Dubai has become a hugely popular destination to visit in recent years, but despite this rise in popularity many people don’t know where to start in planning what to see and do.
This is why it is important to plan your holiday beforehand as there are a range of top Dubai attractions you can visit.
To help organise your holiday we have compiled a number of useful tools to help you plan your holiday in Dubai. Read on for information on places to visit in Dubai, books to read, apps to download and lots more.
Books to read
Before you jet off to Dubai it is always useful to read up on the destination to create your itinerary or to find out a little bit of history. Below are some of the books that are definitely worth reading.
City of Gold
Jim Krane, who works for Rice University’s Baker Institute, is an expert when it comes to all things Dubai and his book City of Gold tells readers how Dubai has grown from a dusty fishing village into one of the most impressive places in the world that is now a mecca for celebs and VIPs.
As well as discussing the history of Dubai, the book looks at the influence of the family who has ruled Dubai since the nineteenth century and why many tout the city as a blueprint for a stable Middle East.
Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City
Another book written by Jim Krane is his updated Dubai: The Story of the World’s Fastest City, which again shares stories from Dubai’s past and present.
Available on Amazon for just £9.99, the book gives an insight into how Dubai became the fastest growing city in the world through its economy and tourism and is now a metaphor for the lush life.
This book will tell you the entire, unique story of Dubai.
Apps to download
There are a number of really helpful apps you can download to your smartphone that will make your trip to Dubai that little bit easier. Here we list a few of them.
Founded in Dubai in 2012 by Mudassir Sheikha, Magnus Olsson and Dr. Abdullah Elyas, the Careem app is a reliable and affordable chauffeur-driven car booking service.
So if you have the Careem app and are really in need of a lift or want to book one on a particular day or night, you can book a car via the app or their website and use their ‘NOW’ or ‘LATER’ option. Users can pay in cash, via credit card or with Careem credits, and there are four different car options; economy, max, business or Careem kids.
In the last few years the app has delivered millions of successful rides with tens of thousands of drivers. The success of the app has seen its use expand and it is now widely used in Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Dhahran, Doha, Dammam, Islamabad, Jeddah and Sharjah, as well as Dubai.
The XE Currency app can convert over 180 currencies and is the world’s most downloaded foreign exchange app.
With up-to-the-minute exchange rates and historical charts, users can never be short changed. The app even works offline by storing the latest updated rates.
The free app is a great app to download so that you can convert United Arab Emirates Dirham into pounds, which will help you know how much souvenirs or meals cost.
Android users can download the app here.
This app helps visitors to use the metro in Dubai by listing timings and sharing information on the different red and green lines.
Measurements for luggage allowance, rules of the metro, and the different stations are also available to users.
The Dubai Metro app is well worth downloading should you want to travel to the airport via it or if you want to use it to see the city.
Dubai has lots of great attractions. If you are just going to Dubai for a short break then you need to compile a shortlist of places you want to see during your trip. If you’re going for a longer trip then you will have an amazing time doing all of the below.
Tickets to the 124th floor observation deck at Burj Khalifa are a must as you will get an unrivalled bird’s eye view of Dubai.
Standing 828 metres above the ground and boasting the highest observation deck in the world, you can see first-hand the engineering marvel and modern architecture of the Burj Khalifa.
Not only can visitors see the skyline of Dubai, but the waters of the Arabian Gulf and the sand dunes of the desert.
Open from 8.30am to 12.00am, it usually takes around an hour and a half to see the Burj Khalifa.
Arrival Guides also recommends visiting Burj Khalifa, “You'll be able to snap some once-in-a-lifetime photos and explore the interactive exhibits from the rarefied air up here.”
Wild Wadi Water Park
The kids will not stop thanking you after purchasing Dubai water park tickets to Wild Wadi Water Park.
The water park has a collection of flow rivers and jets and is based on the adventures of Sinbad’s mythical friend Juha.
In total there are over 20 rides at Wild Wadi Water Park and one of the most iconic is the tallest and fastest freefall water slide outside of North America – the Jumeirah Sceirah. If you are a thrill seeker then we dare you to go on this!
Other popular attractions at the park include Tunnel of Doom, Breaker’s Bay, Tantrum Alley, Burj Surj, and Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon.
If a desert safari and a sunset barbecue is right up your street, then you have come to the right place as there are a number of tours that offer exactly this.
These safaris take visitors into the Arabian Desert and the jeeps race up giant sand dunes and over precipices.
If you have had enough excitement for one day, then you will appreciate a barbecue on the tallest sand dune as the sun sets across this beautiful desert.
Image Credit: Jim Krane, Sarah Ackerman (flickr.com).