"A Megacity That Never Stops Growing"
Dubai has grown to be one of the most recognisable destinations worldwide with its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and giant shopping malls. Among the most progressive destinations in the Middle East, Dubai is also the home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest human-made building globally. While Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, Dubai is the most popular & populous city.
Dubai is an excellent choice for a short getaway with the best shopping, fine dining and sporting events. Flaunting its glamorous infrastructure amid the Arabian desert, the city of Dubai was once known to be a barren land. Today, this artificial miracle is filled with shimmering skyscrapers, fancy hotels, shopping malls and restaurants. Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music, Atlantis, the Palm and an aquarium resort are among the top tourist destinations in Dubai. Dubai will overwhelm you with its amalgamation of futuristic marvels and ancient Arabian aura.
The main areas in Dubai are Old Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah. Old Dubai is the city's historic heart and includes Dubai Creek, Deira, Bur Dubai and Al Fahidi Districts. Deira (home to the souqs) is on the northern side of Dubai Creek, while Bur Dubai lies on the southern side. Abras (traditional wooden ferries) are available for crossing the creek. Downtown Dubai is the most iconic area, home to Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain, while Dubai Marina and JBR are the best areas to go for a waterfront stroll and sizzling nightlife.
Things To Do In Dubai
1. Observation Deck at Burj Khalifa
Towering at a height of 2,700 feet, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest tower in the world. With two observation decks, a Las Vegas-inspired fountain, nine of the city's best luxury hotels and multiple restaurants, this 21st-century architectural marvel must be your number one place to visit when in Dubai or even the UAE. Also, make sure to book your tickets in advance well to avoid last moment hassles.
2. The Global Village
Global Village Dubai is claimed to be the world's most significant tourism, leisure and entertainment project in UAE. It is the region's first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. The compound has various pavilions dedicated to different countries usually by creating an imitation of a famous landmark of the country.
3. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo houses over 33,000 marine life occupying the 10 million litres of water within the tank. A unique underwater zoo occupies the level above the tank showcasing a plethora of underwater life that can be found inhabiting the oceans, rivers and other water bodies across the planet. The VR Zoo makes up the third section offering thrilling wildlife adventures via realistically created virtual tours.
4. Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai's magnificent artificial archipelago, is the epitome of beauty created by land reclamation, extending into the Persian Gulf. The archipelago resembles a palm tree with a circle when you take an overhead view of it. It was one of the first major tourism projects in the UAE and currently houses some of Dubai’s top tourist destinations like Atlantis, the Palm, Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
5. Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
Desert Safari is one of the top things to do in Dubai. The Desert Safari trip starts with a driver of a 4*4 car, arriving at your pick-up point and taking you to a standard stop. Visitors can experience desert camping with a delicious Arabian dinner, belly dancers and other traditional performers. Day safaris hold you in for an adventure as you get to try out Dune Bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, camel rides and more.
6. Skydiving in Dubai
Dubai being a favourite among the adrenaline junkies is a well-known destination for people who love skydiving as it provides a unique one-of-a-kind experience as adventurers get to skydive with the beautiful Pal Jumeirah below them. Many consider this a highlight of the city with many even claiming that no trip can be completed without this electrifying expedition. The Skydive at Dubai is regarded as one of the best skydiving service providers in the world.
7. Dubai Marina Waterfront
Nestled in the region popularly known as 'New Dubai', Dubai Marina is a conceptualized man-made canal city. It offers luxurious lifestyles through its exquisite waterfront development along the Persian Gulf shoreline. There are classy hotels and upscale shopping and other leisure options here. It also contains the Dubai Marina Mall Complex, a shopping and entertainment destination.
8. Dubai Dolphinarium
Home to the majestic Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Northern and Southern American fur seals, and exotic birds, the Dubai Dolphinarium is famous worldwide for its awe-inspiring and interactive shows. Located in Creek Park, a family entertainment and activity park in Dubai, the Dubai Dolphinarium is a major tourist attraction where people from all over the world flock in large numbers all around the year to enjoy exciting marine mammal and bird shows.
9. The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall, also known as the home of the Dubai shopping festival, is one of the world's largest shopping malls, with an area of over 500,000 square meters! With more than 1200 stores, a large walk-through aquarium, a world-class ice rink, 14,000 parking spaces and more exciting experiences for shoppers.
