Bigger…Better…Grander! That seems to be the motto of Dubai. The city is the largest and most populous of the of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates – UAE. Dubai is considered to have the largest immigrant population in the world. Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the region. Relative liberal policies — by Middle Eastern standards — and excellent tourism infrastructure has added to its popularity. Stunning architecture, attractive shopping festivals, and a vibrant nightlife make Dubai a must-visit attraction in the Middle East. Here is our pick of the top 10 attractions that should not be missed in Dubai.
- Dubai Museum
The Dubai Museum is one of the must-see attractions in the city. It is housed in the refurbished Al Fahidi Fort. This fort dates back to 1787 when it was built to protect the Dubai Creek. Over the decades the fort had served as a royal residence, a prison, and a seat of the government. Visitors to the museum are greeted by old maps of the region showcasing the growth of Dubai and the Emirates from the oil boom. While the upper level of the museum has displays of traditional reed houses, weapons, and musical instruments, the basement of the fort has several dioramas and exhibits from traditional Emirati life.
- Old Dubai
While it is the glitz and the glamour that is the biggest draw of Dubai, the city also has a medieval section which should certainly be explored. Known as the Bastakia Quarter, it is one of the few remaining remnants of what Dubai was in the 19th century. Take a stroll of this area, also known as the Al Fahidi neighborhood, to have a feel of Dubai from the bygone period. Look out for the innovative Wind Towers. These towers were part of the air-conditioning system of the city! The wind was trapped in the towers and funneled to the houses. The whole neighborhood is dotted with many art galleries and cafes.
- Juemeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque is located just opposite the Palm Strip Mall. It is the largest mosque in Dubai and is a popular attraction with tourists. The mosque is one of the very few in Dubai that allows non-Muslims inside it. In fact, regular guided tours are available every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Jumeirah Mosque is a stunning work of architecture. The interiors are decorated with intricate calligraphy in Arabic. While you can visit he mosque in the daytime for the guided tour, try to visit after sundown also when it is beautifully illuminated.
- The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is the largest dancing fountain in the world. It stretches for 270 meters in length and shoots water to a height up to 150 meters. The colorful and rhythmic display has made it a very popular attraction with tourists and locals alike. The Dubai Fountain is located on the Burj Dubai Lake and is accessible through the Dubai Mall. There is a show every 30 minutes between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Deira neighborhood is located right next to the Dubai International Airport. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new. On one end you have the ancient dhows on the shore and the winding streets cradling traditional souks — markets. On the other you have posh hotels and office spaces dominating the skyline. Deira is the ideal place if you are hunting for traditional souvenirs. Most notable Is the Gold Souk which is considered to be the largest gold market in the world. Other notable attractions include the late 19th century Heritage House, and Al-Ahmadiya School from 1912 — the oldest school in Dubai, which has been transformed to a museum.
- Dubai Marina
The Dubai Marina is one the popular places to have a relaxed stroll and meal in Dubai after sundown. It is located right beside the iconic Palm Jumeirah. The Dubai Marina is considered to be the largest man made marina in the world. A stunning skyline coupled with a beautiful beach and numerous cafes and restaurants make up the marina. There are 2 walkways — Marina Walk and The Walk — which you can take to explore the neighborhood. Other then the upscale boutique shops, the Dubai Marina has an open air market in the weekend evenings between October and May. If you are into yachts, then this is the place to rent a yacht and enjoy a cruise.
- The Dubai Mall
Dubai is regarded as one of the premier shopping destinations in Asia. The city is dotted with many malls and shopping centers. The Dubai Mall — located right next to the Burj Khalifa — is the largest mall in the world by total area. It has a total retail floor area of half a million square meters spread over 4 floors! There is parking space for over 14,000 vehicles! The Dubai Mall is home to the Dubai Aquarium and an indoor theme park.
- Palm Islands
The Palm Islands is an archipelago of the 3 largest artificial islands in the world — Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Deira Island. Each of the these islands is shaped like a palm tree with the trunk connecting it to the mainland. Only Palm Jumeirah is functional at this time. It covers an area of 5 square kilometers and is connected through a monorail and freeway bridge. Upscale boutiques, luxury resorts, and sporting marinas are the prime attractions of Palm Jumeirah.
- Burj al-Arab
The Burj al-Arab is one of the most photographed attractions of Dubai. Standing at 321 m, it is the 3rd highest hotel in the world. Resembling the sail of a ship, the hotel is located on a private island, about 280 m off the coast of Jumeirah Beach. There is a private bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Burj al-Arab is not only known for its unique design, it is also one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The hotel has a helipad at 210 m above ground level which has been featured in several promos and videos. Visit the hotel after sundown when there is a synchronized light show.
- Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world. It has a staggering height of 828 m and literally dominates the skyline of Dubai. The Burj Khalifa has a string of records under its name. It has the most number of floors for a building — 211 to be precise. It is home to the highest nightclub in the world — in the 144th floor. The At.mosphere Restaurant in the 122nd floor is the highest restaurant in the world — at 442 m. The Burj Khalifa has 2 observation deck packages. The first is on the 124th floor, and the second on the 148th floor. The latter is the highest observation deck in the world and costs AED500 for an adult ticket.
Originally posted 2017-05-19 07:56:50.