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Dubai Tourism – Top 15 Amazing Places to visit in Dubai

Once a desert outpost, Dubai has now transformed itself into a glitzy destination du-jour where tourists flock for fun, sunshine, and vacation, the Dubai now has turned out to be the most popular holiday hotspot. This city of high rises has got a lot of attraction to lure the visitors and never let them get enough of it.

How about holidaying in Dubai? If you think you got nothing than the high rises and shopping malls to stroll around here, then you are ought to have a look at the travel guide below.brown desert field Dubai

From the cultural highlights to traditional architecture, the city now has glamorous modern add-ons. If you just wander around, then you will soon realize that there is more to this city than its flashy veneer.

Best time to Visit Dubai

Basically, there is nothing like best time to visit Dubai, the city has got the attractions that do not vary their effect on the visitors with the season. But if the visitors preferably like to visit the city with an ideal combination of fewer crowd and pleasant weather then the best time for sightseeing would be mid-November and early-December and again the first half of March is the best time as well.

How to Reach Dubai

The biggest Airport and the most preferable airport the visitors choose for their arrival is the Dubai International Airport. The popular airlines that connect Dubai to different countries and cities are:

  • Etihad Airways
  • Emirates Airlines

Once you reach the place, you can hire a taxi and reach the destination in minutes (depending on the destination’s location).

Accommodation in Dubai for easy access to sight-seeing

It is mandated to have yourself accommodated in a place that lets you have easy access to Dubai’s top tourist attractions. Below are some of the highly-rated hotels in some central locations that let you easily wander around the city.

Unlimited Credit Hotels (Luxury) – Here are some of the popular luxury hotel options you have in Dubai.

  • The Palace Downtown Dubai – This hotel is walking distance from Souk Al – Bahar, , Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai
  • Armani Hotel – Situated in Burj Khalifa and ensconces the guests in its sophisticated stylishness.
  • Burj – Al – Arab Jumeirah – The exquisite sail-shape luxury on the water and is Dubai’s iconic and among world’s luxurious hotels.

Comfort Hotels – Some of the Mid-range hotel options you have in Dubai.

  • Ramadan Downtown Dubai – This is famous for a mid-range option.
  • Manzil Downtown Dubai – This is also the most popular option with a modern Arabesque design.

Budget Hotels – Some of the most popular pocket-friendly hotel options in Dubai.

  • Ibis Mall of Emirates – This hotel is close to the Metro Station and is around 13 minutes distance from Burj Khalifa via car.
  • Ibis Al Rigga – Also near to the metro station and close to the International Airport.
  • XVA Art Hotel – An option that gives you the historic vibes and is situated in the heart of Bastakia, the Old Dubai.

Top 15 Amazing places to visit in Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa

Location: Entry from Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

About: Who doesn’t know this landmark of Dubai, the 829.8 meters tallest building in the world and one of the city’s most important point of interest.  Observation deck trip on the 124th floor of this colossal building is a must-visit place while in this city. The 360 degrees and skyline view from this deck are just staggering. You will never have to wonder again about how the city looks from the birds-eye perspective, once you visit this deck.

Tips: Night time visit to this sky-scraper is popular, especially if you are a photographer, then you are in for full of treats. Dubai city-lights panorama adds that extra essence to your clicks. And, if you are planning to visit it during the weekend, then buy your Burj Khalifa “At the Top” tickets in advance to avoid long line-ups.

  • Bastakia

Location: Al-Fahidi, Bur Dubai

About: Built in the late 19th century, the Bastakia was home to the wealthy Persian merchants who dealt with pearls and textiles. Since Dubai had a policy of tax-free trading, the merchants got lured and settled themselves in the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek. It is said that the Wind-towers over here offers the homes with a primary form of air conditioning. These were likely transplanted by the Persians from their home country to the gulf.

Tips: The Lanes in this Old Dubai are lined with distinct Arabian architecture and are highly evocative of a bygone. Inside these architectural lanes, you would find the Majlis Gallery, the compilation of traditional Arab furniture and ceramics. It is basically a gallery with a contemporary art collection and a must-visit unless you want to miss those Wind-towers funneling the winds down.

  • Dubai Museum

Location: Al-Fahidi street, Al- Fahidi.

About: This is an excellent museum displaying the ancient Dubai architecture back from the 18th century and is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort. This fort was built to defend the Dubai Creek. It is now the city’s premier museum exhibiting fascinating old maps of Emirates and Dubai.

The courtyard of the fort is home to numerous traditional boats and palm-leaf house and an Emirati wind tower. The right-hand hall presents weaponry, the left-hand hall includes Emirati musical instruments and the ground floor has a display hall that exhibits dioramas that shields numerous aspects of traditional Emirati life.

Tips: If you are a history-freak and curious to know the early life of Dubai or the Emirati life, then a trip to this fort is a must-do while in the city. The fort also displays the traditional life that includes pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life as well as the artifacts from 3000-4000 years old graves at the Al-Qusais archaeological site.

