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You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the beauty of this modern oasis that is called Dubai. Dubai is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai and the most densely populated city in the United Arab Emirates.
Situated on the coast of the Persian Gulf, this land was once a tiny fishing village. But in the early 21st century, the city started growing rapidly. As a result, today Dubai is not only one of the greatest capitals in the world, but it is the world’s most popular tourist destination too!
In a city that keeps up with western technology while still retaining its eastern culture and tradition, you can never get bored. However, with so many things to see, activities to do, and food to try, you will have to spend a good six months seeing it all and tasting it all. So if you are traveling to Dubai and only have a week to spend, it will be tough to squeeze everything in that timeframe.
That is why we made a list of the best attractions not to miss in Dubai. And with over 19 million visitors yearly, you’d better keep your belongings safe in a storage locker, so you are good to go about your day. Stay tuned as you go on a beautiful adventure in one of the most entertaining cities in the world.
Adventure At Its Best – Desert Safaris
You don’t have to be a camel to go through the desert, enjoy and survive. Dubai desert safaris are a fantastic experience if you love the desert and the heat. Depending on the tour, they may include belly dancing, fire, a tanoura show, henna painting, a buffet dinner, and a local costume dress-up.
But that is not all! The desert safari tours are packed with activities that will be something to talk about when you get home. Tours may include amazing activities like 4×4 jeep riding, dune bashing, sandboarding, camel riding, Bedouin camp visit, and more!
Shop Till You Drop At The Deira Souks
A trip is not a good trip if you don’t buy your souvenirs or some gifts to take home to friends and family. And there is no better place to do that than the traditional Dubai markets, known as souks.
Located on the Deira side of the Dubai of Dubai Creek, you will be able to find great bargains on souvenirs, perfumes, jewelry, fine silk, textiles, and whatever you can think of. Of course, you can hit the magnificent Dubai malls, but the Dubai Deira Souks are a must-visit if you want to get an authentic experience.
The Grandiose Dubai Fountain
You have probably seen a plethora of fountains in your life, but nothing matches the grandeur of the Dubai Fountain. Located Downtown on the 30 acres of Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain attraction shoots water as high as 500 feet! And that is as high as a 50-floor building! But that is not all. The fountain is animated, synchronized, and choreographed with light and music. The performance lasts 3 minutes and is on daily, every 30 minutes starting at 6 pm.
You can watch the dancing fountain that shoots water from anywhere around the lake promenade because it’s free. But if you want the real experience, sit in one of the restaurants in the neighboring buildings and enjoy the magnificent view of the world’s largest musical fountain, sipping a cocktail. Nothing beats an afternoon like that.
The Manmade Islands – Palm Jumeirah
What is so special about it? Hmm, nothing much except for the fact that it’s a man-made archipelago. Located in the Jumeirah coastal area of Dubai, Palm Jumeirah has a population of about 10,500 as of 2016. But it’s not the only island there. The Palm Islands consist of two more artificial islands, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, both still under construction.
You can get to Palm Jumeirah by taking the monorail for an aerial view of the entire island. But a city bus tour or Uber will take you there in no time too. If you enjoy lavish resorts with private beaches, you will definitely enjoy this visit. With over 5,000 luxury residences and 28 luxury hotels, you are in for a great treat. Make sure to check out the Atlantis Hotel, located at the end of the island, for a panoramic view of the sea.
As if all the grandeur in Dubai is not enough, the tallest building in the world had to be there too. At just a little over 828 meters tall, Burj Khalifa holds several world records. Not only is it the tallest building in the world, but it’s also the tallest structure and the tallest free-standing structure.
The design is inspired by Islamic architecture, and the location in Downtown Dubai makes it ideal for tourists trips. And if that is not a must-visit while you are in Dubai, we don’t know what is!
Dubai Aquarium And Underwater Zoo
If you think you have seen it all, you have yet to visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Why? Dubai can fascinate a visitor with each step, so this next attraction is nothing short of that.
One of the largest indoor aquariums in the world is located in a mall. But not any mall. It’s the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world. It’s pretty fancy, so it’s a little costly too. For the best experience, make sure you get the Ultimate experience tickets. But in case you don’t have the money to splurge, you can get a view from outside.
The Aquarium is home to over 400 sharks and rays and 33,000 aquatic animals or 140 different species, living in 10 million liters of water.
Located under the Aquarium is the Underwater Zoo, home of alligators, penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish, and many more animals.
It seems like everything in Dubai is either one of the largest, the best, the tallest, or The largest, The best, and The tallest. With so many things to see and do, these must-see attractions are a surreal adventure of a lifetime.