What to do in Dubai – Top 10 Must-Visit Attractions

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There are thousands of people visiting Dubai every year, and Dubai needs no introduction. With its modern architecture, exotic and lively nightlife, beautiful skylines, gorgeous bird’s-eye views, Dubai is a place with grandeur and a pompous lifestyle. This has a simple explanation that you will be spoiled by the tourist places in Dubai when you choose to visit this remarkable city for your next vacation. Dubai, one of the world’s unique cities, becomes a city worth traveling to for people with an inoperable love for wanderlust. This is a city of dreams for a traveler. There are different reasons why one may choose to travel to Dubai, one of the most significant ones being the gorgeous view.

Dubai

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With a blossoming food development up to its sleeve, Dubai is the home to an assorted range of population, which brings a remarkable range of food styles for the people to enjoy. There is always something for everyone, with the presence of Asian, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, French, Japanese, Chinese, British, and American restaurants.

Whether you are staying in Dubai for a short time, or a prolonged period, alone or with your family, the best option is to rent a car in Dubai. Using public transportation can be tiring, slow, and sometimes a little unpredictable.

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Jumeirah Mosque

1. Jumeirah Mosque

Since 1988, the Jumeirah Mosque doors have been opened to everyone, visitors and travelers alike. There are guided tours, interactive cultural discussions, and open Q&A. The Jumeirah Mosque is not the largest in the UAE, but the Fatimid-style mosque is a landmark in Dubai. It only costs a small fee to enter the mosque, learn about the cultural heritage, worship customs, and ask any questions regarding Islam. If one chooses not to enter the holy place, they can enjoy the architectural beauty of the building from the outside.

Entry Fees:

  • For Adults (above the age of 12 years) – USD 6.00 for the tour
  • Children under the age of 12 – free entry.

How to reach: You can use the Al Jafiliya Metro Station, which is a short taxi ride from the Mosque.

You can also take the metro from the Burjuman to Al Ghubaiba Green. From there, you can take the line 9 bus from Dubai Al Ghubaiba to Jumeira Grand Masjid.

Burj Khalifa Dancing Water Fountain show

2. The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is the largest dancing fountain globally, and it attracts tourists from all over. A Californian company named WET Design, known for its spectacular fountain designs in Las Vegas designed it. For the fountain to be illuminated the way it is, it uses 6,600 lights that have been installed to give it the special effects, and it has more than 50 colors, which change with every move of the fountain.

It is located Downtown at the Burj Khalifa Lake.

Opening Hours: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The timing is specific for the viewers to enjoy the beauty of the lighting and the music.

Activities:

  • Watch the fountain dance.
  • Enjoy the delicious food available at the nearby restaurants
  • Just one stone throw away; The Dubai Mall is a place worth visiting. Shop your heart out!

How to reach: You can opt for Metro, with the closest station being the Burj Khalifa/ The Dubai Mall Station.

Dubai Mall. Dubai Ice Rink

3. Dubai Ice Rink

Whether you are a kid or an adult, the Olympic-sized ice-skating rink is a source of fun for everyone. It provides more entertainment than other forms of sport, as you can laugh, play and enjoy your heart out. The rink acts as a source of bringing people together and as a social hotspot. You will always find people laughing and having fun around you. There is never a dull moment at the Dubai Ice Rink.

It is located at the Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai.

Activities:

  • Disco skating lessons
  • Public skating lessons
  • Icebykes
  • Dubai Snowfall
  • Freestyle skating lessons.

Opening Hours:

  • Sundays to Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Entry Fees:

  • For adults: 105 minutes = USD 15.00
  • For children: 105 minutes = USD 7.00

How to reach: If you are at the Mall of Emirates, you can reach the Dubai ice rink, which is just a few steps away, as you can find the Dubai Ice Rink on the ground floor of the Mall of Emirates.

If you choose to arrive here by bus, then take one from the Deira Gold Souk Station or the Ghubaiba Bus Station.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

4. Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Are you a lover of vintage style? This place is sure to fulfill your desire and love for vintage products. ‘Souk’ in Arabic stands for ‘market,’ a term that not everyone uses. This is the traditional market, which offers every staple product of the Middle-Eastern shopping in a vintage style. With stalls and restaurants, located under a wooden covered arcade, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a haven for vintage lovers.

It is a wheelchair-friendly place, with access to the main entrance elevator, which leads to the Shopping Mall level, with the Shopping Alleys elevator leading to the Promenade level. From high-end brands to boutiques, along with rustic Middle-Eastern shops, you are sure to get everything you ever wished for in this market, that too, in every aspect that you wish for.

Opening hours:

  • Shops: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Restaurants: 08:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

How to reach: You can choose the Dubai Metro and reach the Mall of the Emirates Station, from where you can take a taxi to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

If you are staying at the Marina, you can opt for Bus 8 from the Internet City Metro Station.

Wild Wadi Water Park

5. Wild Wadi Water Park

Visiting Dubai with your family? Want to enjoy a day of fun and adventure? Are you looking for something that will bring thrill into your life? Wild Wadi Water Park is the answer to all your needs. With water games, slides, and a whole lot of fun, Wild Wadi Water Park has it all.

It is located near the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab.