  • Dubai Mall

Location: Doha Road, just off the Sheik Zayed Road

Dubai Mall

About: It is the city’s premier mall and provides the entry to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium. The shopping and eating choices are certainly not ending here and the mall constantly has an exceptional event such as live music or fashion shows held within the mall. If you are looking for entertainment options, there is an ice-skating rink, cinema complex and a gaming zone that’s all for it.

Tips: The most famous events among the events held in this mall are Dubai Shopping Festival held in the months of January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in the months of July and August. So, try making up here if you are visiting the city during these months; you will definitely love it.

  • Dubai Aquarium

Location: Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road

About: How about a closer look at the different species of sea life walking through the aquarium? The Dubai Aquarium stocks 140 species of sea Life on the {round floor in a massive suspended tank around the ground floor of Dubai Mall and is among the city’s best tourist’s attractions.  Enter the underwater Zoo and walk through the aquarium tunnels, enjoying the free view. Different activities like glass bottom boat tours (popular), cage snorkeling and shark diving will help you get a closer look at the sea life.

Tips: Try out the glass bottom and top boat tours for sure, these are the popular choices of most of the people who’ve been there. A must-visit if you are in Dubai with your family.

  • Dubai Creek

Location: Dubai

About: The Dubai Creek divides the city into two cities, Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. It has been an influential element in the growth of the city. The Dhow Wharfage is located along Dubai Creek’s bank, and you can still visit here to watch cargo being loaded and unloaded on and off the Dhow. This tiny remnant of Dubai’s traditional economy is a fascinating and bustling place to wander around.

Tips: Try taking a trip on one of the many shows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or an Abra (small wooden ferry) to travel across the creek.

  • Burj-Al-Arab

Location: Jumeirah Road

About: Standing 321 meters high, the Burj Al-Arab is the world’s tallest hotel standing on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. To resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of this building is lit up by the colored lighting show during the night.

Decadent in all the ways possible, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with the most luxurious suites costing over $15,000 for one night. To experience the over-the-top opulence is to go for dinner at the underwater Al-Mahara Restaurant. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room allow you to view sea life while you enjoy the lunch.

Tips: Book afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar (on the 27th floor) for an ultimate panoramic view over the city.

  • Jumeirah Mosque

Location: Jumeirah Road

About: An example of fine Islamic architecture, the Jumeirah mosque is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the mosques in Dubai. It is an exact replica of Cairo’s Mosque, the Al-Azhar that is eight times its size. This whole stone architecture was built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with just two minarets. The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding organizes guided tours to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith.

Tips: The view of the mosque is attractive in the evening when it is lit with floodlights. The tours begin at 10 AM every day except Friday.

  • Jumeirah Beach

Location: Jumeirah Beach Road

About: Looking for the No.1 beach in Dubai to chill? Then none other than Jumeirah Beach can be your destination in Dubai. The beach has excellent facilities with plenty of sun loungers, water-sport operators, and restaurants.

Tips: Brush off the sand on the beach and then head to the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef, which is just a short hop from the beach. The garden here features an impressive Arab irrigation system and tall, shady date palms.

  • Dubai Opera

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Road

About: For some nighttime attractions, look at no further option than Dubai Opera. This classy new opera building in Dubai is the centerpiece to the waterfront Opera district in downtown Dubai. The Dubai Opera hosts a year-round program of famous musical theatre concerts by world-class musicians, ballets and comedy nights.

Tips: Apart from concerts, and comedy nights, this new building is an astonishing piece of architectural mastery with its highly-contemporary glass and steel walls jutting out over the waterfront.

  • Mall of Emirates

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road

About: With the spectacular Ski Dubai facility inside, the Mall of Emirates is one of the most famous malls. At a constant temperature of -4 degrees Celsius, the indoor ski slope is complete with chairlifts and penguin enclosure. The mall also houses a cinema complex and family entertainment center.

Tips: Shopping and eating options here are simply boundless.

  • IMG World of Adventures

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Road

About: Looking for an immersive entertainment that has thrills and spills for both kids and adults alike? Then IMG World of Adventures welcomes you. With one zone completely dedicated to the marvel iconic characters and the other to the dinosaur-themed rides, there’s all kind of fun you can ever imagine for every age. From the Avengers Ultron war to the scary haunted houses, this is the heaven of entertainment for families.

Tips: The haunted house and the Spider-Man swings are a must-try during your visit to this amazing theme park.

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali

About: With all your entertainment needs tolled up together in one place, the Dubai Parks and Resorts put you on the fence to decide on what you want to do. Regardless of how old you are, this mammoth project incorporates a swag of world-class theme park that entertains all age groups.

The Motion-gate takes its theme from blockbuster Hollywood Movies, and Bollywood Parks take their themes from Bollywood Movies. The Legoland Dubai provides fun-packed entertainment for the younger visitors.

