Dubai is known as the precious gem of UAE and rightly so. Even with its scorching heat manages to bring in millions of people all year round.
It is regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the world.
It is a shopaholic’s paradise, a dream come true for job seekers, and a mad adventure ride for the swashbucklers.
And as they say, every outing is a spontaneous adventure so why not go to see the best places to visit in Dubai to make your holidays nothing short of the best.
A visit to this superlative city can make your vacation a treasured experience for years to come.
During your visit, you will witness one of the best skyscrapers, shopping malls, luxury lifestyle and more.
You can make your visit more memorable by going for city tours, dhow dinner cruises, shopping, desert safaris, dune buggy, and a plethora of other activities, but have you heard of the latest that Dubai holidays have to offer? Read on!
- 1. Visit the Burj Khalifa
- 2. Gevora Hotel
- 3. The Dubai Mall
- 4. Mall of the Emirates
- 5. Wild Wadi Water Park
- 6. The Dubai Fountain
- 7. Dubai Creek
- 8. Palm Jumeirah
- 9. Madinat Jumeirah
- 10. Dubai Marina
- 11. Ski Dubai
- 12. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- 13. Jumeirah Beach
- 14. Dubai Museum
- 15. Jumeirah Masjid (Mosque)
- 16. The World Islands
- 17. IMG Worlds of Adventure
- 18. Dubai Miracle Garden
- 19. Desert Safari Tour
- 20. Dubai Frame
1. Visit the Burj Khalifa
Whether it is your first trip or your tenth, you cannot miss visiting the iconic Burj Khalifa.
Standing at 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa is a delight at each visit and one of the best places to visit in Dubai.
The world’s tallest tower obviously dominates the Dubai skyline, but the true splendour is best felt inside.
The view from the observation deck on level 148 is nothing short of dazzling so make sure you don’t miss it.
Cost: Ticket price starts from AED 135
Timings: 08:30 am – 22.00 pm. Last entry 45 minutes prior to closing
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
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2. Gevora Hotel
Beating JW Marriott Marquis by just a meter and standing tall at 356 meters high is the all-new ritzy Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road making it the world’s new tallest hotel.
It boasts of a rooftop viewing deck, presenting magnificent views of the city of Dubai.
The tickets for the viewing deck are priced at Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for children that include a coupon for a pastry tray and drink at the Le Veryon Cafe.
This is one of the best places to visit and stay in Dubai with a bunch of skyscrapers around artificial lakes.
Location: 101 Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
3. The Dubai Mall
Among various Dubai tourist attractions, Dubai Mall is one of the most famous places to see in Dubai.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall by total area and most-visited lifestyle destination, with over 1200 retail stores, two anchor department stores and hundreds of food and beverage outlets.
The scintillating mall is home to more than 13 million square feet which is equivalent to more than 50 football fields.
It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes.
The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.
Timings: 10:00 am to 02:00 am
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Financial Center Rd, Dubai – United Arab Emirates
4. Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates is the 2nd largest and most popular shopping destination in Dubai after the Dubai Mall.
Apart from beaches and tall buildings, Dubai is well known for its shopping mall.
The MOE features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores.
It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai, Magic Planet, Community Theatre & Arts Centre, and Yalla! Bowling.
And, if you are a movie buff and enjoy watching movies do make sure that you pay a visit to Vox Cinemas in the Mall of the Emirates which consist of 24 screens- including an IMAX with Laser, VOX 4DX auditorium, a luxury cinema experience called “THEATRE by Rhodes” and VOX Kids.
Timings: 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Dubai, UAE
5. Wild Wadi Water Park
If you are visiting Dubai with your family and want to enjoy a great time make sure that you spend a day out at Wild Wadi Water Park which has amazing multiple slides, heated/cooled wave pool, surfing machines, relaxing rivers and more for people of all ages.
What makes a visit to Wild Wadi Park more memorable is its location which is situated in the heart of Dubai at Jumeirah beach in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.
