Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyAED (United Arab Emirates dirham)
- Time ZoneUTC (+04:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visitIt's best to visit in spring and fall, when the temperatures will be a little more mild.
- Events in DubaiDubai Shopping Festival1. Jan 2017Wafi Mall, Dubai Mall (Dubai)
Things to Do in Dubai
Top Attractions in Dubai
- 1Burj Khalifa
- 2Dubai Fountains
- 3The World Dubai
- 4Burj Al Arab
- 5Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
- 6Palm Islands
- 7Dubai Creek
- 8Palm Jumeirah
- 9Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
- 10Dubai Marina
- 11Aquaventure Waterpark
- 12Ski Dubai
- 13Dubai Mall
- 14Jumeirah Beach
- 15Heritage Village
- 16Wild Wadi Water Park
- 17Grand Mosque
- 18Jumeirah Mosque
- 19Dubai Spice Souk
- 20Dubai Gold Souk
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What People Are Saying About Dubai
Got picked up first before the other two couples and chose to sit in the back . The driver advised us that it would be really bumpy ( and it was ) . This added to our exciting SAFARI . Good entertainment at the camp afterwards . Short camel ride but that was fine as there was quite a lot of people to take turns to ride the camels. Food was very tasty with both a vegetarian buffet and also a variety of chicken skewers , lamb pieces and also kebab. A few sellers were dotted around the camp but they were NOT pushy people and allowed you to browse at your own free will. Overall a really good experience .
We had a lovely time and enjoyed our trip to the Top. However, we were disappointed to have to queue despite having bought the most expensive "no queue"tickets. It was fine on the way up, but on the way down we had to wait for nearly 40 minutes. This did not meet our expectations and did not provide what we were looking for. However, the views and organisation were otherwise very good.
This desert safari was marvelous! Our guide was extremely nice and competent and drove us along fabulous places in the desert! The camel ride was very fun and the food was delicious! A must do in Dubai!
From the pick up at the hotel to the drop off, fun evening. Our chauffeur Mohan was brilliant looking after us all evening too.
We were wiated at the entrance in the airport. There isa special line for passport control if you use this service. Overall evrything run extremels smmothly and we exited the airport faster than in many european airports. The lady was ver attentive and spoke with the taxi driver who was waiting for us