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Welcome to Dubai

A major aviation hub and the ultimate stopover, Dubai draws travelers with its shopping, futuristic architecture—including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—and mix of old-world culture and over-the-top attractions. Scout bargains in the old town’s ancient souks and luxury brands at a 1,200-store mall; scuba dive inside a huge tank at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or hit the slopes at indoor snow park Ski Dubai; take a cruise aboard a traditional dhow; and head into the desert for dune-bashing in a 4x4 followed by dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp.

Top 10 attractions in Dubai

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Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter

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South of Dubai Creek, the Bastakia Quarter—aka the Al Fahidi Historic District—is comprised of wind tower (barjeel) houses, courtyards, and lanes dating from the late 1800s when Persian merchants first settled the area. As Dubai’s oldest district, it’s filled with museums and cultural attractions.More
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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
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The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

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The Dubai Fountain, which sits in the Burj Khalifa Lake in Downtown Dubai, is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system with jets that shoot 500 feet (150 meters) into the air. Visitors flock to the shop- and restaurant-lined lakeside to watch the spectacle, as water jets burst into life and sway in synchronicity to lights and music 12 times each day.More
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Hatta Rock Pools

Hatta Rock Pools

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Situated just across the Unied Arab Emirates’ eastern border in Oman, the Hatta Rock Pools are spring-fed pools that flow through the rock passageways of the Hajar Mountains.Visitors come here to escape Dubai’s urban crowds, swim in the turquoise waters, and enjoy picnics amid stunning scenery and cooler mountain climates.More
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Palm Islands & the World

Palm Islands & the World

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Fly over Dubai and you'll notice something unusual about the shoreline. More specifically, you'll notice the unique shapes of Palm Islands and the World, some of the world's largest artificial islands. From above, these islands resemble a trio of palm trees (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira), golden on the otherwise azure surface of the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates.More
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Wild Wadi Waterpark

Wild Wadi Waterpark

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Overlooking the Burj Al Arab hotel on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark boasts 30 water attractions and draws almost a million visitors annually. Adrenaline-junkies, water lovers, and families wanting a fun day out flock here to enjoy everything from white-knuckle chutes to lazy rivers, play pools, surf waves, and more.More
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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

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Brave water rides, see marine animals, and dive into pools at the Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai. One of the Middle East's biggest and best water parks, it sits next to Atlantis, The Palm resort on Palm Jumeirah island. Visit for record-breaking slides, river rides, multiple pools, and a private beach spread over 42 acres (17 hectares) of seafront.More
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

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The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
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Wonderland

Wonderland

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Kids love Dubai’s many theme and water parks, and WonderLand is the biggest of them all in the UAE.Take your pick from more than 30 exciting rides, including freefall waterslides, disco rides, roller coasters, the Lazy River water ride, activity pools, rapids, carousels, trampolines, go-karts and the pirate ship.Perfect for cooling down on a hot day, and providing endless entertainment for little ones, WonderLand is a world within a world, with restaurants, shops and refreshment carts.Please note WonderLand is currently closed for renovation.More
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Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House

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Overlooking the mouth of Dubai Creek, the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House was home to Dubai’s rulers during the early 20th century and is now a museum. Dating from 1896, the house is composed of wind towers (barjeel), courtyards, and rooms featuring exhibitions on Dubai and its ruling al-Maktoum clan from the late 1800s to the 1960s.More

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Top activities in Dubai

Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast
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Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
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Dubai Helicopter Tour
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Dubai Helicopter Tour

