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Welcome to Dubai

A major aviation hub and the ultimate stopover, Dubai draws travelers with its shopping, futuristic architecture—including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—and mix of old-world culture and over-the-top attractions. Scout bargains in the old town’s ancient souks and luxury brands at a 1,200-store mall; scuba dive inside a huge tank at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or hit the slopes at indoor snow park Ski Dubai; take a cruise aboard a traditional dhow; and head into the desert for dune-bashing in a 4x4 followed by dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp.

Top 15 things to do in Dubai

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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, soaring 2,717 feet (828 meters) high with more than 160 stepped floors that narrow as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Designed to pay homage to the complex geometry of Islamic art, the Burj Khalifa brings a new meaning to the term skyscraper and is a highlight of the massive downtown Dubai complex.More
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

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Carved along the Gulf shoreline south of Dubai’s The Palm island, Dubai Marina is a skyscraper-packed waterfront community that’s one of the city’s swishest residential and leisure hotspots. At its heart is a 2-mile (3-kilometer) waterway framed by residential blocks, hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.More
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Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah

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The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Opened in 1999, the landmark boasts plenty of superlatives, including its five-star status.More
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Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

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Jutting into the Persian Gulf from southern Dubai, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree and ringed by a crescent-shaped breakwater. The world’s biggest artificial island, it draws visitors to its palatial hotels, theme parks, and shopping malls.More
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Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

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Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates’ history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline. Dioramas and artifacts convey what daily life was like for Dubai’s earliest communities, while life-sized re-creations of the city’s early souks and wharfs bring the past to life.More
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Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

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Dubai’s internationally famous Gold Souk has its roots in the 1940s, when Indian and Iranian traders began setting up stalls in the area. Today, it’s one of the world’s busiest jewelry markets, with hundreds of shops and stalls selling just about everything that glitters—namely, gold. An estimated 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through the souk, with a whopping 10 tons for sale in the market at any given moment.More
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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The world’s largest shopping mall by area, The Dubai Mall boasts a huge range of attractions—making it a full-blown UAE entertainment destination. At the heart of Downtown Dubai, this 4-level colossus houses around 1,300 stores, plus restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and the Burj Khalifa.More
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Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai Spice Souk

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Tucked into Dubai’s Deira district just north of Dubai Creek, the Dubai Spice Souk offers some of the city’s most rewarding shopping. Here, covered alleyways brim with stalls that sell all manner of Arabian and Asian spices, herbs, and delicacies, making the souk ideal for souvenir hunters and anyone hoping to get a sense of old Dubai.More
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Bur Dubai Village

Bur Dubai Village

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Located south of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is one of Dubai’s oldest districts, with a traditional atmosphere to match. Extending from Al Raffa in the west to Al Jaddaf in the east, it’s home to an array of sights, from the Bastakia Quarter—also called the Al Fahidi Historic District—to souks, parks, and several top museums.More
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Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

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Running about 15 miles (25 kilometers) along Dubai’s Persian Gulf coast, Jumeirah Beach is a go-to for sun and surf lovers. Named after Dubai’s nearby residential Jumeirah district, the beach extends from Jumeirah Mosque in the north to Palm Jumeirah in the south, and includes of a string of private sections and public beaches.More
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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

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Brave water rides, see marine animals, and dive into pools at the Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai. One of the Middle East's biggest and best water parks, it sits next to Atlantis, The Palm resort on Palm Jumeirah island. Visit for record-breaking slides, river rides, multiple pools, and a private beach spread over 42 acres (17 hectares) of seafront.More
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Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

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Built from white sandstone and crowned with a central dome and two towering minarets, Jumeirah Mosque is Dubai's main place of worship and arguably one of the most beautiful mosques in the United Arab Emirates. Aside from being an extremely popular photography site in Dubai, the landmark is also notable in that it's the only mosque in the city open to non-Muslim visitors—an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of Islam and its traditions.More
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Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)

Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)

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The seawater Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)—which flows between Deira and Bur Dubai in the historic center of the United Arab Emirates city—is the reason for Dubai's very existence. It’s been widened many times during the last century and, today, it's often full of abra (wooden water taxis) ferrying passengers between the souks of Deira on the northeastern bank and the historic district of Bur Dubai on the southwestern bank.More
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Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

