If you've got the time, a trip to Dubai is a must! This vibrant city is home to some of the world's most famous landmarks and attractions, as well as lively beaches and unforgettable culinary experiences. Here's our round-up of the top places to visit.
1. Burj Khalifa
What better way to experience the best views of Dubai than by visiting the world’s tallest building at over 828 metres and with 160 floors, Visit At the Top, on the 124th floor, where you can step on to the world’s highest outdoor observatory at 555 metres and experience panoramic views of the city. For something even more spectacular, you can book to visit the148th floor. We highly recommend booking a sunset timing and booking in advance of your visit. Parking is available in The Dubai Mall, Level 1 (Section M) of the Cinema car park.
2. Burj Al Arab
The world's most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is often referred to as the world's only 7-star hotel. The Burj Al Arab sits in prime position and is a remarkable structure along the impressive Dubai skyline. With elegant water features, gold coated interior and worldclass dining offerings, spending a night here is a once in a lifetime experience. Designed to resemble the sail of a ship, the hotel features a helipad on its roof and stands at 321 metres tall on its own private man-made island. We recommend you book to experience the delicious Afternoon Tea.
3. Old Souks
If your interest in shopping is exploring all the traditional Arabic offerings, then you should head towards the Dubai Creek and visit the bustling gold, diamond and spice souks. To reach these traditional market places, often referred to as the 'old souks', you can hop on a wooden motorized abra boat for AED1 per person and enjoy being transported across the blue waters of the creek to the souks located on the other side. Return trips and trips along the creek are available. You can also explore the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, a fascinating heritage site.
4. The Dubai Fountain at Downtown Dubai
A must-see attraction whenever you're in Dubai, the famous Dubai Fountains truly are a spectacle and something all ages will enjoy. Watch as the water fountains shoot up from the lake, with the Burj Khalifa as its backdrop, and dance to a variety of classical and modern music from 6pm onwards. The fountains also light up making it a stunning evening show after sunset. A variety of restaurants located in the Dubai Mall offer impressive views and make for an even more memorable experience.
And if you have time...
Book to see a magical show at the stunning Dubai Opera. located in the Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The opera house boasts 2,000 seats and invites you to immerse your senses in a variety of performing arts shows!
5. The Dubai Mall
It’s the world’s largest shopping mall, so a visit to The Dubai Mall should be on your to-do list. Spanning across 55 hectares, the Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. The Fashion Avenue, the area dedicated to high-end fashion, positions the Mall as the fashion capital for the region - attracting shoppers from around the globe. You can also explore The Souk, which is a modern interpretation featuring jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores. For family fun, the Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, KidZania®, an innovative children’s edutainment concept, the Reel Cinemas megaplex and an Olympic-sized ice rink. The air-conditioned mall is open daily from 10am until late.