Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Dubai

Dubai is a city-state in the United Arab Emirates; the emirate of Dubai is situated southeast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. It has the largest population in the entire UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory by area of 4,114 km2. Dubai today is a tourism, trade and logistics center and has earned itself the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ It is also considered as the dynamic core of the Arabian Gulf region. The desert climate, warm seas and lovely beaches make it a popular tourist destination. Fifty things that you can enjoy with your family in Dubai are as follows:

1. Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is truly is one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and is a grand structure. It is well said about this most popular building that no trip to Dubai would be complete without at least seeing it. It was constructed in the shape of sail of ship, The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is the world only 7 star hotel and it soars to a height of 321 meters, dominating the Dubai skyline making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world. It has been described as the spirit of Dubai, and it is the most famous structure in the Dubai which is served as the finest and best accommodation for luxurious and tourists in the world and inside the Burj al arab.

2. Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower and is an amazing feat of engineering. The high point of any Burj Khalifa experience is the view from the Top. Located on level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. There are so many things to see and to do in Burj Khalifa. You will find the most popular restaurant and hotels are situated inside, this is also residential and some its floor are reserved, it is one of the top destination and visited places in the Dubai and the entrance in the building is not free, at the bottom there is Dubai fountain which has display of water with music tunes and pulses. The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel that is the Burj Khalifa.

3. Desert Safari 

Desert Safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dubai. It is well said about Desert Safari that there’s nothing like rambling across the dunes of the Arabian Desert. Skilled drivers lead caravans of four-wheel drive vehicles in a roller coaster ride across the wind-swept dunes. These Desert Safari rides are marketed as half-day events and include timeout to enjoy the sunset, before participants arrive at a recreated Bedouin village, where dinner, dancing and hookah smoking are all on the schedule.

4. Palm island

The palm island is one of the most visited tourist attraction of Dubai. It is an archipelago created in the shape of palm tree and providing the residential, parks, hotels, restaurants, amusement and entertainment things to do in the palm tree, and is located in the Arabic ocean. The palm island is having the many private beaches where you can enjoy the beach life liberally. This is considered on the most aqua venture Water Park and project in the world. It is considered as one of the most ideal place to enjoy with the complete family in Dubai.

5. Global Village

Global Village is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai. For the past 15 years, it has been providing all sorts of entertainment and above all an international shopping experience to millions of visitors. Breathtaking live performances, mouth-watering cuisine, genuine handicrafts and merchandise from different countries await you at the many national pavilions in Global Village. You will also find many more attractions besides shopping which includes thrilling rides, games and firework displays, to complete your visit. Global Village is open from November to March every year.

6. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Dubai which is loved by each and every one. It is well known as the new Dubai having built man made in the world, the tourists here gets the opportunity to enjoy the deep fishing, water sports and activities, wind surfing, parasailing, diving and deep swimming and other many more things. Visitors here can perform various activities here like; can go to the shopping venues, parks and the beaches for swimming or the water activities.

7. Dubai fountain

The Dubai fountain is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Dubai which is to be found at the base of Burj Khalifa. It is considered as one of the most popular entertainment destination of Dubai tourists and local people. It is very beautiful and has been designed to show the water rise and down as the music tune and frequency run, in the peak moment it creates the incredible views with colorful water fountain.

8. Dubai mall

The Dubai mall is one of the largest shopping mall in the world and largely populated with tourist and locals through out the year. Dubai has always been a shopper’s paradise and the best place for shopping in Dubai is the Dubai mall. You will also find entertainments zones inside the mall which provide the family activities, Sega republic amusements, kidzania, and Dubai aquarium, under water zoo with having the biggest viewing panel in the world.

9. Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates is the 2nd most popular shopping malls in the Dubai that presents you with largest varieties in the shops, dining and family entertainment areas. Inside this beautiful Mall you will find the Dubai community theatre, arts centers which are located in the barsha district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is said that during the year 2009 about 30 9 million visitors’ visit the mall. You will also here a special shopping area in the mall for china town where you can find the plenty of Chinese kind of products, clothes, toys, foods and other many things.

10. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is one of the most popular spots of Dubai. It is among the great places of Dubai which is located in the salt lake sea, dividing the city in two parts one is Deira and another is Bur Dubai. It is an ideal place for family entertainment and also for boating and fishing. You will also find wild life sanctuary, and it has been very important route and golden route of pearl traders and in the evening time you can enjoy the delicious and Dhow dinner cruise in the Dubai creek.

11. Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the single and the oldest existing building that you will find in Dubai. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort in the bur dubai. It is said to be produced during the year 1787 and modernized by the ruler during the year 1971 for having the preserve evidence, culture and tradition in the present, it is having the collected artifacts of Africa, Asia and other countries of world. You can see the life of Dubai including the all seven emirates of Persian gulf pre oil era. There is found more crowds during the august to April and in the 2007 every day people used to visit 1800. You can see the old time bells, bronze canon, canon ball, various types of boats.

12. The Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dubai. It is said to a dominant landmark of Dubai. This stone structure was constructed in the medieval Fatimid tradition, and presents tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, the visitor is washed in shadows by this elegant formation.

13. Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most visited tourist spots of Dubai. It is owned by Jumeirah and is the largest resort in Dubai, occupying an area of across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. The resort is said to have two beautiful boutique hotels (Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam) and a courtyard of summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf.

14. Al Mamzar Park

Al Mamzar is a very famous locality in Dubai. You will find this amazing locality situated in the area of Deira, in the north-east of Dubai. The locality is bounded by the Persian Gulf to the north, Al Waheda to the west, Hor Al Anz to the south and the emirate of Sharjah to the east. The north-east section of the locality is residential. Al Ittihad School, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Gaz Mosque, Dubai Police Headquarters and Al Mamzar Park are the most significant landmarks of the area.

15. Dubai Heritage Village

The Dubai Heritage Village is a substantial, cultural campaign works to encourage the long-standing way of life in the Middle East. Tourist here get a change to explore a lot of varieties and will also find handicraft merchants selling ceramics, woven goods and wooden carvings, and during the day it’s possible to watch the artisans at work. Other attractions at the Dubai Heritage Village have a tendency to spotlight on the Bedouin lifestyle and the region’s once-thriving pearl-diving industry. It is open daily for the visitors and the entry is free of charge.

16. Ski Dubai

The Ski Dubai is one of the major tourist attractions of Dubai. This famous complex is to be found inside the Mall of the Emirates. This self-contained ski slope is more an innovation than a normal attraction, and offers an excellent opportunity for less-experienced skiers to give the sport a try in the middle of a desert oasis. There are five slopes in all (the longest runs 396 metres / 1,300 feet), and participants are provided with equipment and snow suits.

17. Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise is one of the most fascinating things about Dubai. It is said that there is no better way to take in the city’s spectacular skyline than from the waters of the Dubai Creek. It offers to you some of the finest cruises that also include various and amazing onboard attractions and entertainment, such as traditional belly dancing and a buffet dinner. Those looking for a trip across the Creek without all of the fanfare can take advantage of the water taxis (abras) that offer quick, affordable service between banks.

18. Souks (Traditional Markets)

Souks also known as the Traditional markets of Dubai. It is considered as melting pots of Arab culture. The Spice Souk, which holds textiles, handicrafts, and rugs along with a myriad of regional spices, is the most popular with visitors. Also of interest is the Gold Souk, where expensive and ornate jewellery is available at every turn. Don’t be afraid to try out your bargaining skills.

19. Majlis Gallery

Majlis Gallery is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Dubai. It is indeed one of the oldest art galleries in Dubai. It was owned by Allisa Collins, an emigrant who said to have fallen in love with this amazing country, the culture and locals. The Majilis Gallery’s main motive is to promote art work of both international and local artists in Dubai. This today stands as the oldest and the most reputable art gallery in Dubai.

20. Dubai Dolphinarium

Dubai Dolphinarium is essentially an aquarium where fishes are kept for entertainment and aesthetic reasons. Dubai has come up with the idea of keeping dolphins for no other purposes than education, entertainment and conservation. Dubai Dolphinarium aimed at providing entertainment, education and environmental beauty for local residents and foreign visitors. It can also be seen as a vision of developing a possible source of income outside oil concerns and in the process, entrenching the need for dolphins and other aquatic animal protection. From the looks of things, the plan is going on smoothly and successfully.

