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The 10 Attractions You Must See in Dubai

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

Burj Khalifa

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

Dubai Fountains

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

Burj al Arab

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

Palm Islands

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

The World Dubai

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

Jumeirah Beach

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

Dubai Creek

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

Dubai Museum

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

Dubai Mall

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

Dubai Marina

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

Planning your Dubai visit

How many days should you spend in Dubai?

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

Where should you stay in Dubai?

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

Be conscious of cultural differences

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

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    AED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+04:00)
  • Country Code
    • 971
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.
  • Events in Dubai
    Ramadan Night Market 2016
    23. Jun 2016 - 2. Jul 2016
    Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (Dubai)
    Eid al Fitr 2016
    7. Jul 2016
    Variuos venues (Dubai)
    Dubai International Dance Festival 2016
    8. Sep 2016 - 16. Sep 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)

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What people are saying about Dubai

Stunning scenery, great adventure and value for money

Excellent day out; Aslem was an excellent host and driver when bashing the dunes. This event shares great examples of extraordinary scenery and seeing Falcons close up. Take extra cash if you want to do quad biking before the dune driving --- ask your driver to get a fair price for you All topped off late in the evening with touristy sample of local life shared via the variety and quantity of local style food and dancing afterward
Dubai Desert Safari Tour with BBQ & Falcon Experience Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/27/2016

One of the most memorable moments of my life.

I visited with my grandson, he is 15, he enjoyed it as much as me. The staff were really friendly and informative. We were in a small group with 2 families with small children, their reactions were a pure delight. Never to old to be young again.
Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter Tickets: Dubai Reviewed by Josephine, 04/21/2016

Absolutely stunning views would recommend to anyone and everyone

Worth every penny , picked up by the guide bang on time ! He explained the whole itinerary and took the time to explain each part in detail ! Very safety conscientious made sure we were all well and happy with everything! The 4x4 through the desert was great fun with a stop for a photo op which was perfect the sun was just lowering pictures are stunning! When leaving he explained everything that would happen at the camp and that we had a designated table for the bbq and the show ! Camel ride was short and sweet but the guy who had the camels seem to respect the animal a lot and they looked fit and healthy big plus for me ! Bbq was great lots of selection and meat was lovely , started was a traditional wrap veggie option available aswell was brill! Henna tattoo lady very accompanying and tattoo was lovely! Didn't sand board as others kept the boards by the time it was free it was dark! Belly dancer and male dancer was great this trip is a must if you like to get away from the city !!!

The program is very good and the driver Mr.Sijith is very good

The program is very good.All of the program are the new experiences for us and most of foreigners. The driver Mr.Sijith, he was on times and explained everything clearly.He drove safely and very friendly.

Everything from the pickup to the drop off at hotel went great

Excellent! It was a blast and really a good fun ... perfect way to spend a nice evening in the desert. Thanks for a great experience :)

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