12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Dubai

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If you are planning to go on a trip or vacation to Dubai, you may be looking for the best, and most affordable places and activities. Let this guide help you prepare beforehand by identifying the places that you want to go, and save yourself some time you might otherwise waste while wandering around and deciding what to do.

1. Global Village

Global Village is considered one of Dubai’s top family entertainment places, featuring 32 pavilions representing different countries around the world where you can shop for unique items local to each. Global Village has more than 50 games and rides, colorful parades, shows, fireworks displays, and a dancing fountain.

2. Dubai Desert Safari

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If you would like to see the sandy desert dunes of Dubai, you can book for a desert safari adventure. On your desert trip, you can visit the camel farm and even ride a camel. After this, you can journey to a desert campsite and sign up for sandboarding and compete with your friends. You can book a Dubai desert safari adventure from Dubai.com where the package includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, drinks, and dinner. When visiting the Dubai desert, bring plenty of water and a change of clothes.

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3. Dubai Mall and Aquarium

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If you happen to love shopping or would simply love to have something to bring home to your loved ones, head to the Dubai Mall. Considered the world’s largest shopping, leisure, and entertainment destination, the Dubai Mall stretches across 1.1 million square meters. This mall houses over 1,200 retail outlets that offer both international and local brands, so you will surely find something unique.

In addition to the retail shops and restaurants which can be found in the Dubai Mall, you can also visit the Dubai Aquarium. Situated within the mall, you can view more than 33,000 aquatic animals, including tiger sharks and stingrays.

4. Dubai Mall Fountain Show

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When you’re at the Dubai Mall, don’t miss the Dubai Fountain, which is the world’s largest musical fountain. The Dubai fountain is located on the Khalifa Lake and is situated between the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and the Souk Al Bahar. Evening fountain shows begin at 6:00pm and end at 11:00pm, while daytime shows are held between 1:00pm and 1:30pm.

5. Kite Beach

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For sand and sea lovers, visiting Dubai’s Kite beach will give you a new and exciting experience. The Kite beach is situated across the Al Manara Road Junction and provides water sport activities and equipment that you can rent.

In addition to the watersport activities, Kite Beach also has open-air cafes and restaurants scattered along the beachfront. You can join in biking and skating activities at the skate park, which is especially great if you have kids with you on your vacation.

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6. IMG Worlds of Adventure

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Another great stop for kids and adults alike, the IMG Worlds of Adventure offers a wide expanse of fun and excitement with hundreds of rides and various themed parks. Kids will love seeing their favorite characters and superheroes like Ben 10, Adventure Time, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers as statues, or with live actors. They can also have the chance to meet the mascots of Gumball, Adventure Time, and more, and have pictures taken with them.

If your kids happen to love dinosaurs, you can head over to the Lost Valley which has life-sized dinosaurs that are realistic and interactive.

7. Dubai Creek

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While Dubai continues to rise along with its high-rise towers and buildings, one must never forget to visit the Dubai Creek. Considered as the “heart” of the city, Dubai creek was the place where the Bani Yas tribe settled originally. The Dubai creek was the source of Dubai’s main economy in the past which was fishing and pearl diving.

When you visit the Dubai creek, you can go to the Dubai museum or the gold, textile, and spices alleyways. One of the best tourist attractions in the creek is having a ride on the traditional abra for a very small price.

8. Burj Khalifa (Dubai Tower)

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The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, at a height of 829.8 meters. Tourists must visit the tower’s observation deck located on the 124th floor which gives an amazing 360 degrees bird’s eye view of the city. Both the day and night view of the city through the observation are flocked by tourists because of the breathtaking view. The Dubai tower is surrounded by garden walkways and the Dubai fountain.

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9. Jumeirah Mosque

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Considered the most beautiful mosque in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a copy of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. The walls and structures of this mosque shows subtle details that follow the Fatimid tradition. For tourists who would like to understand the Muslim faith, there are tours on the mosque which are available daily except on Fridays.

10. Jumeirah Beach

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Another top beach destination in Dubai is the Jumeirah Beach where you can play in the water, do watersport activities, or simply relax on the sun loungers scattered across the whole stretch of beach. The Jumeirah beach is often the first go-to place for tourists since Dubai’s hotels are strung along this beach.

11. Aquaventure Waterpark

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For families who would like to have a different type of water fun, the Aquaventure Waterpark located on the Atlantis Hotel in Palm Jumeirah is a must-visit place to cool-off while having fun. The waterpark contains the world’s longest waterslide, “Anaconda”, and a nine-story high slide named “Leap of Faith”. You can also engage in the underwater safaris or simply stretch out on the 700-meter white sand beach.

12. Miracle Garden

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If you would like to have the best and most colorful background for your photos, visit the Miracle Garden. This man-made garden houses different species of flowers from all over the world, arranged in a wonderful and creative landscape. Planted on over 775,000 square feet of land, the garden creates massive designs and shapes using fields and flowerbeds using a seemingly impossible 45 million separate flowers.

By listing these destinations and spots in your personal Dubai travel itinerary, you can get the most out of your vacation, even if you have only a few days. These top spots in Dubai will give you the best experience, and adventures that will truly be memorable for you!

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