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The 10 Attractions You Must See in Dubai

Dubai has transformed itself in recent years with a series of creative, ambitious construction projects that have catapulted this city to the top of every bucket list. Here are a few attractions you won't want to miss when you visit this desert hotspot.

Burj Khalifa

At 829.8 meters tall, the Burj Khalifa stands proudly as the world's tallest building. Visit the observation deck on the 124th floor for a gravity-defying, jaw-dropping view.

Dubai Fountains

Brought to you by the same team behind the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain show is a true spectacle. Grab a seat in a nearby cafe, and take it all in.

Burj al Arab

Dubai is home to the world's tallest hotel, the Burj Al-Arab. If you can't afford the $15,000/night luxury suite, try dining amongst the sea creatures in the underwater restaurant!

Palm Islands

There are two palm-shaped artificial islands off the coast. Palm Jumeirah already houses luxury villas and a waterpark. The larger Palm Jebel Ali is still under construction.

The World Dubai

Just 2.5 kilometers off the coast, The World Dubai is an artificial archipelago in the shape of the world map. These 300 mini-islands are secluded properties for exclusive investors.

Jumeirah Beach

Dubai gets some intense sun. And that means you'll be needing a beach. Jumeirah Beach is the best sandy strip in town, and the hub of hotels makes it a great homebase for tourists.

Dubai Creek

The creek divides Dubai into two towns (Deira to the north, Bur Dubai to the south). Check out the Dhow Wharfage, where some fishing dhows have anchored for over a century.

Dubai Museum

The Dubai museum is housed inside the 18th century Al-Fahidi Fort. Learn about the Emirates expansion after the oil boom, and examine traditional Emirati musical instruments.

Dubai Mall

In a city this well-known for luxury, you better believe the Dubai mall is a must-see! Inside, you'll find an entrance to Burj Khalifa, an ice-skating rink, a games center, and a cinema.

Dubai Marina

Spanning three kilometers along the Persian Gulf, the Dubai Marina will be the largest man-made marina in the world upon completion, and house over 12,000 residents and tourists.

Planning your Dubai visit

How many days should you spend in Dubai?

For non-architects, three to four days will be plenty of time to see everything you need to see. Be very mindful of when you choose to visit. The weather gets very hot between May and September, and uncomfortable if you aren't used to the desert heat.

Where should you stay in Dubai?

You will have your choice of impressive hotel rooms in this city. For the more budget-conscious travelers, know that you won't have to miss out just because you can't afford to stay at the fancier places! Plan ahead for experiences at Dubai's luxury hotels. Make dinner reservations at Burj Al-Arab, or stop by for an afternoon cocktail (and view of the Burj Khalifa) at The Address Downtown Dubai.

Be conscious of cultural differences

If you are heading to Dubai for the first time, you may have questions about the laws that Western tourists consider unusual. In short, be respectful. Dress conservatively and make sure your shoulders are covered. Public displays of affection are considered unlawful. Also, the consumption of alcohol in public is illegal, except in specified bars.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    • 971
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Amazing, fun, educational, like nothing I've experienced before!

On January 18, 2016 we started our day with our fabulous guide Shajahan. He was prompt, courteous, an amazing driver and photographer! The SUV was immaculate. First Shajahan drove us out for a camel ride that was on our bucket list. 5 minutes later we were dune bashing in the Arabian Desert. AWESOME! We were completely surrounded by desert and Shajahan stopped so we could take in the wonderful morning air and he took lots of pictures. Then - back to dune bashing until he stopped and asked if we'd like to try sand surfing. I haven't been on skis for over 30 years and have never snowboarded, but I felt compelled to at least try. Of course I fell, but not until the bottom and it only made me laugh and laugh and laugh, because I'm in the UAE sand surfing and it was fantastic. After that Shajahan delivered us promptly and right on time back at our hotel. All in all it was terrific and if you can - ask for Shajahan!!
Dubai: 3-Hour Morning Bedouin Desert Safari Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/02/2016

This Hop on Hop off Bus & Night tour were the most impressive of 10nts

Saved the horrid impression we got on our arrival to Dubai and took us to the most fabulous of destinations ..... the very best of our 10 night cruise to the United Emirates ..... A HUGE thank you to you all .... Night tour driver and compare were both fabulous!!!! I'll get you their names if I can later ..... Sound and light show wonderful and Aquarium and Zoo pass a true inspiration with the baby crocs in our admiration of the splendours of Dubai .... Thank you again everyone!!! Difficult to understand while booking but much easier once you are their and have a Big Bus Co Map

Wonder tour, very informative, Abdulla did a great job.

From reserving the trip on the Internet to the end of the trip, everything was perfect. We had a 16 hour layover at Dubai airport and wanted to see Dubai. The tour was perfect for seeing all the main points of interest in Dubai. We had a 8 hour tour of old and new Dubai. Abdulla was a great tour guide and very knowledgable about Dubai. Everything went very smoothly and a very enjoyable tip. Thank you for making our visit to Dubai a success.

Excellent Safari!!!! The food great!! Fantástic driver! You can't miss

Excellent Safari. Excellent company!!! Very fast answer at any time. I reccomend it!
Dubai Afternoon Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/28/2016

Enjoyable and unforgettable cultural experiences.

Our tour guide was friendly and very helpful. And we truly enjoy our trip here. Highly recommended for those who want to skip the 4x4 WD sand dune cruise.

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