Are you planning a trip to Dubai? Dubai is situated in the Arabian Peninsula and is well known for its tourism all over the world. All cities in the UAE are worth visiting, each having their own unique characteristics and beauty. In this article we’re focusing on the top attractions to visit in Dubai.

Inside the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, focusing on dangling gold chandelier
Inside the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, mentioned below.

Dubai is definitely the most popular city in the UAE thanks to many things. Notably, its combination of ultra modern architecture and desert surroundings. It is a perfect place for tourists to visit, as we found out!

If you are visiting Dubai anytime soon, then you should find this article useful for planning your trip.

10 Attractions You Can’t Miss in Dubai

1. Exploring Old Dubai and its Heritage

Dubai is divided into two areas, old Dubai and new Dubai (Downtown). While new Dubai may lack old heritage and culture, the old Dubai certainly doesn’t.

Make sure you visit the Dubai Creek and walk around the narrow lanes of Spice and Gold Souq. Explore the Souq and maybe even buy some authentic spices or good quality gold jewellery for a good price.

2. Dancing Fountain at the Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is one of the top attractions to visit in Dubai, located right in the centre of Downtown Dubai. It’s currently the largest mall in the world.

Dubai is a major shopping hub for tourists and has all brands under one roof. If you are a shopaholic, then Dubai Mall is definitely the place to be.

Other than the shopping experience though, you should visit the Dubai Mall to witness the dancing fountain on the ground floor. It starts in the evening and dances on until about 11 pm. It is probably one of the most beautiful things you will experience. You will be mesmerised. Check out the fountain show schedule here.

3. Top of the Burj Khalifa

Rooftop view of city of Dubai at night, highlighting skyscrapers and roads lit up by street lights

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world is in Dubai and is definitely a treat for your eyes. One must definitely experience the view from the top.

You can purchase tickets online and choose a time slots that suits you, then head to the top and enjoy the view of Dubai.

4. Dubai Frame

Dubai gold frame top attraction to visit in Dubai, dividing old and new dubai

Another recently built masterpiece in the Dubai is the Dubai Frame. The frame divides the city into Old and New. It allows you to go to the top and get the gorgeous views of the Old Dubai on one side and the New Dubai on the other.

5. Dubai Parks and Resorts

The Parks and Resorts are the new addition to the top attractions to visit in Dubai. There are various different parks inside and you can choose where you want to go depending on your likeness.

They have a Bollywood Park, Motion Gate, Legoland etc. This is a perfect attraction for families in Dubai, old or young.

6. Miracle Garden

This garden, as the name suggests, is very much similar to a miracle. All over the garden there are beautiful flowers. You will be in awe looking at the wonderful creations sculpted with the flowers. But this garden is only open from November to May. So make sure you check the website before going.

7. Burj Al Arab beach

Burg al arab building pictured from the beach

There are a number of beaches in the UAE. But admiring the view of the Burj Al Arab and spending some time on the beach is definitely worth doing while you are in Dubai.

8. LaMer/ Jumeirah Beach Residence/ Dubai Marina

These are beautiful beachfront and marina coves that are the perfect combination of food, fun, and shopping. You will find a variety of restaurants and shopping outlets.

9. Desert Safari

camel dressed in colourful rugs in desert, the desert a top attraction to visit in dubai

Dubai is known as the desert city for obvious reasons. The desert is a top attraction to visit in Dubai. Make the most of the sandy landscape and experience desert activities such as dune bashing, camel rides, dirt bike riding and much more. It’s definitely worth a visit!

10. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, an hour away from Dubai.

Although this isn’t quite a top attraction in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is just over an hour away from Dubai. A visit to the beautiful and magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a must!

Visiting religious places should always be researched well before you go, make sure you dress appropriately. Have a look at these tips for visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and also how to get there from Dubai.

It’s a truly beautiful building. There are many intricate details that have been beautifully portrayed in the architecture here. We were left in awe of this Mosque, and I would imagine you would be too!

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Some More Top Attractions to Visit:

  • Ferrari World
  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Swimming with the sharks in the Atlantis

The 3 attractions above aren’t suited to everyone, but the 10 top attractions to visit in Dubai listed above are more than suited to everyone.

If you are ready to start planning your trip then check out our travel smart tips to make sure your trip goes smoothly.

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Sherin Jacob shares her love for travel and food through her travel blog and social medias. If you would like to read more of Sherin’s posts, check out her blog Sherin’s Corner.


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Sherin Jacob shares her love for travel and food through her travel blog and social medias. If you would like to read more of Sherin’s posts, check out her blog Sherin’s Corner.  

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