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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.

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What People Are Saying About Dubai

It was perfect, I recommend it to everyone!

This was a perfect day spent in the desert. Our driver Daniel was very friendly and nice, his driving skills are awesome. This was the best part of our Dubai trip!

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Reviewed by silvija, 01/10/2017

The driver was a very pleasant person and arrived at hotel on time.

We enjoyed every moment of the trip, like the driving in the dunes, playing in the sand, having dinner in the tent, riding the camel, watching the sun set and at the end a beautiful show in the tent.

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner and Entertainment Reviewed by Elisabeth, 01/09/2017

Definitely worth doing it. Great experience, well organized.

Very good organzation, I was shocked when I saw the cue, but they handeled it very well and the cue moved fast forward. It's definitely worth the time and money going there once.

Burj Khalifa Tickets: Level 124 & 125 Reviewed by Alexander, 01/09/2017

good value for money afternoon / evening

Great guide, trip, bbq etc.... a really good day out that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Dubai Desert Safari: BBQ-Falcon Experience-Sandboarding Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/09/2017

Amazing tour, amazing guide, amazing experience!!! Highly recommended.

We had a wonderful experience. Our guide Gouda was very knowledgeable & we learned so much not just about Abu Dhabi but the UAE. He answered all of our unrelated questions graciously, he was our photographer, & Gouda along w/our driver made the tour flawless. Our tour was on NYE & they made sure we made it back to Dubai in plenty of time to avoid traffic and road blocks which were happening right at our hotel. They also went above and beyond to help us find the best transportation for NYE night. If all the guide are like ours this will be a great experience for you!!!

From Dubai: Abu Dhabi City Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Sharay, 01/08/2017

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