Top 16 Places & Things to Do in Dubai- Dazzling Info You Need to Know


Updated On: January 19, 2024 by   Rahma AliRahma Ali

Tons of attractions, lots of things you can do there, and a world-class city; no wonder that Dubai has become the fourth place attracting visitors across the world.

With every New Year’s eve, all eyes are glued to the fireworks displays exploding from Burj Khalifa. But this city also provides a unique blend of many notable attractions.

And because we don’t want you to miss any of these splendours, we prepared this list of the top 16 places you can visit in Dubai to have the best vacation like none other.

Keep reading.

Dubai, UAE, colorfully lit world-famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai icon

Top Things You Can Do in Dubai

1- Head to Burj Khalifa


Location: Downtown Dubai
Price: Around 100 USD
Simply, travelling to the UAE without visiting the Burj Khalifa is like going to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. It could never happen, right?
Watching the Burj dhow cruise creek is the most unforgettable thing that ever happened to you.

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and the most prominent landmark in the United Arab Emirates. Getting to the 124th floor is a must if you want to take in the beauty of the city.

Don’t forget: Be sure to buy your Burj Khalifa entrance ticket online in advance to avoid long lines, especially on weekends. And we highly recommend visiting it in the evening. The view will be spectacular.

2- Visit The Dubai Mall


Location: Right next to the Burj Khalifa
Price: Access free
You are right here, which means you’re in the middle of the action. As a result, be prepared to hear phrases like “the most visited in the world,” “the tallest tower,” “the most beautiful garden ever,” etc.

There’s no denying that the Dubai Mall is the most well-known mall globally, with more than 1200 shops and plenty of restaurants. You will definitely find something that appeals to your tastes and preferences.

Don’t forget: The Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall have only one access point, so plan accordingly. Follow the directions to get to the mall, and it might take around 10 minutes from the Burj Khalifa metro station.

Spend romantic time watching Dubai Fountain (Image credit: Unsplash)

3- Marvel at The Dubai Fountain

Location: The center of Downtown Dubai
Price: Access free
Yet another excellent spot for family vacations, The Dubai Fountain features the world’s tallest fountain, which stands at 900 feet tall.  You are going to treat your eyes and ears as the fountain performs beautiful dances to songs.

You can rest at any restaurant here, but be aware that eating out is generally quite costly. The experience is still worthwhile, though.

Don’t Forget: Make sure to arrive as early as possible to get the best positions. The show runs from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM every day.

4- Let’s Have Fun at Legoland Dubai


Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, in front of Palm Jebel Al
Price: Around 80 USD

Consider it a children’s attraction, but I bet even adults will fall in love with it. A whole Lego-themed park awaits you, including buildings, games, restaurants, and a playful learning experience for your children. Of course, the best part of it all is the rides driving up and down. You’ll never get tired of playing them.

Is it time to eat yet?
Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the cool restaurants in the area.

Don’t Forget: There is a discounted bundle ticket available if you plan to go to Dubai Parks & Resorts (which includes Legoland Dubai and other entertainment utilities). The ticket will give you access to Motiongate (the central park, and we will talk about it further) and one other park (Bollywood or Legoland Dubai). Legoland Dubai is a must-see, especially if you’re travelling with children.

5- Have Some Fresh Air in the Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden (Image credit: Unsplash)

Location: Dubailand
Price: Around 15 USD
You can’t compare it to any other garden in the world. As far as nature lovers are concerned, there is no doubt that the Miracle Garden is one of the best places. Every year, it draws millions of tourists.

Among the many reasons for its popularity is the fact that it is the world’s most extensive flower garden, with over 150 million flowers. Another feature is that you’ll be able to see your favourite Disney characters ultimately created and decked in blooms. Just taking a whiff of this beautiful scent during your tour will do.

 Isn’t that the ideal vacation ever?

 Don’t Forget: The park only welcomes its visitors from November to May. During this period, it’s open every day from 9 am until 9 pm.