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A floral wonderland of 50 million flowers, the Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the UAE's most original attractions. Branded as the world's largest natural flower garden, it boasts hundreds of flower-formed displays spread over 18 acres (7.3 hectares), all of which create an extravaganza of color and scent on the outskirts of Dubai.More
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Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

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Part of Dubai’s luxe Madinat Jumeirah resort, the Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a modern re-creation of a traditional Arabian souk, with an upscale touch. In place of higgledy-piggledy stalls, a web of alleyways echoes a classic bazaar filled with boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafés.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dubai

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Wonderful experience
Saran_D, Aug 2022
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
We did all the activities and everything was great.
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One day your is worth
sam_m, Jul 2022
Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
It covers most attractions in Dubai.
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Excellent guide! In short...
Dijana_S, Jul 2022
Old and Modern Dubai City Tour with Blue Mosque
In short time you get to know Dubai and later is easier get to attractions for detail exploration on your own.
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Dubai has proved to be the city of dreams
Ramesh_N, Jul 2022
Dubai full day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
So we recommend people to spend most activities in Dubai only.
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EXCELLENT TRIP!! This is...
Laurencashmore93, Jul 2022
Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab...
Great way to see the top sites in dubai and the tour guides are kind enough to take your pictures to capture the amazing moments.
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Late night private tour of Dubai Highlights
Dustin_M, Jul 2022
Private Night Layover Dubai Tour
Our family had an overnight layover and wanted to see highlights of Dubai.
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Worth the extra
Michelle_C, Jul 2022
Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa - At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)
We went at 6pm and were able to see Dubai in the day time, sun set and as it lit up at night.
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An unforgettable memory
IDA_M, Jul 2022
Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
Really wanted to see the tallest building in Dubai and thanks to your tour was able to see Burg Khalifa and I love what I saw 👍
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Perfect for First Timers!
Ebony_J, Jul 2022
Dubai City Tour with Guide - Old and New Dubai sightseeing tour
This tour is perfect if you want to see what Old and New Dubai have to offer and get a bit of history about the city and culture.
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Sarah_S, Jul 2022
1 Hour Dubai Marina Ain Tour
recommended for families but in winters not in summers as its extremely hot in Dubai
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Mazen_G, Jul 2022
Jumeirah Beach Parasailing Experience in Dubai
Really it was a good time and fantastic adventure we have did in Dubai this summer we wish to do again soon
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Excellent opportunity to explore Dubai in one day
Vladimir_Y, Jul 2022
Private Tour: Dubai Layover & Stopover Sightseeing Tour
He took us to the best points to take pictures of the main attractions and customized the trip in accordance to our requirements.
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Every event during the tour was full of fun!
Yimrhane_A, Jul 2022
Dubai: Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️
One of the best attractions Dubai has to offer!
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Lorraine_B, Jun 2022
On Air Dinner Adventure in Dubai
It was truly delightful to see the city of Dubai in full view.
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skernohan73, Jun 2022
Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Al Arab...
Really fun way to see sights of Dubai, Staff were really helpful and informative and the trip was just the right amount of time and was really good fun- would def recommend
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Julie_W, Jun 2022
Dubai half day tour with Entry ticket to Burj Khalifa at the Top
Great half day tour to see the sights of Dubai, you are Not on the coach for to long before stopping for many photo opportunities which was great, Great Informative guide, Great Sights finished by a trip to the top of the Burj Khalifa.
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Fantastic use of transit time in Dubai
ZUZANA_E, Jun 2022
Personalized Layover in Dubai and PRIVATE tour
We had 4 hours layover and we managed to see all highlights.
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Prescilla_N, May 2022
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance
The city has beautiful building and the Burj Khalifa gave as an opportunity to see the top of the tall building.
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Best way to spend an evening in Dubai
Kim_G, May 2022
Dubai Desert 4x4 Dune Bashing, Self-Ride 30min ATV Quad, Camel Ride,Shows,Dinner
A must do when visiting Dubai had the best evening, so many activities to keep busy and the food was so nice and plenty of choice
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Laura_M, May 2022
90 Minutes Speedboat Tour: Dubai Marina, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab
Great to see parts of Dubai from a different view!
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All about Dubai

When to visit

The best times to visit Dubai are late fall through early spring—anytime from November to March—when average temperatures range between the high 70s and high 80s Fahrenheit and you can enjoy the outdoors (provided you’re armed with sunscreen). Summer temperatures hover around 100°F and come with high humidity, making Dubai something of a sauna from May until September, but hotel rates also plunge by up to 75 percent, and you can simply hop from one air-conditioned attraction to another.

