10 Must-See Places In Dubai

Dubai or Dubayy is a perfect example of ‘East meets West’. For eager travellers from east, it is a preview into what they would see if they moved further west. For tourists from the west, it is a smooth transition of lifestyle into east. Located at a very advantageous spot in the middle-east, it marks the coordinates of fun, shopping, food, thrill and culture. Here is a list of 10 must-see places in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa:

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No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. It is breathtakingly beautiful at nights with all the twinkly lights and the nearby fountain show is mesmerizing. It is situated smack at the centre of Downtown Dubai and adjacent to the Dubai Mall. The observation deck* is on the 124th floor of the building which provides spectacular view of the city. If you would like to sip champagne or wine whilst enjoying the view, I’d rather suggest you to visit At.Mosphere (restaurant and bar) on the 123rd floor.

*At the Top – Burj Khalifa tickets priced at AED 125 per person (needs to be booked ahead for the best time slot)

2. The Dubai Mall:

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One of the biggest in the world and the biggest in UAE, the Dubai Mall is said to have every retail brand in the world under one roof. Apart from shopping, it houses a small Aquarium and Underwater zoo, an Ice rink and the Dubai fountain (outdoor). One of the best places for retail therapy and shop till you drop.

3. Mall of the Emirates (MoE):

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This is the next big mall in UAE after the Dubal Mall. An aerial view of the building shows it in the shape of an aeroplane. MoE houses SkiDubai where you can take skiing lessons and enjoy adventure on synthetic snow. Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC) is also situated inside MoE. It is right next to the beautiful Sheraton hotel.

4. Desert Safari:

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This is an experience you cannot afford to miss. Desert Safari takes you on a ride inside the wild Arabian desert. It starts off with dune bashing – a 15-20 minute ride on the sand dunes in an SUV by an expert driver. It is a total thrill experience, after which you are taken to a camp site. A typical setting with carpets and diwans with a centre stage for belly dancing and cultural show. You can experience the ‘sheesha’ (non-tobacco, flavoured hookah), henna painting on your hands, refreshments and dinner. Almost all safari operators have a standard routine and you can buy very good safari deals on GroupOn or Cobone

5. Dubai Creek:

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It is a man-made water lagoon that runs inside Dubai city from the sea. The city has been beautifully built along the sides of this creek and boat cruises run everyday for one or two hours with buffet dinner. It has an amazing view in the night and during the shopping festival, fireworks at the creek is very famous. Again, good cruise deals can be bought on cobone or groupon websites.

6. Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis, The Palm:

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This artificial palm-shaped island is a modern day marvel. It is a magnificent place to be, with mainland Dubai one end and beautiful picturesque hotel Atlantis, the Palm on its other end. Do not forget to ride the Palm monorail that gives a panoramic view of the island, hotel and the ocean. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you must try skydiving right above Palm islands (www.skydivedubai.ae) . It is a view and thrill of a lifetime that words cannot describe. Atlantis has a wonderful aquarium inside that has a big watching deck. The Aquaventure water park is an entertainment galore for the entire family.

7. Dubai Dolphinarium and Bird show:

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Located on the Dubai Creek side, the Dolphinarium has a really good dolphin and seal show. The animals are very well trained by professionals and put up a great show for viewers. The creek park has recently begun a bird show which is picking up well among tourists. Enjoy the animal shows and relax in the park !

8. The Walk@JBR and Jumeirah Open Beach:

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The Walk@JBR is a long beach-shore promenade lined with an array of casual and fine dining restaurants that faces the ocean. It is a place to hangout, smoke a pot of your favourite flavoured sheesha, eat your stomach full and just soak in peace. While you are there, let your senses indulge in beach biking, sand scooter-riding and roller-blading on the Jumeirah Open Beach jogger track. The sunset is just wonderful and the water is as clear as crystal.

9. The Global Village:

This extravagant shopping marvel extends across acres of land of pure country-specific retail experience. It is set on a geographical theme where merchants and traders from about 35 different countries sell antiques, utilities and craft from their land, all in one place. From exotic Saudi dates, African crafts, Thai figurines, Indian handicrafts to local Arabian sweets, Iranian spices, Turkish carpets and Pakistani cutlery and woodwork, you cannot take your eyes off the shop displays. Sadly, this is open only from October-March to avoid the summer sun. Make sure you plan your holiday keeping this mind. You will not regret it.

10. Dubai Gold Souk and Old Souk:

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One of the oldest places in Dubai, ‘Souq’ (meaning ‘market’ in Arabic) specialises in spices and dry fruits from neighbouring countries, typical affordable souvenirs that you would want to buy for friends back home and a wholesale vessel market. Try the Omani falooda at the Souq entrance and the pakora vendor at the rear end. On the adjacent side of this market is the Gold Souq. As the name says, it is a paradise of gold retailers with stunning glass displays outside every shop. One of the finest places to see and buy amazing gold designs. Truly an experience!

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