Dubai is a city of United Arab Emirates and is famous for lots of things, major being its modern architecture, luxury shopping and active nightlife. The city of Dubai is a perfect example of modernism and human advancement in technology and other fields. You will see world’s tallest building, largest dancing fountain, largest shopping mall and even a man-made palm shaped island and enjoy nightlife in Dubai! In every way you will find Dubai a very unique city and with every passing minute this city will surprise you with its different aspects.
Please note that Dubai has extreme summers, if you want to enjoy the city in cool and pleasent weather then the best time to visit Dubai is winters. Now lets discuss about the best places to visit in Dubai to make the most out of your Dubai tour so that you leave with bunch of everlasting memories:
1. Burj Khalifa
Planning to visit Dubai? Put Burj Khalifa on top of your list! Once you are in the city you’d definitely not want to miss the tallest building in the world. This building is 829.8m tall and gives its visitors an opportunity to enjoy 360 degrees breathtaking bird eye view of the entire Dubai city with sea on one side and golden sands of the Arabian Desert on the other. You can access worlds one of the super-fast elevators in Dubai mall that will take you to The Observatory on 124th floor in just about 30 seconds. The unforgettable experience also includes a detailed multimedia presentation on Dubai as well as Burj Khalifa. Night time visits are popular due to spectacular lights Dubai has to offer. If you are planning to go all the way up then reserve at least 45 minutes for the ultimate experience. Please note that there is no restaurant or refreshment shop at the top so we would recommend you to take your water with you.You will also find beautiful gardens and walkways wrapped around the tallest building and world’s tallest fountain ‘The Dubai Fountain’.
Timings – Daily 8:30am-1am
Observation Desk Tickets – Pre-booking Adults 125 AED | On the spot ticket 400AED
Children 4-12 95AED | Children under 4 free
Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown
2. Desert Safari
If you are planning to visit Dubai and you love adventure then don’t you dare to miss this most thrilling experience of all times because it is one of the best things about Dubai. Visitors assemble in a 4×4 drive for a mind-blowing dune bashing desert ride, which lasts for around 30 minutes. The whole activity takes approx. 6 hours in which you not only get the most adventurous 4×4 experience but also get a flavor of Bedouin existence as you will be taken to camp afterwards where you can enjoy shisha, scrumptious food specially BBQ, belly dances, henna tattoos, quad bikes and camel rides. What else would you need eh?There are different Desert Safari tours that start at different timings so you can choose any tour that suits your schedule. At the time of booking a tour don’t forget to ask about the duration of the tour and also if they have any plans of stopping anywhere on the way.
3. Palm Island – Man Made Island
Dubai is comprised of different amazing and grandiose man-made structures and The Palm Island tops the list. This huge private island is visible from space and looks incredible if seen from a helicopter which makes it one of the top Dubai attractions. Since the island is private you cannot enjoy an inside tour uncles you know somebody who has a house in it. If not then you are left with two options; one is unmanned elevated mono rail which links the palm to the mainland and the other one is boat ride which is comparatively more exciting as you explore the ocean very closely and get to see other landmarks as well.Other than that The Palm has very famous five star Atlantis Hotel which offers super luxurious rooms and an ultimate dining experience. The lavish hotel will hold your breath for a few seconds as it also has a waterpark called Aquaventure which is an ideal picnic spot for anyone who either resides in the city or came for the visit.
Monorail Tickets – One way AED 15 | Round trip: AED 25
Stations – Atlantis Aquaventure: at the entrance to the water park | Palm Gateway: links with the Dubai Tram
4. Burj Al Arab
As the name suggests this is a 321 m high tower building that is known to be world’s first seven star hotel and also considered as world’s most luxurious hotel. Undoubtedly, Burj al Arab is one of the top iconic buildings of Dubai with an underwater seafood restaurant. Certainly you don’t want to miss to pose with this unique billowing sail structure since this is one of the popular buildings to take photographs with. If you wish to have an inside look then make sure you make prior reservation in any of the bars or restaurants inside (we recommend Skyview Bar) as you will have to show your booking for the entry. Or if you just wish to enjoy the overall structure then you can grab a drink and have a seat on the terrace at the Dhow and Anchor in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. There is a water park called Wild Wadi just after a few minute walk so you can beat the heat in the water park just after the visit from the Burj.
