Dubai is the fourth most visited places in the world that is famous for the high-rising architectural wonders and excellent collection of resorts and spas. It is a place that was once the talk of the town for its stellar tower Burj Al Arab, only to be replaced by the Palm Jumeirah and today the staggering, Burj Khalifa. Lets just say, this city never stops growing and is on a rapid rise building futuristic towers as well as fascinating attractions. If you continue reading this list of tourist sites that I have prepared, you will be taken on a guided tour to some of Dubai’s best places to visit where you can find tons of fun things to do. Certainly, it is a holiday experience taken to another level, where there exist world’s largest gardens and markets; an entertaining venue filled with cultural shows; indoor aquatic world and lots more. So, start reading and the blog and bookmark the places you would like to visit during your tour in Dubai.
The top 10 must visit places you should not miss out on
Dubai Miracle Garden: World’s Largest Flower Garden
I bet, even the regular visitors cannot hide the tingling sensation in their feet while visiting the Miracle Garden in Dubailand which is one of most visited tourist attractions. And my only suggestion for you is to stop for a moment, take a deep breath and explode with excitement because why wouldn’t you! After all, this is the world’s largest flower garden that offers a visual treat to your eye with around 109 million flowers to witness, where you may take the whole day to admire and perhaps sniff the bubbly scent of the garden. Lets just say, Miracle Garden is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit and is widely visited by nature lovers.
Bastakiya: The Old and Traditional Town of Dubai
Discover the other side of Dubai by visiting Bastakiya which is also known as Al Fahidi Historic District or Al Bastakia. It is located alongside Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Creek and is an ideal spot to take a heritage walk tour sightseeing the neighbourhood of Dubai. Here, the place offers an interesting insight into the Arabian culture. It is here you can explore the architectural wonder of the old houses, brown wooden doors, wind towers and white mosque making it is a worthy place to visit. This historical place, Bastakiya may even offer a tizzy feeling to the culture lovers and a soothing balm to the city’s otherwise modern silhouette. The old town of Dubai is open on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 12:00 and 9:00 to 10:30 on Saturdays.
Deira Souk: The Largest Gold Market in the World
The city of Dubai has a lot of souks (markets) but Deira is one ideal destination that every tourists enjoy visiting. Conveniently located close to Dubai Creek, it is said to have been established during 1830s, in fact, when you come here, you can still witness the old architecture style and the wooden archways in the market. But wait, let me tell you the best part and the only purpose of your entire trip here is probably to witness a variety of gold displayed on the shop windows and even better buying them with a constant though, you’d only wish you own them all! Besides the gold, the tourists and locals also come and take home varieties of other spices like cumin, saffron, frankincense, rose water and incense from the separate market situated adjacent to the Gold Souk.
Dubai Aquarium: The Biggest Underwater Aquatic Zoo
If you have seen enough of Dubai attractions, which I doubt will ever happen, you can head to one of the shopping centres, Dubai Mall and awe at the different marine species in the aquarium situated inside it. This tourist attraction is featured to be the largest aquarium in the world and it has approximately 140 variety of aquatic species. You can witness a few as you toddle the 48-meter long walk-through tunnel. However, to have even better experience, why not be a little adventurous and opt for a cage snorkeling and shark diving activities, it would create a life-long memorable experience. Other activities that may suit leisure travellers or elders is taking a glass bottom boat tours.
Global Village: An All Night Extravaganza with Entertainment, Food and Shopping
One of Dubai’s most popular tourist destinations, Global Village is the best place to be with friends and family. As the night falls, the entire village lights up in colourful and decorative bulbs offering an exciting ambience. With a variety of different pavilions each offering a cultural attraction of varied countries, this place is certainly a must visit. Visit the Egypt pavilion to buy some antiquities and (Jalabiyia) their traditional dresses; Oman to buy Omani fashion accessories, China for their colourful floral clothes and Africa pavilion for hand-carved artifacts. You can also get exquisite carpets from Iran and ethnic clothing from India and Pakistan’s pavilions. I bet, an evening spent here will lift your spirits high as you attend stage shows; get entertained; and end a perfect evening by savouring different country’s cuisine.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve: Home to the Arabian Gazelle
A bit of a city break is much needed even if you came solely for a city tour because there are a couple of nature tourist sites you just have to go explore in Dubai. One such fabulous place, a popular wildlife destination where you can find indigenous species of animals is Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Species like sand gazelles, mountain gazelles and Arabian oryx are introduced to tourists in this reserve. Covering a land of 225-sq-km, here you can get access to one of the four zones, via travel guides or tour operators, i.e. if you plan a quick day tour. However, if you decide to stay in their luxurious wildlife resort, the remaining three are accessible to the resort guests.
