Places to Visit in Dubai

The city of superlatives, the city of gold, the city that never sleeps, and an array of esteemed titles have been given to Dubai. It is beyond doubt that more and more acclaims and titles will adorn its crown. When someone is planning to visit Dubai, the first question that pops up to their mind is— which are the best places to visit in Dubai?

You have numerous places to visit in this city, and those who are on a short trip are sure to miss some great places. Here is the complete list of the most interesting places that you can visit on your holiday in Dubai. 

1. Touch the sky at Burj Khalifa

Well, it is a puzzling question if Burj Khalifa has become the global icon of Dubai or the tallest structure has made Dubai a global icon. Either way, Burj Khalifa is undeniably a golden feather in the crown of Dubai, which has broken several world records to date. It stands at 828 meters height with more than 160 floors. The most celebrated floors in the building are 124, 125, and 148.

  • At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky

It is the highest observation deck not only in Burj Khalifa but also in the whole world with a height of 555 meters. Gaze upon the city as it bows down to you with all other skyscrapers looking tiny. When you are on the 148th floor, head to the outdoor terrace and enjoy the views. 

For a moment, you would feel that the city was built as if to be admired from the bird’s eye view. A guest ambassador will provide a personalized guided tour. See the iconic landmarks in Dubai through a motion sensor, which is a distinct interactive experience.

  • At the Top, Burj Khalifa

124 and 125th floors make At the Top of Burj Khalifa. Both the floors give 360-degree views of the whole city. The 124th floor has an outdoor terrace and is less spacious when compared to the latter. It has state-of-the-art telescopes to have glimpses of the city in close quarters. The main highlight of the 125th observation deck is ‘A Falcon’s Eye View,’ which enables visitors to see the city from a unique perspective.

Burj Khalifa ticket prices

You can buy the tickets to At the Top and At the Top Sky, online or in person, from the ticket office near the entrance on the lower ground of Dubai Mall.

Burj Khalifa opens at 8.30 AM and closes at 11 PM

Best time to visit: Any season 

Burj Khalifa opens at 8.30 AM and closes at 11 PM

2. Dubai Mall- Ideal destination for shopaholics 

Whenever you visit Burj Khalifa, you will see Dubai Mall, which stands right next to the tallest structure. Dubai Mall is de facto, the largest shopping destination in the Middle East. The signature outlets of international brands ensure that you are spoilt for choice. Once you reach here, time would fly, and you could easily spend a day inside roaming around the different shops. 

Dubai Mall is also a great entertainment destination with popular spots like Ice Rink, Dubai Underwater Zoo and Aquarium and Kidzania. When you wish to see snowfall in the desert, Dubai has a way out. Snow falls in Ice Rink in every season, and you can try ice skating. The professionals can harness their skills while the newbies will get training to know the thrill of the sport.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It has numerous aquatic animals of around 140 species, and the main thing of interest is that several animals that are on the brink of extension can be found here. Along with being the top entertainment destination, the aquarium prioritizes the need to conserve the endangered species. 

The third attraction in Dubai Mall is Kidzania, a city in miniature form for kids. Kids can mimic the roles of doctors, engineers, and advocates to understand the responsibilities in real life. Learning and fun go hand-in-hand at Kidzania. While you are busy shopping, send your kids to Kidzania, where they will be happy in playing some ‘serious’ games. 

Don’t miss Dubai Fountain, which stands in between Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The fountain show will illuminate the whole of Downtown Dubai after nightfall. Reach early so that you can stand at the right spot to enjoy the resplendent show without any obstruction. The best spot to watch the show is the bridge leading to Souk Al Bahar. 

It is an absolute visual treat with the fountain splashing water up to the sky along with dazzling lights. The fountain will dance to the world-famous songs, and the show is played at an interval of 30 minutes from 7 pm. 

Best time to visit: Any season 

Things to remember

  • Dubai Mall opening hours: 10 AM – 12 AM (Everyday)
  • Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall is the nearest metro station
  • Dubai Mall is at a walkable distance from Burj Khalifa Metro Station

3. Burj Al Arab- The finest luxurious hotel

The name of Dubai is synonymous with luxury. Many of the signature structures in the city are popular for affluence. Burj Al Arab is the sail-shaped tower which stands proudly near to Jumeirah Beach. It has found a place in the hotlist of top luxury hotels in the world. For the same reason, the hotel is the favorite spot of everyone who loves to splurge. 

You cannot just enter the hotel without having a reservation, and the entry is through a private bridge. The most-loved way of visiting the hotel is to reserve for Burj Al Arab afternoon tea. Tourists book this to relish a royal way of having brunch. Burj Al Arab provides fine dining coupled with exquisite views and ambiance. The brunch can cost between AED 400 and AED 700.

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Mall of the Emirates is the nearest metro station
  • Book in advance to enter the hotel
  • After reaching Burj Al Arab, show your confirmation code to security at the private bridge
  • Security will allow you to enter only when 30 minutes is left for the afternoon tea

4. Marina- The affluent canal city 

The posh neighborhood, which stands on the shore of a wonderful canal, is the picture-perfect version of the Venetian towns. Luxury overflows in every trivial detail at Marina. Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), a group of scenic waterfront apartments, is a main point of attraction in Marina. A promenade that is lined with elegant skyscrapers, cafes and alfresco restaurants add a distinct charm to Marina. 

The renowned Marina Mall stands near the boulevard and offers you plenty of options for shopping. When you are at Marina, you can try numerous al fresco dining options. The exciting activities for you include Dhow cruise, yacht trips, jet skiing, and skydiving. Though you can visit Marina on time, the city becomes livelier at night. 