Wild Wadi Park offers 30 rides and attractions with 18 meters waterfall that goes off every ten minutes.
The theme park offers a host of food and beverages options which include Julshan’s Burgers and Dogs, Juha’s Family Kitchen, Ali’s BBQ, Riptide Pizza, Leila’s Fruits and Snacks and Shahbandar’s Cafe which serve burgers, Shawarmas, fried chicken, salads, sandwiches and more.
It also has an option of separate changing rooms for men and women with locker facility of different sizes.
Timings: 10:00 am to 19:00 pm
Ticket Price: AED 336 (INR 6539) per person for 1.1 meters or above in height and AED 284 below 1.1 meters in height.
Location: Jumeirah, opposite Burj Al Arab
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6. The Dubai Fountain
Dubai’s downtown fountain is another exotic location to visit, the fountain spectacularly set in the giant lake against the majestic Burj Khalifa.
Water slowly wobble as a belly dancer, arcs like a dolphin and rise as high as 152.4 m in the air, the fountain is synced to classic Arabic and popular world music soundtracks played on digital speakers.
With 6,600 lights; 25 colour projectors, and a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music, Dubai Fountain is indisputably the world’s most stunning choreographed fountain.
You can catch the action every 30 minutes from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm every day.
Timings: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ticket Price: AED 20 per person
Location: The Dubai Mall
If you want to witness the Dubai Fountain in the best way, I would suggest you take a lake ride on a traditional boat known as “Abra”.
7. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek also known as Khor Dubai is a saltwater creek located in Dubai which flows between Bur Dubai and Deira.
This creek holds a significance in the history of the economic development of the emirate.
Earlier it extended to Ras-Al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary but as part of the new Dubai canal, it extends through to the Persian Gulf.
However, some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara.
The best way to enjoy your visit to Dubai Creek is by taking a dinner cruise with your family and loved ones.
8. Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is the largest man-made island in the world.
The construction of the PalmJumeirah started in June 2001 started and it looks like a palm tree within a circle from above.
Palm Jumeirah was the first of three similarly shaped offshore developments in Dubai.
The others, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira Island, are both much larger than Palm Jumeirah but remain uncompleted because of economic uncertainty.
The Palm Jumeirah has a number of Dubai’s most luxurious resorts such as Atlantis, The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the One&Only, the Palm and many more.
It is also packed with fantastic dining options worth visiting, such as Nobu restaurant and 101 Dining Lounge even if you’re not staying at one of the many resorts.
Today, travellers can visit Palm Jumeirah via roads, tunnels and public transport. So you can easily access the various hotels, restaurants, and attractions on the island.
You can also hop aboard the Palm Monorail which is a 5.4 kilometre-long connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers at the foot of the end.
This man-made island is one of the very few attractions in the world which can be viewed from space.
If you are planning to visit Dubai with your family or loved one make sure that you visit this place as it is considered a paradise with unlimited leisure and recreation activities.
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9. Madinat Jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah Resort is one of Dubai’s most popular tourist spot designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town.
This is the perfect place for visitors to find out how Dubai looked in the past.
Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort is a luxurious 5-star resort in Dubai.
It has three grand hotels: Jumeirah Al-Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A ’Salam, and Jumeirah-Al-Naseem; 29 traditional summerhouses in Jumeirah Dar-Al-Masyaf and 7 Jumeirah Malakiya Villas.
This attraction perfectly merges modernity and culture in one place.
Madinat Jumeirah features over 50 restaurants and bars, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat Amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena.
It is located 25 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, which makes travelling convenient to Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Media City, and Dubai Internet City.
Taxis are the best option to reach the place as the metro does not reach there.
It is also adjacent to Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
10. Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is an entirely man-made marina and upon completion, it will be the world’s largest man-made marina.
It is well connected with Dubai Metro to other places in Dubai which makes travelling easy.
