With countless opportunities for adventure and exploration, Dubai is a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveller. An iconic tourist destination, its many attractions truly captivates the senses and offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. From the world-famous Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, to the iconic Burj al-Arab and Dubai Aquarium, there are countless must-see places to visit.For those seeking thrills and excitement, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ferrari World, Ski Dubai, and Aquaventure Waterpark are just a few of the many attractions that offer unforgettable experiences.
Dubai, being more than just a hub for entertainment and luxury, stands as a place where modernity and creativity thrives, with a growing art scene and architectural marvels such as the Dubai Frame and Museum of the Future. With its stunning coastline, vast desert, and breathtaking cityscapes, the diverse range of Dubai’s tourist attractions truly proves that the city has something to offer for everyone.
Burj Khalifa is a world-famous skyscraper at a whopping height of 828 metres, from where you can gaze at the stunning 360 views of the vibrant city skyline and the Arabian gulf. Experience the magnificence as you reach the top of the building through the world’s fastest elevator. At the Burj Khalifa, you can also catch a glimpse of regal landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina along with the view of dazzling sunset through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the observation deck.
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Frame is an iconic structure in Dubai, from which you can gaze at the Old and New cities of the emirates and reminisce on its rich past while celebrating magnificent present. The world's largest frame offers a spectacular aerial view of the city from its observation deck. You can visit the gallery on the ground floor to learn about UAEs history through visual effects and 3D screens. Amongst many other places to visit in Dubai, stop by the SkyDeck at Dubai Frame, a glass-floored platform that allows you to look straight down to the ground from an astounding height.
Timing: 9 am to 9 pm
Location: Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Za’abeel, Al Kifaf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Dolphinarium is a captivating destination where you can witness some of the most fascinating sea creatures up close, including playful dolphins and adorable seals. A must-see experience is the 45-minute Dolphin and Seal Show, which will leave you awestruck with its remarkable display of intelligence and agility. For an even more unforgettable experience, you can take part in a meet-and-greet with these magnificent creatures. Besides the main attraction, you can also immerse yourself in the 5D and 7D cinemas for an incredible movie experience, and explore the large aquarium that houses a diverse range of marine life, from colourful fishes and majestic sharks to gentle turtles.
Timing: 10 am to 7.30 pm (Wednesday to Monday)
Location: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park, Gate 1, Dubai Dolphinarium Building, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a mesmerising destination that transports visitors to a vibrant underwater world. It features a colossal 10 million-litre water tank that showcases a stunning array of colourful marine creatures. With over 140 different species, including the world's largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks, the aquarium is a true testament to the beauty and diversity of marine life. For those seeking adventure, there are thrilling activities such as the Shark Dive, Glass-bottom boat tour, and cage snorkelling, which offer unique and exciting ways to experience the underwater world. In addition to the aquarium, the Underwater Zoo is also a must-visit, with its three different zones - the Rainforest, Rocky Shore, and Living Ocean - offering a fascinating glimpse into the diverse habitats and behaviours of aquatic creatures.
Timing: 10 am to 10 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am to 12 am (Friday to Sunday)
Location: P. O. Box 191741, Ground & Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a breathtakingly beautiful floral paradise, where you can immerse yourself in a world of millions of flowers arranged in unique and stunning designs. This enchanting destination is the region's most picturesque and sweet-scented attraction, with more than 150 million flowers in full bloom. There are countless opportunities to capture stunning photos, such as the heart-shaped pathway, the floral castle, and the Emirates Airbus A380 covered in flowers. You can also wander through the vibrant sunflower field, marvel at the 3D floral designs, explore the Smurfs Village, soak up the panoramic views from the hilltop, meander through the serene lake park, and walk through the magical umbrella tunnel for a truly unforgettable experience.