A great activity to try here is Xline Dubai Marina. Zoom on a narrow line through the high rises in Marina, which will give you goosebumps. 
Xline Marina ride starts from one of the Amwaj Towers across the marina to the Dubai Marina Mall. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • DAMAC Properties is the nearest metro station
  • Take a tram from DAMAC and alight at Marina Mall
  • Tram timing: 6 am – 1 am (Saturday to Wednesday) 6 am – 1 am (Thursday) 9 am- 1 am (Friday)

5. JBR Dubai- The ultimate beachside lifestyle

Jumeirah Beach Residences, fondly called JBR, is the most sought-after waterfront apartment in Dubai. It is a self-contained and bustling community that has anything and everything inside itself. It consists of a group of residential apartments that are hailed for the extravaganza. The beach bums will find their dream home here. 

JBR has some of the top-notch cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, and entertainment spots. The apartments are so expensive that only the uber-rich people can afford them. As far as the residents are concerned, they have all the amenities at their doorstep. 

The Walk

JBR Walk or the Walk is an esplanade with several alfresco cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and bars. The 1.7 km long boulevard stretches across JBR and is a great place for an evening walk.  

JBR Beach

Be it summer or winter, JBR beach is always crowded. There are oodles of things to do at JBR beach, including beach dining and watersports. You can spot people trying wakeboarding, parasailing, and banana boat rides. Those who are not into the thrilling stuff can ride a camel along the shore. 

You can relax with your loved ones or have some me-time at the cabanas, sun loungers, and day beds. Gaze upon Ain Dubai, which is going to be the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world soon. You can walk over a bridge to admire it up close. 

The Beach

The Beach adds delight to your day at JBR as it has anything from shopping, dining, and cinema to watersports and kids’ play areas. It has something for people of all ages. Kids will be more than happy to spend the whole day at Splash Pad, a water wonderland for them. You can leave your kids here and relax as fully trained staff will take care of them and keep them engaged throughout. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • DAMAC Properties is the nearest metro station
  • Take a tram from DAMAC and alight at Jumeirah Beach Residence 1 Tram Station or Jumeirah Beach Residence 2 Tram Station

6. Bluewaters Island- It’s blue as the ocean 

It is no hyperbole to say that Dubai is the land of artificial islands. It has created the Palm Islands, which are hailed around the world. Now, Bluewaters Island is the talk of the town, especially as it is home to Ain Dubai, the upcoming wonder. Ain Dubai or Dubai eye is the tallest Ferris wheel, which is under construction at Bluewaters Island. 

You can take a peek at the Bluewaters Island while relaxing on the shores on the JBR beach. An aura of blue light will lure towards the newest artificial island in Dubai. An illuminated bridge will take you to the island from the JBR Beach. The island consists of a long esplanade, residential areas, shopping centers, cafes, and several restaurants.

As the name denotes, big blue lights are the main highlight of the island. Weekends are mostly crowded, and tourists never miss the chance to see Ain Dubai at close quarters. Live Mexican performances will spice up the nights at Puerto 99 restaurants standing near Ain Dubai. 

Ain Dubai or Dubai eye stands at a staggering height of 210 meters and is waiting to become the tallest giant wheel in the world. It will offer 360-degree views of the Dubai skyline as well as the iconic landmarks like Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai is another spot that attracts most of the tourists. It is a getaway destination with exceptional residences, varied dining options, and entertainment venues. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Bluewaters Island timing: Sunday to Wednesday 10 am – 12 am

Thursday to Saturday 10 am – 1 am

  • Entry to the island is free
  • Marina Mall is the nearest tram station
  • Alight at DAMAC metro station which is connected to Dubai tram

7. Step back in time at Dubai Creek

If you are overwhelmed by the glossiness and extravagance of the city, head to Dubai Creek. This is the simple and quaint side of Dubai, deeply connected to its history. The calm waterway is the natural treasure of Dubai in contrast to its numerous man-made wonders. It was once the hub of the economy as fishing and pearl diving flourished here. 

During your visit to Creek, you will spot the early skyscrapers in the city, including the National Bank of Dubai and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. 

The creek is divided into two sections— Deira and Bur Dubai. Deira is known for the souks, predecessors of the modern shopping malls. Gold Souk and Spice Souk are the two top attractions here. 

While you can buy jewelry from an extensive collection at an affordable price from Gold Souk, the unique spices of the Middle East are found at the Spice Souk. Bastakiya is a prominent place to visit at Bur Dubai, and it is one of the oldest buildings in Dubai. Wooden boats called Abras ferry people across Creek. It is a cheap option as one ride will cost only 1 AED. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Travel in a metro and alight at Creek metro station
  • The entry to Gold and Spice souks are free
  • Spice souk, Gold souk opening hours: Sat-Thu- 10 am- 10 pm, Friday- 4 pm- 10 pm

8. Al Seef- Marriage of old and new

Al Seef is a relatively new development by Meraas that pays tribute to the bygone days. It is the fascinating meeting point of the old and new. Al Seef marks an intriguing blend of contemporary elements and historical culture to become a popular tourist attraction in Dubai. While one side of Al Seef is lined with new towers, the other side will take you to the past.

It is just like an open-air shopping mall where you can walk and go window shopping. At the old part, all buildings will give you a 19th century feel with a deliberate rusted look. Even your favorite Baskin Robbins shop will seem to be decades old. Rambling through the place is a good idea, particularly at night. The interior designs of most of the cafes and shops are elegant. The whole street is embellished with fairy lights. 

Being at the shore of Creek, you can also have glimpses of the dhows and abras. The esplanade at Al Seef is most commonly crowded on the weekends, especially in the evening. Several events are also celebrated here to give added delight to the tourists. 

Best time to visit: Winter 

Things to remember

  • Burjuman is the nearest metro station
  • C7 and C10 buses have stops at Al Seef
  • Al Seef timing: Sunday to Wednesday – 10 am to 10 pm
  • Thursday to Saturday – 10 am to 12 am

9. Miracle Garden- Burst of colors and fragrance 

A vast array of flowers will transport you to another world. When someone tells you that the world’s largest natural garden is in Dubai, don’t get surprised. Nothing is impossible in this city. Miracle Garden has over 100 million flowers adorned in a myriad of patterns and themes. 

miracle garden

The first thing that comes to someone’s mind after a visit to Miracle Garden will mostly be the Hearts Passage. It is a beautiful walkway through numerous floral hearts. No wonder that it has become the signature photo stop in the garden. Among the many floral patterns of iconic landmarks, Burj Khalifa is the most popular one and obviously the tallest pattern in the garden.

