Dubai’s top attractions – Top 15 must-see places to see in Dubai
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Most of the following attractions in Dubai are its symbols, so as much as the sophisticated tourist would love to see something special, the experience won’t be the same without these symbols. So in a way, this is a classic selection. You can spend the first few days in the main tourist attractions in Dubai and the next few days in the desert, the colorful shows and attractions or the neighboring emirates.
Sights to see in Dubai
Below is not just a list, but a whole review of the places worth seeing in Dubai that are a must-see. In addition to photos and descriptions of each attraction, I have detailed where it is located, how to get to it, and when you can visit it. I also pointed out the prices of admission tickets and shared tips on how and where we get them at discounted prices.
1. the Burj Khalifa.
The famous Dubai “rocket” soaring into the sky has not yet been surpassed in the title of “the tallest building in the world,” although the tower was completed back in 2010. In today’s race of high-rises, when architectural masterpieces get taller and taller every year, being in first place for ten years means something.
There is an observation deck at the top, overlooking the whole of Dubai, the Persian Gulf and the desert. This is a great opportunity to see one of the most developed megacities in the world from a bird’s eye view.
Getting there: Take the Metro to Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station (red line, please use the overpass for easy access) or bus lines 27, 28, 29, 50 and 81 to the Dubai Mall stop behind Dubai Mall. Opening hours: every day from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 21:00, all weekends. How much it costs: in a booking office and on the official site $30 for adults and $17 for children (4-12 years old) but online on the Kluck the same tickets cost $27 and $15 respectively.
2. Palm Jumeirah.
The world-famous man-made palm-shaped island is undeniably eye-catching even for those who find it hard to surprise anything in principle. It is better to look at the spreading branches of palm trees from a height, for this purpose there are helicopter flights around Dubai which cost from $126.
An easier way to see Palm Jumeirah Island is to get to it by water during a boat ride for $23, or take the monorail to the Hotel Atlantis, which is visible at the very top. Only guests are allowed to enter the hotel – rooms cost from $300 per day, but the water park at the hotel is available to absolutely everyone, and the prices are humane – only from $26.
How to get there: by cab or by monorail, which goes along the “trunk” of the island-palma every 15 minutes, the tickets are sold at the booking office at the station for cash. Hours of operation: the island is available 24 hours a day, but the monorail runs from 9:00 to 22:00 hours, the water park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. How much is it: at the box office Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park ticket costs $ 30, but you can buy online for $ 26. Russian tour operators together with a transfer take for $ 100.
3. Burj Al Arab
“The Arabian Sail, although not the highest in the world, is the only seven-star hotel on the planet. The level of luxury and comfort in it is just off the scale. Of course, to pass by the true symbol of Dubai is inadmissible.
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Most tourists just come to the nearby beach Jumeirah Beach to be photographed against the background of a “sailboat”. But for a more vivid experience, there is the option of dining at one of the hotel’s indoor restaurants.
How to get there: Take a cab or bus #8, 81 and 88 to Umm Suqeim Park stop. Opening hours: the beach overlooking the hotel is available 24 hours a day, the bars and restaurants inside each on their own schedule. How much does it cost: prices at this hotel are of course very high – rooms from $1,000 a night, and dinner at the restaurants will cost hundreds of dollars. Even a simple discounted bar costs from $87, the same amount for tea/coffee and cake and that’s on a voucher.
4. Singing Fountains.
Every day at the foot of the Burj Khalifa Tower is one of Dubai’s most grandiose shows. Several times a day under the music of the world’s hits “dance” fountains, joining the jets of water in a single rhythm.
Water extravaganza is absolutely free for all comers, the main thing is to take the right place for a view, because there are a lot of people who want to see such a spectacle.
Getting there: Similar to the Burj Khalifa Tower, i.e. either by bus 27, 28, 29, 50 and 81 from the Dubai Mall stop or take the Metro to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station (red line, a pedestrian walkway is more convenient). Opening hours: every half hour between 6pm and 11pm. How much does it cost: free of charge.
