Dubai has arguably become the most sought-after destination to visit in the Middle East.
The city renowned for its extraordinary modern architecture, luxury, and its extravagant nightlife scene, has (non-surprisingly) become the 6th most visited city in the world in 2018.
Below we have compiled a list of the best things to do, and places to go when visiting Dubai from Roughguides.com – a leading travel publisher.
As of 2019, the Burj Khalifa has secured the title of tallest structure on the planet, standing at a humongous 828 meters (2,717ft) tall without counting the antenna, which adds another 2 meters (5ft).
Notably, this gigantic structure has an observational platform which allows visitors to overlook the entire city of Dubai from the tallest man-made point on earth!
The breathtaking views are a must-see if visiting Dubai.
2. Burj Al Arab
Dubai is also home to another architectural marvel: The Burj Al Arab, one of the only seven 7-star hotels in the world.
Its fascinating structure will leave anyone who sees it in awe.
This is especially true during the night, as when the sun sets, the building lights up in an incredible fashion (which is not to be missed!).
Not to mention, it’s the fourth tallest hotel on the planet, although its ranking in contemporary architecture would most definitely be first.
3. Dubai Fountain
Ever heard of a dancing fountain? Well Dubai not only possesses a dancing fountain, but it boasts the world’s tallest.
The water pressured by this fountain can reach an astounding height of up to 275 meters!
The water incredibly ‘dances’ in harmony with the music played, making for a spectacular show enhanced by 6,500 lights and more than 20 colourful projectors.
The display undoubtedly has something for everyone, as music genres range from contemporary pop music to more classical pieces.
4. Wild Wadi Waterpark
If architecture isn’t your thing and you desire something more fun, Wild Wadi Waterpark is absolutely the right place for you!
You’re guaranteed to have a blast whilst enjoying 30 unbelievable attractions and rides catering for the whole family.
You’ll also get to know Juha, a character from Arabian folklore after which the whole water park is themed!
If a guest of the nearby Jumeirah Hotel, you can enter for free, but don’t worry if not, as it’s an affordable waterpark and offers one of the best fun-to-cost ratios in Dubai!
5. Desert Safari
The desert surrounding Dubai offers a multitude of fun and unmissable packages for the whole family to enjoy.
For example, if you’re a thrill-seeker and want heart-stopping action, you can enjoy an exciting journey around the sand dunes in a Land Cruiser.
Alternatively, if a more relaxing experience is on the agenda, you can jump on a camel and ride around the picturesque desert.
That’s not all, because in Desert Safari you can find one of the most unique attractions there is – sand skiing! It’s truly a fascinating and fun experience, which is a must-do if you love skiing without the cold weather!
6. Ski Dubai
Grab your skis and snowboards! If cooler weather is what you’re looking for after the sweltering heat of the Middle East – Ski Dubai is for you.
Within this indoor skiing resort you’ll not only find unbelievable slopes and a snowpark, but also penguins!
Yes, inside this ski resort there is a large colony of King and Gentoo penguins, which you can observe and learn about from experienced lecturers.
The penguins may even turn out to be more entertaining than the skiing itself!
7. Dubai Dolphinarium
The Dubai Dolphinarium is one of the most acclaimed attractions in Dubai for entertaining the whole family.
Not only is it home to Dolphins, but also seals and birds too!
This dolphinarium is unique because it’s now the first air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East, so you’re guaranteed to be safe from the heat whilst enjoying the shows.
Also, enjoy swimming with dolphins which is is definitely an unforgettable experience.
8. Dubai Gold Souk
Want to admire stunning world-class luxurious jewellery or even buy some yourself?
If so, the Dubai gold souk is the perfect place for you. Discover this extravagant jewellery marketplace, where the jewellery is made from metals such as silver, gold and platinum.
In this souk, you will find a choice of more than 380 retailers, each of which offers products made by jewellery makers with years of experience.
If you’re buying the jewellery or just having a look around, this place will most definitely leave you thoroughly impressed and amazed.
9. White Dubai
Is a good night out what you’re looking for in Dubai? If so, ‘White Dubai’ night club will most definitely be top of your list of places to visit in Dubai.
It’s the winner of numerous awards, among those being Time Out Dubai’s award for ‘Club of the Year’ three years in a row.
Hosting some of the best DJs from around the world so a great night out is certainly expected.
In addition, White Dubai has previously hosted events which feature some top artists such as Tory Lanez, Nelly, and French Montana.
Top Tip: Entry during an ordinary night is usually free, just make sure that your fashion game is top-notch!
10. Dubai Mall
If you consider yourself a shopaholic, the Dubai Mall will unquestionably be the pinnacle of your visit to Dubai.
Even if you don’t fancy yourself an avid shopper, the Dubai mall has something to cater for everyone as it’s the second-largest shopping mall in the world and hosts over one thousand retailers!
According to 2015 statistics, this mall has been visited by over 90 million shoppers, which is more than 10 times the total population of Dubai.
The abundance of shops guarantee hours of fun exploring and buying the perfect gifts.
However, be prepared for a hike, as you have the opportunity to walk around 502,000 m2 of retail floor area – literally giving you the possibility to shop until you drop!