What to see in Dubai: the 10 must-see attractions!

Traveling among the most famous attractions of Dubai: from the Burj Khalifa and its dancing fountain to the Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah, from the luxurious shopping centers to the Creek and the historic district of Bastakiya.

Our travel guide tells you 10 places not to be missed during your stay in Dubai. With our organization and our services, you can book directly from your country one or more of these wonderful attractions such as a visit to the Burj Al Arab, the famous “sail” that has become the icon of Dubai, Palm Island, and the Al Bahar souk. Or the Burj Khalifa; you can also book dinners and cocktails in the most exclusive restaurants and hotels in the city, in order to make your holiday even more unforgettable. Dubai, the 10 must-see attractions:

1. Burj Khalifa

The “Tower of the Caliph” was inaugurated in the heart of Downtown Dubai in 2010 and at 828 meters in height, it is simply the tallest man-made building ever since. The in-depth study of our Magazine entitled The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the record skyscraper, is dedicated to this architectural marvel.

 

2. Burj Al Arab

Let’s move to the coast. The Burj Al-Arab or “Tower of the Arabs” is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, at the time of its opening it even boasted 7 stars (currently, however, only 5 are recognized). Located on Jumeirah Beach, 15 km south of Downtown, on an artificial island connected to the mainland by a 280-meter bridge, it is characterized by a particular “sail” shape designed by a team of architects who made it a real icon. Its construction began in 1994 and finished in 1999 with a total cost of 650 million dollars.

3. Jumeirah Palm and Atlantis

This amazing palm-shaped artificial island is considered “the eighth wonder of the world”. It houses a number of commercial properties and exclusive residential homes with their own private beaches. Located on its crescent is the prestigious Atlantis. The Palm Resort with its AquaVenture water park. Further north along the coast, just in front of Jumeirah Beach, the emirs have made things even bigger: The World is a project still under completion, an archipelago of artificial islands that (seen from above) reproduce the shapes of the continents on the world map.

4. Dubai Fountain

Let’s go back Downtown. The Dubai Fountain is located in the artificial pond at the base of the famous Burj Khalifa: obviously, it is the largest dancing fountain in the world. Larger than the dancing fountain complex of the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which it is clearly inspired by. Alex Salamoun designed it, it is 275 meters long and the water jets can reach a height of 150 meters. Ideal to see it in the evening, from 7 pm to 11 pm (at half-hour intervals) when a show of water games, coordinated with the background music, would leave anyone speechless.

 

5. Shopping Malls

Within walking distance of the Dubai Fountain is the next attraction in Dubai that you shouldn’t miss. The Dubai Mall is not only one of the largest shopping malls in the world but offers around 1,200 shops of internationally known designers and fashion chains as well as some experiences that you can only find in Dubai.

6. Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah means “City of Jumeirah” and the best way to describe this village is “a city within a city”. It is a building project complete with canals and buildings aimed at recreating the atmosphere of a typical Arab city, with the aim of showing what life was like for the inhabitants of the Creek area before Dubai became what it is today. From the depths of time, in a place of extraordinary beauty, the Madinat Jumeirah appears, an imposing expression of a rich historical heritage and a fascinating cultural tradition. The Madinat Jumeirah is located within a magnificent 40-hectare landscape in front of a large private and equipped beach dominated by the Burj Al Arab, the symbol of Dubai. Definitely worth a walk.

7. Ski at the Emirates Mall

The Mall of the Emirates is another address that lovers of shopping and entertainment must absolutely mark on their agenda.

What makes it an essential destination for anyone who decides to visit Dubai, however, is not only the over 500 boutiques and shops it hosts but its ski slope.

8. The historic district of Bastakiya

The area north of the Jumeirah Mosque and the Dubai Frame is the oldest part of the city, and it is also one of the few that retains traces of authenticity. In particular, at the Al Fahidi Historical District you will find traditional houses and buildings, exhibitions and museums; in addition to the Al Fahidi fort (whose construction dates back to the end of the 18th century, it is the oldest building in Dubai!), what remains of the old Persian quarter, once inhabited by fishermen and merchants, has been entirely renovated for conservation purposes in 2005 and can be easily walked around. It is in fact a maze of narrow and winding alleys with a very characteristic atmosphere close to Dubai Creek.

9. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai), is the river that flows into the city of Dubai, drawing a wide bend that flows from the port to Jumeirah Beach. Do not miss a mini cruise, or better still a ride on the old ferries (wooden boats) that connect the various river stations. Or if you are a romantic, enjoy dinner aboard a Dhow with a glass keel, a real delight for the passengers.

10. Gold Souk & Spice Souk

After crossing Dubai Creek, finally, there is Deira: the market district. If there is one thing that can be found cheaply in Dubai, it is gold. In fact, there is a real tradition of trade and gold processing that has its roots in the historical periods in which the country was a crossroads of trade that closed from the Indies to Europe and vice versa. There are, therefore, in Dubai, numerous typical indoor shops (called Suk or Souk, or the traditional Arab markets), specialized in the marketing of gold; most of them are concentrated in the district of Deira, in the area immediately behind the Creek. The nearby Spice Souk, on the other hand, is the Arab spice market par excellence. Once immersed in the heart of this market, the fragrances, aromas of spices, and various condiments will surround you.

 

These days because of Expo 2020 Dubai, you have time to visit Dubai as well as an international exhibition. Our page ”Expo 2020 Dubai: “Connecting minds, creating the future” will help you find useful information about this wonderful exhibition.

With friendly Iran you can make the dream of a holiday in Dubai come true, being able to visit the points of interest and enrich your stay with many travel experiences that will make it unforgettable.

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