An all-time vacation hotspot, the list of Dubai tourist places is evolving with every passing year. This small emirate of UAE is one of the most happening places in the entire Middle East and is known as an entertainment hub of the world.
If you’re planning to visit this amazing city of the Arabs, here are the 15 best Dubai tourist attractions every bit worth your time.
1. Burj Khalifa
The tallest free standing manmade structure of the world, Burj Khalifa is the star attraction of Dubai and makes for an exciting outing especially if you book a visit to its 128th-floor observation deck. It is almost thrice as tall as the Eiffel tower. The view of the world beneath is breathtaking and makes for a memory that will stay with you forever.
2. Dubai Mall
One of the biggest malls in the world- the Dubai Mall boasts of over 1200 shops including the world’s biggest candy shop and the best of international brand showrooms, 120 restaurants and cafes, 21 cinema screens, along with the world’s biggest acrylic aquarium of the world- the Dubai Aquarium. You can also watch the world’s biggest themed fountain- the Dubai fountain showing its magnificence every evening at 6pm from the Dubai mall.
3. Mall of emirates
The Mall of Emirates is one of the biggest malls ever made across the globe and houses the Dubai ski resort inside it. It has the world’s first indoor ski resort Skii Dubai that is both spectacular and surreal with real penguins and a regular temperature of -4 degree Celsius. The mall also has a special family entertainment center, plethora of shopping opportunities and incomparable eating options at its restaurants.
4. Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding
Rapidly becoming one of the most sought after places to visit in Dubai, the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding is your window of opportunity to get up close and personal with the Arabic culture, Emirati food, and Islamic religion. Remember to book your tour well in advance to secure a spot. We promise you’ll have a completely different outlook towards the Islam, Dubai, and the Arabic culture after the tour.
5. Dubai Museum
The best way to know the history and the meteoric rise of Dubai from a humble Bedouin village to one of the most visited cities of the world, is to visit the Dubai Museum. The museum is housed inside the Al Fahidi fort, one of the oldest forts of Dubai and has beautifully displayed the lifestyle and trade ways of the ancient Bedouin village Dubai once was. The place also houses the rare artifacts that were unearthed during excavations over the years.
6. Bastakiya Quarter
The oldest neighborhood of Dubai beautifully preserved with its wind towers, old buildings, and small cafes are perfect to make your evening delightful. Visit the Bastakiya mosque that is also one of the most photogenic mosques in the UAE. The small souvenir shops and cafes make for spending your time leisurely while you soak in the timeless historical feel of the place.
7. The Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo
housing over 140 species exotic marine creatures, the Dubai aquarium is the world’s biggest suspended acrylic aquarium in the world. Starting from the ground floor, it stretches up to the third floor of the Dubai mall. Right next to it is the Dubai underwater zoo that gives you a 180-degree exquisite view of the underwater life of some of the most beautiful sea animals of the world.
8. Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai miracle garden is one of the most treasured Dubai sightseeing places. It is the world’s biggest natural flower garden with over 45 million flowers arranged in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and design themes. It also houses a special butterfly garden that has the largest variety of butterflies from all around the world and is a wonder in itself.
9. Global Village
Claimed to be the world’s largest entertainment destination project, the Global village is where 75 countries represent the best of their cultures across 32 pavilions. More of a carnival than a shopping destination, visiting Global Village is more than just a shopping experience, it is more like being a part of the world fair. It has everything from the shopping of the best and authentic souvenirs across different countries, live concerts of the best of celebrities, rides, entertainment shows and an array of international cuisine lined up all for the visitors to enjoy and have a gala time.
10. Gold and Spice souk
While there’s no dearth of internationally acclaimed shopping complexes in Dubai, the experience of shopping at the traditional souks (Arabic name for market) is incomparable. One of the best tourist places in Dubai, the Gold souk is famous across the world for its glittering display of over 10 tons of gold metal every single day. Almost 20% of the world gold passes through the souk and the best part is you are allowed to haggle until you and the vendor agree to a mutually fair price. Just walk a bit ahead of the gold souk and you’ll reach the Spice souk that will delight your senses with the scintillating aroma of spices and condiments brought from across the world. Don’t forget to buy the locally grown dates and saffron from here.
11. Jumeirah Mosque
One of the must visit mosques of Dubai, the Jumeirah mosque is one of the best attractions of the city for its incredible architecture and white stone marbles. You can photograph its beautiful interiors pretty much any time. Special tours are organized to get a walking tour of the mosque and the tour guide offers incredibly insightful information about this spiritual place.
12. Jumeirah Beach
The only free and possibly the best beach of Dubai- the Jumeirah beach boasts a postcard-perfect setting with the mighty Burj Al Arab at the backdrop. Serene waters on a white sandy beach offer an ideal way to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. The lane alongside is filled with both small eateries and big restaurants to satiate your appetite after a great day at the beach.
13. Ibn Battuta Mall
A great mall of Dubai that stands out because of its great architecture and a different concept is the Ibn Battuta Mall. The entire mall is based on the theme of the legendary Arabic traveler- Ibn Battuta and his excursion across six different countries. The mall is divided into six different sections, each designed as per the architecture of the particular country. More than the happiness of over 150 shops, it is the brilliant concept and the construction that will blow your mind.
14. Dubai Creek
The creek known to be ancient than the city of Dubai itself, the Dubai creek stretches from the Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary to the inland of Al Ain. The creek divides the city of Dubai into two parts of Diera and Bur Dubai. The best way to experience the grandeur of the glittery skyline of Dubai and the tranquility of the creek is through the Dhow cruise.
15. Desert Safari Dubai
They say no trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing the Dubai desert safari. Not only is the desert safari one of the biggest attractions of Dubai, it is also one of the most adventurous and thrilling experiences of the city. Take a morning or evening desert ride in a 4×4 and enjoy dune bashing, quad biking, Bedouin style camp with dinner, dance, and entertainment, and even an overnight camping in the desert.
The continuous construction in Dubai is adding new attractions to its already exhaustive list every passing day. No wonder Dubai is witnessing more and more tourists every year. One of the most preferred places for shopping around the world, Dubai is also a great place to witness the best of manmade engineering marvels in the world.