Beautiful houses, castles, birds, and cartoon characters made wholly with flowers will welcome you to the garden. There is a lot to see, and you should go when you have plenty of time so that you won’t miss some incredible surprises. And the best thing is that every year the garden has new themes and wonders for the visitors.

Dubai Miracle Garden is the best family-friendly destination and a must-visit place in Dubai.

Time of visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Miracle garden opens on November 1, 2019
  • Miracle garden timing: Weekdays 9 AM – 9 PM, Weekends 9 AM – 11 PM
  • Mall of the Emirates is the nearest metro station
  • From EMO station, bus number 105 will take you to the garden
  • Dubai Miracle Garden tickets: Price for an adult is 50 AED and child is 40 AED

10. Butterfly Garden- See the self-propelled flowers 

Flowers don’t have existence without butterflies. For the same reason, a world of butterflies is built near Miracle Garden, thereby making the ideal combination. This is the place where the softhearted soul in you will wake up. How would you feel when hundreds of butterflies fly around you? It is dreamy, isn’t it? 

Dubai Butterfly Garden gives this dreamy experience to the visitors. It stands right next to Miracle Garden, which means you get the best of both worlds in one visit. The butterfly garden has around 15000 butterflies of 26 different kinds. The indoor garden has 10 domes, and each of them is fascinating in its own way. You can see and cuddle the numerous butterflies in varied colors and patterns. 

Along with seeing the butterflies of different species, you can also learn about these amazing creatures. Enthusiastic visitors can watch movies about the lifecycle of butterflies. Assistants will help you interact with the butterflies, and you can take a selfie with butterflies fluttering around you. Everyone will love this place, and the visit will be a treat, especially for the kids. 

Best time to visit: Winter 

Things to remember

  • Timing of Butterfly Garden: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Entrance fee is separate for Butterfly Garden which is 55 AED
  • Children aged 2 and below: Free

11. Love Lake- Love is in the air! 

Dubai keeps on adding attractions so that no tourist can ever say that he/she has seen everything in the city. Love Lake is a recent addition to the list, and it lies in the heart of the desert. It is a scenic man-made lake in the pattern of intertwined hearts. Trees planted near the lake make a shape that spells out the word ‘love’ in an aerial view. 

Love Lake is the ideal place for couples who are looking for some quality time and privacy. It also great for camping and make sure that you go with sufficient food and other essentials as there are not many facilities nearby. Visitors are also allowed to grill barbecues at designated areas. 

The lake surrounded by the desert gives immense opportunities for photos. However, if you want to capture a picture showing the shape of the lake, you should use a drone. But, you should comply with the laws in Dubai regarding the use of drones. Reaching here is a bit tricky as you may easily get lost in the desert. You can rely on Google Maps to find a way, and it is near Al Qudra Lake. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Love Lake Dubai location: It is near the Al Qudra lakes area
  • You will see the Al Qudra camping area and the popular cycle track on the way
  • Entrance to Love Lake is free
  • Traveling in an SUV is best recommended as it is desert terrain
  • Take drinking water with you and washrooms aren’t available here
  • Ideal place for couples, families

12. Jumeirah Beach- The most-loved public beach

Dubai is known for its tranquil seas with deep blue water. Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the city. It is the perfect place to behold the beauty of the popular hotel, Burj Al Arab. You can take excellent selfies with the blue waves and Burj Al Arab in the background. Walk along the shore holding the hands of your beloved. 

Tourists flock to Jumeirah Beach to catch a tan, indulge in watersports, or simply relax in the cool sea breeze. You can visit the place with your family and have a fun time here. The beach is especially remarkable during winter, but doesn’t forget to keep your jacket handy. Chaises and parasols are available for rent, ensuring that you can laze under the sun. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Entry is free
  • Shower and washroom facilities are available
  • Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina are nearby metro stations

14. Kite Beach- Kitesurfers, this way, please! 

As the name indicates, Kite Beach is popular among the enthuse kitesurfers in Dubai. Even though you are not into it, just seeing many kitesurfers up in the sky is a sheer delight for the eyes. Kites in different hues will be floating in the sky. Kitesurfing is all about gliding over the waves and flying up in the sky on a beautiful kite. No worries if you are a newbie, there is Kitesurf School Dubai on Kite Beach.

You will gain insights into the interesting activity and experience the delight of floating by yourself. There are several dining spots on the beach with mouthwatering Arabic and Continental dishes to the desserts. A fitness area, many kids play areas, and a library ensures that you will not get bored here for even a minute. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Kite Beach timing: Sunday-Wednesday: 10 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: 10 am-12 am
  • Entry is free
  • Shower and washroom facilities are available
  • Complimentary shuttle bus services are available in certain hotels

15. Dubai Water Canal- A big leap towards a sustainable city 

Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2 km long waterway that starts from Creek in Old Dubai and connects with the Arabian Gulf. An eye-popping feature of this canal is its mechanical waterfall that cascades down from the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge. The purple-colored waterfall will steal your attention from a far distance. It starts only at twilight and works like a curtain that opens every time a boat passes through.

After the opulent Marina, this is the second man-made canal developed at the heart of the city. The interesting thing is that it is an environment-friendly project as all the streetlights used in the canal are powered by solar energy. The canal is not merely an attraction; in fact, it has enhanced connectivity within the city. 

There are running tracks, footpaths, cycling lanes, and sitting areas around the canal. Dubai Water Canal has five pedestrian bridges with electric elevators and escalators. Several charging stations on the premises ensure that you will be able to take many snaps of the recent attraction in Dubai. 

Those who want to sail across the canal can hire a Dhow cruise or Abra. You can walk on the bridges, relax at the promenades, or ride a cycle. Interestingly, the canal has turned part of the city to a stunning island. 