21. Bastikiya Quarter

Bastikiya quarter is one of the most amazing tourist spot in Dubai. It is a famous Persian trading port in Dubai which is considered as one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai and the last wind tower quarter left on the Arab side of the Gulf. Its name is a derivative from the Iranian town of Bastak, from where many of Dubai’s first trading immigrants hailed in the early 19th century. The wind towers are the finest architecture as back in the earlier days there was no air conditioning and these wind towers or tunnels provided better ventilation and temperature than the modern day equipment.

22. Jumeirah Beach Residence

Jumeirah Beach Residence is a 1.7 kilometer long, 2 million square meter gross floor area waterfront community. It is situated against the Persian Gulf in Dubai Marina. It is the leading sole phase residential development in the globe and includes forty towers (36 are residential and 4 are hotels) JBR’s capacity is about 10.000 people living in its apartments and hotel rooms. It is a very popular location for Al Fresco dining.

23. Souk Al Bahar

Souk Al Bahar is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination to be found in the heart of the prominent Downtown Burj Dubai. It features over 100 retail shops in a mix that contains 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade. You can also find here some fine Arabic handicrafts, fashion wear, accessories, carpets, furnishings etc. Its unique and exceptional “seaside” site on an island in the Burj Dubai man-made lake makes it a tremendously well-liked night & weekend spot.

24. Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Dubai is one of the most famous tourist attractions. It was only reconstructed in 1998 and boasts the city’s biggest minaret, at 70m. It is situated on the Bur Dubai side of the creek, near the Ruler’s Court; the marvelous Grand Mosque includes nine large domes and 45 smaller ones. This huge religious edifice can house up to 1,200 worshippers.

25. Children’s City

Children’s City is one of the most famous places in Dubai among both local and international youngsters. It is to be found in Dubai Creek Park, The 7,700sq m (82,882sq ft) development takes young minds on a journey through the human body, science and space, with the help of different ‘zones’. With plenty of hands-on action to keep even the most demanding children occupied, this is no dull old museum. Displays are in English and also in Arabic. This place is considered as an ideal place for enjoying with the complete family.

26. Dubai Gold Souks

The city of Dubai is considered as a shopper’s paradise but more specifically it is famous for its gold markets. Thus the city is world wide famous as ‘The City of Gold’. These open markets are for major extent responsible for earning a number of tourists from all around the world. Whenever you are looking for gold for oneself, for gifts or for weddings, Dubai is the ideal city in all manners.

27. The Dubai Internet City

The Dubai internet city is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Dubai. It is something that proves its elegance and effectiveness as one of cost effective and most planned pathways for all the ICT companies whose main motives are to conquer the international markets. It is said that it offers tax free ownership of the business completely.

28. Deira Clock tower

One of the major landmarks of Dubai is Deira Clock tower. It is indeed one of the prominent tourist spots of Dubai. This landmark is said to be a silent witness to the changing faces of the Dubai. This beautiful Clock tower was constructed during the year 1963. This was built in order to mark the first oil export of the city.

29. Sheikh Zayad Road

Sheikh Zayad Road is said to be an interesting tourist spot of Dubai. It is said that the portrayal of Dubai is incomplete if we don’t talk about Sheikh Zayad Road. It is the most famous and the longest highway in the entire United Arab Emirates which enlarges from Abu Dhabi and goes to Ras Al Khaimah. It is known as E11 in Dubai. It is named after the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

30. Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef house

Another among of the prominent places of Dubai is thee Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef, once you visit this place it is possible to look into into the wealthy world of the moneyed men of Dubai. The late ruler of Dubai, Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef, used this building as his ‘home from home’ but it is now open to the public. The building dates back to 1955 and its most impressive feature are the majlis gardens, which include a reproduction of a traditional Arab irrigation system.

31. Dubai Ice Rink

Another most fascinating tourist spots of Dubai is the Olympic-size ice rink. It is said to possess world-class facilities. Whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialize with family and friends or just have a great time, this impressive location is the coolest place to hang out through the year.

32. Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi is to be found right in front of the Burj Al Arab. The Wild Wadi presents 30 rides and attractions for all the complete family. It is said to be themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore. It is an ideal place for family picnicking and when it comes to excitement, you just can’t get enough at Wild Wadi.

