Dubai is the most beautiful, magnificent, exotic and ultra-modern Arab city you can ever visit. No wonder it is the fourth most visited place in the world. Dubai treats its visitors with views of panoramic skylines, world’s largest flower gardens and shopping malls, rich culture, indoor aquatic world among so many others. As you will note in this article, Dubai is usually very hot as it is set bang in the middle of a desert. That is why most of its attractions are indoors. But not to worry, as you can still catch a desert safari and enjoy the golden sunset views in the evening.
Here are some of the best attractions (in no particular ranking) you should not miss when in Dubai:
1. The Burj Al Arab Hotel
The amazing, 7-star one of a kind Burj Al Arab Hotel is designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail and it is obviously one the most renowned architectural attractions in Dubai. You can view the hotel from different places because it is so hard to miss, but the closest points are the best.
2. Burj Khalifa
While in Dubai, you will hardly miss to spot this iconic sky piercing beauty that dominates the Dubai skyline. Standing at 828 meters high is the tallest building on the face of the earth. When you visit the Burj Khalifa, make sure that you take a trip to the observation deck, on the 124th floor, and you will see the beauty of the entire city of Dubai alongside its magnificent skyline.
Around the base of Burj Khalifa, there are other beautiful buildings, gardens and walkways and many water features including the Dubai Fountain, which doubles up as the tallest dancing fountain in the world.
3. Desert Safari Adventures
In about fifteen minutes’ drive from the modern streets of Dubai city; you will venture into the Arabian Desert in a four-wheeler for an adventurous Dubai Desert Safari tour. You will be able to explore the wonders of the desert as you enjoy other thrilling activities such as desert camping, dune bashing, sand boarding, camel riding, Tanoura and belly dancing among others.
4. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The 10 million-litre tank aquarium that rises up to the 3rd floor of the Dubai mall is among the biggest aquariums in the world and it is a home to more than 33,000 marine animals and the greatest number of sand tiger sharks.
Take a stroll through the 48-meter tunnel as you view these amazing creatures over an acrylic glass wall. Those who want to adventure further can take a glass bottom boat ride or snorkel as they dive with the sharks.
5. Palm Jumeirah
This manmade Island takes the shape of a palm tree and it is among the largest artificial Islands in the world. The Island offers its visitors with a range of adventures to indulge in which includes luxury beach resorts, high-end hotels and shopping malls.
A six-lane highway bridge leads to the island and is home to the famous Atlantis The Palm and a number of several exciting parks.
6. The Global Village
The Global village in Dubai has been receiving millions of visitors over the past fifteen years. It has been treating its visitors with a great variety of cultural entertainments and amazing shopping experiences.
You can sample many international cuisines as you are entertained by live performances from different cultures at the Global Village. There are other exciting adventures such as firework displays, fun filled games and thrilling rides.
7. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is the first of its kind in the Middle East as it brings you snowboarding, and skiing opportunities in a great setting that is based on a mountainous theme. Whether you are a learner or an experienced sports person, young or old Ski Dubai has something to offer for everyone. You do not need to carry any skiing gear with you because you will be offered whatever you need at the facility.
8. Wild Wadi Water Park
If you want to experience an aquatic roller coaster in over 30 water rides together with your family, Wild Wadi Water Park is the place to be. You can spend hours in the exhilarating rides such as Jebel Lookout, Falaj Fury, Flying Falls, Wadi Leap and Falcon Fury and If you love surfing, you can try Wipeout and Riptide.
9. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Enjoy thrilling adventures at this awesome indoor park, which is so enormous such that it is the size of 28 football pitches. This indoor park is equipped with up-to-date exciting rides. There are numerous rides for the young ones where they meet their favourite cartoon characters and super heroes such as Ben Ten and the Spider Man.
10. Dubai Miracle Garden
Just as its name suggests, Dubai Miracle Garden is like a small Eden here on earth. This garden is home to a huge number of flower species in gardens that have been beautifully manicured and patterned. This beauty is exhilarating.
11. Dubai Dolphinarium
Dubai Dolphinarium gives families an opportunity to watch the fur seals and the adorable bottlenose dolphins juggling, jumping, playing basketball and dancing. Swim with these lovely animals and smile with them. Shoot awesome pictures. You cannot make this stuff up!
12. Dubai Mall
This is the place where you “shop till you drop.” Dubai Mall is the biggest mall in Dubai and it ushers you into the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium. Apart from offering you a great shopping experience, the mall has numerous entertainment spots such as cinema complexes, gaming zones and an ice skating rink. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy sumptuous international cuisines. There are events like live music and fashion shows.
13. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek is salty natural sea that is at the heart of Dubai. It is home to Dubai’s Museum and in addition, it plays a great role in the city’s economy. When you visit this lake, make sure that you take a ride on the traditional boat called abra across the lake as you admire the beauty of the city.
14. Dubai Museum
This old 18th century fort turned museum was initially built with complete defensive towers to protect the ruling sheikhs. This is a historical place. You can go there to learn about the history of this awesome spot in the Middle East, and see how a fishing village in the desert blossomed into the marvel that it is today.
15. Yacht Cruise Experience
Have an ultimate yacht cruise experience as you feast on the incredible views of the stunning Dubai city while in the water. Pick a renowned Dubai yacht rental to have the best experience of the Dubai waters. Whether you want to go for a fishing expedition or you want to hold a yacht party, all of your yacht cruising adventures will be fulfilled with so many luxury amenities on board.
16. The Mall of Emirates
This mall is among the most popular malls in Dubai and it is home to the Ski Dubai. Apart from hosting the Ski Dubai facility, it also has numerous entertainment joints such as cinema complexes where you can catch the latest blockbusters from Hollywood, restaurants and other facilities.
17. Dhow Cruising In Dubai Marina
Treat yourself and your family to a classic dhow cruise dinner experience after a long day. You will enjoy sumptuous international cuisines and a great range of relaxing music as you cruise for two hours in the sea in a floating restaurant. As your dhow moves through the water, you will feed your eyes with memorable scenes of the magnificent architectural Dubai wonders and her amazing skyline.
Published by Arina Smith