It is one of the best free things to do in Dubai. The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has several plans for the canal, which includes improving the water transport and constructing hotels, residential areas, and hotels to make it a popular entertainment destination. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Dubai Canal timings: There is no timing for visitors. The waterfall starts at 8 pm and ends at 10 pm.
  • Business Bay is the nearest metro station. The canal is within walking distance from here.
  • Three daily ferry trips are operated at 10 am, 12 am, and 5.40 pm from Jaddaf Marine Station, calling at five stations towards the canal and vice versa.

16. The desert- Adventure at the natural landscape 

Can you imagine Dubai being a desolate desert land without any skyscrapers? Yes, this city was like this a few decades ago. It has undergone a magical transformation within a short period that it became one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Dubai. A trip to the desert will let you ponder over the humble beginnings of the city.

The tranquil deserts in Dubai are the perfect place to have a relaxing time with your loved ones or try some adventurous activities. The most invigorating adventures that you can try in the desert include dune bashing, sandboarding, quad biking, and camel ride. 

You can drive to the deserts on your own, but ensure that you go on a 4×4. Otherwise, you will have to park away and walk to the desert as 4×4 moves well through the desert terrain. 

Desert safari is a fascinating way to explore the desert, try adventures, eat traditional food, and enjoy the traditional dances of the Middle East. The main advantage of this journey is that the tour company will take care of everything, and you can just sit back and enjoy it.

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes
  • Activities like dune bashing can be dangerous which should be tried only by skilled drivers
  • After camping, ensure that the place is as clean as before

17. Dubai Dolphinarium- Meet playful dolphins

Anyone will fall in love with these lovely creatures at first sight. Dubai Dolphinarium has a number of bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and exotic parrots that are skilled enough to showcase exciting shows for you. It is an air-conditioned setting spread out on around 54,000 sq. Ft. Area. This facility aims to amuse the guests and giving insights into the need for protecting animals that are on the verge of extinction. 

The entertainment in Dolphinarium can be divided into three groups. Dolphin and seal show is the main highlight as these skilled animals will do wonder on the stage. They will dance, sing, play with balls, and jump through hoops to showcase an exciting program for you.

The next one is the Dolphin Planet, which involves swimming with dolphins. While the Dolphin show allows seeing them perform, this session lets you interact with them at close quarters. 

The third one is the bird show performed by exotic birds and parrots of around 20 species. They will fly around you and sit on your shoulder to pose for a selfie. Watch the Green-Winged Macaws and Sun Conures riding cycle and playing cup trick like human beings. 

Best time to visit: Any weather 

Things to remember

  • Located inside Dubai Creek Park
  • Best place for families and kids
  • Dolphin and seal show is showed Monday-Saturday
  • Shows on Monday, Friday and Saturday, give special discounts
  • Dolphin and seal show timing is 11 am and 6 pm
  • Regular ticket price is AED 105 for adults, AED 50 for children

18. Mall of the Emirates- The world’s first shopping resort

Mall of the Emirates is the go-to shopping destination for all residents as well as tourists in Dubai. It suits the preferences of everyone with choices ranging from high-street fashion to high-end brands. It has more than 630 brands selling fashion, lifestyle, electronics, and home furnishing products. The mall is a remarkable sight with its stylish dome and golden aisles. 

Mall of the Emirates is the first shopping resort in the world. The mall features an exciting combination of shopping, entertainment, and dining. The entertainment options include Ski Dubai (the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East), VOX Cinemas, and Magic Planet. This shopping mall also has the largest Carrefour in the Middle East. Once you step inside, you will lose track of time while enjoying the innumerable activities that it offers. 

There is happy news for the tourists that two five star hotels stand right next to the hotel — Kempinski Mall of the Emirates and Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel. 

Best time to visit: Any weather 

Things to remember

  • Timing: Sun-Wed: 10 am- 10 pm, Thurs-Sat: 9 am-1 am
  • Getting here: By car- Drive through Sheikh Zayed Road and MOE is at the 4th interchange. Others can take the metro and hop off at the MOE metro station.

19. Ski Dubai- Step into a winter wonderland 

Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates is a world unto itself and needs a special mention. Enjoy the snowfall even when it is sweltering heat out in the city. So, no need to dream about going to a cool place during the summer in Dubai. The city has everything that you dream and also the perfect version of everything. 

Ski Dubai has become the ultimate destination for entertainment. Step into a winter wonderland to play with snow and penguins. 

ski dubai

Following are the main areas which you can find at Ski Dubai: 

  • Snow park

Do you enjoy playing in the parks? Here, it is double the fun as the park is glowing with snow. Get into the different rides and feel the adrenaline rush. You can also watch the penguin show presented at fixed timing. The King and Gentoo penguins will perform some innocent tricks before you. 

Hold tight as you slide down the snow on a twin-track bobsled. Mount on a chairlift ride to see the snow park from a unique perspective. Don’t miss the Zorb Ball, one of the most popular attractions in Ski Dubai. It is a giant ball in which you can enter and roll downhill like crazy. A lot of other exciting activities are on the list.

  • Snow penguins

Snow and penguins are like flowers and butterflies. Most of these incredible creatures live in cold climates, and it is hard to get a glimpse of them. However, you can see them at close quarters and also play with them at Ski Dubai. The cute and amicable penguins are living here. You can see two species of penguins— King and Gentoo. 

King penguins are the second-largest penguins after the emperor penguins. They have a blackhead, chin, and throat, with vivid orange, tear-shaped patches on each side of their head. Gentoo penguins are the third largest penguins. They have a white “cap” extending from their eye to the top of their heads. 

After having enough fun in the snow, pay a visit to the penguins and learn some interesting facts about them. It is a golden opportunity for animal lovers, and you can even cuddle them. You will also learn how to protect them in the wild. 

