Tradition and innovation intertwine in modern and luxurious Dubai. With a skyline of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, exaggerated luxury, typical markets, impressive shopping malls, crystal clear sea and golden beaches, desert, ski slopes, and breathtaking water parks, this urban oasis in the desert reveals its uniqueness and man’s desire to overcome all its limits.
We at GoSelfTours have selected the 10 must-see attractions for you.
1. Burj Khalifa
Rising at 828 meters, it is the tallest building in the world. A must is to climb to the top for a breathtaking view! Panoramic viewpoints for unforgettable shots are on the 124th and 148th floor.
2. Dubai Fountains
Located at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa, they are the largest dancing fountains in the world with jets that reach 150 meters in height and swing in time to the music.
3. Palm Jumeirah
Apotheosis of human inventiveness, it is an artificial palm-shaped island located off the coast. It houses luxury villas and residences and a water park.
4. Burj Al-Arab
Characterized by its unmistakable sail shape, the symbol of Dubai is the tallest hotel in the world.
Luxurious (7 stars) houses elegant suites, refined lounge bars, and restaurants flanked by huge aquariums, helixes, and comfortable spas.
5. Dubai Creek
Dividing the city into 2 parts, Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south, between typical districts, mosques, and modern buildings, this canal is a natural saltwater inlet that comes directly from the Persian Gulf. Don’t miss a walk in the commercial port, and a ride in an abra, a typical water taxi.
6. Dubai souk market
Crossing the Creek, you reach the historic districts of the city with its typical markets: the sparkling Gold Souk, the largest in the world dedicated to gold; the spice market, where you can find all the aromas of Arabia; the textile market, where silk is the undisputed protagonist; the perfumes, with specially prepared fragrances, oils and incenses; and those of local crafts, Madinat Jumeirah and Al Bahar.
7. Dubai Mall
It is the new shopping mecca, the largest shopping mall in the world.
It houses over 1,200 designer shops, international and ethnic restaurants, an indoor amusement park, an ice rink, a huge indoor waterfall, the impressive Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, cinemas, and amusement arcades.
8. Mall of Emirates
Skiing in the desert? In Dubai, you can! There is a huge indoor ski slope in this mall, including a cable car, the famous Ski Dubai. An original and fun alternative to shopping days!
9. Water parks
There are swimming pools, slides, and attractions suitable for everyone. Not to be missed are the Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dolphin Bay, for an experience with dolphins, and Atlantis Aquaventure The Palm.
10. Desert Safari
Dubai is full of contradictions, and you only have to go a few kilometers to find yourself among soft expanses of sand. Venture on a quad or off-road vehicle, don’t miss a camel ride or a dinner in a Bedouin tent camp with an oriental dance show.
where to stay in Dubai
Dubai can be within reach of all budgets, and there are very affordable solutions to stay overnight. Not to be missed is the historic and very chaotic area of the Creek. Those with no budget problems should prefer the exclusive Jumeirah area with its luxurious resorts. The Al Barsha neighborhood, behind Jumeirah Beach and served by the subway, is a great and more convenient solution, where you will find many comfortable and affordable residences.
There is an extensive bus network and two recent and high-speed subway lines that reach the airport as far as connections are concerned. There is also the Big Tourist Bus for those who have little time. Taxis are very cheap.