10 Top Destinations to See in Dubai

Dubai is a glistening metropolis of sun, sand, and water. Its amazing attractions and experiences are so varied and special that they represent an unrivaled intermingling of striking modernity and charming traditions.

But if you don’t know where to head or how to put together your Dubai program, this list of top 10 destinations to see in Dubai will get you under the skin of this compact yet delightful city. 

The View at the Palm Jumeirah

It is top on this list, being the latest attraction to be unveiled in Dubai. This sky-high observation deck is on the 52nd floor of Palm Tower. What makes it special is that it allows you to see the whole of the iconic Palm Jumeirah from a single frame.

Interestingly, till its launch, this supremely breathtaking view was reserved for only those who take a helicopter ride or sign up for an insane sky diving adventure. But it is incredibly affordable and hence accessible for all.

For those who are not aware, Palm Jumeirah is one of the world’s most vast and stunning man-made islands, thanks to its palm-tree kind of design crowned by a crescent. 

Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah

Palm Fountains

2020 was a year of challenges and darkness, but Dubai managed to add colors and sparkle to this year, mainly with the launch of Palm Fountain at the Pointe.

Located at Palm Jumeirah and set against the regal backdrop of Atlantis, The Palm Resort, is the world’s largest fountain wherein the choreographed water sways and twirls in perfect rhythm with your all-time favorite music tracks.

Add to this over 3,000 LED lights which seamlessly enriches the whole experience. Palm Fountain is also the only colored fountain show in the region. 

Palm Fountain Show
Palm Fountain Show

The Dubai Mall

This massive mall is an oasis of fun, thrill, and entertainment! More than 1200 outlets, over 200 dining choices, and a litany of leisure and edutainment choices here combine to promise you an exciting outing during your Dubai trip.

Enjoy a look at more than 33,000 marine creatures that inhabit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Let your little ones make the most of KidZania Dubai and feel the adventure and excitement of a lifetime as you drop in to some of its top attractions such as Ekart Zabeel, Dubai Ice Rink, and the largest of its kind VR (Virtual Reality) Park Dubai.

Apart from these, be sure to watch Dubai Fountain show that is outside of the mall. 

Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium

Burj Khalifa

Located adjacent to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa is the star attraction of Downtown Dubai. Soaring to a height of over 828 meters, this mighty structure – shaped like Hymenocallis (a desert flower) – is the tallest man-made structure ever built on the planet.

To gain access to its ravishing interiors, you can purchase entry tickets to the ‘At the Top’ observation deck. Starting with a multimedia display on Dubai’s history, it includes a high-speed elevator ride which journeys you to its standpoint on 124th level in less than a minute.

This allows you to soak in the most panoramic views of the city skyline. There is also an observation deck on its 148th level which is the highest of its kind.  

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Dubai Safari Park

This is one of the tourist attractions in Dubai that is exclusively created for wildlife enthusiasts. It is, however, more than an ordinary zoo; it is a safe abode for over 3000 animals brought from different parts of the world.

This vast 119-hectare facility is split into four sections such as African Village, Asian Village, Arabian Desert Safari, and Explorer Villages.

Besides exploring all, you can be part of several thrilling experiences, especially a drive-through safari journey plus the opportunity to feed and interact with the fascinating birds as well as the magnificent elephants. 

Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari Park

Bluewaters Island

Dubai has witnessed the fruition of many prestigious and ambitious projects ever since the announcement of Dubai EXPO 2020 dates. The waterfront community of Bluewaters Island is one among them. 

But, it is not all about its vibrant, brand-new location – it is home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel (Ain Dubai), along with the Middle East’s first and only Madame Tussauds Museum.

Upon its completion, you will also get to visit the world’s largest 3D Art Museum here.  Moreover, it is the venue of the only Caesars Palace property outside of Las Vegas. 

Ain Dubai
Ain Dubai

Desert Safari

Less than a 45-minute drive from the city center, Dubai’s desert landscape beckons you with its untouched beauty, soulful silence, and of course endless adventurous and cultural experiences.

Experience it all without any hassle on a guided desert safari tour inclusive of roundtrip hotel transfers. 4X4 dune bash is undoubtedly the main highlight of your safari. It weaves you through the depths of desert sands on an electrifying ride aboard a Land Cruiser or a more powerful Hummer.

Follow it up with a number of other pursuits like camel ride, sand boarding, and quad biking. 

Dependent on your chosen time slot (morning, evening, or overnight), your safari includes BBQ dining, traditional shows (such as Tanura and Belly Dance), Bedouin-inspired activities (like henna tattooing, Shisha smoking, falconry, etc), and camping facilities. 

Desert Safari Dubai
Desert Safari Dubai

Al Bastakiya Quarter

Al Bastakiya Quarter, officially known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, is where you can discover Dubai’s humble past. Stroll through the narrow labyrinths of this well-preserved 19th century quarter and get a glimpse of how life used to be for Emiratis before the discovery of oil in the region.

The majority of the ancient structures here are now converted into museums, art galleries, and cultural institutions. Must-visits among them are Dubai Museum (inside the city’s oldest of its kind Al Fahidi Fort), Camel Museum, XVA Art Gallery, Coffee Museum, and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCUU).

Here, you can get an in-depth understanding of the region’s culture, heritage and religious background.

Al Fahidi Neighborhood
Al Fahidi Neighborhood

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the Middle East’s first integrated resort. With four parks featuring over a hundred rides, it is so much more than its multiple accommodation options.

For Hollywood-inspired theme park fun, you can step into Motiongate Dubai. Hindi movie buffs are in for a treat at the aptly named Bollywood Parks Dubai, with rides and shows based on blockbuster movies such as Sholay, Lagaan, and Krrish to name a few.

Joined by kids from 2 to 12 years? Be sure to visit LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park which has something for every member of your family. 

Bollywood Parks Dubai
Bollywood Parks Dubai

Dhow Cruise

There is no better way to soak up the allure of Dubai’s nighttime skyline than with a magical twilight cruise aboard a traditional Arabian vessel. P

ick a location of your choice (at Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek) and enjoy photo ample ops of stunning Dubai sights that unfold before you as you sit back and take in the cruise from its air-conditioned lower deck or partly open upper deck. 

Buffet dining and live traditional performances (like Tanura) are included in most Dubai dhow cruises that last for about two hours. 

Dhow Cruise Dubai
Dhow Cruise Dubai

Conclusion

It is evident from the above list that Dubai has something unique to entice every visitor. Whether you’re looking for a mini getaway or a relaxing weekend break,

Dubai makes an astonishing first impression with its both world-famous sights and hidden gems. So don’t wait anymore; just create your perfect Dubai checklist and start ticking it off. 

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