33. Al Ghurair Shopping Center

Shopping is considered a great fun in Dubai as whatever you buy in Dubai is tax free. The visit of the Al Ghurair Shopping Center will give a new edge to your shopping experience. It is mostly famous for breaking all the conventional themes the mall has given a new interior design to its shops. The interior of the mall is a combination of modern style with traditional culture. The Al Ghurair Shopping Center was built in 1981 by the Al Ghurair family, as the first purpose-built shopping mall in Dubai. It also offers eight-screen Grand Cine city cinema.

34. Burjuman

Another most famous shopping spot for tourist as well as the locals in Dubai is the Burjuman. It is considered as one of the most popular shopping centers of the city. You will find this mall situated at the intersection of the Trade Center Road and Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Bur Dubai. The target class for the market is mostly the elite class. World’s most popular and high class brands are available at Burjuman. Food court at Burjuman is one of the best in Dubai. It is having variety of cuisines available from Pakistani, Indian, Persian, American, Chinese, Thai, Lebanese, and Japanese to the Middle East’s cuisines.

35. Archeological sites in Dubai

In Dubai you can witness some of the most appealing archeological sites which is said to be attracting a lot of visitors and researchers from all over the world. This began in 1959 when the first archeological site was discovered in al- Nar Island. In Dubai the most famous and fascinating three archeological sites include:

  • Al Ghusals
  • Al Sufooh
  • Jumeirah

36. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House is said to be one of must see tourist spot in Dubai. It is the famous simple and modest home of the renowned former ruler of Dubai. This attractive house was constructed during the year 1896 in unique and traditional Arabic style. Just next to it is Dubai’s Heritage and Diving Village Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is located near creek and Al Shindagha tunnel in Bur Dubai district. Currently is the famous historical museum of Dubai. Here you will find various sections which give you an idea of life in Dubai before discovery of oil. Old photographs, stamps and coins are also on display.

37. Big Bus Tour

It is said that one of the things that you cannot miss in Dubai is this Big Bus Tour. You can take this bus to witness all the major sights on the open top buses with a commentary in eight different languages. There are 2 routes (blue, which covers the beach area and red which focuses on the city) on the tour and the Dubai Museum entrance fee, entry to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House, a walking tour of the Creek area and a dhow cruise on the Creek are included. The ticket lasts 24 hrs or 48 hours and there is a Night Tour too (This tour departs from Deira City Centre at 7.30pm, returning at 9.30pm, or from Souk Madinat Jumeirah at 8.30pm, returning at 10.30pm). The museum, Sheikh Saeed House, walking tour and dhow cruise can be done on a different days to the bus tour.

38. Spice Souk

Spice Souk is most famous among tourist as well as the locals of Dubai. It has been serving the most authentic and traditional cuisines. Not only have the buildings given you an impression to be in a story of 1001 nights. It’s all the good smells from the spices that contribute to this atmosphere. The Spice souk is widespread and you’ll also find many shops here. As with all souks, haggling and price-comparing is essential.

39. Al Fahidi Fort

Dubai is a said to be a modern city; it’s difficult to find old structures here but the Al Fahidi Fort is believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. It is considered that it was constructed around 1787. The fort was built to protect the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighboring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison. It was later renovated during 1970 and opened as the Dubai Museum by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, then ruler of Dubai. Additional galleries were added in 1995.

40. Wafi City

Wafi City is one of the most famous tourist areas in Dubai. It is said to be a huge complex of everything. Its focal point is a shopping centre called Wafi Mall containing high end shops, but the complex also includes a cinema, restaurants, bars/lounges, cafés, a spa and a fitness centre. The luxury Raffles hotel is also part of the complex, along with residential apartments. The entire complex draws its architectural motivation from Ancient Egypt and many of the buildings are in the shape of a pyramid, which gives a very nice impression and the ambience is amazing.

41. The Emirates towers

The Emirates Towers are one of the most famous attractions in the country and it is considered as the proud symbols of Dubai. It is said to be every ones favorite, and gives a fine example of modern architecture in the city. They are two triangular towers skyscrapers that belong to the same complex but are quite distinct in their purpose: one is one office tower, and one a hotel tower. The heights of the towers are not the same, although they may appear so: one is 355 meters high and the other 209 meters. There’s a mall with shops and restaurants that connects the two towers: it’s called the boulevard.