Timing: 9 am to 9 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 11 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Street 3, Al Barsha South, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Ain Dubai, also known as the Dubai Eye, is the world's largest observation wheel, located on Bluewaters Island in Dubai. Standing at a height of 250 metres, it offers breathtaking views of the city skyline, the Arabian Gulf, and the surrounding islands. Ain Dubai consists of 48 capsules that can hold up to 1,750 people at a time. Each capsule is equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, and interactive displays, providing visitors with a unique and immersive experience. It is a must-visit attraction for tourists and locals alike, and a symbol of Dubai's innovative and ambitious spirit.
Timing: 12 pm to 9 pm (Thursday to Saturday), 10 am to 9 pm (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Location: Bluewaters Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Museum of the Future is an exhibition space for 2071's innovative and futuristic ideologies based on space, humanity and wellness. The museum will also fascinate you with its special workshops as well as conferences and summits on future topics, such as sustainability, technology, and innovation. You can visit the Future Lab of the museum to experience virtual reality simulations, experiment with 3D printing and learn about the latest advances in robotics.A dedicated area is designed in the museum to encourage young people to reach their full potential with open-world experience in the Future Heroes environment.
Timing: 9 am to 11 pm
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The IMG World of Adventure, 'Crown Jewel of Dubai' is the largest temperature-controlled indoor theme park where you can visit the stunning zones such as the Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard, and the Haunted Hotel. Each zone is theme based and with aesthetics of its own, where you can engage in an array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides and play classic and modern arcade games. Amongst many other places to visit in Dubai, the fascinating park features live shows, dining venues and a 12- screen state of the art cinema where you can watch movies, stunt shows and performances by characters from famous cartoons and movies
Timing: 12 pm to 10 pm (Monday to Thursday), 12 pm to 11 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Location: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, City of Arabia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Global Village is a vibrant and all-encompassing destination that showcases some of the best entertainment, shopping, dining, and cultural experiences in the region. This one-stop destination is a celebration of diverse cultures and features replicas of world-renowned heritage sites like the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum, giving visitors the chance to travel the world in a single location. The amusement park offers a range of thrilling rides, including roller coasters and water rides, as well as carnival games and culinary adventures. Witness thousands of dance, music and acrobatic performances, and share the thrills of the in-house stars as they showcase their extraordinary talents. You can also attend annual carnivals like the Dubai Shopping Festival and the Chinese New Year Festival.
Timing: 4 pm to 12 am (Sunday to Thursday), 4 pm to 1 am (Friday & Saturday)
Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Emirates Road, Exit 37, E311, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is a beautiful destination that offers visitors the chance to experience over 30 thrilling world-class slides, including the Tower of Poseidon, the Aquaconda, and the Zoomerango. This vast water park promises endless fun for visitors of all ages, with a range of exciting group rides, body slides, and water coasters. Take the plunge and conquer the Aquaventure river, where you can experience the thrills of rides such as the River Rapids and the Raging Rapids. Little ones can join in on the fun at Splashers Kids Play Area, which is the largest kid-only water park in the Middle East.
Timing: 9.30 am to 6 pm
Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Motiongate is a massive theme park dedicated to Hollywood movies where you can stroll through the motion picture studios such as Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks and Lionsgate. The park gives you a thrilling experience on the world's first John Wick roller coaster and the world's fastest 'Now You See Me' spinning roller coaster. Amongst many other places to visit in Dubai, Motiongate Park also lets you meet and greet your favourite movie characters like Shrek, Po from Kung Fu Panda and the Smurfs.
Timing: 11 pm to 8 pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11 pm to 9 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Location: Park and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Legoland is a fascinating theme park that caters to families and children, providing an exciting opportunity to indulge in thrilling rides such as the Lego Technic Twister, and experience creative building activities and interactive plays. You can explore the park's six unique lands by embarking on a Lego Safari trek, and marvel at the miniature Lego versions of famous cities. At Legoland, learning is fun, and you can board the Lego-themed train ride to discover the Miniland, followed by a visit to the Lego Ninjago World.
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am to 7 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Location: Park and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Discover the magic of India's legendary Bollywood film industry with a visit to the world's first ever Bollywood theme park, situated at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine and two other exciting zones, each showcasing a unique aspect of India's famous film industry. Get ready to experience the thrill of some of Bollywood's most iconic productions such as Sholay and Lagaan, brought to life through thrilling rides and captivating shows. On your way, you can visit the Bollywood Film Studios to experience the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking, live shows and stunt performances.
