Dubai is the UAE’s most popular emirate; it is bustling, vibrant and inspiringly multicultural. This indicates that it is a place with a wide array of attractions and impressive things to do. In fact, it has something cool for everyone, including leisure-and-thrill seekers, culture buffs, foodies, retail enthusiasts etc. But, if you can’t decide where to head or what to include in your Dubai itinerary, simply use this list of best places to see in Dubai for inspiration.
The View at the Palm
It is one of the latest skyscrapers to join Dubai’s cityscape. But, it is not just any other structure, so sightseeing in Dubai is incomplete without a visit here. The observation deck on its 52nd level has been specifically designed to give you the full view of the captivating Palm Jumeirah, the Arabian Gulf and more. Yes, this exclusive alluring standpoint allows you to absorb the unparalleled 360 degree views over this man-made island that is famed all over the world for its unequaled palm kind of design. You can further look forward to be part of several immersive experiences on your visit here, thanks to its immersive theater and the exhibit segment.
It may be one of the city’s recent attractions, but it is now hard to wind up a Dubai vacation without a revolution on Ain Dubai. Soaring to a height of over 250 meters, this mighty attraction on Dubai’s Bluewaters Island is the world’s highest and largest observation wheel. A ride in one of its enclosed and fully air-conditioned cabins treats you with the most exceptional views over the city skyline that encompass Bluewaters Island, JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence), Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to a few. You can choose to enjoy this experience on a shared or a private cabin inclusive of food and drinks.
There are several ways to see Dubai’s sights and probably the relaxed among them is dhow cruise. It involves a leisurely sail along Dubai’s water at Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek and mostly comes with buffet dining, live music, traditional Tanura performance, and unlimited refreshments onboard. For those who want to give a refined, luxurious twist to their Dubai cruise, nothing could probably beat yacht rental Dubai session!
Museum of the Future
Are you bored of the regular museum visits that step you back in time? You must consider visiting the Museum of the Future. Located in the heart of the city at Sheikh Zayed Road, this one-of-its-kind museum is dedicated to high-end innovation and uber classy exhibits. Not to mention, you get to experience here the future of science, space, wellness, nature and more like you never imagined. Apart from its marvelous displays, what is more enticing is its striking architecture that takes after a massive ring with a hollow part at its center.
Be it brand-new or timeless sights, there is something special, unique and captivating about Dubai’s attractions; Palm Fountain is not an exception! Shooting up water to a height of over 100 meters, it is the world’s largest fountain. See the water swaying and twirling in perfect harmony of music and light during the performance as it creates an enchanting spectacle against the backdrop of Atlantis, The Palm resort. And did we say that it is the region’s first and only colored show of its kind.
No matter how many times you visit Dubai, you can’t help but make a trip to this towering structure. Rightly so, this 828 meters high structure is the world’s tallest building. If it is your first ever visit, make sure that its observation decks on (124th and 148th levels) are on your Dubai bucketlist. With its floor-to-ceiling strong transparent windows and highly advanced telescopes, it enthralls you with the most magnificent views of the emirate’s contrasting landscape with desert, ocean and futuristic sights. The swift elevator ride that transports you to these decks itself is an attraction in its own right. That’s not all; you also get to acquaint yourself about some fascinating historical facts about Dubai on your visit here – simply watch the multimedia presentation that is displayed at the beginning and end of the tour.
The Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain
Shopping is one of the staple things to do in Dubai, with tonnes of malls, bazaars, souks etc. But, the Dubai Mall, close to Burj Khalifa, is not just a place for shoppers. It is equally a great place for adventure, fun and edutainment experiences, and the best part is that this mega mall caters to every interest. Check out the colossal Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, visit Dubai Ice Rink, and make a stop at VR Park Dubai as part of your Dubai Mall visit. For your little ones, there is KidZania Dubai. Regardless of your age or preference, one attraction that is sure to blow you away is the Dubai Fountain show. Found outside the mall on Burj Lake, this dancing show in perfect sync of music is a sight that you will never get bored in Dubai.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dubai is not just a place to see skyscrapers or enjoy shopping; it is a haven for theme park enthusiasts too, with some record-breaking options in this category. One of the unmissable of all is IMG Worlds of Adventure. It has four amazing zones with rides and experiences themed around Marvel superheroes, classic Cartoon characters and primeval dinosaurs. Needless to say, this destination in Dubai is all about sheer amusement and adventure.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
For culture and history lovers traveling to the emirate, it is one of the first stops to make in Dubai. Dating back to the 19th century, this painstakingly preserved enclave in the Old Dubai is a hidden gem where you get the rare chance to relive the emirate’s modest past. There are age-old sand-colored structures topped by traditional wooden courtyards and wind towers. They are still intact and now serve as an art gallery or a museum. Must-visits among them are Dubai Museum, Camel Museum, Coffee Museum, and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Dubai, at first glance, is all about its ultra glitzy sights. That said, its natural landscape is largely characterized by the Arabian Desert. Take a fully guided desert safari to enjoy a look at the incomparable beauty and serenity of the unparalleled golden sands. This is a part adventure and part cultural tour, with activities such as 4X4 dune bash, camel ride, quad biking, henna tattooing, falconry, and Shisha smoking. For a wholesome desert experience, choose evening or overnight desert safari with BBQ dining, camping under the stars and traditional breakfast enriched by desert sunrise views.
With this exclusive definitive guide on Dubai sightseeing, we hope that putting together your dream holiday is not a daunting task anymore. From iconic landmarks and brand-new attractions to the artsy and classic sights, this compilation of quintessential stops not only let you feel the city’s unbeatable effervescence but also return with some prized memories. So, are you ready to catch with all sights and sounds of one of the Middle East’s most beloved city?