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Best Places to Visit in Dubai

by Arpita

There is no doubt that Dubai is one of the best cities to visit in UAE. Extravagant engineering splendors, super elegant contemporary structures, inspiring historical past, the exciting ever theme parks, and the coolest of its kind recreational attractions – you just name it; Dubai has got it all in bounteous. Due to this reason Dubai tourism is flourishing like never before. In fact, things to see here are so vast that it’s difficult to compile a list of must-sees in Dubai. So to make things easier for you, we are listing Best Places to visit in Dubai with some of the region’s best and most iconic attractions.

  1. Downtown Dubai

    Downtown Dubai is one of the city’s ultimate place for those looking for a taste of Dubai’s eclectic modernity and highly extravagant lifestyle. This extensive 200-hectare area is where you’ll find some of the city’s most celebrated icons such as the tallest of its kind Burj Khalifa and the exceptionally massive Dubai Mall to name a few. Not to mention, the region overflows with a staggering array of accommodation, dining, leisure and entertainment options.

    Location

    It’s along the busting Sheik Zayed Road, with Business Bay in the south and Financial Centre Road towards the north.

    Top Attractions

    Burj Khalifa: The glistening structure towers at a height of 828 meters and is rightly the world’s tallest building. People frequent here for its high-class dining choices and mostly, the ‘At the Top’ observation deck experience enhanced by sky-high sightseeing experience plus the swiftest ever elevator ride to its 124th or 148th level.

    The Dubai Mall: Apart from over 1000 outlets from major brands, this gigantic mall hosts some of the Dubai’s most favorite attractions including Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania Dubai, VR Park Dubai etc.

    Dubai Fountain Show: With its choreographed spectacle of water and light, this is one attraction in Downtown Dubai which lures people from all walks of life, being a free attraction.

    Dubai Trolley Ride: This classic ride experience is another free attraction which you shouldn’t miss in the region. This gives you a quick glance of the whole of this posh place.

    Dubai Opera: With regular operas, theatrical performances, ballets, concerts, and other live shows, this is one of Dubai’s top entertainment venues. It’s equally worth visiting for its striking architecture.

    Best Hotels

    Armani Hotel (inside Burj Khalifa), Address Dubai Mall, and the palatial-style Palace Downtown.

    Nearest metro station

    Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station.

  2. City Walk Dubai

    The relatively new Dubai place by Meraas has now turned out to be one of the city’s top hotspots for its high street fashion stores, cool street arts, indulgent cafes, and Parisian-inspired streets, among others. And the best thing is that this high-end and pedestrianized place is ideal for grown-ups and kids alike.

    Location

    It’s placed on Al Safa Street and is in close proximity to Jumeirah. It’s just two to three kilometers drive away from Downtown Dubai.

    Top Attractions

    Green Planet: This indoor attraction will journey you into a verdant rainforest inspired by the South American Amazon.

    Hub Zero: This is a theme park like no other as it allows you to experience rides and games inspired by the all-time-favorite video games.

    Mattel Play Town: This is a kid-exclusive attraction, created for your little ones from two to ten years. Indicative of its name, it’s based on some of the most iconic characters from the Mattel series.

    Best Hotels

    La Ville Hotel & Suites, FAM Living, Maison Privee, and Dream Inn Apartments.

    Nearest metro station

    Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station.

  3. Dubai Marina

    This is another place which showcases Dubai’s avant-gardism and unrivaled architectural creativity in its all majesty and sumptuousness. Developed along the Persian Gulf and extending for about three kilometers, this canal city largely depicts the False Creek of Canada’s Vancouver. The waterfront promenade surrounded by soaring structures, luxury yachts and the stylish dining venues make it a definite must-see during your Dubai trip.

    Location

    You’ll find it on Sheik Zayed Road’s Interchange 5 and is amidst Dubai Internet City and Jebel Ali Port.

    Top Attractions

    There are many high-rise, contemporary structures and one of the most stylish is Cayan Tower (noteworthy for twisted design). To experience the effervescence of the region, take a dhow cruise in a traditionally decorated Arabian vessel. Jumeirah Beach Residence is a residential gem along Dubai Marina stands out for its classy residential apartments.

    Best Hotels

    Address Dubai Marina, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, and Hilton Dubai Jumeirah.

    Nearest metro station

    Dubai Marina station.

  4. Palm Jumeirah

    This uber futuristic place stands as a strong reflection of Dubai’s status as a land of superlatives. This human-made island is the most distinct and largest of its kind in the world. It’s especially identifiable for its date-palm shaped design, featuring 17 fronds, trunk that stretches for three miles, and a 10-mile-long crescent on its top part. Needless to say, you can look forward to take in the most luxurious experiences, from incredible accommodation and dining choices to the most exciting leisure / recreational choices.

    Location

    You’ll find it on Sheik Zayed Road’s Interchange 5 and is amidst Dubai Internet City and Jebel Ali Port.

    Top Attractions & Experiences

    Atlantis, The Palm: Placed on the crescent part of Palm Jumeirah, this five-star resort is not only popular for its top-notch accommodation choices, but also for such marvelous highlights as Aquaventure Water Park, the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay, and Sea Lion Discovery (with seals).

    Boardwalk: Laid out along the breakwater of the Palm, the 11-kilometer-long boardwalk pepped with food trucks, souvenir shops etc.

    The Palm Fountain Show: Located at the dining and retail destination of the Pointe, this is one of Dubai’s brand-new attractions. What makes it endearing and special is that it’s the world’s biggest fountain show.

