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.
Things to Do in Dubai
Top Attractions in Dubai
- 1Burj Khalifa
- 2Dubai Fountains
- 3The World Dubai
- 4Burj Al Arab
- 5Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
- 6Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
- 7Dubai Creek
- 8Palm Islands
- 9Palm Jumeirah
- 10Dubai Marina
- 11Ski Dubai
- 12Dubai Mall
- 13Aquaventure Waterpark
- 14Jumeirah Beach
- 15Heritage Village
- 16Grand Mosque
- 17Dubai Spice Souk
- 18Jumeirah Mosque
- 19The World (archipelago)
- 20Dubai Gold Souk
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What People Are Saying About Dubai
very happy, food was amazing at the palace, amazing pics. must do!!!! great guide
It was a wonderful experience from the pick from the Hotel until the drop off on time. The driver DANIEL his interaction with us made it much more fun. He was very funny and respectful to our group of nice. I couldn't have ask for a better driver.
Dubai was my last stop on the way home. I've stopped here to do some scuba diving and booked additional activities. My diving was cancelled due to a weather conditions so I started to think my whole short stay didn't make any sense... until I get on board 4x4 Land Cruiser with Umesh who drove us through a desert and helped all of these listed activities happened. Thanks!
Would thourghly recommend this excursion if visiting Dubai. Our guide and driver were fabulous and provided an enjoyable experience. We had our 2 year old grand daughter with us and they really included her. The best experience.
The trip was memorable and value for money. Everything was on schedule starting from pickup to drop off. Out guide Mr.Imran was very informative and kind and very helpful. Ask for him, if u go to visit. I have been to other desert safari too but this is better than others.