5. Dubai Marina (Marina Wolf)
The Marina Walk is a promenade along the picturesque bay where snow-white yachts and traditional boats bob on the waves, so loved by tourists. Just before sunset, the boats sail around Palm Jumeirah.
Panoramic views of Dubai in the pink haze of the setting sun, the lights of the big city, fine dining and fresh sea breeze – all this leaves unforgettable emotions from the trip.
How to get there: Take the red line subway to Jumeirah Lakes Towers or the homonymous stop and take either the streetcar or buses number 8 or 84. Operating hours: Cruise schedules may vary depending on the carrier, but usually the ships run daily from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. How much does it cost: if you choose a trip on a speedboat, it will cost $22, but if you take a traditional Arabian boat, from $23 (here the price includes dinner, drinks, shows, and an hour and a half cruise).
6. The Desert
The desert of the Arabian Peninsula is perhaps the most authentic, inherent to the land here. It lives in the souls and worldviews of local residents. Once we met a local girl Aisha who was just dropping me and my child off from a camel race, and you should have heard how she lovingly described the starry night over the desert and the fire in the sands… What for us is a lifeless wasteland, to them is a whole universe.
The desert is full of opportunities for tourists: you can go on a jeep safari or in the Ras Al Khor reserve, go on camel racing, falconry or visit a Bedouin village. So the real entertainment in the Arabian way awaits just among the sand dunes.
How to get there: with guided tours or individual guides. Hours: depending on the format of the holiday, there are both day and night tours in the desert. How much does it cost: jeep + camel safari with local guides from $ 47 or from $ 43 with Russian tour operators.
7. 7. Amusement Parks
Emirates is famous for its amusement parks. It is full of a mixture of different attractions: water slides, cartoon characters, Bollywood dancing… In this respect, Dubai will satisfy all your desires.
No matter if you are going for a holiday as an adult or with children, there is something for everyone. There are several water parks in Dubai, the main ones are Wild Wadi, Atlantis and Laguna. Among the most impressive theme parks is Legoland, IMG Worlds and MOTIONGATE.
8. Garden of Wonders
Dubai Miracle Garden is spread over 7 hectares and is planted with almost 50 million flowers. It’s hard for me to say which number is more striking, but the park is considered one of the largest in the world.
Flowers here serve as a kind of watercolor that paints all kinds of sculptures – the park has a flower plane of the Emirates airline, the world’s great architectural monuments and even life-size castles!
Getting there: Take the Metro to Mall of the Emirates station on the red line and then take bus 105 which goes all the way to the garden (travel time 15-20 minutes). Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. How much: $15 for an adult and $11 for a child (ages 3-12), and with this voucher you can enter at a discount of up to 30%.
9. Dubai Frame.
Another entertaining architectural structure has appeared in the city in recent years. By the way, the frame of Dubai catches the eye from afar – it literally grows over all the surroundings, imprisoning the panorama of the metropolis within its boundaries.
Up close the impression is a little smoothed, but as soon as you get to the upper edge you lose the power of speech: there is a glass bridge under your feet. I remember reading children’s stories as a child, I was sure that there can never be such a bridge in real life. But here is a living example that in the world all ideas and ideas are possible!
How to get there: when Al Jafiliya Metro Station (red line) leaves, look for the Emarat Bus Station and follow it to Gate 1 to enter Zabeel Park, where the Dubai Frame is located. There is also a bus F09 going every 15 minutes to Gate 4 (it is closer to Dubai Frame, the park). Opening hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, seven days a week. How much does it cost: adult admission ticket costs $14 at the box office, children (3-12 years) – $ 5.5. Online, you can buy a voucher for $28 immediately with transfer from your hotel.
10. Colorful Markets.
Authentic bazaars are a highlight of any eastern country. Despite all the modernity of Dubai, its latest trends, when you get into the local market you find yourself in the thick of the same events that took place here in the past.
