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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
  • 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

A brilliant experience with a wonderful guide

We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour, it was breath taking when we first looked out of the windows at the top. Our Guide was exceptionally helpful and polite. An experience never to be forgotten.
Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 148 and 125 Reviewed by Patricia, 10/25/2016

Fantastic experience, but waiting time too long :(

We had to wait for ONE HOUR until our guide arrived. There was no information from his side, so I called him twice through the hotel. Each time he said that he would be there in 10 minutes. If we had known that he would be that late, we could have done something else in the meantime. But sitting in the hotel lobby with a child for one hour and waiting is not ideal. I also emailed the company twice about this but have not heard back... If you have the time to wait, then this tour is for you. The dune bashing itself was great fun, the rest of the programm in the desert is a huge tourist trap. Good luck.
Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by Claudia, 10/25/2016

interesting adventure which we will never forget

interesting adventure which we will never forget good organization, nice driver, amazing dinner
Dubai Desert Safari with Burj Khalifa (Ticket Only) Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/24/2016

Nice trip to most impressive objects in Abu Dhabi

We visited Ferrari World, drive around city, visited Ethiad towers, were near Emirates Palace, visited Herritage village and Marina mall.
Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai Reviewed by Vilma, 10/23/2016

Awesome way to end our short uae vacation!

The entire experience was awesome! Booking was easy, no issues waiting for our driver, and our driver Nios (spelling?) was super. All the activities made my family's day especially the high dune bashing. We missed the initial camel riding and were disappointed but nios was able to get the camel/handler back for us to ride (thanks Nios!) we visited so many places in dubai and abu dhabi but my folk said the safari was their favorite part. I would recommend this safari to anyone. Thanks again for an excellent experience!

Based on 12,261 reviews by GetYourGuide customers