    Monorail Ride: Helicopter ride is the most recommended way to see the grandeur of this island. But if your wallet doesn’t permit, you can forego this and instead go for a monorail ride which takes you on a relaxed journey through almost the entire of this island.

    Best Hotels

    Atlantis, The Palm, Fairmont The Palm, W Dubai – The Palm, and Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel.

    Nearest metro station

    Dubai Internet City

  5. Dubai Design District

    Just as its name signals, this creative place is absolutely devoted to unmatched design and ingenuity. Also known as D3, the spot bursts with the trendiest attractions and experiences which alternatively reflect the finest in engineering, planning, and construction.

    Location

    It’s located close to some of Business Bay and Dubai Creek.

    Top Attractions & Experiences

    Sconci Gallery: Started in Rome and with over four decades of presence in the world of art and creativity, this gallery displays both classic and contemporary artworks.

    Amato: This is one of its top shopping attractions and is highly famed being the country’s first international fashion brand.

    Nearest Metro Station

    Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station

  6. Jumeirah

    Elegant flower-lined boulevards, striking architecture, pristine beaches, and chic coffee shops tucked away by water – Jumeirah is as classy and classic as Dubai can get. This striking coastal place also ticks all the boxes when it comes to its pulsating shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Despite all actions and fun elements, a compelling aura of elegance and serenity surrounds this region, making a visit here extra special.

    Location

    Jumeirah region covers Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah 3

    Top Attractions & Experiences

    Burj Al Arab: This sail-shaped structure is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks. Interestingly, it’s considered the world’s only seven-star hotel.

    Madinat Jumeirah: Built to honor the Arabian heritage, Madinat Jumeirah is a collection of four opulent hotels, about 45 restaurants, and several topnotch facilities including Talise Spa, Madinat Souk etc.

    Kite Beach: This is one of Dubai’s most lively beaches where you take part in loads of activities such as kite surfing, beach volleyball, skating, paddle boarding, windsurfing, parasailing and more.

    Wild Wadi Water Park: This is one of Dubaiites’ favorite water parks where its rides, games and all attractions are themed around the Arabian tale of Juha.

    Jumeirah Mosque: It’s one of the few mosques in the UAE that is open to non-Muslims. More than that, the structure (reflecting the medieval Fatimid architecture) is charming for its beautiful minarets, stunning arches and other elaborate detailing.

    La Mer: This may be one of Dubai’s destinations but it has now become a must-visit for its unmatched beachfront setting, distinct verve, and amazing attractions such as Laguna Water Park.

    Best Hotels

    Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah

  7. Business Bay

    This is Dubai’s central business district which is masterfully developed and thoughtfully designed with an artistic allure. Apparently, you’ll come across here a wealth of attractions that suit every preference.

    Location

    It’s adjacent to Downtown Dubai and is primarily an addition to Dubai Creek, occupying the area along Sheik Zayed Road and Dubai Creek.

    Top Attractions & Experiences

    Dubai Water Canal: Taking inspiration from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this man-made yet environmental friendly canal extends for over three kilometers, along Sheik Zayed Road. Adding to its exquisiteness are a scenic waterfront promenade and a mechanical waterfalls that pours out from the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. Admire it up-close on a resplendent cruise aboard a traditional dhow.

    Al Habtoor City: Lying across the banks of Dubai Canal is Al Habtoor City – a collection of three high-end residential units and three five-star hotels which collectively offer 1500 guest rooms and suites.

    La Perle by Dragone: Conducted at Al Habtoor City’s Atrium, this aquatic show powered by the most astonishing aerial acts and breathtaking stunts is unmissable for both adventurists and entertainment buffs.

    Best Hotels

    Hotels at Al Habtoor City, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Grand Millennium Business Bay, and Park Regis Business Bay Hotel

    Nearest Metro Station

    Business Bay Station

  8. Old Dubai

    This is probably the only Dubai place which you can escape for some off-beat fun and thrill in the heart of the city. Fascinatingly, its blend of striking old world charm, quaint sights, and substantial array of budget dining and shopping options make for an unforgettable day out.

    Location

    It’s spread across Bur Dubai, Deira and Dubai Creek region

    Top Attractions & Experiences

    Al Fahidi Historical Place: The beautifully preserved 19th century quarter boasts of some of the region’s most treasured cultural landmarks. With sand-colored structures adorned with wooden towers or traditional air-conditioners, you’ll find here some real gems including Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai Museum, Coffee Museum, and Arabic Tea House to name a few.

    Al Seef: Situated on the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, Al Seef delightfully fuses old with vibrant new.

    Al Shindagha: This is another significant part of Old Dubai which is mostly frequented for the enlightening Al Shindagha Museum, Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeological Museum, and most of all, the residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai’s past ruler.

    Souks: These are traditional Arabian bazaars and make best place to shop authentic Emirati keepsakes at super affordable rates.

    Abra Ride: This ride in a wooden abra across Dubai Creek is one of the most cost-effective things to do in Dubai, as it sets you back just AED 1.

    Best Hotels

    Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Hotel Riviera, Barjeel Heritage Guest House, and Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa.

    Nearest Metro Station

    Al Ghubaiba Metro Station and Al Fahidi Metro Station

    Conclusion

    When visiting one of the top cities in United Arab Emirates, the most tedious task is to determine where to visit or what to do in Dubai. And we’re sure that this above list of ‘Best places to visit in Dubai’ will help you to pick out the must-experiences in Dubai as per your budget, distinct interests, and lifestyle.

 

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