Getting around

Dubai’s heat and highways work against walking, although it’s easier to go by foot in Deira and other older districts. The easiest alternative is a taxi, with plenty to flag down and reasonable rates—think about $1 to $2 per kilometer, plus an initial standing charge. For longer distances, use the Dubai Metro, which runs between Dubai Airport and the Creek, and on to Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, and Downtown. To save hassle, buy a Nol card, and pre-load it to avoid the often-long ticket lines at stations. You can also use your Nol on Dubai’s buses, trams, and waterbuses.

Traveler tips

If you’re after cheap souvenirs away from Dubai’s upscale shops, the Karama Market in the old town is the go-to of savvy locals, and does a roaring trade in low-cost clothes, gifts, and accessories. Don’t be surprised if you’re invited into backrooms filled with replica designer handbags and watches, and brace yourself for lots of elbow-tugging and pleading from the vendors. One rule: There’s no point in shopping here unless you haggle—and haggle hard.

Hotels and restaurants automatically add a 10- to 20-percent service charge to bills, and sometimes an extra tourism levy of around six percent. That’s quite a sting, but it’s still customary to leave a 10- to 15-percent tip at restaurants, and to give porters and hotel room cleaners a few dirhams. Bear in mind that service charges don’t usually get to waiters and that hospitality worker earnings in Dubai are usually low. In taxis, it’s customary to round up fares to the nearest five dirhams at least.

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Dubai’s futuristic architecture is unmissable, with the 2,723-feet (830-meter) Burj Khalifa skyscraper, sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab, and mighty Atlantis hotel on Palm Jumeirah stand-out sights. Hot on their heels—and we mean hot—is the desert, an ocean of orange dunes that feels light years from Dubai’s high-rises.

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What kind of activities can you do in Dubai?

After admiring Dubai’s mega-buildings, there’s plenty else to do. Ride a camel or 4WD in the desert before a barbecue under the stars. Browse glitzy malls, roam scented souks, and chill on a yacht or dhow (wooden boat) cruise. Or simply absorb the glam vibe at the pool and ocean.

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What should you not wear in Dubai?

Dress codes are more relaxed than you might expect. At pools and beaches, swimwear is acceptable. Dress more modestly inside hotels, malls, and restaurants by covering knees and shoulders—although shorts are usually okay. In souks and mosques, avoid sleeveless tops, shorts, and sandals. Mosques require women to wear head coverings.

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What is Dubai best known for?

Dubai is known for its extravagant skyscrapers, opulent hotels, showy malls, and top-notch restaurants—and the A-lister lifestyle organically entwined with them. Other signature attractions include its crop of all-singing theme and water parks. In stark contrast is its desert, a beautiful and empty wilderness, which lies silently around it.

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Can you drink alcohol in Dubai?

Yes, non-Muslim tourists can drink alcohol in Dubai. If you’re over 21, feel free to imbibe at licensed hotels, restaurants, and bars. However, alcohol is illegal in public places, including public beaches, and can trigger severe fines or prosecution. Note that during Ramadan most licensed venues won’t serve alcohol until early evening.

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Is it expensive in Dubai?

Yes, Dubai is expensive. Lavish hotels and luxe lifestyles are synonymous with Dubai, although it’s still possible to budget in the emirate. Target the city’s Deira area for inexpensive hotels and eateries used by locals. There are also numerous free and low-cost attractions, including public beaches, souks, museums and creek boat rides.

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As one of the country's most popular ski destinations, Lake Tahoe is host to 15 different resorts, each of which promises thrilling slopes, alternative winter sports like snowboarding and snowshoeing, and a lively après-ski scene. You don't have to be intrepid to take in soaring views from the Heavenly Gondola.

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