Activities:

  • Enjoy a day full of slides and waves and, most importantly, Water!
  • Water gun games are the thing for children
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Children under the age of 2 years – free entry
  • Individuals above 1.1 meters: USD 92.00
  • Individuals below 1.1 meters: USD 77.00

How to reach: There are various options present to reach Wild Wadi Water Park. Since the metro station is a short taxi ride away, a rental car would be a preferable option to reach the water park without using different modes of transport and saving time.

The nearest metro is the Mall of Emirates, a 6-minute taxi ride to the Wild Wadi. It is the Metro M1 line.

Palm Jumeirah

6. Palm Jumeirah

An island with a palm tree shape, Palm Jumeirah is famous for its Atlantis Hotel, Club Vista Mare, five-star hotels, Aquaventure Water Park, Apartment Towers, and Exclusive villas. It is a haven for vacationers. The first aspect, which a person will notice while visiting Palm Jumeirah is its size. The giant archipelago is visible from the sky. Did you know that it is also visible from space? With the island’s crescent being more than 10 miles long, every hotel has a sizeable distance, which makes walking a bit of a difficult decision.

It is located in the Jumeirah Coastal area of Dubai.

Activities:

  • Riding the monorail
  • Enjoying the water rides at Aquaventure Water Park
  • Dining at a variety of restaurants at Club Vista Mare
  • Enjoying the nightlife and the musical ventures of the DJs at different clubs.

How to reach: You can choose the Nakheel, Dubai Internet City, and Damac Metro Stations to reach Palm Jumeirah.

You can also choose to travel to the DAMAC station, the Marina, via the metro and take the tram to reach the Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai Garden Glow

7. Dubai Garden Glow

Do you have a love for lighting and greenery? The Dubai Garden Glow is one of the best and most interesting places in Dubai as every garden aspect glows and makes it a beautiful view to enjoy. It is fundamentally a theme park with brilliant attractions, including a Dinosaur Park, Ice Park, and an Art Park. It is the talking garden, with laser light shows. It is the World of Imagination, and it is generating thousands of reasons to spread joy and happiness around. It has more than 10 million LED lights and recyclable materials and is known as the largest glow-in-dark garden.

It is located in the Zabeel area, inside the Zabeel Park.

Activities:

  • Enjoy different shows.
  • Enjoy the different colors and lights.

Opening hours:

  • 04:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 04:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

How to reach: You can use either the Dubai Metro or the bus to reach the Dubai Garden Glow. To enjoy the shows on time and spend quality time with your family, your best option is to rent a van with a driver. An alternative to reach the Dubai garden Glow from the Dubai International Airport is to take the Al Jafiliya Metro Station on the Red Line. One can reach the entrance gate 6 or 7 of the Dubai Garden Glow from the Al Jafiliya either by can or walk.

14 The gold souk

8. Gold Souk Dubai

Want that bling on yourself or for the fact, for your loved one? Try Gold Souk Dubai. With every piece of jewelry available, from gold, platinum, diamonds to silver, this market has everything for your needs. It is the largest gold market globally, and it has its roots in the 1940s when the Indian and Iranian traders had begun setting up their stalls in the commercial business district in Deira. We can say that the Gold Souk Dubai is a place where all that glitters is actually gold! It has become a hub for visitors, travelers, and locals and is frequently visited by thousands of them every day.

Opening Hours:

  • Sundays to Thursdays- 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Fridays- 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Various stores close between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays.

How to reach: The nearest metro station is the Al Ras Metro Station. However, having your car is a better option.

A regular Abra (boat) can also be chosen to reach the Gold Souk.

Dubai Creek

9. Dubai Creek

Present in the heart of Dubai, Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek known as the best place to visit when in the city. It can greet thousands of onlookers daily. When one sees this place, he/he gets to learn of Dubai’s traditional and modern culture. The leading Dubai Creek site and all of its subordinate attractions have still been preserved to this date. This place has a special place in the heart of Dubai, as it played an essential role in establishing Dubai’s pride. Book your seat today for the traditional dhow, which provides both day and night cruise services.

It begins at Port Rashid and flows to Ras Al Khor, which then flows back to the ocean.

Opening Hours:

  • Route 1: Deira Old Souk Abra Station to Bur Dubai Abra Station- 05:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Route 2: From Sabkha Abra Station to Dubai Old Souk Abra Station – 24 hours

How to reach: You can reach the Deira Old Souk Abra Station by bus, which is a two-minute walk to the location,

You can reach the Sabkha Abra Station by boat, and it is only a 7-minute ride and costs a mere one AED.

Burj Khalifa

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10. The Burj Khalifa

Last but not least, who does not want to visit the Burj Khalifa when in Dubai? It is the most visited place in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. There is nothing more to add to it. It soars to a height of 828 meters, with a modern yet Islamic infrastructure and design. It is the home to different hotels, restaurants, residential homes, with the most interesting fact. It has a swimming pool at the 76th level, which is the world’s highest swimming pool and the world’s tallest observation deck globally, at the height of 555 meters that allows one to view almost every aspect of Dubai.

It is located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, next to the Dubai Mall.

Opening Hours:

Opens daily from 08:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • For Children (4-12 years): begins from USD 27.00
  • For Adults (12+ years): begins from USD 57.00

How to reach: The Burj Khalifa can be reached by the metro station, and the nearest one is the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro Station. From there, it is a 15-minute walk through an air-conditioned walkway to Burj Khalifa.

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by Felin Francis

Felin is a self-motivated and competent MBA professional working in Dubai, UAE. In her free time, she loves writing travel blogs.

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