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Welcome to Dubai

A major aviation hub and the ultimate stopover, Dubai draws travelers with its shopping, futuristic architecture—including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—and mix of old-world culture and over-the-top attractions. Scout bargains in the old town’s ancient souks and luxury brands at a 1,200-store mall; scuba dive inside a huge tank at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or hit the slopes at indoor snow park Ski Dubai; take a cruise aboard a traditional dhow; and head into the desert for dune-bashing in a 4x4 followed by dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp.

Top 10 attractions in Dubai

#1
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

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The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

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Carved along the Gulf shoreline south of Dubai’s The Palm island, Dubai Marina is a skyscraper-packed waterfront community that’s one of the city’s swishest residential and leisure hotspots. At its heart is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) waterway framed by residential blocks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.More
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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

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Jutting into the Persian Gulf from southern Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and ringed by a crescent-shaped breakwater. The world’s biggest artificial island, it draws visitors to its palatial hotels, theme parks, and shopping malls.More
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Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

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A floral wonderland of 50 million flowers, the Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the UAE's most original attractions. Branded as the world's largest natural flower garden, it boasts hundreds of flower-formed displays spread over 18 acres (7.3 hectares), all of which create an extravaganza of color and scent on the outskirts of Dubai.More
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Global Village

Global Village

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Global Village is one of Dubai’s most popular evening entertainment destinations. A combination of festival and theme park staged on the edges of Dubai, it opens yearly between November and April and takes visitors on a virtual world tour with replica international architecture, cultural zones, food pavilions, shows, rides, and markets.More
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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The world’s largest shopping mall by area, The Dubai Mall boasts a huge range of attractions—making it a full-blown UAE entertainment destination. At the heart of Downtown Dubai, this 4-level colossus houses around 1,300 stores, plus restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the Burj Khalifa.More
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Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates

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Smack dab in the heart of modern Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is more than the city’s second-largest mall. The multilevel center, one of Dubai’s most popular destinations, draws visitors with a huge array of international stores and leisure attractions, from fashion outlets and restaurants to theaters and an indoor ski resort.More
#9
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

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The first national park in the United Arab Emirates, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) offers visitors a stunning landscape of sand dunes and desert fauna. The reserve is a must-visit for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts, with its rolling dunes setting the scene for fat bike riding, dune buggy trips, camel trekking, sandboarding, and falcon demonstrations.More
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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

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Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates’ history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline. Dioramas and artifacts convey what daily life was like for Dubai’s earliest communities, while life-sized re-creations of the city’s early souks and wharfs bring the past to life.More

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

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Top activities in Dubai

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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Very good service and trip.
Caroline_C, Jan 2022
Dubai Ribcraft Speedboat Cruise: Dubai Marina, JBR, Ain Dubai & Bluewaters
Get to see Dubai in a different way.
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Great TourGuide; Great content
Jeremy_C, Dec 2021
Dubai Aladdin Tour: Souks, Creek, Old Dubai and Tastings ( Small-Group)
He was very personable, making contact with kids and adults alike.
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I loved the desert tour...
Mujj, Dec 2021
Dubai Desert Morning Tour in 4WD Vehicle: Camel Ride, Quad Bike Tour, Sandboarding, and Camel Farm
I loved the desert tour and all the activities we did there.
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The driver was awfully...
Virginia_D, Dec 2021
Dubai airport to Abu Dhabi city transfer
The driver was awfully friendly, told us about good places to visit at Dubai and Abu Dhabi, he drove carefully, his car was clean and brand-new
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A Dubai must
Reanna_T, Dec 2021
Dubai Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours
An amazing way to see the beauty Dubai has to offer.
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Amazing experience
Peter_B, Dec 2021
Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast
It’s one of the best things to do in Dubai.
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Five stars - highly recommend
Matthew_K, Dec 2021
Morning Red Dunes with Camel Ride, Sandboarding and Refreshments
The safari was extremely fun and different than other activities in Dubai.
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Great tour of Dubai City
Michelle_J, Dec 2021
Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
Visited all major attractions.
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Value for money!
Roxam_M, Dec 2021
Desert 4x4 Safari from Dubai: ATV + Camel Rides, BBQ Dinner, Live Shows
This is one of our most memorable activities in Dubai!
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carol_h, Nov 2021
Guided Transportation with English Driver
This is the way to see the major attractions in Dubai.
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Enjoyable ride around the palm
Rhian_N, Nov 2021
Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab...
Good morning trip to see some of Dubai’s highlights - great when the boat picks up speed.
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Best tour to do in Dubai.
ciara96omeara, Nov 2021
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
Cannot rate the activities enough, the food was so nice and authentic and the shows at the end were so much fun.
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Amazing day trip
LinekeWang_S, Nov 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Would highly recommend to everyone who wants to see these key sights and learn about the history too.
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Really fun trip
Thomas_R, Oct 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
Really cool to see Dubai from a different perspective.
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Joane_S, Oct 2021
Dubai Marina Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ
You get to see the beautiful night light of Dubai Marina with good music,good food.
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Great views at night.
Katie_T, Oct 2021
Burj Khalifa Tickets at the top (Level 124 and 125)
We went for the sunset tickets to see both in the day and night.
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Sokar_H, Oct 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
a lovely group with a great guide, Abu Dhabi is a very different experience than Dubai, I very much encourage the tourists to explore Abu Dhabi to see different sides of UAE
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Fun filled adventure
Jivesh_R, Oct 2021
MOTIONGATE™ Entrance Ticket with Optional Private Transfers from Dubai Hotel
Hotel Transylvania was closed though, however the other attractions did make up for this.
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Funny day
Lucas_J, Sep 2021
Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket, Dubai
queueing all day under 40° and doing small part of attractions..
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Fun trip!!!
Maria_M, Sep 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
It was great to see Dubai from the water!!!

All about Dubai

When to visit

The best times to visit Dubai are late fall through early spring—anytime from November to March—when average temperatures range between the high 70s and high 80s Fahrenheit and you can enjoy the outdoors (provided you’re armed with sunscreen). Summer temperatures hover around 100°F and come with high humidity, making Dubai something of a sauna from May until September, but hotel rates also plunge by up to 75 percent, and you can simply hop from one air-conditioned attraction to another.

Getting around

Dubai’s heat and highways work against walking, although it’s easier to go by foot in Deira and other older districts. The easiest alternative is a taxi, with plenty to flag down and reasonable rates—think about $1 to $2 per kilometer, plus an initial standing charge. For longer distances, use the Dubai Metro, which runs between Dubai Airport and the Creek, and on to Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Downtown. To save hassle, buy a Nol card, and pre-load it to avoid the often-long ticket lines at stations. You can also use your Nol on Dubai’s buses, trams, and waterbuses.

Traveler tips

If you’re after cheap souvenirs away from Dubai’s upscale shops, the Karama Market in the old town is the go-to of savvy locals, and does a roaring trade in low-cost clothes, gifts, and accessories. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited into backrooms filled with replica designer handbags and watches, and brace yourself for lots of elbow-tugging and pleading from the vendors. One rule: There’s no point in shopping here unless you haggle—and haggle hard.

Hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10- to 20-percent service charge to bills, and sometimes an extra tourism levy of around six percent. That’s quite a sting, but it’s still customary to leave a 10- to 15-percent tip at restaurants, and to give porters and hotel room cleaners a few dirhams. Bear in mind that service charges don’t usually get to waiters and that hospitality worker earnings in Dubai are usually low. In taxis, it’s customary to round up fares to the nearest five dirhams at least.

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