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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Dubai You Must Visit

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Amara is a blogger and a writer. She loves traveling, adventures, and exploring new places.

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Dubai is both a city and an emirate (or state) within the United Arab Emirates, famous for its skyscrapers, luxury shopping, and its ultra-modern architecture. It is one of the best travel destinations, visited by people around the globe.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Dubai

1. Burj Khalifa
2. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
3. Global Village
4. Palm Jumeirah
5. The Dubai mall
6. Aquaventure Waterpark
7. Dubai Desert Safari
8. Dubai Miracle Garden
9. Burj Al Arab
10. Jumeirah beach

1. Burj Khalifa

  • Location: Jumeirah (1 km from city center)

With its total height hitting 829.8 m (2722 ft), this is the tallest structure and building in the world. The building was named "Burj Khalifa" in the honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the president of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

This 163-story building not only holds the record of the world's tallest but also has the highest number of stories, highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck, and tallest service elevator in the world.

With nine of the city's best luxury hotels and many restaurants, this 21st-century architectural model must be number one on your list when visiting Dubai or UAE.

2. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

  • Location: Downtown Dubai (1 km from city center)

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, housing over 33,000 marine life animals and holds over 10 million liters of water within its tank.

It is a unique underwater zoo showcasing the plethora of underwater life that can be found inhabiting the oceans, rivers and other water bodies. There's even a mermaid show.

A third section of the zoo, the virtual reality part, offers thrilling wildlife adventures via realistically created virtual tours. It is a must-visit place to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.

3. Global Village

  • Location: Bur Dubai (15 km from city center)

Claimed to be the most internationally-inspired tourism, entertainment and leisure project in UAE, this place receives over 5 million visitors annually across its 17,200,000 sq ft.

It is the region's first cultural, family, entertainment and shopping destination, consisting of various pavilions inspired by cultures around the world. The event is organized and managed by Dubai-land, on the outskirts of the city and usually runs from the late fall to early spring season.

The event is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival, where different pavilions represent different countries by creating imitations of famous landmarks from them. It is a perfect place to enjoy global authentic cuisines, street performers, and exciting rides.

4. Palm Jumeirah

  • Location: Jumeirah (17 km from city center)

Palm Jumeirah is a magnificent artificial archipelago, resembling a palm tree in a circle when you take an overhead view of it. It is an epitome of beauty created by land reclamation and extends into the Persian Gulf.

It was one of the very first major tourism projects of United Arab Emirates, and currently houses some of Dubai's top tourist attractions like Atlantis, Aquaventure waterpark, the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Palm.

The Palm Jumeirah is divided into four principal sectors: trunk, spine, fronds, and crescent. The main entrance is the broad trunk that connects the mainland through a bridge. The real beauty of this place can be seen with an aerial view from a plane or helicopter.

5. The Dubai Mall

  • Location: Downtown Dubai (1 km from city center)

With an area of over 500,000 square meters, the Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest shopping malls. In 2010, the mall was voted the best shopping experience in the world by Grazia Magazine.

The mall is home to the famous underwater zoo, with a collection of over 300 different species of marine animals, an Ice Rink, a gaming zone, and a cinema complex, thus packing all the leisurely activities under one roof.

Serving as the entryway to Burj Khalifa, the mall is a family-oriented attraction with unlimited options for shopping, eating, and entertainment.

6. Aquaventure Waterpark

  • Location: Jumeirah (17 km from city center)

Located in the Atlantis hotel complex, Aquaventure is one of the biggest water parks in Dubai. Adrenaline pumping Tower of Neptune along with the exhilarating Tower of Poseidon are two main highlights of the park, which offers a series of pools, shoots, flumes, and other thrilling rides.

Aquaventure houses the country's longest river called "Rapids" which goes up to 1.6 kilometers. There is a private beach for visitors to relax on after a long day at the park while enjoying other facilities like sunbeds, nice meals at various restaurants and shopping for souvenirs at the many stores in the park.

7. Dubai Desert Safari

  • Location: ( 9 km from city center)

Though mainly known for its great infrastructure and adventurous streaks, at the heart of Dubai is still its desolate desert. And so, the city presents various Desert Safari options to enjoy the desert a bit more effectively.

The visitors can experience desert camping while enjoying Arabian cuisine, belly dancing, and other traditional performances, making it one of its kind and worth every penny spent! On the day safari, you can go on the adventurous rides of dune bashing, quad biking, sandboarding, camel rides, and more.

8. Dubai Miracle Garden

  • Location: Dubailand (16 km from city center)

Located in the entertainment complex Dubailand, the miracle garden is one of the most beautiful and biggest natural flower gardens in the world. Spreading across a vast area of over 72,000 square meters, it is the world's largest garden featuring over 45 million plants and flowers.

The garden is heaven on earth for those seeking some of nature's beauty in the city, though it is open only from mid-November to mid-May.

9. Burj Al Arab

  • Location: Jumeirah (11 km from city center)

Burj Al Arab is one of the premium hotels in Dubai, located on an artificial island off Jumeirah road. Established in 1999, it was designed in the shape of a sail of a dhow.

This iconic landmark houses 203 richness-induced suites, an admirable lobby, attractive fountain, and a private helipad. Many of its interior elements are adorned in real gold, bringing out the royalty-like factors of this 180-meter tall hotel. If you are not staying in the hotel, a prior reservation on the website is required to get past the lobby security if you plan to visit its restaurant.

10. Jumeirah Beach

  • Location: Jumeirah (4 km from city center)

In the south of the city's historic Al Faihidi district, stretching along the coast this sandy white strip is one of the top beach destinations in Dubai.

The beach is surrounded by a cluster of high-end resorts and buildings like Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and Wild Wadi Water Park, adding grace to the lively waterfront. To spend a quiet day on the beach, visitors can rent sun loungers, and for adventure buffs, there is a facility for various water sports like kite surfing, jet skiing, and more.

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