You can do a lot of things to spend your time in this beautiful canal city such as cruises, great shopping, shows, festivals, music concerts and the list goes on.
Apart from this, you’ll find the city’s top restaurants, entertainment complexes, and the world’s tallest apartment buildings, which will not fail to amaze you!
11. Ski Dubai
Make people think that Dubai is all about a high-rise building, desert, beaches, shopping, hotels, or malls; but this is not true.
There are lots of other things to do in Dubai and Ski Dubai is one of them which is located at the Mall of Emirates.
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East which offers amazing activities to do such as the slopes, snow bullet, skiing, snowboarding, zorbing, swimming with the penguins and tobogganing.
Considering the atmospheric condition of Dubai, going for a ski experience at Ski Dubai is a perfect idea.
Location: Mall of the Emirates
Timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Ticket Price: Starts from AED 255 per person.
If you want to know more in detail about different activities offered and its cost, you can check out my blog post on Ski Dubai.
However, if you still not sure whether you should go skiing. Check out this amazing video of when Will Smith visited Ski Dubai for the first time.
12. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel is operated by Dubai-based hotelier Jumeirah. This 5-star luxury hotel has 618 rooms and suites, 19 beachfront villas, and 20 restaurants and bars.
This luxury wave-shaped hotel is located on the sandy beach next to Burj Al Arab which offers a beautiful view and some water-based activities and sports for visitors.
Apart from this, all guests of the Jumeirah Beach Hotels get unlimited complimentary access to Dubai’s famous Wild Wadi Water Park.
The interior of this hotel draws upon the four elements of nature – Water, Earth, Air, and Fire.
With the beach just a stone’s throw away, this is the perfect place for beach lovers.
Location: Jumeirah St, Dubai, United Arab Emirate
Tip: If you are booking your stay at Jumeirah Beach Hotel make sure that you do it 15 days before your arrival, as it will help you book your stay at a discounted rate.
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13. Jumeirah Beach
Dubai is famous for its beautiful beaches and has always attracted visitors from all over the world because of the magnificent view it offers.
Jumeirah Beach is a white sand beach located on the coast of the Persian Gulf.
It offers access to private beaches and water sports activities to the guest of Burj Al Arab.
However, if you’re not a hotel guest, you can visit Jumeirah Beach Park, which is open for public and spend your time relaxing on the beach.
A great place for all sort of sports activities like jogging, biking, a boat ride and more.
The beach offers an amazing view of the Burj Al Arab with a platform from where you can take photographs of Burj Al Arab on this beach.
Location: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE
Timings: Sat to Sun – 07:30 am to 10:00 pm and Thur & Fri – 07:30 am to 11:00 pm
Entry Fees: Free
14. Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum is one of the oldest building in Dubai built in the year 1787, located in the Al-Fahidi Fort.
The Museum was opened by the Ruler of Dubai with additional galleries being added in 1995.
The building has served as a palace, garrison, and prison in the past.
If you are interested to know the history of the country and how was the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai then you must visit the Dubai Museum to find out how the region was developed.
The museum features galleries that recreate historic Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms as well as desert and marine life.
Timing: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday to Thursday. 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday.
Entry Fee: Dh3 for children from 6 years old and adults. Dh1 for children under six years old.
Location: Al Fahidi St, Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
15. Jumeirah Masjid (Mosque)
The mosque has a 49-meter minaret and spans more than 1,700 square meters. It has the capacity for 1,000 worshippers; 800 in the men’s section and 200 in the women’s.
The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai which welcomes visitors of all faiths and open to the public and the mosque is appreciated for its ‘Open Doors. Open Minds’ policy.
Visitors can come to the Jumeirah Mosque six days a week and are required to dress modestly, whereas women need to wear a headscarf while visiting the mosque.
If you do not have adequate attire, you can always borrow it from the mosque itself. It is one of the most photographed mosques in Dubai.
If you could not visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, then I wouldn’t definitely recommend going to Jumeirah Masjid in Dubai.