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6-Hour Dubai Desert Dinner Safari with Quad Biking and Sandboarding
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Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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Fun
Elizabeth_C, Jul 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
Perfect way to see the sights.
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City
Tittorrian_R, Jun 2021
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance
Very nice and worth it a person get a chance to know how the building was made and a chance to see the whole city of Dubai
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Touring the desert with family
Armando_P, Jun 2021
Premium Desert Safari, Barbeque, 3 Shows, Camel Ride, Sandboard at Majlis Camp
Gave us many tips even after the desert on what to see in Dubai
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Scenic and informative way to see the sights.
Adam_R, May 2021
Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Good way to see the city and get an idea of how to get around.
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Nice tour.
Tine_V, May 2021
Snapshot Tour of Dubai
This was a nice excursion to see Dubai in once.
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Best day in Dubai
Peter_M, May 2021
Full-Day Guided Red Dunes Desert Tour in Dubai with Camel Ride
Great variation of different activities.
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Great Tour Waseem!
Riley_E, Apr 2021
Night Layover in Dubai Private Tour
Waseem did a fantastic job showing me around to all the best attractions in Dubai while providing commentary and insight.
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Amazing
Eduardo_M, Apr 2021
Full Day Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Ticket 'At the Top'
Hope to see Mr.
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It was a great experience.
Linda_B, Apr 2021
Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa - At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)
It is a once in a life time experience to see some of the things in Dubai as it is for some of the other things that man has made.
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Amazing
Fatmata_R, Apr 2021
Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows
He made sure to keep everyone engaged throughout the car ride there and back, and continuously checked on us through out all the activities we did while at the safari.
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Fun!!
natasha_c, Mar 2021
Dubai Top 5
got to see the best of Dubai all at once.
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Top tour
Stoyan_P, Feb 2021
Dubai Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours
You should definitely take this tour , it's triling and you get to see Dubai skyline from a different point of view.
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Amazing experience
Mariya_K, Feb 2021
Dubai Fountains Show Lake Ride
This show is better to see from the boat than from the Dubai mall site.
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Royal Smart Great - Ski Dubai, so-so
Scott_B, Jul 2021
Ski Dubai Snow Classic Admission Ticket
We ended up waiting in lines in Ski Dubai to upgrade to get some what is called skiing done (from Utah, ski dozens of days each winter, so this was a just to say I've done it).
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The best tour I have ever taken
Quazi_B, Jul 2021
Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows
Any tourist planning to visit Dubai must take this tour to have a very satisfying experience.
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Rated 5 stars for a reason!
Avery_B, Jul 2021
Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
Shihab was our driver/guide and he made it feel like an adult summer camp.
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Right Choice in Dubai!!!
Liju_J, Jun 2021
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
I was surprised to see that they have a very special unique facility at their camp where you can buy the Emirati dress, Scarf, Souvenirs and all almost at the cost price.
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Fun in the Sun
Tina_N, Jun 2021
Dubai Self-drive Quad Bike, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride and Refreshments
We did the typical touristy city things, but my favorite was this tour where we went out to the desert and did multiple activities.
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Amazing time!!
Juan_L, May 2021
Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
Overall great experience he was very informative on fun things to check out while in Dubai.
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Very nice experience!
Luciana_P, Apr 2021
Dubai City Half-Day City Tour
Due to COVID 19, some of the attractions were closed, but she did everything on her hands to make sure we would see everything and have a great experience!

All about Dubai

When to visit

The best times to visit Dubai are late fall through early spring—anytime from November to March—when average temperatures range between the high 70s and high 80s Fahrenheit and you can enjoy the outdoors (provided you’re armed with sunscreen). Summer temperatures hover around 100°F and come with high humidity, making Dubai something of a sauna from May until September, but hotel rates also plunge by up to 75 percent, and you can simply hop from one air-conditioned attraction to another.

Getting around

Dubai’s heat and highways work against walking, although it’s easier to go by foot in Deira and other older districts. The easiest alternative is a taxi, with plenty to flag down and reasonable rates—think about $1 to $2 per kilometer, plus an initial standing charge. For longer distances, use the Dubai Metro, which runs between Dubai Airport and the Creek, and on to Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Downtown. To save hassle, buy a Nol card, and pre-load it to avoid the often-long ticket lines at stations. You can also use your Nol on Dubai’s buses, trams, and waterbuses.

Traveler tips

If you’re after cheap souvenirs away from Dubai’s upscale shops, the Karama Market in the old town is the go-to of savvy locals, and does a roaring trade in low-cost clothes, gifts, and accessories. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited into backrooms filled with replica designer handbags and watches, and brace yourself for lots of elbow-tugging and pleading from the vendors. One rule: There’s no point in shopping here unless you haggle—and haggle hard.

Hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10- to 20-percent service charge to bills, and sometimes an extra tourism levy of around six percent. That’s quite a sting, but it’s still customary to leave a 10- to 15-percent tip at restaurants, and to give porters and hotel room cleaners a few dirhams. Bear in mind that service charges don’t usually get to waiters and that hospitality worker earnings in Dubai are usually low. In taxis, it’s customary to round up fares to the nearest five dirhams at least.

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