Timing: 2 pm to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 2pm to 11pm (Friday & Saturday)
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Ski Dubai is a premier indoor ski resort in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates. With five slopes of varying difficulty levels, skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels can enjoy a fun-filled day in the snow, away from the desert heat. You can also explore Snow Wonderland, a magical world of snow and ice featuring ice sculptures, snow caves, and even penguins. Participate in the adventurous Chairlift ride with a zipline that takes you across the ski slopes and snow park. Amidst other activities, you can also watch a live Penguin show and immerse yourself in a cinematic wonderland at the Snow Cinema.
Timing: 10 am to 11 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am to 12 am (Friday), 9 am to 12 am (Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Garden Glow is one of the best places to visit at night, as you can experience the stunning light displays and other interactive installations. Enjoy the three iconic zones of the garden- Glow Park, Dinosaur Park, and Ice Park and marvel at the dazzling installations and sculptures, created by talented artists from around the world, that come to life at night with over 10 million energy-saving light bulbs and yards of recycled luminous fabrics. If you are with kids, the Dinosaur Park and the Magic Park are great places to visit, as you can gaze at the life-size dinosaurs and enjoy 3D illusions.
Timing: 4 pm to 10 pm
Location: Zabeel Park, Gate No. 6 & 7, Area B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Experience the ultimate thrill at Sky Views Dubai that offers three exhilarating experiences for a truly unforgettable sightseeing adventure - the Observatory, Glass Slide, and Edge Walk. You can walk through a striking glass floor and admire the hypnotic beauty of the skyscrapers and the glistening coast of downtown. The attraction also allows you to enjoy an exciting ride in the glass elevator and try the virtual reality experience to explore Dubai's landmarks in a fun and interactive way.
Timing: 9 am to 11 pm
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Enjoy the thrilling indoor skydiving at iFly Dubai that lets you feel the rush of free falling in its unique vertical wind tunnel.The attraction offers training courses for all levels of skydiving experience, from beginner to advanced. You can also participate in iFLY Dubai's first unique VR experience that lets you virtually see the stunning views of some of the world's most magnificent locations, such as Burj Khalifa. Grab a chance to see some of the best-featured skydivers perform impressive aerial manoeuvres and tricks at the attraction.
Timing: 12 pm to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday), 12 pm to 12 am (Friday), 12 pm to 11 pm (Saturday)
Location: Third Floor, Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif Ghoroob, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, United Arab Emirates.
Prepare yourself to enter a world of optical illusions, mind-bending puzzles and interactive exhibits that will blow your mind at the Museum of Illusions Dubai. Walk through the Infinity Room, where you'll feel like you're walking on air, or try to solve the Ames Room Puzzle as objects appear to change size as you move around. Step into the Anti-Gravity zone and defy the laws of physics, or explore the Vortex Tunnel and experience a thrilling sensation of movement. Don't forget to snap some photos in our Infinity Room and Mirror Room, where you'll be transported to magical dimensions.
Timing: 10 am to 10 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am to 11 pm (Friday to Sunday)
Location: Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Wild Wadi Waterpark is an adventure-filled popular park with 30 thrilling rides, including the Jumeirah Sceirah and the Tantrum Alley. Enjoy the exhilarating waves at the Breaker's Bay wave pool, relax, and float around the park's Lazy River. For a more exclusive experience, you can rent a private cabana and have a unique nighttime experience with illuminated water rides and a lively atmosphere. If you have little ones, you can go to Juha's Dhow and Lagoon, a play area with over 100 water activities.
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Opposite Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Burj Al Arab is a global icon for Arabian luxury, that has exquisite fine-dining options, and the stunning Burj Al Arab Terrace. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from the Skyview Bar, located on the 27th floor, and indulge in a high tea experience. Dine at Al Muntaha and experience a range of spa treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments. Along with a luxury shopping experience, you can also enjoy a dip in the outdoor infinity pool amidst the stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.
