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Welcome to Dubai

A major aviation hub and the ultimate stopover, Dubai draws travelers with its shopping, futuristic architecture—including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—and mix of old-world culture and over-the-top attractions. Scout bargains in the old town’s ancient souks and luxury brands at a 1,200-store mall; scuba dive inside a huge tank at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or hit the slopes at indoor snow park Ski Dubai; take a cruise aboard a traditional dhow; and head into the desert for dune-bashing in a 4x4 followed by dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp.

Top 10 attractions in Dubai

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

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Carved along the Gulf shoreline south of Dubai’s The Palm island, Dubai Marina is a skyscraper-packed waterfront community that’s one of the city’s swishest residential and leisure hotspots. At its heart is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) waterway framed by residential blocks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.More
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

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The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

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Jutting into the Persian Gulf from southern Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and ringed by a crescent-shaped breakwater. The world’s biggest artificial island, it draws visitors to its palatial hotels, theme parks, and shopping malls.More
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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

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Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates’ history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline. Dioramas and artifacts convey what daily life was like for Dubai’s earliest communities, while life-sized re-creations of the city’s early souks and wharfs bring the past to life.More
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Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

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Dubai’s internationally famous Gold Souk has its roots in the 1940s, when Indian and Iranian traders began setting up stalls in the area. Today, it’s one of the world’s busiest jewelry markets, with hundreds of shops and stalls selling just about everything that glitters—namely, gold. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through the souk, with a whopping 10 tons for sale in the market at any given moment.More
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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The world’s largest shopping mall by area, The Dubai Mall boasts a huge range of attractions—making it a full-blown UAE entertainment destination. At the heart of Downtown Dubai, this 4-level colossus houses around 1,300 stores, plus restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the Burj Khalifa.More
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Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

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Running about 15 miles (25 kilometers) along Dubai’s Persian Gulf coast, Jumeirah Beach is a go-to for sun and surf lovers. Named after Dubai’s nearby residential Jumeirah district, the beach extends from Jumeirah Mosque in the north to Palm Jumeirah in the south, and includes of a string of private sections and public beaches.More
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Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)

Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)

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The seawater Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)—which flows between Deira and Bur Dubai in the historic center of the United Arab Emirates city—is the reason for Dubai's very existence. It’s been widened many times during the last century and, today, it's often full of abra (wooden water taxis) ferrying passengers between the souks of Deira on the northeastern bank and the historic district of Bur Dubai on the southwestern bank.More
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Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

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Tucked into Dubai’s Deira district just north of Dubai Creek, the Dubai Spice Souk offers some of the city’s most rewarding shopping. Here, covered alleyways brim with stalls that sell all manner of Arabian and Asian spices, herbs, and delicacies, making the souk ideal for souvenir hunters and anyone hoping to get a sense of old Dubai.More

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Dubai

Top activities in Dubai

Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai
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Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Hot Air Balloon Ride, Vintage Land Rover Ride & Breakfast
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Dubai Helicopter Tour
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Dubai Helicopter Tour