  • Slope

Slopes in Ski Dubai are for the ones who want to have some ‘serious fun’ in the snow. Ski Dubai slope is dedicated to skiers or snowboarders who wish to harness their skills in a fabulous setting. You need to be intermediate level 2 to try this exciting activity. Those who are not up to the right level can still enjoy the sport with the Ski Dubai Experience with a Discovery Lesson. 

  • Ski school

No one will have to miss the fun of skiboarding at Ski Dubai because they are not professionals. There is a place to learn the exciting skill of snowboarding, and it is the Ski School. The happy news is that even the kids who are as young as three can join the classes. You will learn the art in a short span of time as the training is provided by the world’s top ski professionals. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Timing: Sun-Wed: 10 am – 11 pm, Thursday: 10 am- 12 am, Friday: 9 am- 12 am, Saturday: 9 am- 12 am
  • Located on the ground floor of MOE
  • Best entertainment spot for families and kids
  • Ski Dubai ticket price: Snow park- AED 190, Snow penguin- AED 230

20. Wild Wadi Waterpark- Have some wild fun

Water theme parks can’t get better than Wild Wadi Waterpark. The park stands at a fantastic location in Jumeirah with the views of the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The water park is themed around Juha, a character from Arabian folklore. It offers a variety of pulsating rides, slides, and activities for people of all ages.

Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is the ideal place for the kids. It is a huge playground with various slides for children. The intrepid ones have a lot to try, and the bravest can go for rides like Flood River Flyer or Jumeirah Sceirah. You can try some of the world’s scariest rides here. Does it sound weird to you? Well, it will be what exactly the adrenaline junkies are looking for. 

The most popular rides are Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj and Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders. Those who are not into an adventure can float on the rivers or relax in a cabana. For a laid-back day, enjoy the meter high waves of Flood River and long, lazy river of Juha’s Journey. 

So, it is time to test your courage. Be ready for a free fall from great heights. Get wet and have the wildest fun at Wild Wadi. 

Things to remember

  • Timing: 10 am – 6 pm
  • Bringing food from outside is not allowed
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark will be closed from 11 January to 6 February for maintenance

21. Bollywood Parks Dubai-The B-Town is here!

Bollywood Park is the first theme park in the world that is wholly dedicated to Bollywood, the thriving Indian film industry in Mumbai. Hop on the cricket-themed simulator dedicated to Bollywood movie ‘Lagaan’ or fight with Gabbar Singh, the most infamous villain in the evergreen movie ‘Sholay’. The entertainment has no bounds at Bollywood Parks. There are many things to do, and the only thing is that you need ample time to try all of them.

Here, you will get all flavors of Bollywood — action, adventure, romance, comedy, music, and dance. The park recreates the extravaganza, superheroes, and iconic characters in Bollywood. This theme park is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts. 

bollywood parks

Zones of Bollywood Parks Dubai

  • Bollywood Boulevard: This zone will give you a nostalgic vibe by presenting the golden era of Bollywood, which was in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The most eventful attraction is ‘Crossroads’, where you can see exuberant live performances on thumping Bollywood music. 
  • Mumbai Chowk: Bollywood bloomed in the city of Mumbai. Indians can relive the spirit of Mumbai here. The fans of Sharukh starrer ‘Don’ will love the 3D ride inspired by its hero.
  • Rustic Ravine: Witness the rebirth of the countryside in India as presented in the iconic Bollywood movies like ‘Sholay’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Lagaan’. Play the cricket match in ‘Lagaan’ at the motion simulator ride.
  • Royal Plaza: This is the place for all the connoisseurs of music and dance. Watch live performances by artists for the evergreen Bollywood songs.
  • Bollywood Film Studios: Make sure that you take your kids here as the most popular kids’ activity is waiting.

Best time to visit: Any season 

Things to remember

  • Bollywood park ticket price: AED 99 for UAE residents, AED 175 for non-residents
  • Children under 3 will have free entry

22. Motiongate- Hollywood comes to life

All your favorite Hollywood characters come alive here. The attractions and rides at Motiongate are inspired by Big names in Hollywood, like Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and Lionsgate. The different rides will keep you at the edge of your seat and provide a premium cinematic experience. 

The attractions are categorized into four zones— Columbia Pictures, Smurfs Village, Dreamworks, and Lionsgate. Step into the most innovative and creative world of immersive storytelling. There is a myriad of ways to have fun, including kids’ rides, family rides, motion simulators, roller coaster rides, and water rides. 

Whenever your kids request you to take them to an entertainment spot, head to Motiongate without a second thought. Try the rollercoaster ride on Smurfs Village Express or test your bravery at the most-haunted Hotel Transylvania. Those who are not into the scary rides can go to Kung Fu Panda to learn Kung Fu in an interactive live show.

Studio Central gives insights into the art of filmmaking, where you will see the real sets of New York City. It is a behind-the-scenes experience that helps you learn about filmmaking, theatrical opening shows, and the working of a movie studio. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Motiongate ticket price is AED 275 per head
  • Outside food and beverages are free inside the park

23. Dubai Frame- A glimpse of future 

The skyscrapers undeniably make a dazzling skyline in Dubai. Now, a tall frame has made the city picture-perfect. It connects the humble past of the city to its ambitious future and lets you trace its eventful history. The magnificent structure standing at the heart of the city gives panoramic views of the skyline. The Frame consists of two towers of 150 meters’ height connected with a bridge. 

The frame is located in Zabeel Park, and the spot was chosen so as to provide the glances of both old and new Dubai. If you climb up the Skydeck, you can walk through a glass bridge, which can make you dizzy. As you are walking through a transparent panel, the city will be beneath your feet. You would feel as if you are walking in thin air, but don’t worry as the glass is completely crack-proof. 

The bravehearts will easily walk along the bridge while others may take some time or even step back from the challenge. However, try it as this activity is the fun part of mounting onto the sky deck of the Frame. Plan your visit in the morning to witness its splendor at its best. The picturesque location and the structure in dazzling gold offer plenty of photo stops. 

