Dubai is the epitome of luxury, sophistication and glamour. Being a popular destination amongst tourists and investors alike, there’s a lot to explore and countless options for everyone whether its dining, shopping, entertainment or just general recreational options like searching for rental properties, there is a huge variety to pick from! To plan out your stay, we’ve put together some of the most popular spots you definitely need to visit on your trip.
01: Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall is next to the Burj Khalifa. It’s a huge injustice to label this project just a shopping mall Even the whole day spent here is not enough to see everything. Including 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, the location is host to an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a massive indoor waterfall, an orchestrated outdoor fountain and a massive Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. At 828 meters high, Burj Khalifa is hard to miss. The tallest tower in the world obviously dominates the Dubai skyline, but the real beauty of the structure is best appreciated up close or, perhaps better, from the inside.
02: Etihad Museum
Whenever we visit a country, its history and culture are of top importance. It is always an intriguing aspect of any trip leaving you with more knowledge and a lasting impact. To cater to this, a visit to Etihad Museum is a must. It is a fairly new development that additionally provides interactive features that allow you a better visual into the UAE’s history and rich heritage.
03: Dubai Desert
Visiting the desert is a must- especially if you have an adventurous side! With activities ranging from quad biking to other sand sports, there’s a lot to do in the desert (if the weather allows!). you’ll always find pre planned packages and tours that offer the complete experience with BBQ, live food stations, belly dancing, henna painting and much more. In addition, you can also see and experience Bedouin living first hand and meet a few locals if you’re lucky.
04: Dubai Opera
The Dubai Opera, centered in the newest Opera District in the middle of Dubai, provides an appealing programme that can be comparable to the London West End or the Manhattan Broadway. Its views of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa, the architecture was influenced by the design of the Arabian dhow ships and is sure to catch your attention. Adding to constructional efficiency, the stage area is designed in such a way that it can conveniently be turned into three separate function platforms: a theatre, a lounge or a concert hall.
05: Jumeirah Beach Residence
For people looking for a break from the mall, a trip to JBR is ideal with shops, restaurants, cinema and the beach all around you! With special DJs blasting out the hits on weekends a regular open-air cinema and a popular water park to cater especially to the young ones, JBR is always bustling with action. The Beach is also linked by a pedestrian bridge to the nearby Bluewaters Island neighborhood.
06: Dubai Canal
The Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2 km long waterway running from the Creek in Old Dubai through the Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf since its completion in 2016, a total of 80,000sqm has been built for public venues and services and a 12 km bike path. The Canal has become a famous visitor attraction with five pedestrian bridges that span the iconic waterway.
07: Dubai Creek
Dubai may be popular for the glamour and allure of its sky-high hotels like Dubai creek residences, but the true heart of the city is, and will always be, the Creek. Historically, The Dubai Creek is the actual site where the Bani-Yas tribe lived, and its waters became important to what used to be the main forms of agriculture in Dubai: pearl diving and farming. In addition to the creek, you will find sprawling alleys of gold, spice and cloth souks. You can also take a short boat ride in an Abra for a mere AED 1 allowing you to soak up the true essence of old Dubai.
08: Palm Jumeirah
This is a must visit for all those who want to see up close one of the world’s most astonishingly impressive man-made islands- shaped as a palm tree! With residences, top notch restaurants, hotels, retail venues and beach, there is a lot to experience on the Palm alone.