwater world

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall.

Although there is free viewing from the mall, the highlight of a visit here is entering the Underwater Zoo, with its three-story high, 270-degree views along the length of the glass-panel tunnels.

As well as viewing the vast amount of marine life, the Dubai Aquarium offers plenty of aquatic experiences and things to do for visitors who want a close-up encounter with some of the aquarium's inhabitants, from hand-feeding eagle rays to diving with reef and tiger sharks.

Address: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road

Aquaventure Waterpark

Highlight: Water-based theme park fun for a day devoted to family entertainment

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark , based at Atlantis, The Palm on the Palm Jumeirah—Dubai's famous man-made island development—is a great place to cool off after a few days of hectic shopping and sightseeing.

The waterslide action here is excellent and world-class, with the Aquaconda, the world's longest water slide; a nine-story-tall slide, aptly named the Leap of Faith; and water coaster rides.

There's also underwater safaris using Sea TREK helmets; a dedicated water play area for smaller children with slides; and for when all your energy has been used up, a 700-meter sweep of white-sand beach.

Address: Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Off-roading in the Dubai desert

Highlight: See the UAE's dramatic interior of sweeping dunes on Dubai's best day trip option

You don't have to travel far from Dubai's coastal skyline of skyscrapers to reach some of the UAE's desertscapes of rippling dunes.

Both the dune fields and desert of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and the orange-hued dunes of Maleha (actually in the Emirate of Sharjah ) are within day-tripping distance of the city.

Desert adventure tours can combine a range of activities, from sandboarding, camel rides, and 4WD safaris to traditional Arabian falconry displays and desert dinners under the stars. There are also options for overnight camping under the stars.

The typical tour itinerary, giving visitors a taster of desert life, is easily slotted into even a short trip to Dubai, taking around six hours door to door, with a mid-afternoon departure from the city.

The Dubai Desert 4x4 Safari offers a half-day desert adventure and includes a camel ride, sandboarding lessons, a sunset barbecue, and a belly dancing show.

For a less rushed tour experience, choose one of the companies that operate inside the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where trips can include wildlife drives to spot the reserve's free-roaming herds of gazelles and, if you're lucky, Arabian oryx.

Burj al-Arab

Highlights: Treat yourself to one of Dubai's most famous dining experiences

The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline.

Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night.

Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15,000 for one night.

For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over-the-top opulence is to book afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar (a minimum spend is required) in the soaring atrium lounge.

Non-guests can also book dinner at the Ristorante L'Olivo at Al-Mahara where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat, or you can enjoy French and Italian classics for lunch or dinner with city vistas at the Michelin starred Al Muntaha .

Address: Jumeirah Road, Dubai

Mall of the Emirates

Highlight: Cool off from the desert heat with some winter sports then shop till you drop in the mall

Mall of the Emirates is one of the city's most famous malls, with the spectacular (and surreal) Ski Dubai facility inside.

The indoor ski slope is complete with chairlifts and a penguin enclosure, all at a continuous temperature of -4 degrees Celsius.

There's also a cinema complex and a family entertainment center with a whole host of rides aimed at both the big and small.

The shopping opportunities are boundless, as are the eating options, offering every conceivable world cuisine.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

Abra ride on Dubai Creek

Highlight: Abra rides across the creek for city skyline views

Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns, with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south.

The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area.

The creek is where you come to capture city views from the water, either by taking a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or by hopping on an abra (small wooden ferry) between the ferry points on the creek's Bur Dubai and Deira banks.

On the Bur Dubai side of the creek, rubbing up against the Bastakia neighborhood, the waterfront has been regenerated as the Al Seef district, with a waterfront promenade backed by traditional coral-block and limestone buildings, a floating market, and shops selling crafts. It's a great place for a stroll with excellent water views.

Farther southeast down the creek, on the Deira bank just north of Al-Maktoum Bridge, is the Dhow Wharfage. It's still used by small traders from across the Gulf who sail their dhows onward to Kuwait, Iran, Oman, India, and down to Africa's horn.

This tiny remnant of Dubai's traditional economy is a fascinating place to wander around and watch cargo being loaded and unloaded on and off the dhows.

At the southeastern end of Dubai Creek, just before the creek joins with Dubai Canal, is the newly developed Dubai Creek Harbor with a waterfront marina walkway, which offers excellent vistas of the city skyline.

Beautiful flowers blooming at the Dubai Miracle Garden

Highlight: Colorful photography options amid Dubai's most creative gardens

This is the zaniest garden ever. Not content with constructing the world's largest buildings and malls, Dubai has created the world's largest flower garden. Dubai Miracle Garden spans 2,000 square meters and is home to a reputed 100 million flowers.

Everything that can be covered with flowers has been, from twee English-style cottages to windmills and trucks. There's even a flower version of the Burj Khalifa.

Stroll the walkways and enjoy the riot of color and the wacky flower displays.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Rd, Al Barsha

Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Highlight: Admire Dubai's vernacular Gulf architecture amid the lanes of the tiny old town quarter

The Al Fahidi Quarter (previously known, and sometimes still referred to as the Bastakia neighborhood) was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek.

Al Fahidi occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek, and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved.

Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning—the wind trapped in the towers was funneled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf.

Lined with distinct Arabian architecture, the narrow lanes are highly evocative of a bygone, and much slower, age in Dubai's history.

Inside the district, you'll find the Majlis Gallery , with its collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture (housed in a wind-tower), and the Al Serkal Cultural Foundation with a shop, café, and rotating art exhibitions (located in one of the historic buildings).

Global Village at night

Highlight: Evening entertainment hub with a global cultural focus

From October through April, this entertainment park provides family-friendly entertainment themed around taking visitors on a journey around the world.

Global Village's 26 country pavilions, ranging from Iraq to Japan and Russia to South Korea, each offer an individual experience of that country's culture, entertainment, and heritage. It's a unique option in the city for evening entertainment for families with little ones in tow.

As well as the pavilions, there are plentiful dining and shopping options on-site. Younger members of the family will enjoy the fun-fair-style Carnaval with plenty of rides, such as bumper cars, carousels, Swiss swings, and a big wheel, along with faster rides and a roller coaster.

Address: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, Dubai

Abra in Madinat Jumeirah

Highlight: Scenic canal cruises on traditional abra boats for easygoing sightseeing

The development complex of Madinat Jumeirah is a dining and retail district with a couple of five-star hotels, all set along the palm-tree-fringed banks of an artificial canal network.

All of Madinat Jumeirah has been styled to mimic traditional Gulf architecture, with wind towers and mashrabiya detailing.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah here offers easygoing shopping, with a large variety of traditional craftwork and souvenirs from the Gulf and across the wider Middle East, but the main reason to head here is to hop on an abra (small wooden ferry) and cruise down the canal.

Abras leave regularly from Souk Madinat Jumeirah's promenade and loop around the waterway, providing plenty of photo opportunities of the lush gardens and traditional architecture of Madinat Jumeirah, with the tall swooping sail of the Burj Al Arab in the background.

Address: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai

Aerial view of Jumeirah Beach Residence beach

Highlight: Dubai beach life summed up with everything you need at your fingertips

This long, wide strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors .

Some of Dubai's most popular beach resorts are strung out all along its length, making this one of the most popular places to stay for visitors who want to make hitting the beach a major part of their Dubai stay.

The large areas of the beach have excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, lifeguards patrolling the stretches designated for swimming, and water sports operators offering jet skiing, kayak rental, parasailing, and boat rides.

This is a safe beach choice for families traveling with tots, as the turquoise water of the Gulf lapping the shore is shallow and calm.

Address: Dubai Marina, Dubai

Dubai Museum

Highlight: Delve behind the high-rise facade to discover Dubai's heritage

Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.

In its history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995), it is now the city's premier museum.

The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom. The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry, and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments.

Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati life (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life), as well as artifacts from the 3,000- to 4,000-year-old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.

Address: Al-Fahidi Street, Al-Fahidi

Dubai Frame at sunset

Highlights: Aerial vistas of the modern cityscape below and galleries focused on Dubai's history

Sitting slap-bang between Dubai's older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city's modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai's latest sights.

Inside Dubai Frame , a series of galleries whisk you through the city's history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.

Afterwards check out Future Dubai gallery, which imagines what a futuristic vision of the city will look like.

Address: Zabeel Park, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road

La Mer Beach

Highlight: Take a day off sightseeing and head to the white sand for a relaxed break beside the sea

Backed by a fringe of palm trees, the stretch of La Mer Beach in Jumeirah is an easygoing spot for a full day of sun and sea.

Water sports operators here offer Jet Ski trips, boating, fly-boarding, and kayaking for beachgoers who itch to get off the sand, but for those who simply want to sloth out between swimming, there's plenty of sun lounger rental and a wide variety of cafés and restaurants just a hop from the sand for snacking and full meals.

La Mer is a sheltered bay with tranquil water, so it's a safe choice for both families and less-confident swimmers. Like all of Dubai's main beaches, it is regularly patrolled by lifeguards during the day.

If the sea and sand aren't enough, at the beach's northeast point, you'll find Laguna Waterpark, with several waterslides, a lazy river, and a surf pool.

Address: Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah

Old house at the river in Dubai Riverland resort

Highlight: Family-centered fun is the focus at these interconnected theme parks

At Dubai Parks and Resorts , your entertainment needs are all rolled together into one location. The only problem here is choosing what you want to do.

This mammoth project incorporates a swag of world-class theme parks providing something for everyone, whatever your age.

Motiongate takes its theme from Hollywood productions, with rides based around movie blockbusters; Bollywood Parks brings the world of India's famous movie industry alive on its rides; and Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark provide younger visitors with a fun-packed day out on its interactive rides, water slides, and wave pool.

The district's attached Riverland Dubai dining hub means that there's no need to leave after you've exhausted yourself with theme park pursuits, as there's plenty of evening entertainment here as well.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali

Jumeirah Mosque

Highlight: Gain greater insights into Islam on a tour of Dubai's most famous mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, which is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture.

This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (which also runs a program of tours, lectures, Arabic classes, and cultural meals) organizes guided tours of the mosque designed to try to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith.

Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.

Address: Jumeirah Road

Kite Beach

Highlight: Learn to kitesurf on one of Dubai's best water sports beaches

Thanks to its surf and prevailing wind, the northern section of Umm Suqeim Beach is Dubai's top spot for kitesurfing.

The beach is home to an array of water sports operators offering equipment hire, as well as kitesurfing lessons, along with paddleboarding and kayak rental.

This long stretch of yellow-sand beach sweeps south along the coast (becoming Umm Suqeim Beach), with plenty of space for sunbathers looking to lap up a lazy day of swimming and soaking up the rays on the sand and excellent facilities and dining choices. There are good views of the Burj Al Arab from the southern end of the beach.

While in the Jumeirah area, it's well worth brushing off the sand for an hour to visit the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef just a three-kilometer hop from the beach. Built in 1955, this was the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum.

The residence, made out of gypsum and coral block, has been restored and maintains much of the original beautiful decor, giving you a better understanding of the opulent lifestyle of Dubai's rulers.

The Majlis Gardens feature a reproduction of an impressive Arab irrigation system, and many shady date palms.

Address: Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah, Dubai

Aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road at dusk

Highlight: Take in central Dubai's skyscraper views from ground-level

Sheikh Zayed Road is the main thoroughfare running through Dubai's modern downtown business district.

This wide, eight-lane highway is rimmed with towering glass, chrome, and steel high-rises along its entire length. It's one of the best on-the-ground vantage points for Dubai's famed skyscraper views.

Main attractions are along, or just off, the strip between the roundabout and the first intersection, and most of Dubai's famous malls are located along the road's route.

The Dubai World Trade Tower has an observation deck on its top floor, which offers visitors panoramic views (a cheaper option than the Burj Khalifa), and the Gold and Diamond Park (Sheikh Zayed Road) is a one-stop shop for jewelry lovers, with 118 manufacturers and 30 retailers all under one roof.

IMG Worlds of Adventure | ViktoriyaFivko / Shutterstock.com

Highlights: Adrenaline-packed rides and hours of fun for kids of all ages

The IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, near Global Village, is immersive entertainment at its finest and has thrills and spills for both kids and big kids.

With one zone devoted entirely to Marvel's iconic characters; another to dinosaur-themed rides; and a zone where the Cartoon Network takes the helm, with gentler rides and activities for younger children, there's something here for every age.

Whether you want to help the Avengers battle Ultron, scare yourself silly in a haunted house, or join Spider-Man as he swings through the city, this is heaven for families looking for a fun-filled day out.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai

Deira

Highlight: Shop the traditional way amid the heritage souks of Deira

Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek and the winding streets here unveil the melting pot of different nationalities that have come to call Dubai home. On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels, and office buildings as a backdrop.

For travelers, Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day.

Deira Gold Souk is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world.

The Deira Spice Souk sells every imaginable spice, with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, sumac, and thyme, as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water, and incense.

The fish market provides a much less touristy experience.

While in the district, culture lovers shouldn't miss two of Deira's finely restored architectural gems. Heritage House was built in 1890 as the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant and later became the home of Sheik Ahmed bin Dalmouk (a famous pearl merchant in Dubai). Today, it's a great chance to see the interior of a traditional family home.

The Al-Ahmadiya School, constructed in 1912, is the oldest school in Dubai and is now a museum of public education.

Dubai skydiving

Highlight: Get the best aerial views of the city with Dubai's best thrill-seeker activity

For the ultimate sightseeing adrenaline rush while you're in the city, tandem-skydive over Dubai from Skydive Dubai's Palm Drop Zone.

There are bird's-eye views of the city's skyscraper coastline, Dubai Marina, and the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah, all the way down the 3,900-meter-high plunge.

The entire experience takes around 90 minutes and includes the flight; an instructor you'll be harnessed to during the skydive; and a skydiving camera operator, who'll take pictures during your dive.

If you prefer desert dune scenery, Skydive Dubai also operates a separate tandem-skydiving experience in the desert, about 35 kilometers out of the city.

Skydiving in Dubai is an activity you need to book as far in advance as possible due to limited numbers and the high popularity of the experience.

Dubai Opera

Highlight: Enjoy the best of Dubai's cultural life while on your trip

For nighttime attractions, look no further. Opened in mid-2016, Dubai's classy new opera building is the centerpiece of the waterfront district in downtown Dubai and is a major cultural hub and main entertainment venue.

The Dubai Opera hosts a year-round program of famous musical theater productions, concerts by world-class musicians, opera, ballet, and classical music, as well as smaller productions, comedy nights, and concerts.

The 2,000-seat theater building itself is an astonishing piece of architectural mastery and one of Dubai's new landmarks, with its highly-contemporary glass and steel walls jutting out over the waterfront, built to resemble the curves of a traditional dhow.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Road

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Highlight: Take a nature break without leaving the city

Escape the city's skyscrapers for an afternoon at the Dubai Butterfly Garden . For a slice of nature, this vast butterfly garden, with around 15,000 butterflies flitting under the domed enclosures, can't be beaten.

It's a great chance for kids to get close-up views of butterflies as they often land on visitors' shoulders and hands.

There's a museum here, too, with plenty of information on butterfly varieties, their habitats, and life cycle.

Heritage and Diving Village

Highlight: Explore Dubai's sea-going heritage and life along this coastline before the contemporary city

Dubai's architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage is showcased at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related to pearl diving and dhow building—two of old Dubai's historic economic mainstays.

There are also recreations of traditional Bedouin and coastal village life, with Persian homes, a traditional coffeehouse, and a small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls.

Local music and dance are performed from October to April, and visitors can get advice from practitioners of traditional medicine.

Location: Shindagha, Bur Dubai

Flamingos at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Highlight: Spend an early morning spotting flamingos and other birds amid the city's wetlands

You don't have to go too far away from the skyscrapers to soak up a more natural vista. The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary incorporates the mangrove forests and wetlands of Dubai creek.

An important stop-off on the migration routes, it's a prime place to spot flamingos in winter when massive flocks of these majestic pink birds wade through the lagoons, backdropped by soaring high-rises.

Various hides in prime spots have been set up within the park to allow bird watchers good views of the birdlife.

Address: Ras Al Khor Street, Dubai

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Highlight: Delve into Dubai's history amid the museums of this royal complex

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and grandfather to the current ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture.

The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed's father, so he could observe shipping activity from the balconies.

It was demolished, but the current house was rebuilt next to the original site, staying true to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens across the windows, and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs.

Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top.

Inside are the exhibits of the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents with many wonderful old photographs of Dubai from the period between 1948 and 1953.

The marine wing of the museum has photos of fishing, pearling, and boat building. Throughout the building there are many letters, maps, coins, and stamps on display showing the development of the Emirate.

Nearby is the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum , which explores the United Arab Emirates' historic role as a trading center between Asia, Africa, and Europe long before oil became this region's most prominent industry.

Located inside the old residence of Sheikh Hashr bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who was a member of Dubai's ruling family, the exhibits trace this coastal area's history as part of the global trade routes, with displays of artifacts and manuscripts.

Also on-site are the Rare Books and Manuscripts Museum and the small Armory Museum.

Address: Al Khaleej Road, Bur Dubai

Building on Alserkal Avenue | Ismail Noor / Shutterstock.com

Highlight: Explore Dubai's burgeoning contemporary art scene

Part of the old Al Quoz industrial district, Al Serkal Avenue has been regenerated to become Dubai's main arts hub and is home to some of the city's most important contemporary art galleries.

Established gallery names such as the Green Art Gallery , The Third Line and the Ayyam Gallery have made their home here, while a host of smaller gallery start-ups have also moved in.

The district's program of rotating collections focuses both on the work of major artists, as well as highlighting new Middle Eastern talent.

This emerging district is also the place to come for fashion and accessory boutiques by local designers, pop-up restaurants, and café life, and it showcases the energetic and youthful buzz of a city, which is usually more noted for its corporate face.

Address: Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz Industrial District

Sandboarding in the desert

As well as Dubai's glut of theme parks, a stay in the city can incorporate plenty more active things to do.

There are plentiful desert tours that head out beyond the skyscrapers if you want the kids to sample more natural scenery. Many of the tours include sandboarding or camel riding.

To stick to the coast, the beaches and resorts offer kayak hire, as well as a bundle of other water sports to get the kids working off some energy in the sea.

And for those who enjoy the complete oddity of having some snow-fun amid the heat, the indoor ski run at Mall of the Emirates can't be beaten.

Downtown Dubai view from a luxury hotel's infinity pool

For easy access to Dubai's top tourist attractions, the best place to stay is Downtown Dubai.

Prime attractions nearby include the landmark Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building; Dubai Mall; and the Dubai Fountain. You'll also find plenty of shops, restaurants, and art galleries in this vibrant precinct.

If you're seeking some sun, sand, and sea, Jumeira and Dubai Marina lay about 15 minutes by car from Burj Khalifa and are also popular bases for tourists.

Below are some highly rated hotels in convenient and central locations for touring the city:

Luxury Hotels:

  • The Palace Downtown Dubai is a five-star resort right in the heart of Downtown Dubai, combining traditional Arabic design features with contemporary facilities, all overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake. There's a pool, spa, and restaurants on-site.
  • Armani Hotel offers rooms decked out in sophisticated luxury. It's set in the Burj Khalifa, for a stay in the top address in Downtown Dubai, with a pool and spa on-site.
  • Burj Al Arab is Dubai's most iconic stay, set on its own manmade island, with palatial interiors, world-class restaurants, and suite-style rooms that overlook the waters of the Gulf.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai is in a top-notch location in Downtown Dubai, neighboring the Dubai Opera. There's excellent in-house facilities, including a pool, restaurants, and gym, and the spacious, modern rooms all come with balconies.
  • Manzil Downtown by Vida is a classy, contemporary boutique hotel option with a large outdoor pool area and white-on-white rooms that incorporate modern Arabesque design features into their interiors. It's in a handy, central location in Downtown Dubai.
  • Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach sits on Dubai's The Walk promenade, in Jumeirah so it's a top choice for those who want a waterfront location. There's a large pool area, private beach and plenty of resort facilities. It's about a 12-minute drive to the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai from here.

Budget Hotels:

  • XVA Art Hotel offers contemporary boutique-hotel style within a traditional Dubai building, right in the heart of the historic Al Fahidi (Old Dubai) district.
  • Ibis Dubai Al Rigga is a great budget choice thanks to its central Deira position, close to Dubai Creek and the city's major historic tourist attractions, as well as its well-equipped, small rooms and in-house facilities, including two restaurants and a gym.
  • Ibis Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel , next door to the namesake mall with Ski Dubai, is a popular option with both business and leisure travelers thanks to its modern, good-value rooms and solid facilities, including two on-site restaurants.
  • See the Sights : Dubai Private Modern or Traditional Dubai Tour is one of the most convenient ways to see the city's sights. This half-day guided tour takes you to the main attractions, including Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Museum, Deira Gold Souq, and more.
  • Soar over the City: Dubai Helicopter Tour offers incredible views across the city and desert surroundings on a 15-minute or 25-minute helicopter ride. There is no better way to see the famous Palm Jumeirah or the manmade archipelago created in the shape of a world map, known as The World, than from the air.

By far, the best times to visit Dubai are the months of November, December, January, February, March, and April when the weather is, in general, at its most pleasant. This is peak tourism season, though, so prepare for hotel prices to be at their highest.

Keen shoppers after discounts galore should head here during January when the entire month is devoted to the Dubai Shopping Festival. Be aware that January is Dubai's coldest month, though, with an average high of 23 degrees Celsius and temperatures dropping as low as 14 degrees.

For the best weather, particularly if you're going to hit the beach or head out into the desert during your trip, plan to travel here during the months of November or April when the average daytime temperatures sit between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius, and only peak as high as 31 degrees.

These two months usher in plenty of blue skies and sunshine for outdoor activities, but without the scorching heat of summer. Whichever month you choose, pack a warmer layer. You will need it to counter the ferocious air conditioning of Dubai's many indoor venues.

Other Considerations When Timing Your Visit to Dubai

Before deciding on which month to visit, check out when Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting is happening. During this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown every day. The Islamic calendar is lunar, so the dates for Ramadan shift every year.

Ramadan in the UAE is strictly followed, and eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking in all public spaces is forbidden from daybreak to sunset for everyone, including non-Muslims.

Although some restaurants, mostly those based in international brand hotels and usually one designated café in a mall, will still serve food during the day (with blinds pulled down across the restaurant windows, so that those fasting don't need to see people eating) nearly all restaurants and cafés shut during daylight hours and only open up at sunset.

From sunset onwards, it's feasting time, with many hotels and restaurants putting on special Iftar (the Ramadan after sunset meal) menus, which need to be pre-booked due to high demand.

Businesses, including tourist sights and shops, are open, but keep shorter hours for the entire month.

A benefit of visiting during Ramadan is that the city is less busy than usual, as many Dubai locals decide to head on holiday during this month, and the city also receives fewer tourists.

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17+ TOP Dubai Sights & Tourist Attractions (+Map & Tips)

Looking for the  best things to do in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates,  and feeling overwhelmed? Deciding which of the most popular Dubai attractions to visit is indeed not easy, especially if you are visiting the city for the first time and have limited time, not even to mention the budget.

From gleaming skyscrapers and modern landmarks to the desert and historic souks, Dubai has something for everyone. But it’s also a rapidly growing city with countless new tourist attractions springing up like mushrooms and choosing which places to visit and which ones to skip might look like a daunting task…

So to help you figure out where to go and what to see in Dubai, in this guide we share the  VERY BEST sights and TOP tourist attractions in Dubai that are worth your time the most . In addition, we also include a few fun experiences for those looking to experience Dubai beyond the ‘musts’.

We also created a  map of all the top places that should help you plan your Dubai sightseeing itinerary. You can find it at the bottom of this article. In addition, for every place featured in this guide, we include some practical tips that will help you make the most of your visit. Take a look!

Good to know:   We list the must-see places and experiences first, followed by some additional tips for things to do in Dubai further down the list.

If you are short on time, concentrate on the top sights indicated as ‘must-see’ first. In addition, see if you can also fit in some of the ‘highly recommended’ experiences listed further down.

But if you have more time and are looking for even more ideas for places to visit and interesting tourist attractions beyond the most popular sights, be sure to check the complete list.

TIP: If you are not sure how to plan your trip, on our blog, you can also find sample itineraries for first-time visitors: a Dubai stopover itinerary (from 6 hours to 1-2 days) and a detailed Dubai itinerary for up to one week .

Best things to do in Dubai and top places to visit

Here are the main landmarks, best sights, and top tourist attractions in Dubai:

1. Burj Khalifa

If there is one place you have to see in Dubai, it’s Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world. This iconic skyscraper is the most visited landmark in Dubai.

While you will see Burj Khalifa from all over the city, it’s most impressive when seen from the bottom. So don’t miss that!

In addition, no trip to Dubai would be complete without ascending to the 124th and 125th floors for breathtaking views of the city skyline, coastline, and desert. For an extra price, you can also visit the SKY Level on the 148th floor.

Good to know: Standard tickets include timed-entry access to 124-125th floors. However, even with a dedicated time slot, be prepared to queue for a long time. The SKY Level 124,125, and 148th floors ticket is more expensive, but includes skip-the-line access for the security check and elevator. It also includes access to the lounge with snacks and drinks.

PRO TIP: Whatever option you choose, be sure to book your tickets online in advance or you may not be able to visit at all. If you want to catch the sunset at the top, be sure to book a time slot at least 1.5 hours before the sunset time (just beware that those time slots are also more expensive).

Burj Khalifa - must see in Dubai

2. Dubai Mall

You might be wondering why in the world we list a shopping mall as one of the must-see places in Dubai… Well, the Dubai Mall is not just a shopping paradise, but a destination in itself. Plus, it’s located right at the Burj Khalifa so you’ll come here anyway.

The largest shopping mall in the world, Dubai Mall has over 1,200 shops, including high-end designer stores and flagship fashion brands. In addition, you can choose from more than 200 restaurants and food outlets. But it’s worth coming here even if you are not interested in shopping and dining.

You can’t miss the gigantic Dubai Aquarium – the centerpiece of the Mall, or you can get a ticket and visit inside. There are also huge waterfalls, a 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton, an Olympic-size ice skating rink, a mini-city for kids KidZania , and countless other attractions. You could literally spend several days in here and still not see it all…

TIP: If you want to visit the aquarium, opt for a combo ticket that includes Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium. Otherwise, the aquarium price is really steep for what it is.

Waterfalls inside the Dubai Mall - top places to visit in Dubai

3. Dubai Fountain Show

The captivating Dubai Fountain Show can be seen on the Burj Lake right outside the Dubai Mall, at the foot of Burj Khalifa. It’s a mesmerizing water, music, and light show that takes place multiple times a day and is FREE to watch.

The world’s tallest performing fountain, it dances for a few minutes to a selection of different melodies ranging from popular hits to traditional Arabic and classical music.

Good to know: The Dubai Fountain shows run every half an hour from 6 PM to 11 PM. There is also a performance at 1.30 PM, plus at 1 PM on weekdays and 2 PM on weekends.

PRO TIP: If you are looking for something nice to do in Dubai, book a boat ride on Burj Lake during a fountain show . It takes just 30 minutes and is not expensive (definitely for Dubai standards). Everyone in our family really enjoyed it.

Dubai Fountain Show - top things to do in Dubai

4. Old Dubai & Traditional Souks

Dubai has more to offer than its modern landmarks and one of the best places to experience the authentic side of Dubai is its Old Town .

Be sure to visit the historic neighborhood of Al Fahidi (formerly known as Bastakiya), cross Dubai Creek on a traditional  Abra boat , and don’t miss the best traditional markets in Dubai – the Gold Souk and Spice Souk .

To be completely honest, the Al Fahidi neighborhood is not that authentic, but has the feel of an overly nicely restored open-air museum. You can wander through a few picturesque narrow alleyways lined with wind-tower houses, art galleries, and quaint cafes. There are also several tiny museums and some traditional shops selling souvenirs to tourists.

Nevertheless, it’s the best place to catch a glimpse of old Dubai and get a better understanding of the fascinating journey of the fascinating expansion of the UAE in just a few decades. The transformation of a few tiny fishing villages in the desert to the global metropolises of the 21st century is nothing short of remarkable.

PRO TIP:  Visit the old town  with a local guide ! That way, you can be sure to see all the musts but also learn more about the history of Dubai. The tours are very affordable and some also include local food and drinks. We visited the Dubai old town and traditional markets on different occasions, most recently with this highly-rated tour and I can highly recommend it as one of the top experiences in Dubai.

Dubai Spice Souk in the old town - top places in Dubai

5. Dubai Marina

Surrounded by towering skyscrapers and filled with luxury yachts, Dubai Marina is one of the must-see places where you can experience the glitz and glamour of Dubai.

The best way to explore the area is by taking a leisurely stroll along the promenade known as Marina Walk. It’s almost 3 kilometers long and is lined with upscale restaurants, trendy cafes, and luxury boutiques. If you don’t want to walk the entire length, focus on the area close to Marina Mall or join a guided  e-scooter tour .

For a unique perspective, hop on a luxury yacht cruise – it’s a great and very relaxing way to see some of the most impressive skylines. If you are looking for a more traditional experience, you can also opt for a dhow dinner cruise to admire the dazzling skyline illuminated against the night sky.

There is so much more to do at the Dubai Marina than just enjoy the scenery! You can go  jet skiing , parasailing , zip line across the Marina , or even dine in the sky .

Dubai Marina at night - best things to do in Dubai

6. Dubai Desert

Dubai has grown into a huge ultra-modern metropolis, but its roots are still in the desert. So no trip would be complete without seeing the Dubai desert. Even if just for the contrast and to get a better understanding of how remarkable the journey of the UAE has been.

Let me be very honest with you – the desert around Dubai is not that impressive, especially if we compare it to places like e.g. Sossusvlei in Namibia or Death Valley in the USA. However, there are many exhilarating desert safari experiences, such as dune bashing in a 4×4 , quad rides , camel riding , hot-air balloon flights , etc. and these are well worth your time.

In addition, most Dubai safari tours include a visit to a desert camp, built in a traditional Bedouin style. Here, you can indulge in Arabian BBQ dinner and taste all kinds of local food, see the national bird of the UAE – the falcon, or get a henna tattoo. In the evenings, you can also see all kinds of traditional performances such as Tanoura dance, belly dancing, or fire shows.

Good to know: There are  many desert tour options and most of them last 4 to 7 hours. The desert camp experience is similar on all evening tours, but be sure to read the tour description to choose the main activity (jeep, quad, camel, etc.) that best aligns with your interests. For example, most desert tours include a very short camel ride (for a picture), but only a few offer a longer camel ride experience.

Our experience:  We have been on two desert tours in Dubai (on different trips) and really enjoyed them both. One of them included dune bashing in a jeep and the other one – camel riding . They both included dinner and other desert camp experiences.

READ ALSO: Best Tours in Dubai

Camels in Dubai desert - best things to do in Dubai

7. Dubai Museum Of The Future

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Museum of the Future is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai. The remarkable building is a must-see, but the museum itself is quite interesting and well worth a few hours of your time.

The museum is very interactive and showcases Dubai’s vision of the future and what it will look like some 50 years from now. They cover all kinds of topics like space travel, artificial intelligence, and robotics, but also climate change, healthcare, spirituality, etc.

PRO TIP:   Reserve tickets for the museum at least a few weeks before your trip. When we traveled, they were sold out for almost 3 weeks, not even to mention being able to pick a time slot that fits your itinerary. Also, if you can, book the first time slot in the morning so that you can enjoy the interactive exhibits before it gets too crowded.

Dubai Museum of the Future - top tourist attractions in Dubai UAE

8. Sky Views Observatory & Sky Edge Walk

Sky Views Observatory  offers a great view of Dubai’s Downtown. It’s also one of the best places to admire the iconic Burj Khalifa from a higher angle at a rather close distance.

In addition, you can also walk over a glass-bottom walkway, slide down a transparent tube at the side of the building, or – for an additional fee – do the Sky Edge Walk on an open-air platform on the 52nd floor.

Good to know:  Regular tickets are very affordable and much cheaper than the Burj Khalifa tickets. But if you are not afraid of heights and have some extra time, we highly recommend a ticket that also includes the Edge Walk – it’s one of the most unique things to do in Dubai!

Sky View Observatory - best things to do in Dubai

9. Global Village

Global Village Dubai  is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai, popular with locals as well as international visitors. Just as the name suggests, it’s a place where you can experience a wide variety of cultures from all over the world.

With over 90 countries represented, it’s a unique opportunity to get acquainted with different countries, sample traditional foods, or purchase some interesting souvenirs. There are also cultural shows and live performances.

It’s a bit like a big country fair, but very unique because of its global character.

Good to know:  A visit to Global Village is very affordable and  entry tickets  cost just around $6. However, you’ll have to pay extra for most of the rides and attractions inside.

PRO TIP:  Avoid weekends and try to arrive around the opening time (usually around 4 pm, but during Ramadan around 6 pm). Friday and Saturday evenings are the busiest.

Global Village Dubai - most popular attractions in Dubai UAE

10. Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah  is a man-made palm-tree-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf and connected to the city via tunnels and bridges and tunnels. The Palm is home to upscale residences, luxury hotels, and beachfront resorts, including the famous Atlantis, The Palm .

There are several places of interest to see at the Palm including the best water park in Dubai, Atlantis Aquaventure and Dolphin Bay, Lost Chambers Aquarium, and several luxurious sky pool experiences.

If you just want to catch a glimpse of this remarkable feat of engineering, visit The View at The Palm Observatory . From here, you can enjoy 360° views of the city and the Arabian Gulf, including an elevated view of this unique palm island.

PRO TIP: For the best aerial views and to fully appreciate The Palm, opt for a  sightseeing helicopter tour .

Palm Jumeirah - top places to see in Dubai

11. Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab  is one of the most recognizable symbols of Dubai. The sail-shaped luxury hotel was opened in December 1999 and was the first one in a series of Dubai’s most remarkable landmarks that were built in the 21st century.

One of the world’s most luxurious and most expensive hotels, Burj Al Arab is not only impressive from the outside. Inside, you can admire its lavish interiors and find some extravagant experiences such as its world-famous gold cappuccino.

Good to know: A stay at this hotel will quickly cost you over $1,500 per night. But a tour of the interior is much more affordable. For an additional fee, you can upgrade to the luxury tour to include a visit to the 25th floor (where the Royal Suites are located) and a sip of the gold cappuccino.

Burj Al Arab - top sights in Dubai

12. Souk Madinat Jumeirah

NICE TO SEE

Located just near the Burj Al Arab,  Souk Madinat Jumeirah  is a bustling indoor market that combines traditional Arabian architecture and Middle Eastern charm with modern-day comforts such as air conditioning and meticulously clean facilities.

You will find an array of little shops here selling all kinds of traditional merchandise and souvenirs. There are also bakeries, cafes, and a variety of restaurants.

With small rivers, little bridges, and traditional Arabian architecture, the area feels like a charming little town. You can walk around or take a boat on the picturesque waterways offering nice views of the Burj Al Arab.

Good to know: You can easily combine a visit to the Souk with that of Burj Al Arab. Boat rides can just be booked and paid at the spot.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah - top places in Dubai

13. Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame  is another remarkable landmark that you have to see in Dubai. This colossal picture frame is visible from afar so you can’t really miss it. But it’s also possible to visit it inside.

The 150-meter-high observation deck has a glass-bottomed walkway and also offers panoramic 360° views of both old and new Dubai.

The views are quite nice, but not nearly comparable to those from Burj Khalifa, Sky Views, or the View at The Palm. On the other hand, the structure is absolutely unique and we personally found it worth a visit.

Good to know:  Depending on the season and time of day, it can be very busy here. Be sure to  book tickets online  and if you can, try to visit either early in the morning or in the evening.

Dubai Frame - one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai

14. Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden  is a must-see in Dubai for everyone who loves flowers, colors, and all kinds of quirky displays. From cartoon characters like the Smurfs to gigantic swans and from colorful castles to a life-size A380 Airbus plane – everything here is covered in flowers.

