From skyscrapers to endless deserts, from luxurious malls to Michelin star restaurants, Dubai has it all. While there is a stark difference between New Dubai and Old Dubai, it is safe to say that there is an umpteen number of places to see and things to do in this UAE city. Sky-high buildings that seem to defeat the laws of gravity, complex food that showcases culture, high-end shopping malls that house all the famous designer boutiques, as well as exciting theme parks for a day filled with family fun, each and every attraction in Dubai, is just a league apart. If you’re visiting Dubai for the first time or you’re just in the mood to check out some of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai, then these are the five top-rated places that you must see.
The tallest building in the world, The BurjKhalifa is a once in a lifetime experience. Set in Dubai’s Downtown, this is one of the best areas in all of Dubai. This 829.8-metre tall building also has one of the fastest lifts in the world which takes you to the top of the building within minutes. From the observation deck on the 124th floor, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Dubai – a view that is so breathtaking, you’ll never want to leave. You can go in the morning to get a whole view of the city, during the evening to watch the sky change colours as the sun sets or at night to enjoy a view of the light-up city. No real estate brokers in Dubai will be able to find a property with such a spectacular view, that’s how outstanding the view really is. You can also enjoy a 3-course meal at the Burj Club, which is a restaurant located on the 5th floor – be sure to reserve a table by the window.
Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest garden in the world, with over 50 million flowers in full bloom. That’s right, 50 million flowers for you to admire while you walk around and just take in the sights. There are also around 250 million plants in this spacious garden which is spread across 72,000 square metres. You can actually spend 3 to 4 hours here, just walking through the whole garden and getting a few pictures. Though more than anything, you should just embrace the moments and enjoy your time in nature. Probably one of the most picturesque spots in the city, this garden is definitely worth visiting if this is your first time in Dubai.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is the world’s largest indoor aquarium. With aquarium tanks that can hold up to 10 million litres of water and over 30,000 different marine animals, this aquarium should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Dubai. You can also opt for the underwater shark feeding experience where you can actually go underwater in cages and feed sharks with your bare hands. Plus, you can go cage snorkelling where you’re basically underwater in a cage surrounded by thousands and thousands of aquatic animals. If that’s too extreme for you, you can always walk through the underwater tunnel and watch the marine life in their natural habitat. Do make sure that you check the feeding schedules of the otters, rays, sharks and the king crocodiles to witness them first hand.
Another one of the best localities in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach is worth visiting if this is your first time in the city. In fact, if you’re looking for places to stay with a great view, then consider staying in a hotel or an apartment in the Jumeirah Beach vicinity. Sandy white beaches, a view of the blue water as far as your eyes can see, a variety of restaurants and cafes along the beach, an endless number of upscale yachts, the waterside Dubai Marina Mall and adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving – there is so much to do in and around Jumeirah Beach.
Mall of the Emirates
Your trip to Dubai is incomplete without actually going to the Mall of the Emirates. With over 700 stores, you can easily spend your whole day here. From high-end designer stores to local boutiques, from luxurious jewellery stores to top-end watch stores, even cosmetic stores, hypermarkets and pharmacies, there is everything under the sun in the Mall of the Emirates. Other than that, there are quite a few dining options for you to enjoy a well-deserved meal after a long day of shopping and walking around. There is even an indoor skiing region in this spacious shopping complex, as well as a bowling alley. All in all, there is more than enough to do here to keep you and your family entertained! But more than anything, you should just check out this mall to marvel at its enormity and just be wowed by the architecture.