10. Dhow Cruise with Dinner
The Dhow cruises in Dubai take you to the other side of this magnificent city with a ride through the historical places. It is best experienced through a dinner cruise. Dhow Cruise in Dubai operates mainly in Dubai Marina and Deira Creek. Depending on tour operators, the duration is about 2-3 hours.
11. Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is the world's largest frame structure inspired by the logo of the World Expo 2020. Located in Zabeel Park, it is a frame for some of the greatest architectural marvels of Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa. It is flanked by two high-rise towers that go up to 150 meters and are connected by a Sky Deck with a breadth of 93 meters which acts as a top member of the frame structure.
12. Miracle Garden Dubai
Miracle Garden is one of the most beautiful and biggest natural flower gardens in the world. Located in Dubailand, it is spread across a vast area of over 72,000 square meters, the garden is the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 45 million flowers and plants. The place is a heaven for those seeking nature's beauty in the city. The garden is open only from mid-November to mid-May.
13. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of the indoor ski area. It is the largest indoor ski park in the world. The park has a Snow Park, ski slopes, an ice museum and a skiing academy for those who wish to learn skiing. Apart from the regular facilities, Ski Dubai also hosts various events and concerts and a very cosy eatery called the Avalance Cafe which has a balcony that faces the ski slopes.
14. Aquaventure Waterpark
One of the biggest water parks of Dubai, Aquaventure is located in the Atlantis hotel complex. This amazing water park offers a series of pools, shoots and flumes and a few thrilling rides. Adrenaline pumping Tower of Neptune and the equally exhilarating Tower of Poseidon are some of the key highlights of the park. Visitors can also relax at the Cabanas, have a nice meal at the various restaurants and shop some souvenirs at the many stores in the park.
15. The Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed water fountain located in the beautiful Burj Complex. This dancing fountain surges as high as 150 meters in complete synchronisation to classical, Arabic and other popular world musical numbers. Forming beautiful arcs and jumping to the beats, this fountain was designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show begins in the evening every day, and the best way to approach it is through the Dubai Mall.
16. Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai's famous gold souk is the world's largest gold market! Situated in Deira, this golden souk is the most famous and highly visited tourist spot in Dubai because of its excellent quality and designs of gold. With more than 350 jewellery traders and retailers, Gold Souk is restocked with at least 10 tons of gold daily.
17. Museum of the Future
Museums usually tell you the story about the past of a place, but stepping into the Museum of the Future will feel like stepping into the future itself. Located in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed road this is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken in the world. The project was initiated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai under the lookout of the Dubai Future Foundation.
18. Dubai Safari Park
This beautiful park has over 3000 animals from across the globe and has become a popular attraction in Dubai for locals and tourists alike. The zoo is divided into various zones named as 'Villages', and these are classified based on the regions around the world in which the animals are based. They are Safari Village, African Village, Asian Village, Wadi Village, Arabian Village and Kids Farm which is a playground for children to learn about wildlife.
19. Legoland Dubai
Situated amidst Dubai parks and resorts, Legoland is a family-theme park which lets you play with the Lego bricks and enjoy on water slides too! Ideal for kids aged between 2 to 12, Legoland is divided between two parks- a Lego park and a Lego Water Park. Legoland, Dubai consists of almost forty interactive rides, twenty water slides and more than fifteen thousand Lego models.
20. Bollywood Parks
Bollywood Parks Dubai is the ‘first theme park dedicated to the B-town’ worldwide! A part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, visitors can visit various remakes of famous Bollywood movie sets like Lagaan, have a 4D movie experience to the movie Krish, the Cinema Circle for dance workshops and more. This place has perfect photo opportunities with beautiful Indian décor, henna artists, vintage movie posters, mannequins of stars and colourful live performances.
21. IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG is the city’s first mega indoor theme park with world-class amenities and entertainment. Situated on the famous Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, this cartoon-themed park is next to Global village. It is full of live shows, attractive rides, movies and fantastic food options. Popular franchises there are characters from Frozen, Disney, Cars, Marvel, DC comics and more.