The world’s largest natural flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden features over 150 million flowers. However, don’t expect a big variety of flowers here. There are not many plants that do well in such a hot and dry climate, so the majority of floral displays are created using petunias.

Good to know:  Buy skip-the-line tickets online and plan an hour or two for a visit. It’s quietest in the morning. However, many people combine a visit here to that of the nearby Global Village, and the latter only opens late in the afternoon, so keep that in mind if you want to visit both attractions on the same day.

Miracle Garden - best things to do in Dubai

15. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark & Lost Chambers Aquarium

NICE TO SEE (MUST DO if visiting with kids)

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is the biggest water park in the world and by far the best one in Dubai. Featuring over 100 water rides and attractions from splash pools to adrenaline-rushing water slides, Aquaventure is great for all ages.

In addition, you can also meet sea lions or swim with dolphins, and enjoy all kinds of water sports. You can visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium which is located at the same place.

This is a must-do if you are visiting Dubai with kids (especially teenagers!), but it’s definitely not just for families.

PRO TIP:  Atlantis Aquaventure tickets are cheaper if booked online, and you can save a bit more if you book at least a week in advance. We recommend  a combo ticket  that includes entry to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Here you can find more ticket options , including dolphin experiences.

LEARN MORE:  Tips & Tricks for Visiting Atlantis Aquaventure

Lost Chambers Aquarium - top places in Dubai

16. AYA Universe

AYA Universe  is one of our family’s favorite places to visit in Dubai. It’s not a must-do, but it’s also a very unique experience that will leave you speechless.

A visit to AYA is like stepping into a series of different fairytale-like worlds, with colorful light displays and captivating high-tech experiences. Some of the rooms reminded us of the beautiful dreamy universe created in Avatar films .

We visited AYA Universe with our teens who are hard to impress, and they loved it. We spent much more time than expected here, wandering through different rooms and simply sitting down and enjoying the moment. It’s such a nice and positive experience. We loved it!

Good to know:  Book your  tickets online and count about 45-60 minutes for a visit. If you want to enjoy it without too many people around, we recommend booking the earliest time slot.

Interesting places to visit in Dubai - AYA Universe

17. Dubai Beaches

Dubai has many beaches and since the temperatures are suitable for swimming the whole year round, you may want to plan to spend some time at the beach. By far the best way to do this is by choosing a hotel that has its own private beach or is located near one of the public beaches.

One of the nicest public beaches in Dubai is Marina Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence. There is a very nice waterfront area here with tons of cafes and restaurants and lots of hotels. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular options here.

We once stayed at Doubletree by Hilton JBR Beach nearby which has its own private beach, but we walked to this area all the time because it was so nice. We had most of our lunches and dinners at Marina Beach unless we were away sightseeing.

Jumeirah Public Beach is another beautiful Dubai beach that is well worth visiting. In addition to white sands and swimming, here you can also enjoy a view of the iconic Burj Al Arab which makes a great backdrop for your vacation pictures. Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a very nice place to stay in this area and all guests enjoy free access to the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark.

La Mer Beach further north and closer to the city center is also worth checking out. This area is still developing but already has a nice hip feel. We recently stayed at the Rove La Mer Beach Hotel and really enjoyed it. The location is also great for sightseeing since it’s so close to the downtown area.

Dubai Marina Beach JBR

More Ideas for Things to Do in Dubai

There is SO MUCH to see and do in Dubai that it’s impossible to cover all those experiences in one article (or visit in one trip). Nevertheless, I want to highlight some additional places and attractions that I think are certainly worth it.

So here are some additional recommendations for fun things to do in Dubai:

  • La Perle by Dragone is the #1 show in Dubai. This is a mind-blowing acrobatic show in, on, and above water and in the air. If you enjoy Cirque de Soleil shows, you’ll love this one!
  • The Green Planet   is an indoor rainforest with a wide variety of tropical plants, birds, and animals such as sloths, squirrel monkeys, etc. It’s great for families but is enjoyable for all age groups.
  • Dubai Butterfly Garden is a great place to see all kinds of colorful butterflies from all over the world. It’s located just next to the earlier-mentioned Miracle Garden so you can easily visit both.
  • iFly Dubai is an indoor skydiving center. If you ever wanted to try skydiving but didn’t dare, this is your chance to give it a try in a safe and controlled environment. Our kids loved this!
  • Skydiving . If you rather try the real thing, there are quite a few possibilities to go skydiving in Dubai. The views are amazing!
  • Skiing and snow experiences . If you want to experience winter in the desert, you can go skiing in Dubai. But that’s not it! They have other snow experiences as well such as a Giant Ball, Bobsled, Tubing Run, and Bump Car to mention a few.
  • Water sports , jet skiing , parasailing , etc.
  • Theme parks and water parks. There is no shortage of all kinds of theme parks in Dubai. Some of the best include IMG Worlds of Adventure and LEGOLAND Dubai (this one also has a water park). If you are looking for more water parks, check out Wild Wadi as well – it’s a lot smaller than Aquaventure if you want to avoid the big crowds.
  • Day trips to the other Emirates. The most popular are day trips to Abu-Dhabi , but you can also visit Al Ain ‘Garden City’ or go on a snorkeling day trip to Fujairah .

READ ALSO: Best Abu Dhabi Day Tour from Dubai

Traditional Arabic lamps in Dubai UAE

Map of Top Dubai Attractions

To help you get a better idea of where all the main Dubai attractions are located, we created a  map  indicating all the main points of interest and top sights mentioned in this article.

This should help you plan your time in Dubai. However, please keep in mind that distances between places are big and traffic is very busy. Even with the skip-the-line tickets, you’ll often need several hours for the main attractions and can only visit a few of them per day. So plan your time well!

In addition, remember that Dubai can get scorching hot, and not just during the summer months. So dress appropriately, stay hydrated, and plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.

TIP:  For more information and helpful tips, please also see our guide with top travel tips and things we wish we had known before visiting Dubai via the link below. It’s an essential read when planning a first trip!

READ ALSO: Dubai Travel Tips

How to use this map:  Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the top left corner for the index. Click the star next to the map’s title to add it to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’. If you want to print the map or see it in a bigger window, click on ‘View larger map’ in the top right corner.

So, this is our guide to the very best things to do in Dubai. I hope it gives you a better idea of what to expect and helps you plan an unforgettable trip.

If you are still wondering whether Dubai is worth a trip… Yes, it is! Even though it feels quite artificial and polished, it’s also a very unique destination that will impress even the biggest skeptics. It’s well worth seeing (and experiencing), at least once!

More tips for visiting Dubai:

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Dubai is known for its luxury hotels, shopping malls, and stunning skyscrapers. It is also home to the world's tallest building and the second-largest indoor amusement park in the world.

However, there is so much more to this city than just the glitz and glamor. From exciting theme parks to serene beaches, there is something for everyone in Dubai.

We've compiled a list of 32 unique places to visit in Dubai that offer a mix of adventure and relaxation. So, get ready to discover a whole new side of the Middle East and Dubai.

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Dubai is an extraordinary city that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by exploring the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with traditional wind towers, visit the Dubai Museum housed in a 200-year-old fort, and sip on aromatic Arabic coffee in a local café.

For a dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure, visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and take an exhilarating ride in the high-speed elevators to the observation deck on the 148th floor. From there, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the city's stunning skyline and the Arabian Gulf, creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you long after you leave this remarkable city.

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Visa (if required)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing
  • Travel adapter
  • Money or credit cards

What Not to Miss

  • Dubai Creek
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Dubai Marina
  • Dubai Museum
  • Bastakiya Quarter
  • The Desert Safari
  • Sheikh Zayed Road

What to Avoid

  • Overpacking: Dubai's climate is hot year-round, so it's best to avoid bringing heavy or unnecessary clothing items.
  • Public displays of affection: Dubai is a Muslim country with conservative cultural norms, so it's important to avoid excessive displays of affection in public.
  • Drinking in public: While alcohol is permitted in licensed venues such as hotels and restaurants, consuming alcohol in public places is generally not allowed.
  • Showing disrespect for local customs: It's important to be mindful of and respect local customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Taking photos without permission: Avoid taking photos of people without their consent, especially in more traditional or conservative areas of the city.
  • Offensive behavior or language: Remember to be courteous and avoid using offensive language or behavior that may be deemed disrespectful to the local culture and community.
  • Neglecting to carry identification: It's advisable to always carry identification documents, such as your passport or Emirates ID, as you may be required to present them when needed.
  • Engaging in illegal activities: Avoid engaging in any illegal activities, as the laws and regulations in the United Arab Emirates are strictly enforced.

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Burj Khalifa

1. The Burj Khalifa Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world , standing at a height of 828 meters. The Burj Khalifa is an iconic symbol of Dubai's modern architecture and engineering marvels.

The observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa offers panoramic views of the city and beyond. You can also dine at the exclusive restaurant inside the Burj Khalifa, ****called Atmosphere . This restaurant is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Alternatively, visitors to the Burj Khalifa can enjoy the stunning views from the lounge. The Burj Khalifa offers a unique perspective of the city and is a truly unforgettable experience. If you're interested, you can check out the Burj Khalifa tickets and pricing .

2. The Dubai Fountain

fountain with lights on the street of Dubai

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system, featuring over 6,000 lights and 22,000 gallons of water that shoot up to heights of 500 feet. It is located in front of the Burj Khalifa building.

The Dubai Fountain is free to watch , even if you are not a resident of the Burj Khalifa. It is also right by the famous Dubai Mall.

The show takes place every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 11 pm, making the Dubai Fountain a perfect attraction to visit during the evening. The floating platform of the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is one of the most popular experiences for close-up views.

3. The Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest and most extravagant shopping centers, with over 1,200 retail stores, as well as a variety of entertainment options such as an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a cinema, and an aquarium.

The Dubai Mall also boasts diverse dining options , from fast food to fine dining. It is a hub for cultural activities, hosting events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Dubai Mall is one of the best places to visit in Dubai.

The Dubai Mall is not just a shopping destination, but a complete entertainment and lifestyle experience that is worth visiting. So, whether you are in Dubai with kids, friends, or a partner, the Dubai Mall is a must.

4. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world , featuring a 10 million-liter tank with over 140 species of marine animals. You can walk through a 48-meter-long tunnel with a unique 270-degree view of the aquarium and experience marine life up close.

The aquarium also offers shark diving , cage snorkeling, and glass-bottom boat tours, allowing visitors to get even closer to the marine animals. With so much to offer, the Dubai Aquarium is a top attraction and a fascinating experience for visitors of all ages.

Above the aquarium is the Underwater Zoo.

5. The Dubai Underwater Zoo

Dubai Underwater Zoo

The Underwater Zoo , located above the Dubai Aquarium, allows visitors to get up close and personal with marine life. You can explore different zones, such as the Rainforest Zone and the Rocky Shore Zone, which showcase a variety of animals, including penguins, crocodiles, and otters.

One of the highlights of the Dubai Aquarium Underwater Zoo is the King Croc exhibit, which features one of the world's largest living crocodiles. The Underwater Zoo also offers a Glass-bottom boat tour and the Behind the Scenes tour for a glimpse into the inner workings of the aquarium.

6. The Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the world's largest flower gardens and is home to over 45 million flowers. It features a variety of intricately designed floral arrangements, including a floral castle, an Emirates A380 airplane, and a giant teddy bear made entirely of flowers.

Visitors can stroll through the garden's pathways and take in the stunning beauty of the vibrant blooms. The Dubai Miracle Garden is near Global Village and is open from October to April each year. It is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Dubai during this time.

7. The Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

The Dubai Butterfly Garden is the world's largest indoor butterfly garden, featuring over 15,000 butterflies of 26 different species. The garden offers visitors the chance to walk through a climate-controlled dome filled with lush tropical plants and a variety of colorful butterflies.

Visitors can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and watch them as they fly and feed on flowers. The Dubai Butterfly Garden also offers a variety of educational programs and interactive exhibits, making it a perfect attraction for families with children.

8. Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is a vibrant and cosmopolitan district and home to the most iconic Dubai attractions. At the heart of the district is the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, which offers breathtaking views of the city.

Just next to it is the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination with a cinema complex, an ice rink, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Another highlight of Downtown Dubai is the spectacular Dubai Fountain, a stunning water and light show that takes place every evening on the Burj Khalifa Lake.

9. Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Burj Al Arab Hotel , located on an artificial island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach, is one of the world's most luxurious hotels. The sail-shaped design and stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab make it one of the best hotels in Dubai .

Visitors to Burj Al Arab ****can enjoy high-end dining experiences, luxurious spa treatments, and the hotel's private beach. Burj Al Arab also offers helicopter tours, skydiving, and yacht rental, making it a perfect tourist attraction for those seeking an unforgettable experience.

When in Dubai, it is worth visiting Burj al Arab for a taste of luxury. Even if you are not staying at Burj al Arab, make the trip from Downtown Dubai to check out this magnificent building.

10. The Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island located off the coast of Dubai, near the Burj al Arab. This is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. The island's unique palm-tree shape is visible from space and can be seen from the deck of the Burj Khalifa.

When visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates, you will want to add the Palm Jumeirah to your list of must-see attractions. You will have never seen anything like the Palm Jumeirah anywhere else.

Visitors to the Palm Jumeirah can enjoy sports activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding, or simply relax on one of the island's pristine beaches. The Palm Jumeirah is also home to several entertainment venues such as the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and the Dubai Marina .

11. IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world's largest indoor amusement park, located in the City of Arabia district. IMG Worlds of Adventure features thrilling rides and attractions based on popular Marvel and Cartoon Network characters, and other experiences.

Visitors can enjoy a range of exciting experiences such as roller coasters, 4D cinema experiences, and virtual reality games. IMG Worlds of Adventure also offers a variety of dining options and souvenir shops, making it a top tourist attraction for families with children.

Alongside the Dubai Mall, this is a great spot for families with kids to visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

12. Global Village

Dubai Global Village

Dubai Global Village is a massive complex that features pavilions representing over 80 different countries, offering visitors an immersive experience of their unique culture and heritage.

If you are looking for culture in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this is the place to be. Half an hour from the iconic landmarks of the Burj al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall, it is worth the drive to this spot.

Global Village also hosts various live shows , concerts, and performances from different parts of the world. The place is famous for its spectacular fireworks , thrilling rides, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly outing, a romantic evening, or an adventure-filled day, Global Village has something for everyone.

13. Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is one of the most iconic structures in Dubai, offering breathtaking views of the city's skyline. Dubai Frame stands at 150 meters tall and 93 meters wide, providing visitors with a panoramic view of the city's modern skyline on one side and the historical "Old Dubai" on the other.

While it is not as tall as the Burj Khalifa, the Frame is still a brilliant spot for photos and panoramic views. The Dubai Frame is located in Zabeel Park and is surrounded by lush greenery, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere for visitors.

The highlight of the Dubai Frame experience is the 93-meter-long glass bridge that connects its two towers, offering an unparalleled view of both old and new Dubai.

14. The Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions and a must when you visit Dubai. The Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort , which was built in 1787 and is considered one of the oldest buildings in Dubai.

Dubai Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts that showcase the history and culture of Dubai. Visitors can explore the different galleries, which include exhibits on Bedouin life , traditional occupations, pearl diving, and the development of Dubai.

15. Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

The Dubai Gold Souk is a traditional market located in the Deira district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is one of the world's largest gold markets. The souk features over 300 retailers, offering a range of gold jewelry, precious stones, and watches.

You can explore the narrow streets and haggle for the best prices while admiring the unique designs of the jewelry on display. The souk also offers products such as spices, perfumes, and textiles, making it a perfect destination for anyone interested in experiencing the local culture.

16. The Al Fahidi District

Al Fahidi District

Al Fahidi is a historic district in Old Dubai , famous for its traditional Arabian architecture, narrow lanes, and wind towers. Visitors can explore the Dubai Museum, which is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort , and see exhibits on the city's rich history.

Other attractions in the area include the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding , which offers cultural tours and activities, and the Al Bastakiya neighborhood , which is home to art galleries, cafes, and boutique shops.

Visitors can take an abra ride (traditional water taxi) across Dubai Creek to reach Al Fahidi and enjoy the scenic views.

17. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of Dubai's most iconic landmarks and a beautiful example of traditional Islamic architecture. The Jumeirah Mosque is also great for learning about the Islamic faith and culture.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the Jumeirah Mosque, which is open to both Muslims and non-Muslims and learn about its history.

The Jumeirah Mosque has white marble walls and minarets, which are a sight to behold, especially in the evening when it is beautifully illuminated.

The mosque is located just a short drive from Burj Khalifa and other Downtown Dubai attractions, so it is very accessible.

18. The Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is a man-made waterfront development located in the heart of the city and is one of Dubai's most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhoods.

The Dubai Marina features a range of luxury hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as the famous Dubai Marina Mall .

You can take a stroll along the promenade of the Dubai Marina, enjoy a yacht ride on the Arabian Gulf, or dine at one of the many high-end restaurants overlooking the stunning waterfront.

The Dubai Marina also offers a range of water sports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding. South west of Dubai Creek, this marina is a lovely place to relax in a vibrant city.

19. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski center in the Middle East , offering an escape from the heat and the chance to experience snow sports in the heart of the desert.

2o minutes from Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai features a 22,500 square-meter indoor ski slope, complete with real snow, ski lifts, and snowboarding runs.

Visitors can choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing , and having snowball fights, as well as enjoy a hot chocolate or meal in the cozy Alpine-themed café.

Ski Dubai also offers a variety of ski lessons for all skill levels, making it a great destination for beginners and seasoned skiers who visit Dubai.

20. Legoland Dubai Theme Park

Legoland Dubai Theme Park

Legoland Dubai Amusement Park is part of a larger entertainment complex called Dubai Parks and Resorts. This is a great destination for any theme park lover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The complex comprises three theme parks, including Motiongate Dubai , Bollywood Parks Dubai , and Legoland Dubai , as well as a water park called Legoland Water Park. The only thing better than a theme park on a hot summer's day is a water park.

Dubai Parks and Resorts offers a wide range of rides, shows, and dining options, making it a perfect destination for families and groups of friends. Visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, from thrilling roller coasters and water rides to live performances and interactive shows.

21. The Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera is a stunning architectural masterpiece and one of the premier performing arts centers in the Middle East. The Dubai Opera features a 2,000-seat auditorium with world-class acoustics and a breathtaking design inspired by the Arabian dhow.

It is located in Downtown Dubai, near the famous Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The Dubai Opera hosts musicals, ballets, concerts, and theater performances. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning views of the Dubai skyline from the rooftop terrace of the opera house.

22. The Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek in the heart of Downtown Dubai, also near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Creek is a historical area that has been used as a trading port for centuries and hosts a number of attractions, including the Dubai Museum, the Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk.

Visitors to the Dubai Creek can take a traditional boat ride, known as an abra, and enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline.

The Dubai Dolphinarium , located at Dubai Creek Park, offers the opportunity to interact with dolphins and seals. The Dubai Creek is a must-visit destination for those interested in learning about Dubai's history and culture.

23. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a protected natural area covering over 225 square kilometers of pristine desert landscape in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the Arabian oryx, sand gazelle, desert hare, and over 170 species of birds. This is one of the best local tourist attractions for nature lovers.

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert landscape while learning about the efforts to conserve this fragile ecosystem.

The reserve also offers activities, such as falconry displays, camel rides , and traditional Emirati meals served in a Bedouin-style camp on a Dubai desert safari.

If you are looking for culture, nature, and a unique experience in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this is the place for you.

24. Lost Chambers Aquarium

Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium , located in the Atlantis, the Palm resort on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates features over 65,000 marine animals from over 250 species, including sharks, rays, and colorful tropical fish.

It is one of the major tourist attractions in Dubai and worth checking out. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Lost Chambers Aquarium and learn about marine animals and their habitats.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium also offers various interactive activities, such as diving and snorkeling with marine creatures. This is a major tourist attraction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

25. Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow , located in Zabeel Park , features a collection of themed attractions, including the Dinosaur Park, the Glow Park, the Glow Garden, the Ice Park, the Magic Park, and the Art Park.

The Glow Garden is a highlight of Dubai Garden Glow, featuring over a million energy-efficient LED lights in various designs and shapes.

With so much to see and do, Dubai Garden Glow is a fantastic attraction that should be added to every traveler's itinerary when planning to visit Dubai.

This is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

26. Bur Dubai

Grand Mosque

Bur Dubai is a historic district located on the western side of Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional architecture.

One of the most popular attractions in Bur Dubai is the Dubai Museum . There are many other places to visit in Bur Dubai, so make sure to spend a good few hours in the Bur Dabi district.

Bur Dabi also has a bustling souk, or traditional market. Other notable attractions in Bur Dubai include the Grand Mosque and the historic Dubai Creek .

Overall, Bur Dubai is a great destination for anyone interested in learning about Dubai's history while enjoying its vibrant atmosphere. With so many tourist attractions, Bur Dubai is an unmissable part of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

27. Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park is a world-class wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of Dubai. This sprawling park is home to over 2500 animals from more than 250 different species, including lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, and many more.

Dubai Safari Park is divided into four different sections, each representing a different part of the world and its unique flora and fauna. Visitors can take a safari-style tour of the park, getting up close and personal with some of the world's most fascinating animals.

If you are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with kids, the safari park is one of the best places to visit.

28. Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park is a thrilling and exciting water park in Dubai. With more than 30 rides and attractions, Wild Wadi offers something for visitors of all ages, from thrilling water slides to lazy river rides.

The park is home to the tallest and fastest freefall water slide outside of North America, the Jumeirah Sceirah , which plunges riders down a 33-meter drop at speeds of up to 80 km/h.

With its exciting rides and stunning setting, Wild Wadi Water Park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun day out in Dubai. This is another of the best places to visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with kids.

29. The Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road , the city's main highway, the Museum of the Future is a seven-story hollow elliptical structure designed from stainless steel and inscribed with Arabic calligraphy quotes.

This unique museum features immersive installations and showcases the latest advancements in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. The Museum of the Future is one of the best places to visit for anyone interested in the latest innovations shaping our world.

30. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of Dubai's most popular and picturesque beaches, located in the exclusive Jumeirah neighborhood. It stretches along the Arabian Gulf, offering crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and stunning views of Dubai's iconic skyline.

You can enjoy a range of activities at Jumeirah Beach, including swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. So, it's one of the most fun places to visit for some downtime in Dubai.

Jumeirah Beach is also surrounded by a range of restaurants, cafes, and shops , making it the perfect destination for a day out with friends or family.

31. Kite Beach

kite flying over the beach with a city in the background

Kite Beach is a popular beach in Dubai known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand, and perfect kite surfing conditions. The beach is located near Jumeirah and offers stunning views of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel.

You can enjoy a range of activities at the beach, including kite surfing, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and swimming . Kite Beach also has a range of amenities, including showers, changing rooms, and a selection of beachside restaurants and cafes.

32. Take a Day Trip to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World

One of the top attractions to see in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque , which is considered one of the world's largest mosques. Abu Dhabi is not far from Dubai.

Another popular attraction is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi , a theme park that is home to the world's fastest roller coaster. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers thrilling rides, attractions, and experiences for visitors of all ages.

While you are in the UAE, why not stop in Abu Dhabi?

FAQs Related to Places to Visit in Dubai

Let's also explore some frequently asked questions related to fun and unique places to visit in Dubai, UAE.

What should I not miss in Dubai?

There are many things to do in Dubai, but some of the major attractions like the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and the Dubai Mall, which is one of the largest shopping centers in the world should not be missed.

Other top Dubai attractions are the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree, the Global Village complex, the Miracle Garden, Bollywood Parks Dubai , and the Dubai Fountain.

What are the top 2 places to visit in Dubai?

The top two Dubai tourist places are the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The Burj Khalifa offers views of the city and the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world, featuring over 1,200 stores, an aquarium, an ice rink, and a cinema. No trip to Dubai is complete without a stop at Burj Khalifa and the shopping malls.

What is famous in Dubai?

Some of the most famous Dubai attractions are the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Khalifa, the big shopping malls, and Global Village Dubai .

Some other top Dubai tourist places are ****the iconic Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Jumeirah Mosque, Bur Dubai, Ski Dubai, the Ain Dubai observation wheel, the Dubai Marina, and the IMG Worlds of Adventure.

You can also attend the famous Dubai Shopping Festival, and explore City Walk**,** a pedestrian-only zone in Dubai's city center, or Dubai's Aquaventure Waterpark with its private beach.

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months from November to March when the weather is mild and pleasant (from 20°C to 30°C). You can fly into the Dubai International Airport and use the Dubai Metro to make your journey pleasant.

Make sure to check Dubai, United Arab Emirates' timings for tourist attractions in off-peak seasons when you visit Dubai.

Summing Up: Fun and Unique Places to Visit in Dubai

Dubai is a city of endless possibilities, with a multitude of unique places to visit. From iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa to thrilling tourist attractions like the Dubai Parks ****and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, there are plenty of Dubai tourist places to explore and enjoy.

For those looking for something truly special, the Miracle Garden and the Dubai Dolphinarium ****in Creek Park ****transport visitors to magical worlds that must be seen to be believed.

With so many Dubai and Abu Dhabi attractions to explore, there is lots of fun to be had in this incredible city. So book your trip today and explore one of the world's most exciting destinations.

The Burj Khalifa Skyscraper

The Burj Khalifa Skyscraper

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The Dubai Fountain

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27 BEST Places to Visit in Dubai (2024)

Famous for glamorous shopping, towering buildings, modernity, and sheer excess, Dubai United Arab Emirates is one of the hottest spots in the Middle East right now. Surrounded by sandy desert with a long stretch of Persian coastline, there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and adventure too. From sunbathing and swimming to diving and dune bugging, you’ll never have a dull moment in Dubai!

However, Dubai’s reputation for exclusivity can put many people off visiting.

There’s no need to swerve Dubai completely though; not only are there some excellent activities that won’t break the bank you can also hit many of the highlights in just a couple of days, meaning that your overall stay doesn’t need to be for too long. Our expert team of travel writers have compiled this list of the best places to visit in Dubai so you can make the most of your trip without blowing your budget.

Spoiler alert: Some of the best places to visit in Dubai are sure to blow you away!

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Jumeirah Neighborhood, Dubai

Jumeirah Beach

Why it’s awesome: Fine white sands meet the sparkling blue waters of the Persian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. There is no charge to enjoy the public beach and you’ll find various vendors and facilities close to hand. Located on Dubai Marina, you'll find luxury like no other in this neighborhood.

  • Take a stroll along La Mer, a world-class beachfront
  • Visit the Jumeirah Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE
  • Dine on delicious food at Turkish Village Restaurant & Café
  • Shop until you drop for luxury fashion at Dubai Marina Mall

If Jumeirah Beach isn’t quite your cup of tea, check out where to stay in Dubai before you scroll on down into the main Dubai attractions.

There are LOADS of areas just waiting to be explored, some of which have accommodation options too. If in doubt, I recommend staying on Sheikh Zayed Road, which is the longest road in Dubai and connects you to all the main tourist attractions.

Now, buckle your seatbelts, it’s time to look at the best places to visit in Dubai. This is gonna be fun!

Still deciding where you go? Have a look at our Dubai vs Qatar post to settle it.

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#1 – Burj Khalifa – Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

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  • Tallest building in the world
  • Incredible views
  • Splendid modern architecture
  • Iconic Dubai landmark

Why it’s awesome: The Burj Khalifa , open since 2010 and built in just five years, is the tallest building in the world. Standing at 828 metres (2,717 feet) tall, it’s certainly an imposing sight! The building is that tall that people on the highest floors can still see the sun several minutes after it has set for those at ground level!

Sleek metal and gleaming glass rise high into the sky, with fountains and a pretty tree- and bench-filled park at the bottom. It has several observation decks from where you can enjoy terrific views over Dubai, and there are places inside to eat, drink, and sleep.

Also across from the Burj Khalifa, you will find Dubai’s hottest attraction, Sky Views Dubai . This adrenaline-packed activity that opened in November 2021 at the Sky Views Hotel allows visitors to slide down a complete glass slide from the 53rd floor to the 52nd floor. If you’re not afraid of heights, this attraction is for you.

What to do there: Stroll through the park at the bottom of the tower and perch on a bench to enjoy the vibe and views. Snap plenty of pictures of the towering beauty before riding the high-speed elevators up to the viewing points. (It is advised to book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.) On Level 124 you can enjoy stunning views of the world at your feet, seeing even further afield thanks to the super-strength telescopes. One of the best places in Dubai.

Level 125 has a beautiful Arabian-style lounge with panoramic views. Dare to step out onto the interactive glass floor—it seems to splinter right beneath your feet, all while standing 456 metres (1,496 feet) above the ground.

You can also take a virtual tour to the very pinnacle of the tower and enjoy a virtual flight over the city. To really feel fancy, book one of the drinks packages, such as afternoon tea, a champagne sundowner, or nighttime cocktails.

#2 – Wild Wadi Waterpark – Easily one of the most fun places to check out in Dubai

Wild Wadi Waterpark

  • Cool down in the sun
  • Enjoy various water rides
  • Ideal for a fun family day out
  • Watch the large waterfall cascading at regular intervals

Why it’s awesome: Wild Wadi Waterpark is one of the best places in Dubai to beat the heat and cool down while having heaps of fun. The large outdoor water park has some 30 rides and attractions for people of all ages and it is themed around the story of Juha, an Arabian folklore figure.

There are several pools and places where you can take it easy and bask in the sunshine, and you’ll also find great spots to grab refreshments and meals. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten any of the essentials as there’s also a shop on site that sells bathing suits, goggles, towels, and anything else that you’d need for a great day. You can also buy a range of merchandise.

What to do there: Take a refreshing dip in one of the pools and relax around the park. Why not spoil yourself and rent a private cabana for your day at the water park?

Lazily drift along Juha’s Journey, a mellow and laid-back lazy river, grab a ring to hurtle down the ring slides, bob in the turbulent waves of Flood River, and try to keep your head above water in Breaker’s Bay, the biggest wave pool in the Middle East. This place is a great spot to spend some time on the weekend in Dubai , just make sure you bring your sunscreen!

Get your body-boarding and surfing game on at the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, one of just four such water attractions in the world. Feel an adrenaline surge at Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, and climb the 32-metre (105-foot) tower of Jumeirah Sceirah to hurtle down the long and exhilarating slide at a breath-taking 80 km/h (50mph).

Watch as your kids have heaps of fun and giggles at Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, with tamer slides, water cannons, fountains, shallow pools, and more, all with a cool theme. Pick up souvenirs, enjoy a tasty meal, and have a great day to remember.

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#3 – The Dubai Mall – A great place in Dubai if you love to shop!

The Dubai Mall

  • One of the world’s biggest shopping malls
  • Home to more than 1,000 shops
  • Air of luxury, exclusivity, and glamour
  • Various leisure and entertainment options

Why it’s awesome: The best place in Dubai to spend money, the elegant and huge Dubai Mall is perhaps the most famous shopping centre in the UAE, if not the Middle East. With more than 1,000 shops and a variety of entertainment and dining options, you should plan to spend a good few hours there.

Open since 2008, it is now one of the most-visited places across the entire world! You’ll find men’s, women’s, and children’s fashions, fragrances and cosmetics, toys, electronics and gadgets, homewares, and more. Oh, its also amongst the best places to go in Dubai for some free AC and the top place to visit in Dubai for free toilets.

If you’re visiting in December and January, you’ll be visiting around the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is where you can witness live music displays, light installations, daily fireworks d even a DSF Drone Light Show – that’s how it’s done in Dubai!

What to do there: Escape the heat and step into air-conditioned comfort to enjoy some high-class window shopping and retail therapy. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything it’s still well worth visiting the Dubai Mall to admire the sumptuous surroundings and fancy shop displays. Stores include Chanel, Chloe, La Perla, Aldo, Apple, Tiffany and Co, Clinique, Prada, Mac, Dior, Bose, Lego, Fendi, Gap, DKNY, Puma, Gap, Rolex, and many, many more.

Visiting with kids? No worries! Take them to Kidzania where they can have fun with other youngsters in various cool roleplay settings in a mini world designed just for children.

Catch a film at the 22-screen cinema, grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants, cafes, and concession stands, go ice skating, see the replica of the Dubai Creek Tower in the Atrium, explore the underwater world at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo , and feel a shiver down your spine in the haunted house of Hysteria. There really is so much to enjoy at the Dubai Mall in addition to shopping.

#4 – Ski Dubai – One of the more unique places to visit in Dubai!

Ski Dubai, Dubai

  • The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East
  • Home to cute colonies of penguins
  • Lessons available for all levels of skiers
  • Experience winter in the desert

Why it’s awesome: What could be more unusual than skiing and enjoying diverse snow sports while surrounded by desert?! That’s exactly what Ski Dubai offers—heaps of wintery fun! The large facility can be found in the Mall of the Emirates and was the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort.

A top way to get some respite from the heat, temperatures are kept at around -1 to 2 degrees Celsius (30 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit) at all times. It offers tons of fun for people of ages, so whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or your love interest you’ll have a great time there. You can book your full-day-ski-pass here.

What to do there: Don your warm clothes and practice your skiing techniques on the five slopes. If snowboarding is more your thing don’t worry—you can do that too. Have a go at bobsledding, tobogganing, snow tubing, and zorbing, tackle the climbing wall. And ride in a snow plough.

Have a blast in the snow, building snowmen, making snow angels, or simply enjoying a good old snowball fight. Don’t miss seeing the penguins too. The facility is home to both king penguins and Gentoo penguins. There’s a cool penguin parade each day, which is sure to enchant visitors old and young alike. Of all the Dubai place to see, this is the only one I can think of that involves snow.

#5 – The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve – Dubai’s first national park!

The Arabian Desert

  • riding on the back of a camel
  • sand surfing on the dunes
  • BBQ to finish the day

Why it’s awesome: Its camels, romance and surfing down the sand – it just doesn’t get any more awesome than exploring the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve, Dubai’s first national park! This tour will take you roughly 60 km from the city centre, right into the red dunes. This is THE place to go in Dubai to get away from Dubai…

What to do there: With this EPIC 4×4 desert tour , you’ll be exploring the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on the back of a camel, have a breathtaking view over the red sand and test your surfing skills down the dunes. The tour ends with a BBQ and, of course, traditional shisha for everyone. The desert is amongst the best places in Dubai to visit – do not miss this if you have the time.

#6 – Dubai Fountain – One of the most incredible free places to go to in Dubai

Dubai Fountain

  • Stunning show that combines water, music, and lights
  • Free to watch
  • Biggest choreographed fountain in the world
  • Boat rides available

Why it’s awesome: Located outside of the famous Dubai Mall on the large Burj Khalifa Lake, the marvellous Dubai Fountain is the world’s biggest choreographed fountain. Created by the same company that designed the famous fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, shows take place at the Dubai Fountain at various times throughout the day.

There are many spots where you can watch the spectacular sound, light, and fountain show for absolutely free. This is a very popular place to go in Dubai so try to get here early though to secure a great spot.

What to do there: Be in awe of the stunning fountain show, set to traditional Arabian music, classical sounds, and contemporary tunes. Marvel at the exquisitely designed show, which incorporates perfectly synchronised jets of water, colourful lights, and music. Gasp as jets of water shoot up to 152 metres (500 feet) into the air and be blown away by the overall beauty and grace of the stunning fountain show.

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#7 – Jumeirah Beach – A perfect place to visit in Dubai if you are on a budget!

Jumeirah Beach

  • Gorgeous white sand beach
  • Stunning views
  • Varied water activities
  • Free to enjoy

Why it’s awesome: Fine white sands meet the sparkling blue waters of the Persian Gulf at Jumeirah Beach. There is no charge to enjoy the public beach and you’ll find various vendors and facilities close to hand, so it’s perfect if you’re visiting Dubai on budget .

Water sports are available at the beach, along with a variety of fun beach sports and activities, or you can simply relax and soak up the sun or bury your nose in a good book. The popular beach also offers great views of the ocean and city skyscrapers.

What to do there: Stroll along the white sandy shore and admire the ocean vistas and views of the city’s skyscrapers, including the iconic Burj al Arab. Spread your towel on the sands to soak up some sun or pay a small amount to rent a lounger and parasol. Paddle and swim in the sea (though do be sure to be cautious of undercurrents and rip tides and make sure that children, especially, do not go far from your reach).