Timing: 12 pm to 6 pm (Monday to Thursday), 12 pm to 6 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Location: Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Dubai Creek is a historic waterway that runs through the heart of Dubai, where you can enjoy the traditional Abra ride on a wooden boat and visit the famous gold souk.As you explore the waterway, you'll be captivated by the stunning contrast of the bustling cityscape against the traditional wooden boats, known as abras, that ferry passengers across the creek. You can also visit the famous Gold Souk and Spice Souk, located along the creek, where you can find some of the region's finest and most exotic goods.
Timing: 8 am to 11 pm (winter), 5 pm to 9 pm (summer)
Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree in Emerald waters, where you can enjoy luxurious resorts and world-class attractions. Visit the iconic Atlantis resort and go to Aquaventure Waterpark to soak up the sun on the beaches and enjoy various water sports activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing amidst fishing. Indulge in a fine dining experience at The Palm, Atlantis, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel or try local Emirati cuisine at Ibn AlBahr, and get to see the island's stunning architecture with a helicopter tour.
Timings: 8 AM and 10 PM (Sunday to Wednesday), 8 AM and 11 AM (Thursday to Saturday).
Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall offering a wide range of shopping, dining, entertainment, and leisure activities. This mall is a shopaholic's paradise for everyone, with 1,200 retail stores, two major department stores- Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale's, and countless food and beverage outlets. You can immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, glide across the ice at the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, explore the innovative and educational Kidzania concept, or catch the latest blockbuster at our massive indoor cinema complex. It is one of the most unique places to visit in Dubai and houses a VR Park where you can have a range of immersive experiences and gaze at the Mall Fountain Waterfall.
Timing: 10 am to 12 am (Sunday to Wednesday), 10 am to 1 am (Thursday to Saturday)
Location: Financial Centre Street, Along Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Crowned by the world-renowned Atlantis, The Palm, this luxurious resort is the ultimate escape for travellers seeking unforgettable experiences. You can indulge in exceptional dining at the award-winning celebrity chef restaurants, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, and enjoy thrilling water slides and rides at the Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium. Get a chance to swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Bay and relax at the famous ShuiQi Spa in the hotel. You can also dive into the depths of the Ambassador Lagoon at the Atlantis Dive Centre and have an immersive stay in the luxurious Royal Bridge Suite.
Location: Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Which are the best places to visit in Dubai?
The must-see tourist attractions include the iconic Burj Khalifa, the enormous Dubai Mall, the stunning Palm Jumeirah island, the captivating Dubai Fountain, the beautiful Dubai Miracle Garden, and the unique Dubai Museum.
What is the best time to visit Dubai?
Dubai is a year-round destination, but the best time to visit Dubai for tourists is between November and March, when the weather is mild and pleasant. The temperature is milder and the humidity is lower, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. During this time, you can enjoy a range of events, including the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Food Festival, and Dubai World Cup.
How many days are enough for Dubai?
If you are planning to travel to Dubai, it is advisable to keep a stay of about 5 days to visit the best Dubai tourist places. This time is enough to go on a sightseeing tour around the city and indulge in different adventurous activities. From architecture to luxury, you will have the taste of everything in these five days.
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What should I not miss in Dubai?
You should not miss visiting any attraction in Dubai as every place in the city is filled with fun, thrill, and excitement. To name a few, you should not miss travelling to Madinat Jumeirah, Deira Souks, Desert Safaris, Dubai Museum, and Dhow Wharfage. You should also not miss the opportunity to taste the delicious Arabian foods and shisha.
Dubai offers various modes of transportation for tourists, including taxis, buses, metro, and water taxis. Taxis are readily available and affordable, while the metro is a convenient and efficient option. Buses connect to major tourist spots, and water taxis offer scenic city views. Car rental services such as Uber are also available at cheap rates.
Some free things to do in Dubai for tourists include visiting the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall, strolling through the traditional souks in the historic area of Deira, exploring the city's public parks and beaches like Jumeirah Beach, and watching the sunset from the Dubai Marina Walk.