10 Must-Visit Attractions in Dubai
The United Arab Emirates is a small country, but it’s packed with exciting places for visitors to check out and fall in love with. From modern buildings to cultural hot-spots, there’s a little bit of everything. This what makes the UAE one of the hottest tourist destination in the world.
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab is best known for being the only 7-star hotel in Dubai. Every visitor to Dubai needs a picture of the sail-boat shaped hotel. You can look at it from the beach, book an afternoon tea at the hotel, or visit during sunset, when the bright sky illuminates its silhouette.
The tallest building in the world at over 800 meters, the Burj Khalifa and is one of the most impressive sights in Dubai. Even better than seeing the skyscraper from the outside is to go to at the top and see what Dubai looks like from 148 floors high. The view stretches from sea to desert, and is a truly singular experience.
For those who enjoy shopping, what experience could be more exciting than visiting at the biggest shopping mall in the world? The Dubai Mall has 1,200 retail outlets, from some of the biggest luxury stores in the world like, Chanel and Cartier, to Forever 21, Zara and other trendier shops. The mall also has a whole area dedicated to jewelry stores and dozens of food and beverage outlets.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is the biggest artificial island in the world. Every tourist to Dubai definitely needs to see The Palm and visit one of its high-end restaurants and bars. Even better than just visiting the island it to stay there in one of its 5-star hotels, like Fairmont The Palm, Atlantis or Anantara.
Gold and Spice Souk
The Gold Souk and the Spice Souk are five minutes apart, and both give an insight into what Dubai was like before the city boomed with skyscrapers and tourism. These souks (meaning market in Arabic) are located next to the Dubai Creek, and visitors can cross the water in an Abra, a traditional water taxi. At the Spice Souk, visitors can find the best spices in the region and at the Gold Souk, jaw dropping jewels.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
This thrilling amusement park is one of the newer attractions in Dubai, and is the perfect place for families. Dubai Parks and Resorts brings together three different parks — Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland. Adults and children alike can enjoy the rides, restaurants, concerts and events.
Who knew you could go skiing in the desert? Ski Dubai is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Not only does it offer the full skiing and snowboarding experience, but there are also penguins here! The skiing slope also has an ice park, in which to play and enjoy icy slides and snow fights. All clothing and equipment is provided at the venue, so there’s no need to worry about bringing winter coats to Dubai.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
This mosque is definitely one of the most beautiful attractions in the UAE. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was a project of the visionary Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, and is truly an architectural masterpiece. The mosque is mostly made of marble, and the walls and floors are embedded with colorful stones depicting flowers. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also home to the largest hand-knotted carpet in the world, and massive crystal chandeliers.
The Emirates Palace is probably the most luxurious attraction in the whole of the UAE. This hotel was the world's most expensive to build, costing 3 billion dollars. Make a reservation at Le Café (it’s only possible to enter Emirates Palace with reservations) to try their famous gold cappuccino. Yes, the cappuccino at this unique cafe actually has real gold in it!
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Ferrari World is a must-visit attraction. The Ferrari-themed park is home to the fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa, which accelerates to 240km/hr in as short as five seconds. Other than this epic ride, the park is also full of exciting things to do, like a racing simulator, Ferrari car expositions, and even a ride that fully explains how to assemble a Ferrari.