Get some morning or evening exercise by walking, jogging, cycling, or skating along the long beach boulevard, pick up some refreshments from one of the beach vendors, and enjoy a day at the seaside in Dubai.

#8 – Dubai Miracle Garden – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Dubai

Miracle Garden

  • Romantic and scenic destination
  • One of the biggest natural flower gardens across the globe
  • Eco-friendly initiatives
  • Certain elements in the Guinness Book of World Records
  • One of the top places to visit in Dubai

Why it’s awesome: The stunning Dubai Miracle Garden is an award-winning attraction. Among the biggest flower gardens in the world, it contains many large and beautiful floral displays that are photogenic and impressive. The garden boasts around 50 million flowers in a wide array of hues and 250 million plants.

Opened on Valentine’s Day, it is a great destination for lovers with much natural beauty to admire. Some of the garden’s features appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. The garden featured in a Bollywood movie, with the director eager to show a different side to Dubai than simply towering buildings and high-tech elements.

What to do there: Wander through the pretty gardens, admiring the rich array of flora and inhaling the enticing scents. The aromatic garden is especially alluring. See the gigantic floral clock, observe the peacocks that roam the grounds, marvel at the huge Mickey Mouse topiary, and be awed by the gigantic Airbus A360 floral display (entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest flower-created structure in the world).

Visit the world’s biggest indoor Butterfly Garden, home to around 15,000 attractive butterflies. Other great features include a castle made from millions of flowers, a passageway of umbrellas, a kids’ trampoline park, a walkway of hearts, a hill of flowers, a towering floral teddy bear, a shimmering lake, and a giant tortoise.

You’ll find various places to eat and drink throughout the gardens too, and there are plentiful opportunities to relax and simply enjoy being outdoors and away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

#9 – Dubai Museum – A fascinating educational place to visit in Dubai

Dubai Museum

  • Housed in Dubai’s oldest existing building
  • Wide assortment of artefacts from the Gulf states and beyond
  • Interesting dioramas at the Dubai Museum
  • Travel back through the ages

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Museum is located within the 1787 Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest remaining building in Dubai present on every backpacking Dubai travel guide (as it should be!). The mighty building exudes a sense of strength and history, having been used as a weapons storage facility, a defensive fortress, a prison, and a royal home in times gone by.

Providing insights into the Dubai of old, from a time before oil made the country rich and the modern buildings sprang up in the desert terrain, there are heaps of fascinating displays and exhibits. Open since the early 1970s, the museum seeks to preserve the traditional way of life and culture of Dubai. The museum is one of the best places to see in Dubai for those who want some historical context.

What to do there: Enter the mighty coral-built fortress through the cannon-flanked main entrance to appreciate the structure’s grandeur and strength. Gaze up at the old tower, which dates back to the 1780s, see the reconstructed city walls, and admire the traditional boat (known as a dhow) in the main courtyard.

Make your way around the diverse galleries and halls, seeing exhibitions of musical instruments, weapons, furniture, drawings, pottery, tombstones, and more.

Look into the various replica buildings, including mosques, souks complete with an ironmonger, tailor, carpenter, and other tradesmen, homes, a Bedouin tent, and farms, see how Dubai has changed over the years at the large dioramas, and learn more about the area’s traditional pearl-diving activities. There’s also an onsite gift shop.

#10 – Hatta – A very cool place in Dubai to go for a day

Hatta, Dubai

  • Mountain landscapes
  • Adventure activities
  • One of the oldest preserved heritage areas in the country
  • An hour away from the heart of Dubai

Why it’s awesome: Hatta is a gorgeous location in the Hajar Mountains. Scenic views and a sense of history make for a fantastic day out away from the skyscrapers and modern way of life. The mountain enclave has a cultural town with desert farms and a fortress and Hatta Heritage Village is a great place to see a way of life long since passed.

There are incredible viewpoints and the deep blues of the sparkling lake contrast with the reddish-grey rocks and arid terrain. Of all the places to go in Dubai for nature, Hatta is one of the best.

What to do there: Feast your eyes on natural splendour as you drive through the craggy mountains to Hatta. Inhale deliciously fresh air and try a variety of outdoor adventures—enjoy thrilling mountain biking and hiking, go kayaking on the shimmering lake, and spot a variety of nature.

Admire the vistas from Hatta Dam and learn more about the country’s past at Hatta Library. The Heritage Village is a must, with its ancient fort and recreated huts and houses. History is really brought to life.

#11 – Dubai Frame – A great place to see in Dubai if you love architecture

Dubai Frame

  • Biggest frame in the world
  • Set in pretty parkland
  • Unusual structure
  • Fabulous views
  • One of the Dubai must see places

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Frame, open since early 2018, is one of Dubai’s most incredible landmarks. Standing at 150 metres (492 feet) tall, the large frame is 105 metres (345 feet) wide. Located in Zabeel Park, the structure is surrounded by grass, palm trees, and various other natural features.

Diverse leisure options are available in the park too. Not only is the frame itself a beautiful piece of architecture, made from aluminium, steel, glass, and concrete, but the whole point of the huge frame is to provide cool views of the city’s magnificent skyline and architectural marvels.

What to do there: Stand one side of the frame and see Dubai’s modern skyscrapers as if in a picture, and then move to the other side for a framed perspective of Old Dubai. Depending on your position you can compare and contrast the old and new parts of the city.

Take plenty of pictures of the Dubai Frame and the views through the massive structure. Aside from admiring the structure and getting your Insta-fix, the frame is a great spot to meet up and hang out. Locals and visitors use the area for jogging, skating, picnicking and simply hanging.

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#12 – Burj al Arab – One of the most amazing places in Dubai!

Burj al Arab

  • Iconic landmark
  • World’s fanciest hotel
  • Striking architecture
  • Located on an artificial island

Why it’s awesome: The stunning Burj al Arab is one of the most famous hotels in the world. Coined as the world’s only six-star hotel, it offers unrivalled luxury and pampering. You don’t have to be staying at the magnificent hotel to enjoy its splendour however; many people visit simply to admire the iconic structure from outside, marvelling at the sail-like form and gleaming profile.

Standing on an artificial island, the sea provides a gorgeous backdrop to the maritime-inspired building. The hotel has featured in several films and TV shows and diverse high-profile events have taken place at the lofty helipad, including Tiger Woods playing gold, David Coulthard driving an F1 racing car, and a tennis match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.

What to do there: If you really want to splash the cash and spoil yourself, book to stay in the world’s most lavish hotel and enjoy star-quality pampering. Guests can enjoy all trapping like the decadent spa, inviting swimming pools, modern fitness centre, and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. For a cheaper (though not cheap) experience you can also dine in one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants or indulge in afternoon tea or cocktails. Alternatively, admire the elegant building from the outside and snap plenty of pictures of the striking hotel.

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#13 – Palm Jueirah – Dubai’s collection of palm islands!

The Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Why it’s awesome: The Palm Islands are a collection of three man-made islands that make up the shape of a palm. Palm Jumeirah is lined with luxury hotels with private beaches, making it the ideal place to stay if you want to be pampered and have a totally luxurious experience.

However, it is also a place best-seen from above. If you don’t have a drone, then you can sky dive and view the structure in all its glory.

What to do here: Take a stroll around the streets of the Palm Jumeirah or bathe on the private beach of one of the luxury hotels (if you’re staying there of course). To be honest, there isn’t much to see here from the ground, it’s more about having a luxury experience at one of the hotels.

#14 – Motiongate Dubai – Awesome place to visit in Dubai with kids!

Motiongate Dubai, Dubai

  • Fun theme park inspired by Hollywood
  • Rides and attractions for people of all ages
  • Fantastic family-friendly day out
  • Live entertainment

Why it’s awesome: Motiongate Dubai, open since late 2016, has various cool areas with different Hollywood-inspired themes. There are diverse rides, attractions, and shows, with something to suit old and young alike. A popular place for a family outing, there are indoor and outdoor activities and attractions. The themed areas include Studio Central, Smurfs’ Village, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Colombia Pictures. Enter the world of film and the big screen and meet many well-known characters. There are places to eat and shop too.

What to do there: Get set for an active and fun day out at Motiongate Dubai. Discover the different enchanting areas and enjoy the cool rides. Enter the world of animation at DreamWorks, themed around movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar, and enjoy the whimsical world of Smurfs’ Village. In Columbia Pictures you’ll find attractions based around Sony Picture productions, including Ghostbusters, The Green Hornet, and Hotel Transylvania.

Feel the rush on adrenaline-inducing rides like Blast Off, High Speed Chase, and Capitol Bullet Train, let your kids have a whale of a time in play areas like Flint’s Imagination Lab, Woodland Play Park, and the Smurfberry Factory, and have an interactive adventure at Underworld 4D and Unstoppable Awesomeness. Tap your feet at shows like King Julien’s Side Show Stop and Operation Penguin Shake, and make many magical memories.

#15 – Safa Park – A beautiful outdoor place to visit in Dubai

Safa Park, Dubai

  • Enjoy being outdoors
  • Escape the crowded streets
  • Sporting and leisure facilities
  • Lots of flora and fauna

Why it’s awesome: Popular with locals and tourists alike, Safa Park is a pleasant place to unwind outdoors in Dubai. It’s easy to find a quiet place to relax and chill with a good book. Children can enjoy the play areas and there are facilities for jogging, cycling, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and football. The park’s landscapes include three lakes, a waterfall, and a small forest, and you can spot an array of wildlife. Each month Safa Park hosts a large flea market—visit on the first Saturday of the month for some bargain hunting.

What to do there: Choose a shaded spot to sit and relax and soak up the peaceful air, or get active and partake in some exercise. You can walk or run around the jogging track or grab your friends for a game of volleyball, tennis, or football. Stroll around the shimmering lakes and look out for the many bird species that call the park home. You’ll also likely spot butterflies, small mammals, and small reptiles too. Enjoy the great views of downtown Dubai, cook up a meaty feast at the BBQs, and enjoy an outdoor lunch at the picnic areas.

#16 – Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood – One of Dubai’s coolest historical sites!

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai

  • Experience a traditional way of life
  • Step back in time
  • Set next to the Dubai Creek
  • Various cultural activities

Why it’s awesome: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (also referred to as Al Bastakiya) offers a charming glimpse into Emirati life of times gone by. Sitting alongside the atmospheric Dubai Creek, the neighbourhood has much of its original streets and buildings.

Narrow alleyways wind through the olde-worlde buildings and the overall vibe is steeped in history and heritage. The way of life is peaceful and unhurried. There are vendors selling traditional foods and you’ll find a wealth of cultural establishments and small stores. A variety of events take place here throughout the year, including the Sikka Art Fair.

What to do there: Take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets and narrow lanes, absorbing the nostalgic energy and atmosphere. See buildings of old, a stark contrast to the more modern parts of Dubai. Hear whispers from the past as you walk past old homes and towers, imagining a life long since passed.

Learn how the people of yesteryear lived, before oil and wealth drastically changed the city. Travel back to the middle of the 19 th century and uncover past times at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Browse in the quaint art galleries and soak up the creative air and pause for a break and to watch the world go by in a cosy cafe.

One of my favorite things to do here is to visit an old Arabian tea house and enjoy a delicious lunch meal and some exquisite tea.

#17 – Dubai Garden Glow – Quite the quirky place in Dubai!

Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai

  • Whimsical, colourful, and imaginative
  • Perfect destination for families
  • Blend of art, technology, and nature
  • Environmentally-aware attraction that teaches people about global warming

What it’s awesome: Dubai Garden Glow is an enchanting and amazing evening destination in the large Zabeel Park. Old and young alike are sure to be mesmerised by the stunning lights and displays. While attractive during the day, watch as the park goes through a magical transformation as darkness descends, with many colourful illuminated features. Split into different areas, the park also has a terrific zone dedicated to recycling and eco-awareness. There are street entertainers to add to the carnival-like air and you’ll find various shows and places to eat and drink.

What to do there: Plan to spend at least a couple of hours exploring Dubai Garden Glow and try to time your visit to enjoy the garden both during the daylight and during the dark. Little ones can run and play in the wide open spaces and younger members of the family are all but guaranteed to be transfixed in the large Dinosaur Park. Home to around 120 huge animatronic dinosaurs, it’s certainly exciting!

Appreciate the eco-friendly Art Park, with its striking displays made of empty bottles, old ceramics, CDs, and other recycled items. Marvel at the exquisite ice sculptures in the Ice Park and be dazzled by the beautiful lights of Glow Park. There are lanterns, landmarks, flowers, and animals, all made from lights. Call into the food pavilion if you feel peckish.

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#18 – Dubai Opera – A great place to visit in Dubai at night

Dubai Opera, Dubai

  • Large performing arts venue
  • See various types of shows and performances
  • Designed to resemble a traditional sailing vessel
  • Major cultural attraction

Why it’s awesome: Dubai Opera is a modern and eye-catching building that was built to look like a dhow, or traditional boat. It was the first purpose-built multi-arts venue in Dubai. The large venue can seat around 2,000 people at any given time and it hosts a variety of shows and events. The program includes musicals, plays, ballets, operatic performances, comedy shows, fashion shows, and more. The interiors are lavish and opulent and the building also has a restaurant and a beautiful sky garden.

What to do there: Check the listings and book tickets to see an event at the Dubai Opera. It’s definitely a great way to inject a little more culture into your stay. Admire the elegant building from the outside and inside and go up to the sky garden to see sweeping views across the city. The great views include the iconic Burj Khalifa and the sublime Dubai Fountain. Dine on delectable gourmet cuisine in the high-class restaurant too. This the best place to visit in Dubai for a blast of Wagner or Puccini although the idea of an opera in the desert is a bit Fitzcaraldo.

#19 – Grand Mosque – One of the most religious places to see in Dubai

Grand Mosque

  • Large Islamic place of worship
  • Hear the call to prayer five times per day from the soaring minaret
  • One of the city’s most important religious buildings
  • Beautiful architecture

Why it’s awesome: Dubai’s Grand Mosque is at the heart of local religious and spiritual life, and it’s also a major place for Islamic culture and social events. The original mosque was built at the start of the 20 th century, though it has been rebuilt several times since with the present mosque dating back to 1998. The towering minaret is one of the tallest in the country. Resembling a lighthouse, it’s an impressive piece of architecture. There are many fine details around the main body of the mosque, including glorious domes, stained glass, and Quranic calligraphy. Of all the Dubai must see places this is the most classical beautiful.

What to do there: Be sure to dress modestly to visit Dubai’s Grand Mosque (or any other place of worship for that matter). Walk around the courtyard and admire the building from the outside and watch as the faithful come to pray. Non-Muslims aren’t permitted in the main mosque, but you can look at the beautiful minaret. Standing at 70 metres (230 feet) tall, the lighthouse-like tower is the tallest in Dubai and one of the tallest in the UAE. Soak up the spiritual air in the heart of the old city. Come back to see the mosque at night time too when it is beautifully lit up.

#10 – Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve – An unknown (but awesome!) place to see in Dubai!

Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, Dubai

  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Desert landscapes and pretty artificial lakes
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Sustainable tourism initiatives

Why it’s awesome: Situated just around a 30-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai, Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is a great place to discover the surrounding desert areas. It’s easy to forget that the modern and gleaming city of Dubai is almost entirely surrounded by arid desert. The first unfenced nature reserve in the country, it is home to an interesting array of flora and fauna. The man-made lakes are picturesque and the area also has fascinating archaeological sites too. Many locals come here to enjoy the natural beauty, though it sees relatively few international visitors. It makes a pleasant change to the high-tech aura, frenetic activity, and tall buildings of Dubai.

What to do there: Visit the extensive network of artificial lakes, the Al Qudra Lakes and spot interesting wildlife, including some rare and endangered species. Look out for butterflies, birds, lizards, frogs, fish, and rodents, and see around 40 different species of plants. The observation platforms are some of the best places to see different native wildlife. If you can bear the heat you can enjoy long bike rides along the 84-kilometre (52-mile) track.

Visit the Saruq Al Hadid Archaeological Site, discovered in 2002, to see an assortment of artefacts from the past. Things like jewellery, pottery, weapons, and tools were unearthed here. If you visit in the late afternoon you can witness a striking sunset and then stay for a spot of stargazing. With almost no light pollution it’s a great place for astronomy fans.

#21 – Bollywood Parks – Cool place to see in Dubai with friends!

Bollywood Parks, Dubai

  • Unique theme park
  • Experience Indian culture without leaving the Middle East
  • Diverse rides, shows, and other attractions
  • Plenty of fun for people of all ages

Why it’s awesome: A great place for a fun day out with your family or friends, Bollywood Parks is a unique theme park in Dubai. Indeed, it’s the world’s first theme park to be dedicated to the Indian movie industry. Inspired by the colours, music, and energy of Bollywood, the vibrant amusement park is divided into several captivating zones. There are exciting rides, captivating shows, and cool attractions as well as delicious Indian cuisine, gift shops, and backstage experiences.

What to do there: Get into the Bollywood groove as you explore the five different zones, all full of passion, colour, joy, emotion, action, romance, and adventure. Wander the scintillating Bollywood Boulevard, a riot of colour with enticing eateries and spellbinding shows. Experience Mumbai Chowk with its flair, zest, cuisine, and adventures, and immerse yourself even further into Indian life in the picturesque Rustic Ravine. This is a good place in Dubai to visit for fans of Bollywood – and there are at least a billion of them.

The decadent Royal Plaza is sure to impress and you can step into the silver screen at the Bollywood Film Studios. Enjoy an immersive cricket match at Thrill of Victory, compete against your mates at the Hunt for Gabbar Singh, enter the virtual world at Unleashed, fly high through the skies on Hero’s Flight, travel back in time at Crossroads, and enjoy all the glitz and glam at Stars on Steps. Don’t forget to pick up themed merchandise and fabulous outfits before you leave.

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#22 – Dubai Creek – One of the most romantic places to visit in Dubai!

Dubai Creek

  • Scenic saltwater creek
  • Long history
  • Lined with interesting buildings
  • Romantic boat rides

Why it’s awesome: Dubai creek connects the desert with the seaport, and was once a major trading route. It was once at the heart of the pearl trade and was/is a major place for fishing. It’s still a hive of activity today, with vessels of all sizes bobbing along the waters. The creek used to divide the city into two parts: Deira and Bur Dubai.

The Bani Yas tribal group first settled along the edges of the water. Several interesting buildings sit alongside the creek, including Dubai Creek Tower, the National Bank, and Deira Twin Towers, and there’s a pleasant Dubai park close to hand. A nice place for a stroll with your beloved, there are also several activities to enjoy here too.

What to do here: Admire the waterside vistas and take a walk alongside the creek. Admire the attractive buildings at the water’s edge and relax in the large Dubai Creek Park. Get a taste of port life at the Dhow Wharfage, an area filled with traditional sailing boats and a thronging place of activity.

Wave to the friendly sailors and watch as they unload their hauls and cargo. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of street performers next to the creek. One of the most romantic things to do at Dubai Creek is to charter a ride on a dhow and admire the city from the water. You can also watch a splendid sunset in the evening times.

#23 – Spice Souk – Certainly one of the most exotic places to see in Dubai!

Spice Souk

  • Aromatic and colourful
  • Pick up local gifts and souvenirs
  • Get a sense of the Dubai of old
  • Practice your haggling skills

Why it’s awesome: Part of the Old Souk, the spice souk specialises in fragrant spices from across the globe. You’ll also find a wealth of beautiful fragrances and perfumes too—it really is a place that appeals to the senses. Furthermore, there are also other goods for sale, including textiles, rugs, and souvenirs. The narrow twisty lanes are lined with open-air stalls and more traditional closed stores and the atmosphere is pretty old-fashioned. The spice souk is definitely a striking contrast to the modern malls and shopping centre in downtown Dubai. This is the Dubai place to go for a taste and smell of typical Arabic life.

What to do there: Get lost roaming the tiny alleyways and winding streets as you peruse a wide selection of spices and fragrances. You’ll find everything here from custom-made scents that smell like designer perfumes, teas, herbal remedies, culinary spices, and incense. Discover common spices used in local dishes and pick up items to take home with you. Don’t forget to haggle and negotiate if you do want to make a purchase. Inhale the rich aromas of things like cumin, saffron, pepper, garlic, turmeric, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The heady Arabian atmosphere transports you back in time and really gives you a sense of the exotic.

#24 – Jumeirah Mosque – One of the nicer places in Dubai to sightsee!

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

  • Important place of Islamic worship
  • Open to non-Muslim visitors
  • Learn more about Islamic culture, traditions, life, and festivals

Why it’s awesome: Built in the late 1970s, Jumeirah Mosque has a traditional Fatimid style with elements from Egypt and Syria. The photogenic building is a popular place for tourists wishing to learn more about Islam. It is the only mosque in Dubai that permits entry to non-Muslims, though do be aware that you should be dressed modestly and that women are requested to cover their hair. (Items are available for visitors to borrow.) Informative, friendly, and educational tours are available for visitors.

What to do there: Admire the large pale building from the outside, taking in the visual beauty of the two minarets, domes, windows, and arches. Take a tour to learn more about the local way of life and beliefs, and feel free to ask questions and take photos. Listen for the harmonious call to prayer issued five times each day from the minarets. Try traditional snacks and drinks like coffee and dates. Try to visit the mosque in the evening too when it is splendidly illuminated.

#25 – Alserkal Avenue – One of the most underrated places to see in Dubai

Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

  • Hub for arts and culture
  • Creative vibe
  • Located in an old industrial area
  • Cool shopping and dining opportunities

Why it’s awesome: Wondering where to go in Dubai for a bit of art? Well cool, creative, hip, and trendy, Alserkal Avenue is an up-and-coming part of Dubai. Once little more than an edgy industrial area, today you’ll find a wealth of excellent art galleries and other creative spaces alongside workshops, studios, stores, and offbeat eateries. Most establishments are housed within former warehouses and factories. The area grew from one single gallery that moved here in 2008. Today, it’s one of the freshest emerging districts in the whole of the Middle East.

What to do there: See the converted industrial buildings and soak up the creative vibe in the many art spaces. With around 60 art- and design-focused venues there’s something to cater to all tastes. Admire a wide selection of artistic works by both local and international artists, learn more about local community projects, watch performing art demonstrations, attend diverse workshops, and purchase unique items to take home with you.

Galleries in the area include Ayyam, El Seed, Green Art Gallery, Carbon 12 Dubai, Jean Paul Najar Foundation , and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Check out the cultural events calendar and see what’s on when you’re visiting the city. Have a look in Salsali, the first private museum in Dubai, shop for hip fashions, gadgets, custom-made jewellery, and boutique lifestyle items, and stop for refreshments in one of the district’s cool cafes and restaurants.

#26 – Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary – A nice quiet place to see in Dubai

Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary, Dubai

  • Wild wetlands close to the city
  • Home to many bird species, reptiles, fish, and other creatures
  • Attracts migratory species
  • Top place for keen bird spotters and nature lovers

Why it’s awesome: Peaceful and quiet, it’s difficult to believe that the wetlands and wildlife of Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary are just a stone’s throw from the urban sprawl of Dubai. The large sanctuary incorporates mudflats, lagoons, mangroves, and salt flats, with habitats suitable for many types of birds and other creatures.

There are fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and small mammals in the sanctuary too, with some species using the area as a breeding ground. It’s an absolute hidden gems in Dubai and one of the few places to get up close to nature near the modern desert-surrounded city.

What to do there: Admire the varied terrain and settle down in a hide to watch for a variety of wildlife. There are so many species of birds to look out for, including kingfishers, egrets, herons, ospreys, storks, peafowl, eagles, and wagtails. The sanctuary is especially known for its huge numbers of pretty pink flamingos in the winter months. You may also see fish, rodents, and other small creatures.

#27 – Kite Beach – An awesome place to visit in Dubai for half a day!

Kite Beach, Dubai

  • Clean and tidy sandy beach
  • Great water sports options
  • Family-friendly destination
  • Good seaside facilities

Why it’s awesome: Kite Beach is one of the best beaches in Dubai. It boasts white sands and a laid-back vibe. There are plenty of opportunities to be adventurous out on the waves too, with activities like surfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. There’s also no shortage of beach games to watch or join in with, and you’ll find amenities like bathrooms and showers close to the beach. It’s free to visit the public beach. The food trucks and refreshment carts are ideal for keeping hunger and thirst at bay.

What to do there: If you’re after water sports, head to Kite Beach in the afternoon for the best conditions. There are rental stores close to the beach if you need equipment, then you’re good to go! Hit the waves and enjoy active watery adventures! Kayaking, kite surfing, and paddle boarding are just a few things you can do at Kite Beach. You can also relax in the sun, join in with a game of beach volleyball, build a sandcastle, paddle in the sea, and take a long walk along the coast. Lap up the views of the Burj al Arab and, if you visit on a Friday or Saturday, shop for trinkets and souvenirs in the seaside market.

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150+ Amazing Places to Visit in Dubai in 2024

When we started this list of best places to visit in Dubai, we were aiming for 50, but it didn’t take us long before we reached 100 popular places… and the list kept going! We’ve been adding to this huge Dubai attractions list for five years now!

Here it is… your ultimate list of places to visit in Dubai – over 150 ideas!!!

We’ve tried to make it as readable as possible by breaking it into categories and keeping as much as possible to places and activities we think are interesting to tourists. Where we have more details, we’ve linked to these so we can keep this list as concise as possible and get you ready to plan your Dubai adventure .

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So get your pen and paper ready…. or you can save this to Pinterest or bookmark it in your browser for later.

150 Amazing places to visit when you are in Dubai

Worried about how you’ll fit it all in?

We have a dedicated section of our website for itineraries so you can fit in everything you want to see in the length of time you have in Dubai.

We also recommend in a number of places on this page booking your tour tickets with Get Your Guide – online ticketing agent. We have chosen GYG as our partner due to their outstanding customer-first approach and a great range of experiences on offer, most with free cancellation up to 24 hours before to maximise flexibility.

Before you dive into your Dubai trip planning, you may also want to check out:

  • Essential Planning Information for your first trip to Dubai
  • When is the best time to visit Dubai?
  • What are the best areas to stay in Dubai?
  • What should I be packing for a Dubai vacation?

So let’s jump into the ultimate list of Dubai activities and best tourist places to visit in Dubai!

We’re going to start with those Dubai attractions that almost certainly feature on everyone’s Dubai itinerary. You can click on these links to go to our more detailed guides on how to visit these top attractions in Dubai :

  • The Burj Khalifa – World’s tallest building with an observation deck and dining experiences
  • The Dubai Mall – the largest mall in the Middle East
  • The Dubai Fountains – spectacular free nightly display on Burj Lake
  • The Dubai Frame – panoramic views of old and modern Dubai
  • Dubai Miracle Garden – largest flower garden by number of blooms in the world
  • Ain Dubai – the world’s largest observation wheel (currently closed)
  • Global Village Dubai – winter months evening fun fair highlighting 70+ different countries
  • Dubai Garden Glow – art installation
  • Burj Al Arab – proclaimed “7-star” luxury hotel
  • The Palm Jumeirah – the largest artificial archipelago in the world!
  • Dubai Marina – modern side of Dubai city with dhows and modern cruise options
  • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood – a preserved area of old Dubai (previously called Bastakiya)

Visiting Dubai’s major attractions with kids?

We suggest you head over to our tailor-made Dubai attractions list especially for families – though nearly everything on this list will work for families too!

TOP TIP If you will be in Dubai for several days and want to visit multiple popular attractions, check out the Dubai Pass of Go City Dubai to save on multi-attraction tickets.
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure – entirely indoor theme park
  • Wild Wadi Water Park – in Jumeirah (currently only partially open to Jumeirah hotel guests)
  • Aquaventure Waterpark – now the largest water park in the world with countless water slides and extreme attractions, attached to Atlantis the Palm
  • Laguna Water Park – now looks to be permanently closed as the La Mer beach area is being rebuilt
  • Legoland Dubai
  • Legoland Dubai Water Park
  • Motiongate Dubai
  • Play DXB (formerly VR Park) – Virtual Reality Park in Dubai Mall
Read More – Don’t miss our guide to Dubai’s best water parks

The best place to start is in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood . Don’t miss the highlights, including:

  • Arabian Tea House – beautifully presented Emirati Cuisine
  • Dubai Museum and al Fahidi Fort (entry only 3AED – currently closed for renovation s)
  • Coffee Museum
  • Coin Museum
  • XVA Gallery, Cafe & Hotel
  • Bayt Al Khanyar (Dagger) Museum (5 AED)
  • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Take a traditional abra ride across Dubai Creek (1AED)

Once you have crossed the river to the Deira (Al Ras) area of Dubai, it’s time to enjoy the traditional souks , including:

  • Deira Gold Souk
  • Perfume Souk
  • Textile Souk
  • Naif Souk – general market

For more cultural emerging, take a guided tour of a Dubai mosque:

  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque & Centre
  • Day trip to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi
  • Al Noor Mosque in neighbouring Sharjah

Why not try a Heritage Express tour which will take you to many of these famous cultural sites with guided commentary.

(NB – Non-Muslims should not otherwise enter inside a mosque in Dubai, only as part of a cultural tour is this permitted)

Read more: A complete guide to the beautiful mosques of Dubai (and which ones tourists CAN enter)

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Further museum exploration in Dubai:

  • Etihad Museum (25 AED)
  • Majilis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif
  • Salsali Priv ate Museum – Free
  • Dubai Police Museum (Naif Museum) – Free
  • Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum (20 AED)
  • Museum of the Poet Aqeli
  • Pearl Museum – private collection of Emirates NBD
  • Al Shindaga Museum – Story of the Creek and Perfume House
  • Museum of the Future

And a few others we definitely would not leave off your list:

  • See a show at the Dubai Opera
  • Explore the Alserkal Avenue arts & culture hub
  • Drop by Dubai Design District
  • Check out the program for Jameel Arts Centre and wonder the Jaddaf Sculpture Park on the up-and-coming waterfront
  • See our complete guide to Dubai’s art galleries

You can find a complete guide to Dubai’s best FREE activities here

In a city where temperatures regularly sit above 40 ° C for months on end, it’s no surprise how many of Dubai’s attractions are indoors, largely attached to the mega shopping malls.

Whether you want action-packed activities or just to cool off, there are plenty of fun things to do in Dubai for an unforgettable vacation. 

Get your adrenaline pumping with a high-octane go-kart race or bounce and back-flip in a mega trampoline park — all indoors. Worth adding to your list:

  • Ain Dubai – the world’s largest observation wheel, Bluewaters (still shut since early 2024 – will it ever reopen or just there for looks now?)
  • Bowling Centres – we’ve rounded up the best across town, from huge bowling alleys to sports bar additions
  • Deep Dive Dubai – the world’s deepest indoor swimming pool for scuba diving
  • Dubai M all ice skating rink – Olympic-sized ice rink in Dubai Mall
  • Kidzania – Kids Edutainment in Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – marine life and giant glass tank (free to observe outside), Dubai Mall
  • The Green Planet – Indoor tropical biosphere in City Walk
  • Ski Dubai – Skiing and snow park in Mall of the Emirates
  • The Lost Chambers – Aquarium inside Atlantis the Palm
  • Emirates A380 Experience – Flight Simulator in Dubai Mall
  • Oli Oli Experiential Children’s Play Museum – Al Quoz
  • Museum of Illusions – Al Seef Trick Eye Museum
  • 3D World Dubai Selfie Museum – Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Dubai Butterfly Garden – Dubailand, adjacent to Miracle Garden
  • La Perle by Dragon – sensational stage show in Al Habtoor
  • Madame Tussauds -famous wax works on Bluewaters
  • The View at the Palm – Observation deck with panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah
  • Storm Coaster – Dubai Hills Mall, a roller coaster in a shopping mall!

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Beaches in Dubai

Dubai is famed for its glorious beaches (though truth be told, a lot of its man-made) it does, however, have an amazing wide, here are 8 to try open to the public.

  • Sunset Beach – also known as Umm Suqeim Beach or Burj al Arab Beach
  • La Mer – a trendy beachfront area of the city for foodies and beachfront, modern, fun and funky day and night (presently being demolished/completely rebuilt, expert to reopen as J1 Beach)
  • The Beach & The Walk JBR – a beautiful and trendy waterfront area of the city adjacent to Jumeirah Beach Residence; it includes a splash pad area for smaller children and, offshore, the giant Aqua Fun inflatable water park
  • Mamzar Park Beach – in “Old Dubai” this is a great place for combining the beach with family picnic
  • Jumeirah Beach – Park and beach are all newly renovated, perfect for picnicking
  • Dubai Night Beaches – look out for 3 new locations on Jumeirah Beach and Umm Suqeim designated for evening swimming with floodlights and lifesavers patrolling
  • Mercato Beach – a small and lesser-known community beach opposite Mercato Mall
  • Kite Beach – a popular community beach including water sports and lots of kids’ adventure activities, including a freshwater pool with an obstacle course, Aqua Adventure
  • Black Palace Beach – a more rustic beach with nothing but glorious sand and none of the fancy trappings (currently closed to the public)
Read More: Our complete guide to the best public beaches in Dubai

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You can also enjoy many of Dubai’s more luxurious beaches and resorts – even if you are not staying at one of the city’s luxury hotels – on a day pass. You can check out our favourite Dubai Beach C l ubs here .

Other Parks and Outdoor Attractions in Dubai

Beyond the beaches, check out these amazing green spaces in Dubai; most are free or have a very minimal municipality charge:

  • Al Seef – the waterfront area that extends beyond Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and along the Creek
  • IMAGINE – free light, fire & water show nightly at Dubai Festival City
  • Dubai Creek Park – a large green area along the creekfront, close to DXB, small entry fee
  • Mushrif Park – including outdoor ziplining park Aventura Parks , small entry fee
  • Zabeel Park – is home to Dubai Garden Glow and the Dubai Frame but includes other extensive parklands in the city centre.
  • Burj Park and Burj Plaza – in the heart of town Burj Park is a popular events venue surrounded by Burj Lake, and the Burj Plaza is home to the Wings of Mexico statue – ideal photo spot for the Burj (and see if you can find the hidden super slide!)
  • Umm Suqeim Park – close to Sunset Beach in Jumeirah
  • Al Barari Playground – a splash play and playground delight hidden in the suburbs with an entry fee
  • Quranic Park – dedicated to the Holy Quran, small entry fee
  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – an urban wetland home to migratory birds
  • Al Marooom Desert Conservation Reserve – exciting up-and-coming eco-project incapsulating about 10% of the Emirate of Dubai
  • Al Qudra Lakes – a man-made lake system for wildlife, including the famous Love Lake (now part of Al Marmoom)
  • Golf in Dubai – more than a dozen lush green courses wait to be played
Find our complete collection of Dubai’s best parks and gardens here

Oh wow, where do we start?!  There are literally thousands of restaurants across the city, from street food to fine dining, so rather than listing individual restaurants here, we will share top dining experiences.

You can see our complete guide to Dubai’s Foodie and nightlife scene here

  • Classic Weekend Brunch   – an all-afternoon dining affair. Things have certainly diversified over the years, though, and if you are looking to mix things up, it’s possible to Brunch on a Sunday, or try a traditional Sunday Roast , or even in the evening – check out these other Brunch options.
  • Afternoon Tea – Proving High Tea is not just a British speciality; there are plenty of amazing afternoon tea experiences across Dubai that mix classical plates with a modern twist.
  • Boutique breakfast – so many amazing small cafes around the city. Skip the hotel buffet and try these unique breakfast spots.
  • Try traditional Emirati Cuisine – so many visit Dubai without ever experiencing real Emirati.
  • Walking tours of Dubai – there’s no better way for foodies to get in touch with the place they are visiting than to take to the streets. Frying Pan Adventures is widely acclaimed as one of the best, or try this tour offered by Dubai By Foot .
  • Soak in a rooftop sunset – all the most beautiful rooftop venues across the city for dinner and drinks.
  • Nightclubbing scene – a very active and vibrant nightclubbing scene exists across the city. Some roll from evening brunch into dancing, whilst others are strictly dance clubs catering to all sorts of musical tastes.