22. Atlantis the Palm
With a private sandy beach and 5-star amenities, Atlantis is the first ever resort to be built on the Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. Offering mesmerizing views of the Arabian Gulf and being themed on the myth of Atlantis, this resort inculcates a few distinct Arabian elements. Providing unique features such as an underwater aquarium and swimming with dolphin opportunities, Palm Atlantis is surely one of the world’s most popular attraction destination for tourists.
23. Ain Dubai
Inspired by the famous London Eye, Ain Dubai is the world's tallest observation wheel! This 210-metre-long structure is built in the centre of Bluewater islands which are a group of human-made islands. The 360-degree views of the city, coastline, beaches, skyscrapers and the fantastic views of Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are a magnificent sight!
24. Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirates, located in the Al Barsha area of West Dubai, is he "World’s first shopping resort." It has also been named the “World's Leading New Shopping Mall”. The Mall of the Emirates is home to a magnificent family leisure centre housing Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort and Snow Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East.
25. Dubai Creek
This Saltwater Creek is one of the major ports of UAE and divides the city into two parts and connects the trading port to the desert. This is a popular place for an evening visit. Witness the lights and music shows, floating and moving dhows, yachts, boats and vessels to get a glimpse of old Dubai during the trade times.
26. Desert Camping
The city of Dubai is well-known for its architecture as well as for desert life it has to offer. The best way to explore and make the most of your trip to the ‘city of sand’ is to spend a night or two camping in the deserts. Night camping is the activity all adventure and thrill-seekers would love to engage in. You will love the many oases, palm trees, wild desert animals, and sunsets.
27. Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping in a city full of skyscrapers is a must-try when in Dubai. Gravity Zone is Dubai's first permanent bungee operator and takes you as high as 50 meters from where you will free fall! Get a fantastic view of the Dubai cityscape as you free fall to the view of the Burj Khalifa and the magnificent Dubai waterfront.
28. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the UAE. Built exactly on lines of Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque that is eight times its size, this mosque is an excellent example of Islamic architecture. It is the only mosque in Dubai that is open to non-muslims. Its detailed architecture and design are even more glorified when lit up in the evening. It is also one of the most photographed mosques in the UAE.
29. Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight
Glide up in a Hot air balloon over a serene desert to witness the breathtaking morning skies and mystery of the ocean of the sand. The view of green patches of oasis and a herd of camels makes for a perfect photographic scene. As you rise above the vision of sunset and sunrise, the background of the Hajjar Mountains is overwhelming.
30. Dubai Spice Souk
Famous for its amazing quality and variety of herbs, spices and flavours, Dubai Spice Souks, also known as Old Souk, is all you need to visit for a visual as well as for a taste treat. The air is filled with a unique blend of smells and aromas. Situated in Deira, visitors can find other products like unique Arabian rugs and lanterns, dried fruits and traditional UAE clothing as well. It is the perfect place in Dubai for souvenir shopping.
31. Watersports at Kite Beach
Not just a beachgoers hub, but a regular spot for watersports enthusiasts, Kite Beach, is the newest beach in Dubai to have a lasting impression on visitors. Wakeboarding, kitesurfing and paddleboarding are a few things that visitors try out when visiting Kite Beach. One can try their hand at volleyball too with the net set upright on the beach.
32. Motiongate Dubai
If you are a die-hard fan of Hollywood movies, then the Motiongate theme park is a must-visit. Located in the Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Hollywood Inspired Theme Park has been designed and developed as per the famous movie studios like the Columbia Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Studios and the Lionsgate Studios.
33. The Walk at JBR
The Walk at JBR near Dubai Marina is a beautiful avenue lined with swaying palms on either side, offering many shops and restaurants to its visitors. The Walk is nearly a mile-long stretch with plazas and arcaded doorways. The Walk hosts multiple events and festival venues and is a must-visit after sunset.
34. Xline Dubai
Created by Dubai’s adventure masters, XDubai, the Xline Dubai Marina is the worlds longest urban zip-line and indeed an thrilling sport that you will ever experience. The Xline at Dubai Marina has also broken world records by being the steepest and fastest zip-line till date. It stretches over a kilometre with an inclination of 16 degrees and an average speed of 80 km/h.
35. Dubai Garden Glow
Dubai Garden Glow is the world's first park dedicated to glow-in-the-dark. Situated within the Zabeel Park, this place is well known for extraordinary light architecture installations inspired by art objects from all across the world. Images of a giant jellyfish moving in time to the music while floating above the Zabeel Lake has mesmerized both children and adults while the images of a sparkling Burj Khalifa is definitely awe-inspiring. It is currently closed for the summer. It will reopen in October.
