With so many people visiting this Arab city every year, Dubai needs no introduction. You are spoiled by choices of places when it comes to Dubai attractions!

Did you know Dubai is now open to international visitors? It has officially reopened its borders for international tourism from 7 July 2020 with all countries.

Displaying immaculate architecture, underground zoos, gigantic garden, shopping and so on, Dubai attractions are one of its kinds in its own way.

Our list of top Dubai attractions includes popular landmarks, nature parks, outdoor activities, neighbourhood sites, boardwalks and likewise. Keep reading for more details!

12 Outstanding Dubai Attractions That Should Not Be Missed

1. Burj Khalifa (Architectural building/ observation desk)

Dubai attractions - Burj Khalifa

This landmark needs no introduction! At over 828 meters (2716 sq feet), this 163 storied structure, Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.  

While many are aware of the “At the top experience “in Burj Khalifa, not many know that it holds a record of being the second-highest observation deck in the world.

The best thing to do is to visit the observation deck.  These observation decks are located on the 124th, 125th and 148th floor of Burj Khalifa. The observation deck on the 124thand 125thfloors is collectively named “At The Top Burj Khalifa”.

Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd Downtown, Dubai.

Pro Tips: A trip to the observation deck on the 124thfloor is must wherein you can visually explore the beautiful city and trust us, it’s a sight to behold. Having said that, decide on your budget. Tickets to go up to the viewing decks aren’t cheap. With Thomas Cook package, entrance ticket to 124th floor is included. 

If time permits, visit Wild Wadi, near Burj Khalifa, an amusement park with some thrilling rides!

2. Burj Al-Arab (Architectural buildings /landmarks)

Dubai Attractions - Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al-Arab is the world’s tallest hotel and is one of the most impressive Dubai attractions. Situated on its own island, this luxurious hotel is set on a seafront of Dubai coastline. It is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with an average price of $24000 a night for a royal suite.  

For those with an unlimited budget, experience the underwater restaurant- Al Mahara which will allow you to enjoy the sea-life view while you enjoy your meal, or visit Skyview Bar Restaurant to sip on your afternoon tea or an eclectic cocktail on the 27th floor of the hotel.

Address: Jumeirah St-Umm Suqeim, Dubai.

Pro Tips: Going for an afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab is quite popular. There is a “minimum spend” rule so do check before you go.

If you aren’t planning to visit Burj Al Arab, stopover at Jumeirah public beach for photo stops with Burj Al Arab as a backdrop! 

3. The Dubai Fountain (Sights and Landmarks)

Dubai Attractions - Dubai Fountain

Recognized as the world’s tallest performing fountains, Dubai Fountain attracts thousands of visitors every year. Captivating water, music and light spectacle is a visual treat, which should not be missed! 

Designed by creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas, Dubai Fountain Performances occur every evening on the Burj Khalifa Lake and lasts up to 5 minutes.

Pro Tip: The Dubai Fountain Shows are free of cost and can be seen from every spot on the lake from neighbouring areas. However, for interrupted views and incredible experience, hop on to a boat and opt for a lake ride.

4. Dubai Miracle Garden (Nature and Parks)

Dubai Attractions - Miracle Garden

This is not just another botanical garden! It is a world of floral wonder that comes to life every year from mid-November to mid- May.

This 72,000 sq mt impressive space is a dreamland that features stunning colourful flowers, which is a sight to behold.

This breathtaking Dubai attraction displays fifty million flowers of over 120 varieties. Keep the camera ready for that perfect “gram” pictures!

Address: Al Barsha South 3, Dubai.

5. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (Nature and Parks)

Dubai Attractions - Aquarium

Experience the most thrilling marine adventure in Dubai! One of the largest suspended aquariums in the world; it houses 30,000 aquatic species including 400+ sharks and rays.

It can be viewed for free from the Dubai mall through an acrylic panel or you can opt to buy a ticket to enjoy sea life through the 48-meter long aquarium tunnel.

You can also opt for glass bottom tours, cage snorkeling and shark diving activities. 

Click here for a wonderful Dubai package offered by Thomas Cook, which includes a complimentary visit to Dubai Aquarium!

Address: Dubai Mall.

6. Deira Souk (Neighbourhood sight)

Souk Dubai

“Souk” means an Arab marketplace. Deira is one of Dubai’s most fascinating districts.

Dubai’s souks are fabulous, so take time off to wander around some of the traditional Arab markets, sip coffee and soak up the atmosphere.

Located on the Deira side of Dubai Creek, you’ll find traditional souks such as the Gold Souk, Spice Souk and Perfume Souk within a walking distance of each other.

