About Visit Dubai
Step into the future as you explore Dubai, with its record-breaking skyscrapers, swathes of soft sand beaches and rolling red sand dunes. There’s no place quite like Dubai for a holiday to experience its intoxicating fusion of Arabian cuisine, luxurious shopping and of course, endless sunshine. Ever changing, be sure to see the city’s latest crop of new openings including the iconic Dubai Opera and thrilling theme parks.
Flea & Street Markets
Game & Entertainment Centres
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Educational sites
Opened in 2016, this glass building in Downtown Dubai echoes the prow of an Arabian ‘dhow’ trading boat and hosts everything from operas and musicals to classical and pop concerts, so it has something for all. Check what’s on at the website and factor in time to admire the building before taking your seat.
This cute café makes an authentic Arabian refreshment stop when you’re exploring the old Al Fahidi quarter. Settle in the cool Arabian-house courtyard under the trees and floaty shades, and select from the Middle Eastern-style menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
One of Dubai’s oldest attractions, this vaulted bazaar exudes a rich sense of old Arabia. The shop-stuffed lanes are full of rainbow-hued spices, herbs, incense, nuts, teas, and sweets; as well as stalls hawking souvenirs, clothes, and cushions, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift or memento.
Sitting in dunes south of Dubai city, this sandcastle-lookalike eco-resort features an equestrian center that brings the desert alive for visitors. Book a horse or camel ride across the dunes, watch for wildlife, and stop to taste camel milk for a true Bedouin experience.
Delve into one of the lesser-known aspects of Emirati life—the role of local women—at this revealing and thoughtfully laid-out museum. View the exhibits of traditional dress and jewelry, admire art exhibitions, and learn about the social, economic, and political progress being made by leading women in the emirate.
For a taste of contemporary Arabic art and food in a contrasting, traditional setting, this gallery-café-hotel set in a restored vintage building is spot on. Exhibitions focus on artists in the Gulf and wider Middle East, while the café serves gourmet veggie dishes in a courtyard that’s the picture of old-time Arabia.
Set in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort and a fixture on most city tours, this engaging museum offers a no-nonsense insight into Dubai’s history and culture. Ancient artifacts, recreations of souks and old houses, a timeline of the city’s growth since the 1950s, and the well-preserved fort make it a must for anyone keen to understand the forces that have shaped the city.
Camel racing is undergoing a resurgence in the emirate, and the Dubai Al Marmoum race track provides a great opportunity to observe it in action, complete with robot jockeys. See the camels being prepared, and watch from the grandstand for a fascinating glimpse into old-school Dubai.
With traditional experiences, culinary offerings, Q&A sessions, and walking tours of Dubai’s old quarters, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding gives you a direct window into Emirati heritage and customs—taking you behind the city’s tourist glitter for a look at authentic daily life.
Marooned in a seemingly soulless area of warehouses in the Al Quoz industrial district, Alserkal Avenue is home to thriving modern art galleries, workshops, boutique stores, and pop-up projects. The area also stages markets and galleries’ nights, together with live evening concerts and performances.