6- Don’t Miss out on Legoland Water Park


Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, in front of Palm Jebel Al
Price: Around 65 USD

Designed with amusement in mind,  Legoland® Water Park comes as part of luxurious Dubai Parks and Resorts, but this time, your kids are about to enjoy water games, including more than 20 water slides and rides. This place is one of the most iconic sights because it allows guests to build their Lego and then use it to sail and drift over the river.

Don’t Forget: There are a variety of activities for all ages of kids.

7- Wander Around Dubai Museum

Dubai, UAE, Dubai Museum

Location: Bur Dubai, in Al Fahidi Fortress.
Price: Around 1 USD

We recommend that you visit the Dubai Museum if you’re interested in learning about the history of this country and not just having fun. When it was built in 1787, it served as a fortress to protect Dubai Creek from any attacks.

As a result of this, the government decided to turn it into a museum to showcase the city’s culture and history, as well as to show the world how they turned this small city into such a unique destination. If you want to know what the city was like before this massive development, you can visit the museum to find out more.

Don’t Forget: On Fridays, the Dubai Museum will be closed.

8- Take a Walk Tour Around the Global Village

Location: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311
Price: Around 4 USD
Once again, this city can awe you with this magnificent tourist sight, the Global Village. This village is home to 40 pavilions, demonstrating culture from every country in the world. Let’s say you can buy Egyptian souvenirs, Indian costumes, and China’s accessories. The village is also home to a set of events, concerts, cuisines, and shows. All of these are in a great ambience.

See, as we promise you, we will mention places in this list that will make your trip the best. 

Don’t Forget: Visit the Global Village in the evening for a magical experience when the lights are on. A shuttle bus runs every hour, so no worries about how you’ll get back to your hotel when you’re done.

9- Explore Dubai’s History in Bastakiya: The Old Town of Dubai

Dubai, UAE, Dhows, old wooden sailing vessels

Location: Alongside Al Fahidi Fort
Price: Free Access
Plan to spend at least one hour exploring Bastakiya, if possible. Also, it will give you a glimpse of what life was like in this small fishing town before coming into the dazzling city of Dubai. Additionally, this experience will provide you with insight into Arabian culture.  If you’d like to dine on a magical Arabian night, this is the place for you. In any case, it’s a good option for people who want a traditional vibe.

Don’t Forget: Dubai’s Old Town is the ideal destination for anyone seeking tranquility and elegance.

10- Make Time to Visit Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House


Location: Al Khaleej Road, Al Fahidi
Price: Around 5 USD
Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, which belonged to UAE’s longest-serving ruler from 1912 to 1958, has been modified into a museum after extensive renovations. It represents the Arabian art of architecture.  It also has a unique location overlooking Dubai Creek as Sheikh Saeed’s father wanted to watch ship traffic from his veranda.

To explore the original moodle of royal palaces in the early 1900s, you’ll have plenty of time to do so at this house.

 Don’t Forget: You are going to explore more than thirty rooms with a central yard, and a spellbinding view of the creek, so get ready for snapping away.

11- Roam Around Deira district

Dubai, UAE, world famous Burj Al Arab Hotel seen beyond old wind towers

Location: On the bank of the Dubai Creek
Price: Free Access
When it comes to shopping in this Arabian city, you can never have enough. As you move through the city, you’ll come across new experiences and places to explore. Deira district is a must-visit because you’ll see the city’s other side, the traditional side. The Deira district gives you special access to the world’s most extensive golden jewelry and perfumes collection.

Don’t Forget: If you’re a shopaholic, expect to spend at least two hours here. Also, bear in mind that the souk will be nearly closed on Friday morning.


12- Go Shopping at Bur Dubai

Location: On the western side of the Dubai Creek
Price: Free Access, but it will cost you only less than 5 cents for the sea trip
Another excellent option for anyone who wants to learn more about the awe-inspiring history of this Middle East country is to tour a heritage site,  Bur Dubai.

