Top Attractions in Dubai
Collected by Rend Beiruti, AFAR Local Expert
A trip to Dubai can feel like a visit to another century. Or even another planet. From futuristic architecture to indoor skiing to camel races to stunning Arabian Sea beaches, Dubai offers lots of distinctive sights and activities.
Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Iranians first began to settle in Dubai in the 1920s, when H.H. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum invited several Persian families. The lingering influence of this community on the old part of Dubai is still quite striking, especially in the...
99 2 C St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Wimpy waves and calm coasts—Dubai's Public Beach (also known as Umm Suqeim Beach) is as peaceful as it gets. This local secret is removed from the bustling shops and restaurants occupying (ruining?) other UAE waterfronts—perfect for...
31 A Street, Al Garhoud - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Irish Village was initially built in 1996 to cater to spectators arriving for the Dubai Tennis Championships. But over the years, it has became a city staple in its own right. In this strange little settlement within a tennis...
Head Office, UAE - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Frenetic as a beehive and as colorful as the towering piles of produce on sale, the Fruit and Vegetable Market can transport visitors back in time to the souks of old Dubai. Merchants, savvy bargainers, and...
Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The visual harmony between the high-rise buildings and the shimmering water of the canal can almost lull you into forgetting that Dubai Marina is a man-made development. Built in 2003, Dubai Marina is a residential area, yet it has generous...
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Two architectural wonders helped put Dubai on the map: the Burj Al Arab hotel, which resembles the sail of a ship out on the gulf waters, and the Palm Jumeirah, a residential development on a manmade archipelago that fans out in the...
Crescent Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Atlantis Hotel is the focal point of Dubai's giant cluster of man-made isthmuses that jut out into the Persian Gulf. Even if you can't afford to stay at this spectacular hotel, you can still go see what the decadent expat lifestyle feels like...
Citywalk,Al Wasl , Al Safa Roads,Near ENBD - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Pretty much every kooky exercise trend can be found in the gyms of Dubai, and Physique 57 has emerged as one of the favorite franchises to catch up on the latest crazes. Join Dubai’s leading bloggers and socialites...
17, The Iridium Building, Umm-e- Suqeim Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Whether you want to explore the stretch of sand dunes 40 minutes outside of Dubai or visit the largest expanse of uninhabited desert in the world, known as the Empty Quarter, a desert safari is the way to do it. There are any number of tour...
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Admit it; you're curious. A ski hill in the middle of the desert, on the Persian Gulf, no less, is as wild an idea as humankind has ever concocted—but isn't dreaming big what Dubai is all about? The slopes at Ski Dubai are no substitute for...
6 King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Shoppers, restaurant connoisseurs, travelers, and cultural enthusiasts will find the impressively designed Madinat Jumeirah a treat for all their passions. This area, once the residence of pearl divers, fishermen, and traders, is now home to many...
Al Seyahi St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
If the viewing platform from the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa doesn’t induce vertigo, why not jump out of a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Dubai? The view of the Palm Jumeirah from 13,000 feet up will literally take your breath...
Jebel ali, Al Muntazah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Where else but Dubai could you find a church, a mosque, and a Sikh temple side by side? Thanks to just this juxtaposition in Jebel Ali (a suburb of Dubai), the locals have dubbed the area Religion City. Of particular interest is the...
Street 8 - Al Quoz 1 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Alserkal Avenue runs through an industrial area in Dubai where you'll find the core of the city's art scene inside a group of warehouses. The galleries and exhibition spaces here are a must-see for art lovers and those who...
Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Safa Park is a regular stop on the weekend itineraries of most Dubai families, and as such, has a place in the childhood memories of many of the city’s residents. The family-oriented public park is ideal for a relaxed picnic...
Al Musalla Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Dubai isn't just about shopping and architecture. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers enriching and intellectually stimulating tours, meant to engage and inform visitors about Emirati history and...
Al Wasl Rd, Next to Post Office, Jumeirah 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Women in exquisitely designed abayas and all shades of Hermès sandals and men in pristine kandoras and fancy cars frequent this mall to satisfy their boutique shopping needs. Because it's in an affluent neighborhood and...
Street # 17B - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Perhaps because Dubai is home to so many Indian expats, many Emiratis have become avid fans of Bollywood films. (Several Bollywood stars, including Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan, own homes in Dubai and are often...
Naif Street, Near Naif Police Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
One of Dubai’s oldest and busiest traditional souks, Naif Souk is a great spot for buying souvenirs and trinkets that will tell the world “I just came back from Dubai!” Offering fabrics, cosmetics, street food,...
1 41 A St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When the swell is up and the waves are high, Sunset Beach is Surf City, UAE. Count on left-breaking waves at the Jebel Ali end and right-breaking waves at the northern tip of the beach. In between, expect a busy beach full of tourists, locals, and...
The Dubai Mall, Level 2, Downtown - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When Kinokuniya reopened in Dubai Mall after a brief absence, the event attracted an excited crowd of bibliophiles who cheered its return and immediately took possession of the store's wooden benches and inviting aisles and...
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Tucked behind Sheikh Zayed Road and its imposing skyscrapers, Al Satwa is a low-tech hot spot for all your tailoring needs: Patch up an old skirt, tailor a designer dress, or get fitted for a custom-made Indian sari. The textile stores here offer...
Dubai Gold Souq,Deira,Behind Malabar Gold Showroom - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
On Friday afternoons, this unassuming expanse of sand comes to life with music and athletes practicing the lively art of pehlwani, a South Asian wrestling tradition. Spectators sit on the ground to listen to the ringmaster and watch...
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