Whether it’s for a honeymoon, business retreat, family vacation or a perfect getaway, Dubai is one of the best destinations. There is certainly no shortage of places to visit in Dubai. Check out or top 10.
Dubai has certainly transformed from a fishing settlement it once was. The city now oozes ultra-modernization. Dubai has its own unique flavour in the Middle East and its city of luxury and relaxation with a few extremes. It has become a favourite go-to destination for many Nigerians. The best part is you can even travel to Dubai on a budget.
When to Visit Dubai
Many tourists visit Dubai between October and April when the weather is dry and warm. Thanks to a desert climate, temperatures rise in the summer between June and September which may not be ideal for tourists.
There are many awesome places to visit in Dubai but if you are going there for the first time, then your visit won’t be complete without visiting some or all of these places listed below.
10 Places To Visit In Dubai
1. At the Top of Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa was inaugurated in 2010. Before then, it was called Burj Dubai. The skyscraper, standing at a staggering 828 meters, is the world’s tallest building. No visit to Dubai is complete without a view from the wonderful observation deck.
Burj Khalifa has two observation decks. The lower deck popularly called “At the Top” stands at a height of 452 meters which made it the highest observation deck in the world. But the record was broken by an observation deck in Canton Tower, China which made Burj Khalifa open a new deck called “At the Top Sky” which stands at 555 meters. It is now the highest observation deck in the world.
The view from this place is magnificent! You can view Dubai skylines and there is also a telescope that shows you what Dubai looks like either at day or at night. Awesome isn’t it?
2. Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is a 7-star luxury hotel located in Dubai. It is the third tallest hotel in the world and it stands on an artificial island. It has 202 guest accommodations and 70 floors. The hotel has a shape of a sail-ship. Its features are certainly extraordinary and if you can afford it, it’s definitely one of the best places to lodge in Dubai.
3. Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah is a tree-shaped artificial archipelago in Dubai. It is mostly renowned for its classy hotels, luxury apartments, and world-class restaurants. Some of the luxurious hotels and resorts that can be found on Palm Jumeirah include:
- Atlantis, The Palm
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
- Kingdom of Sheba, Palm Jumeirah
- The Retreat Palm Dubai
- The 8
- W Hotel
- Dukes Dubai
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa etc.
To move around, there are various transportation options such as a monorail, yacht or speedboat.
To add extra gloss to your visit, you can skydive above the island. It’s a daring but divine experience.
4. Mall of the Emirates
Recognized by Forbes as one of the best top 5 shopping malls in Dubai, Mall of Emirates certainly lives up to its hype. The features of the mall include 630 high-end Retail outlets, 7900 Parking spaces, over a 100 restaurants & cafes, 80 & 250 luxury, and flagship store respectively. If you get bored of shopping, there are plenty of fun things to do such as visiting the magic planet, family theme park or the indoor ski and snow park popularly called Ski Dubai.
If you are still wondering why all the hype, you certainly have your answer.
5. The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is the largest choreographed fountain system in the world. It is built on a 30-acre artificial Burj Khalifa Lake.
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It is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 coloured projects. The length is 246ft and water reaches up to 500ft in the air which is usually accompanied by both Arabic and world music. Just standing and watching this beautiful masterpiece will definitely leave you in awe. It is defintely one of the best places to visit in Dubai.
6. Wild Wadi Waterpark
If you are looking for things to do in Dubai and you love swimming, then you can’t afford to miss going to Wild Wadi waterpark. It is located in Jumeirah, in front of Burj Al Arab and it offers 30 rides and attractions perfect for all age ranges. It also has artificial surfing machines and a waterfall that turns off every 10 minutes.
Dubai is naturally hot so this is definitely a way to keep fresh and wet while in Dubai.
7. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai, located inside the Mall of Emirates (mentioned above) is an indoor ski resort that features an extraordinary 22,500 square meters of an indoor ski area. To put that into perspective, it is equal to 3 football fields. It is the first indoor ski of its kind in the Middle East.
It also houses 3000 square meters of snow which feature toboggan runs, giant snowballs, an ice cave and so on. Other fun activities to do include skiing, snowboarding, chair lifting and seeing snow penguins. You can equally warm yourself with an avalanche café taken in minus 4 degrees temperature.
8. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
If you are a fan of aquatic animals, then your visit to Dubai is incomplete without visiting Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. The 10 million liter aquarium tank is located on the ground level of the Dubai Mall. It has the honour of being the World’s largest suspended aquarium. It measures 51 meters in length, 11 meters in height and 20 meters in width and it is home to thousands of aquatic animals.
There are over 300 Sharks currently living in it including the world’s largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks. The truth is, you’ll never know how amazing this place is until you see it for yourself!
9. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Visiting any part of the world is incomplete without an adventure. Enter IMG worlds of Adventure. As the name implies, it features a whole lot of adventures such as roller coasters, animatronic dinosaurs, cartoon network characters, Marvel superheroes and a Novo cinema complex. It is located within the city of Arabia and has the capacity to accommodate over 20,000 guests per day. Yes! It is that big.
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If you are visiting Dubai with your kids, this is one place they can’t afford to miss.
10. Dubai Miracle Garden
If you are a lover of nature, then Dubai Miracle Garden is a place you certainly don’t want to miss out on going to. It is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai. Launched on February 14, 2013, it occupies over 72,000 square meters. This makes it the largest natural garden housing over 109 million flowers.
It’s truly one of a kind and offers recreational activities, parking spaces, sitting areas and so on. If you need a miracle, this is where to be. It also houses the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the largest indoor butterfly garden in the world with over 15,000 butterflies.
If you plan on visiting Dubai Miracle garden, you have to go between October and April. It is usually closed between May and September due to the extremely hot temperature averaging 40 degrees which is not conducive to viewing flowers.
There you have it! Our top 10 places to visit in Dubai. There are other wonderful places to tour such as The Dubai Mall, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Dolphinarium, Dubai Zoo, Zabeel Park etc.