Alserkal Art District: A Gathering Place for Artists and Art Lovers
One of the best places to visit in Dubai for art connoisseurs and lovers, Alserkal Art District is becoming a popular hub. Plan a visit here and visit a number of contemporary art galleries, while some are smaller start-ups, there are a few well established galleries like the Ayyam Gallery, Green Art Gallery and The Third Line. This district plays like a platform for new talents and helps in highlighting beautiful art works. In fact, Alserkal Art District also has a mishmash of restaurants and fashion boutiques opened by local designers. For certain, you can feel a livelier vibe, completely different from the other tourist spots, more artsy with a feel-good ambience.
Dubai Opera: A Cultural and Light-Hearted Entertainment Venue
When we speak of entertainment, the city of Dubai is not short of it but one popular tourist attraction that can’t be missed is the Dubai Opera located in downtown Dubai. For a night activity in Dubai, this is one of the places worth visiting for music entertainment where you can find muse in their opera shows, ballet, comedy nights, concerts and even classical instrument plays. Dubai Opera is one of a kind, an astonishing architectural beauty that can seat up to 2000 cultural aficionados. Come anytime of the year, and find various plays performed in the different musical theater here. There is also a rooftop eatery serving lip-smacking multiple cuisines.
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque: Architectural Marvel of Dubai
You may find a blend of nationalities in Dubai with a mix of pilgrimage places to visit but one most popular shrine in Dubai is none other than the Grand Mosque. This architectural marvel comes under the eight biggest mosque in the world and the biggest in UAE, it was here the first ever function of the memorial service of Sheikh Zayed, the former president of UAE was held. It is unlikely that the visitors would not adore this place, even from afar, this prestigious treasure of Dubai glows in bright royal blue light at night. And it is probably one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the world. The corridors of the mosque are surrounded by the biggest lights in the world with 24 carat gold glazed on the pillars designed like a leaf facing earthward.
Dubai Museum: Home to the Historical Artifacts and Legendary Artworks
The oldest structure in the city, Al Fahidi Fort is probably one of the go-to-destinations in Dubai and if you happen to be a history buff, Dubai Museum is conveniently located inside the premises. Here, you can learn about the evolution of Dubai right from being a tiny deserted fishing village to becoming one of the futuristic states. Inside, there are images and artifacts of the Bedouin life and the importance of sea before the discovery of oil. There are also a number of archaeological findings displayed in Dubai Museum. I can say, this is the best place for educational tours with your children and even elders with a keen interest in Arabian nomadic life.
Get a bird’s eye view of Dubai by taking a Helicopter Tour
Sure, there is a skydiving option and an observation deck in Burj Khalifa but nothing is more joyful than a helicopter tour ride around the city. You don’t need an entire day, just a 30 minutes circuit will do, where the areal tour will take you around the beautiful The Palm Jumeirah and the popular Burj Al Arab, The World islands and of course across the beastie structure of Burj Khalifa.
Go mall hopping in Dubai
If you have covered all the tourist places in Dubai, it’s time to uncover the shopping centres in the city’s biggest and largest markets and malls in Dubai. One of the most favourite of the tourists, Dubai Mall is certainly a delight, with international big brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Chanel, Burberry and more, all you’d want to do is shop as soon as you enter the gates to shoppers heaven. In fact, this city has a wide range of shopping destinations and while the rich people’s playground are the malls such as Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, the travellers and common people can linger longer at the Dubai Outlet Mall. For an alternative shopping experience, you can visit the Mercato Mall in Jumeirah as it offers a sight and ambience of the European Renaissance-era of France, Italy and Spain.
Skydive Indoors at iFly Dubai in Mirdif City Centre
Skydiving can be heart racing outdoor sport for many and perhaps only the hardcore adventurists can really gather their guts and jump from 3657.6 metres above. However, if you want to start from something small and less terrifying, visit iFly Dubai in Mirdif City Centre. This is one of the largest indoor adventure places in UAE that is equipped with an acrylic glass tunnel, about 10-metre fitted with a double vertical wind tunnel making the experience worth every penny. In addition, along with adults and youth venturers, even children who are as young as three can enjoy this activity. Here, you will often see a lot of enthusiastic people in line waiting for their turn, I suggest visiting during a weekday.