36. Dolphin Bay
Located in Atlantis, the Palm, a trip to Dolphin Bay allows visitors to interact with beautiful dolphins in their habitat. At Dolphin Bay, you learn everything there is to know about swimming with dolphins, feeding them, and a more in-depth perspective about the marine mammals, and this is a fun activity for adults and children!
37. Burj Al Arab
Established in 1999, Burj Al Arab is one of the premium hotels in Dubai, located on an artificial island off Jumeirah Road. Designed in the shape of a dhow sail, this iconic landmark houses an array of shiny chauffeur-driven limousines and a private helipad. A prior reservation (on its website) is required to get past the lobby security to visit its restaurant if you are not staying there.
38. At the Top Burj Khalifa
Giving a mesmerising view of the horizon, the At the Top Burj Khalifa tour is a showstopper for those of you out there who wish to know what the view is like from the world's tallest tower. Developed specifically for the tourists, the At the Top tour and At the Top SKY tour takes you to one of the highest observation decks in the world!
39. Pier 7
Pier 7 located at Dubai Marina Mall is the mecca for food lovers and connoisseurs with a discerning taste. Home to not one or two but seven different world-class restaurants under one roof is what makes it the most sought-after destination for foodies. Designed to accommodate seven floors of fine dining experience with the city skyline as a backdrop, Pier 7 Dubai boasts of extraordinary architecture as well.
40. Dubai Waterfront
The Dubai Waterfront, locally referred to as the Waterfront, is one of the most ambitious projects commissioned in the world. Although the area is yet to be developed fully, visitors can find several entertainment areas offering leisure activities as well as several iconic landmarks of Dubai nearby.
41. Burj Al Arab Beach
Burj Al Arab Beach is a public beach surrounding the stunning, world-famous hotel, Burj Al Arab. Located in the Umm Suqeim area, it is also locally known as Umm Suqeim Beach or Sunset Beach. This place is one of the most photographed areas in Dubai.
42. Dubai Opera
Located in Downtown Dubai, this 2016 established Opera is one of the finest and most radiant cultural and art centres. The opera is shaped like a dhow or a sailing vessel and hosts several performances like theatre, ballets, concerts, orchestras, conferences and even fashion shows.
43. Al Bastakiya
If you wish to get a slice of Dubai’s history then a visit to Al Bastakiya is a must. A trip to Al Bastakiya or Al Fahidi district can quench your thirst for discovering the historical roots of today’s glamourous star town. Characterised by large buildings made in traditional materials like mud and wood, Al Bastakiya place oozes charm of its own.
44. Jumeirah Beach
Stretched along the coast, south of the city's historic Al Faihidi district, this sandy white strip of sand is among the top beach destinations for visitors to Dubai. For adventure buffs, there is a facility for various watersports like jet skiing, kitesurfing and more. For a quiet day at the beach, visitors can rent sun loungers too.
45. Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi Water Park is one of the premier water parks of Dubai and boasts of innovative rides for all ages providing a unique experience for visitors. Located in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park is themed around Juha, the character from the very popular folktale Arabian nights. Apart from the rides, the water park also provides an excellent surfing experience.
46. The Green Planet Dubai
Green Planet is an indoor tropical rainforest located at City Walk in Dubai. It is an enclosed ecosystem that gives guests a chance to immerse in the fascinating world of thousands of different species of plants and animals. Here you get to learn about the living ecosystem and experience the ultimate rainforest adventure. The Green Planet also features the world’s largest man-made tree and has numerous expert biologists onsite to help curious visitors understand the way of life of different living organisms.
47. Saeed Al Maktoum House Museum
Al Maktoum House is a historic building located in the Al Shindagha Area of the city. Former residence of Dubai’s then ruler Saeed Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the house built in 1896 is now a museum. Visitors can enjoy and learn about the city and the royal family’s culture and lifestyle.
48. Dragon Mart Dubai
The Dragon Mall in Dubai, better known as the Dragon Mart, is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China since 2004. The 1.2 kilometer-long, 150,000 square meter dragon-shaped mall offers a stock of Chinese products at wholesale prices, housing about 4,000 distinctive stores in its arena. Comprising of Dragon Mart 1 and Dragon Mart 2, the extensive mall is one of the best places for shopping and dining in Dubai.
