Your Ultimate Dubai Holiday Guide
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Looking for a destination that offers luxury, sightseeing, adventure, retail therapy, and fun, then there is no city better than Dubai. Part of the seven Emirate cities of the UAE, Dubai is known for its culture, opulence, modernity and all good things in life. There are many places to see and things to do in Dubai. We created a list of things to do and places to visit to experience a complete and memorable Dubai Holiday. Be it sightseeing, adventure or shopping that you are interested in; we have included all the interesting Dubai tourist attractions on this page.
Best Places to Visit in Dubai (Sightseeing)
Dubai is home to some of the most marvelous buildings and monuments of the world, and you cannot return from the city without checking at least the most important ones.
Visit the observation deck (124th or 148th floor) of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, to get a bird’s eye view of the city. You would also get to know about the story behind the construction and development of the building.
While the sparkling city of Dubai is attractive, take a look at the past of the city with a visit to the Dubai Museum. Housed inside the Al Fahidi Fort, the museum gives you a glimpse of how the Arabs lived in the past. After the visit to the museum, walk around the Bastakiya Quarter, the oldest neighborhood of the city, where you would be floored by the sandstone buildings and wind towers.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
If your quest for Emirati history has not been quenched with the Dubai Museum, you must visit the Sheikj Zaeed Al Maktoum House. It is the former palace of the ruler of Dubai and also is a museum that shows the history of Dubai through a display of historical photographs and documents. Also, the beautiful architecture and luxurious interiors of the place is something else that you would admire.
Jumeirah is one of the many popular beaches in Dubai, and this is also one of the free beaches of the city. While you can relax as well as indulge in some water sports at the beach, you would also be able to enjoy the best view of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, the only seven-star hotels in the world, from this beach.
Apart from these, the Dubai Creek, Dubai Frame, Heritage and Diving Village, Jumeirah Mosque, etc. are some of the amazing places to see in Dubai.
Interesting Things to do in Dubai
Your visit to Dubai need not only be about sightseeing. On the other hand, there are some unique experiences which would make your holiday a memorable one.
If you are planning to go to Dubai, you would definitely have heard about the desert safari. It takes you to the middle of the desert and gives you the chance to not only revel in its glorious beauty but also have a fun time with adventurous and entertaining activities. You can opt for an evening, morning or overnight desert safari. If you want to add a tab bit of luxury to your experience, you must go for the private or luxury desert safari.
One of the most unusual ways of dining that you would find in Dubai is the dhow cruise dinner. The restaurant is inside a traditional dhow, with upper and lower decks. They sail either along the Dubai Creek or the Dubai Marina (you can choose one of them), where you can enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner with dishes of both Arabic and international cuisine. Entertainment programs are also arranged during the two hours cruise.
You may wonder what is so unique about an aquarium. But the Dubai Aquarium is one-of-a-kind as it is located inside the Dubai Mall. You would not only get to see more than 140 species of marine animals but also indulge in some amazing activities like shark diving, cage snorkeling, etc. You also get to explore an interesting underwater zoo.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Finding a flower garden in a city, which is made of desert and of course, steel and concrete would be surprising. However, what is more surprising is that the Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest flower garden on earth. While you get to see more than 109 million varieties of flowers in this garden, what would really astonish you is the way the flowers are decorated and exhibited. This flower garden is surely a haven for nature lovers and should not be missed.
Another must-visit attraction of Dubai is Ski Dubai, the largest indoor ski park. It is located inside The Mall of Emirates and has all the skiing facilities. It also has a Snow World where you can have a fun time in the snow and meet the in-house penguins.
Dubai Garden Glow
The Dubai Garden Glow is where you can experience art by day and glow by night. The place is home to artistic light installations, which are surely a delight to explore. The park has been designed and decorated by using energy-saving bulbs and several other recyclable things. Several wonders of the world have been reconstructed at this glow park including the tulips of Netherlands, the wild beast migration at Masai Mara, etc. Apart from seeing the beautiful light installations, you would also be able to enjoy live performances by local as well as international artists.
Where to Go in Dubai for Shopping?
Dubai is known to be a paradise for shopping. Moreover, it hosts the most famous Dubai Shopping Festival every year. On the other hand, even if you visit Dubai at any time of the year, you would definitely have a great time shopping.
Dubai has some great malls but if you want to see the traditional side of the city, you must visit the souks of Dubai. The Gold Souk is where you can buy all types of gold and diamond jewelry at the best prices. You must also visit the Perfume Souk, the Spice Souk and the Textile Souk for a unique shopping experience.
Dubai Mall is said to be the largest mall in the world and has around 1200 retail stores that sell merchandise of both local as well as international brands. Plus, the mall has a huge food mall and some amazing entertainment zones. As the sun sets, step out of the mall to see the marvelous Dubai Fountain show.
Ibn Battuta Mall
Even if you do not want to indulge in shopping, you must visit the Ibn Battuta Mall to enjoy its sheer luxury. It is said to be the biggest theme based mall in the world. The mall has seven pavilions or court, each dedicated to and inspired by a particular country. The place has 250 stores and 50 restaurants. In short, a lot of things to do and no time to get bored.
Apart from all these, Dubai has some world-class adventure, theme and water parks which would be a great break from sightseeing and shopping. Also, this city offers several amazing adventurous activities like skydiving, bungee jumping, thrilling water sports, etc. In short, Dubai is a great place for all kinds of holidays.
Be it a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon, a holiday with friends or a solo trip, you would find some amazing places to see in Dubai. To enjoy the city to the fullest, you must be at the place for at least 2 weeks, which you can do by getting a 14 days Dubai visa.
Dubai Travel and Tour Packages
Dubai Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
The Evening Desert Safari is a must-do for any adventure seekers visiting Dubai. Convenient round-trip transportation will pick you up from your hotel in a 4 wheel drive and take you out to explore the Arabian desert. Test your balancing skills in an exhilarating sandboarding experience or try out the other many fun activities available for you to do including camel riding, dune bashing, and henna painting.