Top ten must-see destinations and attractions in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the world. Traditional souks, the tallest structures in the world, an array of shopping malls and man-made islands that are home to some of the most opulent hotels on the planet all draw travellers from all over the world. The following list is the top ten must-see Dubai destinations and attractions.

  1. Burj Khalifa

A remarkable feat of modern architecture, the Burj Khalifa is a very tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is a marvel of both innovation and opulence. It is named after Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is the world’s highest structure, standing 828 metres tall, and features the most habitable levels of any skyscraper, with 160. The building was formally opened on January 4, 2010. It is the tallest building ever constructed by mankind. The must-see attraction At the Top, Burj Khalifa, is located on Level 148 and provides terrific views of the city and the surrounding emirates.

Burj Khalifa currently holds the following records:  

  • The world’s tallest building.
  • The world’s tallest free-standing building.
  • The highest number of stories in the world  
  • The highest occupied floors in the world.
  • The world’s highest outdoor observation deck.
  • The world’s longest lift in terms of distance travelled.
  • The world’s tallest service elevator.

  1.  Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is not just the emirates’ first major port but also a historically significant location. This 14-kilometre-long natural creek from the Arabian Gulf is more than simply a pleasant place to wander in Dubai while feeling the breeze. It also houses several local cafes, events, and attractions. These are the top things to do:

  • Take an abra ride in Dubai Creek; otherwise, you cannot say to have experienced all the creek has to offer. Simply pay 1 AED, board an abra in Deira or Bur Dubai, and experience Dubai’s most historic district from a unique perspective. Abras can be spotted along Dubai Creek, but the perfect spot to board one is near the Al Fahidi neighbourhood.
  • It is home to some of Dubai’s best traditional markets (Souks), where you can buy fragrances, jewellery, clothing and Arabian coffee.
  • Go on a Dhow dinner cruise on the Creek, which combines a traditional Arabian meal with the beautiful scenery of the Dubai skyline.
  • See the beautiful Ras al Khor Bird Sanctuary, located at the end of the Dubai Creek promenade.

  1. A full day of fun in Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark is the biggest waterpark in Dubai and the Middle East, suited for thrill seekers searching for adrenaline-pumping thrills, and is located on the man-made Palm Islands. The massive theme park has three towers with 105 slides and attractions, marine and watersports activities, private beaches, and kid-friendly play areas for all ages. So get your Aquaventure Waterpark tickets and visit the water park, which is one of the most famous in Dubai and offers a variety of thrilling, exciting, and enjoyable experiences.

  • Poseidon’s Revenge, Aquaconda, Zoomerango, Medusa’s Lair, Leap of Faith, and other water slides and rides await you.
  • Visit the Hidden Chambers Aquarium and peek through an underwater glass tunnel to observe various aquatic life, including sharks, stingrays, piranhas, lobsters, and seahorses.
  • The water park offers exhilarating activities such as ray feeding, shark snorkelling, and diving.

  1. Al Mamzar Beach Park

Al Mamzar Beach Park, one of Dubai’s most picturesque beaches, is situated on the west coast of Deira. It is spread across 106 hectares of land and has five pristine beaches as well as gardens with more than 1,600 palm trees, 300 coconut trees, and over 55,000 square metres of green grass. Family-friendly amenities, including supervised children’s play areas, train rides, highly trained lifeguards for the pool, and free BBQ services, are available, which will keep kids and families occupied all day. It is the ideal location to enjoy the beach and go swimming because it is not overcrowded with tourists.

  • Walk around the beach’s pathway while enjoying the fresh sea breeze.
  • Engage in water sports such as jet skiing and snorkelling.
  • Go for a run along the beach’s jogging track and take in the beautiful scenery.
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the park, which features an 8-meter-high centre tower, an amphitheatre, chalets, shade structures, and much more.

  1. Visit the Global Village

Global Village, one of Dubai’s most popular and economically family-friendly attractions, is renowned for its many pavilions, variety of international cuisines, stalls, attractions, rides, and shows that help you learn about the customs and cultures of various nations in a large complex. In January 1997, Global Village debuted as a collection of kiosks on the Creekside next to Dubai Municipality. It was then relocated for 5 years to the Oud Metha Region near Wafi City. Global Village now has 6 million visitors per year at its current location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The village is divided into four major areas. These areas comprise events, including concerts, carnivals, cuisine, and shopping. There will be food from all around the world in the food section, and for shopping, carnivals, and concerts.

