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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
    Dubai International Dance Festival 2016
    8. Sep 2016 - 16. Sep 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)
    Eid al Adha
    11. Sep 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)
    Fashion Forward Dubai
    1. Oct 2016 - 31. Oct 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)

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What People Are Saying About Dubai

Fantastic experience highly recommend it to anyone that visits Dubai

Anwar our driver was great. He had great driving skills and kept us fully informed about the programme of events. First class !!!!!

Fabulously entertaining and exhilarating safari

Really enjoyed every aspect of our Arabian safari into the desert. Friendly and courteous staff with all the authenticity but convenience as well. Food and general hospitality was excellent.
Dubai: Sundowner Desert Safari and Dinner Reviewed by Heather, 07/15/2016

Exhilarating experience and very nice service.

Amazing experience. Customer service was the best! Your driver Aaku really did a great Job by ensuring that all customers are happy, satisfied and comfortable.

Great experience a must do when visiting Dubai

Despite being picked up 45 minutes late, we had a great day out, had a good quadbike riding option available, dune bashing was a good experience and the dinner along with entertainment was all up to scratch.

Great view from ATT and awesome collection at the aquarium

The view of the city and the sunsetting from the 125th floor was really beautiful. High enough to see the borders of the city, quite lovely. And the underwater zoo has a very good specimen of the underwater life.
Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Combo Tickets Reviewed by Zienat, 07/13/2016

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