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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
    Fashion Forward Dubai
    1. Oct 2016 - 31. Oct 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)
    Dubai Design Week
    24. Oct 2016 - 29. Oct 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)
    UAE National Day
    2. Dec 2016
    Various venues (Dubai)

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What People Are Saying About Dubai

It was great experience which can´t be missed while visitting Dubai

Very good services, everything was perfectly planned and driver (Mohan) was very nice. You definitelly cant miss this trip when you visit Dubai. I strongly recommend ;)

Cruise Good, Food average, transport disorganised (nearly missed)

As above. I waited for the driver at the hotel entrance from 20:00 to 20:30 but when it was 20:38 I contacted the tour organiser and was told that the driver rang my room and left as there was no answer! Eventually got picked up and arrived to the boat last minute before it was due to depart. It turned out that the boat was only 100 metres from the hotel so I did not bother with return transport and walked back.

Once in a lifetime, you got to enjoy this.

A slow start at the marina walk and then .... .. U got to be here for this experience. Timing was prompt... the operator was very professional....and the guide/captain of our yellow boat was an excellent one. Thanks William ...u r the man!! You got to ignore the Sun, heat and just enjoy the ride. Guys only thing I can that missing this while in Dubai is a real miss.
Dubai: 75- or 90-Minute Sightseeing Boat Tour Reviewed by Mustaque, 09/19/2016

Top Trip for all the best bits of the city

Went above and beyond the promised itinerary, even took extra time to fit in other places I wanted to visit. Very patient tour guide and made sure we were all happy and accounted for after each stop on the tour.

Brilliant, easy way to start your holiday for key information

Our Egyptian guide was fab, altered the tour to meet needs of customer taking no into account excursion booked. Substituted common sifts for new album news. I've all parties going to burn khalif so we went to Palace instead great morning and gave enough information for you to explore the city yourself.
Dubai: Half-Day City Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/19/2016

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