Dubai: 16 places you must absolutely visit

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Dubai offers a blend of natural and man-made wonders. ARCHIVE

Dubai is a vibrant and luxurious city known for its modern architecture, extravagant shopping malls, stunning skyline, and a wide range of attractions and activities. Here are the 16 places you absolutely must visit in the emirate:

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall

No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Visitors can take an elevator ride to the observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors to enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline, the Arabian Gulf, and the surrounding desert.

2. Dubai Mall

You don’t need to be a shopaholic to visit the Dubai Mall. It’s not just a shopping destination but it is also a massive leisure and entertainment complex. You’ve got fast fashion brands and luxury brands in one roof, hundreds of F&B outlets, and amazing indoor experiences, such as the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the Dubai Ice Rink, a VR Park and more.

3. Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

Take a stroll along the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, known for its luxurious resorts, upscale restaurants, and beautiful beaches. This palm-shaped artificial island is a luxurious hotspot. It’s home to upscale resorts like Atlantis, The Palm, as well as numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs offering stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.

4. Dubai Marina

A bird's eye view of the Dubai Marina.

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Dubai Marina promenade, lined with restaurants, cafes, and stunning yachts. A man-made canal city, Dubai Marina is a picturesque waterfront area. You can take a leisurely walk along the promenade, go for a boat cruise, or dine at one of the many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.

5. Desert

The Lahbab dunes offers a desert adventure of a lifetime.

Those dunes you only get to watch on National Geographic? They’re absolutely real in Dubai! The best way to experience the Dubai desert is through a desert safari. It’s a must-do activity. You’ll be taken on a thrilling dune bashing ride in a 4×4 vehicle, experience the desert, try activities like sandboarding, and enjoy a traditional Arabian dinner under the stars at a desert camp.

6. Dubai Fountain

Witness the captivating fountain show outside the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The fountain show features water choreography set to music and lights after 6pm.

7. Dubai Creek

Abra at the Dubai Creek.

Explore the historical side of Dubai by taking a traditional abra (water taxi) ride across Dubai Creek and visiting the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort. This historic area offers a glimpse into Dubai’s past. A trip will cost you just Dh1 but the experience is priceless: you’ll get to cruise across the creek, and then hop off to explore the traditional markets, and cap off the experience with a visit to the Dubai Museum for a glimpse into Dubai’s past, present and future.

8. Jumeirah Beach

Going to the beach is one of the most inexpensive ways that residents and tourists can enjoy in Dubai. At Jumeirah Beach, Relax on the white sandy beaches, swim in the clear waters, and enjoy a view of the iconic Burj Al Arab.

9. Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera - Valentine's in Dubai
Catch a performance at the stunning Dubai Opera, which hosts a variety of concerts, operas, and cultural events. This stunning architectural masterpiece hosts a variety of cultural events, including concerts, opera performances, theater shows, and more. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in Dubai’s growing cultural scene.

10. Ski Dubai

Experience skiing and snowboarding in the middle of the desert at the indoor Ski Dubai resort located in the Mall of the Emirates. It’s a great way to escape the desert heat while having some fun with skiing, snowboarding, or just strolling through the snow park.

11. Global Village

If you’re visiting during the winter months, check out the Global Village, a multicultural festival park that showcases pavilions from various countries, offering food, entertainment, and shopping.

12. Dubai Parks and Resorts

LEGOLAND® Dubai announces its exclusive limited-time offer, from 19 to 25 September 2022, inviting families to become Annual Pass Members at an incredible 40% discount and enjoy unlimited LEGOLAND® park(s) access and countless benefits during 365* days of the year.

Enjoy a day of fun at Dubai’s theme parks. These interconnected theme parks offer entertainment for the whole family, including thrilling rides, live shows, and attractions based on popular movie franchises like Motiongate Dubai and Legoland Dubai.

13. Miracle Garden

In line with Dubai's goal of becoming the world's most visited destination, Dubai Miracle Garden opened its doors to local and international visitors today for its eleventh season.

During the winter season, you can literally stop to smell the flowers at Dubai Miracle Garden. The colorful floral paradise features intricate floral designs and structures made entirely from flowers. It’s a unique and colorful experience.

14. Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai is not called the City of Gold for no reason, and this is why you absolutely can not miss a trip to the ustling Gold Souk in Deira. The traditional gold market offers all the gold you can buy, as well as silver and precious gemstones. It’s a great place to shop for jewelry and unique gifts.

15. Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future in Dubai.

Dubai’s latest place to visit is the futuristic Museum of the Future, voted among the world’s most beautiful museums. It’s not only a great place for selfies, but it’s a jaw dropping experience of the future with virtual reality and smart technology.

ALSO READ: 10 must-try activities at Museum of the Future

16. Al Seef

Experience Dubai’s heritage at Al Seef with its traditional trading village atmosphere. Shop for unique crafts and souvenirs, enjoy diverse dining options, and soak in cultural events. Don’t miss the charming creek views and art displays.

These are just a few of the many incredible places Dubai has to offer. Keep in mind that Dubai is a city of luxury, so many of its attractions and activities are on the higher end of the price spectrum. Make sure to plan ahead and make reservations to make the most of your visit. MFD/Expat Media

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