49. Scuba Diving
Dubai lets you dive in its beautiful lagoons and explore the underwater world as scuba diving is the best means to discover and gain information about the marine life in the Emirate. You can find more than sixty-five thousand varieties of aquatic life including fishes, reef sharks, dolphins and corals. Dives at the Dubai Atlantis Palm, The Jumeirah and The Hilton Beach Resort will fill you with the thrill of underwater exploration!
OliOli located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is an interactive play area for children. While the galleries create a fun, joyful and safe atmosphere, they also create a learning space where children can explore topics like Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
51. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
With over 500 flamingos and several species of birds and fishes, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve. Perfect for tourists, environmentalists, photographers and botanists, it is a protected area and has a large number of migratory birds, fishes, crustaceans and mammals. This delicate and vast ecosystem has three birding hides which allow visitors to explore and engage in bird spotting.
52. Dubai Butterfly Garden
Situated at the the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Dubai Butterfly Garden is the world's largest, housing 15 thousand butterflies and around 50 various species of butterflies all bearing different colours, features and shape. With its butterfly Museum, Educational Centre and Cinema, the Dubai Butterfly Garden provides a great opportunity for the visitors to learn more about the advancement of butterflies through each stage making it an ideal place to visit with kids.
53. Dubai Museum
Nestled in the Al-Fahidi Fort, this magnificent museum of Dubai was built in 1787 and is the oldest building in the Emirate. Restored in 1971 by the ruler of Dubai and then extensively renovated in 1995, this beautiful architecture houses the city's heritage and many important historical events. The exhibits in the museum vary from many traditional boats and a palm-leaf house to Emirati wind-tower.
54. Alserkal Avenue
Alserkal Avenue is an arts and culture district in Al Quoz, Dubai. The Alserkal District accommodates several houses for local and global artists, art galleries, museums, performing platforms, design studios and exhibition halls.
55. Dubai Water Canal
Dubai Water Canal is one of the most exotic, exorbitant and eco-friendly projects of the Emirate. It stretches over a 3.2-kilometer waterway from the Creek in Old Dubai all the way to the Arabian Gulf. The canal is not just an attraction, it serves as a functional transportation system and provides routes to commute within the city.
56. VR Park Dubai Mall
Spread over a large 76,000 sq.ft area, VR Park Dubai is the world’s largest among its tribe and is a must-visit place while visiting Dubai Mall. First of its kind in the UAE, a dedicated VR themed park at Dubai Mall is the latest craze for AR and VR fans. It has mind-boggling VR games and experiences such as Dubai Drone, Apex, and the legendary John Wick experience.
57. Laguna Water Park
Dubai's water paradise, Laguna Water Park is nestled in Dubai's finest Beachfront locations of La Mer. It hosts a series of thrilling and exhilarating water rides for the adventurer in you. Other than water rides, you can indulge in shopping at the retail outlets and savor on the variety of delicious food at eateries like Roti Rollers, Zou Zou restaurant and more.
58. Dubai Shopping Festival
The Dubai Shopping Festival is a haven for shopaholics around the globe. The festival carries on for more than a month, starting from the last week of December to the first week of February. Major brands showrooms in Dubai have huge discounts on their products, making the deals inevitable for even the most reluctant shoppers. One can buy all sorts of products like clothes, electronic accessories, branded perfumes, food items, home décor, gold jewellery all at slashed prices. The discounts on prices of all go down to a jaw-dropping 75%. The highlight of the festival is the famous Global Village.
59. Grand Mosque
Home to Dubai's tallest minaret (70m), the Grand Mosque or the Grand Bur Dubai Masjid is an Iranian style mosque that is part of the city's heritage district. The interiors of the mosque is filled with beautiful blue mosaic work that attracts visitors from all over. The mosque is off limits to non-muslims. Built in 1900, the mosque was initially an Islamic Scool forthe teachings of the Quran and was rebuilt in 1998 as a Mosque to the public
60. Madinat Jumeirah
Situated in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah is a luxurious 5-star resort built with the motto of 'staying different'. One of the largest resorts in Emirates, it has a private beach, several restaurants, ballrooms, an amphitheatre, fitness clubs, kids club, theatre rooms and a turtle sanctuary as well. Madinat Jumeirah has three grand hotels- Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’salam and Jumeirah Al Naseem, and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf which has summerhouses and villas. The resort also has its own Jumeirah Souk which has more than eighty shops, bars and restaurants. All the guests staying in the hotels of Madinat Jumeirah get complimentary access to the private beach, wild wadi waterpark, kids club, Jumeirah souk, turtle sanctuary and spa and fitness centres.
