Top 10 Places to Visit in Dubai
Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates’ prime vacation spots. Families visit from all over the world for the sales, sunshine and family fun. From the sightseeing attractions of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to the old-world feel of the Bastakia district, Dubai has many cultural highlights that make it a must-visit location on any traveller’s bucket list.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 places to visit in Dubai. Next time you are in town, contact us to schedule your private chauffeur services to any one of these awe-inspiring locations.
#1 Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Yes, everyone suggests Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as a place to visit while you’re in Dubai, but there’s a reason for that – it is truly a significant and distinct hotel. Construction finished on this iconic tower in 1999 and it opened its doors that December; since then, it has maintained the number one spot on Dubai’s must see places. It has also become a symbol of modern Dubai – the distinctive sail-shaped silhouette pulls the eyes of visitors and locals alike. Despite what most guidebooks suggest, we think you should visit Burj Al Arab Jumeirah during the day. Book your lunch at the Skyview Bar to enjoy the amazing panoramic views of the city.
#2 Desert Safari
What could be more exciting and unusual than travelling from futuristic Dubai to an authentic natural desert? Feel the ambience of Bedouin life as you stand in the vast sands of the Arabian desert; pump up your adrenaline by cruising over the sand dunes in 4x4s; or enjoy it at a more sedate pace on the back of a camel. There are a few companies available to organize your own personal Dubai safari (we would be happy to put you in contact with them!) Cap off your desert adventure with delicious, fresh, authentic Arabic cuisine paired with traditional Arabic music. A must visit.
#3 Burj Khalifa’s Observation Deck
Once you’ve returned from your foray into the desert, take a trek to the top of the Burj Khalifa tower to enjoy a fascinating view of the city from their observation desk. A soaring 555 meters tall, it is the highest outdoor observatory in the world. According to their website: “Your journey begins when you step into At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY lounge, from where you will be personally escorted to a dedicated elevator. Inside, watch in amazement as specially designed projections give you the feeling of flying over global landmarks as you ascend to Level 125.”
#4 Dubai Mall Aquarium
You’ve been miles above the earth and out in the dry, waterless expanse of the desert, now it’s time to admire and appreciate underwater life. At the Dubai Mall Aquarium, you can go snorkelling with sharks, visit an underwater zoo (where the King Croc lives) and exploring the world’s largest suspended tank from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat are just a few of the exciting adventures you can enjoy at the Dubai Aquarium at the Dubai Mall.
Every day, the world’s largest dancing fountain wows spectators with 22,000 gallons of airborne water, 1.5 million lumens of projected light and spray heights of up to 450 feet all choreographed to classical, Arabic and world music. Set in Burj Lake outside the Dubai Mall in the heart of Dubai, this 30-minute show has featured music from the world-renowned Andrea Bocelli, Sama Dubai and Baba Yetu. Amazing, short and spectacular – it’s also free, which means there’s no excuse not to stop by.
Get in touch with Dubai’s original city – Bastakia Quarter is the most authentic and picturesque place in Dubai. Built in the 19th century by Persian merchants, Bastakia is a conservation area that features narrow alleys (for pedestrians), restored buildings, wind towers (an early but effective form of air conditioning) and these exciting tourist destinations:
Explore the labyrinth of lanes and alleyways, stopping at one of the many shops and coffee shops along as you wander.
#7 One and Only Royal Mirage, Arabian Court
Explore the open-air restaurants, the Al Koufa Fort and Amphitheatre, Peregrine Ballroom, Arabian Courtyard, Samovar Lounge and more. This is the perfect place to be for a nice Arabic-style dinner, complete with Arabic mezze and music.
#8 Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a recreation of traditional Arabic markets. If you’re visiting in the summer, this is the best place to visit and enjoy Arabic ambience. Traditional Middle Eastern in style, “visitors enter a world reminiscent of ancient Arabia through sight, smell and sound as sunlight peers through the wood carved archways showcasing intricate Arabic architectural design,” reads their website. Open from 10am until 11pm, seven days a week, there are a myriad of shops, cafés and world-renowned restaurants to keep you entertained all day long.
You could spend all day exploring the Atlantis the Palm Hotel and you will feel like you have discovered one of the most amazing places in the world. In addition to the hotel, Atlantis the Palm has a massive water park, Lost Chambers Aquarium, activities like playing with the dolphins, shark safari, water slides and river rides. When you’re finished working up an appetite, stay for dinner at one of their quality restaurants.
#10 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center Abu Dhabi
This last must-visit on our list is not in Dubai, but it’s just a hop skip and a jump away. We’d be happy to provide you with the chauffeur services you need to take a day trip out to where the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan transformed his dream of building a mosque worthy of worship. Work on this massive, beautiful building started at the end of last century and was completed in 2007, when it finally opened for worship. This great landmark features four minarets and 82 domes, each representing different Islamic styles and supporting “noble Islamic cultural values”. No words can describe the inspired beauty of this building – you should experience it for yourself.