Have a fun day out at the Dubai Camel Safari in The Arabian Desert
When you visit Dubai, one best thing to do is to head for the desert and have the Arabian Camel Safari experience. This activity brings out the authenticity of visiting UAE and living life Arabian style including camel riding in the desert, which is certainly one of the best things to do in Dubai. Besides, a slow and soothing camel bumpy ride, you can also dash the dunes in the 4×4 wheels, a challenging and thrilling outdoor sport indeed. Perhaps, camel riding can be a great experience for children since we don’t do it everyday, ultimately making it a brilliant memory during your holidays in Dubai. In order to check out more on the safari packages you can either council with our brother site or your hotel in Dubai.
Take a Sweet Sail on Abra
Forget expensive boat ride in Dubai and take the real Arabian Abra Ride as a local transport means. This is a major and a popular means of transport that can seat around 20 passengers travelling between Deira and Bur Dubai. Fun part is, you get to sit facing the sides of the boat that gives an inescapable sight of the skyscrapers. Lets just say, it offers a rather relaxing smooth and cheap city sightseeing tour.
Splash Splash in the amusement park of Wild Wadi
Scream-inducing joy rides are all that you will see while you visit one of the best amusement parks in Dubai, Wild Wadi. Located in Jumeirah, this splendid tourist site is often thumbed with family vacationers and the best part is, all the rides in the park is made suitable for different genre of visitors, I bet, you will be completely exhausted while you near the day’s end. If you are not one of them who prefer to float at the Lazy River, Wild Wadi has more than 30 rides and some of which you can ride on are 20-meter tandem slides that induce at a whooping speed of 80 km/h to make a drop at Jumeirah Sceirah, you might just have to hold your heart tight. Riptide Flowriders, Wipeout and Tantrum Alley are also some must-try, in fact, there are more rides being built, by the time you visit, you might just have even more things to try.
Walk the sandy shore of Jumeirah Beach
Go down the Dubai Marina Coastline and find a popular place where people gather to unwind and drink a cooler or two at Jumeirah Beach. This is a one-stop beach destination in Dubai which is the favourite of them all (the tourist). Attractions here are at its best, with excellent beach facilities that offer a mix variety of restaurants and a long row of sun loungers, you can also indulge in some water-sports activities like jet skiing, water skiing, paragliding and surfing. Come here and spend hours sun toasting your body under the winter sun with a view of the golden soothing sunset and the beautiful Burj Al Arab. there are also a wide range of exclusive spa resorts and hotels near the beach, check-in at one of these luxurious Dubai accommodations and enjoy a convenient in and out trips from your hotel to the white sandy beach.
Witness the dancing fountain light show at The Dubai Fountain
Get a visual treat seeing the dancing fountains located below the Burj Khalifa tower. The Dubai Fountain, offers such a spectacular sight you have to literally sigh wow out loud to really appreciate it. Dubai Fountain has a variety of daily performances where the colourful water jets off to a couple of Arabian and English music (around 35 songs) in a synchronized manner. It can shoot up to 140 metres i.e. levitating up to 45-storey high building. The Dubai Fountain is probably Dubai’s top tourist attractions you simply cannot miss while here.
P.S.: You can also take a lake ride for a better and uninterrupted clicks.
Visit the Burj Al Arab for an afternoon tea
So what if you cannot spend a night in one of the luxurious hotels in Dubai, Burj Al Arab, you can at least visit for an afternoon tea in their exquisite restaurants and cafes. There happens to be two perfect cafes at Burj Al Arab, which are best for tea time breaks with a view and mouth-watering quick bites. Go up to the 27th floor to Skyview Bar for an experience of your life. Visit on fridays for a perfect selection of coffee and tea along with snacks like pastries, sandwiches and cakes. Besides, getting an uninterrupted view of the Palm Jumeirah, is all you can ask for. The other afternoon tea spots is Sahn Eddar located on the base of the hotel with a delightful view of the world’s tallest atrium.
Explore Sheikh Zayed Road From the Subway or the Observation Deck
A strong positive energy may be felt while crossing this route, even if you take a metro ride, the towering steel high-rises on both sides will give a permanent impact, you simply won’t be able to forget its beauty. This eight-lane highway that runs through the downtown business district is a major vantage point in Dubai and if you want a view from above, head straight to the observation deck of the Dubai World Trade Tower, it is slightly cheaper than the Burj Khalifa. Another best part about this road is that, you will find a lot of Dubai’s famous malls here.