61. Al Qudra Lake
A part of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve, the Al Qudra Lake is a series of human-made lakes located right in the middle of the Saih Al Salam desert, on the southern outskirts of Dubai. A perfect place to visit for all nature lovers, the attraction comprises of extensive dunes and oasis-like pools, along with plenty of fauna and over 100 species of birds and desert plants.
62. Dubai Autodrome
Dubai Autodrome is a one-of-a-kind integrated motorsport facility with a sanctioned circuit of 5.39 km. Visitors and motor-enthusiasts can drive some of the famed racecars like the McLaren Sprint and the Ferrari GT at the Kartdrome for real-life racing experience. There are also other activities for the children like birthday parties, kart races for children, simulated races and more. Children have to 7+ years to participate in most of the activities.
63. Etihad Museum
Situated on Jumeirah Road, the Etihad Museum is a historical place which consists of everything old and new. Also called the union house, it serves as a place which recites the story of the birth of the UAE. Managed by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, this museum collects, preserves and exhibits the heritage and traditions of the city and the country. It has a total of eight pavilions that depict a different story of the UAE.
64. The Lost Chambers Aquarium
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United Arab Emirates which is located in a five-star luxury hotel Atlantis, The Palm. This aquarium is designed to the theme of the Lost City of Atlantis. With over 65,000 marine creatures from the depth of the Arabian Sea, UAE's largest aquarium is a must-visit for people of all ages, especially families with younger children.
65. Ibn Battuta Mall
Situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, Ibn Battuta Mall is huge shopping complex named after a great explorer, Ibn Battuta. Narrating the journey of the famous 14th-century explorer, the mall is divided into six country-themed courts, Persian Court being the most popular one which is enveloped by a hand-painted dome. Apart from 270 shops, there are 50 restaurants and eateries, a 21-screen cinema, a trampoline park and a bowling alley.
66. Bur Dubai Village
Located near the Creek, the Bur Dubai, also known as Old Dubai, is a stark contrast from the Emirate's futuristic cityscape. It is the perfect way to get a peek into Dubai’s past culture, lifestyle, architecture and maritime history. This local place reflects on the history and importance of the pearling industry in Dubai and also exhibits the unique local work of artisans and craftsman.
The top sightseeing places in Dubai are Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Global Village Dubai.
How to Reach Dubai from India
The Dubai International Airport is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE. Several airline operate here including the Emirates Airlines (Dubaiês official international airline, connecting the city to more than a 100 destinations worldwide), FlyDubai (an LCC) and Etihad. Another way to enter the city is through the Sharjah International Airport with Air Arabia. A taxi ride from airport will get you to the main city in no time.
Must Know Before You Visit Dubai
Shopping in Dubai
- Legal Drinking Age in Dubai: 21 years
- No Drinking in Public Places: This is punishable by hefty fines and jail time.
- No Drinking and Driving: The penalty is fines, jail time or even leading to the cancellation of your visa.
- Avoid Drugs of Any Kind: Dubai has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drugs.
- Carry Prescriptions for Your Medicines When Visiting: When entering the country, if you have any medicines on you, carry all the prescriptions to be shown at Immigration. This also applies everywhere in Dubai as the laws are strict about drugs.
- Carry Your Passport, Visa and Other Documents with you at all times: Keep copies of them too in separate places in case of misplacement. It is preferable to keep your originals in the hotel.
- No PDA: Dubai is still conservative in many ways and it is advisable to not offend any locals or other tourists of other cultures.
- Dress Modestly in Public: There are guidelines of what is acceptable to wear in which areas. For example, you can wear anything on the hotel premises or the adjacent beaches. Covering up knees and shoulders is generally advisable while visiting malls and other traditional areas.