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Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
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6-Hour Dubai Desert Dinner Safari with Quad Biking and Sandboarding
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Abu Dhabi City Tour Including Ferrari World Tickets Guided Tour from Dubai
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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Fun
Elizabeth_C, Jul 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
Perfect way to see the sights.
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City
Tittorrian_R, Jun 2021
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance
Very nice and worth it a person get a chance to know how the building was made and a chance to see the whole city of Dubai
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Touring the desert with family
Armando_P, Jun 2021
Premium Desert Safari, Barbeque, 3 Shows, Camel Ride, Sandboard at Majlis Camp
Gave us many tips even after the desert on what to see in Dubai
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Scenic and informative way to see the sights.
Adam_R, May 2021
Big Bus Dubai Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Good way to see the city and get an idea of how to get around.
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Nice tour.
Tine_V, May 2021
Snapshot Tour of Dubai
This was a nice excursion to see Dubai in once.
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Best day in Dubai
Peter_M, May 2021
Full-Day Guided Red Dunes Desert Tour in Dubai with Camel Ride
Great variation of different activities.
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Great Tour Waseem!
Riley_E, Apr 2021
Night Layover in Dubai Private Tour
Waseem did a fantastic job showing me around to all the best attractions in Dubai while providing commentary and insight.
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Amazing
Eduardo_M, Apr 2021
Full Day Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Ticket 'At the Top'
Hope to see Mr.
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It was a great experience.
Linda_B, Apr 2021
Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa - At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)
It is a once in a life time experience to see some of the things in Dubai as it is for some of the other things that man has made.
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Amazing
Fatmata_R, Apr 2021
Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows
He made sure to keep everyone engaged throughout the car ride there and back, and continuously checked on us through out all the activities we did while at the safari.
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Fun!!
natasha_c, Mar 2021
Dubai Top 5
got to see the best of Dubai all at once.
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Top tour
Stoyan_P, Feb 2021
Dubai Guided Sightseeing Boat Tours
You should definitely take this tour , it's triling and you get to see Dubai skyline from a different point of view.
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Amazing experience
Mariya_K, Feb 2021
Dubai Fountains Show Lake Ride
This show is better to see from the boat than from the Dubai mall site.
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Royal Smart Great - Ski Dubai, so-so
Scott_B, Jul 2021
Ski Dubai Snow Classic Admission Ticket
We ended up waiting in lines in Ski Dubai to upgrade to get some what is called skiing done (from Utah, ski dozens of days each winter, so this was a just to say I've done it).
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The best tour I have ever taken
Quazi_B, Jul 2021
Desert 4x4 Safari: Free ATV ride, Camel Ride, BBQ Dinner, Traditional Live Shows
Any tourist planning to visit Dubai must take this tour to have a very satisfying experience.
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Rated 5 stars for a reason!
Avery_B, Jul 2021
Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
Shihab was our driver/guide and he made it feel like an adult summer camp.
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Right Choice in Dubai!!!
Liju_J, Jun 2021
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
I was surprised to see that they have a very special unique facility at their camp where you can buy the Emirati dress, Scarf, Souvenirs and all almost at the cost price.
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Fun in the Sun
Tina_N, Jun 2021
Dubai Self-drive Quad Bike, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride and Refreshments
We did the typical touristy city things, but my favorite was this tour where we went out to the desert and did multiple activities.
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Amazing time!!
Juan_L, May 2021
Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
Overall great experience he was very informative on fun things to check out while in Dubai.
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Very nice experience!
Luciana_P, Apr 2021
Dubai City Half-Day City Tour
Due to COVID 19, some of the attractions were closed, but she did everything on her hands to make sure we would see everything and have a great experience!

All about Dubai

When to visit

The best times to visit Dubai are late fall through early spring—anytime from November to March—when average temperatures range between the high 70s and high 80s Fahrenheit and you can enjoy the outdoors (provided you’re armed with sunscreen). Summer temperatures hover around 100°F and come with high humidity, making Dubai something of a sauna from May until September, but hotel rates also plunge by up to 75 percent, and you can simply hop from one air-conditioned attraction to another.

Getting around

Dubai’s heat and highways work against walking, although it’s easier to go by foot in Deira and other older districts. The easiest alternative is a taxi, with plenty to flag down and reasonable rates—think about $1 to $2 per kilometer, plus an initial standing charge. For longer distances, use the Dubai Metro, which runs between Dubai Airport and the Creek, and on to Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Downtown. To save hassle, buy a Nol card, and pre-load it to avoid the often-long ticket lines at stations. You can also use your Nol on Dubai’s buses, trams, and waterbuses.

Traveler tips

If you’re after cheap souvenirs away from Dubai’s upscale shops, the Karama Market in the old town is the go-to of savvy locals, and does a roaring trade in low-cost clothes, gifts, and accessories. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited into backrooms filled with replica designer handbags and watches, and brace yourself for lots of elbow-tugging and pleading from the vendors. One rule: There’s no point in shopping here unless you haggle—and haggle hard.

Hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10- to 20-percent service charge to bills, and sometimes an extra tourism levy of around six percent. That’s quite a sting, but it’s still customary to leave a 10- to 15-percent tip at restaurants, and to give porters and hotel room cleaners a few dirhams. Bear in mind that service charges don’t usually get to waiters and that hospitality worker earnings in Dubai are usually low. In taxis, it’s customary to round up fares to the nearest five dirhams at least.

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