Wednesday, June 22, 2022

12 Top Tourist Attractions in Dubai

The desert land located in the Middle East, Dubai is one of the most glamorous cities in the world. Oozing with opulence and glitz, the city still able to preserve its culture and traditions in the most beautiful way. Another thing that attracts tourists to Dubai is its mind-blowing architecture. 

Dubai does not do anything half-heartedly. Be it buildings, shopping malls, mosques, or amusement parks, everything in Dubai is world-class. As traditional and modern co-exist wonderfully in Dubai, your trip to the city will be filled with a variety of experiences. Here we present 12 top things to do in Dubai.

12. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Standing at the height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is a true architectural wonder and also the tallest building on earth. 

Made of glass and steel, this tall building is designed in the form of a Spider Lily. Burj Khalifa is home to five-star hotels, fine dining restaurants, luxury apartments, corporate offices, and an observation deck.

 To tour the Burj Khalifa, you can step into the fastest elevator on earth that would zip you up to the observation decks on 124th or 148th floor, depending on your tickets. Both the observation decks would give you an unobstructed, aerial view of the entire city.

11. Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

Standing right next to the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. Apart from being filled with more than 1200 retail stores, Dubai Mall is also a powerhouse of entertainment. 

So if you are not shopping in the mall, you can visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, VR Park Dubai, KidZania Dubai, Hysteria Dubai, and Dubai Ice Rink. There is also a multiplex, where you can catch up on the latest movies. 

Dubai Mall also has an enormous food court, where you can try a variety of cuisines. In short, there is no chance of getting bored at the Dubai Mall.

10. Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai

Launched in October 2021, Ain Dubai is one of the relatively latest attractions of Dubai. Located on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai stands at the height of 250 meters and is the tallest and the largest observation wheel in the world. 

Ain Dubai is made of 48 capsules, and the wheel can hold 1750 visitors at a time. People visiting Ain Dubai can choose amongst 3 types of pods, namely observation cabins, social cabins, and private cabins. 

A ride on the observation cabin would give you the chance to enjoy incredible views of the city for 38 minutes. Social cabins and private cabins are great places to celebrate special occasions.

9. Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Although the modern side of Dubai is enticing, your trip would be incomplete if you see only one side of Dubai. Hence, it is important to visit old Dubai, especially the Dubai Museum. 

The most special thing about this museum is that it is located inside Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai, which also served as the royal residence. Walk through exhibits that display ancient tombs, weapons, pottery, and urban communities. You will also get to see traditional homes, shops, and masjids here. 

You will also get to know about fishing and pearl diving, two of the most important occupations of the Arabs, here. The Dubai Museum also shows the transformation of the city from a fishing village to the glamorous city of today through an audio-visual presentation.

8. Desert Safari

Desert Safari

The desert safari will take you back to the desert, where the Arabs lived in the ancient times. The desert safari gives you the chance to learn about desert culture and at the same time have lots of fun.

 The safari is centered around the desert camp where you can indulge in adventurous activities and entertainment programs. But before you reach the desert camp, you will get to enjoy the adrenaline-inducing dune bashing ride. At the camp, you can try sandboarding, quad biking, and camel riding.

 Dancers will entertain you with belly dancing and Tanoura dancing performances. Desert safari tours usually end with a wholesome BBQ dinner.

7. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

A visit to Jumeirah Mosque is a must if you want to know about the religion and culture of Islam. One of the most photographed buildings in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the few mosques in Dubai that is open to non-Muslims. 

The mosque conducts tours, every morning at 10 for those interested. Apart from knowing about the religion, you also get to admire the gorgeous architecture of the place. An ivory colored building, Jumeirah Mosque is inspired by Fatimid-style of architecture. 

The mosque has 2 minarets, a traditional dome, and columns. Inside the mosque you will find a large prayer hall and a Qibla wall. You should wear modest clothing while visiting the mosque.

6. Dubai Yacht Tour

Dubai Yacht Tour

One of the most luxurious things you can do in Dubai is go on a yacht tour. Book a yacht charter Dubai to enjoy the beautiful views of the Dubai skyline while sailing on the Arabian Gulf on an elegant yacht. 

You can book the yacht for 1, 2, or 3 hours, depending on your needs. You can also choose to have lunch or dinner on the yacht, at an extra charge. The yacht is also a great place to celebrate special occasions or enjoy a date with your partner. 

It will also make for the perfect location for a romantic proposal.

5. IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest indoor theme park not just in Dubai or UAE but all over the world as well. Divided into 7 amazing zones, this theme park is one of the best family friendly attractions in Dubai. 

Explore Marvel, Cartoon Network, and Lost Valley zones to enjoy some amazing rides and attractions. Your little ones will have a great time at the IMG Kids Zone. Those who love horror movies should visit the Haunted Hotel, for some real-life shivers. Each of the zones has retail stores and restaurants. 

Apart from these, there is the IMG Boulevard, where you can enjoy innumerable shopping and dining options.


4. Dubai Souks

Dubai Souks

Shopping in the malls of Dubai can be an expensive affair. If you want to indulge in shopping without splurging, the souks of Dubai are places you need to explore. The most popular amongst them is the Gold Souk, located in Deira.

 Home to more than 300 stores, you can buy a variety of gold jewelry and precious stones here. Then there is the Perfume Souk, where you can buy traditional fragrances like oud and attar and some modern branded perfumes as well. 

You must also visit the Spice Souk, where you can buy a variety of spices as well as dry fruits like dates. On the other side of the Dubai Creek, i.e. in Bur Dubai, you will find the textile souk, where you can buy different types of fabrics and readymade garments as well.

3. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Located in the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai is the largest indoor ski resort in the world. It is spread around an area of 22,500 square meters and includes a ski mountain as well as a snow park. 

You go up the mountain on a chairlift and enjoy skiing and snowboarding down the hill. You can 5 different runs, depending on the height, gradient, and difficulty you are comfortable with. You can also enjoy zorbing, bobsledding, tobogganing, etc. here. 

A major highlight of Ski Dubai is the Penguin Encounter, where you get to meet a colony of penguins.

2. Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Spread around an area of 25 million square feet, Dubai Parks and Resorts is home to 3 theme parks, 1 water park, and 3 luxurious hotels. Altogether, the park has more than 100 rides, attractions, and shows. 

Visit Motiongate Dubai for some thrilling rides and attractions based on some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters. Bollywood fans should visit the Bollywood Parks Dubai, where they get to explore zones and watch shows based on people’s favorite Bollywood movies. 

If you are visiting Dubai with kids between the ages of 2 and 12 years, a visit to Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are a must.

1. The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm

The View at The Palm is the only place in Dubai from where you can enjoy a stunning aerial view of Palm Jumeirah. The View is located on the 52nd floor of The Palm Tower, which is located on top of Nakheel Mall. 

Along with the observation deck, The View at The Palm also has a café and an interactive aquarium-themed tunnel. While you are not enjoying the view from the top, you can explore the exhibition that tells you all about the development of the island.

 For an extra-special experience, you must visit the VIP lounge that also has an outdoor terrace.


If you are visiting Dubai, things to do in the city can be quite overwhelming. You can bring structure to your itinerary by including the above mentioned top attractions in it. With so many things to see and do, your visit to Dubai will definitely be a memorable one.

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