Dubai is a fantastic city that strikes the ideal balance between urbanization, culture, and aesthetics. The Dubai airport is one of the busiest airports in the world and the footfalls just keep increasing day by day. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a frequent flyer to the Emirate, the long list of tourist attractions in the city can be overwhelming. We have listed down the top 10 amazing places in Dubai that are unmissable.
Dubai Miracle Garden
A visit to the Dubai Miracle Garden leaves you speechless. The largest natural flower garden in the world is a paradise for nature lovers. You can see over 150 million flowers in various colors and hues in the garden. It also has replicas of many famous characters and monuments such as Mickey Mouse, Burj Khalifa, Airbus 380, and floral pathways and castles created entirely out of colorful flowers. The park undergoes a complete transformation annually and the displays change surprising visitors year after year. The garden also hosts activities such as music shows, dance performances, and other live events every week. You can also buy souvenirs and pretty Disney merchandise from the stores here.
Palm Jumeirah, one of the most fabulous manmade wonders of the modern world. This has been on every traveler’s bucket list since its inauguration. Shaped like a palm-tree when viewed from above, this magnificent archipelago is visible even from space. This largest man-made island is dotted with luxury resorts, fine-dining restaurants, sophisticated apartment complexes, and opulent villas. The island also houses some of the most prominent hotels and resorts in Dubai including the imposing Atlantis, the Palm, among others. You can hire a cab or take a monorail to get around the island. If you would like to enjoy the beauty of the island from above, book a helicopter ride, or sign up for a sky diving session.
Hands down one of the major tourist spots in Dubai, Burj Khalifa is one of the most captivating sights in the city. You can see the spire of the tower piercing the blue sky from almost any part of the city. Head to the observation tower and enjoy the most awe-inspiring views of the city around you. You can also see spot some prominent landmarks such as Dubai Marina and Palm Islands from here. If you are visiting in the evening, you can feast your eyes on a magical sunset. The vista of the turquoise blue waters on one side and the red Arabian sand on the other sand is exceptional.
The Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood is the oldest standing residential neighborhood in Dubai. Also known as Al Bastakiya Quarter, this place consists of wind towers, narrow cobbled-lanes, and ochre-colored buildings made of coral, mud, gypsum, and palm fronds. The courtyards are lined with cafes, art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. You can visit the popular Arabian Tea House for breakfast or a quick snack break. Major highlights here are the Dubai Museum and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding where you can get some interesting insights into the city’s past and Emirati culture and customs. Post that, you can cross the famous Dubai Creek on an ‘Abra’ and roam around the souks for some shopping.Dubai Mall
One of the premier shopping destinations in the world, Dubai Mall is a complete entertainment center with more than 1200 stores including local and international brands. You can find everything from local, branded, and luxury stores to a massive food court and several multiplexes. This mall has a large ice rink, a huge indoor waterfall, theme parks such as VR Park and KidZania, and the award-winning Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. In the evening, head outside the mall to witness the breathtaking Dubai Fountain, a choreographed fountain system that puts up a dazzling spectacle of music, lights, and water.
Dubai is celebrated for its vast stretches of glimmering golden sands. Book a Dubai desert safari for a fantastic sneak-peek into the Emirati way of life. The desert is the perfect playground for exciting sports such as quad biking, dune bashing, and sandboarding. You have an action-packed day in store for you with activities like riding a camel, smoking shisha pipes, clicking pictures in traditional costumes, henna painting, and falconry. Relax around a bonfire and witness mesmerizing cultural performances such as Belly dancing, Tanura dance show, and fire show. Your evening concludes with a delectable BBQ buffet dinner with an array of mouthwatering local and international dishes.
Burj Al Arab
Shaped like a sailboat, Burj Al Arab is one of the most awesome places to see in Dubai. Touted to be the only seven-star hotel in the world, this place is most famous for its lavish interiors and expensive rooms. Standing at a height of 1053 feet, this structure is a symbol of the city’s luxury and extravagance. Located on a manmade island that is connected to the mainland with a private bridge, this hotel has several signature restaurants and trendy bars that offer an unparalleled dining experience. High tea here is highly recommended to soak in the luxurious ambiance and affluence.
The only mosque in Dubai which allows entry to non-Muslims. Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most photographed mosques in the city. Regarded to be one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture, this structure is constructed in the medieval Fatimid tradition. The pristine white marble exterior, two stone minarets, and intricate carvings look outstanding. If you are interested, you can book guided tours of the mosque that are available on all days except Friday. Its image is printed on the 500-dirham note making it very significant and special. Women are expected to cover their heads with a scarf and people must dress modestly while visiting this mosque.
Beat the heat in Dubai by visiting this huge indoor ski resort. Ski Dubai maintains a sub-zero temperature all year round and has more than 6000 tonnes of snow. You can take part in several snow activities such as tobogganing, snowboarding, and skiing. Those are perfect to enjoy with family and friends. Other activities include zorbing, tube slides, an ice cave for kids, and a mountain with varying degrees of slopes for skiing. Don’t miss the ‘March of the Penguins’ show where these friendly creatures amaze you with their antics.
Dubai has many beautiful beaches with clear water and spotless sands. Jumeirah beach is one of the most popular ones in Dubai where locals, as well as tourists, gather to hang out with their loved ones. You can try different watersports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, surfing, and parasailing. If watersports are not your thing, you can just relax on one of the sun loungers and see the world pass by. There are many food trucks and stalls to keep your hunger pangs at bay. The park adjoining the beach is an ideal place for barbeque parties, volleyball games, swimming, picnics, and entertaining kids.
Dubai offers an unmatched and unique travel experience like no other. This extraordinary city is brimming with places that will provide unforgettable memories to all its visitors.