- Always ask Permission When Photographing People: Even Though they're Just in Your Frame. It is considered rude and offensive if you click pictures of people without permission. This is strongly applicable if there are women or children in the frame.
- Visiting During Ramadan: Being an Islamic country, do not drink in public or even eat in public during the holy months of Ramadan as it is considered extremely disrespectful to the locals.
- No physical Contact with Locals: When greeting locals or acknowledging them, never be the first to engage in any physical contact unless it is a handshake. But with the local women, it is advisable to greet them at a safe distance and not engage in any physical contact.
- Weekly off in Dubai is on Friday and Saturday
Dubai has a great reputation as the shopper's paradise with its plethora of lively souks and huge air-conditioned malls. There are several souks, each one specializing in a particular product type. Gold Souks, Textile Souks and Spice Souks feature the highest quality gold and diamond jewellery, beautiful fabric in various hues and a wide range of aromatic herbs and spices.
While in Dubai, make sure you practice your bargaining skills, which come very handy during shopping. Most of the shops in the malls accept credit and debit cards; however, cash is needed at local souks.There are some recently created modern souks built in ancient Arabian style namely:
Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Burj Khalifa
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Khan Murjan at Wafi.
Shopping malls of Dubai are incomparable with respect to their size, style and facilities.
Best Malls in Dubai:
1. Dubai Mall
, the largest mall in the world offers top brands of clothing, jewellery and other products, an array of entertainment options like an aquarium where one can swim with sharks, an ice rink and an amusement park with thrilling rides.
2. Mall of the Emirates
is another major name in the list of malls, which features the largest indoor ski slope of the world. There are several options for souvenirs including traditional jewellery, Oudh (a fragranced piece of wood burned to perfume clothes and homes), wood carving products, Persian carpets, traditional headscarves and small boxes crafted from camel bone.
Nightlife in Dubai
Dubai offers amazing nightlife with lots of innovative drinks and excellent music. There are numerous bars and nightclubs to pick from; although, most of the licensed bars are parts of hotels with some exceptions.
However, all the nightclubs close down by 3:00 am. The minimum official age for purchasing alcohol is 21 but few clubs may refuse entry to those under 25.
Few places for nightlife in Dubai:
Apartment Lounge + Club (Jumeirah Beach Hotel)
Barasti Bar (Le Meridian Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina)
Boudoir Nightclub (Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa)
Carter's (Wafi City)
Language of Dubai
Being one of the leading tourist destinations, Dubai is a multi-linguistic country. With Arabic being the popular choice among natives, expats converse mainly in English, Hindi, Urdu and even Filipino. Due to its mission of being the world’s most exquisite tourist destination, it attracts many labourers from Asian nations which further adds to the diversity of the spoken languages in Dubai.
Religion in Dubai
Islam is the official religion of Dubai; however, other religions are well tolerated and respected. There are multiple churches, temples and gurudwaras in Dubai as well.
Honeymoon in Dubai
A honeymoon in Dubai is the perfect romantic trip you could ever ask for. An urban jungle fused with traditional Arabic culture and cuisine, Dubai offers experiences ranging from thrilling adventures in the desert to the towering Burj Khalifa, luxury shopping and dining experiences in some of the best restaurants and souks. It also boasts some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts. Our Dubai honeymoon packages are customisable to suit every couple’s needs, whether there be a need for adventure, leisure or a bit of both.
Enjoy a romantic dinner in the Dhow Creek or at the beach, or enjoy the panoramic views of the city from Burj Khalifa’s observation deck. Stay on your toes while enjoying the hot air balloon rides or the beautiful desert safari coupled with a bbq dinner and traditional belly dance performance. Whatever you desire, We have you covered and more.
Family Trip to Dubai
Dubai makes for one of the best cities for a family holiday with lots of attractions and activities for kids and adults alike. With Our Family Tours in Dubai, enjoy the Aquaventure waterpark, Lost chambers aquarium and the Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo. The desert safari tour also can be enjoyed with camel rides, dune buggy rides and cultural performances over a delightful barbeque dinner.
The various beaches are hubs for watersports such as parasailing, banana boat rides, speed boats and more to keep the young ones engaged.
Best Time To Visit
The Best time to visit Dubai is from November to March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees blue skies and primo beach weather. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect plenty of company on Jumeirah Beach.