The list for the best places to visit in Dubai would be endless. However, it is impossible to see everything that the city offers in just one holiday, unless you are in the city for a long time.
Hence, we have come up with some of the best places that you should not miss visiting when you are in Dubai. Here are the places that you should absolutely-not-miss when you holidaying in the Emirate of Dubai.
1. The Desert
The glitz, glamour and the modern buildings of Dubai may let you forget that Dubai is a desert
city. Just outside the city lies the vast desert, where the Arabs lived in the ancient times. Today, you can explore the desert with the desert safari in Dubai. Get ready for some adventure juxtaposed with some amazing entertainment programs. The desert safari gives you the chance to have a fun and relaxing evening in the desert, far from the noise and crowd of the desert.
2. Burj Khalifa
If you have enough time to see just one thing in Dubai, it has to be the Burj Khalifa. This
architectural icon is the tallest building in the whole world. Measuring 828 meters, this tall steely structure is magnificent and elegant. Apart from checking out the place from outside, you can also go on a Burj Khalifa tour, which would take you to its observation deck. While checking out the interiors of the Burj Khalifa is exciting, the view from the observation deck is even more amazing.
3. Dubai Mall
Located right next to the Burj Khalifa is one of the largest malls in the world, the Dubai Mall. Home to more than 1200 stores and an amazing array of entertaining attractions, this mall is a favourite of locals, residents and tourists alike. When you are not on a shopping spree, do check out the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the Dubai Ice Rink, VR Park and KidZania. The mall also has a huge food court, where you can feast on dishes from innumerable cuisines.
Apart from all this, do take out the time to check out the Dubai Fountain Show, which happens right outside the Dubai Mall, every evening.
4. Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek has a significant role in the history of Dubai. It is on the banks of the Dubai Creek that the royal family of today (Bani Yas tribe) settled when they moved from the city. The Creek played a significant part in the economy of the city, right from fishing and pearl diving to trade and transport. It is from here that the city started developing to what it today. Take an abra ride on the Dubai Creek to enjoy the views of both sides of the creek: Bur Dubai and Deira.
5. Old Dubai
Extend your abra ride on the Dubai Creek to explore the old part of the city. There are
numerous hidden gems in this area that you should explore to know more about the history, culture and heritage of Dubai. Visit Dubai Museum, which preserves the history of the city with its numerous interesting exhibits. A walk along the Bastakiya Quarter would take you back to the days when the city thrived on fishing and pearl diving. Also, do not forget to visit the traditional souks, which would open another world of shopping for you in Dubai.
6. Dhow Cruise on Dubai Marina
While Old Dubai forms the old part of the city, Dubai Marina belongs to the newer, more
glamorous part of the city. Lined with luxury hotels, high-end buildings, fine dining restaurants, lavish pubs and nightclubs, Dubai Marina is clearly one of the most happening places in the city.
If you do not have time to explore this place completely, choose to go on a dhow cruise on
Dubai Marina. The dhow cruise Dubai experience is one-of-a-kind, where you get to enjoy a ride on a dhow that has been remodelled into a luxury restaurant. Along with the pretty sights along the Marina, you would also get to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner on this Dubai dhow cruise.
7. Etihad Museum
A recent addition to the attractions of Dubai is Etihad Museum. While the Dubai Museum gives you a glimpse of Dubai's life in the past, the Etihad Museum focuses on the development of the city. This museum has several interesting, interactive exhibits that show you how the city has developed from 1968 and 1974.
You would also get to learn about UAE and how the 7 Emirates joined together to become a country. The museum is home to several interesting photos, films documents, etc. which give you a clear idea about the journey of the city from a fishing village to the sprawling metropolis it is today.
8. Dubai Parks and Resorts
No trip to Dubai can be complete without visiting a theme park, and Dubai has several to
choose. But one that stands out is the Dubai Parks and Resorts, which is the ultimate
amusement park destination. Here, you would get to choose among three theme parks and one water. If you want to have some action-packed experience, the Hollywood-themed Motingate Dubai would be ideal for you. Fans of Hindi blockbusters and stars would have a fun time at Bollywood Parks, while families with young kids would have the perfect time at Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. Do check out Riverland Dubai, which is a boulevard for shopping and dining.
You can make your trip to Dubai Parks and Resorts special by staying at the Lapita
Hotel, a Polynesian-themed luxury hotel.
Although we have just touched the surface of the best places to see in Dubai, these places are truly special and should be part of your holiday itinerary. The best part is that there are so many fabulous places in Dubai that you would want to visit the city again and again!
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