Timings: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: 25 AED per person including water, dates, Arabic coffee, tea, and traditional pastries. Children under 12 are free.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeriah 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
16. The World Islands
The world is an artificial archipelago in Dubai which consist of 300 private islands divided into four categories such as homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands.
The World Island is in the shape of World map located off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
If you want to visit the islands you can only travel on yachts or by air.
If you ever dream about owning your own private island and enjoy your vacations on your own private island than your search ends here at The World Island in Dubai.
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Location: The World Island, Dubai, UAE
Price: Available on Request
17. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Housed in an air-conditioned airdock the size of 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is touted as the world’s largest indoor theme park.
The US$1 billion park is truly remarkable boasting of nearly 20 rides and attraction. There is fun, excitement and speed.
It brings in all your favourite characters to life whether you are 5 or 50. From Ben 10, Gumball, the Powerpuff Girls, and LazyTown to Marvel heroes such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers this place has it all.
Timings: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Ticket Price: AED 257*
Location: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road? City of Arabia? Dubai Land – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Offer Price: AED 175
Say goodbye to the waiting lines at the rides and attractions of the world’s largest indoor theme park by booking tickets at discounted rates.
18. Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden has been in the news for all the right reasons.
The real oasis in a desert. Known to be the world’s largest natural flower garden that is adorned with a variety of flowers that are uncommon to the Middle East.
Out of the 45 million flowers that are grown here, they in recent times revealed a massive version of Disney’s much-loved Mickey Mouse.
It is an 18-meter floral statue that is made of nearly 100,000 flowers and weighs close to 35 tonnes.
This statue has been honoured with the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Supported Topiary Sculpture.
Timings: 09:00 am – 06:00 pm on Weekdays and 09:00 am – 09:00 pm on Weekends
Adult (12 years old above): 50 AED
Children (12 years old and below): 40 AED
Disabled and 2 years old: Free of Charge
Location: Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand Area – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
19. Desert Safari Tour
Make your holidays adventurous and full of fun with Desert Safari in Dubai. Believe me, no trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to Desert Safari.
There are different kinds of desert safari packages available in Dubai such as:
• Morning Desert Safari
• Evening Desert Safari
• Camel Desert Safari
• Hummer Desert Safari
• Overnight Desert Safari
• Dune Desert Safari
• Hot-Air Balloon Desert Safari
• 4×4 Desert Safari
• Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
You can go for the desert safari at any time of the day but evening and overnight desert safari is most common.
To make the desert safari more memorable you can indulge in activities such as Dune Bashing, Camel Riding, Sunset Photographs, Photos with Local Arabic Dresses, Sand Boarding, Henna Painting, Shisha, Unlimited Drinks: Tea, Coffee, Cold Drinks, BBQ Buffet Dinner (Veg and Non-Veg), and Entertainment shows such as Tanoura Dance, Belly Dance, Fire Show and more.
Timings: 08:30 am – 22.00 pm
Cost: Desert Safari Dubai Price Starts from AED 150
20. Dubai Frame
A visit to Dubai minus the Dubai frame is disappointing. It is the latest Instagram obsession and rightly so.
Situated in Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame consists of two 150-meter high towers that have been connected by a 93-meter glass bridge at the top.
An elevator takes you up to the bridge, where you have a panoramic view of both old and new Dubai making it a must-visit place in Dubai.
What’s more, there is a museum on the ground floor highlighting the city’s mega transformation from a small sleepy fishing village to today’s prosperous metropolis.
Timings: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
Ticket Price: AED 20 for Children and AED 50 for Adults. (Free Tickets for Infant (Under 3 years), People of determination and 2 Companions and Seniors)
Location: Sheikh Rashid Rd, Zabeel Park, Entrance 4, Dubai
The city of Dubai is glitzy, pompous, unwavering, brazenly acquisitive, hard to miss and not fall in love.
So make sure you plan a trip to Dubai and believe me when I say it you won’t regret it!
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