Dubai can be called the shining jewel of the United Arab Emirates or UAE. This global city is technologically, architecturally and culturally advanced. The numerous wonders of the city attract thousands of tourists from all around the world every year. Be it for work purpose or for leisure, if you are planning to visit Dubai in the future, there are 10 tourist destinations that you should definitely visit.
Let us take a look at these popular tourist places in this beautiful Emirate city of Dubai.
There is no better introduction to the Burj Khalifa than the fact that it is the tallest manmade building in the entire world. Standing at the height of 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa holds a prominent place in Dubai’s vast skyline. The main attraction of this tall building is its viewing deck on its 124th floor, where you get a 360 degree view of Dubai. However, this is not the only fascinating thing about this place. The tallest building also has the fastest elevator in the world. A visit to the Burj Khalifa would not only give you an aerial view of the city but will also tell you about the history and development of this huge structure through pictures and videos.
2. Desert Safari
When in Dubai, you must take this opportunity to see and experience the life in the desert, away from the lights, noise and crowd of the city. In the middle of the desert, you would be able to experience amazing food, some thrilling adventures and some peaceful time too. One of the best things about going on a desert safari is that you will be able to indulge in dune bashing. Apart from this, belly dancing, shisha or hooka, Tanura dancing, henna painting, etc. are some of the interesting things awaiting you on the desert safari tour.
3. Dubai Museum
If the history and culture of Dubai are what interests you more than the glitter and glamour of the city, head to the Dubai Museum. One of the important cultural hotspots in Dubai, an interesting thing about this museum is that it is set up inside the Al-Fahidi fort. This museum reflects the Bedouin lifestyle of the past. Right from the way people lived in the deserts of UAE to their occupation of pearl diving and fishing, everything is showcased in this museum. You will also be able to view the growth and development of Dubai through a documentary video shown at the museum.
4. Burj Al Arab
Claiming to be the only seven star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab is a picture of luxury, comfort and sophistication. This hotel is located on an artificial land near the Jumeirah beach and provides all the luxuries that one can imagine. The architecture, interiors, the food, etc. would leave you mesmerized. One of the major attractions of this place is the high tea at the Al Muntaha Resort, where you can have a seven course meal as well as have a great view of the Jumeirah beach and the Persian Gulf too. You can also choose to dine at its underground restaurant which is the Al Mahara restaurant which has its own aquarium.
5. Dubai Mall
Be it shopping or window shopping, you are in for a treat at the Dubai Mall. Located next to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall is one of the best places in Dubai to spend your weekend. Apart from the popular clothing stores, the large food hall, innumerable restaurants and cafes, a huge multiplex, the Dubai Mall has a huge aquarium as well as an underwater zoo. While you may not get the chance to tour the entire length of the Dubai Mall, do not miss the light and music show at the Dubai fountain. With the Burj Khalifa as the backdrop, the light and music show is something that everyone in your family would enjoy.
6. Palm Jumeirah
Known as the eighth wonder of the world, the Palm Jumeirah is a manmade island that is designed in the form of a palm tree. This island houses some of the best hotels, luxurious residential homes, malls and everything that you would find in a city. In short, the Palm Jumeirah is a city within a city. While you can drive around the Palm, you can get a bird’s eye view of the palm through a helicopter ride or maybe something more adventurous like sky diving. This would give you a clear view of the palm and its fronds.
7. Dubai Beaches
It is an undeniable fact that Dubai has some of the best beaches in the world. Be it the Jumeirah Beach Park or the Mamzer Beach Park or the Kite Beach or any other beaches in Dubai, you would find sun, sand, clean and warm waters as well as adventure in each of these beaches. While the beaches mentioned here are public beaches, there are several private beaches owned by various hotels. Although you have to be a guest at one of these hotels to enjoy these private beaches, some hotels allow tourists to visit the beaches for a day by paying a nominal amount.
8. Dhow Cruise
The dhow cruise is a trip on the Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek on a Bedouin-styled dhow. However, the dhow cruise does not just involve sailing across the Dubai Creek or Marina. Rather this dhow cruise is actually a floating restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful sights of Dubai while having a delicious dinner. The Dubai dhow cruise happens in the evening when the city of is illuminated with colourful lights.
9. Wild Wadi Water Park
The Wild Wadi Water Park is definitely one of the best water and adventure parks in Dubai. Be it the largest water slide, the artificial surfing machines, the cooled or heated wave pool, this water park has everything that would keep you and your family engaged and entertained for the whole day. It also has a manmade waterfall which starts off every 10 minutes.
10. JBR Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk, popularly known as JBR Walk, is a place that holds a unique character. Filled with luxurious hotels, little restaurants and small shops, the Walk is a place where you would love to take a walk and chitchat with your friends and loved ones at one of the many cafes or restaurants.
These top attractions of Dubai have the potential and the ability to enthrall anyone, whatever be the country you are from. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, make your reservations and head to this wonder city!