A First-Timer’s Guide to Dubai

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A First-Timer’s Guide to Dubai
Everything you need to know before your first trip to Dubai
Here’s our guide to the best places to explore in Dubai during your first visit to the emirate.

Known as the City of Gold, Dubai is a city which has grown considerably in size in recent years. With so much money in the local economy, it has become a city where the impossible is imagined, where no elaborate construction idea is out of reach.

Because there is so much to see in this fantastic city, it’s important to plan your days in order to make the most of your visit. We aim to provide the finest experience for all those who book Dubai attraction tickets through us, so we’ve created a guide to the best places to explore in the city during your first visit – read on!

 

Burj Khalifa

We have to begin with the Burj Khalifa, partly because as the tallest building in the world it’s the one sight you’re never going to miss. At just under 830 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa snatched the record for the world’s tallest building when it was completed in late 2009.

While you can’t see the view from the very top of the structure, the panorama from the observation deck is still an experience you won’t forget. At 452m high, it’s the highest observation deck found anywhere in the world and the views it commands are simply incredible. To discover this breathtaking experience for yourself, why not book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck before heading off on your trip?

 

Burj Khalifa

 

Wild Wadi Water Park

With temperatures in Dubai often soaring high above 30° in the summer months and hardly dropping below 20° for the rest of the year, what better way to cool down in the heat than through a visit to Wild Wadi Water Park? Found next to the Burj Al Arab and the famous Jumeirah Beach Hotel, it’s one of the finest water parks in Dubai and offers something for all types of visitor; from relaxing in the Lazy River to rides like Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj for the thrillseekers among us, you won’t leave the park disappointed.

 

WIld Wadi

 

Ski Dubai

Skiing is probably the last activity you would expect to enjoy during your holiday in the UAE, but it’s exactly what is being offered at Ski Dubai! The first indoor ski centre in the Middle East, it offers 22,500 square metres of skiable terrain and whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, it’s sure to provide the perfect challenge. It’s also the destination of the world’s first indoor black run, but don’t worry if you’re a beginner – they have five different slopes to cater for all abilities. The perfect conditions in the centre are allowed for thanks to an incredibly efficient insulation system, which maintains a temperature of -4° during the day and -6° during the evening. It’s a fantastic option for active visitors and remains one of the most memorable things to do in Dubai during your holiday.

 

Ski Dubai

 

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum offers an insight into how the city has grown to the land of skyscrapers it is renowned as, and is certainly a destination for history enthusiasts. It is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort and is the oldest surviving building in Dubai, once serving as the residence of the local rulers until 1896 and has also been a prison and a garrison. Welcoming over one million visitors each year, it shows life in the emirate before the discovering of oil and many of the items inside date back as far as 3000 BC. For the chance to explore traditional Dubai at its finest, it’s a destination which cannot be missed.

 

Dubai Mall

 

Dubai Mall

If you’re looking for the perfect place to purchase souvenirs for friends and family, a visit to the Dubai Mall will not disappoint. The world’s largest mall with a total area of over 1,000,000m², there are more than 1,200 shops to visit! From home furnishings and electronics to traditional gifts and crafts, there’s a souvenir to appeal to all. Should you feel like a break from the shopping, there are more than 200 food and beverage outlets to choose from.

 

Dubai Mall

 

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

One of the most popular features of the Mall is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where you can find tens of thousands of animals in a manner you will find nowhere else.

The key to such an incredible aquarium is, of course, a huge tank, and the one used at the Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest acrylic panels at 32.88m wide and 8.2m high. It’s also 60cm thick, the perfect method of keeping the 33,000 marine animals safely inside!

 

Aquarium

 

There’s also the underwater zoo, home to a plethora of species including Antarctic gentoo penguins, Humboldt penguins, leopard sharks and fantail rays. One of the most famous recent arrivals at the zoo is King Croc, measuring at over five metres long and weighing almost the same as 15 fully-grown men to serve as one of the largest amphibians to ever be housed in a protective environment. An Australian saltwater crocodile, it was first discovered at just 2.4m in length and was dubbed a ‘problem animal’.

Image Credit: Simon Bierwaldneekoh.fiSarah AckermanPetr Kadlecelopse201Liji JinarajOiva Eskola (Flickr.com)

 

If this guide has informed you about more attractions you want to visit on your holiday to Dubai, be sure to book all your Dubai attractions tickets here at Attraction Tickets Direct for an unbeatable price!

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