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Top Attractions in Dubai

Dubai offers travelers a lot to see. The megacity on the Persian Gulf has undergone rapid change since the discovery of the oil fields. In just a few decades, the traditional desert city became one of the most prosperous cities in the world. Beyond luxury, however, Dubai is above all a melting pot where tourists and trendsetters from all over the world come together. Culture and art therefore also have their place in the city. In the following, some of the most beautiful sights and excursion destinations are presented. Book with ebooking and get the best place.

The Palm Jumeirah

The 5.72 km² man-made archipelagos in Dubai Harbour are an exciting stop on any tour of the city. Dozens of luxurious hotels and apartments are currently being built on the sand-filled islands, which are lined up next to each other in the shape of palm leaves and look like a palm tree from the air. Restaurants, clubs and more round off the tourist offer. Visitors can stay overnight here directly in accommodation and enjoy the view of the blue sea. Boat tours for sightseeing are also sold around the islands.

Atlantis The Palm

Dubai, Atlantis The Palm
View of Dubai and the well-known hotel “Atlantlis, The Palm”

In the middle of The Palm Jumeirah lies the famous luxury hotel Atlantis The Palm, which opened in 2008. More than 1500 rooms on 22 floors and 23 restaurants can be found in the noble building. The luxury resort attracts holidaymakers with exceptional Arabian-style furnishings. In addition to gastronomy and spa programs, a wide range of leisure activities with sea lions and dolphins promises good entertainment for children. For non-hotel guests, the nearest Atlantis-style The Lost Chambers Aquarium Hotel, with several thousand fish, lobsters, sharks and other marine life, is worth a visit.

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is the largest skyscraper in the world. It is located in the middle of Downtown Dubai, one of the highlights for every holiday. The 828 m high building was opened in 2010 and designed by an exclusive American architect. For a fee, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai offers spectacular views from its observation deck over the vibrant desert metropolis. Inside there are numerous hotels, office space and restaurants that invite you to feast and linger. Outside the high-rise, tourists can also admire the unique water feature.

Dubai Fountain

The largest water fountain in the world is located in Dubai’s downtown on the Burj Kalifa Lake and the skyscraper of the same name. If you want to discover Dubai, you should take a close look at this spectacle on foot. Alternatively, boat tours on the lake are also available. Musical accompaniment, together with lighting, provides an exciting water feature every half hour from 6 to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. The fountain’s fountains reach over 100 meters into the sky.

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Ski Dubai

Skiing in the desert is not a contradiction in Dubai. In the middle of the Mall of the Emirates is the large hall Ski Dubai. There, tourists can prove their skills in real snow on five downhill runs, slalom and co. and enjoy a unique indoor experience on the ski lift. A day at the Snow Park includes other highlights for families, such as an aquarium with real penguins. Inexperienced skiers are instructed in exclusive courses under the supervision of the local team.

Mall of the Emirates

For young people and families, the shopping centre is a must-see on the list. The huge shopping center on Sheikh Zayed Road, about 15 minutes from downtown, was created as a temple of experience. In addition to shopping facilities for clothing, jewellery and the like, it offers a wide range of entertainment options. Highlights include the indoor ski hall and the Planet arcade. There children will find a colourful package of attractions from carousels to bumper cars. Cafés, restaurants and a cinema complement the shopping experience and invite you to a relaxing day out.

Burj al Arab

The luxury hotel Burj al Arab impresses with its unique architecture in sailing style and proud prices. It is located on an artificial island in the immediate vicinity of Dubai’s center and is considered the most luxurious hotel in the world due to its unusual furnishings. In the building there are several hundred large suites with their own butler, swimming pools, restaurants and other amenities for well-heeled guests. As a landmark of the city, the Tower is a popular photo motif by day and night. With prior reservation, it is possible to dine in one of the hotel’s posh restaurants or at tea time.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Dubai Desert
Off-road tour through Dubai’s desert, Image: Victor Maschek/shutterstock

In our recommendations for Dubai, the Wild Wadi water park, located in the immediate vicinity of the Burj al Arab, should not be missing. A day at this amusement park promises pure fun on countless slides, swimming pools, wave pools, an artificial river and surf waves in the water. Selected spa experiences complete the adventure day. Stylistically, the area is based on historical buildings in Arabia of past centuries. The name Wadi refers to the raging rivers of the same name in the Arabian desert, which are formed after rainfall.

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Dubai Museum

The municipal museum is an insider tip for all those who are looking for peace and quiet from the busy everyday life. It is located in the building of a former fortress and is dedicated to the representation of former life in the desert metropolis. During the visit, you can learn everything about the history of the former trading city on the Persian Gulf, which was controlled over time by the Portuguese sailors and later by the British. In addition to former settlements and everyday objects, the exhibits also show pre-Islamic history and the rapid development of the metropolis after the oil boom.

Dubai’s Desert

Outside the city walls, the Dubai desert holds great potential for nature lovers. The extensive, dry sandy landscape is home to many mammals, reptiles, insects and birds, including the beautiful oryx antelopes.

On a desert safari by jeep, families, couples and singles discover the landscape and take part in fun activities such as camel riding or sandboarding. It is also worth spending the night in a traditional Bedouin tent in the group. On this occasion, dance shows, henna painting and other nice activities are usually held. Now you can exchange ideas with other travelers over a cup of tea or coffee and marvel at the starry sky at night.

Gold & Spice Souk

The traditional spice market in the eastern district of Deira is located directly on the Dubai Creek and attracts with a great culinary variety. Several hundred stalls offer their colourful spices to market visitors at the Spice Souk. The refined product portfolio ranges from high-quality saffron to chili. Haggling is the order of the day here, because the dealers are willing to sell and like to talk directly to their customers. On the neighboring Gold Souk, a rich range of jewelry of precious gemstones, jewels and gold productions vie for the favor of the people.

Dubai Opera

In the desert metropolis you can also experience real high culture. The Dubai Opera House, which only opened in 2016 directly on the water in the city centre, shows all genres of art from classical concerts to plays. Tips on the programme of events can be found on the opera’s own website, where the diverse programme is vividly presented. In addition to attending the actual events, interested parties will also be offered architectural tours of the imposing building. There you can find out all the background information about the construction of the brand new opera house.