Wondering why countless tourists fly to Dubai each year? There is no other way about it — you simply have to set foot in the emirate yourself in order to find out. Undoubtedly, this innovative city has a bounty of experiences to offer both locals and visitors alike.
To get a truly vivid picture of Dubai’s splendor, here is a list of marvelous destinations that you must explore while in the City of Gold.
1. Marsa Al Seef
Do you love history? Dubai may appear to be lavishly modern and decadent, but it boasts of captivating historical Emirati attractions as well. To amp up your Dubai the experience, book an Arabian Heritage-themed hotel close to Marsa Al Seef, the newest Al Seef development showcasing Dubai’s rich culture, so you can be just a few minutes’ drive away from this exciting new venue.
Spread over 1.8 kilometers along Dubai Creek, Marsa Al Seef is filled with historical sites that feature traditions kept alive for future generations. If you’re looking for a place to shop, dine and stroll while rediscovering Dubai’s history, this is one destination you surely don’t want to miss.
2. Dubai Creek
Passing through the heart of Dubai and connecting the desert to the sea trading port, Dubai Creek is the place where the city’s legacy truly lives. The creek used to be the Emirate’s central hub of activity, and that is still quite evident now with several world-class restaurants lining the area.
The best way to truly enjoy this renowned body of water is by taking the Bateaux Dubai luxury cruise. It’s an amazing opportunity to soak up the vibrant tourist scene in the area while you marvel at Dubai’s landmarks from the creek.
Trying out a floating restaurant is definitely an exceptional experience that lets you admire the city’s panoramic views while savoring fine gourmet cuisine.
3. Dubai Frame
If you’re fond of taking photos, then you should pay a visit to Dubai Frame. As the name implies, it’s the latest landmark in the city featuring an immense frame-like structure. At the top, you can delight in the views from old and new Dubai while standing on an overwhelming glass-bottom floor.
Dubai Frame opens at 10 a.m. and there’s plenty of parking spaces outside to accommodate visitors. In case you get hungry, you can also enjoy snacks and refreshments at the top and some food trucks on the ground level.
4. Burj Khalifa
As the world’s tallest building at 829.8 meters, the Burj Khalifa is one place you should experience for yourself. Go to the observation deck on the 124th floor to catch a staggering view of Dubai’s skyline. A nighttime visit is also a great chance for you to see Dubai’s famous city lights.
5. The Dubai Mall
Is a little retail therapy a must for every trip you take? Well, The Dubai Mall is a good place for you to indulge yourself. Dining and shopping options are endless here. If you want a superb shopping experience, try visiting in the months of January and February in time for the yearly Dubai Shopping Festival.
If you’re looking for more entertainment choices, there’s also a gaming zone, ice-skating rink and a cinema complex inside. There are also special events such as fashion shows and live music available.
The Dubai Mall provides entry to the Dubai Aquarium as well on Burj Khalifa.
6. Jumeirah Mosque
Many consider this as the most beautiful mosque in Dubai. It’s an exact replica of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque and a great example of Islamic architecture. Constructed in the medieval Fatimid custom, it features two towers that show delicate details in the stonework.
When set alight by floodlights in the evening, the mosque becomes even more breathtaking to behold. Every day, except Fridays, there are also guided tours that start at 10 a.m. that you can take part in.
7. Dubai Aquarium
You don’t need to dive under the sea to witness marine life. Dubai Aquarium holds over 140 marine species in a large suspended tank on The Dubai Mall’s ground floor. You can also walk inside aquarium tunnels once you get inside the Underwater Zoo.
There are many activities available that allow you to take a closer look at marine life. One of the most popular is the glass-bottom boat tour on top of the tank. Shark diving and cage snorkeling are also a wonderful and unique experiences to try.
You’ll never run out of things to do in Dubai! During your visit to the city, make sure to include the destinations above on your itinerary. Likewise, check Dubai’s tourism website for more options for your Dubai vacation.
Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.