Tips: No need to leave out the place after getting exhausted from the theme park pursuits as there’s a lot of evening entertainment available too. For a little break or inning, you have the Riverland dining hub. So, it’s about fun, entertainment, and food all at just one place.

  • Aqua Venture Park

Location: Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah

About: This Atlantis, the Palm-based waterpark on the Palm Jumeirah (the famous man-made island in Dubai) is a great option to look around, relax and cool off after a hectic schedule of shopping and sightseeing on your vacation in Dubai.

The waterslides here are really amazing and the experience with Aquaconda is thrilling. Aquaconda is the world’s largest waterslide, a nine-storey-tall slide. You can also enjoy the underwater safaris here using sea-trek helmets; it is a particularly dedicated waterplay area with slides for small children.

Tips: You got an option of the 700-meter sweep of white-sand beach to chill out on when you have no more energy left to use on the slides.

  • Kite Beach

Location: Just off Jumeirah Road

About: How about lap up a lazy day of swimming and soaking the rays on the long stretch of white sand? The Kite beach is the south of Jumeirah beach and is the top destination for sunbathers. It is renowned as Dubai’s premier destination for the kite surfers and is home to water sports. Get out on the water kitesurfing or try your hand at the stand-up paddle boarding; the choice is yours!

Tips: A must-visit if you are on a break and need some refreshment off your routine. The evening would be the best time to visit and feel the breeze.

Top 8 must-do Activities in Dubai

  • Desert Safari

A Desert Safari in Dubai is one of the best activities to do in Dubai. There are different and multiple options for desert safari tours, but of the most favorable one is 4×4 wheel drive and a BBQ. Some other options can be morning desert safari, desert safari including dune bashing and BBQ etc.

Cost: Starts from INR 10,703 per person.

  • Ski in Dubai

Skiing in Dubai must sound weird, as it is not the most natural environment for this activity but if I tried it out, I would rather be doing it here in Dubai than in Swiss. So, check out what makes it more of a great place to escape the heat in Dubai.

Location: Mall of Emirates, Ground Floor.

  • Watch the Dubai Fountain

This is something you cannot miss when in Dubai. It is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system that offers a captivating water, music, and light spectacle every day for thousands of visitors. The performances are held in the day and evening and each lasts for 5 minutes.

Show timings: Day (1 pm and 1:30 pm) on Fridays (1:30 pm and 2 pm)

Evening (6 pm and every half an hour until 11 pm)

Cost of tickets: Starts from AED 15

  • Dubai Marina Cruise Tour

Walking is fun in Marina but one of the best and favorite ways to get around is a Boat tour that is Marina Cruise tour to capture a unique angle of Dubai’s Marina. You also have the option of booking dinner on a boat. So, you don’t have to worry about hunger and just have fun.

Cost: starts from 5,135 per person.

  • Seaplane Flight

This sounds pretty unique and amazing, right? But in Dubai, a seaplane flight sounds even better as the view of Dubai from the above is such a fun experience. You have different options for the tours. The tour basically includes the 45-minutes scenic flight from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and different packages have different routes and destinations in and around Dubai.

Cost: INR 49,178 per person.

  • Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy the breeze and Dubai from a different perspective while doing a speedboat tour in Dubai. With the speed ride, the boat stops at several tourist attractions to let you enjoy the panoramic views. Regardless of what season it is, the speedboat tour is one of the best activities to do in Dubai.

Cost: starts from INR 3,997 per person.

  • Visit the Gold and Spice Souk

A visit to the Gold and Spice Souk in Dubai should be on your list as this part is different from the rest of Dubai and has a traditional charm. This is a place is a little busy always. If you are planning to visit the Souk and get yourself something then get prepared to haggle and never accept the price immediately.

You will normally get things for 50% but you need to have patience while bargaining and discussing the price. Apart from spices and clothes, you can find Gold, in fact, a lot of Gold.

  • Do an Abra Ride

While there are many expensive rides in Dubai, there is an inexpensive one too, the Abra ride. Do an inexpensive Abra ride on Dubai Creek, which is a natural creek close to the Gold and Spice Souk.

For a ride from Spice Souk to Bur Dubai you only have to the amount of 1 Dirham that is 0.25 Euros and if you like to have the whole Abra for just yourself then you have to get it for 20 Dirham. And if you do not mind paying a bit more to get a fancier Abra ride then you can do an Abra ride in Madinat Jumeirah.

Conclusion

Amazing Attractions to visit, fun-filled theme parks, and white-sand breezy beaches, what else would you look for in a place to have a rejuvenating holiday with your family and friends.

Dubai is one among the best holiday spots if you are planning to go on a vacation with your family, especially kids. Just have a little break off the routine hectic schedule, enjoy with your family and have some me-time strolling around the breezy beaches and illuminated buildings.

Have fun!

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