List of places to visit dubai & things to do
Euromonitor International, the market research firm, which ranks cities besed on international visitors count, ranked Dubai as the 7th most popular city for travellers. In 2015 only Dubai touched the benchmark of 14.2 million international visitors, up by 7.6 per cent from a year earlier.
Planning a holiday can take a lot of time. You need to Google for the best hotels and places to see and a lot more. It takes time and if you are finding it difficult to get that time out and do your research then the there is one place that will never disappoint you on your holidays. Yes, Dubai is the place that offers you everything, from luxury to adventures, you just name it! This is a fun place that has been perfectly designed for tourists from all over the globe. Whether you are traveling with your kids or your girlfriend/wife, this place has a lot to offer to everyone that visits this magical land. So let us check out 30 best places that you can visit in Dubai.
1. Arabian Desert Safari
One of the most thrilling and exciting places of Dubai is the vast Dessert and enjoy a night safari where you get to taste the delicious kebabs and mouth-watering Arabic food. Along with mesmerizing belly dancing and magic shows you will love a night in the desert.
2. Dune Bashing
If you are an adventurer then you should not miss the dune bashing on the Dubai desert. You will love the free-falling off the dunes from the safety of the Land Cruiser. However, if you have small babies in tow then this would not be recommended.
3. Burj Khalifa
Known to be one of the tallest buildings of the planet, Burj Khalifa is a creative wonder. This magnificent structure stands tall in one of the prime locations of Dubai beside Dubai Mall. You can go up to the 124th floor where there is a fantastic observation deck. You can see the whole of Dubai from this deck.
4. Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab happens to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. If you have no plan to be a guest in that royal palace then you can surely take a boat ride to the hotel situated right on the Arabian Sea. It is a magnificent sight.
5. Ibn Batuta
In the land of Malls Ibn Batuta surely deserve a special mention. This is a theme based mall that has been designed according to certain exotic places in the world. The mall is single storied and divided into segments according to each theme like India, China, Tunisia and so on.
6. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the biggest Mall in the whole of UAE and it is also one of the largest in the world. The mall has everything you can think of and you can’t think of. It has an Underwater Aquarium, A musical Fountain and what not! You will get almost all big brands under one roof at the Dubai Mall.
7. Wild Wadi Water Park
If you are looking for some fun with water sports in the hot dessert then Wild Wadi is the place for you. This park consists of amazing water rides and sports that you and your children will love. The park is the largest in the whole UAE.
One of the finest hotels in UAE, Atlantis is a tourist hotspot. Even if you are not staying in this grand hotel, make sure you check out their underwater aquarium and the gift shop. Take a look around the hotel and inside it. You will love the designs and decorations.
9. Dhow cruise
Dubai Creek is a popular place and once you are there you should take the popular dhow cruise on the Dubai Creek. The cruise will provide you with nice dinner and entertainment shows throughout the duration of your tour.
10. Palm Jumeirah
Plam Jumeirah happens to be one of the most scenic places in Dubai. A palm-shaped island has been created on the sea, where beautiful villas have been built. You can experience the sight from a boat ride or from a hot air balloon ride.
11. Jumeirah Beach
The Jumeirah Beach is the most happening beaches of Dubai. It would be a good idea to hit the beach after the sun sets as it will be too hot. The evenings on the beach is just awesome with gentle sea breeze cooling the desert sands from the hot sun. You can fly kites or enjoy beach games too.
12. Hatta Heritage Village
This is a place located on the outskirts of Dubai. You can get a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of people of the Emirates. You can get to see a lot of objects and houses decorated in the traditional style from the time when most people were farmers and fishermen. You can enjoy the traditional performances at night.
13. Dubai Musical Fountain
The musical fountain is situated outside the Dubai Mall. You will get to see a spectacular series of fountain dancing to a popular Hollywood tune. The show is operated every evening after every 15 minutes.
Bastakia is an old town that has ruins worth visiting. You can run down the narrow sandy lanes and check out the building made from limestone, coral and gypsum. The buildings in this town are fitted with wooden door fitted with brass knockers. There are wind towers on the roof which provided natural air conditioning.
15. Dubai Dolphinarium
If you are traveling with your kids then you should not miss the Dolphinarium where you can see dolphins performing for the audiences. You can even get to click a picture with the dolphins at the end of each show.
16. Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle garden was opened in 2013 and since it has become a popular attraction for the tourists. You will be amazed to see the colorful blossoms in the shape of pyramids, igloos, hearts, stars and so much more.
17. Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium is located inside Dubai Mall. You can take a sneak peek at the exotic marine life in this largest suspend water tank. There are more than 300 sharks and different types of rays along with hundreds of other marine species.
18. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is located inside the Mall of The Emirates is a winter wonderland created for all age groups. You can play with the snow and ski over the ice too inside this resort. Take a ride in the cable cars or watch the penguins doing the penguin things.
19. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club
Take a tour of the majestic Dubai Polo Club during breakfast and watch the beautiful Arabian studs in the farm getting a massage or galloping away to glory. You are going to love the sight as much as you love the breakfast.
20. House of Saeed Al Maktoum
This house has a great traditional and historical importance. Here once lived Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum the ruler of the Emirates. The house is now a museum that houses various artifacts, photographs and other things from the historical era.
21. Gold Souk
Gold Souk or the gold market is a place where you can find shops lined on two sides of a cobbled road selling gold jewelry. People from all over the world visit gold souk for the most exquisite design and styles.
22. Guru Nanak Darbar
In the land of Mosques this is the only Gurudwara that is meant for the Sikh community living in Dubai. The Guru Nanak Darbar is a splendid place to visit in Dubai. This Gurudwara is open for all and has a large community hall where 5000 people can have food at a time.
23. Hatta Rock
The Hatta Rocks are a popular weekend getaway for many people living in Dubai. It is also a great tourist spot where you can take a dip in the cool waters of the pools and enjoy the natural beauty of the rocky mountains all around.
24. Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum has always been a popular tourist spot. The museum is situated at the Al Fahidi Fort which is the oldest monuments of Dubai. The museum houses an entire mockup of the old Dubai city along with the fishing village and souks.
25. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah mosque is another popular destination that you must visit while in Dubai. The mosque has an elegant structure that follows the architecture of the old Fatimid tradition.
26. Dubai Opera
It would be a great miss if you don’t check out the Dubai Opera house while in the city. This magnificent Opera house is situated in the Downtown area of Dubai and hosts world-class shows.
27. IMG Worlds of Adventure
This is an indoor amusement park that has four zones of epic adventures. The kids will love this place where they can see dinosaurs and other cartoon characters along with thrilling rides.
28. Spice Souk
Spice souk is located in Deira and is the biggest market for spices in Dubai. You can get all kinds of spices imported from all corners of the world.
29. Global Village
Global village is a family entertainment spot where you can enjoy hosts of attractions and rides and not to forget shopping.
30. Grand Mosque
This is the most famous mosque of Dubai and one of the biggest in the world. The mosque has 82 vaults, lighting fixtures made of 24 carat gold, 1000 segments and the largest hand tied wrap.