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.
Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings
Piers & Boardwalks
Water Parks, Rides & Activities
Skydiving, Air Tours
4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Day Trips
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Islands
Soaring 2,716.5 feet (828 metres), Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, and the only place on the planet where you can ascend to a viewing platform 148 floors up. From admiring the views from its observation decks to seeing this neck-craning tower from the ground, a visit is a must to experience the best of Dubai’s boundary-pushing architecture.
Dubai mashes old and new like nowhere else on earth. The contrast between its sci-fi buildings and traditional streets is sharpest on Dubai Creek, winding between Bur Dubai and Deira. Board one of the public ‘abra’ boats that cross the waters to take in the souks, mosques, wind-towers and chugging boats against a horizon of 21st-century skyscrapers.
A hi-tech breathing helmet and sharks, rays, and fish swimming just inches from your face make a Shark Safari at the Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark one of Dubai’s signature experiences. Enjoy the sensation of breathing and walking around the shark-filled lagoon and finish by buying souvenir photos to show off back home.
Skydiving is one thing, but skydiving over Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is quite another and pure, solid, bucket-list gold. Book a place and after instruction from well-trained guides, jump from a plane for a tandem fall over the palm tree-shaped island. The views and experience are once-in-a-lifetime stuff.
With vast dunes and sands on its doorstep, Dubai does desert trips like nowhere else on the globe, with all-inclusive experiences that usually include dune bashing, sand boarding, camel rides, cushion-laden desert camps, and more. With a barbecue dinner and belly dance shows on top, they’re as good as it gets for a dose of Arabian Nights-style adventure.
This vast shopping mall is the world’s largest by area and home to a staggering 1,200-and-more stores over four levels. Housing everything from fashion outlets and department stores to a souk-style precinct, megaplex cinema, food courts, family entertainments, and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, it takes some beating for a day or even two days out.
Dubai’s Al Fahidi historical district is home to a rare crop of wind tower (barjeel) houses. Strolling around Al Fahidi’s lanes and restored houses is one of the world’s best opportunities to see these elegant ‘windcatchers’ and learn how they kept Dubai’s merchant settlers cool.
Camel racing is popular across the Gulf, but there’s nowhere better than Dubai to experience it on a large scale: the city’s Al Marmoom camel circuit is the biggest in the region. Make tracks for the ground to watch the stampede-like races, complete with robot jockeys spurring on the camels.
Artificial sand islets arranged in the shape of the world’s continents and set in the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf: Dubai’s The World archipelago is unique on every level. Take a seaplane or helicopter trip to see this engineering wonder from above—the only way you can fully appreciate all the continents and countries.
Dubai’s indoor ski complex is a one-off: the only place in the world that you can ski in the desert. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, visitors are treated to five runs and a chairlift, plus snowboarding, sledging and other facilities. Come in summer and enjoy the sub-zero park knowing that outside, everyone’s dealing with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.