Dubai is the capital of the emirate of the same name and has about 1.8 million inhabitants. The state covers an area of about 3,900 km². The Burj Khalifa is 828 meter high and is the tallest building in the world and is located in Dubai. So much for the marginal data. But what exciting activities does the emirate have in store for its visitors? What must one have seen in Dubai? And is it worth the trip to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, the beach or the dusty desert?
Interesting places and top sights in Dubai
In the United Arab Emirates there is hardly anything that does not exist. Dubai also impresses with its impressive diversity. Fantastic miles of sandy beaches, the most spectacular buildings and pure luxury. It seems to be the largest airport, the highest tower in the world, including the highest restaurant and the highest swimming pool. The largest flag in the world hangs in Dubai, in the largest shopping centre in the world tourists and locals alike go on a shopping tour. Dubai seems unstoppable in its plans to become an emirate of superlatives and this is exactly what makes the metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert so attractive.
The Dubai Creek
Dubai is separated by the Dubai Creek, a bay of the Persian Gulf, into the two districts of Bur Dubai and Deira. One side is characterised by modernity and luxury hotels that are constantly being built, while the other side of the Arab Emirate presents itself in traditional Arab splendour.
Sights in the Dubai Mall
Among the most popular sights and most beautiful places are the Burj Khalifa with the Dubai Fountain and the Lost ChamberAquarium, directly in the Dubai Mall. A visit to the Burj-Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium is available in the popular combination offer. If you prefer to watch fish in the sea but want to climb the highest tower in the world, there are many ticket options to choose from. The ticket for the sunset is especially popular, but also a little more expensive. Cheap tickets are available for morning or evening entry. Finally you are spoilt for choice: viewing platform on the 124th floor or the exclusive "Touch the Sky" version on the 148th floor?
Traditional Dubai Highlights
If you want to get to know the traditional world of the Emirates, you should definitely make a detour to the souks and haggle with the traders here. The gold, textile and spice souks invite visitors to the former desert state to immerse themselves in the world of 1000+1 nights. We recommend a ride on the Abra across the Creek to make the tour to the historic quarters perfect.
Popular theme parks for children
Families with children and real water rats spend an unforgettable day in one of Dubai's exciting leisure and water parks. A trip to the Aquaventure Waterpark or the Wild Wadi is one of the best activities for children but adults also get their money's worth with many attractions. Also popular are the Dubai Parks and Resorts with the Motiongate, Legoland and Bollywood Parks but also Ski Dubai or IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Not to be missed on a Dubai tour
Many names of the places you must have seen in the Arab Emirate have already been mentioned. But many more should not be missing on an excursion. The Burj al Arab, is considered one of the most pompous hotels in the world. It is also open to visitors for whom an overnight stay is simply too expensive. But those who reserve a table for breakfast, dinner or a cocktail in one of the restaurants or bars can dive into the world of the rich and beautiful for comparatively little money. On the sightseeing tours, which show tourists around the city daily, the Jumeirah Beach and Palm Jumeirah, the Al Fahidi Fort, the Heritage Village and the Jumeirah Mosque are a must.
Our best ventures & outdoor activities
The Arab Emirates are no longer just a club holiday. Who travels to Dubai can not only undertake great tours here, also trips to the neighboring emirate AbuDhabi or to Oman are absolutely worth the trip. Our recommendations for unforgettable activities in the Arab Emirates:
Cooling down in the slide paradise
Because of the very hot weather, the high temperatures as well as the incredible humidity, cooling down is very important in Dubai. The sparkling water parks in Dubai are therefore very convenient and are especially popular with families with children in Dubai. Our favorite Aquaventure waterpark directly at the hotel resort of Atlantis the Palm.
Desert Safari: Thrill in the desert
If you are not looking for refreshment in the water, take a trip to the red desert Catwalk safaris in Dubai enjoy great popularity, because to hunt down the red sand dunes by quad or jeep is a special kind of pleasure. But that's not all: many safari tours also take you into the world of the Bedouins. Juicy BBQs are as much a part of the programme as camel riding, henna painting or sporting activities such as the popular sandboarding.
City tour with open deck
The best way to explore the city is on aHop on Hop off Bus Tour along the most beautiful attractions of Dubai. On different routes you will discover the different facets of the emirate and always keep a cool head in the air-conditioned buses. But the best photos are taken on the deck of the red biplanes. The buses run on different routes, so there is a tour for every taste.
Trip to Abu Dhabi
Downtown Dubai already visited? Then the trip to the neighbours is worthwhile. To the Sightseeing tours to Abu Dhabiyou can visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, make a detour to Ferrari World and visit the popular Emirates Palace. The full day tours take you to the highlights of Abu Dhabi but also offer some real insider tips. If you want to experience the life of the Arabs in Dubai in a particularly authentic way a local guide at your side is the best choice. But if you want to experience a personal German-speaking tour of Dubai, you'll have to hurry. Guides for private tours in German are quickly booked out.