Old Dubai Gallery

First, you will go to the mezzanine floor where you will see a multimedia exhibition in Dubai’s past. It shows how desert land turned into a celebrated tourist destination. 

Present Dubai

The visitors can see the shimmering cityscape of new Dubai at the Skydeck level. Look down at the old and new Dubai from great heights. 

Future Dubai Gallery

After admiring the present Dubai, you will return to the Mezzanine floor. Once you exit the elevator, you will pass through a tunnel with special audio and visual effects. It lets you see how Dubai will be after 50 years from now. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Dubai frame is open all year round including weekends and public holidays
  • Opening hours: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Dubai Frame ticket price: Adults- AED 50, children- AED 20, Children aged below 3 go free
  • Timing may change on holidays and Ramadan
  • Al Jafiliya is the nearby metro station

24. Dubai Garden Glow- Glowing in the dark

If you are looking for a place that brings a smile to your kid’s face, visit Dubai Garden Glow. Make sure that you take your little one at night to admire their ‘art by day and glow by night’ view. The best thing about Dubai Garden Glow is that along with focusing on beauty, and it also emphasizes the importance of conservation. It reminds the kids about energy and wildlife conservation. The visit is going to be an edutainment session for them. 

Dubai Garden Glow opens only in winter, and every year, they come up with new themes. This year, the theme is ‘Back to Nature’, rightly reflected in the energy-saving bulbs and hand-crafted structures made of recycled materials. The new attraction of the fifth season is Magic Park, a world of optical illusions. It has 27 different sets of optical allusions, which will let you take selfies with three-dimensional artworks. 

  • Glow Park: The garden will be all lit in the dark with energy-saving bulbs and luminous fabric.
  • Dinosaur Park: Children can see the giant creatures which dominated the world before us. It has more than 120 animatronic dinosaurs. You will feel as if you are inside the Jurassic Park.
  • Ice Park: Forget the fact that you are in a desert and enjoy the polar climate. Here, you will gaze open-mouthed at the ice sculptures of Burj Al Arab, pegasus, and polar bears.
  • Magic Park: Step into the magical world of optical illusions. You will walk through a thin line that blurs the difference between reality and illusion. The three-dimensional artworks at Magic Park will glow at night, thereby making it a visual treat.

Best time to visit: It opens only in winter

Things to remember

  • Dubai Garden Glow timing: Saturday to Thursday: 4 am – 11 pm, Friday: 4 pm – 12 am
  • Ticket price for adults is AED 65, children aged under 3 can enter free
  • Garden Glow is inside Zabeel Park, and entry is at 6, 7 gates

25. Global Village- An exquisite blend of cultures 

How much time would it take to visit 20 different countries? If it is hard to calculate, let me tell you that you can do it in just 2 or 3 hours. This is possible only in Global Village Dubai. It is the ultimate destination for shopping and opens doors to numerous things around the globe. 20 pavilions at Global Village lets you see and buy the stuff from various countries.

Global Village lies somewhere between a theme park and market. It gives a distinct shopping experience as you stroll from one shop to another. It is poles apart from the luxurious shopping malls in the city and are more similar to the traditional souks. If you don’t intend to buy, you can just go for window shopping and enjoy the festive vibe of the place. This attraction comes to life only in winter and is also an important festival in the city. 

global village

Each pavilion at Global Village is designed to resemble the iconic structures which represent the specific country. Take selfies against the backdrop of the leaning tower of Pisa or Taj Mahal. People of all ages can enjoy here as there are so many entertainment shows like concerts, fire shows, and dances. On top of it, there are several rides and games to keep you amused on end. 

Things to remember

  • Global village timings: Saturday to Wednesday 4 pm – 12 am (entry gates close at 11:30 pm)

Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays 4 pm – 1 am (entry gates close at 12 am)

  • Monday is dedicated to families with kids and ladies only
  • How to go to Global Village: There are four direct buses to the global village. Bus no. (102) starts from Rashidiya Metro Station.

Bus no. (103) starts from Ittihad Station 

Bus no. (104) starts from Al Ghubaiba Station 

Bus no. (106) starts from Mall of the Emirates Metro Station

  • Ticket price: AED 15 per person, children under 3 can enter free
  • Global village 2019 started on October 29 and ends on April 4, 2020

26. Jumeirah Mosque- Feel the divine

After visiting the iconic landmarks in the city, you may be looking for a place where you can understand the traditions and culture of Dubai. There is no better place than mosques to learn about Islamic traditions. Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that is open to non-Muslims. So, this justifies why it has become the most photographed mosque in Dubai and popular among the tourists, unlike any other. 

Mosques in the Middle East stand testimony to its architectural feat, and Jumeirah Mosque is no exception. It is built entirely with white stones according to the Fatimid tradition. The mosque has two minarets and one huge central dome. Its beauty heightens at the time of dusk. 

As the mosque follows the ‘open doors open mind’ policy, it is open to all visitors since 1998. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) facilitates a guided tour of the mosque for six days a week. SMCCU is a non-profit organization that aims to give insight into the culture of the Middle East.

In the Jumeirah Mosque tour, you can interact with your guide, take photographs of the beautiful mosque and clear all your doubts in the question and answer session. It includes light Emirati refreshments for the guests. 

‘Mosques of the world’ photography exhibition 

This exhibition is arranged by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and SMCCU. The winning and shortlisted photographs from Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) are held at Jumeirah Mosque Majlis. You can see 32 fascinating works by photographs from 15 countries. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Ticket price is AED 25 per person for the guided tour
  • Daily at 10 am and 2 pm except for Fridays
  • Registration opens 30 minutes before the tour
  • Jumeirah mosque dress code: Dress modestly, traditional dresses are available at the mosque

27. Palm Jumeirah- The incredible archipelago 

The city filled with date palms has a huge man-made archipelago made in the shape of a larger-than-life date palm. It is one of the largest artificial islands in the world and a center of attraction in Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is home to several swanky resorts, restaurants, and villas. Atlantis The Palm is a famous resort on the Island that became the icon of Dubai. 

palm jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah design consists of a 2 km long trunk, 17 fonds, and a crescent. It is among the top names among anyone who is looking for a waterfront stay in Dubai. If you want to witness the brilliance of the island’s design, you have to go the extra mile. Try skydiving or take a helicopter tour to see Palm Jumeirah with its true magnificence. 