As well as the traditional souks we mentioned above, there are DOZENS of large shopping Malls in Dubai. Some of the largest you are likely to come across are:

  • The Dubai Mall
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Mirdif City Centre
  • Time Square
  • Dubai Festival City
  • Dubai Hills

On the hunt for more souqs? As well as the traditional souqs, check out these modern souqs with a traditional twist:

  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah – stunning canals and Burj Al Arab backdrop, indoor and outdoor stalls along with many restaurants
  • Souk Al Bahr – adjacent to the Dubai Mall

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Or traditional bargain hunters who want to explore further than just the old Souks may be interested in the likes of:

  • Al Karama – one of the best places to go in Dubai for side street bargains as well as the Karama Centre and Karama Shopping Complex in Bur Dubai (aka Old Dubai)
  • The Gold & Diamond Park Al Quoz – for series jewellery purchasing

Depending on when you time your trip, you may be able to join In the fun and festivities of many of these amazing events :

  • Dubai Food Festival – held around Feb/March every year
  • Horse Racing at Meydan Racecourse – Regular Friday meets from November to March, concluding with the Dubai World Cup held at the end of March
  • Al Marmoom Heritage Festival – April (TBC this year)
  • Dubai Comedy Festival – held over May
  • Dubai Summer Surprises – over July & August
  • Diwali in Dubai – celebrated in late October/early November
  • DP Tour World Championship – European Tour Golfing event in November
  • Dubai Rugby Sevens – popular sporting tournament held in early December
  • National Day – enjoy celebrating the nation’s birthday alongside Emiratis and residents alike 2/3 December
  • Ramadan & Eid – enjoy Suhoor & Iftar with Muslims in marking the Holy Month and the breaking of the fast (dates vary)

There are plenty of extreme experiences to enjoy in Dubai, including:

  • Sky Views Dubai for the most incredible urban landscapes over Downtown Dubai, including the Sky Observatory, Sky Glass Slide and Sky Edge Walk
  • Sky Dive over the Palm Jumeirah or the desert drop zone
  • Xline Dubai – more for adrenaline junkies, the world’s longest urban zipline through the highrises of Dubai Marina
  • Scuba Dive in the world’s deepest swimming pool, Deep Dive Dubai
  • Hot Air Balloon over the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
  • Suit up for Diving with the sharks at the Lost Chambers
  • Join a Jet Ski tour around the Palm Jumeirah
  • Take a Helicopter ride over the city
  • Or try a tandem paraglide in the Hatta Mountains!

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More sedate but uniquely interesting:

  • Attend a camel racing event at the Al Marmoom Race Course

Still within the Emirate of Dubai, there are plenty of fabulous places to visit.

The Dubai Desert

Most visitors will be curious about visiting the desert during their trip to Dubai.  There are so many different ways to experience the sand dunes and desert ecosystem, from short “ desert safaris ” in organised tour groups to camping and glamping .

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One of the best things a first-time visitor to Dubai should experience is at least one trip into the desert. You can whet your appetite with:

  • An evening safari and dinner under the stars in a tented Bedouin camp 
  • An early morning desert experience
  • Join a camel riding trek through the dunes
  • A more unique way to get closer to nature is to try a desert safari with Platinum Heritage with a focus on the desert itself over the sand sports
  • Explore the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve , including Al Qudra Lake and Love Lake
  • 4×4 to the deserted town buried under the desert of Al Madam
  • Join a night of astrology and stargazing
  • Enjoy the extreme sport of Desert Dune Buggy in Dubai
  • Take a sunrise hot air balloon journey over the desert with a falconry display thrown in
Read More: Our detailed guide to undertaking a Dubai desert safari

For those who might not be so keen on desert camping or seek a unique way to enjoy the Dubai desert, we can suggest:

  • An ultra-luxurious private tented resort Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
  • Family-friendly desert resort Bab Al Shams
  • Self-camping in the Dubai Desert past Al Madam
  • Visit the Camel Farm
Read More: Our complete guide to Dubai’s desert glamping experiences

Head to the Mountains!

Yes, the UAE has mountains! The Hajar Mountain range runs from the tiny Omani exclave of Musandam, pointing into the Strait of Hormuz, all the way down the tip of the Arabian Peninsula to Muscat. Most of the mountains pass through other Emirates in the UAE , but a small Dubai enclave exists called Hatta .

Sitting 90 minutes by car south of the city, in Hatta you can experience:

  • The Hatta Heritage Village
  • Hatta Dam (undergoing extensive works at present to bring new attractions)
  • Hatta Honey Bee Discovery Centre
  • Hatta Wadi Hub activity centre
  • Mountain trails galore – from biking to horseback riding or simply on foot
  • Stay onsite glamping at the Hatta Sedr Trailers Resort or try the newly opened Hatta Caravan Park or Hatta Dome Park

Trailer cabins in the Hatta Mountains

Let’s look beyond the actual Emirate of Dubai and into the other 6 Emirates of the UAE ( You can see our complete guide to all 7 Emirates of the UAE here ). 

This list is not exhaustive – there are so many incredible things to do beyond Dubai , so we have tried to narrow it down to those activities we know are achievable within 1 day and have tours/drivers that can take you.

Abu Dhabi Day Trip

If your itinerary permits the time, a day trip to the UAE capital is a must! We have a complete guide on our Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Site here . The must-see main attractions in Abu Dhabi include:

  • An Abu Dhabi Cultural Tour on a personalised day trip, see The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque , Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr al Watan (the country’s new Presidential Palace) in just a day. (You can even catch a free bus that takes you to the Louvre and Qasr al Watan).
  • The Falcon Hospital – a fabulous insight into the ancient and modern tradition of falconry, including up-close encounters
  • Qasr al Hosn – a heritage experience built on the site of the original Hosn Fort, the oldest building in Abu Dhabi
  • A drive-by of the beautiful Founders Memorial
  • High tea at Observation 300 , Etihad Towers or the stunning Emirates Palace
  • Take kayaks or an eco-boat into the Eastern Mangroves
  • Strolling the famous Corniche beach
  • Abu Dhabi theme parks – there are now 3 amazing theme parks on Yas Island , each could demand your full attention or the best part of a day, though you could arguably fit in two if you are savvy – Ferrari World (home to the World’s Fastest Roller Coaster), Warner Bros World – the world’s largest theme park and Yas Waterworld , the Middle East’s best waterpark.
  • Al Ain – Abu Dhabi – the second largest city in Abu Dhabi, also known as the Oasis city is among the country’s most historic and fascinating places to visit – home to the country’s jointly listed UNESCO sites.

Al Ain Al Jahili Fort

Dubai Day Trip to the Northern Emirates

Sitting to the northeast of Dubai Emirate, explore a further five emirates of the United Arab Emirates:

  • Sharjah – the cultural capital of the UAE has no distinct border with Dubai.  It seamlessly blends with the outskirts of the Deira and the city’s eastern areas. In fact, Dubai buses spread into Sharjah, even a public ferry making it the easiest place to visit from Dubai on a day trip.
  • Most focus from tourists goes into the Heart of Sharjah , the arts and culture district.  But increasingly, there is a focus outside of the main city, too, with the utterly stunning new Sharjah Mosque and Mleiha archaeological site in the desert.
  • Ras al Khaimah – often thought of as the country’s adventure playground, it is home to the world’s longest zipline and the country’s tallest peak in the rugged Hajar Mountains, Jebel Jais.
  • Fujairah – for even more spectacular mountain views, historic forts, and arguably the region’s oldest mosque still in use today. Also popular for its wide sandy beaches and diving opportunities .
  • Musandam Peninsula – we’re totally cheating calling this one in the Emirates – because it’s actually an exclave of Oman! BUT!!! It is one of the most stunning landscapes within easy reach of Dubai, and whilst, yes, it does cross an international border, it can be done on a day trip from Dubai.

See our guide to transport around the UAE for more information on how to get to these incredible destinations.

We are sure to have missed some favourites as there’s simply so much going on in Dubai. We are constantly updating this list as new things open up. Let us know in the comments below if there’s more you think we should add.

Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai

  • Pop into our essential planning information page, it includes everything you need to know about getting around Dubai , a handy guide on what to pack , and top tips for first-timers on the do’s and don’ts, laws, and customs to be aware of.
  • Check out this incredible list of 150+ places you should visit when you’re in Dubai .
  • Pick up a Dubai Pass from iVenture or a Go City Dubai Pass to save up to 50% on top Dubai attractions.
  • Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance !!!
  • Discover the best areas to stay in Dubai , or bag a bargain on your accommodation here:

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Tourist Places to Visit in Dubai

A picturesque skyline, bustling malls, high-end brands and dazzling streets – Dubai has held the fancy of travellers for decades. A luxury destination, it is an ideal vacation spot for families and couples and offers one an unforgettable experience. The plethora of places to visit in Dubai ensure that travellers experience the best of Dubai and come back with interesting stories about this dazzling city.

Photo of Burj Khalifa

Places to Visit in Dubai: Architecture

Burj Khalifa

Dubai’s glittering skyline is its most charming highlight and among its skyscrapers, Burj Khalifa stands out as one of the best places to visit in Dubai . A 160 storey structure, Burj Khalifa is considered to be the world’s tallest structure and is a symbol for the fascinating city.

A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a visit here and we recommend that this should be the first few places you visit. There are several attractions which will keep you busy here but we do suggest heading up to the 124th floor for breathtaking views of the city. Considered to be the second-highest observation deck in the world, it offers travellers an unforgettable experience. It’s best to book your tickets well in advance since almost everyone who visits wants to catch a glimpse of these stunning views.

For those who would like to enjoy the views of the magnificent structure at night, we recommend visiting after sunset when the whole city lights up in vibrant hues. Another reason why Burj Khalifa is counted among the top places to visit in Dubai is the enthralling Dubai Fountain which is considered to be the world’s second-largest constructed fountain and is lit up by more than 6000 lights every evening. 

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Dubai owing to its historical relevance. The creek separates the city into two towns, Deira and Bur Dubai. A major port, Dubai Creek has played a vital role in the evolution of Dubai as a world-class city. Surrounded by skyscrapers, one must include this in their list of places to visit in Dubai to simply admire the skyline and the architectural brilliance of its many structures.

Counted among the most attractive Dubai tourist places, it is a must visit if you are a photographer and want to capture the fascinating views. We recommend heading here in the evening just as the sun is setting and the city is coming to life and preparing for the night. 

Bastakia 

If history, art and architecture is what you seek during a vacation, we recommend including the old city in your list of places to visit in Dubai. Taking you back in time with old buildings, vintage cafes and decade-old shops is the Bastakia Quarter which is counted among the most attractive places to see in Dubai. Also known as Al-Fahidi neighbourhood, Bastakia dates back to the 19th century and is said to have been the erstwhile colony of wealthy Persian merchants.

A world within a city, one of the most beautiful Dubai tourist places, Bastakia is situated in the eastern part of Dubai’s old district Bur Dubai. One of the most enthralling places to visit in Dubai, the best way to learn more about the area is by enrolling in insightful walking tours. Lined with coral and limestone buildings, the district offers one a peek into how life was without technology and modern amenities. With wind-towers serving as air-conditioners, people combined ideas and innovation seamlessly to fulfil their needs.

A big reason why Bastakia makes it to the list of places to visit in Dubai is that it’s remarkably different than the rest of the city. The absence of skyscrapers and malls is almost welcoming as you wander through the streets lined with cafes, tea-shops, art galleries and boutiques. We recommend that travellers should keep aside three to four hours to explore the area and should also include a visit to one of the many cafes here for a refreshing cup of tea. 

Places to Visit in Dubai: Entertainment

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Witnessing marine life in all its glory can be a life-changing experience. Not many of us can witness the diversity of marine life in our regular lives or travels. However, the Dubai Aquarium offers a chance to watch a multitude of marine life, from sharks to stingrays.

One of the places to visit in Dubai, the aquarium is part of the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater tank. It is located in Dubai Mall and is spread across three floors. The aquarium tank measures an astonishing 11 meters in height, 51 meters in length and 20 meters in width. Owing to the massive space available, the aquarium tank houses over 140 species of marine life and more than 30,000 marine animals. The most famous and popular among visitors are sand tiger sharks and stingrays.

The Underwater Zoo is counted among the most exciting places to visit in Dubai and is located on Level 2 of Dubai Mall. It is located on the floor above the aquarium and is equally popular among children and adults. The zoo has 40 special displays or shelters for various marine life forms such as piranhas, crocodiles and penguins. The area of the zoo is divided into separate zones signifying rain forests, shores and oceans.

Most popular among the dwellers of the zoo is the Archer Fish. The fish is known to shoot down insects using a jet of water with stunning accuracy. One can also enjoy a ride in a glass-bottom boat and feed the fish here. Said to be a treat for adventure buffs and among the best places to visit in Dubai, the aquarium offers a plethora of unique experiences. With preliminary packages, one can opt for activities such as the enthralling VR Zoo, cage snorkelling and speciality dives.

Visitors can also admire these majestic sea creatures through a 48-meter long tunnel that runs along with the aquarium. The aquarium also has a number of educators and guides on board. These educators help one to know more about the fascinating life of marine creatures. The aquarium is open seven days a week and between Sunday and Wednesday, the timings are from 10 am to 10 pm and from Thursday to Saturday, the timings are from 10 am to 12 pm. The aquarium is among the most attractive places to visit in Dubai for people of all ages and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the stunning creatures of the sea.

IMG Worlds Of Wonder

IMG Worlds of Wonder is a recent addition to the list of places to visit in Dubai. The attraction has caught the fancy of travellers and has gradually become one of the best places to visit in Dubai, more so if you are travelling with family. A mega indoor park, it was established in 2016.

Situated on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, the one-of-its-kind theme park offers travellers a memorable experience. Divided into five zones, it’s primarily a cartoon-theme park and is home to a number of adventure rides, games, entertainment options and of course food.

From Frozen, Marvel, Disney to Cars, DC, superhero movies – almost every popular movie franchise calls this sprawling entertainment complex home. We recommend keeping aside at least four to five hours for the entertainment hub since once you are inside, you’ll be taken in by the infectious energy of the place.

There are loads of live shows and cultural performances that take place here and are a must-visit for the sheer grandeur and magnitude. World of Wonder has numerous shops in case you want to take back interesting souvenirs for friends back home. Superhero t-shirts, merchandise including posters, cups, stationery are some of the most popular things to buy.

Global Village

Global Village is one of the best places to visit in Dubai , especially if you are travelling with family. A complete tourist destination, it offers travellers everything from shopping, entertainment, food to leisure and cultural programs.

Considered to be the region’s first tourist destination of this nature, Global Village is a great way to spend time in Dubai. Since the village witnesses hundreds of tourists everyday, we recommend heading here a little before ticket counters open so you don’t miss out on some of its best attractions.

There are more than 30 stalls representing a different country and each stall is a great way to learn more about other cultures. Global Village is also a preferred option for those who have been waiting to complete their shopping owing to the huge variety of things available.

We definitely recommend heading here during winter since the weather is far more pleasant and travellers can have a good time. Global Village also has a dedicated area for children where they can enjoy rides, play games or learn more owing to the several cultural performances that take place here.

Places to Visit in Dubai: Natural Retreats

Miracle Garden

A great way to spend time in the city is by visiting one of the biggest natural gardens in the world. Aptly known as Miracle Garden, it is one of the best places to visit in Dubai especially if you are a nature lover. Launched in 2013, the vast flower garden is one of its kind and is home to over 45 million flowers. The garden is definitely recommended as one of the top places to visit in Dubai if you are travelling with the family since there are tons of things to keep little ones busy.

What makes the flower garden one of the most delightful places to visit in Dubai is the innovative use of flowers. From human figures, animals, faces, architectural marvels to houses, pathways, lights poles – everything is covered in different varieties of flowers. A kaleidoscope of colours, Miracle Garden is even more beautiful in the evening when the whole garden is lit up in soft lighting. 

Jumeirah beach

Counted among the best places to visit in Dubai is the stunning Jumeirah Beach. One of the most popular places to stay in the city, it is a  perfect beach resort in dubai and is ideal for family vacations. Dotted with restaurants, hotels, resorts and shopping streets, Jumeirah beach offers one an action-packed experience.

One of the best places to visit in Dubai for adventure lovers, the beach offers jet skiing, surfing and short cruises and is a must-try. If you are travelling with little ones, we recommend heading to the nearby Wild Wadi Water Park. With a plethora of rides and water slides, the park ensures that children have a memorable time here.

For those who are in the mood to shop, we recommend heading to the Madinat Jumeirah which is a hotel as well as a shopping complex. Home to big brands and old shops, the shopping complex is a great place to complete your shopping lists. 

The pristine beaches in the city are some of the top places to visit in Dubai. Offering panoramic views of the blue skies and the azure blue waters, Kite beach is a great way to spend time in the city. A favourite with locals and tourists, it’s mostly visited by adventure enthusiasts who are in the mood to try kite-surfing and paddle boating. 

There are a number of authorised operators here who can help you with a basic training session before you head into the waters. For those who aren’t interested in water sports, the beach is home to several restaurants and cafes which serve excellent local cuisine and are a must-try. One can also indulge in a game of volleyball or football on the beach to get their fair share of adventure. 

Desert Safari and Camp

One of the most exciting ways to add adventure to your Dubai trip is the adrenaline-pumping desert safari. In fact, some travellers keep aside at least two days for a camping trip and a desert safari in their itinerary so they can fully make use of their time.

The base for the safari and the camp is one of the most exciting places to visit in Dubai and a must for first-timers. Taking you through sand dunes, the topsy-turvy safari is not as smooth as it may look from the outside. One must remember that the safari is not recommended for little children and for those who suffer from motion sickness.

After the whirlwind experience in the desert, one can head to the campsite where one can indulge in delicious food and enjoy the cultural performances Dubai is popular for. We recommend booking your desert safari and campsites in advance, especially if you are travelling during the peak season.

Places to Visit in Dubai: Shopping

Shopping and Dubai have been synonymous for a long time now. It is one of the most favourite shopping destinations for travellers from South East and Middle East Asia. Among the best places to visit in Dubai for shoppers, Dubai Mall is the first choice.

The mall is located in the upmarket Downtown area of Dubai. The mall is spread across an area of 5.9 million square feet and is the world's largest and most visited entertainment and retail attraction. With more than 1,300 retail outlets,  300 food and beverage outlets and two massive departmental stores, Dubai Mall promises an action-packed experience. 

In fact, the plethora of things to do here make it one of the most exciting places to visit in Dubai. One can visit the majestic Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or happily get lost in a maze of amazing retail stores. The mall has sections or avenues dedicated to fashion, food, jewellery and entertainment. One of the biggest attractions for visitors is the Souk, an area dedicated to jewellery, handicrafts, accessories and traditional Arab attire. The mall also houses other attractions such as edutainment for kids at KidZania, a massive cinema complex and ice rink.

One can spend an entire day at the mall and still feel that a lot is left to cover. The mall generally opens at 10 am, however various outlets have different opening and closing times, and it is advisable to check before planning your visit.

Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Dubai . In fact, shopping buffs plan their entire itinerary around the best places to visit in Dubai for shopping. So if shopping is on your mind or you need to complete that pending shopping list, we recommend heading to Deira.

Situated close to the Dubai Creek, Deira is home to some of the most renowned markets, also known as souks. Bustling with energy, the area is a favourite with both locals and tourists. Deira Gold Souk which is the world’s largest gold market is situated here and is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

At the same time, Deira Spice Souk is said to be the most well-stocked spice markets in the world and travellers will be surprised with the array of things available. A vibrant, chaotic and unforgettable experience, the Spice Market in Dubai certainly needs to be on the list of popular places to visit in Dubai. The market is also home to several textile and apparel shops which are a huge draw for locals. Travellers often take back thyme, sumac and saffron owing to the great quality and reasonable prices.

Another reason why Deira is one of the most popular places to visit in Dubai is due to its close proximity to Heritage House. An architectural gem, it was once the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant. Today Heritage House offers a glimpse into traditional homes and intricate architecture. Exploring the house won’t take more than thirty minutes and we highly recommend a visit here.

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33 Places To Visit In Dubai: Top Locations For A Memorable Holiday In The City

Nestled on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai is a city famous for its ultra-modern architecture, luxury shopping, and lively nightlife. Many travelers flock to the city for sunshine, sales bargain, and family fun which are some of the major highlights here. In fact, there are many places to visit in Dubai that offer an amazing experience to the visitors. These places not only ensure your holiday expectations are met but also feature something unique for the visitors to either see or be a part of.

So, are you considering a holiday in Dubai and wondering about the top locations in the city? Well, listed below are the top 10 places to visit in Dubai that attract visitors from around the world.

Finest 33 Places To Visit In Dubai

Here are some top tourist attractions in Dubai that are widely popular amongst travelers from around the world.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Do we really need to say more about it? Burj Khalifa is one of the prominent landmarks in Dubai. Being a major Dubai tourist attraction for visitors from all around the world, the building features some of the city’s finest restaurants and hotels. In fact, Burj Khalifa is even home to a Las Vegas-inspired fountain which is a major highlight amongst the visitors today. The height of this tallest building in the world is 829.8 meters. The observation deck on the 124th floor of the building gives a staggering view of the city. Without visiting this place, your visit to Dubai would be worthless.

Location - 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For -

  • Las Vegas Inspired Fountain
  • Nine Luxury Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Highest Occupied Floor in the World

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit Burj Khalifa is during non-prime hours. Visitors can look to visit here during the early hours of the day (from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM), early afternoon (from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM), or after 8:30 PM.

Distance From City Center - Burj Khalifa is located only 1 KM away from the city center.

2. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Featuring in the top Dubai tourist attractions , the Dubai mall is one of the largest malls in the world. With more than 1200 stores, it has a world-class ice rink, a large walk-through, and much more for the shopaholics. This premium mall provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. The mall features a gaming zone, an ice-skating rink, and a cinema complex. Shopping and eating options are endless here. Hence, the foodies visiting the Dubai Mall can expect to get the best possible experience of Culinaire.

The most renowned and special event that takes place within the mall is the Dubai Shopping Festival which is highly popular amongst shopaholics coming here from around the world. The event usually happens in the month of January and February. Likewise, another famous event is Dubai Summer Surprises that takes place in July and August. Besides, the mall also has very spacious parking which ensures there are no hassles for the visitors. Thus, one can expect to get all the leisurely activities under one roof.

Location - Financial Center Street, Along Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Burj Khalifa - United Arab Emirates

  • Dubai Shopping Festival
  • Dubai Summer Surprises

Best Time To Visit - Travelers can visit the Dubai Mall at any time of the day. However, visiting during the early hours after 10 AM is perhaps the best time to visit the mall.

Distance From City Center - The Dubai Mall is located only 1 KM away from the city center.

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3. Al Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Al Bastakia (Old Dubai)

Also known as the Al-Fahidi neighborhood, the Bastakia Quarter is one of the top attractions to see during Dubai sightseeing and was built in the late 19th century. Home to the wealthy Persian merchants, it occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek. The walls of the limestone and coral buildings are topped with wind-towers and are excellently preserved. If you are a history lover, then you can discover a lot about the historical roots of the glamorous star town.

Location - Bur DubaiAl Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Limestone and Coral Buildings
  • Historical Charm

Best Time To Visit - Travelers can visit the place from 9:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 PM in the evening.

Distance From City Center - Al Bastakia (Old Dubai) is located only 7 KM away from the city center

4. Dubai Creek and Al Seef District

Dubai Creek and Al Seef District

Dubai Creek is considered as the separation of the city into two towns, with Bur Dubai to the South and Deira to the North. The Creek is the influential element in the city’s growth. The combination of traditions and modernism. At night, you can enjoy live shows, music, plays, and firecrackers. The most attractive thing about the creek is the sunset which makes it a better place for the visitors. Due to its traditional appeal, this place is a highly picturesque spot that attracts many people.

Location - Al Fahidi Building - Al Seef - Dubai Creek Building, Near Al Saif - شارع خالد بن الوليد - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Live Music Shows
  • Firecrackers
  • Traditional Appeal

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit Al Seef is during the night as there are multiple attractions to enjoy during this time.

Distance From City Center - Dubai Creek is located about 3 KM away from the city center

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5. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

One of the finest Dubai tourist places to visit, the Jumeirah Beach is another paradise that is nestled to the south of the city's historic Al Faihidi district. Considered as one of the finest beaches in Dubai , the place offers a whole lot more to the tourists. One can either enjoy water sport adventures like KiteSurfing, jet skiing, and other such activities or spend time at some high-end resorts of the place. In fact, there are some top resorts in the area as well like Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and even the Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel to add to your overall experience.

Location - Near Bu Qtair, Dubai

  • KiteSurfing

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit the Jumeirah Beach is during the winter months between November and April.

Distance From City Center - The Jumeirah Beach is located 4 KM away from the city center.

6. Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

If you wish to enjoy opera music in Dubai the Dubai Opera is the place for you. Nestled in Downtown, Dubai opera hosts a wide range of artful dance and musical shows that are a treat for travelers to engage in. This multi-format arts center has a capacity of holding approximately 2,000 people at one time. In fact, the shape of the opera is like a sailing vessel or a dhow, and watching the live shows here is considered one of the best things to do in Dubai . The Center even hosts various performances like ballets, theatres, concerts, fashion shows, and conferences that travelers simply can’t afford to miss.

Location - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Musical Shows
  • Conference Space

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit the Dubai Opera is after sunset since this is the time when the views of and from the opera are astonishing.

Distance From City Center - The Dubai Opera is located about 1 KM away from the city center.

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7. Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

One of the finest structures to be built in the Middle East, Burj Al Arab has a very imposing structure that travelers have got to see at all cost. Standing as the fourth tallest hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab started in the year 1999 and has been a major attraction since then. It is, in fact, one of the premium hotels in Dubai where travelers often dream of staying. Interestingly, the Burj Al Arab is even home to a private helipad and offers shiny chauffeur-driven limousines to the guests. Visitors are advised to book their stay well in advance of their arrival as a reservation is mandatory to stay at the hotel.

Location - Jumeirah St - Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Tallest Building in Dubai
  • Chauffeur driven limousines
  • Luxurious Stay in Dubai

Best Time To Visit - Visitors can stay at the Burj Al Arab any time of the year. However, advance booking prior to arrival is required.

Distance From City Center - The Burj Al Arab is located 11 KM away from the city center.

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8. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Another of those top Dubai tourist attractions, the Dubai Marina is a must-visit destination in case you’re on a holiday in Dubai. Nestled in an area that is popularly known as “New Dubai,” this man-made marina has an abundance of top-notch eateries, outside diversions, and exciting buildings to keep you entertained on your visit here. In fact, the Dubai Marina has a number of upscale hotels and resorts that are a joy to stay at for the visitors. As travelers put it, the place is an ideal spot to visit while on your trip with friends, and family.

Location - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Sightseeing

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit Dubai Marina is between November and April as this is the time when the temperatures are kind enough for sightseeing.

Distance From City Center - The Dubai Marina is located about 19 KM away from the city center.

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9. Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road

Fancy some shopping in Dubai ? Well, the Sheikh Zayed Road is the place for you. One of the finest places to visit, it is a wide, eight-lane highway and a busy downtown business district in Dubai. From the best of malls and dining places to the most serene beaches that are located near the road, there’s a lot that travelers can look forward to here. The glitzy design of the Sheikh Zayed Road stuns the newcomers to the city. The road meets other major roads such as Emirates Road, Hatta Road, Al Ain Road, and Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road. In fact, Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the best on-the-ground vantage points for Dubai’s esteemed skyscrapers views and travelers can’t simply afford to miss out on seeing the place.

Location - The Sheikh Zayed Road is located just 15 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport

  • Shopping Malls
  • Skyscrapers

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit Sheikh Zayed Road is during the early morning hours or later at night as this is when there is less rush in the area and visitors can enjoy themselves.

Distance From City Center - The Sheikh Zayed Road is located less than an hour’s drive from the city center

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10. Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the world’s largest natural flower gardens and a top tourist attraction if natural beauty is what you’re looking for. Spread over 2,000 square meters, the garden is home to 100 million flowers, each having something unique about it. From windmills and trucks to English-cottages and serene views that are breathtaking, to say the least, the place is a paradise for flower lovers. In fact, Dubai Miracle Garden also has a flower version of Burj Khalifa which is a major attraction amongst travelers. Visitors coming here can enjoy the riot of colors and the eccentric flower displays.

Location - Al Barsha South 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • 100 million Flowers
  • Flower Version of Burj Khalifa
  • Serene Surroundings
  • English Cottages

Best Time To Visit - November to March is easily the best time to plan an outing to the Dubai Miracle Garden.

Distance From City Center - The Miracle Garden Dubai is located about 16 KM away from the city center

11. Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

One of the most popular tourist places in Dubai , Dubai Frame is another popular attraction that has recently come into the picture. Established in 2018 and inspired by the logo of the upcoming World Expo in the city, this frame serves as a frame for the city’s most iconic building, Burj Khalifa. As for its architectural structure and design, the Dubai Frame is magnificent in every way possible. From the high rises of Dubai Marina to vast Arabian Desserts, the whole city can be experienced at its best through the frame.

Location - Zabeel Park Jogging Track - Za'abeelAl Kifaf - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

  • Design and Structure
  • Views of the city skyline
  • View of the Burj Khalifa

Best Time To Visit - The best time to visit Dubai Frame is around 5 PM as this is the time when the views of the skyline and Burj Khalifa can be enjoyed best during this time

Distance From City Center - The Dubai Frame is located just 5 KM away from the city center

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12. Dubai Aquarium And Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium And Underwater Zoo

The aquarium is one of the world’s biggest and is one the places to visit in Dubai. People will have the best experience as the opportunity to see wildlife and several aquatic species is only seen here.   Naturally conserved in their natural habitat, the underwater zoo has a large collection of sand tiger sharks and several other endangered species.

With over 140 species, the aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in the middle east . Rainforest rocky shore and living oceans are some of the ecological zones at the aquarium and zoo. Walking in inside the long tunnel will give people a perfect view of the rainforest and glittering world of the ocean.

Location - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For - wildlife and aquatic species

Timings: 10 am- 10 pm

Distance from City Center – It is .75 kms away from the city center

13. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is the city’s best amusement places which include Coral Reef Aquarium, Fish Farm, Gatorville and a research therapy center.  Located with the Creekside park at Umm Hurair, this unique place was developed to educated and entertain people with emphasis on the conservation of aquatic species. It is one of the places to visit in UAE as it has the most amazing performances by dolphins and seals who dance, paint, juggle and play basketball. People are given the chance to swim with the dolphins and holds parties and events.

With an attraction like this, one’s list of places to see with complete. Watching aquatic species live in their natural habitat is not something one sees on a daily basis. It is a rare sight and a once in a life time opportunity. What more can anyone ask for when on vacation in Dubai?

Location - Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate 1 - Dubai Dolphinarium Building - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For - Dolphins and seals

Timings- 10 am–7:30 pm

Distance from City Center – It is 30.1 kms away from the city center

14. Global Village

Global Village

Global Village Dubai is said to be the one stop tourist destination for leisure and entertainment. It is one the 1st cultural, family and shopping places.  Each year, over 5 million people from around the world come to visit the place, so it is safe to say it is one of the top attractions in the Middle East. Events are organized during the winter season between November and February, on the outskirts of the city. It is a part of the shopping festival in Dubai. The pavilions boast a different image by creating an imitation of the landmarks of the country.

It is the ideal place to buy souvenirs from around the world along with local cuisine, rides and street performers. It is Dubai’s top places to visit and should not be missed when on holiday with family and friends.

Location - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311 road, Dubai

Famous For - Leisure and Entertainment

Timings- 4 pm till midnight

Distance from City Center – It is 29.1 kms away from the city center

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15. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

An indoor ski resort with an area of 22,500 square meters and is the biggest indoor ski park in the world.  One of the ideal attractions in Al Ain is the snow park, ski slopes, ice museum and a ski academy for those who want to learn how to ski. The resort conducts several events and concerts and also has an eatery called the Avalanche café with a balcony that faces the slopes.

Ski Dubai is wonderland with 5 slopes, a chairlift and actual penguins. Tourists can enjoy a hot cup of chocolate with tons of snow and with temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius.

Location - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Al Barsha Al Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For – Ski Park, Snow Park and Cafe

Timings- 10 am- 10 pm

Distance from City Center – It is 27.4 kms away from the city center

16. Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

If you haven't been to the Dubai Garden Glow then add to the list of places to visit in Dubai . The new concept garden with 4 different themes has attracted people from around the world to enjoy the mafic that lies within. One of the most exceptional places to watch is the dinosaur park as it used to have over 120 dinosaurs and the ice park is ideal to beat the heat. One can marvel at the ice sculptures on display at the ice park. The garden houses an art park filled with artwork made from recycled bottles, CDs and plates.

The glow garden brightens up the place in the dark with uncountable energy. Saving bulbs has become of the biggest tourist attractions in the world.

Location - Zabeel Park, Gate No- 6 & 7 Area - B - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For – Artwork made from recycled products

Timings- 5 pm- 10:30 pm

Distance from City Center – It is 9.1 kms away from the city center

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17. Atlantis Palm Hotel

Atlantis Palm Hotel

A fancy 7-star hotel with several luxurious dimensions, the Atlantis palm hotels comes in the list of famous places to visit in Sharjah . Over the years, it has attracted several tourists from around the world and is often referred to as the Royal towers. Tourists can enjoy the fireworks here every day. A holiday in Dubai is complete with one visit to the hotel.  There are chances to people bumping into a celebrity. It is one of the most ideal places to see as it is a once in a life time chance that may or may not come often.

The Atlantis Palm Hotel is a breathtaking site to see, that one should not miss out on. It is not like any other hotel seen anywhere in the world. What else can one ask for when on vacation in Dubai?

Location - Crescent Rd - The Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous For – Luxurious Dimensions and Fireworks

Timings- 24 hours

Distance from City Center – It is 22 kms away from the city center

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18. The Palm Islands

The Palm Islands

A collection of two scenic artificial islands located in Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali, the Palm Islands is one of the most unique attractions in Dubai which bespoke luxury. The islands are so called because of their shape that resembles a palm when looked from above. It is recommended to take an aerial tour of the islands to see its magnificent beauty from the top or observe it from some of the highest skyscrapers in Dubai like Burj Khalifa’s observation deck. Taking a speedboat is the best way to reach the islands and experience its exquisite beauty. The islands are home to some of the most luxurious resorts that offer the best of the amenities and high-end comfort to all its guests.

Location: Dubai, UAE

Famous for: Several luxurious resorts and aerial views

Distance from the airport: Approximately 35 km from Dubai International Airport

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19. Dreamland Aqua Park

Dreamland Aqua Park

One of the best places to visit in Dubai with kids is Dreamland Aqua Park where you can enjoy unlimited thrilling rides, waterside camping and also offers pool games along with a relaxing jacuzzi to beat the heated weather of Dubai. Kamikaze, twisting dragons, sliding five, dream stream, lake-o-waves, mighty go-round, and family raft ride are some of the major attractions of the park that promises a fun-filled and a joyous tour to families and friends. Experience a live Dead Sea experience in high salinity pool of the park or enjoy sliding inside a 40-meters long tunnel that spins and twists you for some extra fun. If you have come here for a one-day trip with family, then the park also offers overnight camping that is available for rent and with all the facilities available for the comfort of the guests.

Location: Al Shebeakah - Umm Al Quawain - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Famous for: Thrilling rides and overnight camping

Distance from the airport: Approximately 70 km

20. Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Do you think Dubai is just about towering skyscrapers and fancy malls? You are highly mistaken then as the city has some beach fun also to offer to travelers. Located on the Al Manara Road junction, the beach is a favorite hand out spot of locals where they come with friends or family to enjoy. The beach is so-called as kitesurfing is the most popular activity to enjoy on this beach all year round.

It is a great place for adventure lovers, sunshine admirers and foodies as the beach offers watersports equipment on rent and it is also brimmed with nearby restaurants where you can savor to your appetite. The beach also boasts of a 14-km long track where joggers can job early morning or evening when the weather is pleasant all year round. Not just the activities but also admire the stunning views of Burj Al Arab from the beach.