Alternatively, if contemporary souks appeal you, visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah. This stunning souk is a part of the stunning Madinat Jumeirah Resort and offers an immersive experience.             

Pro Tips: Before you go to Dubai gold souk, do check gold prices online. Also, make sure you bargain and haggle with shop owners.

7. A Tour of Al Bastakiya (Historical neighbourhood)

Dubai attractions - Al Bastakiya

Al Fahidi Historical District, also known as Al Bastakiya or Al Bastakiya Quarter, dates back to 1890s. This historical place is built mainly to preserve the memories of an era dating back to the formation of the federation of Emirates.

A trip to this district will take you back to a different side (old) of Dubai, which is charming.

Address: Bur Dubai Al Hamriya, Dubai.

Pro Tip: Explore this district by visiting Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum, wind towers, heritage houses and galleries. Every place has a history behind it and you’ll definitely be filled by a wonderful sense of discovery.

8. Ski Dubai (Entertainment/ Theme Park)

Dubai - Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort is one of the most exciting Dubai attractions.

This largest indoor entertainment park is spread over 22,500 sq. meter has a capacity of 600 tons of snow for various activities such as chairlift ride, snowboarding, skiing, the giant ball running and likewise.

The most exhilarating experience is to meet the penguins up close and personal. The fascinating moment of snow penguins marching together several times a day melts your heart away! 

Address: Located within the premises of The Mall of Emirates.

9. Bur Dubai Abra Dock (Pier and Boardwalks)

Dubai - Abra

Bur Dubai Abra Dock is a historic district that is lined with various boats, making it a picturesque spot in Dubai.

You need not take only expensive boat rides in Dubai. You can always opt for the real Arabian Abra ride for a mode of local transport for an affordable price.

This popular means of transport accommodates about 20 passengers travelling between Deira and Bur Dubai. Hop on for a glimpse of the soulful side of Dubai.

Pro Tips: Some of the popular attractions near Bur Dubai Abra Dock are:

  • Museums of illusions (0.30km)
  • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (0.35km)
  • Bastakia Quarter (0.32 km)

Moreover, take the abra from Bastakiya side, roam around the textile souk and art galleries, and end in the gold souk.

 10. Kite Beach, by Meras (Beaches and Landmarks)

Kite Beach Dubai

This white sand beach is known for kite surfing and kayaking. This is Dubai’s favourite spot for kids, families, friends and fitness enthusiasts.

The long pristine stretch of white sand, off Jumeirah road, is full of activities.

If you love watersports and want to test your skills, this is the best beach in Dubai. If not, enjoy the beach and unwind, as it is perfect for sun-seekers and foodies!

Wish to walk or jog at the coastline? Why not! The 14km track is the perfect spot for a stroll while immersing yourself into some amazing views.

Address:Umm Suqeim Jumeirah, Dubai.

Pro TipWhen you are at the beach, do not miss some of the fascinating places around the vicinity such as Popeye Jetski, Tao Spa, Hero Odysea, Nemo diving Centre and Jumeirah fish market.

11. Alserkal Avenue (Art museums)

Dubai Alserkal

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 If you are an art lover, you can’t miss this!

The Alserkal district, a renowned cultural hub, houses several art galleries, museums, design studios, exhibition halls and so on for local and global artists.

From opening its first gallery back in 2007, Alserkal has grown exponentially, attracting world-class talents. 

What to see: Exhibitions from the esteemed establishments such as London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, free of charge. Expect modern installations that provide a narrative on human conditions, admire the arts of prominent patron Malini Gulrajani’s contemporary Indian collections and likewise.

Address: 17thST-Al Quo, Dubai.

Pro Tip: A day well spent at Alserkal Avenue includes gallery hopping, shopping, eating an early dinner and ending the day with an art-house show.

12. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (Parks and wildlife area)

Dubai Desert Safari

Dubai is not just famous for its skyscrapers and malls, but also for its biggest project of preservation being “Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DCCR)”.

The DCCR offers stunning landscapes of sand dunes. It is the first national park of UAE and the largest protected area in the country spread over 225 square km.

The top 5 things to do in DCCR are to discover incredible wildlife, ride camels and horses, try sandboarding, watch the sunset over the dunes and enjoy a traditional meal! 

Address: Sharjah, UAE. (About 58 km from Dubai).

Pro Tips: You’ll need a guide to drive through this sanctuary with a specially equipped vehicle. The only way to explore the park is with one of the reserve’s approved tour operators.

You’ll find a range of experiences including a camel trek, resorts, archery, and SUV journeys over dunes and so on.

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