With well-developed roads, tunnels, and public transport, the island is easily accessible. Palm Jumeirah lies on the shore of the aquamarine ocean, thereby giving private beach access to most of the residents. The place is serene and tranquil as it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Palm Jumeirah Monorail is the most exciting way to reach Palm. It gives some splendid views of the Palm which you would miss while going in a car. However, it is comparatively more expensive than the metro and bus. 

There are several water activities near the island, including yacht trips, banana boat rides, and kayaking. If you stroll through Palm Jumeirah boardwalk, you can try the different tastes at the food kiosks. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • How to reach Palm Jumeirah: Take a taxi to reach the Palm Gateway Monorail Station
  • A one-way ticket in Palm Jumeirah Monorail will cost AED 20, and the return ticket cost is AED 30.
  • The monorail services are available from 9 AM to 10 PM every day

28. Atlantis The Palm- Revel in the matchless luxury

Most of the people in Dubai would have thought what makes Atlantis the Palm the top choice of celebrities. But, those who have entered the Atlantis and seen it around will never ask it. The visual flamboyance of the resort itself attracts all eyes at first sight. Atlantis The Palm is a resort with classy restaurants, premium accommodation, and a plethora of entertainment options.

As the name indicates, the resort was inspired by the utopian city, believed to have been submerged under the water. There are many things to explore at this resplendent resort, and if you step inside, you will be flabbergasted at the perfection of this destination. 

Unfortunately, people can’t enter the resort without having a room or restaurant reservation. They can enter the avenues which lead to the Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium. 

  • Dolphin Bay: As you have already guessed, this is a cute little world for the dolphins. Those who want to spend time with these playful creatures can get inside for some lovely moments. The kids can touch them, swim along, and even go for a swift ride with these amicable beings: swim, dance, snorkel, and capture photos with your endearing companions.
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium: The nautical-themed resort has anything and everything related to the sea. It has around 65000 marine aquatic animals, thereby giving you a replica of the actual ocean. Swim along with the sharks and ask the marine experts about how they take care of these predators. You can go for a behind-the-scenes-tour, snorkeling, diving, or aquatrek session.
  • Aquaventure Waterpark: Aquaventure is one of the most-loved water theme parks in Dubai. With 30 pulsating rides and attractions, you can have unlimited fun with your loved ones. After all the adventures, sunbathe at the private beach.

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • It is one of the best hotels in Dubai for families
  • The access to theme parks is free for the guests staying at the hotel
  • There is no charge for entering the common areas of Atlantis

29. Dubai Museum- Admire the past

Even when most parts of Dubai look forward to the dazzling future, there are a few places that linger in the past. Dubai Museum is the most prestigious destination in the city that pays tribute to its humble beginnings. Explore the treasures of Old Dubai at the museum homed at Al Fahidi Fort. Fahidi Fort is the oldest existing building in the city. 

The fort was built in 1787 and was used as an arsenal of the monarchy. Later, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum renovated the fort, and it became Dubai Museum in 1971, the same year when the UAE was formed. Another underground museum was built in 1995 and added to the old fort. 

The visitors can walk through the past of Dubai and know its urban and rural life. The museum is divided into different wings that give insights into the monuments, weapons, manufacturing shipping equipment, and the profession of pearl diving. You can get a great deal of information about the olden lifestyle through the exhibits reflecting the market atmosphere, vendors, shops, and goods of that time. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • From Saturday to Thursday, from 8:30 am until 8.30 pm, and Fridays, from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Ticket price is AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)
  • You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba or Fahidi Metro Stations

30. Etihad Museum- Trace the contemporary history 

While all museums take you to the past, Etihad Museum gives you the contemporary history of the UAE. It is a stunning new building that stands at Jumeirah and provides an interactive experience to the visitors. The photos, interactive maps, and movies give insights into the development of the country, especially between 1968 and 1974.  

At Etihad Museum, you can trace the history of the UAE before the treaty that unified the seven emirates. The building is distinct with its curved white roof inspired by the shape of the constitution. It also has seven columns, which symbolize the pens used to sign the document. The artistic facade is adorned with the manuscript representing the Unification Agreement. 

The walls are sculpted with the most famous quotes from the founding fathers. It is a visual treat, as well as a reminder of the importance of these quotes in the city. The museum also exhibits the exquisite painting of the well-known Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais, which attracts the tourists at first glance.

A section called ‘The Founders’ has information about the founders of this Emirate. It is divided into 7 categories with images of the founders, their belongings, and historical information about them. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Museum opening hours: 10 am- 8 pm (daily)
  • Guided tours: 12 pm and 5 pm (daily)
  • Ticket prices: Adult – AED 25, Child- free

31. Museum of Illusions- Don’t believe your eyes! 

Do you believe your eyes? Well, your answer will be ‘yes’ only until you visit the Museum of Illusions at Al Seef. It is part of the global chain of museums, which was started by the one in Croatia. Having around 80 exhibits, Dubai has the biggest Museum of Illusions in the world. Here, experiences fall into three major categories: Master Illusions, Grand Illusions, and Optical Illusions. 

There are a lot of rooms in the museum to blow your mind and drive you crazy with disbelief. At the chair illusion room, you will realize that the size of a person depends on the objects that surround him/her. Try sitting on the illusionary chair and take a selfie to surprise your friends. At the anti-gravity room, you will try your level best to determine whether you are standing on a flat or slanted surface. 

When you are inside a room with countless mirrors, can you find a way out? The infinity room will confuse you with mirrors that are as tall as you. The surprises are endless and be ready to see the world upside down and the surface under your feet moving. Everything that you find here is going to question your logic and boggle your mind. So, get ready for some naughty pranks at the Museum of Illusions Dubai. 