Location: 5 km from Burj Al Arab

Timings: Open 24 hours

Famous for: Kitesurfing, 14-km long jogging track, views of Burj Al Arab

Distance from the airport: Approximately 21 km

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21. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Dubai is renowned world-wide for its glistening skyscrapers and fascinating malls. Dubai Mall is one of the best malls in Dubai that is known for housing elite brands and also for its amazing architecture. Redefining opulence and shopping experience, Dubai Mall is nestled inside Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building. For people who love high-street shopping, the mall houses more than 70 outlets of high-end brands along with food outlets and a Fashion Avenue where you will find haute couture collection by renowned designers and brands.

Not just shopping but Dubai Mall also features some of the finest entertainment options like Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Kidzania, Dubai Ice Rink and an indoor fountain which is considered an Instagram-worthy spot.

Recently in the year 2019 the mall further extended its space by opening up Dubal Mall Zabeel that has a new parking space for around 3000 vehicles, dining options, lifestyle retail shops and magnificent display of art. It is directly connected with the Dubai Mall via a fully air-conditioned bridge.

Location: Hapur Rd, Block 1, P & T Colony, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201002

Timings: 09:00 am to 10:30 pm

Famous for: World’s largest shopping center, renowned brands, entertainment options like Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Kidzania, Dubai Ice Rink

Distance from airport: Approximately 10 km

22. Bollywood Parks Dubai

Bollywood Parks Dubai

Another intriguing attraction in Dubai which is a must visit for all the travelers traveling to Dubai is Bollywood Parks Dubai. Spread in an area of around 1.7 million square feet, Bollywood Parks Dubai is a great place for Bollywood lovers as it houses everything that will take you to the world of Bollywood. From live performances to cafes, themed zones and other activities, the park makes for an amazing place to visit with family or friends to spend some joyous time. The place houses attractions like Entry Plaza Stage, Mumbai Express Stage, Rajmahal Theatre, Stars on Steps Stage, Abra ka Dabra, Bollywood SkyFlyer, Namaste India, Taxi No. 1, and many others.

The Park also has some gift shops to take back souvenirs and also dining options to relish scrumptious food along with entertainment options. Victoria Station and Namaste India are two famous dining options available here, get delectable Maharashtrian cuisine at Victoria Station while a whole lot variety of Indian cuisine at Namaste India where corporate events, birthday parties and weddings can also be organized as it has been inspired by the famous Amber Fort in India.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 03:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Famous for: Bollywood themed activities, zones, cafes and live performances

Distance from the airport: Approximately 60 km

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23. Kidzania Dubai

Kidzania Dubai

One of the best attractions in Dubai especially for kids is Kidzania Dubai that promotes learning with fun. In this theme park kids can roleplay their role models and learn about different occupations. This fusion of education with entertainment lets your kids enjoy around 70 real-life activities which are especially designed for children aged 4 to 16 years. This will help them understand what they aspire to become if they develop interest in any of these activities. And just like real world, kids get to earn money through various activities that they perform here which will help them gain knowledge about money handling. There is also a departmental store from where they can get themselves some snacks from their hard-earned money, just like the real world.

Location: Financial Center Rd - Downtown Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Different roleplay activities

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday: 12:00 pm to 09:00 pm; Thursday & Friday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Distance from the airport: Approx. 4 km

24. Yas Island Water Park

Yas Island Water Park

Opened in the year 2006, Yas Island Water Park is one of the best places to visit in Dubai with family . Featuring more than 40 thrilling rides, it is a great place to feel adrenaline rush and have fun with family. The Park also houses the world’s largest six-person tornado water coaster called Dawwama and Cinesplash that is the most eccentric cinematic experience you’ll come across water splash, moving seats and special effects from waterfalls. Water war is another fun activity to enjoy here wherein you can enjoy water fight with your friends and family by buying a bucket of water balloons. Cannon Point, Yehal and Tot’s playground are some kids-centric attractions of this water park where your little munchkins can enjoy to the fullest.

Location: Yas Island Yas West - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Thrilling rides and cinesplash

Timings: Monday to Thursday: 12:00 pm to 07:00 pm; Friday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm and closed on Sunday

Distance from the city center: N/A

25. Motiongate

Motiongate

Motiongate is an ultimate destination for fun and entertainment for people of all age groups. There are four world-class studios located here which are Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, Dreamworks Animation and Smurfs. These top-notch studios feature 40 different attractions with attractive activities for kids. Some of the major attractions of this place are Camp Viking, Flint’s Imagination Club, Shrek Meet & Greet, Po Meet & Greet, Madagascar Meet & Greet, Toothless, Hiccup and Astrid Meet & Greet, Smurfberry Factory, Woodland Play Park, Swamp celebration, Penguin Air, Underworld 4D, and Panem Aerial Tour are some of the attractions of Motiongate theme park. Besides this, there are also options for dining and shopping from where you can buy gifts and souvenirs.

Location: Park and Resorts - Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Various thrilling rides and activities

Timings: Saturday to Wednesday: 02:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Thursday & Friday: 02:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Distance from city center: Approx. 13 km

26. iFly Dubai

iFly Dubai

Ever wanted to enjoy skydiving but feared height and huge sky? Do not worry, iFly Dubai brings to a mini version of skydiving where you can enjoy this activity indoors for an equal level of fun and adventure. It is one of the best adventurous places to visit in Dubai . Guidance and support of an instructor will be given to you who will take you to a height of 4 meters in a powerful air tunnel where you will feel like you are flying in the original sky and air. The iFly experience comes in two packages, first package is for a novice who is trying skydiving for the very first time and the second one is for experienced people who ace the art of skydiving.

Location: Third Floor, Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif، Ghoroob, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Unique experience of skydiving

Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Distance from the airport: Approx. 23 km

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27. Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Located within the area of Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Water Park is one of the best outdoor water parks and places to visit in Dubai which is operated by Jumeirah International. It is an all-in-one destination for fun and family outings featuring thrilling rides, two gift shop, three restaurants to satiate your cravings and also some kiosks serving light snacks. Another highlight of this water park is its 10 meters long waterfall, hot or cool pool and two artificial surfing machines. Breakers Bay, FlowRider, Tantrum Alley & Burj Surj, Ring Rides, Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, Jumeirah Sceirah are some of the most famous rides of the park which one must definitely try. If you are looking for a fun day with family, then this is probably one of the best places for fun and entertainment.

Location: Opp. Burj Al Arab - Jumeirah St - Umm SuqeimUmm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Thrilling rides, hot and cool pool

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; Closed on Monday

Distance from the city center: Approx. 26 km

28. Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

If you are looking for some fun and adventure in Dubai, then head to Aquaventure Waterpark that caters to different interests, all under one roof. This waterpark features a private beach which is the only beach in Dubai where canoeing can be enjoyed. The park houses more than 30 water slides, each offering a different and a thrilling experience to visitors along with other activities like dolphin show, surfing and others. Aquaventure Waterpark is located within the premises of Atlantis Dubai which is one of the top-notch resorts in Dubai . Educational programs are also conducted here where people learn how to conserve marine life and also about animal welfare.

Location: Atlantis The Palm - Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: water rides, canoeing on the private beach, dolphin show

Timings: Wednesday to Tuesday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Distance from the airport: Approx. 37 km

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29. Lost Chambers Aquarium

Lost Chambers Aquarium

You do not need to go for diving and snorkeling at the beaches in Dubai to witness the exotic marine life as Dubai offers you a unique experience where you can witness sea life at Lost Chambers Aquarium just by walking and strolling through this place. It is in a form of glass tunnels where you can walk discovering the exotic marine life. Meet the famous creatures of the underwater world like sharks, lobsters, sea horses, stingrays and different varieties of fishes. There are 10 tunnels in this building featuring around 65000 sea creatures. There are also aqua theatre shows that are scheduled here daily for the entertainment of people and to make them aware about the underwater world.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm - The Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Marine life, glass tunnels, aqua theatre shows

Timings: Wednesday to Tuesday: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm

Distance from the airport: Approx. 36 km

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30. The Green Planet

The Green Planet

One of the major tourist spots in Dubai , the Green Planet is a perfect place for all the nature and animal lovers as this place is home to over 3000 species of fauna and flora. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling with piranhas here along with other fun and adventurous activities like camping in the rainforest, picnic brunch with sloth and friends, zookeeper for the day and thunderstorm at the Green Planet. Squirrel monkey, Burmese python, piranhas, slow lorris, two-toed sloth, leaf cutter ants, Cuban Amazon parrot, archer fish, and motoro rays are some of the unique species of fauna found here.

Location: City Walk - Al Wasl - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Flora and fauna

Timings: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; Closed on Sunday

Distance from city center: N/A

31. Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

One of the best places to visit in Dubai with family is Museum of Illusions that will play with your mind through its unique optical illusions and puzzles. It is a great place to come with kids where they will be mesmerized to see collection of holograms, illusion paintings, and puzzle games that are tricky but fun at the same time. The chair illusion, anti-gravity room, ames room, rotated room, infinity tunnel, clone table, true mirror, head on the platter, hollow face illusion, tricky stick, and photo illusions are some of the major attractions of the museum.

Location: Al Seef - Dubai Creek - Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Tricky mind games and puzzles, optical illusions

Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Distance from city center: Approx. 5.8 km

32. Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

Everyone knows how famous gold is in Dubai and you get the genuine one here at prices which are lower than found anywhere else in the world. Gold souk is a traditional market in Dubai that features various small and big gold stores selling accessories like rings, pendants, necklaces, gold biscuits and other items. You can even get your gold piece customized as per your requirements like the pendants with your names etc. Gold found here comes in different varieties starting from 18-carot gold and going up to 24-carot gold which is the purest of all. Right in the center of the market, there is also a huge display of largest gold necklace in the world.

Location: Gold Corner Building, 3rd Floor - Gold Souq - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Gold shops

Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 09:30 am to 09:30 pm; Friday: 04:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Distance from city center: Approx. 5.2 km

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33. Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

One of the major attractions in Dubai when it comes to family outings is the Mall of the Emirates which is the second largest mall in Dubai that houses everything under one roof. From high-end brands to dining, cafes and entertainment, the mall features different attractions for visitors to spend some leisure time. It also features Dubai Ski, an enclosed area with an average temperature of around –4 degree Celsius that allows visitors to enjoy various snow activities, rides and also meet dolphins. The mall is spread in an area of around 6.5 million square feet and houses around 500 branded shops and over 14 cinema screens. There is also a five-star hotel within the premises of the mall, the Kempinski Hotel.

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Al BarshaAl Barsha 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Famous for: Dubai Ski, Kempinski Hotel, branded shops and restaurants

Timings: Wednesday to Tuesday: 10:00 am to 01:00 am

Distance from city center: Approx. 25 km

A city home to scintillating skyscrapers and top of the line locations, Dubai is another paradise on earth that travelers should certainly consider to visit. There are many places to visit in Dubai that offer so much more to the visitors. So, why not book your flight tickets to Dubai right away and enjoy the interesting and entertaining places that the city offers? Plan your trip today and enjoy the best of everything in this city.

Although there are many top locations in Dubai that travelers can consider visiting, Burj Khalifa is one of the prominent landmarks in Dubai. Being a major Dubai tourist attraction for visitors from all around the world, the building features some of the city’s finest restaurants and hotels. In fact, Burj Khalifa is even home to a Las Vegas-inspired fountain which is a major highlight amongst the visitors today.

The best time to visit Burj Khalifa is during non-prime hours. Visitors can look to visit here during the early hours of the day (from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM), early afternoon (from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM), or after 8:30 PM.

If you’re done visiting the Burj Khalifa, you can consider a visit to the Dubai Mall. Featuring in the top Dubai tourist attractions, the Dubai mall is one of the largest malls in the world. With more than 1200 stores, it has a world-class ice rink, a large walk-through, and much more for the shopaholics. This premium mall provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium.

One of the most popular tourist places in Dubai, Dubai Frame is another popular attraction that has recently come into the picture. Established in 2018 and inspired by the logo of the upcoming World Expo in the city, this frame serves as a frame for the city’s most iconic building, Burj Khalifa.

Yes, also known as the Al-Fahidi neighborhood, the Bastakia Quarter is one of the top attractions to see during Dubai sightseeing and was built in the late 19th century. Home to the wealthy Persian merchants, it occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek.

Well, if you wish to enjoy opera music in Dubai the Dubai Opera is the place for you. Nestled in Downtown, Dubai opera hosts a wide range of artful dance and musical shows that are a treat for travelers to engage in. This multi-format arts center has a capacity of holding approximately 2,000 people at one time.

Well, the Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Standing in the heart of Dubai, Burj Al Arab started in the year 1999 and has been a major attraction since then. It is, in fact, one of the premium hotels in Dubai where travelers often dream of staying.

The best time to visit Sheikh Zayed Road is during the early morning hours or later at night as this is when there is less rush in the area and visitors can enjoy themselves.

Some of the best beaches to visit in Dubai for great family fun are:

  • JBR Open Beach
  • Umm Suqeim Beach
  • Al Mamzar Beach Park
  • Marina Beach
  • Dubai Creek
  • Jebel Ali Beach

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Top Places to Visit in Dubai

Here is the list of 42 places to visit in dubai, 1. burj khalifa.

Burj Khalifa

Towering at a height of 2,700 feet, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest tower in the world. With two observation decks, a Las Vegas-inspired fountain, nine of the city's best luxury hotels and multiple restaurants, this 21st-century architectural marvel must be your number one place to visit when in Dubai or even the UAE. Also, make sure to book your tickets in advance well to avoid last moment hassles.

2. The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall, also known as the home of the Dubai shopping festival, is one of the world's largest shopping malls, with an area of over 500,000 square meters! With more than 1200 stores, a large walk-through aquarium, a world-class ice rink, 14,000 parking spaces and more exciting experiences for shoppers.

3. Miracle Garden Dubai

Miracle Garden Dubai

Miracle Garden is one of the most beautiful and biggest natural flower gardens in the world. Located in Dubailand, it is spread across a vast area of over 72,000 square meters, the garden is the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 45 million flowers and plants. The place is a heaven for those seeking nature's beauty in the city. The garden is open only from mid-November to mid-May.

4. Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai is claimed to be the world's most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project in UAE. It is the region's first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. The compound has various pavilions dedicated to different countries usually by creating an imitation of a famous landmark of the country.

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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo houses over 33,000 marine life occupying the 10 million litres of water within the tank. A unique underwater zoo occupies the level above the tank showcasing a plethora of underwater life that can be found inhabiting the oceans, rivers and other water bodies across the planet. The VR Zoo makes up the third section offering thrilling wildlife adventures via realistically created virtual tours.

6. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of the indoor ski area. It is the largest indoor ski park in the world. The park has a Snow Park, ski slopes, an ice museum and a skiing academy for those who wish to learn skiing. Apart from the regular facilities, Ski Dubai also hosts various events and concerts and a very cosy eatery called the Avalance Cafe which has a balcony that faces the ski slopes.

7. Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed water fountain located in the beautiful Burj Complex. This dancing fountain surges as high as 150 meters in complete synchronisation to classical, Arabic and other popular world musical numbers. Forming beautiful arcs and jumping to the beats, this fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show begins in the evening every day, and the best way to approach it is through the Dubai Mall.

8. IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Established in 2016 in ‘the heart of Dubai’, IMG is the city’s first mega indoor theme park with world-class amenities and entertainment. Situated on the famous Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, this cartoon-themed park sprawls across 1.5 million square feet of amusement park space. Located next to Global village, this entertainment destination is full of live shows, attractive rides, movies and fantastic food options. Popular franchises there are characters from Frozen, Disney, Cars, Marvel, DC comics and more.

9. Legoland Dubai

Legoland Dubai

Situated amidst Dubai parks and resorts, Legoland is a family-theme park which lets you play with the Lego bricks and enjoy on water slides too! Ideal for kids aged between 2 to 12, Legoland is divided between two parks- a Lego park and a Lego Water Park. Legoland, Dubai consists of almost forty interactive rides, twenty water slides and more than fifteen thousand Lego models.

10. Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is the world's largest frame structure inspired by the logo of the World Expo 2020. Located in Zabeel Park, it is a frame for some of the greatest architectural marvels of Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa. It is flanked by two high-rise towers that go up to 150 meters and are connected by a Sky Deck with a breadth of 93 meters which acts as a top member of the frame structure.

11. Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

One of the biggest water parks of Dubai, Aquaventure is located in the Atlantis hotel complex. This amazing water park offers a series of pools, shoots and flumes and a few thrilling rides. Adrenaline pumping Tower of Neptune and the equally exhilarating Tower of Poseidon are some of the key highlights of the park. Visitors can also relax at the Cabanas, have a nice meal at the various restaurants and shop some souvenirs at the many stores in the park.

12. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Nestled in the region popularly known as 'New Dubai', Dubai Marina is a conceptualized man-made canal city. It offers luxurious lifestyles through its exquisite waterfront development along the Persian Gulf shoreline. There are classy hotels and upscale shopping and other leisure options here. It also contains the Dubai Marina Mall Complex, a shopping and entertainment destination.

13. Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai

Inspired by the famous London Eye, Ain Dubai is the world's tallest observation wheel! This 210-metre-long structure is built in the centre of Bluewater islands which are a group of human-made islands. The 360-degree views of the city, coastline, beaches, skyscrapers and the fantastic views of Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are a magnificent sight!

14. Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates, located in the Al Barsha area of West Dubai, is he "World’s first shopping resort." It has also been named the “World's Leading New Shopping Mall”. The Mall of the Emirates is home to a magnificent family leisure centre housing Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort and Snow Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

15. Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai is famous not just for its deserts, adventure parks and resorts, but for its many shopping hubs as well. Dubai's famous gold souk happens to be the world's largest gold market! Situated in Deira, this golden souk is the most famous and highly visited tourist spot in Dubai because of its excellent quality and designs of gold. With more than 350 jewellery traders and retailers, Gold Souk is restocked with at least 10 tons of gold daily.

16. Motiongate Dubai

Motiongate Dubai

If you are a die-hard fan of Hollywood movies, then the Motiongate theme park is a must-visit. Located in the Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Hollywood Inspired Theme Park has been designed and developed as per the famous movie studios like the Columbia Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Studios and the Lionsgate Studios.

17. Bollywood Parks

Bollywood Parks

Bollywood Parks Dubai is the ‘first theme park dedicated to the B-town’ in the world! A part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, visitors can visit various remakes of famous Bollywood movie sets like Lagaan, have a 4D movie experience to the movie Krish, the Cinema Circle for dance workshops and more. This place has perfect photo opportunities with the beautiful Indian décor, henna artists, vintage movie posters, mannequins of stars and colourful live performances.

18. Kite Beach

Kite Beach

Not just a beachgoers hub, but a regular spot for watersports enthusiasts, Kite Beach, is the newest beach in Dubai to have a lasting impression on visitors. Wakeboarding, kitesurfing and paddleboarding are a few things that visitors try out when visiting Kite Beach. One can try their hand at volleyball too with the net set upright on the beach.

19. Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

This beautiful park has over 3000 animals from across the globe and has become a popular attraction in Dubai for locals and tourists alike. The zoo is divided into various zones named as 'Villages', and these are classified based on the regions around the world in which the animals are based.

20. Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

Famous for its amazing quality and variety of herbs, spices and flavours, Dubai Spice Souks, also known as Old Souk, is all you need to visit for a visual as well as for a taste treat. The air is filled with a unique blend of smells and aromas. Situated in Deira, visitors can find other products like unique Arabian rugs and lanterns, dried fruits and traditional UAE clothing as well. It is the perfect place in Dubai for souvenir shopping.

21. Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow is the world's first park dedicated to glow-in-the-dark. Situated within the Zabeel Park, this place is well known for extraordinary light architecture installations inspired by art objects from all across the world. Images of a giant jellyfish moving in time to the music while floating above the Zabeel Lake has mesmerized both children and adults while the images of a sparkling Burj Khalifa is definitely awe-inspiring. It is currently closed for the summer. It will reopen in October.

22. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium

Home to the majestic Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Northern and Southern American fur seals, and exotic birds, the Dubai Dolphinarium is famous worldwide for its awe-inspiring and interactive shows. Located in Creek Park, a family entertainment and activity park in Dubai, the Dubai Dolphinarium is a major tourist attraction where people from all over the world flock in large numbers all around the year to enjoy exciting marine mammal and bird shows.

23. At the Top Burj Khalifa

At the Top Burj Khalifa

Giving a mesmerising view of the horizon, the At the Top Burj Khalifa tour is a showstopper for those of you out there who wish to know what the view is like from the world's tallest tower. Developed specifically for the tourists, the At the Top tour and At the Top SKY tour takes you to one of the highest observation decks in the world!

24. Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future

Museums usually tell you the story about the past of a place, but stepping into the Museum of the Future will feel like stepping into the future itself. Located in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed road this is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken in the world. The project was initiated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai under the lookout of the Dubai Future Foundation

25. The Walk at JBR

The Walk at JBR

The Walk at JBR near Dubai Marina is a beautiful avenue lined with swaying palms on either side offering many shops and restaurants to its visitors. The Walk is nearly a mile-long stretch with plazas and arcaded doorways on both sides. The Walk is host to multiple events and festival venues and is a must-visit after sunset.

Pier 7

Pier 7 located at Dubai Marina Mall is the mecca for food lovers and connoisseurs with a discerning taste. Home to not one or two but seven different world-class restaurants under one roof is what makes it the most sought-after destination for foodies. Designed to accommodate seven floors of fine dining experience with the city skyline as a backdrop, Pier 7 Dubai boasts of extraordinary architecture as well.

27. Dolphin Bay

Dolphin Bay

Located in Atlantis, the Palm, a trip to Dolphin Bay allows visitors to interact with beautiful dolphins in their habitat. Dolphin Bay is one of the finest and sophisticated human-made dolphin locales in the world. At Dolphin Bay, you learn everything there is to know about swimming with dolphins, feeding them, a more in-depth perspective about the marine mammals and this is a fun activity for adults and children!

28. Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's magnificent artificial archipelago, is the epitome of beauty created by land reclamation, extending into the Persian Gulf. The archipelago resembles a palm tree with a circle when you take an overhead view of it. It was one of the first major tourism projects in the UAE and currently houses some of Dubai’s top tourist destinations like Atlantis, the Palm, Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.

29. Burj Al Arab Public Beach

Burj Al Arab Public Beach

Burj Al Arab Beach is a public beach surrounding the stunning, world-famous hotel, Burj Al Arab. Located in the Umm Suqeim area, it is also locally known as Umm Suqeim Beach or Sunset Beach. This place is one of the most photographed areas in Dubai.

30. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Stretched along the coast, south of the city's historic Al Faihidi district, this sandy white strip of sand is among the top beach destinations for visitors to Dubai. For adventure buffs, there is a facility for various watersports like jet skiing, kitesurfing and more. For a quiet day at the beach, visitors can rent sun loungers too.

31. Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi Water Park is one of the premier water parks of Dubai and boasts of innovative rides for all ages providing a unique experience for visitors. Located in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park is themed around Juha, the character from the very popular folktale Arabian nights. Apart from the rides, the water park also provides an excellent surfing experience.

32. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. Built exactly on lines of Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque that is eight times its size, this mosque is an excellent example of Islamic architecture. It is the only mosque in Dubai that is open to non-muslims. Its detailed architecture and design are even more glorified when lit up in the evening. It is also one of the most photographed mosques in the UAE.

33. Dragon Mart Dubai

Dragon Mart Dubai

The Dragon Mall in Dubai, better known as the Dragon Mart, is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China since 2004. The 1.2 kilometer-long, 150,000 square meter dragon-shaped mall offers a stock of Chinese products at wholesale prices, housing about 4,000 distinctive stores in its arena. Comprising of Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2, the extensive mall is one of the best places for shopping and dining in Dubai.

34. Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Situated at the the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is the world's largest, housing 15 thousand butterflies and around 50 various species of butterflies all bearing different colours, features and shape. With its butterfly Museum, Educational Centre and Cinema, the Dubai Butterfly Garden provides a great opportunity for the visitors to learn more about the advancement of butterflies through each stage making it an ideal place to visit with kids.

35. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

This Saltwater Creek is one of the major ports of UAE and divides the city into two parts and connects the trading port to the desert. Extended to the Persian Gulf and the wildlife sanctuary, this waterway acts as a commercial lifeline as it facilitates not just tourism but also harbours ships, trade and commercial activities. This is a popular place for an evening visit. Witness the lights and music shows, floating and moving dhows, yachts, boats and vessels to get a glimpse of old Dubai during the trade times.

36. Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue is an arts and culture district in Al Quoz, Dubai. The Alserkal District accommodates several houses for local and global artists, art galleries, museums, performing platforms, design studios and exhibition halls.

37. The Green Planet

The Green Planet

Green Planet is an indoor tropical rainforest located at City Walk in Dubai. It is an enclosed ecosystem that gives guests a chance to immerse in the fascinating world of thousands of different species of plants and animals. Here you get to learn about the living ecosystem and experience the ultimate rainforest adventure. The Green Planet also features the world’s largest man-made tree.

38. Laguna Water Park

Laguna Water Park

Dubai's water paradise, Laguna Water Park is nestled in Dubai's finest Beachfront locations of La Mer. It hosts a series of thrilling and exhilarating water rides for the adventurer in you. Other than water rides, you can indulge in shopping at the retail outlets and savor on the variety of delicious food at eateries like Roti Rollers, Zou Zou restaurant and more.

OliOli

OliOli located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is an interactive play area for children. While the galleries create a fun, joyful and safe atmosphere, they also create a learning space where children can explore topics like Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

40. Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

The Museum of Illusions in Dubai gives you a sensory experience that defies logic. With over 80 interactive exhibits spread over 450 square metres, this museum offers adults and children an experience to enjoy the different illusions, exhibits, and brain teasers. The interesting Museum of Illusions is part of an international museum chain that initially began in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015. The Dubai museum is the largest one yet and has been curated by a team of architects and designers. They are based on fields like science, psychology, biology and even simple math, to create thrilling illusions.

41. Dubai Coffee Museum

Dubai Coffee Museum

Dubai’s Coffee Museum is a coffee lover’s paradise tucked away in Al Fahidi heritage hub neighborhood in Bur Dubai. The eccentric museum brings coffee lovers and the coffee culture together under a roof for the love of the cup of brewed Joe (Coffee). The robust home of Coffee Museum showcases the coffee bean journey from around the world, how it was discovered back in time. The visitors are often greeted with a warm cup of Java and popcorns when they enter the museum, as a courtesy to the Arab culture of hospitality.

42. Atlantis the Palm

Atlantis the Palm

With a private sandy beach and 5-star amenities, Atlantis is the first ever resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. Offering mesmerizing views of the Arabian Gulf and being themed on the myth of Atlantis, this resort inculcates a few distinct Arabian elements. Providing unique features such as an underwater aquarium and swimming with dolphin opportunities, Palm Atlantis is surely one of the world’s most popular attraction destination for tourists.

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Burj Khalifa

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#1 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper located in the heart of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest building in the world and among the prime places to visit as part of the Dubai Tour Packages . Standing 828 m high, the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the most prominent attractions in all of the Middle-East. A headlining accomplishment by Emaar, the construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The building is constructed on the government's decision to diversify money from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who provide .....

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Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari

#2 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 61 km from Dubai International Airport, Desert Safari is the most popular and must experience things to do in Dubai. Renowned for its great infrastructure, Dubai is also known for its adventurous streak, especially Desert Safari held in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The Desert Safari in Dubai is a mix of adventure, cultural entertainment, and sumptuous dinner under the stars. The city presents various Desert Safari options like Day Safari and Evening Safari. Visitors can experience desert camping with a delicious Arabian dinner, belly dancers and other traditional performers. Day safaris hold you in for an adventure as you get to try out Dune Bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides and more. The real highlight of the tour is Dune bashing, an exciting, adrenaline-pumping 4x4 drive deep into the desert to explore the vast stretch of the golden dunes by plummeting low in the deep ditches and escalating high on the summit of the dunes. The experience .....

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

#3 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Al Bastakia and 7 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek that separates Bur Dhabi and Deira. Located in the heart of Dubai, it is one of the popular places to experience Dubai Tourism. Also known as Khor Dubai, Dubai Creek was historically known for being between Deira and Bur Dubai and ending at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. After the creek was extended into the Dubai Water Canal, its waters now also flow through the Business Bay and Jumeirah areas. The creek was considered a free trade zone in 1902 under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher. During the same period, the creek became a major trading hub. Due to its limited depth, large vessels were not able to enter the creek. However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the creek was dredged to make it wider and deeper in order to anchor the ships of up to 500 tons. This mighty creek divides the iconic city of Dubai into two halves - Bur Dubai which lies to the southwest .....

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

#4 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Mall is a shopping mall located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai. Situated next to the iconic Burj Khalifa, it is the biggest shopping mall in Dubai and among the must-visit places for shopaholics while holidaying in Dubai. Situated next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall is the most-visited retail and entertainment destination, which welcomes more than 80 million visitors annually. It is the 2nd largest shopping mall in the world which covers more than 1 million square meters. The mall features around 1200 stores, two anchor department stores and hundreds of food and beverage outlets. It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system. The mall was voted the best shopping experience in the world by Grazia Magazine in 2010. Serving as the entryway to Burj .....

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

#5 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is located inside Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai. It is one of the largest and most stunning aquariums in the world and among the top tourist attractions in Dubai. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a walk-through aquarium that houses more than 33,000 aquatic animals. Located on the ground level of the Dubai Mall, the 10-million liters Dubai Aquarium tank measures 51 m in length, 20 m in width and 11 m in height and is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses 140 species of aquatic animals including over 300 Sharks and Rays along with the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. Located on Level Two above the Aquarium tank, Underwater Zoo leads you through three ecological zones namely Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. Visitors can mesmerized by the spectacular displays of animals with 40 different shelters holding a wide variety of animal .....

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

#6 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Fountain is a dancing fountain situated at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai. It is the largest dancing fountain in the world and among the must-see things in Dubai. Submerged within the 30-acre Burj Lake in front of Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain features the tallest and the most well-choreographed fountain system in the world. Built at a cost of AED. 800 million, this fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated in May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Fountain can spray 22,000 gallons (83,000 liters) of water in the air at any moment. More than 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors have been installed. It consists of five circles of different sizes and two arcs of jets. The Dubai Fountains project water in the .....

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort

#7 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Museum is a museum situated in the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood in Bur Dubai. It is the main museum in Dubai and among the prime places to visit as part of Dubai Packages. The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, a stunning desert fort and architectural marvel built-in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. It is the oldest building in the Emirate. As per the history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. This fort was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort. Al Fahidi Fort is square-shaped with towers occupying three of its corners. It was built of coral rock and mortar in several phases. Just off the southern .....

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

#8 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Dubai Museum and 12 km from Dubai International Airport, Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning mosque situated at the Jumeirah 1 area of Dubai. It is one of the beautiful mosques in UAE and among the must-visit places during your Dubai Tour . Built exactly on lines of Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most attractive and biggest mosques in Dubai. The construction of the mosque began in 1976 and was completed in 1979. The Jumeirah Grand Mosque was a gift from the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the former Ruler of Dubai and father of the current Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is said that the Jumeirah Mosque is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. Jumeirah Mosque is an excellent example of the medieval Fatimid style of architecture. Made of carved white stone, the mosque is adorned with two minarets displaying intricate stonework. The .....

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

#9 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 16 km from Burj Khalifa and 27 km from Dubai International Airport, the Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is one of the tallest hotels in the world and among the prime places to visit in Dubai. Established in the year 1999, Burj Al Arab is one of the premium hotels in Dubai. Burj Al Arab stands 280 m on an artificial island off Jumeirah Road and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is the 7th tallest hotels in the world, although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 feet) above ground. Offering the ultimate in luxury, this 7-star hotel is an architectural and engineering marvel and is unmatched by any other building in the world as it's founded on sand, not on rock. It's standing tall on 250 concrete columns of 1.5 m in diameter each that goes 45 .....

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

#10 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Burj Al Arab and 25 km from Dubai International Airport, Jumeirah Beach is a public beach in Dubai. Stretched along the coast of the Persian Gulf, this sandy white strip of sand is among the top beach destinations for the visitors of Dubai. Jumeirah Beach is a white sand beach that is located and named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai. It stretches along the coast south of the Al Fahidi historic district to the junction with The Palm Jumeirah and terminates between the southern end of the Jumeirah Beach Residence (adjacent to the Dubai Marina district) and the port facilities at Jebel Ali. Sun-seekers come to this lively shoreline to revel in Dubai's bright rays, while water sports enthusiasts take advantage of the calm, turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf. The Jumeirah Beach is lined with exotic luxury hotels, restaurants, clubs and other recreation points. The famous Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel .....

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

#11 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 14 km from Burj Al Arab and 30 km from Dubai International Airport, Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubailand, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the biggest natural flower garden in Dubai and among the prime places to visit during your Dubai Trip. The Miracle Garden was launched on Valentine's Day in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 sq. m, making it the largest natural flower garden in the world featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. The flowers are maintained by re-use of treated wastewater through a drip irrigation method with an average amount of 757,082 liters of water per day. Seeing the garden in full bloom with its 150 million flowers arranged in colorful arches and patterns, and the myriad shapes they form, are truly magnificent. The place includes distinctive models of some of the most popular establishments around in Dubai. The models change shape and even have suitable lighting to make them even .....

Kite Beach

#12 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Burj Al Arab and 21 km from Dubai International Airport, Kite Beach is a clean beach off Jumeirah Road in Dubai. It is one of the popular beaches in Dubai and among the prime places to visit as part of Dubai Packages . Kite Beach is a long, pristine stretch of white sand situated south of Jumeirah Beach. This super clean beach is renowned as Dubai's premier destination for kite surfers and a regular spot for water sports enthusiasts. One can find all the water sports equipment on the beach. Wakeboarding, kite surfing, and paddle boarding are a few things that visitors try out when visiting Kite Beach. Visitors can try their hand at volleyball too with the net set upright on the beach. If you are more of a sand lover than water activities, you can simply engage in beach sports such as volleyball or football else just help your child in building a small castle out of the sand. In addition, Kite Beach .....

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

#13 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Dubai Museum and 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market (or souk) located in Al Dhagaya locality of Deira district in Dubai. It happens to be the world's largest gold market and one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Situated in Deira, this golden souk is the most famous and highly visited tourist spot in Dubai because of its excellent quality and designs of gold. The souk consists of over 380 retailers, most of whom are jewelry traders. With more than 350 jewellery traders and retailers, Gold Souk is restocked with at least 10 tons of gold daily. The gold souk is famous worldwide and has a mention in the Guinness World Record Book as it was host to the world's largest and heaviest ring weighing 64 kilograms with a 5.1-kilogram stone resting on it. The piece is owned by Dubai-based Taiba. Besides gold, the souk has a lot to offer like silver, diamond, emeralds, .....

Al Bastakia

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#14 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Bastakia Quarter or Al Bastakia is one of the oldest and traditional Emirati residential areas in Bur Dubai, also known as Old Dubai. Situated along Dubai Creek, it is one of the oldest and most picturesque heritage sites in Dubai. Also known as the Al Fahidi Historic District of Dubai, Al Bastakia village was built in the late 19th century by Persian merchants who left their native homeland due to ongoing religious persecution, as well as tax breaks and incentives offered by the Emirati government. This place gets its name from Bastak, Iran, the origin of many of the traders who first plied their trades. In its prime, the locality was capable of 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes. In the 1980s half of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood village was destroyed to make way for the development of a new office complex. The remaining houses were mostly used as warehouses or accommodation .....

Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

#15 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 5 km from Dubai Museum and 10 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Frame is an iconic structure located in Zabeel Park in Dubai. It is the UAE's latest cultural landmark and among the must-visit Dubai Tourist Places. Rising 150 m from Dubai's Zabeel Park, the Dubai Frame is the largest picture frame in the world. This impressive feat of engineering opened to the public on 1st January 2018, adding another point of interest to Dubai's already awe-inspiring skyline. The structure connects Dubai's rich past with its magnificent present. The project has not come without controversy, however - last year, it was revealed that the design may have been used without the consent of its original architect. It consists of two 150 m towers connected at the top by a 93 m bridge- the Sky Deck. The exterior is clad with stainless steel sheets. The sheets are coated with titanium nitride, giving a golden appearance to the exterior. At the base of the frame, there's a pleasant .....

