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Places that Wow (Business trips in Dubai)

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From breathtaking buildings to soul-stirring desert dunes and exhilarating shows, Dubai does wow like nowhere else on earth. If you're doing business in the city, make the most of any breaks from the boardroom or office to experience the attractions that make the city not just special but spectacular.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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10 Places

Burj Khalifa

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers

Dubai Opera

Theatres

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Neighbourhoods

Bur Dubai Abra Dock

Piers & Boardwalks

Gold Souk

Gift & Speciality Shops

Dubai Frame

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Art Museums

Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Night Tours, Safaris

Dubai Fountains

Fountains

La Perle By Dragone

Performances

Burj Al Arab

Architectural Buildings

Visit Dubai's City Tips

  • If you're looking to buy tickets or reserve a table anywhere in Dubai, be sure to prebook, especially if it's during the October-April tourist season.
  • Dubai's taxis are easy to hire from hotels, restaurants, and other venues. Plus, Uber and Careem—a leading Middle East car-hailing app—give you plenty of options for getting around
  • The weekends in Dubai are classed as Fridays and Saturdays: Sunday is a normal working day.
  • Many bars and restaurants operate dress codes and entry policies so check before you arrive.
  • Burj Khalifa
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    The Burj Khalifa is a bucket-list must for any business trip, especially as a visit to its At The Top observatory can be easily slotted in before a breakfast meeting, at lunchtime, or in the evening. Ride the world’s fastest double-floor elevator to Levels 124 and 125 to gape at the bird's-eye views of the city, desert, and Gulf.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Pay a premium to visit At The Top at dawn, when you see the sun rise over Dubai's skyscrapers.
    • For the ultimate views, upgrade from standard entry to admission to Level 148, the world’s highest viewing deck.
    • Book in advance: the most popular time slots for visiting At The Top fill up quickly.
    • Book your Ticket for lunchtime or post-work and you may catch a Dubai Fountain show playing out on Burj Lake below.
    • Find the entrance to the Burj Khalifa on the ground level of Dubai Mall.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Tourist trip 18/11/2018
    • Nice to see, but overcrowded 18/11/2018
    • Burj Khalifa
    Address:
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +91 88002 37808
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$35
    Other:
  • Dubai Opera
    Theatres
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Built in the shape of an Arabian dhow, the Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai has wow-factor written all over it. The 2,000-seater multi-format auditorium can accommodate a huge variety of events from concerts to shows, so there's bound to be something to appeal to your clients' or colleagues' tastes.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the Dubai Opera website for upcoming shows, from operas like Carmen to musical versions of Ghost, ballets, and more.
    • Aim to arrive before time to admire the theater with its vast glass-and-steel atrium and 'Symphony' chandelier.
    • Make the most of an evening here by booking for rooftop drinks or dinner at the exclusive upper-floor Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera restaurant.
    • best to get a cab here. Alternatively, hop off the Metro at Burj Khalifa station, and follow the signs to the Opera on foot.
    • Cabs wait outside after the shows, so it's easy to get a return ride.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Live concert 12/11/2018
    • Beautiful Venue 10/11/2018
    • Dubai Opera
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
    Downtown Dubai, Near Burj Khalifa
    Dubai 8229
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 440 8888
    Other:
  • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Neighbourhoods
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Wind tower houses, pretty courtyards, and maze-like alleyways: all filled with the air of old Arabia. Dubai's Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood offers an unmissable glimpse into the bygone city, and is hard to beat for a relaxed wander out of work. Explore the the lanes, dip into tiny museums and craft shops, and experience Dubai the way it was long before the skyscrapers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Don't miss Al Fahidi's wind towers. Built by Persian traders in the late 1800s, they served as primitive forms of air-conditioning: circulating creek breezes around the houses.
    • Visit the Coin and Stamp museums hidden in the lanes for a fascinating insight into old Dubai.
    • Nearby attractions include Dubai Museum, set in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai's oldest building.
    • Be aware that Al Fahidi is also known as Al Bastakiya, with the latter tag often used on older maps.
    • The area is open all day for exploring, but the shops and museums usually only open morning and evening.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sikka Art Fair 2018 27/10/2018
    • Great opportunity to get acquainted with the old way of life of Dubai. 19/10/2018
    • Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Address:
    Al Fahidi St
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 515 5000
    Other:
  • Bur Dubai Abra Dock
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Riding an 'abra'—a shared wooden boat—across Dubai Creek is a quintessential Dubai experience and treats you to lovely panoramas over the minarets, markets, dhows, and towers. Board one of the classic water taxis at the Deira Old Souk dock and sail to the Bur Dubai jetty for the most picturesque views.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Use the frequent abras to flit across Dubai Creek between Bur Dubai and its attractions, such as Al Fahidi, and the old souks of Deira.
    • Book a private abra to cruise the creek as you wish. Charges are by the hour.
    • While most abras offer shade, it's still sensible to wear a sunhat or suncream for a creek crossing.
    • A one-way ticket over the creek costs as little as one dirham.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the cheapest things that you can do in Dubai. 1 Dirham 15/11/2018
    • Rent a private abra 13/11/2018
