From the classical cultural and the inspiring historical attractions to the most unbeatable and ultra stylish contemporary sights, Dubai is packed to brim with landmark highlights. It, therefore, is not an easy task to pick a handful of activities or experiences that signify the epic charm of the emirate. That’s why we have this exclusive post for you! If you are planning for a Dubai trip soon, this list of the best places to visit in Dubai should not be missed.
1. Burj Khalifa
There is no better way to get a taste of Dubai’s pulsating vibe and eclectic modernity than by a visit to Burj Khalifa. It is the centerpiece attraction of the 500-acre neighborhood, Downtown Dubai; more than that, it is the world’s tallest building that soars to a height of over 828 meters. Pop into one of its observation decks on the 124th or 148th level with the region’s fastest elevator ride and be ready for the astonishing ever views over the city skyline, ocean, desert and beyond.
2. The Dubai Mall
The gigantic mall that sits next to Burj Khalifa has over 1200 outlets that represent almost all luxury brands. But, it is not just for shopaholics. There are over 200 dining venues plus a trove of entertainment and leisure attractions that cater to every age group. Let your kids get a sample of their favorite adult jobs at KidZania Dubai while you shop, dine or simply wander around the mall. More options follow by way of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, VR Park Dubai and Ekart Zabeel. Apart from these, one thing that you must definitely watch is the breathtaking Dubai Fountain show that is set outside of the mall on Burj Lake.
3. Museum of the Future
Dubai is a city of surprise and this reflects in its unrivaled, brand-new sights. One of the most recent places to join this list is Museum of the Future. Curious to know what makes this museum different from a typical museum! First of all, all of the extraordinary exhibits and attractions on view are completely dedicated to high-tech future and innovation. So don’t expect to step back in time here; instead, come here prepared to walk into the futuristic side of the emirate that travels you over 50 years forward.
4. The View at the Palm
The man-made island of Palm Jumeirah is so iconic that it has become one of the unmatched symbols of Dubai. There are many ways to view its striking palm tree kind of design, such as helicopter ride, seaplane tour and mostly, the adventurous of its kind sky diving session. But, if you wish to see it up-close without any risk or shelling out a fortune, the safest option is to make your way to the View at the Palm. Built on the 52nd level of Palm Tower, this observation deck is specifically created to give you the entire view of the Palm Jumeirah as well as its dynamic surroundings.
5. Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is a billow-shaped hotel that is considered one of the most luxurious in the world. Now, if you think this place is just for a top-end stay in Dubai, it is more than that. You can take a tour of its regal interiors with the butler guided Inside Burj Al Arab tour. It allows you to see some of the hotel’s most premium segments which are otherwise accessible only to its elite hotel guests. This includes the expensive ever Royal Suite, the immersive culinary experience, and mostly, the latest UMA Lounge.
6. The Arabian Desert
Majority of the sights in this list give you a slice of Dubai’s modern side. However, if you wish to see its untouched and tranquil side, we would recommend you to take a desert safari, ideally an evening desert safari or an overnight desert safari. It allows you to make the most of the region’s seas of sands. Immerse yourself in its unequaled serenity on a 4X4 dune bash, quad bike or a camel ride session, and get the authentic feel of the traditional Bedouin culture and heritage with activities like henna tattooing, Shisha smoking, and falconry. Add to this traditional entertainment including Belly Dance and Tanura show.
7. Ain Dubai
This is one of the newest Dubai sights that deserve to be on top of your travel bucketlist. It is the largest and highest observation wheel with a total of 48 capsules, perched at an altitude of over 250 meters. It takes almost 40 minutes to complete a revolution on Ain Dubai. This means you get enough time to both admire the ride and experience the sheer elegance of sights that encompass some of the emirate’s most magnificent neighborhoods, especially Bluewaters Island, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence.) You can enjoy the ride on a shared cabin or a private cabin complete with food and drinks.
8. Madame Tussauds Museum
The Middle East’s first Madame Tussauds Museum is now open in Dubai. So, you don’t have to travel any far to snap a picture with your favorite celebrity. Filled with the life-size wax models of almost all celebrities, it is where you get to click limitless images with the personalities that represent all phases of popularity, from entertainment, media and sports to politics, sport and music.
9. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dubai is the destination for some epic theme park adventure and fun. Just don’t take our words; visit IMG Worlds of Adventure to believe it for yourself. Four zones across the park promise you the thrill of the lifetime, thanks to its many Cartoon, Marvel and Dinosaur based rides, slides and attractions.
10. Ski Dubai
This is one of the perennial tourist attractions Dubai that you will never get bored of on your visit here. The snow setting of this indoor ski resort (within Mall of the Emirates) makes it a dream-come-true venue to try your most beloved winter activities. Yes, you can look forward to ski, sledge, snowboard and more in this snowy wonderland that is open throughout the year.
11. Dubai’s Water
Dubai boasts of a wonderful coastline that stretches along the waters of Persian Gulf. While you can see the region’s stunning sights on a city sightseeing tour or a classy limo ride Dubai, nothing could probably rival the thrill of taking in these sights from water. Take a classic dhow cruise along Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek, or opt for a deep sea cruise to heighten your water adventure in Dubai.
12. Old Dubai
No Dubai trip is complete without going back to its roots. The Old Dubai has some charming spots where you can head for a dose of the Emirati culture and past. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is one of the visited among them; it is courtesy to its gems like Dubai Museum, Arabic Tea House and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Situated on the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, Al Seef is equally delightful for its vibrant fusion of old and new experiences. Also, don’t miss souks – these are traditional Arabian bazaars that let you return with some unique and authentic Emirati keepsakes at super affordable rates.
Whether you wish to set out for a single day’s trip or for a whole week or even a month, Dubai has plenty of options to keep you occupied. So, what are you waiting for? With a lot to see and do in this magical city, use this comprehensive list to prepare for your much awaited Dubai escape. It helps you to figure out where in Dubai you should visit and further what to include in your Dubai travel program.