42. Camel Museum

Another most famous tourist attraction of Dubai is the Camel Museum. You will find the Camel Museum and also its neighbor the Horse Museum situated immediately behind Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house. You will find some of the amazing things insider the Camel Museum. You can also witness the excellent educational stands, which is ideal if you have kids. Apparently Ibn Battuta was a chap who lived a few hundred years ago and is the only recorded Arab to travel throughout all the Arabic lands, so based on this theme there are working examples of the first sextant (type object), the boats of the era, maps of the planet showing which lands were Muslim at the time, statues of elephants etc. it is an ideal place for visiting with the complete family.

43. Union House Flag

Another thing you shouldn’t miss in Dubai is the Union House flag. It is Dubai’s largest flag pole which is said to be constructed using gold. Its approximate cost is said to be around US $ 1.1 million. It is the same site where ruling Sheikhs got together in 1971 to form the United Arab Emirates. The outside of the pole is prepared of gold and the money spend was one million US dollars. This was the biggest flagpole in the world until 2003.

44. Al Mamzar Beach

Al Mamzar Beach is one of the most visited tourist spots in Dubai which is to be found inside the Al Mamzar Park. The beaches of Dubai are one of the most attractive things which is enjoyed by every one. It is said that almost all the hotels in Dubai will normally takes you to a beach. With several thousands of beached in Dubai and more even being built you are not going to be starved for sun and sand here. They are absolutely beautiful. The waters are very clear and salty and there are little nurseries of fishes and ray fish that swim right under your legs up to the shore where the waves break.

45. Magic Planet

Magic Planet is magnificent play area for kids situated on the ground floor of Deira City Centre. It will be always occupied with lots of visitors and kids love to spend their time there. You can indulge yourself in various activities such as the Joy rides, video games and many other activities for kids are available inside Magic Planet. So if you are in City Centre for shopping then the best option would be to leave your kids at Magic Planet and do your shopping peacefully.

46. Al-Shandagha Tunnel

The Al Shandagha tunnel is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai and it is said to have its own charm. It is extraordinary because this is underground tunnel under Dubai creek. It will be one of your amazing experiences of crossing the tunnel but it becomes very noisy due to special fans installed inside tunnel. The other two ways to cross creek between Deira and Bur Dubai are either by abra ride or using Rashid Al Maktoum Bridge. At late night, abra does not operate and Rashid Al Maktoum Bridge is also closed and folded for ships movement on creek. So at that time only option is by using Al Shandagha tunnel.

47. World Trade Centre, Twin Towers & Fairmount Hotel

World Trade Centre, Twin Towers and Fairmount Hotel are three of Dubai’s most famous structures that are visible from most of major roads. It is said that during the nights these buildings look more attractive because of their colorful lights. It is considered as one of the best places to take photographs the building you will find on the left is World Trade Centre followed by Twin Towers. Fairmount hotel is on right side.

48. Creek Park

Creak Park is on the most beautiful park in Dubai and has managed to attract a lot of visitrs. This park is very famous because it has beautiful view to the creek and the facility covers the activity from children to adult. The park entrance fee is 5 Dirham per person. There is also barbeque area where you can organize your own barbeque party with friends. It is said to be an ideal place for family picnicking and for children, there is children playground and the park also has Children City. Inside the park you can even rent a bicycle to explore the park fully. It has small bicycle for two persons and the big bicycle to accommodate four persons. The rental costs 30 Dirham per hour. You can also take train which will take you around the park. You can also enjoy the creek view from the top. Take a cable car.

49. Heritage House

The Heritage House is a very famous tourist attraction in Dubai. It is said to be an ideal place for witnessing the insight of local traditions and history. It was originally constructed during the 1890 as the home of a wealthy merchant; in 1910 it became the home of Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, a pearl merchant. The home was restored in 1994 as a traditional family home with a large courtyard. Inside the Heritage house you will find the traditional majlis or meeting room where guests would be welcomed. On a hot day, take a walk upstairs and sit in the cool shade and breeze found up there. Additionally, Heritage House also has a traditional wind tower.

50. The Green Art Gallery

The Green Art gallery is one of the most famous art galleries of Dubai. It was established in the year 1995 and said to be one of the first Arabian Art galleries in Dubai. The gallery’s main motive is to introduce art to Dubai and is continuously doing so today. Green Art gallery collects painting and artworks from artists from the North African region and the Middle East.

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