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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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Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
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Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & 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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Abu Dhabi City Tour Including Ferrari World Tickets Guided Tour from Dubai
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6-Hour Dubai Desert Dinner Safari with Quad Biking and Sandboarding
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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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This is the way to see...
carol_h, Nov 2021
Guided Transportation with English Driver
This is the way to see the major attractions in Dubai.
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Enjoyable ride around the palm
Rhian_N, Nov 2021
Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab...
Good morning trip to see some of Dubai’s highlights - great when the boat picks up speed.
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Amazing day trip
LinekeWang_S, Nov 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
Would highly recommend to everyone who wants to see these key sights and learn about the history too.
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Really fun trip
Thomas_R, Oct 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
Really cool to see Dubai from a different perspective.
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The whole experience is...
Joane_S, Oct 2021
Dubai Marina Yacht Tour with Breakfast or BBQ
You get to see the beautiful night light of Dubai Marina with good music,good food.
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Great views at night.
Katie_T, Oct 2021
Burj Khalifa Tickets at the top (Level 124 and 125)
We went for the sunset tickets to see both in the day and night.
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a lovely group with a...
Sokar_H, Oct 2021
Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and Grand Mosque Tour from Dubai
a lovely group with a great guide, Abu Dhabi is a very different experience than Dubai, I very much encourage the tourists to explore Abu Dhabi to see different sides of UAE
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Fun filled adventure
Jivesh_R, Oct 2021
MOTIONGATE™ Entrance Ticket with Optional Private Transfers from Dubai Hotel
Hotel Transylvania was closed though, however the other attractions did make up for this.
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Funny day
Lucas_J, Sep 2021
Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Ticket
queueing all day under 40° and doing small part of attractions..
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Fun trip!!!
Maria_M, Sep 2021
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
It was great to see Dubai from the water!!!
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Top sites in Dubai
Daniel_B, Sep 2021
Full Day Dubai City Tour with Burj Khalifa Ticket 'At the Top'
Was very well organized and offered a great way to see top Dubai sites.
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Good excursion to see Dubai
Aleksandr_G, Sep 2021
Old and Modern Dubai City tour with Dubai Frame Tickets
That's a good experience if you want to see the main sights of Dubai.
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Such a fulfilling experience!
Brandon_A, Aug 2021
Dubai Helicopter Tour from Palm Jumeirah
The views from the sky are the only way to see how grand Dubai really is.
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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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LOOK NO FURTHER, SO WORTH IT!
Channel_E, Dec 2021
Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
We even got a little glimpse of the 4x4 experience on our way to the camp after our activities.
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Must do in Dubai. Fantastic tour guide!!
Taylor_K, Nov 2021
Dubai Aladdin Tour: Souks, Creek, Old Dubai and Tastings ( Small-Group)
His English is great also!
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Layover tour of Dubai
OLESKA_O, Nov 2021
Day Layover in Dubai Private Tour
He is also very knowledgeable about the city and interesting places to visit.
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Mahmoud makes touring Old Dubai fun, personable, tasty AND an amazing learning experience! 11/10 would recommend!
Rachel_S, Nov 2021
Explore Old Dubai,Al Fahidi District, Museums, Markets, Foods&Abra "Small Group"
We did the 5:30pm tour and it was beautiful to see the sunset colors & Old Dubai lit up at night.
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Shanell_J, Oct 2021
Dubai city tour - Cultural & Modern Dubai Sightseeing Tour
We didn't get out at 1 spot for photo ops, by choice, we decided not to see Burj Khalifa and that didn't give us any extra time.
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Must Do Trip
Sunitha_R, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour of Abu Dhabi City From Dubai, Day Trip with Guide
The trip was well planned and we got to see all the places of importance.

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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