Zabeel Palace

Zabeel Palace

#16 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Dubai Frame and 14 km from Dubai Airport, Zabeel Palace is a majestic palace situated in the Zabeel area of Dubai. It is one of the popular Dubai Landmarks and among the must-visit places in Dubai. Zabeel Palace is the home of Sheikh Rashid, UAE's former prime minister. It is constructed in the Zabeel area, which was formerly just bare land covered with sand. Today, it is surrounded by all the glitzy buildings that make up the skyline of Dubai. Another Zabeel Palace has also cropped up in the vicinity, but it is the old palace that is full of charms. This palace was constructed sometime in the 1960s and was used as a residence till the 90s. The Arabic word 'Zabeel' stands for 'Thanks'. The design of this palace is the idea of Otto Bulart who also designed the Clock Tower in Dubai. It is one of the most secured palaces in the world, which is protected by sophisticated electronic devices. The palace is surrounded by well-maintained lush gardens. From .....

Mall Of The Emirates

Mall Of The Emirates

#17 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 6 km from Burj Al Arab and 28 km from Dubai International Airport, the Mall of the Emirates is a shopping mall located at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. It is one of the popular places to visit in Dubai for Shopaholics. Developed and owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, it was opened in 2005. The mall was designed by the American architectural firm F+A Architects. The multi-level shopping mall currently features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. In 2017, Forbes named Mall of the Emirates as one of the top five shopping malls in Dubai. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai, and Magic planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centers in Dubai. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of the indoor ski area. It is the largest indoor ski park in the world. The park has a Snow Park, ski slopes, an ice museum .....

Palm Islands

Palm Islands

#18 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 9 km from Burj Al Arab and 32 km from Dubai International Airport, Palm Islands are artificial islands on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Often referred to as the 'eighth wonder of the world' Dubai's Palm Islands are the largest manmade islands in the world and among the must-see places in Dubai as part of Dubai Packages. There are three islands in total that make up Palm Islands Dubai including Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. However, the only island open to visitors is the Palm Jumeirah. These offshore islands were created using land reclamation which extends into the Persian Gulf. The creation of the islands started in 2001 and takes their name from their artificially crafted palm tree shape. The islets were made mostly from sand dredged from the floor of the Persian Gulf, but the side of the crescent that is exposed to the open sea was shored up with stones and boulders from the mainland. These will add a total of 520 kilometers shoreline .....

Palm Jumeirah Atlantis

Palm Jumeirah Atlantis

#19 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Burj Al Arab and 36 km from Dubai International Airport, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the top hotels in Dubai and among the must-visit places for adventure lovers. Nestled between the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Dubai skyline, Atlantis Dubai is the crown of the world-famous Palm Island. Opened in 2008, the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah is the first-ever resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah Island. It is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The 1,548 room nautically themed resort has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. With pink palatial structures, soaring turrets and an Arabian archway, the look of the resort are itself fascinating. The rooms have Arabian and oceanic style decors and feature all amenities that one requires. .....

Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

#20 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 28 km from Dubai International Airport, Global Village is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Dubai. It is one of the best places to visit in Dubai while holidaying in the United Arab Emirates. The Global Village is a destination that provides a wonderful international shopping experience. It was started out in the form of a number of kiosks in 1996 located on the Creek Side opposite to Dubai Municipality. Later, it was shifted to the Oud Metha Area near Wafi City for 5 years. Today, Global Village has 6 million visitors at its current location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. It is claimed to be the world's most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project of UAE and also the first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination in the region. Managed by Dubailand, Global Village is a part theme park and part market. The fair features 26 pavilions that showcase a country or region's traditional handicrafts, merchandise, and cuisine. .....

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House

#21 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Dubai Museum and 11 km from Dubai International Airport, the Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building situated in the Al Shindagha area of Dubai. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city and among the famous historical monuments in Dubai. The Saeed Al Maktoum House was the former residential palace of Sheikh Saeed bin Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958, and grandfather of the present ruler - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Located along the Dubai Creek, the building was established around 1896 CE as the seat of the Al Maktoum family. The building remains the residency of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum since his death in 1958. The site is also the birthplace of his sons and grandsons. The house is the epitome of Arabic architecture, which has a splendid design, coupled with luxurious interiors. It has three inner courtyards flanked by 30 rooms behind richly ornamented teak doors and lorded over by four wind towers. .....

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

#22 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 7 km from Palm Jumeirah and 36 km from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Marina is a conceptualized man-made canal city in Dubai. It is one of the popular places to visit while holidaying in Dubai. Nestled in the New Dubai, the artificial canal city of Dubai Marina was built along a 3-kilometer (2 mi) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. It is located on Interchange 5 between Jebel Ali Port and the area which hosts Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University in Dubai. Dubai Marina was inspired by the Concord Pacific Place development along False Creek in Vancouver, BC, Canada. With over 200 high-rise towers, including 40 towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, it is the world's largest man-made marina. It offers luxurious lifestyles through its exquisite waterfront development along the Persian Gulf shoreline. There are classy hotels and upscale shopping and other leisure options here. It also contains the Dubai Marina Mall Complex, a .....

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

#23 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 7 km from Burj Khalifa and 13 km from Dubai International Airport, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the few urban protected areas in the arid zone and among the must-visit places in Dubai for bird lovers. Situated at the end of the ecologically important and culturally rich Dubai Creek, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary silently replenishes the fishing grounds for three settlements - now known as Deira, Shindhaga and Bur Dubai. The Ras Al Khor Sanctuary was established in 1985 and was officially declared as a protected area in 1998. It was designated as the Ramsar Site in 2007 under the Ramsar Convention and also identified as a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and considered an exceptional wetland within the UAE. Known as the 'Cape of the Creek,' Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 6.2 sq. km and features a variety of salt flats, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, .....

Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai Shopping Festival

#24 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 13 km from Dubai International Airport, the Dubai Shopping Festival is held annually in Dubai. It is one of the longest-running and most successful shopping festivals in Dubai. Located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Mall is the venue for the prestigious shopping festival. Though sales happen in Dubai every month, the one-month-long Dubai Shopping Festival held in January and February annually gives you the best offers where much-loved fashion brands, electronics, jewellery, and perfumes are available at exceptional discounts. The shopping festival in Dubai is a diverse bouquet of activities and festivities. It gives the desert country a whole new set of cheerful and vibrant vibes. The Dubai Shopping Festival is a haven for shopaholics around the globe. Major brands showrooms in Dubai have huge discounts on their products, making the deals inevitable for even the most reluctant shoppers. One can buy all sorts of products like clothes, .....

Grand Mosque / Grand Bur Dubai Masjid

Grand Mosque / Grand Bur Dubai Masjid

#25 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 8 km from Dubai International Airport, Grand Mosque is a sacred mosque situated in the historic Al Fahidi Neighborhood in Bur Dubai. Opposite to Dubai Museum, it is an absolute must when it comes to popular places in Dubai. Also known as Grand Bur Dubai Masjid, Grand Mosque was built in 1900 as a school devoted to the study of the Quran but it was demolished to make way for another mosque in 1960. Again it was rebuilt in the year 1998, closer in style to the original of 1900. This mosque is one of the largest in Dubai and one of the biggest mosques in the world and keeps its visitors hooked with the amazing architectural pieces around in the place. The hub of Dubai's religious and cultural life, the mosque displays an impressive blue mosaic work which makes it worthy of a visit. It has 82 vaults and the 24-carat gold overlaid fixtures simply add to the grandeur of the place. There are five large Quranic inscriptions at the entrance. It has nine large domes .....

Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum

#26 of 26 Places to Visit in Dubai

At a distance of 2 km from Jumeirah Mosque and 13 km Dubai International Airport, Etihad Museum is a dynamic 21st-century museum situated on Jumeirah Road, Dubai. It is one of the popular museums in Dubai and among the must include places in Dubai Tour Packages. Established in the year 2016, Etihad Museum is a historical place that consists of everything old and new. The museum is located on the same historical site of the Union House, the very place where the 7 rulers of the 7 Emirates came together in 1971 to sign the declaration that marked the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Spread over 25,000 sq. m, the museum is managed by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The word 'Etihad' means 'union' in Arabic. There's no better place to gain insight into the UAE's extraordinary economic development since its independence as the first federation in the Arab world. Designed by Canadian architects Moriyama & Teshima, the museum is constructed in the shape of a manuscript, .....

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50 Best Tourist Attractions in Dubai

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A city of mesmerizing contrasts, Dubai is Old World charm meets modern metropolis – and it blends the two together in ultimate style that few other cities around the world can match. Dubai attractions come in all forms; from traditional pedestrian markets to the world’s tallest building, and everything in between .

Having been built up exponentially over the past half-century, the city’s skyline is now peppered with towering skyscrapers, while its streets are lined with luxury malls and five-star hotels.

And yet despite all the modernity on display, Dubai has managed to retain much of its traditional Arabic culture and heritage – meaning that whether you’re a history buff, architecture lover, adrenaline junkie (make sure to venture out to the desert dunes nearby) or foodie (the souks are a melting pot of flavors that can’t be missed), you’ll be spoiled for choice for noteworthy attractions in Dubai .

Nowhere is this more evident than in the historic district of Bastakiya, where you can wander through meandering alleyways lined with colorful wind towers and traditional merchant houses before hopping over to the slew of modern attractions at Zabeel Park just 10 minutes away.

So, without further ado, here are our 50 best tourist attractions in Dubai that you simply cannot miss!

1 – Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

And, as you’d expect from a skyscraper of this status, the views from atop its observation deck are nothing short of extraordinary. As the tallest outdoor observation deck, at a whopping 1,820 feet high, visitors are greeted with 360-degree views of Dubai’s magnificent skyline and contrasting desert and ocean landscapes.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, head to the Atmosphere Grill and Lounge – an upscale 122nd-floor eaterie with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can sip champagne as you soak up the incredible vistas.

There are plenty of other Dubai attractions that offer breathtaking views, but few can match the sheer scale and grandeur of the Burj Khalifa. So if you’re looking to tick one thing off your Dubai bucket list, make sure it’s this!

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2 – Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Across the expansive 10-million-liter aquarium, visitors have the rare chance to get up close and personal with some of the most intimidating (yet often misunderstood) predators in the world, including sharks and rays, alongside thousands of bright and vibrant creatures (everything from seahorses to starfish and jellies) in impressively constructed rainforest and deep ocean environments.

If you’re feeling brave, you can even get up close with the friendlier creatures at the touch tanks! Located right next to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the aquarium is one of the most centrally located attractions in Dubai – perfect for those who want to make the most of their time in the city.

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3 – Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden, Dubai

The ideal morning destination for Instagrammers and nature-lovers alike, the Miracle Garden is a vibrant and colorful oasis that sells itself as one of the must-visits for anyone traveling to Dubai.

Set across 72,000 square meters of land, this enchanting garden playground is home to over 50 million flowers arranged into intricate designs and patterns (think hearts, butterflies, castles, ducks, and even a giant Emirates plane!).

About 70% of the garden’s displays are constantly changing throughout the year (with different themes for each season), so there’s always something new to see and light up that social media feed – no matter how many times you visit.

And if you thought the outside was impressive, just wait until you see the indoor butterfly garden! Here you can walk among thousands (close to 15,000, to be exact) of free-flying butterflies as they flutter around you in a beautiful temperature-controlled environment.

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4 – Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

Made famous back in 1999 by being dubbed ‘the world’s only seven-star hotel’, the Burj Al Arab is one of Dubai’s most iconic and luxurious landmarks.

Positioned on its own man-made island just offshore from Jumeirah Beach, this sail-shaped hotel is impossible to miss – and it’s not just because of its size (at 321 meters tall, it’s one of the tallest hotels in the world).

From the moment you step inside, you’re greeted with an incredible level of opulence and extravagance with an engulfing atrium that needs to be seen to be believed. From the stunning marble lobby with its grandiose staircases and calming waterfall features, to the lavish suites complete with 24-karat gold iPads and butler service (there’s a staff-to-suite ratio of 8:1) – no expense has been spared in making the Burj Al Arab one of the most luxurious hotels on the planet.

Foodies, even if you’re not staying at the hotel, be sure to book a time to dine at one of the seven world-renowned restaurants on site. From delectable French cuisine at Al Muntaha, to classic seafood fare at Al Mahara – your taste buds will be in for a treat.

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5 – Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

A little off the beaten track in Zabeel Park, the Dubai Frame is one of those hidden gems that’s often overlooked by first-time visitors to the city.

And that’s a shame, because this 150-meter tall structure offers some of the best views in Dubai. From the top of the frame, you can see old Dubai on one side and new Dubai on the other – making it the perfect place to get your bearings and understand how this city has transformed itself from a small trading port into one of the most futuristic metropolises on earth.

But it’s not just about the views from the 93-meter glass skywalk; inside, there’s also an informative museum chronicling Dubai’s rich history, as well a handful of displays pointing toward the future of the city.

Hot tip: arrive about an hour before sunset and, if possible, avoid weekends as it can get a little crowded.

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6 – The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm, Dubai

Regularly finding itself on the front of postcards and Instagram stories, the world-famous and manmade Palm Jumeirah archipelago, constructed to resemble the shape of a palm tree, has long been one of Dubai’s most renowned landmarks.

While there are plenty of ways to experience the Palm – from taking a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk or going for a swim at one of the many beaches – perhaps the best way to see it is from above at The View at The Palm.

Towering 240 meters above the sands, perched on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, this observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Palm, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Arabian Gulf, Bluewaters Island.

On a clear day, you can even see all the way to Burj Khalifa and beyond. So make sure you bring your camera, and reserve a few minutes for sipping on cocktails at the elegant View Lounge (the Cheers at The View package oozes VIP luxury, if that’s what you’re after).

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7 – Sharjah Grand Mosque

Sharjah Grand Mosque, Dubai

Stepping away from the ultra-luxe and diving into the traditional and cultural side of this Arabian metropolis, the Sharjah Grand Mosque is one of Dubai’s most important (not to mention architecturally stunning) historical locales.

This beautiful house of worship was built in 2014 and can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers at any one time.

With beautiful domes, chandeliers, and windows, as well as towering 60-meter-high minarets, this cherished landmark is brilliant inside and out.

Just be mindful that you dress modestly (think long pants/dresses and tops that cover your shoulders) out of respect for the customs.

And if you really want to get a taste of traditional Emirati culture, sign up for one of the mosque’s guided tours which dives into the building, city, and culture.

8 – Dubai Creek

Dhow cruise in Dubai Creek

Hop aboard a traditional dhow cruise and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Once the beating heart of Dubai, this saltwater creek acted as an important trading hub for merchants from all over the world and was responsible for much of the city’s early growth.

Nowadays, it remains an integral part of local life – many residents still live and work on its shores – and is one of those places that really helps give Dubai its unique character.

You can explore the creek by taking a leisurely stroll along its banks, hopping on an abra (a small wooden water taxi) to get from one side to the other, or taking a dhow cruise at sunset for a truly magical experience as you glide past illuminated souks, modern skyscrapers, and traditional wind towers.

With a range of Dhow cruises to choose from – including combination tours that visit the nearby sand dunes or Burj Khalifa as well – you’ll find something intriguing no matter your interest or budget.

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9 – IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

This one’s for the thrill-seekers.

A crowd-favorite when it comes to high-energy Dubai attractions, IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor amusement park like no other, boasting a total of four epic adventure zones (plus Novo Cinema), each inspired by some of the world’s most popular cartoons and comic books – Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard.

With close to two dozen adrenaline-inducing rides and roller coasters, plus shows, costumed characters, and no shortage of unique eateries (Mama Scano’s Of Yancy Street dishes up a killer pizza), and plenty of shopping spots, there really is something here for everyone.

Whether you want to go on a heart-pounding rollercoaster ride or meet your favorite cartoon characters in person, IMG Worlds of Adventure is 1.5 million square feet – making it the largest indoor park in the world – of fun guaranteed to be a day that you’ll never forget.

Free parking is available, and the park is open every day until 10pm (11pm on the weekend).

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10 – Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah island, Dubai

Aptly named after its palm tree-shaped outline, this massive manmade island juts out into the Persian Gulf and is home to an array of luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and top-tier Dubai tourist attractions.

One of the most popular things to do on the Palm is to take a ride on the Palm Jumeirah Monorail, which offers stunning views of not only the island itself but also nearby Burj Al Arab and Atlantis The Palm . Along the way you’ll stop at the Golden Mile Galleria, Al Ittihad Park, Nakheel Mall, and Atlant, each destination worth exploring in its own right!

If you’re feeling active (and have deep pockets), experience a speedboat tour , or why not try your hand at paddleboarding or flyboarding (sometimes called the ‘jetovator’).

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11 – Dubai Fountain

Dubai fountain show

Dazzling visitors time and time again, the Dubai Fountain is a whimsical water wonder that provides the perfect backdrop for any tourist snap. Located at the base of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and next to The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world, this massive musical fountain is truly a sight to behold.

Performing daily at sunset (and sometimes during the day), the Dubai Fountain puts on an impressive display of water, light, and music that is emblematic of Dubai’s desire to outperform the rest of the world in style, size, and technology. And it does so every half hour in the evenings from 6pm to 11pm.

Best seen from one of the many nearby cafes or restaurants with outdoor seating, it’s also possible to take a ride on an abra for a closer look – just make sure you’re prepared to get wet!

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12 – Desert Safari

Dubai desert safari

Despite towering skyscrapers and engineering marvels in every direction, Dubai is still very much a desert city.

And what would a visit to the desert be without a safari?

There are plenty of tour operators offering half-day and full-day excursions into the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, but if you’re looking for something truly special, go for a day trip that hits up a wide range of the reserve’s essential activities.

Hurl down at high speed at the sand dunes, enjoy a camel ride or quad bike through the desert, pop into a camel farm to see a more traditional side of the area, and end your day with a homely Arabian dinner under the stars.

The desert is one of the most famous places to visit in Dubai. so just make sure to book in advance as these tours often sell out weeks ahead!

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13 – Bur Dubai Souk Market

Bur Dubai Souk Market

One of the quintessential attractions in Dubai for shoppers and hagglers alike, the Bur Dubai Souk Market is a bustling waterfront labyrinth of narrow covered lanes overflowing with every conceivable type of merchandise.

From embroidered fabrics and hand-woven carpets to spices, gold, perfume, and souvenirs, this is the place to come if you’re looking to pick up a few bargains or simply soak up the unique atmosphere.

The market is open daily from 10am to 10.30pm, but the best time to come is in the evening when the heat has died down.

14 – Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future, Dubai

Like stepping into a fascinating world of tomorrow, the Museum of the Future in the city’s Financial District is one of Dubai’s most unique and futuristic attractions.

Designed to be a platform for innovation and a hub for discussion about the future, the museum is home to a number of interactive exhibits that explore everything from artificial intelligence to biotechnology, the long-term sustainability of food, health, water, energy, transportation (flying cars, anyone?) and more.

There is also an area dedicated to children, where the little ones can solve challenges to become earth’s “future heroes”; and with 7 floors spread across the impressive, 77-meter-tall Torus-shaped structure, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon if you’re interested in learning more about the cutting edge technologies that are shaping our next generations.

15 – La Perle By Dragone

La Perle by Dragone show, Dubai

Looking for things to do in Dubai at night ? An extravagant live performance of water, acrobatics, and pyrotechnics, La Perle by Dragone promises a night of unforgettable entertainment, holding its own as one of Dubai’s most popular evening shows.

With a cast of over 65 international artists (comprising 23 nationalities if you don’t mind), the show tells the story of Dubai through the lens of a young girl who stumbles into a dream-like state and wanders through the UAE in search of a lost pearl, uncovering different cultures, ecosystems, and people along the way – all brought to life with stunning special effects, including rainstorms, fireballs, giant drums, and flying motorcycles.

Set inside a purpose-built theatre with state-of-the-art technology and seating for up to 1300 people, La Perle is an immersive experience that will leave you feeling both exhilarated and inspired.

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16 – Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai

One of the quintessential family tourist attractions in Dubai, especially considering the year-round sizzling heat, Atlantis Aquaventure is a sprawling waterpark located on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island.

With over 30 slides and attractions, including Dubai’s longest Lazy River, a zip line that soars 65 feet over the park, slides that plummet through shark-filled lagoons, and plenty of pools and beaches to relax in among a handful of other record-breaking rides, there’s something here for everyone – and with a dedicated Splashers Kids’ Play Area, little ones are guaranteed to have a splashing good time too.

Don’t forget to check out the park’s Sea Lion Point where you can get up close and personal with these charismatic creatures, or consider taking a leisurely stroll through The Lost Chambers Aquarium next door, to see over 65,000 marine animals swimming around in their natural habitat.

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17 – Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

A powdery white ski hill in the middle of the desert? Believe it or not, complete with chairlifts, penguins, and apres-ski alike, Ski Dubai is one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai – and with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area (one of the top three largest in the world), its easy to see why.

Featuring 5 different slopes of varying difficulties, a dedicated freestyle zone, a range of lessons for beginner skiers and snowboarders alike, and a Penguin Encounter where you can meet and greet a handful of furry friends (you won’t find that at your typical ski resort!), this is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

You’ll find the multiple award-winning ski hill (named world’s best indoor ski resort for three years running) at the Mall of Emirates – an attraction in its own right that delivers four floors of shopping, over 900 stores, and a cinema to boot.

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18 – Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

A must-visit during the cooler months, Dubai Garden Glow is a unique attraction that’s part sculpture park, part theme park, and glow-in-the-dark wonderland – all rolled into one.

Located at Zabeel Park and featuring millions of LED lights spread across five different zones (the Dinosaur Park, the Glow Park, the Glow Garden, the Ice Park, the Magic Park, and the Art Park), this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Dubai. Doused in neon and whimsically lighting up the night sky, Garden Glow showcases all kinds of quirky illuminated creations – from wildlife animals and marine creatures to flowers, trees, and birds, and a slew of mind-bending optical illusions, there’s something to catch your eye in every direction.

Throw in a variety of live entertainment including acrobatic shows, firework displays, and musical performances from local and international artists, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect night out.

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19 – LEGOLAND® Dubai

LEGOLAND Dubai

A crowd favorite for galavanting families and builders-to-be, LEGOLAND® Dubai is one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai for kids 2 to 12 years of age (but, let’s be honest, Lego-loving parents have a ball here too).

Featuring over 40 rides, shows, and attractions spread across six different themed lands (Miniland, LEGO® City, Adventureland, Imagination Land, Kingdoms Land, and Factory Land), as well as a waterpark next door, there’s enough here to keep little ones entertained for hours on end.

And with interactive experiences like LEGO® City Driving School where kids can get behind the wheel of their very own LEGO car and walk away with an official LEGOLAND® Driving Licence or the 4D Studios where next-generation technology is on display, the tots might never want to leave!

Hot tip: make sure to spend some time in Miniland – while not chock-full of rides, it impresses with over 20 million LEGO® bricks built to replicate Dubai’s iconic skyline and key landmarks from all over the Middle East.

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20 – Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Housed inside the oldest building in the city, the Al Fahidi Fort on the shores of the Dubai Creek which dates back to the late 1700s, Dubai Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about the Emirate’s rich culture and heritage.

Founded in 1971 to preserve Dubai’s history and display its traditional way of life (before the discovery of oil and the building up of the now-futuristic city), the museum today is an engaging, interactive space that tells the story of how Dubai has evolved from a small fishing and pearling village to the bustling metropolis it is today.

With exhibits on traditional Arabic houses, mosques, souks, boats, weaponry, musical instruments, and more (with some items dating as far back as 3000BC), as well as a walk-through diorama of old Dubai complete with sounds and smells, this is one attraction that provides insight into what life was like before all the glitz and glamour.

The life-size dioramas are a constant delight, and at only AED three per person (about 80 cents US), it’s an absolute bargain of a destination.

21 – Al Marmoom Camel race track

Al Marmoom Camel Race Track, Dubai

Lesser-known to tourists but one of the more renowned Dubai attractions among locals, the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track is where you catch a glimpse of a sporting tradition that’s existed in the Middle East for over 2,500 years – albeit in a more modern environment.

Al Marmoom is the biggest camel race track in Dubai, sits right next to the Al Marmoom Heritage Village in the heart of the desert, and, best of all, is totally free to visit.

Keep in mind: the race season usually runs exclusively from October to April in the winter months, with races happening in the early mornings on Fridays and Saturdays.

22 – Deira Clocktower

Deira Clocktower, Dubai

A symbol of the city and one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, the Deira Clocktower is an impressive sight to behold whether you’re seeing it for the first time or the hundredth.

The clocktower was built in 1963 in the heart of Dubai’s old trading district to signify the first land-crossing between Deira and Bur Dubai – a nod to the area’s industrial development – and has since become one of the most popular photo spots in town (as well as a handy navigation point at the intersection of Umm Hurair Road and D89).

These days, the area has been built up around it, surrounded now by a busy roundabout where a plethora of eateries await – from Illusions Lounge and Yakitate to the Dampa Seafood Grill, the area is a formidable spot for blending history and architecture with a spot of lunch.

23 – Green Planet

The Green Planet, Dubai

Like taking a journey into your very own tropical rainforest, The Green Planet is one of Dubai’s newest attractions and a non-negotiable stop on any UAE itinerary for animal and nature lovers.

Housed inside a massive biodome along one of the city’s most popular lifestyle districts, City Walk, the indoor rainforest is home to over 3000 species of animals, plants, and birds – many of which are endangered or on the brink of extinction.

As well as being an incredibly educational experience (there are plenty of informative displays and talks throughout the day across the four levels: the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest), it’s also great fun – kids will love getting up close to sloths, sugar gliders, snakes and parrots while adults can appreciate the engineering feat that is this captivating man-made ecosystem.

Looking to make your visit to the next level? For the brave of the brave, the Green Planet offers guests the chance to swim with Piranhas!

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24 – Dubai Global Village

Dubai Global Village

A Dubai institution, the Global Village is a journey through the diverse culture of humankind; showcasing people, traditions, history, and lifestyles of countries as far and wide as Egypt, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and China, to name but a few of the 90 different cultures depicted.

An unmissable spot for any first-time traveler to the city, the huge open-air themed market and entertainment destination puts the world in perspective; while we are all different and unique, we also have a lot in common – a love for food, language, and art, for starters.

Running typically from October to May, the Global Village is open for five months of the year and welcomes millions of visitors during that time – so if you’re in town, make sure to add it your itinerary and enjoy the famous replicas of World Heritage Sites like the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower, and Taj Mahal; the high-paced stage shows, and the family-friendly thrill rides!

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25 – 3D World Dubai Trick-Art ‘Selfie’ Museum

Dubai 3D World

Guaranteed to impress (and confuse) your social media followers, the Dubai Trick-Art Museum is a fun-filled activity for all the family.

With over 185 different optical illusions and ‘trick art’ paintings, this air-conditioned venue holds its own as the largest 3D trick art museum in the world. Featuring iconic landmarks from near and far, as well as local scenes dedicated to fantasy, humor, or history, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours (and rack up those likes).

Not only is it great fun trying to figure out how the paintings were created, but it’s also a unique way to explore some of Dubai’s most popular attractions without even leaving the city!

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26 – Deira district

Grand Souk in Old Deira, historical Dubai

A shopper’s paradise, the Deira district is where you’ll find everything from traditional Arabic markets and souks to modern malls.

But that’s not all this historic area of Dubai has to offer: take a ride on an abra (traditional water taxi) down the creek, visit the Gold Souk to admire – and purchase – some of the finest jewelry in the world, or haggle for spices and souvenirs at the bustling Spice Souk. At the latter, you’ll uncover everything from fresh herbs to rare spice blends unique to the Middle East, making it one of the best places in Dubai for foodies and fragrance-lovers alike!

If, after browsing the aromatic Spice Shuk, you want to follow your nose to another level, The Perfume Souk (located next to the Gold Souk,) is a hotbed of smells that will tantalize your senses! Here, thousands of smells range from subtle to potent, and represent a host of the most common scents in Arabian life. And, of course, with hundreds of distributors and vendors, you can practice your negotiating skills all day.

And when you need a break from all that shopping, stop by one of the many cafes and restaurants for a refreshing cup of coffee or some delicious Emirati cuisine.

27 – Al Noor Island

Al Noor Island, Dubai

A wonderful escape from the crowded city, Al Noor Island is a man-made oasis located in the heart of Sharjah on Khalid Lake.

A popular spot for picnics and days out, the island is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge and features lush gardens, meandering walkways, charming fountains, and an incredible butterfly house.

The butterfly house is home to over hundreds of brightly colored butterflies which flit freely around the tropical plants; it’s truly a magical experience!

If you’re looking for a calm and serene spot to relax in nature, not to mention admire the brilliant skylines of both Dubai and Sharjah from afar, the new and still little-known Al Noor Island is the perfect place – just be sure to bring your camera to capture some amazing photos.

28 – The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai

If you’re after attractions in Dubai suitable for youngsters, the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm is an excellent choice.

Home to over 65,000 marine animals, the aquarium features a series of chambers and tunnels (no less than 21 amazing exhibits) which impress and amaze with shark-filled lagoons, rays gliding overhead, and vibrant coral gardens.

Younger children will love the interactive shows where they can learn all about the different creatures inhabiting the aquarium; while older kids (and adults!) can get up close and personal with some of the residents on a behind-the-scenes tour or by participating in a snorkeling or feeding session.

With so much to see and do, and a handy proximity to the beloved adventureland that is the Atlantis Water Park, it’s a justifiably popular choice for vacationers.

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29 – Motiongate Dubai

Motion Gate, Dubai

All about Tinseltown, show-biz, and the glitz and glam of Hollywood, Motiongate Dubai is a cinephile’s delight, combining all the tropes of classic American cinema into one incredible theme park.

With five themed zones (Studio Central, Dreamworks, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and the kid-friendly Smurfs’ Village), attractions include a raft of 30 rides and rollercoasters inspired by some of your favorite films including The Hunger Games (be sure to ride the Capitol Bullet Train!), Shrek, Madagascar, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Kung-Fu Panda, and a whole lot more.

The youngest visitors will love the Smurfs Village Playland; while big kids can enjoy the exhilarating adrenaline rush of flying through New York City on The Green Hornet: High-Speed Chase or being plunged 58 meters into the air on Zombieland Blast Off.

Whatever your age or interests, there’s something at Motiongate Dubai to get your heart racing and scratch that movie itch!

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See also: Best theme parks in Dubai

30 – The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

Enormous being an understatement, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area, with over 12 million square feet of space (and fittingly located next to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa).

As well as being home to more than 1200 stores, 200 restaurants and cafes, an Olympic-sized ice rink with regular learn-to-skate programs, an indoor aquarium and underwater zoo, a kid’s edutainment center (KidZania), and much more, the mall also offers some incredible views of the Burj Khalifa from its outdoor terraces.

In other words? You could easily spend an entire day (or two) here and still not see everything!

Oh, and did we mention there’s a 25-meter-long, 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton too? Clearly, these guys don’t do things by halves.

Hot tip: because Dubai’s weather is typically off-the-charts hot, it’s best to visit the Mall during the peak heat hours of the day (air conditioning is your friend!) before venturing out in the evening to explore Dubai’s incredible nightlife when things have cooled down a bit.

31 – Love Lake – Dubai

Love Lake, Dubai

Traveling with your loved one and looking for romantic things to do in Dubai ?

Large enough that it can be seen from space (take that, Great Wall of China), Love Lake is quite simply one of the most unique attractions in the greater Dubai region.

A man-made lake located in the otherworldly Al Qudra Oasis, tucked away amidst the Al Salam desert dunes, the lake is shaped – you guessed it – like a heart; two large, interconnected hearts, in fact.

A little cheesy but romantic nonetheless, the area has been built up so that love is all around, with plants and flowers shaped in hearts dotting the leisurely walkway.

The lakes are open 24 hours for both visiting or camping, all up, offering both a pleasant and lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of typical Dubai life, and with more than 175 species of birds (not to mention the ducks and land-based wildlife), it’s a hidden gem well-worthy of a visit.

32 – Meydan Racecourse

Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Home to some of the lushest greenery you’ll find in the region, the futuristic-looking Meydan Racecourse , with room for more than 60,000 eager spectators, is one of Dubai’s most popular local sporting meccas.

As well as being a world-class horse racing venue (most famous for hosting the $30-million Dubai World Cup every March), the racecourse also offers several other activities and amenities, including a golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and cafes (the Winner’s Circle restaurant is all class), and – perhaps most impressively – a luxury hotel.

Races run from November through to April most years (avoiding the blaring summer heat), however, the facilities in the area are open year-round, including the opulent and 5-star Meydan Hotel (widely considered one of the best hotels in Dubai, with rooms that offer spectacular views of either the cityscape or racetrack).

33 – Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Of all the animal-focused Dubai attractions, Dubai Safari Park is constantly held alongside the best of the best, certainly being one of the most immersive.

A world away from your typical caged zoo environment, Dubai SafariPark is more like an African game reserve, with a huge number of animals (more than 3,000 all up, encompassing more than 250 species) residing in open, natural habitats that are as close to their natural homes as possible.

There are five main animal zones at Dubai Safari Park – the African Village, the Asian Village, the Arabian Desert Safari, Explorer Village, and Adventure Valley – each home to a different array of animals; think lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), giraffes and rhinos, komodo dragons, moon bears, baboons, Nile crocodiles, elephants, orangutans, and flamboyant flamingos (the list really does go on).

Besides the chance to up close and personal with some incredible animals, there are plenty of fun-filled activities for families to enjoy together here too; from the kids farm to the multitude of live wildlife shows!

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34 – Jebel Jais

Jebel Jais zipline, Dubai

A cruisey two-hour drive from Dubai, straddling the border of the UAE and Oman, Jebel Jais is the tallest mountain in the UAE, measuring in at a whopping 1,934 meters.

A popular spot for both locals and tourists alike, Jebel Jais has become somewhat of an adrenaline junkie’s playground over recent years, playing host to a number of exciting activities and attractions.

For starters, there’s the world’s longest zipline at almost 2800 meters (according to Guinness), which offers breathtaking views of the Hajar Mountains as you speed along at up to 150 kilometers an hour (93 mph); or the Jebel Jais Sky Tour, where the thrills are far more long-lived as you fly over the jagged mountain range on a dramatic five-kilometer-long, six-zip-line course.

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35 – Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum, Dubai

Full of insights into the local culture – both modern and traditional – the Etihad Museum is one of the newest Dubai attractions, having only opened in 2017. Located in Jumeirah, on the site next to the former Union House where the UAE was founded in 1971 (free tours of which, by the way, are available), this excellent museum dives into the history of the UAE through well designed and interactive exhibits that focus on a number of different sections of UAE history and culture.

As you walk in, you can’t miss the giant painting by Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais that depicts the geography of the UAE; while other sections explore the Union’s founding fathers, showcase 3D documentaries about the founding years, and display artifacts like the signed union agreement itself and Sheikh Rashid’s passport.

Not too far away sits the Jumeirah Mosque and the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, two very different yet very popular tourist destinations each within walking distance.

36 – Dubai Autodrome

formula one in Dubai

Craving that need for speed? You’ll find it in spades (and then some) at the Dubai Autodrome – one of the most popular things to do in Dubai for petrol heads and car enthusiasts.

With a capacity for 15,000 spectators, the 5-kilometer Dubai Autodrome circuit has hosted some of the world’s most prestigious racing events over its 15+ year history; think Le Mans Series, MotoGP, the UAE Procar Championship, and a whole lot more.

Besides being a spectacular venue for watching live races (check their website to see what’s on during your stay), the Autodrome is also home to Kartdrome – one of the best go-karting tracks in town where both kids and adults can race around like maniacs in electric go-karts. The outdoor 1.2km International Circuit is perfect for speed demons, while the younger ones usually prefer the 620-meter-long indoor circuit.

For the ultimate thrill, however, sign up for a hot lap in one of the supercars! From driving a Ferrari GT to a legitimate Formula DXB, as well as BMWs, Audi TTs, McLarens, Renault Clios, and Prodrift-style single-seaters, high octane is just around the corner!

