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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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 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.

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What people are saying about Dubai

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First time that we used GetYourGuide and we had a great time with Nabeel at the desert tour. Pick up was very well coordinated prior to the tour! It was super fun to ride the dunes and he had a lot of interesting facts about Dubai. Also he took great pictures. Would highly recommend // Wie haben zum ersten Mal über GetYourGuide gebucht und wir können die Wüstentour mit Nabeel sehr empfehlen. Alles super organisiert gewesen, hab gar keine Probleme. Alles super ungezwungen, wenn man will, konnte man noch Buggies bzw Quads vor Ort im Camp mieten. Ansonsten war ein toller kleiner Kamelritt inklusive und eine (lange) Fahrt über die Dünen. Er hat sich auch sehr viel Zeit für Fotos genommen.

This was a wonderful tour!!! For a city where things are pretty expensive you get a lot for what you pay for. Getting out to the desert, going dune bashing, sand boarding, seeing some performances, getting food all for around $70 USD is great. The driver did a good job picking us up on time and driving on the dunes. Some tours say it but only drive on the sand. This tour had real dune bashing with the car driving quickly and sharply over which made it fun. Never felt in any danger but it was cool to bounce around and have the car drive on an angle and stuff. The cars had extra handholds inside so people could stabilize themselves if wanted too

We booked the activity just the night before and early in the morning our driver picked us up just in time.everything is well-organized, quad-bike is a fantastic experience and camel ride is fun..Mohammad is a great driver and guide,he made the safari very enjoyable for us.for the ones who doesn’t have plenty of time in Dubai 4-hour morning safari is a good choice..

i had a tour today with my little brother and my boyfriend I really didn't expect that much, it was so fun and ahmed was so nice and made sure that we didn't miss anything and that we didn't get bored, he also looked after my little brother so well. our statements are totally open! Many thanks to ahmed for everything, we can only recommend it!

Despite Ramadan and COVID 19, the tour with our guide, Yasir, was really nice . Everything was as described. Please note, to tip as much as you can even though everything is included. Some stuff are still not for free, as makeover / Arabic dress / scarf. All in all, a good and well structured tour with lot of excreting activities.