Best time to visit: Any season

Things to remember

  • Opening time: 10 am- 10 pm (Daily)
  • Entry price- AED 80 for adults, AED 60 for children aged 16 and below

32. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary- Get close to nature

Sometimes, you would feel like transporting yourself from the bustling city to a tranquil world. It is possible in Dubai to explore nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Find some beautiful birds at the wetlands of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the rarest places in Dubai where you can relish flora and fauna.

‘Ras Al Khor’ is translated as the ‘Cape of the Creek’ and provides a getaway from the mundane life. The saltwater creek flows through the Old Dubai and ends at Ras Al Khor. The creek is lined by lush mangroves, salt, and mudflats. It is the ideal place for nature lovers and birdwatchers. 

Birdwatchers will love their bird hides where they can have glimpses of the colorful and unique migratory birds at close quarters. There are mainly three hides here— Mangrove Hide, Flamingo Hide, and Lagoon Hide. Winter is the best time to visit the sanctuary as migratory birds from West Asian and African countries make it their home. It is also the time when the cute pink flamingos get a special place in the sanctuary.

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary entry fee: There is no entry fee, and the entry is completely free.
  • Timing: Winter(Oct-March)- 7.30 am- 5.30 pm, Summer (April-Sept)- 6 am-6 pm
  • How to get to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary: There are no metro stations nearby. It is better to go by taxi.

33. La Mer Dubai-The coolest beachfront destination

Eclectic beachfront destinations are not new in Dubai. However, La Mer by Meraas has become a top priority of the residents as well as the tourists when they need a laid-back weekend. There are several spots for the photo freaks, and the pictures in the backdrop of La Mer will actually look as if you are in a western country. 

Aesthetes will note that every detail is designed in a minimalistic pattern with a touch of contemporary art. The picturesque setting, deep blue sea, and palm trees create an ideal holiday spot. You can easily spend a day at La Mer as it has some of the best entertainment spots, retail outlets, and restaurants, which make it suitable for everyone in the family. 

La Mer beach Dubai is suitable for the adrenaline junkies who love water sports. You can try donut riding, flyboarding, surfing, water biking, and standup paddle boarding. La Mer also hosts many events that make the place even more alluring at night. 

When you are getting a tan on the beachside, your child will never trouble you as they have a lot of options out there. They can play at the water theme park or a huge inflatable playground. And apart from all these, what is more exciting than a day at an insta-worthy place? Don’t worry when your phone battery drops; there are several mobile charging boxes. 

Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark is a new addition to La Mer, where you can have fun in the water. The thumping slides, the Lazy River, the infinity pool, and play areas for kids are all you need to revel in delight. 

Sea Breeze

If spending some me-time on the shore is your cup of tea, Sea Breeze is for you. When you have relaxed and wish to have some watersports, there is anything from jet skiing to kayaking. Sunbeds and day rooms are available for those who want to unwind themselves on a tranquil space. You can rent a sunbed at AED 60 or a sunbed bundle at AED 100. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • There is no entry fee at La Mer Dubai
  • Opening hours: 10 am- 12 midnight
  • RTA buses 9 and 88 go to La Mer
  • Changing rooms, washrooms and prayer rooms are available

34. City Walk- Where creativity meets urban culture

When your beloved asks you to take her for an evening walk, go to a place where you can ramble while praising artistic excellence. It is a bustling creative lifestyle destination where you can live, dine, shop, and have fun. City Walk has whatever you are looking for, and the choices are too many that you will have a long favorites list. 

The outdoor shopping complex has sidewalks lined with numerous cafes. Find anything and everything like international fashion and accessories, gifts, and homeware. As you ramble through the City Walk, you will realize that it is the ideal city. It was designed by keeping people of all ages in mind and will be the top choice of the new generation. 

Being set against the backdrop of the impressive Downtown Dubai, you can have glimpses of Burj Khalifa. City Walk has top-notch retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, residential properties, and wellness centers. It is a pleasant area which will give you a European feel. The walls are embellished with paintings by world-renowned artists. 

There are also many places for the children to be on cloud nine. The play-and-learn places include a distinct indoor rainforest at Green Planet where they can get close to nature. Movie buffs can watch their favorite movies at Roxy cinemas. Coca-Cola arena is another highlight which hosts international events and entertainment shows in a massive indoor hall. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Dubai City Walk timing: Retail – Sunday to Wednesday – 10 am to 10 am

Thursday to Saturday – 10 am to 12 am

F & B: 10 am to 2 am (Daily)

  • City Walk Dubai location: Al Wasl and Al Safa road junction
  • Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall is the nearest metro station

35. Boxpark- Shop ‘til you drop

Boxpark is a stylish alternative to traditional shopping malls in Dubai. All the shops are constructed with shipping containers. The eateries, retail outlets, and entertainment venues make it a great pick for the weekends. The unique design and ambiance target the young and the young at heart. 

When the contemporary architecture and the warehouse containers were blended, the one-of-a-kind venue was born. The multicolored and illuminated designs appear more attractive in the dark. It is the quintessential place for foodies, shopaholics, and fashionistas. You can dine in the outdoor venues that offer multi-cuisine delicacies. 

Nom on the gourmet burger, try a scrummy dessert, or choose fine dining with your family. Roxy Cinemas ensures a luxury experience while watching the latest movie. 

Best time to visit: Winter

Things to remember

  • Boxpark Dubai timing: Retail & Services- Weekdays: Sun to Wed: 10 am – 10 pm

Weekends: Thu to Sat: 10 am – 12 am

Restaurants & Cafés: Everyday: 10 am – 12 am

  • Business Bay Station Stop 01 is the nearest metro station

Well, it is almost impossible to include all the places to visit in Dubai on a list as the city keeps on building new wonders. So, ensure that you visit all of these or at least some of these best places. And yes, keep waiting for the upcoming surprises that are beyond our wildest dreams.