37 – Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

A wonderful way to spend an evening; dressed to the nines and experience the local haut-classe culture, Dubai Opera is a stunningly designed, state-of-the-art performance venue that opened its doors in 2016.

With a capacity for 2000 people, Dubai Opera has already become one of the most popular things to do in the Downtown Dubai area (especially if you consider yourself more of a culture vulture), playing host to a number of excellent shows, operas, ballets, musicals, and more throughout the year.

Considered the shining pearl of The Opera District – it’s just one of many entertainment venues in the Dubai Mall area, and worth visiting even if only to admire the modern structure from the outside.

38 – Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

If you’re looking to ditch the high-octane thrills of dune buggies, skyscrapers, and water parks for a more low-key way to spend the day, head over to Dubai Marina and stroll along the water’s edge, stopping for an ice cream or coffee in one of the many cafes that line the promenade.

Or, if you’re feeling active, rent a bicycle or inline skates and make your way down the palm tree-lined Marina Walk; on weekends especially, this is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to get some fresh air, and with no less than 305 outlets and 69 restaurants along the 7km stretch, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eats and activities.

For those who want to stay afloat, there are plenty of options for renting a yacht or boat – from small dinghies to massive luxury yachts – and taking in the sights from the water.

And when night falls, the party doesn’t stop – the luxurious lifestyle transitions from shopping to partying, with a handle of waterfront bars and clubs acting as tourist magnets.

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Hot tip: Experience the luxury and the city skyline from the water with the best boat tours in Dubai , showcasing the city’s iconic landmarks like Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina.

39 – Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld, Dubai

Keen for a day trip?

Situated on Yas Island, Yas Waterworld is one of the best water parks in Abu Dhabi – about an hour’s drive from Dubai – and promises a great day out for anyone traveling with young kids (or any theme park lover, in all honesty).

With over 40 diverse rides, slippery slides, and entertaining attractions, there’s something for everyone here – from the youngest tots who can splash around in the dedicated children’s area (Tot’s Playground) to older kids and adults who can feel the adreniline on seriously thrilling waterslides like the Bandit Bomber, Jebel Drop, and Slithers Slides.

A beloved experience for those looking to try something new, Yas also boasts the world’s first pearl-diving experience, where brave treasure hunters can plunge to the depths of an underwater tank to uncover oysters and pearls!

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40 – Museum of Illusions Dubai

Dubai Museum of Illusions

Sure to leave you confused and impressed simultaneously, the Museum of Illusions Dubai is an interactive museum like no other, with over 80 different optical illusions and mind-boggling displays that’ll have you scratching your head in disbelief.

From anti-gravity rooms to vortex tunnels, levitation tools, and holograms, the science behind each exhibit is just as fascinating as the visual displays – making this one of the prime spots to visit in Dubai if you’re looking for something a little different (and educational) to do with the family.

Located in the Al Seef area near the Dubai Creek, it’s the perfect hour-long activity before a pleasant wander down the banks and a spot of lunch.

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41 – VR Park

VR Park Dubai

Step into a futuristic world of digitally-created realities at VR Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

With over 30 different virtual reality experiences to choose from – including roller coasters, simulated skydives from the Burj Khalifa where you step into the shoes of a window-washer, spaceship blastoffs, and offroading on the UAE’s sand dunes – it’s one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai to let your imagination run wild and explore new worlds without leaving the city limits.

Plus, with a soft play area, merry-go-rounds, and arcade games targeted at the youngsters, as well as a cafe for the parents, there’s something for the whole family at this centrally-located Dubai Mall haunt.

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42 – BollywoodParks™ Dubai

Bollywood Parks in Dubai

One of the Dubai attractions tailor-made for movie buffs and Bollywood fans, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is a first-of-its-kind theme park that celebrates India’s rich film heritage.

From live, glamorous stage shows and interactive rides to street food stalls and movie-themed attractions, the park brings the vibrant colors, sounds, and smells of India to life – giving visitors a taste of the country’s rich culture and thriving movie industry.

With five different zones (Bollywood Boulevard, Bollywood Film Studios, Royal Plaza, Rustic Ravine, and Mumbai Chowk) dedicated to some of Bollywood’s most iconic films and blockbusters – including Sholay, Dabangg, Lagaan, Mughal-E-Azam, and more – this one-of-a-kind amusement park delivers a bounty of cinematic entertainment.

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43 – Warner Bros World

Warner Bros. World, Abu Dhabi

Found over in Abu Dhabi – the UAE’s capital city about an hour away from Dubai’s main haunts – Warner Bros World is a must-visit for anyone traveling with young kids (or any diehard DC Comics fans, in all honesty).

With over six different themed areas – including Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Metropolis, and Warner Bros Plaza – each adorned with larger-than-life statues of iconic characters like Bugs Bunny and Superman, the park is straight out of a comic book come to life.

Kickstart your day with a wakeup call on adrenaline-pumping rides like Batman: Knight Flight (for a wild flight over Gotham) and Justice League: Warworld Attacks (where you’ll join Wonder Woman and the gang in an epic enemy battle), and then take it easy on the more gentle attractions perfect for little ones like Scooby-Doo’s Jeeps Adventure and Tom & Jerry: Swiss Cheese Slides.

Scattered all over the park are whimsically themed eateries, costumed characters, and marvelous and meticulous details and decorations, all combining into a brilliant day out for the whole family.

Hot tip: for the best bang for your buck (and to see the most of the neighboring city) consider booking a tour that includes transport as well as entry to Ferrari World and stops at iconic landmarks like Emirates Place and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque .

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And, while you’re at it, make sure to check out our comprehensive list of exciting things to do in Abu Dhabi !

44 – Al Fahidi Historical District

Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai

Head to Al Fahidi Historical District for a step back in time – this is where old Dubai comes to life.

Wander the narrow, meandering streets and alleyways and you’ll find traditional Arabian houses, art galleries, quaint cafes, and boutique hotels housed in beautifully restored heritage buildings.

The area is also home to the Dubai Museum, which offers an insightful look into the city’s past with its exhibits on archaeology, Emirati culture and traditions, the evolution of the city in recent decades, and more.

Spend an afternoon exploring this atmospheric district along the Dubai Creek; pop into one of the oldest markets in the region, the Textile Souq; check out the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in the city; browse the charming Arabian Tea House for a deserved refreshment, and you’ll quickly see why this area is considered one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai.

45 – Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Shopaholics, take note!

Mall of the Emirates is one of Dubai’s most popular shopping malls, and it’s easy to see why.

With over 630 stores to suit luxury fashionistas, bargain hunters, and everyone in between; as well as 100 restaurants, you’ll be maxing out your credit card in no time.

Whether you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy at high-end stores like Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s, pick up souvenirs at one of the many traditional Arabian shops selling spices, textiles, and handicrafts, or simply take a break from sightseeing with a spot of lunch or coffee – Mall of the Emirates has got you covered.

But wait, there’s more. Far from your typical shopping center, this sprawling indoor mall also houses an indoor ski slope, a theatre complex, bowling alley, VR center, and kid-friendly Magic Planet.

46 – Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

A stone’s throw from both the Etihad Museum and La Mer Beach – sandwiched in between the two, about 10 minutes walk in either direction – is one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai: the Jumeirah Mosque .

Fitting for a postcard, this stunning building is made entirely from white stone in the style of medieval Fatimid design, and can accommodate over 1000 worshippers in its peaceful and beautiful prayer room.

Despite the religious significance, the mosque is open to people from all religions and walks of life, with daily guided visits for all at 10am and 2pm (except Fridays). Besides the chance to learn about the architecture and spirituality of the building from the friendly guide, you’ll also be treated to some light Emirati refreshments.

Keep in mind: registration for the tours opens 30 minutes beforehand.

47 – Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Looking for attractions in Dubai that will please both the little kids and the kids at heart? Then look no further: Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for a day of family fun.

Situated just a 10-minute drive inland from Downtown Dubai, this urban and protected nature reserve is home to an abundance of bird species, as well as all kinds of crustaceans, mammals, and fish (especially during the migratory months).

There are plenty of activities on offer here: go birdwatched from strategic locations; take a slow and peaceful walk through the relaxing gardens and explore the scenic trails; enjoy a picnic lunch under the shady trees; or join a guided tour for an expert view on the local wildlife!

48 – Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

A colorful oasis right next to the Miracle Garden (see #3; where more than 150 million flowers are in full bloom), the vibrant and wonderful Dubai Butterfly Garden is a must-see for all ages.

As the world’s largest indoor butterfly park, this paradise is made up of a temperature-controlled greenhouse filled with over 15,000 butterflies from over 50 different species, spread elegantly across 10 custom-designed domes.

Wander through the lush gardens and take in the beauty of these winged creatures as they flit about; learn about their life cycles at the informative exhibit, or simply relax on one of the many benches and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

49 – Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai

One of the most popular water parks in Dubai, it features a huge wave pool, numerous slides and flumes, as well as two artificial surfing machines (Wipeout and Riptide); not to mention an entire area dedicated to little ones, with smaller slides and a heated pool.

Thrillseekers, don’t miss the Master Blaster, a dramatic ride that takes you up to 15 meters above ground level the; take a spin on Thunder Rapids, and tackle the ominous Tunnel of Doom! And if you’re really feeling brave, head to the 32-meter-tall Jumeirah Sceirah slide; overlooking the entire park from above, it’ll have you cannoning down at a top speed of 80 km/h!

Whether you’re looking to cool off or just have some fun in the sun, Wild Wadi is definitely worth a visit!

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50 – Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai

An undeniable symbol of luxury, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai, offering the perfect blend of relaxing waterfront, high-energy nightlife, and endless shopping.

This iconic development stretches for almost two kilometers along the coastline of Dubai Marina, and is home to a number of world-class hotels (you’ll find no less than 40 towers spread across the shoreline), restaurants, cafes, malls, and more.

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on one of the many beaches, take a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, stroll along The Walk (a promenade lined with shops and eateries), take a dip at the cosmopolitan JBR Beach, or enjoy some retail therapy at one of the many stores – as you can tell, despite coming across as residential because of its moniker, JBR has a little splash of something for every kind of traveler.

Hot tip: if you’re after something indulgent and romantic,  The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill is a top choice for many a date night!

Final thoughts:

So there you have it – 50 of the best tourist attractions in Dubai! We hope this list has inspired you to start planning your next trip to this amazing city.

Recently, the government put forward an ambitious tourism strategy to attract 25 million annual visitors by 2025 – and thanks to all of the Dubai attractions we’ve mentioned throughout this article, it’s closing in on the finish line quicker than expected!

Whether you’re looking for luxury and relaxation, excitement and adventure, or a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B, you will find plenty of fun things to do in Dubai . So what are you waiting for? Start packing your bags today!

Have you been to Dubai? What was your favorite attraction? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy travels!

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15 Top Tourist Attractions in Dubai

This list of the top tourist attractions in Dubai will help you not miss anything in one of the most impressive cities in the world, which I’m sure will not leave you indifferent.

Built in the middle of one of the driest deserts on the planet, thanks to oil wealth, Dubai has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in recent years.

In it, luxury and ostentation, one of the hallmarks of Dubai, can be seen in many aspects and corners of the city, including the luxurious shopping centers, where locals have shopping as their favorite pastime. In addition to this glamour, you must bear in mind that in Dubai, everything is grand. So you will find the tallest building, the most luxurious hotel, and even the largest shopping center in the world, all in the same city.

In addition to getting to know this part of the most modern city that has developed in a dazzling way in the last 30 years and that is constantly under construction, another of the best things to do  in Dubai  is to visit the old part where there are souks, mosques and the most traditional shops where you can learn a little more about the history.

The best time to travel to Dubai if you don’t want to spend all your time indoors is from November to April when temperatures are below 30 degrees. And the worst time is the summer months when thermometers easily exceed 45 degrees.

Once you have decided to take this trip, I recommend investing about four days in Dubai and leaving two more days for an excursion to the desert and of course to nearby Abu Dhabi.

Based on the experience of my trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Rub’ al Khalif, I have made this list of the  17 top attractions in Dubai . Let’s go!

1. Burj Khalifa : The most popular Dubai Tourist attraction

The Burj Khalifa, at 828 meters high, double that of the Empire State Building in New York, is the tallest building in the world and one of the  most beautiful places to visit in Dubai . Built between 2004 and 2010, this colossal building can be seen from more than 90 kilometers away. It owes its name to the president of the United Arab Emirates and has an observation deck, a restaurant, and a nightclub located at the highest altitude in the world.

To go up to the viewpoint, which is located on the 124th and 125th floors, I recommend  booking this ticket in advance  to avoid queues and not be left without a place, especially on holidays and weekends.

Regarding the time to go up, I recommend doing it an hour before sunset, since this way you can enjoy the city during the day, a spectacular sunset, and see how it ends up lighting up after the sun goes down.

Keep in mind that another viewpoint was recently opened, located on the 148th floor at 555 meters high, to break the record for the highest viewpoint. In case you are interested in visiting this other viewpoint, you can reserve admission to this viewpoint  here.

2. Dubai Fountain

After enjoying the views from the Burj Khalifa viewpoint, you can go down in its super-fast elevator and watch the spectacle of water, light, and music from the fountains located in the lake in front, which has become another of the top attractions in  Dubai  for all tourists.

This show, which surpasses the spectacularity of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, takes place every half hour from six in the afternoon to ten at night, and each show is different.

In addition to the entire area surrounding the lake, to have the best views of the fountains, you can go up to the terrace of the Apple store or dine on the terrace of the  Tribu restaurant . Both are located in the Dubai Mall.

I recommend you see at least two shows in a row since they vary greatly in terms of spectacularity, and usually, in one of the two, the most powerful water jets are used, which reach 150 meters in height. If you want to observe the show from a privileged position, you can reserve access to the walkway located in front of the Fountain.

3. Dubai Mall

Once inside the Dubai Mall, you have no choice but to explore the world’s largest and most visited shopping center, with more than 1,200 stores of all kinds that will delight shopping lovers.

In addition to having a metro station and a large parking lot in the underground part, in this immense space, you will not have time to get bored. You can spend a full day enjoying its shops, restaurants, arcades, cinemas, and different attractions, such as an ice rink, an aquarium, the popular Gold Souk, and even an indoor waterfall.

If you prefer a more welcoming shopping center decorated in the Arab style, you can cross the Burj Khalifa Lake and enter the Souk al Bahar.

Visiting hours:  every day from 10 a.m. to midnight.

4. Deira, One of the Best Places to Visit in Dubai

Before oil was discovered, Dubai extended on both sides of the creek, a natural estuary that extends into the city for about 10 kilometers and separates the Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods. Its oldest neighborhoods will remind you of the origins of this city and its commercial past.

Among the most notable Dubai attractions which are located in the Deira area are the popular perfume, spice, and gold souks. The latter is famous for its shop windows full of gold items, such as the one showing the biggest ring in the world.

Other points of interest in this neighborhood are Al Ahmadiya (Dubai’s first school) and the Heritage House, a historic and traditional house that belonged to a rich pearl merchant.

If you have more time, I also recommend taking bus line C28 or a taxi (they are not expensive) to take you to Mamzar Beach Park, where the best beaches in Dubai are located.

5. Bar Dubai

Once you finish your visits to Deira, you can take a traditional boat known as Abra (1AED per person) to cross to Bar Dubai and see its main points of interest.

Its jewels include the  House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the Meena Bazaar  dedicated to Indian products,  the Al Seef Market, and the Dubai Museum , located in the Al Fahidi Fort (the oldest building in Dubai). Here, you can get a great review of the history of the city, from the first nomadic tribes to its expansion with the discovery of oil.

An area that I loved to walk through in this part of Dubai is  Al Bastakiya , a network of narrow alleys and wind catchers. You can usually end up trying the delicious Arabic food on the interior terrace of the beautiful Arabian Tea House, one of the best restaurants in town. All these makes Bar Dubai one of Dubai tourist attractions that you cant afford to miss.

A great experience if you’re in this neighborhood at night is to  book this dinner cruise .

6. Burj al Arab

The Burj al Arab Hotel, built on an artificial island located less than 270 meters from the beach, is another of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.

With a  height of 321 meters  in the shape of a sail, this hotel is located among the best accommodations on the planet and is classified as the only 7-star hotel. Prices per room per night (in this case, they are all suites) start at 1,500 euros.

To visit its interior with a spectacular hall full of luxurious shops, you have to be staying or have a reservation at one of its restaurants or bars. In this case, the cheapest option is to book at the Skyview Bar, located 200 meters high, where a minimum consumption of about 70 euros is required.

Another more complete alternative is to book  this guided tour  or lunch or dinner at one of its restaurants, both of which also include hotel pick-up.

In addition to visiting the Burj al Arab, I recommend watching the sunset from  Umm Suqeim beach,  while you take a bath or simply sit on the sand to enjoy the views of one of the most famous hotels in the world.

Another good option to get a unique perspective of the Burj al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah is to  book this boat tour . 

7. Dubai Frame

Another of newest Dubai’s tourist attractions, opened in 2018, is the Dubai Frame, a spectacular museum that will surprise you with its architecture.

Located in a huge frame 150 meters high by 105 meters wide, the museum offers you a journey through the past, present, and future of Dubai. Its immense structure aims to frame all the symbols of the city. It is located in such a way that on one side, you will see the modern part of Dubai, and on the other, the old part.

During the tour around the top of the building, you will enjoy magnificent views of the city skyline with the Burj Khalifa in the background. You will also release a little adrenaline when the ground becomes transparent under your steps. You can book your ticket from  this page .

A few meters from the museum is the Dubai Garden Glow night theme park, where every night, a spectacular light and music show takes place while hundreds of sculptures come to life.

Visiting hours : every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price 50AED

8. Walking Through the Parks

Another of the  best things to do in Dubai  is to walk through its magnificent parks, such as Safa Park or the Miracle Garden.

Safa Park is one of the green lungs of the city, with more than 64 hectares. It is perfect for practicing all types of outdoor sports, as well as walking around a large lake, a waterfall, a wooded area, and, most surprisingly, enjoying the incredible views of the Dubai skyline.

Miracle Garden is the largest natural flower garden in the world and another of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. Here, you will find structures such as an Airbus A380 made of flowers, a heart-shaped path, and a garden with more than 15,000 butterflies.

The only drawback of Miracle Garden is that it is only open from October to April due to the extreme heat that the flowers suffer during the rest of the year. You can book your ticket in advance from this  page.

9. Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina district, located around an artificial canal of less than 4 kilometers, is another of the  points of interest in Dubai .

In this area of imposing skyscrapers, recreational yachts, luxurious hotels, shopping centers such as the Dubai Marina Mall, and pleasant restaurants with terraces, a large part of the foreigners who work in the city are concentrated. So, the atmosphere is quite different from what you can see in the rest of tourist attractions in Dubai.

The best time to approach the Dubai Marina is at night when the temperatures drop, and the terraces on the canal bank are filled with atmosphere. But if you arrive early, you can see it during the day and relax in the JBR beach area, located a few minutes’ walk away, where you can breathe a very good atmosphere.

10. Ain Dubai : One Of Dubai main attractions

Near the Dubai Marina district is the Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest Ferris wheel located on the artificial island of Bluewaters.

From its spectacular glass cabins located more than 250 meters above sea level, you will have unique panoramic views of Dubai, the desert, the iconic Jumeirah Palm Tree, and the entire coastal area for 36 minutes.

You can book your tickets in advance from  this page , which is their official page.

11. Mezquita Jumeirah

The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in the city that accepts non-Muslim visitors and is another of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai.

This religious building is built of white stone, with two twin minarets that rise on both sides of the central dome. The only way to see it is by taking a guided tour of the interior, which takes place at 10 in the morning from Thursday to Saturday (except Fridays).  Please note that access is not possible in shorts, and women must cover their hair with a scarf.

In addition to its beautiful architecture, this mosque offers a good opportunity to learn about Muslim religion and customs during the hour-and-a-half visit.

After the visit, you can take a walk along the sea at La Mer, a long promenade with several beaches and the Laguna Waterpark.

12. Palmera Jumeirah : top-rated tourist attraction in Dubai

The Palm Jumeirah is the most famous set of artificial islands in Dubai and the world. Built in the shape of a palm tree, these islands are characterized by being full of luxury hotels and residences, for which large amounts of sand and rock were used in their construction.

The best way to observe this complex is from above by  booking a helicopter ride  or parachuting over the palm tree with the company  Skydive Dubai . If you don’t want so much adrenaline, you can fly on the iFly Dubai, which takes place inside a wind tunnel.

Another option to see the Jumeirah Palm Tree, although it is not fully appreciated, is from the Observatory restaurant, located at the top of the  Dubai Marriott Harbor Hotel, or from the Sky Bar of the Burj Al Arab.  You can come and have a drink in the evening, at night, or lunch or dinner. If you choose this option, it is highly recommended to reserve on their website or directly call to reserve a table for you. Although you get the best views of the palm tree by reserving this ticket, a cheaper option is to opt for The Palm viewpoint.

If you have more time, you can take the  Palm Jumeirah monorail . This will take you to the spectacular Atlantis Hotel and enjoy Aquaventure, one of the largest and most impressive water parks in the world. You can reserve your ticket in advance  here .

Another artificial island project that has not yet been completed is  The World , where these pieces of land form a world map, but today, it is said that it has been a failure since they are sinking. If you want a good perspective, on a clear day, you can observe it from the Burj Khalifa.

13. Shopping Centers to Visit in Dubai

Dubai is the perfect city for shopping lovers as it has the most spectacular shopping centers in the world and the largest number of stores of all international brands.

 In addition to shopping, these shopping centers have a wide range of restaurants and leisure options, including ski and skating slopes.

My favorite shopping centers to see in Dubai, not counting the Dubai Mall, are:

•             Mall of the Emirates : a space full of luxury stores and international brands, which highlights its spectacular indoor ski slope.

•             IBN Battuta:  Although its stores are not as luxurious as the previous two, the decoration of the building with themed areas of Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India, and China will leave you speechless.

•             Souk Madinat Jumeirah : One of our favorite shopping centers with a traditional design and views of the Burj al-Arab.

If you don’t have much time, a good option to visit the main points of interest in Dubai is to  book the hop-on, hop-off bus  for one, two, or three days.

14. IMG Worlds of Adventure

If you like strong emotions and releasing adrenaline, there is nothing better than entering the IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor theme park in the world and another of the best things to do in Dubai.

In this park, made up of four themed areas, children and adults have fun going on its different attractions inspired by comic characters, watching movies with the latest technology, being scared in the haunted house, or visiting its numerous shops and restaurants.

Visiting hours:  every day from 12 noon to 9 p.m.

15. Abu Dhabi

If you have one or two extra days in the city, I recommend you complete the list of  top tourist attractions in Dubai  by taking one of the excursions in Dubai, such as the desert tour or a visit to the city of Abu Dhabi.

One of the most valued tours by travelers visiting Dubai is the  day trip to Abu Dhabi , the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Among the  top attractions in Abu Dhabi  are the Louvre Museum, the Corniche beaches, the Emirates Palace Hotel, and the Ferrari World, although nothing can overshadow the beauty of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which I am sure will delight and leave you speechless.

Desert Tour from Dubai

Another of the  best experiences in Dubai  is to go on a safari through the largest sand desert in the world, releasing adrenaline with reckless 4×4 driving and descending dunes on a sandboarding board.

 Afterward, you can watch an incredible sunset over the desert and finish the tour by dining on typical Arabic food under a blanket of bright stars.

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Tourism in Dubai 2021: A guide to the best tourism destinations in Dubai

places of tourist interest in dubai

Tourism in Dubai is famous for its unique attractions such as Burj Khalifa (the  tallest building in the world), mega shopping malls, skyscrapers, high-rise  buildings, soft-sand beaches, wonderful water parks and other landmarks, which made the Emirate of Dubai one of the most popular destinations by visitors and  tourists. 

Dubai, which is one of the seven cities of the United Arab Emirates, is located on  the coast of the Arabian Gulf and is divided by Dubai Creek into two parts: Deira  and Bur Dubai. Dubai is distinguished by its unique cultural diversity and  wonderful lifestyle, in addition to its richness in heritage areas such as the Al  Fahidi neighborhood, which represents old Dubai and is one of the most important  tourist places in Dubai. 

Tourism in Dubai is distinguished from other Emirates cities in terms of unique  landmarks in Dubai, where artificial islands and giant skyscrapers with innovative  engineering designs, giant shopping centers, distinctive parks, and high-end  accommodation and entertainment options, hereinafter we’re going to start with  those Dubai attractions that almost certainly feature on everyone’s Dubai itinerary. 

Best landmarks in Dubai (Tourism in Dubai)

Burj khalifa  .

Burj Khalifa is the most famous landmark of Dubai and on the list of top  attractions in Dubai, where visitors can enjoy watching the beautiful Dubai skyline  and the most beautiful natural and industrial landscapes for which Dubai is famous for. . It is distinguished by its towering height, which is about 828 meters, and  consists of 200 floors, and is considered the tallest skyscraper in the world. It was  opened in 2010 AD to become one of Dubai’s most important attractions that  attract large numbers of visitors and tourists annually. 

Burj Khalifa celebrates New Year’s Eve annually by launching a wide range of  dazzling fireworks that can be seen from various places of Dubai, as well as the  laser shows that are displayed on the front of the tower in an attractive and  surprising sight for tourists and visitors. Since its opening, Burj Khalifa has  become one of the best and most famous places to visit in Dubai. 

The viewing platforms (observation decks) are located in Burj Khalifa, the tallest  skyscraper in the world, on the 124th and 125th floors, and there is another 

observation deck. That is the highest viewing platform in the world located on the  148th floor called “The Top of the Tower” or “Burj Khalifa Sky”. 

Burj Khalifa restaurants serves many varieties of cuisine from different kitchens of  the world with a unique dining experience, and the At.mosphere Restaurant in Burj  Khalifa is the highest restaurant in the world and provides its visitors with  wonderful views of the Dubai skyline and Dubai’s landmarks. 

Tickets for the Top of the Tower, “Burj Khalifa Sky” and observation decks cost  378 AED  

Burj Khalifa famous places to visit in Dubai

Dubai Mall  

Dubai Mall is considered one of the best places to visit in Dubai for families, the  interior and exterior wonderful architectural design and elegant decorations catch  the eye, and it is the largest shopping center in the world and one of the best malls  in Dubai. The mall gives you a unique shopping experience among a huge group of  stores, Dubai Mall, which offers the most famous international brands that keep  pace with the latest fashion trends in the world of fashion, in addition to many  entertainment facilities that attract visitors. 

Dubai Mall, which is one of the most important landmarks in Dubai, includes the  Dubai Ice Rink for snowboarders, in addition to Dubai Aquarium, which is one of  the most prominent entertainment destinations in Dubai Mall. The mall also  contains a huge cinema complex to watch the latest international movies. 

It also includes KidZania Dubai Mall for children, which provides children with a  real educational environment to develop their skills and abilities by practicing  many different professions in a fun and wonderful manner, which made it one of  the best places in Dubai for families. 

It is recommended to eat a delicious meal in one of the distinctive Dubai Mall  restaurants, which offers many types of delicious international and oriental cuisine  that you will not find anywhere else. 

Tickets for KidZania Dubai Mall cost 195 AED for children 4-16 years.  Tickets for Dubai Aquarium cost 300 AED for children and 400 AED for adult. Tickets for Dubai Ice Rink cost 40-75 AED and 160AED for skiing lessons. 

Dubai Mall 

City Walk Dubai  

City Walk is one of the best places to visit in Dubai for tourism, as it is  characterized by passion and mental innovation, as it was designed by the most 

famous designers and engineers in the world, it is an integrated city that shows the  spirit of modern life and contains many of the most luxurious tourist hotels in  Dubai, and At City Walk, you can explore the finest international fashion, which  features many dazzling annual performances, and also offers the most luxurious  types of accessories and a variety of perfume, bags and more stores. 

The activities of City Walk include a large number of fun games for children, such  as Hub Zero, the first of its kind in the Middle East, and creative educational  spaces for children, and there is a Green Planet forest that contains many types of  animals and plants in addition to many of City Walk Dubai’s classy restaurants and  accommodations, so City Walk is one of the best tourist destinations in Dubai. 

best places to visit in Dubai

La Mer Dubai  

La Mer Dubai project is one of the most famous tourism destinations in Dubai,  located in Al-Jumeirah on an area of 13.4 million square feet, and it is one of the  beautiful places of Dubai, where La Mer Beach has crystal clear water and a wonderful view of the Arabian Gulf. 

The area of La Mer Dubai includes many places to enjoy thrilling adventures, such  as games, water slides and beach playgrounds that are suitable for children and  adults, as well as a group of La Mer restaurants and cafes that offer delicious food,  sweets, great-tasting ice cream, and hot and cold drinks. 

The La Mer Dubai gives visitors great shopping opportunity, as it includes many  famous brands such as 89 Coast and Sephora and a specialized store that sells  beachwear. La Mer also contains a Roxy cinema, an entertainment center for  children, and Laguna Water Park for aquatics, and it is considered one of the best  tourist places in Dubai for families. 

Ticket Prices: 175 AED for adults and 145 AED for children. 

best  tourist places in Dubai

Dubai Frame  

Dubai Frame is one of the most famous places of tourism in Dubai, with which the  ancient cultural heritage of the emirate of Dubai is mixed with its wonderful  present, providing magical, breathtaking views of the most important areas of old  Dubai and new Dubai. 

The height of the frame is estimated at about 150 meters, its width is about 73  meters, and it consists of 48 floors, with a total cost of more than 200 million AED.  The design of the Dubai Frame is distinguished by its cover which is an outer layer  of stainless steel, and when climbing to the top of the frame, you can enjoy the best 

views of Dubai by watching the Dubai skyline and the sunset, and wandering  through the glass corridor that is illuminated by the most wonderful lights. 

Also, while you are inside Dubai frame, you can take the most beautiful  photographs of the most beautiful landmark of Dubai with your family and friends  and drink a distinctive coffee, as it is one of the best tourist places in Dubai for  families. 

Entrance ticket price for Dubai Frame: 50 AED for adults and 20 AED for children 

famous places of tourism in Dubai

The Dubai Fountain  

The Dubai Fountain is one of the most beautiful places of tourism in Dubai, which  is located between Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, and it is one of the largest and  tallest fountains in the world, where the Dubai Fountain offers many amazing  displays between a combination of flowing movements of water that embrace the  magical lights with Eye-catching colors, in a wonderful harmony with the rhythm  of soft music, and an atmosphere of silence and surprise. 

The Dubai Dancing Fountain, which is one of the most prominent attractions in  Dubai and places to visit in Dubai for free, presents nine different shows, each with  its own beauty and distinction. The Dubai fountains received a high vote as one of  the top places to visit in Dubai, and it is one of the most prominent attraction  places in the UAE. 

Dubai Fountain show timings: 6 pm until midnight, the duration of the show is 5  minutes every half hour 

beautiful places of tourism in Dubai

Burj Al Arab  

Burj Al Arab is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Dubai and one of  the most luxurious hotels in the world, which is distinguished by the presence of its  own artificial island and its unique design that resembles a sail with a height of up  to 321 meters and provides a panoramic view of the beaches of Dubai. 

Among the activities that you can do during your visit to the Burj Al Arab, one of  the most famous hotels in Dubai, are opportunities to relax at the Al Sawan Health  Spa Club which located on the eighteenth floor, next to the fitness center equipped  

with the latest sports facilities and a visit to the Wild Wadi Water Park. The hotel  also provides transportation to and from the airport by Rolls-Royce or by  helicopter. Burj Al Arab restaurants offer all kinds of international food in places  suspended in the sky or under the sea, and this is one of the best tourism activities  in Dubai.

A trip to Dubai is not complete, without going to Jumeirah tourist area and  enjoying Burj Al Arab Hotel, which is distinguished by its unique engineering and  interior designs made of gold, to become one of the best tourist attractions in  Dubai. 

most famous landmarks in Dubai

Dubai Opera  

One of the best attractions places to visit in Dubai and a huge cultural edifice for  art experts and lovers. Dubai Opera has a wonderful design inspired from the  structure of the boat, which increases the charm of its appearance and its  distinction. The main stage of the opera house can accommodate more than two  thousand visitors, beside many orchestra halls. 

When you visit Dubai for tourism, do not miss attending one of the Dubai Opera  shows and enjoy watching live concerts and orchestras, as well as many art  galleries and film screenings. We recommend you after the opera theatrical  performances to see the covered glass garden and have a meal in one of the  luxurious restaurants near the Dubai Opera House, which is one of the most  prominent tourist places in Dubai. 

most  prominent tourist places in Dubai

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo  

It is one of the most amazing landmarks in Dubai for families that deserve to visit,  as it is home to a large group of marine creatures with a huge diversity of about 33  thousand marine creatures, nearly 400 sharks, and a lot of colorful fish tanks,  which gives Visitors of individuals and families the opportunity to enjoy a fun day  in its hallways. 

It is located on the ground floor of Dubai Mall, one of Dubai’s most prominent  attractions. It also gives you the opportunity to experience diving in large  aquariums with sharks. Do not miss watching the rhythmic performances of  underwater mermaids, which increases your trip fun and joy for you and all your  family members while spending family holidays in Dubai. Visiting Aquarium is  one of the most exciting things to do in Dubai. 

Scuba diving prices in Dubai Aquarium is 595 AED 

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Creek  

Dubai Creek is one of the best places to visit in Dubai, as it is a watery line that  splits the city of Dubai into two halves and forms a natural port for traditional, 

commercial and tourist ships, as it attracts a large number of foreign tourists who  love picturesque nature to enjoy a cruise on the Dubai Creek on board one of the  tourist traditional boats or ships which stretches along the old Dubai. 

This water tour is characterized by the tourist’s introduction to the advantages of  tourism in the glamorous Dubai, and visitors to Dubai Creek can walk along the  picturesque Creek Corniche, which includes a large group of restaurants and  choose the best among them, and for more fun, sip coffee in the open air with a  distinctive view of the creek in one of the cafes which spread along the Corniche, it  is one of the top attractions places in Dubai. 

op attractions places in Dubai

Skydive Dubai  

Sky Dive is one of the most interesting and exciting tourism destinations in Dubai,  be prepared for a breathtaking adventure, and be fully confident that you are in the  hands of professionals to train you and teach you important safety tips during your  trip, through which you will have the opportunity to fly in the Dubai sky with an  

expert trainer and watch landmarks in Dubai. 

The most exciting activity in Dubai, where you will jump from the plane from a  height of 13 thousand feet, to enjoy the stunning views, and the stunning views of  Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Arabian Gulf. Skydive Dubai School  for teaching parachuting is one of the most important centers for teaching this sport  in the Arab world and one of the most famous places in Dubai. 

Skydive costs 2199 AED 

tourism destinations in Dubai

Helicopter tour in Dubai  

Helicopter tours are among the most important tourism trips in Dubai, as there are  many tours that can be obtained, which vary according to the place that will cover  your enjoyable air tour, which includes a helicopter flight from the Palm Island to  Burj Khalifa, as you can see best views of Dubai and it extends to 25 minutes  

flying along the coast of Dubai. You can see many of Dubai’s tourist destinations,  such as: Atlantis, The Palm, Burj Al Arab, and Dubai’s beaches. 

There is also 6-hour trip available in a desert safari tour by helicopter, and it takes  off from Palm Jumeirah and rises on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, passing through  Burj Al Arab, Global Islands, Union Square, and reaching the desert with sand  dunes until it reaches the camp site for the desert, there is also a luxurious dinner  with many recreational and tourist activities such as camel riding and seeing  falcons.

Helicopter tour in Dubai 

Yacht charter in Dubai  

If you are a fan of fun cruises and a fan of fishing or a professional, you can enjoy  these hobbies on board of one of the most luxurious yachts that are rented from  centers around Dubai to see the places of tourism in Dubai from the sea. 

Here are the most famous yacht charter centers in Dubai for renting:  

  • Dubai Rental Boat Center, which is one of the most prestigious yacht charter  centers in Dubai and provides luxury boats and yachts of all sizes.  ∙ Luxury Yacht Center, which provides the best services and the most  luxurious yachts and boats 
  • Columbus Dubai Yacht and Boat Rental Center, which has a wonderful  location near the most prominent tourist areas in Dubai. 

