Our top 10 Dubai attractions
1. Burj Khalifa:
Claiming the title of tallest building in the world, this architectural masterpiece soars 828 metres into the sky and boasts an incredible 163 floors. Don’t miss the At the Top Sky Experience, where those with a head for heights are transported 555 metres upwards to the world’s highest outdoor observation deck. There are also viewing decks on levels 124 and 125 which provide amazing 360-degree vistas of the city and surrounding desert and ocean.
2. Dubai Desert Safari:
An experience not to be missed, take a thrilling 4x4 journey across sand dunes and into the stunning Dubai Desert. See incredible sunsets, ride a camel and be entertained by belly dancers and traditional musicians while savouring a delicious Middle Eastern feast under the stars at a Bedouin-style camp.
3. Dubai Museum:
Inhabiting Dubai’s oldest surviving building, the Al Fahidi Fort, a striking citadel built in 1799, the museum houses a series of galleries and collections which showcase the city’s remarkable history and transition from humble trading port to ultra-modern metropolis.
4. Jumeirah Mosque:
This stunning religious landmark is a beautiful example of modern Islamic architecture and is the only mosque in the city open to non-Muslims. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts tours of the mosque 6 days a week as part of its Open Doors. Open Mind program. Featuring a huge sandstone dome and intricate minarets, the mosque is also floodlit at night, making it even more photo worthy.
5. Wild Wadi Water Park:
Situated in front of the iconic Burj Al Arab, this massive water park is themed around Juna, a well-known character from Arabian folklore. With 30 rides and attractions on offer, there is something to suite all ages, sizes and levels of thrill seeking.
6. Burj Al Arab:
One of Dubai’s most recognisable landmarks, this uber-luxurious hotel stands like a billowing sail on its own man-made private island. Here opulence knows no bounds with helicopter transfers, private butler service and even 24-carat gold ipads available to guests. Those not staying at the hotel can still dine at any of the award-winning restaurants, savour a decadent high tea in the atrium lounge or enjoy a cocktail in the stunning Skyview Bar, perched 200 metres above sea level.
7. Dubai Creek:
This saltwater creek divides the city with Deira on one side and Bur Dubai on the other. To gain a different perspective of this modern metropolis, drift down the creek on an abra, a traditional Arabian sailing boat, and enjoy the glitz and glamour from afar. Or alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along the banks and discover a myriad of colourful souks along the way.
8. Palm Jumeirah:
Another one of Dubai’s man-made wonders, this artificial archipelago, built to resemble a palm, is best appreciated from above where it appears to ‘grow’ out of the coastline. Extending into the Arabian Gulf, the island is home to thousands of private villas and apartments, a monorail and a plethora of luxury hotels, including the fabulously lavish Atlantis, The Palm.
9. The Dubai Fountain:
It is no surprise that the world’s largest choreographed fountain is found at the base of the world’s tallest building, Burj Al Kahlifa. Watch water dance in time to a selection of classic, Arabic and international tunes as illuminated sprays reach heights of 150 metres. Shows run daily and are most spectacular in the evening.
10. Madinat Jumeirah:
Spanning over 40 hectares, this spectacular resort is a fantasy recreation of old Arabia. Two of its main draw cards include the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a myriad of alleyways bursting with cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and galleries and the 3 kilometres of meandering waterways which can be explored on a traditional abra.