The emirate is famous for its gold market, spices market, textile and perfume markets. It is no secret that many people go to Dubai for shopping. And you can understand these people, because it is very difficult to resist the abundance of local goods!
How to get there: all the markets are in the same area of Deira and you can walk through each of them during the day, “flowing” from near the gold to the spice shops. I have marked all the markets on the map below. Opening hours: 10:00 to 20:00 How much does it cost: the entrance to the markets is absolutely free and the cost of shopping depends only on the products you choose.
11. Dubai Creek.
For decades Dubai Creek has been the city’s main waterway and transportation artery linking the Deira and Bur Dubai areas. For only 1 dirham (~20 rubles) you can cross the bay on traditional Abra boats.
Apart from its main transport function, the canal has been so transformed in recent years that it has become a significant Dubai landmark.
Getting there: The Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station, Dubai’s main city pier, can be reached by metro (Al Ghubaiba Station, Green Line). Opening hours: The ferry service operates from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. How much does it cost: From 1 dirham.
The Museum of the Future
The only museum of its kind in the world – about biotechnology, innovations in climate change, artificial intelligence and robots. Its opening was timed to coincide with the beginning of the Dubai Expo in 2021.
All the most progressive and daring ideas have come together in the museum’s exhibits. It really is the future that awaits us, thousands of scientists around the world are already working on it, and it’s good to know that. It’s better to get to know it early than to be on the periphery of progress.
13. Al Fahidi.
The Al Fahidi Historical Open Air Museum mimics an ancient Arab fort. Inside the walls is a small town with squares, mosques, traditional houses and alleys. On the territory of the fortress is the oldest surviving building in the area, today it houses the Dubai Museum.
Despite the fairly believable and colorful “scenery”, the eastern atmosphere is not particularly felt here. However, the Al Bastakia area itself, where the Al Fahidi Fort is located, is no less a reflection of the local traditions.
The best way to get there: take the metro to Al Fahidi station. ~The best way to get there is by metro to Al Fahidi station where you can walk 7-10 minutes on foot. Opening hours: Every day except Fridays from 8:30 to 20:30. Cost: Entrance to Al Fahidi is free; the Dubai Museum costs Dhs 3 dirhams only.
14. Madinat Jumeirah.
The so-called Arab Venice is a tangle of canals connected by bridges. Comparison with the city on the water is somewhat appropriate, although, of course, and feels that the situation is largely artificial.
But it is done in the best traditions of the East – the classic houses with ornaments, lace arches, local wooden boats and Arab markets.
Getting there: Take buses 8 and 88 directly to the Madinat Jumeirah stop; or take the Metro to Mall of Emirates Station (Red Line) and bus 81 to the Burj Al Arab Hotel stop. Opening hours: 24 hours, but at night the establishments around are all closed, so it doesn’t look as lively and inviting. How much does it cost: free.
15. Global Village Fair.
Global Village is an amazing place to walk and shop, with a separate trade pavilion dedicated to each country. Millions of tourists visit this Dubai fairground every year from November to April.
In just a few hours, visitors take an almost round-the-world trip – each street reflects the atmosphere of a particular country, from tastes to smells, sounds, and visuals. Here you can buy goods from different countries, enjoy foreign cuisine, and watch performances of artists from all over the world.
Getting there: The Fair is quite far from the city center and there are no metro lines in this part of the city so you can only get there by bus lines No. 102 (runs from Rashidiya metro station), No. 103 (runs from Union metro station), No. 104 (from Al Ghubaiba metro station and stops near Al Jafiliya metro station) and by bus line No. 106 (runs from Mall of the Emirates metro station). I wrote about Dubai Metro in detail in this article, where I also laid out the route. Opening hours: Sat – 16:00 to midnight, Thu – Thu – 16:00 to 01:00, Monday – Ladies day, i.e. entrance only for women with children. Tickets cost: admission is only $4, children under 3 years old are free.
Map of Dubai sights in Russian
On this map I have marked all the above listed significant places that must be visited in Dubai.