Yacht charter in Dubai 

Dubai’s beaches  

There are a lot of free places to visit in Dubai such as Dubai’s beaches are  considered one of the most famous attractions in Dubai, full of life, which is rich in  a large and wonderful group of picturesque beaches with crystal clear water and  soft white sand, in addition to many different water activities that suit different age  groups, in addition to the distinctive beach services that provide relaxation and fun  for all visitors.  

Here are the most important beaches in Dubai: 

1- JBR Beach:  

It is the best corniche in Dubai, the charming JBR Dubai Beach, which is also  known as Jumeirah Beach Residence, and it is one of the most important  entertainment places in Dubai and is characterized by its crystal clear waters, it  also provides equipment for aquatics and is surrounded by many luxurious  restaurants and cafes. 

places of tourist interest in dubai

2- Kite Beach 

Kite Beach is famous for being the first destination for windsurfing trips in Dubai  and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai. It offers many  entertainment facilities, a children’s play area, and tracks for walking and  exercising, and is considered one of the best beaches in Dubai.

3- Al Mamzar Beach 

Al Mamzar Beach, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai  for families, is located on the border between Dubai and Sharjah and features a  wonderful beach park with vast green areas. The beach, which is considered one of  the most prominent beaches in Dubai, provides many services for visitors, such as  bathing facilities, tracks for walking and cycling and fitness equipment. 

Palm Jumeirah  

One of the most famous landmarks in Dubai, which is a huge industrial  archipelago, which is internationally recognized as the largest artificial islands in  the world, and which is one of the most important tourism destinations in Dubai  that many visitors come to see this gigantic edifice with a stunning view in the  heart of the Gulf, which enables you to spend an enjoyable time during your visit  with a wonderful range of enjoyable recreational facilities. Palm Jumeirah is one of  the must-visit places in Dubai. 

First, take an exhilarating tour in one of the open double-decker buses around the  most important landmarks in Dubai, then fly in the sky of Dubai on a helicopter for  a half-hour trip, or take an adventure with a parachute jump, and on board a luxury  yacht, enjoy a quiet cruise, next to A number of aquatics which provided by Palm  Jumeirah Beach, making it one of the top places to visit in Dubai. 

places to visit in Dubai

Dubai parks  

One of the free activities in Dubai that you can do is visiting Dubai’s Parks.  

Dubai includes a group of international parks that have received the highest ranks,  some of which have entered the Guinness World Records due to their striking  beauty and brilliant architectural designs, to become one of the most prominent  attractions in Dubai for families. Here is a list of the most famous parks in Dubai: 

1- Dubai Butterfly Garden  

In Dubai Butterfly Garden, you will enjoy watching butterflies flutter everywhere,  as visitors can access through different domes to discover nearly 50 species of  butterflies, each with their own unique shape, color and features. 

Through the Butterflies Museum and the educational zone located inside the park,  you can learn about the life of butterflies at every stage, making it one of the best  places to visit in Dubai for children.

Entrance fee: 55 AED for adults, free for children under 3 years old 

2- Dubai Miracle Garden  

Dubai Miracle Garden in Dubai, one of the best Dubai places to visit, is a floral  wonderland of 50 million flowers and is also one of the most prominent places of  entertainment in Dubai. Classified as the largest natural flower garden in the world  and the most visited tourist destination in Dubai, it includes hundreds of flower  models on an area of 18 acres (7.3 hectares), all of which create a splendor of  beautiful color and smell. 

When you visit Dubai Miracle Garden, you will see huge models made of flowers  for Mickey Mouse, the Emirates Airbus A380, a huge clock of flowers, in addition  to corridors of hearts and butterflies and 3D models. 

Entrance fees: 55 AED for adults and 40 AED for children from 3-12 years 

best parks in Dubai Miracle Garden

3- Zabeel Park  

If you are looking for BBQ places in Dubai, you should go to Zabeel Park. It is  Dubai’s largest park, located between karama area and the World Trade Centre in  Zabeel Square along Sheikh Zayed Street. The garden has more than 3,000 palm  trees with nearly 7,000 different trees from 14 distinct species. It also has vast  green spaces, children’s playing areas and private barbecue areas. And it’s one of  free places to visit in Dubai. 

4- Creek Park  

One of the places to visit in Dubai for free is Creek Park. The Creek Park is one of  the best parks in Dubai, as it includes the cable car that roams the top of Dubai, in  addition to the Dubai Dolphinarium, which offers dolphin shows. Dubai Creek  Park spans 96 hectares and was built in 1994. 

5- Dubai safari Park  

Are you looking for unique things to do in Do in Dubai and have an enthusiastic  activity in Dubai? Safari Park is the best place. You can actually feel the fresh air  breeze as you head to Dubai Safari Park, one of Dubai’s most prominent  attractions. The tree line to the 119-hectare wildlife resort prepares you for a  unique experience in getting close to a range of animals, including some of the  most fascinating species in Africa.

Dubai Safari Park, which is one of the most well-known attractions in New Dubai,  has more than 2,500 animals, including elephants, lions, rhinos and giraffes.  Visitors can also watch animals roam inside the park. The park has been classified  as one of the best places of entertainment in Dubai. Give you an enthusiastic  activity 

Tickets prices for Dubai Safari Park: 50 AED for adults and 20 AED for children 

Dubai theme park  

Emirate of Dubai includes many theme parks suitable for children and families of  all ages, which are considered one of the best places to visit in Dubai. Here are the  most prominent theme parks in Dubai: 

1- IMG Worlds of Adventure  

IMG is the first covered theme park in the Emirate of Dubai, which includes many  events, performances and simulations of the life of dinosaurs. IMG Park also  features a unique group of speed roller coaster in addition to a lot of themed stores  in IMG and exclusive dining venues in addition to 12 state-of-the-art cinema  screens to become one of the best entertainment venues in Dubai. 

Tickets prices: 268 AED 

2- LEGOLAND  

LEGOLAND Dubai gives visitors an enjoyable day of exciting children’s  adventures and a lot of exhilarating aquatics across five areas with different  designs, and it also offers a variety of games and live entertainment with 40  entertainment games. And it is one of the most popular places for family in Dubai. 

Ticket prices: 245 AED 

most popular places for family in Dubai

3- Motiongate Dubai  

Experience the magic of Hollywood in the desert at Motiongate Dubai, which is  part of Dubai Parks and Resorts and the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in  the Middle East and one of the most important landmarks in Dubai. Motiongate at  Dubai Parks and Resorts includes five separate areas and interactive playing areas,  as well as loads of live shows and entertainment based on 13 famous Hollywood  films.

Ticket prices: 275 AED for adults and free for children under 3 years old 

4- Wild Wadi Waterpark  

Wild Wadi Waterpark overlooks one of Dubai’s most prominent landmarks, Burj  Al Arab Hotel, which located on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, and includes 30  aquatics. Wild Wadi Waterpark attracts nearly a million visitors annually.  Adrenaline junkies, water enthusiasts and families wanting to spend a great day  enjoying everything from water slides to lazy rivers, pools, surfing and more  adventures that Wild Wadi Waterpark offer. 

Ticket prices: 270 AED 

4- Aquaventure Waterpark  

Get ready for an action-packed day at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark on Palm  Jumeirah. Enjoy a host of exciting rides that will push you to your extreme,  including Aquaconda, the world’s largest water slide that will catapult you and  drop you into the world’s largest fiberglass tube. Aquaventure Waterpark is a must see in Dubai. 

Ticket prices: 336 AED for adults and 284 AED for children 

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve  

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is one of the most famous places to visit in  Dubai, as it extends in the heart of the desert with an area of 325 square kilometers  and includes. Among its territories many rare animals, plants and birds, as well as  endangered reptiles that are provided with a suitable environment suitable for their  needs in Dubai’s weather. 

During your visit to this distinctive reserve, you will enjoy comfort and calmness in the tents that equipped for hosting Dubai visitors who looking for tourism away  from the noise of the city. For adventure lovers, the reserve offers many interesting  activities, from enjoying a tour on horses or camels or taking a fun four-wheel  drive safari in a wonderful experience over the sand dunes, it is the most beautiful  landmark of Dubai.

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Dubai Museums  

Dubai has the ancient historical city, represented by many museums, which are  among the most important places to visit in Dubai, which attract millions of  tourists every year. There are many museums that are must-visit places in Dubai for those who want to learn about Dubai’s history and traditions. And visiting  museum is best free family activities in Dubai. Here we present to you the most  important heritage sites of Dubai: 

1- Dubai Museum  

If you are looking for the best places in heritage in Dubai, you should go to the  Dubai Museum, which is located in Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in the  Emirate of Dubai. The Dubai Museum simulates the vast difference between old  and new Dubai. The Dubai Museum contains many antiques, handicrafts and  artifacts dating back to the year 3000 BC. 

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2- Camel House Museum  

The Camel House Museum is one of the first museums to be built in Dubai, such  as the Dubai Museum, as it displays the original history of camels in the United  Arab Emirates and the wonderful old pictures of Dubai before the union in 1971, in  addition to pictures of neighborhoods in old Dubai and some places of tourism in  Dubai. 

3- Coins Museum  

Coin Museum in the Dubai, which is located in the historic Al Fahidi within the  historic Al Bastakiya district, displays the most famous types of coins that were  circulated in the countries of the Middle East. 

4- Coffee Museum  

One of places to visit in Dubai for free is Dubai Coffee Museum, it focuses on  introducing the history of coffee in the United Arab Emirates, which is a symbol of  Arab hospitality and culture. The museum includes a model of old coffee mills and  some old pots that were used to prepare coffee. Visiting the museum is one of the  most important activities in Dubai.

5- Etihad Museum  

Etihad Museum is one of the most important modern museums in Dubai and a  must-visit place in Dubai, as it tells the contemporary history of the UAE, the  future of Dubai and the stages that the process of the Federation of Seven Emirates  went through. The museum is distinguished from other Dubai Museums with an  attractive design inspired from the Union Document with the seven Pillars of  Wisdom. 

6- Naif Museum  

Naif Museum displays the most important police tools and special documents on  the history of Dubai Police and the development of the judicial system in Dubai.  The museum is located in Naif Police Station near Gold Souk and contains old  collections and photos of Dubai Police. 

Dubai Gold Souk  

A tourism holiday in Dubai is not complete without a visit to the Dubai Gold Souk,  which offers the latest trends in jewelry fashion, gold crafts, diamonds, and pearls,  as well as precious stones, as well as silver with great designs. Dubai Gold Souk,  which is one of the most important shopping destinations in Dubai, is popular with local residences, tourists and all city visitors. 

The Deira Gold Souk, which is located near the Dubai Creek, provides many designs that satisfy all tastes, in addition to gold artifacts in Indian, Arab ian and  Italian styles. The Dubai Gold Souk contains more than 300 stores and retains the  unique flavor of Dubai’s past, making it one of the most popular destinations in the  UAE. 

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Bollywood Parks  

Another place for entertainment in Dubai, this city is located on Sheikh Zayed  Road in Dubai, and it was opened to attract millions of Indian cinema fans of all  kinds, as it is characterized by the latest technology and enables visitors to discover  the Indian film industry and attend live entertainment shows and it is considered  one of the most prominent places of entertainment in Dubai. 

BollywoodParks, which is one of the most interesting places in Dubai, offers a  wide range of exciting live adventures, in addition to watching exciting Raj Mahal  shows, and teaching visitors how to make quick acrobatic movements. 

BollywoodParks also includes a wide range of fun rides and a vast garden with  dense trees and lush flowers. 

Tickets Prices: 115 AED per person 

Dolphin Bay  

Dolphin Bay in Dubai Atlantis is one of the most beautiful experiences that you  can enjoy in your life, as it offers a wide range of dazzling dolphin shows that  interact closely with visitors and swimming with them, so it is considered one of  the top places to visit in Dubai for families where young and old enjoy this interesting trip, as visitors can dive underwater with dolphins and take the most  beautiful souvenir photos. 

In addition to practicing a lot of aquatics, such as surfing next to dolphins, these  attractive creatures are among the closest loving creatures to people and love to  share many games and adventures with them, and it should be noted that those who  can do this unique experience with dolphins are those who have a diving license so  that no one is exposed to dangers. Dolphin Bay in Dubai has been rated the best  place in Dubai for children. 

Tickets prices: 105 AED for adults and 50 AED for children. 

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Dubai Water Canal  

One of the free activities in Dubai is going to Dubai Water Canal, it is considered  one of the best destinations for taking pictures of tourism in Dubai, the length of  the canal is estimated at about 3 km, and its width ranges from 80 to 120 meters,  and this project costs about 2 billion AED, as it crosses many landmarks in Dubai,  includes a waterfall at its intersection with the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge, where it  operates automatically and is illuminated in the evening with attractive lights. 

Five pedestrian bridges were built to enjoy safe crossing the canal, visitors can  experience walking and cycling on the parallel road to the canal, in addition to  riding boats and yachts to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in the canal, which is one  of the best entertainment places in Dubai. 

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Dubai Marina  

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Dubai Marina district is an integrated area with facilities and services, with many  attractions such as Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Marina Fountain, and a group of 

hotels, apartments, luxury resorts, luxury malls, skyscrapers and many  entertainment venues in Dubai. 

There are many tourist activities in Dubai that can be enjoyed in Dubai Marina, as  you can rent some boats from Dubai Marina to take you on a private cruise with  your family. Therefore, Dubai Marina is one of the best places to visit in Dubai for  families. 

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Global Village  

Global Village in Dubai is one of the experiences that visitors cannot forget  throughout their lives when visiting Dubai, as it is considered one of the most  prominent attractions in Dubai, it was opened in 1997 AD and offers many musical  celebrations with the presence of the most famous singers and dancers. The best  tourist place in Dubai attracts millions of visitors annually.  

This village, which is one of the most famous Landmarks in Dubai, offers 30  international pavilions that include the holdings of 65 countries, and each suite is  distinguished by the character of each country as if you have already traveled to it,  where there are local products and the most important features of handicrafts and  traditional goods, and the pavilion of each country is distinguished by decorations  and special designs In addition to its activities and rituals. 

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A new area of Dubai located on the banks of the Dubai Creek and occupies an  important place on the Dubai tourism map. Al Seef Walkway in Dubai preserves  the architectural designs that embody the residential areas of old Dubai that  express the luxury of Dubai, and many events, celebrations and exhibitions of  traditional art are held in Dubai. 

When you finish your shopping trip, you can take a cruise in one of Dubai’s new  tourist attractions by yachting at Al Seef Marina and enjoy fishing and eat your  favorite meals in one of the restaurants in Al Seef Marina, Dubai. 

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Al-Bastakiya neighborhood  

Looking for things to do in Dubai for free? Then visiting neighborhoods is a good  choice.  

Al Bastakiya, located in Bur Dubai (also known as Al Fahidi neighborhood), is one  of Dubai’s historical and tourist neighborhoods and one of the oldest residential 

areas in Dubai located on the banks of the Dubai Creek, as this neighborhood was  built at the beginning of the twentieth century to be the residence for traders at that  time. The neighborhood, which is characterized by traditional Barjeel, includes  many places of archaeological tourism, traditional souks and museums, to become  one of the most important places to visit in Dubai. It is one of the places to visit in  Dubai for free. 

Jumeirah Mosque  

One of the free things to do in Dubai for free is visiting mosques.  

Jumeirah Mosque, which located on Jumeirah Street, is considered one of Dubai’s  most prominent religious attractions. It was designed in Fatimid style and  accommodates more than 1,200 people. In Jumeirah Mosque, through the Sheikh  Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Cultural Communication, tours are  organized for non-Muslims that provide an opportunity to learn about Islam, as the  75-minute tours begin daily at 10:00 am except Fridays and outside prayer times. 

Jumeirah Mosque 

Dubai Festivals  

Every year, festivals are held to promote tourism in Dubai. The Dubai Shopping  Festival, which is one of the most prominent events in Dubai, begins on December  26, 2020, and continues until February 1, 2021, with many artistic and tourist  activities, fireworks displays, and many shopping options. Dubai Summer  Surprises events will also start during the summer, which offers a lot of leisure  tourism activities and promotions offered by souks in Dubai. 

Mall of the Emirates  

Mall of the Emirates is one of the famous shopping malls in Dubai and one of the  most important entertainment places in Dubai that many tourists and visitors visit  to enjoy the various tourism activities that the mall provides. 

The mall was opened in 2005 on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and includes about  570 stores that sell various products, in addition to an Apple store that specializes  in selling iPhone and Mac devices, and Mall of the Emirates restaurants offer a  variety of dishes from international kitchens. Below we review the most important  tourism activities in the Mall of the Emirates.

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1- Ski Dubai  

Ski Dubai Snow Park is one of the top places to visit in Dubai as it offers a family  skiing experience and it is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Ski Dubai  is the third largest ski resort in the world and one of Dubai’s favorite tourist  destinations. Ski Dubai offers an area of 22,500 square meters or 3 soccer fields  covered with real snow throughout the year, including a 3,000 square meter snow  park with a snow cave. It is one of the best things to do in Dubai. 

Tickets prices: 150 AED for adults and 95 AED for children 

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2- Magic Planet  

One of the most prominent entertainment places in Dubai for children, Magic  Planet at Mall of the Emirates offers a lot of different entertainment games and a  dedicated bowling area. Children can try the Astro Blasters game, which  encourages children to move and play with plastic laser guns, and there are train,  car and video games. 

The Pointe Dubai  

Here is one the free places to visit in Dubai “The Pointe”, which is a new attraction in Dubai, The Pointe, features a distinctive view of the Atlantis The Palm Hotel  and is located on an area of 1.4 million square feet. 

This unique place is considered one of the new places in Dubai, UAE, and it is  located in Palm Jumeirah, one of the most prominent landmarks in Dubai and  features a wonderful view of the waters of the Arabian Gulf. 

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Last Exit Al-Khawaneej  

The largest gathering of food trucks in Dubai, Last Exit Al Khawaneej is one of the  new projects in Dubai, and includes areas dedicated for eating or drinking coffee in  a beautiful rural atmosphere inspired by the farm environment and suitable for  family holidays in Dubai. 

As you roam around in the Last Exit Al Khawaneej, you will see models of farm  animals as well as old agricultural vehicles and decorated food trucks. The Last  Exit Al Khawaneej is considered one of the most interesting places in Dubai.

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Dubai Souks  

Visiting Dubai is not complete without a visit to the famous Dubai souks, as the  city of Dubai includes many commercial souks that offer all the various products  and capture the interest of all tourists coming to Dubai. Here are highlights of the  most important Dubai tourism souks: 

1- Naif Souk  

One of the oldest and most popular Dubai, it is the ideal destination for many  visitors and residents in Dubai to shop and is considered one of the most important  places to visit in Dubai. 

Naif Souk in Dubai has more than 100 stores that specialize in selling fabrics,  abayas, dresses, leather products, electronics and souvenirs at affordable prices, so  it is considered one of cheap places to visit in Dubai. Naif Souk is located near  many landmarks in Dubai, such as the Dubai Creek and the historic Al Fahidi Fort.

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2- Dragon Mart  

The largest commercial market for selling Chinese products outside of China, and  it includes more than 4000 stores that sell clothes, furniture, electronics, toys,  building materials in addition to shoes and bags. The market also contains many  food stalls, children’s playing areas, a cinema complex, and large parkings. 

Dragon Mart in Dubai is one of the cheap places to visit in Dubai and is located on  Al Awir Road near International City and is designed in the form of a huge dragon  extending to 2.1 km in length over an area of 150,000 m, and it is one of Dubai’s  prominent landmarks. 

3- Spice Souk  

Spice Souk is one of the most prominent places in Dubai for shopping and it  specializes in selling Indian and Asian spices in addition to souvenir antiques,  household items, textiles, incense and carpets. 

Spice Souk is located near the Gold Market in Dubai and the Dubai Creek, and it is  one of the most popular places to visit in Dubai from tourists and residents because  it contains the finest types of spices and rare medicinal herbs. .

4- Ibn Battuta Mall  

It is one of the most important places to visit in Dubai and is characterized by a  design that simulates the life story of the famous traveler Ibn Battuta and includes  many luxurious restaurants and stores that offer the latest fashion, cosmetics,  furnishings and accessories. 

The mall consists of 6 lobbies: Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China,  where each hall is designed to suit the ancient civilizations of these countries. Ibn  Battuta Mall’s stores, which are 275 stores, are a suitable destination for high-end  shopping during Dubai tourism holiday. 

The Palm Fountain  

The Palm Fountain was opened in October of 2020, and it is the only multi-colored  fountain in Dubai and one of the landmarks in New Dubai, which attracted the  attention of many water parade enthusiasts. 

The Palm Fountain is located within the Pointe area on Palm Jumeirah and reaches  105 meters high on an area of 14 thousand square feet and is lit using more than 3  thousand LED lights to become one of the top places to visit in Dubai.

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The vibrant city of Dubai is a fairy-tale world that has descended into reality. Flashing those humongous skyscrapers, which stand tall decorating this cosmopolitan desert, Dubai is a dream to long for. The night adds colour to this wonderland and will leave you awestruck. One must check out the best places to visit in Dubai with family or friends to embrace the aura of this magical city as well as escape into the starry aura of this Arabian land of skyscrapers.

Travellers can find some of the best places to visit in Dubai. Commence your tour with a selfie spree at the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa , which will enchant you with its sky reaching aura. Representing a perfect blend of craftsmanship, art and engineering, Burj Khalifa is also famous as ‘A Living Wonder,’ and the ‘Vertical City’. Do witness the Dubai nights that come alive with those shining skyscrapers and colourful lights. To further add to your colour hangover, watch the enchanting light show at the Dubai fountain .

The Dubai Miracle Garden is another one of the important Dubai sightseeing places , which is a miracle in itself as it is based on Dubai’s scientific advancements in growing flora in the desert land. Usually left open during winters for visitors, the Dubai Miracle Garden is home to about 45 million flowers in different shapes and sizes. Also, don’t forget to walk around the Dubai Creek Park.

For those underwater sea-life lovers, visiting the Lost Chambers Aquarium, one of the top Dubai tourist places is a must . Inspired by the secret world of Atlantis, this is one of the largest aquarium in the world, housing about 65,000 sea creatures. The Aqua theatre show and the touch tank are the key attractions here besides the marine exhibits. Play hide and seek with the sharks while getting closer to the hidden world, featuring tunnels and tussles.

When it comes to history, places to see in Dubai co mprise of the Saeed Al Maktoum House – the ancestral residence of the present ruler of the UAE, Al-Fahidi fort – the oldest structure among the tourist attractions in Dubai and the traditional Al Bastakiya.

Also, visit other famous Dubai tourist attractions like the Dubai Heritage Village – a chance to embrace the culture and art heritage of the city, pump up some adrenaline at the Aquaventure waterpark or soak some sun at the Jumeirah beach. The Aquaventure waterpark is not only one of the best tourist attractions in Dubai but also one of the famous places to visit in Dubai with family . Pump up some adrenaline as you take on those thrilling rides.

For those art lovers, museums like the Coffee museum, Al Jaber Gallery, Etihad museum etc. form the famous tourist attractions in Dubai. Lastly, other Dubai points of interest include the ultra-modern shopping malls like the Dubai mall , Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Gold Souk etc. Besides, for a world class shopping experience , visit Dubai in January to attend the Dubai Shopping festival.

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Dubai Tourist Places that Contributed to Global Tourism

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Dubai is a vibrant city known for its unique attractions wrapped in opulence, technology, and innovation. The “City of Gold,” as it is fondly referred to, has emerged a global player in family-firmly travel destinations with innumerable exciting things to do. Rich history and contemporary luxury go hand in hand to bring you one of the finest holiday experiences you will ever experience in your lifetime. From its avant-garde theme parks and colossal man-made islands to the premier shopping malls and record-breaking skyscrapers, the city has emerged from just being a pearl-diving and fishing region to the flamboyant metropolis of today.

As the Department of Economy and Tourism reported, Dubai saw an influx of 14.36 million international visitors in 2022, a substantial increase of 97 percent compared to 2021. The Dubai Expo 2020, held in 2021, has been one of the major driving factors for such a flood of tourists.

The first half of 2023 saw more than 8.55 million visitors, and one can only imagine the statistics once this year is over.

The driving forces behind this exceptional boom in tourism are world-class amenities, mind-blowing infrastructure, one-of-a-kind attractions, and a strategic geographical location. The top-notch safety regulations and tax-free shopping just sweeten the deal more. We have curated a list of the most landmark developments in the city’s tourism journey, propelling Dubai to the top of the charts.

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Burj Khalifa Dubai

A brilliant example of innovative engineering and technology, Burj Khalifa is indeed one of the path-breaking inventions that has contributed immensely to the tourism industry. Going to the summit of this renowned structure and enjoying the captivating views is an experience on any Dubai bucket list. One of the most interesting Burj Khalifa fact is it is a mixed use-structure housing everything from residential apartments, entertainment venues, corporate suites to restaurants, and more.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina Walk

The Dubai Marina is an affluent neighbourhood along the waterfront with towering skyscrapers, five-star hotels, trendy apartment complexes, and several fine-dining restaurants. A dhow cruise here will provide a wholesome dinner and entertainment package and takes you around the city’s waters, where you can enjoy the breathtaking skyline and admire the staggering development of the city.

Atlantis, The Palm

Palm Jumeirah

Hotel Atlantis, The Palm, sits on the edge of the magnificent Palm Jumeirah . It’s well-known for its marvellous architecture and many world-class restaurants, spas, and other entertainment avenues. One of the best Dubai waterparks, Aqua venture, is within the hotel and promises a fun day filled with adventure and excitement.

Green Planet

This indoor tropical rainforest is another comparatively newer attraction in the city, bringing the much-needed green oasis to Dubai. The bio-dome is an enclosed ecosystem segregated into four distinct levels: the canopy, the mid story, the floodplain forest, and the forest floor. It provides a safe home to more than 3000 species of exotic flora and fauna, and you can learn about their lives through many immersive experiences.

Dubai Mall and Fountain

The Dubai Fountain, UAE

Your Dubai travel is incomplete without a visit to this phenomenal one-stop entertainment hub. Dubai Mall is the one place everyone flocks to as it offers an outstanding shopping experience like none other. Its humungous size is equal to fifty football fields. The mall is not just for shopaholics; it has multiple unique entertainment and dining spots. The Dubai Fountain outside the mall entrance is a treat to the eyes, creating a symphony of water, music, and lights.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Another iconic structure worth applying for your Dubai visit visa for is the stunning Palm Jumeirah, a massive archipelago that is said to be visible even from space. This is another masterpiece built on the sea, which felt like an impossible feat. It is definitely one of the finest places to spend an evening in the city, with its myriad spas, boutiques, hotels, resorts, restaurants, etc.

Dubai Frame

Dubai frame

As soon as you drive for a few minutes from Dubai International Airport, one of the first things you see is a tall, gold-colored picture frame standing in all its majesty. That is the iconic Dubai Frame for you, which was built as a landmark between the old city and the new. Enjoy a jaw-dropping bird’s-eye view of two diverse sides of Dubai from the transparent glass bridge at the top. Unravel the city’s past, present, and future through a 3D screen and visual effects before you exit the building.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is a huge indoor ski park and is one of the top Dubai theme parks for offering snow activities in the middle of the desert. You can enjoy tobogganing, skiing, zorbing, tube slides, and snowboarding, and finish your day with a cup of delicious hot chocolate at their Avalanche Café. The March of the Penguins show is the highlight, where these cute inhabitants entertain you with their antics.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium

Can you imagine how it feels when several fascinating marine creatures swim all around you? Walk through Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo’s award-winning tunnel these exotic aquatic animals surround you; it makes you feel like you are under water. Get up close and personal with this mysterious world and its inhabitants. They will leave you speechless with their beauty, ability, agility, and intelligence.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The sail-shaped hotel was the talk of the town when it was newly constructed and still continues to garner interest after all these years. Counted among the popular Dubai attractions, Burj Al Arab can very well be called a global icon where you can experience top-notch Emirati luxury and hospitality. As the only seven-star hotel in the world, it stands proudly on a private island and is coveted for its gold interiors, extravagant suites, bespoke luxury, and splendid views of the sea.

Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

Trust this city to pull off creating a natural flower garden in the heart of the desert. When it comes to records, Dubai is often known for offering diverse and distinct attractions. Miracle Garden is one of those family-friendly places where you get transported to a fantasy land. You are surrounded by colorful flowers and plants that are a rare sight in a desert city. Floral arches, elaborate pathways, and large installations with flowering plants and flowers greet you at every turn.

If you are an Instagram fanatic, you can click some of the most beautiful pictures in a gorgeous backdrop here.

Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future, Dubai

You would have seen this eye-shaped steel structure in photos and on TV. The Museum of the Future is another feather on the city’s cap that combines state-of-the-art technology and futuristic vision to offer some of the most incredible experiences for its visitors. Instead of giving you a history lesson like other museums, this Dubai museum takes you on a delightful journey to the future, showcasing how this city and the entire world will look 50 years from now.

Sheikh Zayed Road

A special mention is required for the notable Sheikh Zayed Highway that connects all seven emirates and has contributed immensely to the entire tourism experience. The gleaming highway is flanked by iconic landmarks, high-rises, serviced apartments, lavish hotels, etc., and it is a pleasure to drive on this beautiful road.

  Conclusion

Dubai is always churning out brand-new attractions that are difficult to find anywhere else. The new and upcoming projects include Dubai Reef, Floating Mosque, Palm Jebel Ali, The Island by Wasl, and Tower at Creek Harbour. It has successfully overcome challenging barriers and built a mega-metropolis on the desert, thus ensuring a strong place for itself on the global map.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)

1.what are the other unique attractions to enjoy in dubai.

  • Global Village
  • Ras Al Khor Sanctuary
  • Dubai Dolphinarium
  • Desert Safari with adventure sports and dinner
  • Hatta mountain range
  • Al Bastakiya Quarter
  • Dubai Garden Glow

2. Which are some of the best theme parks in the city?

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark

3. Can you recommend some good shopping malls in the city?

  • Mall of the Emirates
  • City Centre, Deira
  • Marina Mall
  • Ibn Battuta Mall
  • Mercato Mall
  • Dubai Festival City Mall

4. Which are the best souvenirs or products that I can carry home from Dubai?

  • Aladdin Lamps
  • Incense holders
  • Ouds and attars
  • Camel milk chocolate
  • Herbs and spices
  • Persian rugs and carpets
  • Pashmina shawls
  • Arabic coffee, and
  • Gold jewellery

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A mix of the modern living and traditional Arabic culture, Dubai is all things glittery with luxury malls, charming souks, cutting-edge clubs, gourmet restaurants and old-world eateries.

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Jewel of dubai.

1 to 2 hours

Suggested Time

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

Interactive fountain show.

Kite Beach

Activity-Filled Public Beach

Minimum 2 hours

Dubai Opera House

Dubai Opera House

Performing arts centre.

Minimum 1 hour

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Cultural islamic mosque.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Exclusive manmade island.

Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari

Exciting desert adventures.

Minimum 3 hours

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Historical fort museum.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Exclusive waterfront complex.

2 to 3 hours

Dhow Cruise Through Dubai Creek

Dhow Cruise Through Dubai Creek

Scenic dinner cruise.

Walk at JBR

Walk at JBR

Lovely promenade by the sea.

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Stunning beach in dubai.

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Where imagination sparkles at night.

Burj Plaza by Emaar

Burj Plaza by Emaar

For the best views of dubai.

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Where pretty insects dwell, best time to visit dubai, perfect winter destination, peak season, moderate season.

  • What To Expect : Clear blue skies and mildly cold evenings.
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Dubai Shopping Festival December to January

Dubai Marathon January to February

Dubai Tennis Championship February to March

Dubai World Cup March

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Best places to visit in duabi.

Dubai is afusion of traditional Arabic culture and contemporary existence. It is the epitome of the flashy, with opulent malls, beautiful souks, cutting-edge clubs, fine dining establishments, and traditional restaurants. The Dubai currency is the UAE Dirham, so make sure to get your foreign exchange while you are on your trip.

Top Places to Visit in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world giving a panoramic view over the city, ocean, and desert. It is one of the best places to visit in Dubai.

Illuminated by 6,600 lights, the Dubai fountain is the largest choreographed fountain system in the world. It is a must-visit Dubai sightseeing spot.

The Jumeirah mosque is a landmark of medieval architecture, which makes it another one of the great tourist spots to visit in Dubai. Not to mention, it is among the top five places to visit in Dubai for experiencing peace and spirituality.

The Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city for high-end lifestyle complexes, which makes this place one of the most stunning places to explore in Dubai for magnificence.

Palm Jumeirah is an eloquent man-made island famous for its engineering and design. It is one of the best Dubai places to visit in one day.

Best Time to Visit Dubai

The city is inundated with waves of shimmering heat during the whole 12-hour day. The mercury may go as high as the early 40s and occasionally even reach the 50s. Throughout these months, the humidity and heat keep rising. June to August is the time to avoid seeing the tourist spots in Dubai.

It runs from April to May and from September to October. During these months, everything is in moderation, allowing you to indulge in things to see in Dubai. Not too hot, but yet warm. Perfect water temperatures beckon you to enter for a refreshing plunge.

November to March is the peak season with clear skies and cool weather. It is the best time for sightseeing and activities as the temperatures vary from moderate to mildly cool as you go about your day. You can visit all the Dubai famous places during this season.

Places to Visit in Dubai with Family & Friends

The kite beach runs for 2 km along the Gulf and is filled with various activities. It is one of the top tourist places in Dubai.

Located within the Al Fahidi Fort, depicting the history of the UAE, Dubai Museum is one of the top tourist Dubai tourist places.

Dubai Aquarium

It is an underwater universe hosting varieties of aqueous species including certain endangered varieties. It falls under one of the recent Dubai attractions.

Get into a 4x4 and go on an adventure through the Dubai Desert Safari - one of the notable highlights of Dubai tourism.

Best Places in Dubai for Couples

Hosting a variety of events, this huge theatre can house 2,200 people. It is one of the great places in Dubai for couples on honeymoon or otherwise.

Reaching a height of 250 m, Ain Dubai is the highest observation wheel in the world and another one of the top tourist spots in Dubai.

Good Places to Visit at Night in Dubai

Dubai marina dinner cruise.

One of the most famous and loved dinner cruises is On Verra 6, which offers you the perfect ambience for a dinner date. It is amongst the finest places to visit in Dubai at night.

Zero Gravity Club

The Zero Gravity club is a premium beach club that has all the ingredients to become a popular resort. There is late-night activity, an infinity pool, and a private beach, and definitely one of the coolest places to see in Dubai.

Get away from the heat, and enjoy a full 18-course golf game at the Emirates Golf Club. It is certainly a great concept for tourist places in Dubai.

Best Places to Visit Near Dubai

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE with its own set of locations and sightseeing available for tourists. It is a top destination among places to visit near Dubai.

It is the capital of the eponymous emirate and also houses the Sharjah International Airport, the closest airport to Dubai.

Ras al-Khaimah

Popularly known for its elegant pearls, previously known as Julfar, Ras al-Khaimah falls under the top trading centres in the Arabian Gulf.

Make sure you take a trip to this modern wondrous city of the world and enjoy the exciting tourist places, malls and restaurants in Dubai .

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Dubai

How is the weather of dubai in peak season.

The weather of Dubai in peak season is clear blue skies and mildly cold evenings. It means you can easily plan a trip to Dubai in the months of ​​​​​​​​November, December, January, February and March to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

What are the best adventure things to do in Dubai?

The best adventure things to explore in Dubai are Dubai Desert Safari, Dubai Ice Rink and Motiongate Dubai. You will have an amazing time exploring these places and come back home with a bag full of memories.

What is the best time to visit Dubai?

Ideally the best time to visit any place is considered when the weather conditions are delightful. For Dubai, you can choose to go in November, December, January, February and March which is the peak season and April, May, September and October which is the moderate season. Both will serve you well to unwind from your tedious routine.

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