Dubai is an imposing city in the United Arab Emirates. Home to the highest buildings in the world, literally scraping the sky. Apart from its impressing and over the top architecture, Dubai enchants its visitors with a breath-taking nature experience and the beauty of the amazing desert landscape. If you are planning to visit this amazing place, you should definitely not miss out on the following 10 sights in Dubai.
1. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa is one of the most popular buildings in Dubai and with a height of 828 m the highest building in the world. Visitors can go up to 638 m and enjoy a memorable view onto the city. It is worthwhile booking your Burj Khalifa ticket in advance since the tickets are often sold out on the spot. If you are struggling with severe vertigo you can still enjoy an amazing Burj Khalifa experience during the Dubai Fountain performance accompanied by Arabic music in front of the building every evening. The Burj Khalifa is not only one of the most spectacular sights in Dubai, but also in the world.
2. Dubai Mall
The Mall consists of 1,200 shops and the largest Gold-Souk, with 220 shops, in the world. But it wouldn’t be a Mall in Dubai if you could only do your shopping there. Further attractions are an olympic-sized ice rink, an adventure land for children and a huge aquarium, which extends over three storeys and holds 10,000 m³ of seawater. There you can have a look at a variety of marine creatures after an exhausting shopping trip.
3. Desert of Dubai
During your stay you should at least once leave the city behind and make an excursion to the desert. Visit the camel farm, take a trip on a quad or enjoy the unspoilt landscape of Dubai’s desert during a Desert Safari.
4. Jumeirah Mosque
If you are interested in Islamic culture you should visit Jumeirah Mosque which is considered the biggest and most beautiful mosque in Dubai. During sunlight the building shines with its ivory facade and by night the mosque is magnificently illuminated. Moreover it reflects the impressive and modern Islamic architecture as well as it represents the countrie’s cultural heritage.
5. Palm Islands – Palm Jumeirah
Palm Islands are artificially created archipelagos in the shape of palmtrees. Currently only the ‘Palm Jumeirah’ is open to traffic. This island consists of three sections: a trunk, the 16 palm fronds and the crescent which encircles the other two sections of the island. The huge hotel complex Atlantis is situated on the outer ring of the island as well as many more resorts and entertainment facilities. The best way to explore the island is a joyride with a zodiac around Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab.
6. Burj Al Arab
One of the most spectacular sights in Dubai is the luxurious five star hotel Burj Al Arab. It is known throughout the world partly due to its inexhaustable luxury and due to its distinct architecture that makes this hotel to a landmark of Dubai. It measures 321 m and looks like a canvas of a sailing-boat from the outside. To get inside the hotel without spending a fortune you should book an evening in the Skyview Bar, cocktails and a breath-taking view included.
7. Dubai Creek
The best way to explore the old town of Dubai is to start at Dubai Creek. The creek is 14 kilometres long and divides the two districts Bur Dubai and Deira. It seems unimaginable that the development of Dubai started with a few shacks of fishermen and pearldivers who settled along the creek. You can take the Dhow boat trip which will cover many of the sights and attractions and additionally you will get the whole picture of Dubai’s skyline.
8. Wild Wadi Waterpark
If you are looking for some fun activity during a hot day you should pack your swim suit and enter Wild Wadi Waterpark in the area of Jumeirah. 49,000 square metres with 23 different pools, 28 waterslides and two artificial surfing machines are promising cooling and lots of fun and action. The park also includes an artificial waterfall which is 18 metres high and was dubbed ‘Wadi’ meaning ‘dry riverbed’ in the Arabic language.
9. Dubai Museum
This museum is the oldest building in Dubai and was built in 1787. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort and was opened in 1971 to display the traditional life of Dubai and its origins. You will learn about the changes and the development of the city after the oil reserves were found and money allegedly became an unceasing source.
10. Atlantis – the Palm Hotel
This stunning building is alone for its size and architecture worthwile a trip. At the peak of the palm Jameirah you can chose between a wide range of activities. You can spend your time in the aquarium, the water park “Aquaventure“ or,- you can scuba-dive or swim with the friendly dolphins in the dolphenarium.
Text: Svea Michardt