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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.
  • 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

Brilliant trip to the tallest building in the world.

Excellent trip, great views. Easy access & helpful staff. Only thing was the attendant at the desk where we picked up our tickets tried to sell us an upgrade for £160. We declined as it was too expensive & the views from levels 124 & 125 were great. Great value too at £24 each. Very satisfied.
Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 Reviewed by M G, 05/16/2016

Nice tour of the marina, palm and burj al arab

I booked this trip for myself, my wife and baby. We found it difficult to find another tour which would allow a baby on board. The booking requires you to book 4 seat as a minimum so I had to pay for an additional seat but it was worth it, as no one else was on the boat apart from the 2 man crew. They also made sure they went a little slower because of the baby. The guide was very good and the tour was nice and relaxing. I would recommend this tour but just be mindful of the cost as you have to book 4 seats. But if you like the privacy of you own tour, it is worth it.
90-Minute Boat Tour from Dubai Marina Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/15/2016

Fun, Fun, Fun! Thanks to our driver Aslam

My whole group was fascinated and impressed. From our opinion is such a tour a Must for every Dubai trip. Thanks to our amazing driver Aslam! The king of the desert!

No words to express it was excellent experience

I would appreciate Ms. Alina who helped and guided us right from the start to end...
90-Minute Speed Boat Tour from Dubai Marina Reviewed by Ayyub, 05/11/2016

Great Tour, Abdullah was an amazing guide!

Abdullah picked me up from Abu Dhabi and provided great entertainment and information all the way to Dubai and all through the city. He was an absolutely excellent guide, the information was great and the tour was a lot of fun, definitely covered all the main sites and entrance was included for many of the things we saw. My one small issue was that you have about 3-4 hours at the Burj Khalif and Dubai Mall, which was just too long for me (I'm not a mall person), but it wasn't a problem to leave the tour early, which is what I did. Take this tour, ask for Abdullah!
Magical Dubai 8-Hour Tour with Burj Khalifa Experience Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/11/2016

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