The Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and luxurious cities in the world. It features diverse attractions that attract many tourists all year round. From its iconic architecture, rich culture, and unique locations, to name a few. The experience in the city and its environs can be overwhelming for a single visit. So, read on as we take you through the top 10 must-see attractions in Dubai. 

burj khalifa

1. Burj Khalifa

Standing at 828 m and 163 floors high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It features one of the fastest glass elevators that takes you to a couple of its open-air viewing decks, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the entire city. In fact, the decks at levels 124 and 125 feature 360-degree observation space.

Morning and evening visits are popular due to the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views and Dubai’s magnificent city lights. 

Visitors can also enjoy fine dining at the lavish Atmosphere Dubai restaurant, relax at the Burj Khalifa lounge, or book themselves in one of the luxury hotels. The entire structure is filled with amazing features, facilities, and experiences.

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2. The Dubai Mall

Next to the Burj Khalifa is the world’s largest shopping complex, the Dubai Mall. It’s a massive structure housing thousands of high-end stores, lavish restaurants, a giant aquarium, an ice skating area, and many other attractions. If you have the money to shop around, you can be sure to find any product or brand inside the mall.

The mall is a one-stop shop for shopping, entertainment, dining, and overall fun. Chances are, you’ll run out of time and energy before you exhaust all the spots and activities. Consider wearing comfortable shoes to cushion your feet from excessive walking.

dubai safari

3. Dubai Desert Safari

A tour of Dubai would be incomplete without a taste of the desert life. The desert safari includes activities like camel rides, sandboarding, desert dining and camping under the stars, henna application, sunset barbecue, and quad biking, among other desert adventures.

The trip to the wild allows you to experience the traditional life of the Bedouins and ancient Arabs. From the delicious Arabic delicacies to the Tanoura light and dance shows.

museum of the future

4. Museum of the Future

This oval-shaped architectural masterpiece, complete with Arabic poetry engravings, is completely out of this world. It lives up to its name. The Museum of the Future building features futuristic innovations and ideologies in different fields. 

All the exhibits cover varying themes and are spread over different floors. Everybody is welcome to see, touch, and experience the possibilities of the future. The complex interior design is truly where the future lives. It’s a must-see attraction in Dubai.

dubai frame

5. Dubai Frame

First off, this 150-metre-tall picture frame is a sight to behold. Secondly, it hosts numerous galleries that take you on a journey of the city’s history and possible future. Thirdly, going up to the deck of the Dubai frame exposes you to panoramic views of the city’s old and new skyline.

musical fountain in dubai

6. Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain Show is an entertaining spectacle that happens on the Burj Lake. It involves choreographed water jets shooting up to as high as 150m to the rhythm of different music. You can watch it from the Dubai Mall, while strolling the park or move up close by sailing on an Abra and ride on the Burj Lake.

The best show starts at 6 pm, and the performances follow each other seamlessly after every 30 minutes.

miracle garden

7. Miracle Garden

If you love nature and everything it offers, the Dubai Miracle Garden has more than 72,000 square metres of beautiful flowers and plants for you to see, discover, and admire. It’s the world’s largest natural flower garden.

All the structures in the garden are either fully or partially covered with flowers. Plus, there are many artistic artworks made from flowers. For instance, you’ll see a magnificent floral clock, an Emirates A380 exhibit, and a flower version of the Burj Khalifa. The place is open from mid-November to mid-May.

dubai aquarium and underwater zoo

8. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

To see different types of sea life, you must stop by the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo inside the Dubai Mall. Here you’ll get a close-up view of sharks, crabs, different types of fish, water rats, and the resident crocodile.

You can take Instagrammable photos inside the underground tunnel or be more daring and go for cage snorkelling or swim with the sharks.

dubai global village

9. Global Village

Learn about different traditions and cultures at the Global Village. This is a complex where over 90 cultures from various parts of the world come to showcase their culture. Countries are represented by pavilions, and they use the space to display their unique jewellery, artefacts, clothes, food, and spices. They also play music and perform shows.

 The entire event is a celebration of Dubai’s cultural diversity. It only operates from October to April.

dubai palm jumeirah

10. Palm Jumeirah

Finally, after a long day of sightseeing and shopping, you should visit Dubai’s man-made island to relax and experience luxury. It’s the perfect tourist destination with numerous exquisite hotels where you can chill and pamper yourself for the rest of your stay. For example, the famed Atlantis hosts a waterpark with the longest water slide.

Ideally, you can lie on the beach and enjoy the sun’s rays, participate in watersports like jet skiing and kite surfing, or go scuba diving. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Palm Jumeirah.