  • Explore Global Village Dubai as you take a cultural tour of 90+ nations represented by large pavilions.
  • Savour international cuisines from a range of restaurants and cafés for a delectable dining experience.
  • Explore more than 170 rides, attractions, and games at Carnaval, a fun zone in the village.
  • Experience over 40,000 live entertainment and cultural performances ideal for both children and adults.

  1. The Dubai Mall

With an area of over 500,000 square metres, the Dubai Mall, popularly known as the home of the Dubai Shopping Festival, is among the world’s largest shopping malls. It is a part of the $20 billion Downtown project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next to the famous Burj Khalifa, and it has over 1,200 stores. It received over 54 million visits annually, making it the most visited building on earth in 2011. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink (Olympic-sized), KidZania (children’s edutainment), and an indoor movie complex are all featured in this opulent mall, which claims itself as the city’s ultimate entertainment destination.

  • Witness thousands of aquatic creatures in the 2.6 million-gallon tank within the mall at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.
  • VR Park offers the finest virtual reality experience.
  • Kids can spend a whole day at the best theme-based educational park, KidZania, which allows kids to have endless fun while also learning.

  1. Desert Safari

One of the best experiences you can have while visiting Dubai is a desert safari, which guarantees a perfect holiday day full of thrills and excitement. Experience an unforgettable adventure across enormous dunes in 4X4 vehicles. Visit the Bedouin camp while in the desert to experience a bit of the regional Arabic culture. Unwind at the camp by taking in some of the fascinating performances like the Tanura Show, the Fire Show, and the Belly Dancing. You can wrap up your incredible safari with a sumptuous BBQ meal and some Arabian coffee.

  • Engage in many exhilarating activities like henna art, camel safaris, quad biking, and sandboarding.
  • See the desert sunset and drive across the massive dunes on this desert safari excursion in Dubai.
  • Take a hot air balloon flight to witness the magnificent vistas of the Arabian Desert from a high level.
  • Enjoy the Private Shisha at the Table or a speciality coffee at the Boston Corner Shop.

  1. The Dubai Fountain Show

The Dubai Fountain is the tallest performing fountain in the world, providing a mesmerising water, music, and light show in Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Fountain, which spans 900 feet, or more than two football fields, is located on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs a variety of musical genres. Marvel at the tallest performing fountain in the world each day starting at 6 p.m. The platform’s 50 colour projectors and 6,600 lights can produce up to 1000 different water and light patterns, which amazes spectators.

  • The fountain performs on a variety of melodies and tracks, including Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, Thriller by Michael Jackson, and Power by Korean pop band EXO.
  • The Dubai Fountain Boardwalk allows visitors to see the fountain from just nine metres away.
  • Enjoy the show from traditional Abra boats on Burj Lake by taking Lake Rides.

  1.  Jumeirah Beach

With its glistening waters and snow-white sands, Jumeirah Beach has established itself as a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and other water sports along the coastal area of the city. The beach also provides a magnificent view of Dubai’s skyline and famous structures, including the Burj Al Arab and Ain Dubai. Jumeirah is pretty crowded as a result of its close proximity to numerous malls, hotels, and stores on the shore. The beach transforms into a party destination full of clubs, bars, and lively pubs after the sun goes down. Enjoy endless entertainment and have a superb time with your friends.

  1.  Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park is a wildlife park, animal sanctuary, and education centre located on Hatta Road in Warqa 5, Dubai, UAE. The 12.8 million square foot zoo is home to over 3000 creatures from 78 different mammal species, including 10 distinct carnivores and 17 primates, 50 different types of reptiles, 111 different bird species, amphibians, and invertebrates. For its 50th anniversary, the park took over the Dubai Zoo. Five distinct areas make up Dubai Safari Park: the African Village, Explorer Village, Asian Village, Arabian Desert Safari, and Al Wadi, each having animals specific to that area.


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