Tea at Skyview: Saturday to Thursday | First seating 13:00; Second seating 16:00 Price: AED 620
High Tea at Sahn Eddar: Time: Serving from 19:00 to 20:00 Price: AED 400
Food at Dhow & Anchor: Saturday to FridayEstimated Price: AED 250 (Starter, main course and drink)
5. The Dubai Mall & Fountain
The Dubai mall is the iconic mall of Dubai and beats all the other tourist places in Dubai. It is world’s largest mall based on the total area and 5th largest according to its gross leasable area. It is a 20 billion dollar flagship project of Emaar properties that houses around 1200 shops, world’s largest aquarium, an underwater zoo, ice rink and cinemas. This mall is among the top Dubai tourist attractions. The mall occupies 12 million square feet of the area that is equivalent to 20 soccer pitches. At the lower ground floor when you move out of the mall you will see the spectacular Dubai Fountain set in waterfront promenade. It is world’s largest dancing fountain that reaches the height of 50 feet and uses up to 20000 gallons of water during each show. The 30 minute visual delight is held after every 20 minutes, so you don’t any excuse to miss the show!
6. Jumeirah Beach Park
Jumaira is a sand and grassland Beach Park hybrid that includes 12 hectares of parkland fronting on to the beach with children’s play areas, picnic tables, barbecue area, showers, cafes, rows of thatched umbrellas for shade, volleyball play area, food kiosks, jetty area and lifeguards to watch over your safety. You can enter the park in just $1 and enjoy the enormous beach. The beach has separate areas for men. Women and families and is perfect for a family picnic on weekends.There is an ample parking available so you don’t get into the hassle of searching the right parking.
Timings – Saturday-Wednesday 7:30 till 10:00 | Thursday & Friday 7:30 till 11:00 | Ladies day: Monday and Wednesday
Tickets – AED 5.00 per person | AED 20.00 per car
Metro: Business Bay, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
7. Mall Of The Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is among the best DUbai tourist places and is particularly famous for Ski Dubai. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski and snowboarding place with real snow in UAE. So you cannot miss the snow fun specially with outside temperature as high as 50 degree centigrade. The mall was opened in November 2005 and presently having around 500 retail outlets, Magic planet and an amusement park for kids, so you can for sure have a family fun day out by just going to this wonderful mall.
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Dolphinarium is the only fully air-conditioned indoor 600 cubic meter facility providing natural habitat to dolphins and seals allowing visitors to watch and interact with them in the live shows. The pool in which dolphins are kept is temperature controlled and all the measures have been taken to give them an ocean-like feeling. Dolphinarium is an ideal way for you and your children to enjoy as well as learn about dolphins and their aquatic life.
9. Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi is the largest water park of Dubai located at Jumeirah near Burj al Arab. This Dubai water park has a number of water rides and slides including indoor and outdoor heated wave pools. If you are an adrenaline seeker than you can opt for water sports like kayaking, surfing, ziplining, wall climbing etc. In short, Wild Wadi Dubai has something for almost everyone, so you can come here with your friends or family and have a fun-filled day!
10. Safa Park
Safa Park is a 64 hectare recreation park in Dubai that attracts thousands of visitors on daily basis. If you have covered all the top things to do in Dubai and got tired of sand and longing for greenery, then Safa Park is the best place for Dubai sightseeing. The park also has a small arcade game zone, a gym, jogging track, volley-ball, basketball and football facilities. You can also do barbeque in one of 20 barbeque stations. So head to Safa Park for a fun and lazy day out!
Timings – Sunday to Thursday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm | Friday & Saturday 8:00 am to 11:00 pmLadies Day: Tuesday
Tickets – DH 3
We hope that our Dubai Travel Guide was helpful and now you have enough fun places to go in Dubai. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and travel to Dubai- the wonderful city!