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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

Very interesting audio comments during the trip.

A good way to move through the city stresslessly (some buses even have air-co upstairs) while discovering new places and learning things about them.

Amazing and very entertaining for the whole family

Enjoyed the desert tour my family and I had an amazing time especially our tour guide Rafeeq Mohammed so friendly and excellent service given by him..thank you so much

It was an amazing experience help by the most helpful and caring guide

The desert safaris seem to all follow a similar format. The most important factor is the staff (guide). Our guide Shajahan explained everything to us and kept us informed throughout the trip. He was very friendly and keen for us to enjoy the experience. Rather than just stopping and waiting for the other cars in the team to assemble, he organized us in our personal photo shoot in the desert. He's an excellent photographer as well. He brought the group together and was very chatty throughout the day, even while he was driving across the high dunes. He made it look easy. If I could do this again, I would book with this company and I would love to have Shajahan as guide again.

Great experiance, a must for anyone visiting!

Jelly, our driver was extraordinary!! And exceptional driver and a superb host. He took care of us during our venture and made sure we were comfortable and supplied all that we needed. We had such a great time, highly recommended!
Dubai Desert Safari: BBQ-Falcon Experience-Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/20/2016

Good experience though the shots at entry are limited to only 2

Same as above so more shots should be taken to allow diffrent poses when choosing the pictures . Everything else is wonderful

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