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10 Best Places to Visit in Dubai

Dubai needs no introduction, being the Middle East’s most visited and of course the most popular destination. It’s an ever evolving and dynamic city means you can always expect to see the most stylish, stunning, and superlative on your every trip here. So whether you’re looking to check Dubai off from your travel bucketlist or just want to revisit here, this list of places to visit in Dubai caters to one and all. 

This article was written by Neha Singh of Dubai Wikia. Neha is a travel blogger by profession and if you enjoy this article and want to learn more about Dubai, be sure to visit Dubai Wikia for more great info.

Dubai needs no introduction, being the Middle East’s most visited and of course the most popular destination. It’s an ever evolving and dynamic city means you can always expect to see the most stylish, stunning, and superlative on your every trip here. So whether you’re looking to check Dubai off from your travel bucketlist or just want to revisit here, this list of places to visit in Dubai caters to one and all. 

  1. The Dubai Mall – The Epicenter of Shopping, Leisure and Entertainment 

This massive mall right in the center of Downtown Dubai is where you can shop merchandise from your favorite brands (almost all you’ll get it here), dine to your heart’s content (with over 200 dining venues), and of course, spend all days of your Dubai holidays without ever stepping out from here. After all, it’s the world’s biggest mall whose offerings are quite endless. 

You’ll find here the largest of its kind Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the amazing ever Dubai Ice Rink, and the largest of its kind VR Park Dubai which is one of the ultimate places for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality based attractions. Apart from these, there is Dubai Fountain – an unmissable choreographed spectacle that is set on Burj Lake outside of the Dubai Mall. 

  1. Burj Khalifa – Best Place to Admire Dubai in High Definition 

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. Yes, from its soul-stirring altitude (828 meters) to super swift elevator ride to multimedia display on the region’s past to the unrivaled views over Dubai, everything about this glitzy structure is awe-inspiring and special. To enjoy all these, just pre-reserve your tickets to one of its observation decks on 124th or 148th level (which holds the world’s highest observation deck.) There are also some sumptuous dining venues here which you can add to your Burj Khalifa visit. 

  1. Dubai Parks and Resorts: A Haven for Theme Park Enthusiasts 

Opened in 2016, Dubai Parks and Resorts has now become a must-visit for adults and kids alike for its four parks with over 100 rides and attractions. Of all the parks, the largest is Motiongate Dubai – the region’s first Hollywood themed park. Bollywood Parks Dubai is equally famous for its rides, attractions and diverse zones all created around the popular characters from the iconic Hindi movies. Finally, there are two LEGO themed parks (LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park) which are ideal for families of kids between 2 and 12 years. 

  1. Al Bastakiya Quarter: A Hidden Gem in Dubai 

This historical quarter, also known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, is probably the most peaceful spot in the city. Located close to Dubai Creek in Bur Dubai region, a walk through its narrow alleys allows you to enlighten yourself about the region’s yesteryears when Dubai was just a simple fishing village. Most of its modest and rugged sand-colored structures are now converted into museums, art galleries and art cafes. And some of the must-visits among them are the region’s oldest of its kind Al Fahidi Fort (which is now converted into Dubai Museum), Coffee Museum, and of course Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU.)

  1. Desert Safari: Experience Emirati Culture, Nature & Adventure in One Go

Anyone visiting Dubai instantly falls for its unequaled architectural delights. But travel a bit out of the city centre towards its desert landscape – all we can say is that you’re in for a treat here. Be enveloped by seas of pristine and serene dunes once you arrive here. But to get the make the most of it, make sure that you go on a guided excursion arranged by a professional desert safari Dubai company. From 4X4 dune bash, camel ride and cultural inclusions to dining and entertainment, the rest is assured that your service provider will handle every aspect of your off-road adventure. Just pick from the right desert safari trip such as morning, evening or overnight desert safari. 

  1. Ski Dubai: Spend a Day Amidst Snow 

Theme parks take every form in Dubai, but Ski Dubai inside Mall of the Emirates surpasses all your imaginations. Imagine skiing and playing with snow when outside temperature is over 50 degree Celsius. Yes, this gives you once-in-the-lifetime chance to enjoy all your favorite snow activities such as snowboarding, sledding, and tobogganing. For those who are unaware, it’s the Middle East’s first of its kind and the world’s third largest ski resort. 

  1. Dhow Cruise: A Perfect Way to Sightsee from Water 

Dubai’s icons may be always packed, but you can catch up all of them on an unhurried pace with a dhow cruise along Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek. It glides you past the mix of Dubai’s architectural treasures, traditional sights and charming waterfront sights aboard an Arabian vessel. This allows you to sit back in its air-conditioned lower deck or partially open upper deck and enjoy the city skyline from an astonishing perspective. Along with its breathtaking views, you’ll also get to relish buffet style meal and traditional live shows (like Tanura) onboard. 

  1. Bluewaters Island – See All New and First of its Kind Attractions 

Those-in-the-know say that no two visit to Dubai are ever the same and for right reason. This is because there will be a collection of brand-new attractions to see on each Dubai trip. One such attraction that you shouldn’t miss on your upcoming trip is Bluewaters Island. This waterfront neighborhood boasts of some of the region’s most outstanding sights including the first Madame Tussauds Museum in the Middle East, the highest of its kind Ain Dubai (Ferris wheel) and the world’s largest 3D Art Museum. 

  1. Palm Jumeirah &  Burj Al Arab: Watch Out for Dubai’s Classics 

While the palm-tree shaped Palm Jumeirah is one of the world’s largest and most astonishing man-made islands, Burj Al Arab is the region’s most luxurious hotel, often acknowledged as the world’s only seven-star accommodation. With both these attractions not far from each other, you can easily visit these places in a single trip. Palm Jumeirah recently grabbed the headlines with the launch of its latest attraction, Palm Fountain at the Pointe. It’s the world’s largest fountain show and also the region’s only colored show of its kind. 

  1. AquaFun Dubai – Have Water Fun with a Difference 

From the newest Laguna Water Park and Aquaventure Water Park to Wild Water Park, each of Dubai’s water parks is amazing, unique and full of extraordinary rides, slides and water games. But, AquaFun at JBR Beach is extra special! It’s the largest inflatable park in the world and is so vast that it can accommodate up to 500 guests at a time.  Coming to its attractions, there are over 70 obstacles that require you to climb, crawl, jump and even walk or run without falling into the water. Overall, it promises fun for all age group in an absolutely safe environment with a professionally trained team of life guards on duty during the park’s functional hours. 

Final Thoughts 

As we wind up this list, it goes without saying that Dubai is a place for all. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is the 119-hectare Dubai Safari Park. Kids will be excited to check out many attractions that are exclusively created for them, such as KidZania Dubai, Dubai Dolphinarium, and Mattel Play! Town. So be it blissful fun, heart-stopping adventure, kid-pleaser sights, or just a relaxed holiday, you’ll find it all here. 

This article was written by Neha Singh of Dubai Wikia. Neha is a travel blogger by profession and if you enjoyed this article, be sure to visit Dubai Wikia for more info to help you plan your next trip to Dubai.

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