During your tour to this district, you’ll have the opportunity to drift on the creek in a stunning boat called an Abra. Al Seef Market, Meena Bazaar, and Hindi Lane are just a few of the fascinating attractions in this area. So, it will be very easy to combine all these in one day.

Don’t Forget: It takes more than 3 hours to explore the entire area. We recommend taking a seat on an evening cruise in Dubai’s bay for more entertainment on the way back.

13- Take Amazing Photos with Dubai Frame

Iconic Dubai Frame (Image credit: Unsplash)

Location: Bur Dubai
Price: Around 12 USD

It’s an epic structure where illustrates how the desert transitions into a city of luxury, splendor, and Future. Again, Bur Dubai never fails to awe us as it contains one of the world’s most giant picture frames, Dubai Frame. It comes to be an essential meeting point between rich heritage and promising present, Old and New Dubai. You can have even more fun by finding yourself on a glass floor, which allows you to see everything that’s going on beneath your feet.

Don’t Forget: You have to dress modestly as Dubai Frame policy requires that you wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees at all times.

14- Explore Motiongate Dubai Theme Park

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Against Palm Jebel Ali
Price: Around 50 USD
Are you an animation type?

Okay, let me tell you the top three film studios in the world are showing up here: DreamWorks Animation, Columbia, and Lionsgate. Just think about how much enjoyment you’re about to have in this place. Studio Central, Smurfs Village, Sony Picture Studios, DreamWorks, and Lionsgate Films are just a few of the five main zones you can explore.

It’s a wonderland for everyone on the planet, as the saying goes.

Don’t Forget: If you’ve had your fill of Motiongate Dubai Theme Park’s spectacular shows and imaginative storytelling, you can now descend to the food court for a quick bite to eat before continuing your enchanted adventure.

15- Know More About Spectacular Creatures at Dubai Aquarium

Don’t miss checking out Dubai Aquarium (Image credit: Unsplash)

Location: The Dubai Mall
Price: Around 65 USD
It’s a fantastic experience for everyone to walk through the sea and see the different marine life presents. Did you know that the UAE capital is home to the world’s largest aquarium? You’re sure to take the plunge, aren’t you?

Hold your breath as soon as you step foot in Dubai Aquarium because you are about to see the wonders of the ocean up close. The aquarium is where the UAE leaders honed their innovative skills before constructing this spectacular structure. More than 140 aquatic species, including fish, seahorses, jellyfishes, and sharks, can be found in the aquarium.

Don’t Forget: Purchasing your ticket online before visiting Dubai Aquarium may result in savings over purchasing it at the facility.

16-  Pay a Visit to Jumeirah Mosque


Location: Jumeirah
Price: Free Access 

The Jumeirah Mosque will round out this list of must-see religious tourist destinations. Only a handful are open to non-Muslims, which makes it unique. It will allow tourists of various religious backgrounds to get closer to Muslims rituals and learn more about their customs and practices of worship.

In addition, if you have any questions, there’s a staff member under the “Open doors. Open minds” banner who’d be happy to help find answers. You can get Emirati snacks and hot drinks at the mosque, including Arabian coffee, while you’re there.

Must-Knows for Dubai Travel

Dubai is an ever-dynamic city with something new to explore and experience on every visit. But when you plan a Dubai trip, be acquainted with its latest travel guidelines. GCC nationals can make a visa-free entry into Dubai or the UAE, while citizens of over 80 countries can enter the country with a visa on arrival. All other visitors not included in these categories must obtain a Dubai visa before traveling to Dubai. Subject to the purpose, frequency, and the intended number of days’ stay, you can apply for a single-entry or multiple-entry Dubai visa valid for 30 or 60 days.

Don’t Forget: Jumeirah Mosque is available every day for visiting except on Fridays. Keep in mind that visitors to Jumeirah Mosque must adhere to a strict dress code. Arms and legs should be covered, and women should wear a hijab as well.

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