    • Bur Dubai Abra Dock
    Phone:
    +971 4 800 9090
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Gold Souk
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    More than 400 gold shops crammed into glittering passageways make Dubai's Gold Souk a must-visit, especially if you're hunting for gifts to take home after a business trip. Be sure to window-shop and check the day's gold prices before making a play for any piece or ornament that's caught your eye.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check the going gold price as displayed in the shop windows. You can't barter on this rate, only on the 'make' price, which reflects the craftsmanship involved.
    • Gold sells here at some of the world's lowest prices as taxes aren't applied to the purchase costs.
    • Visit several shops before choosing what you want. Then, use your business skills to negotiate—haggling is par for the course.
    • Opening hours are Saturday-Thursday from 10am to 10pm and 4pm-10pm on Fridays.
    • Find the Gold Souk off Sikkat Al-Khail Road in Deira, about a 5-minute walk from Deira Old Souk abra station via Old Baladiya Street.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 251 Shopping in Dubai
    • Must visit 16/11/2018
    • City of Gold 16/11/2018
    • Gold Souk
    Address:
    54 Al Khor St
    Deira, near Gold Center Building
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 223 8206
    Hours:
    Mon
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Frame
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Art Museums
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    One of Dubai's newest landmarks, the gigantic picture-frame shape of the Dubai Frame rears 500 feet (150 meters) up from Zabeel Park, prompting serious double-takes from all who see it. Head inside to marvel at the views from the glass-sided walkway that extends between the pillars.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Ride the elevator to the Sky Deck for the aerial views: they're jaw-dropping stuff.
    • Snap a selfie with the Frame rising above you: it forms a giant border for your photo.
    • Step across the glass floor panels in the Sky Deck walkway. While you feel like you're in mid-air, you're perfectly safe thanks to the crack-proof, ultra-resilient glass.
    • Check out the views from under the Frame. From the south it borders panoramas of Deira, while from the north, it showcases new Dubai's skyscrapers.
    • Don't miss the Frame's exhibitions. Absorb the sights, sounds, and scents of old Dubai at the mezzanine, and experience the city of the future at the virtual-reality gallery.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • Dubai Frame 17/11/2018
    • Tiresome could be better 17/11/2018
    • Dubai Frame
    Address:
    Sheikh Rashid Rd
    Zabeel Park, Entrance 4
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 221 5555
    Price range:
    US$85 - US$85
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris
    4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Night Tours, Safaris
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    An ocean of dunes stretching to the horizon: Dubai's desert makes a wonderful sight after time cooped up at a conference or meeting. Connect with nature and Bedouin tradition on a luxe desert tour or experience from Platinum Heritage, one of Dubai's leading tour operators.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Choose anything from a morning dune drive in a vintage Land Rover to a camel trek or Bedouin dinner under the stars—there's something for all tastes and timeframes.
    • Most tours include luxe round-trip transfers from your address in Dubai, making for a hassle-free trip.
    • Desert tours run year-round, with summer expeditions timed for the late afternoon and evening to avoid the harshest sun.
    • The desert is home to a variety of animals including reptiles, gazelles, and Arabian Oryx. Watch out for them on any excursion into the dunes.
    • Whatever the time of year, be sure to take plenty of sun protection, including shades, sun cream, and a sunhat.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 547 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hot Air Balloon + Camel + Safari 16/11/2018
    • My unbelievable desert experience - platinum desert safari review 15/11/2018
    • Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours and Safaris
    Phone:
    +971 4 440 9827
    Price range:
    US$125 - US$125
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Fountains
    Fountains
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    22,000 gallons of waters shooting into the air, sweeping lasers, and immersive music: no-one should miss the spectacle of a Dubai Fountain show. Even if you only have one evening or lunchtime free from a busy schedule, head to the Burj Lake to see this extravaganza of dancing jets, pounding music and multi-colored lights.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The shows are free: just plant yourself on the promenades around the Burj Lake to watch.
    • Two good viewpoints are the bridge at Dubai Mall and near the Souk Al Bahar. Arrive early for a prime position.
    • For the best views, pay to enter the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk. This floating platform lets you admire the jets from just nine meters away.
    • Combine a fountain show with a meal at an upscale lakeside restaurant such as the Armani Ristorante or Thiptara.
    • The 5-minute shows run at 1pm and 1:30pm daily, and every half-hour between 6pm to 11pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    • One of the most popular place to visit 18/11/2018
    • Very elegant and wonderful example of engineering 18/11/2018
    • Dubai Fountains
    Address:
    Financial Centre Road
    Dubai Mall
    Dubai 126882
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971-4-362-7500
    Price range:
    US$360 - US$360
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • La Perle By Dragone
    Performances
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Rushing waterfalls. White-knuckle stunts. And artistes high-diving into a stage pool from 25 meters up. All combined with cutting-edge lighting, surreal sets and stirring music. This Vegas-like spectacle of acrobatics, artistry, and dance will transport you into another world—and far from thoughts of work—in an instant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The moments when divers plunge into the pool and motorcycles roar around the stage are edge-of-the-seat stuff.
    • La Perle is family-friendly: kids will love the giant puppets and fairy tale-like story.
    • The 90-minute shows are twice nightly and hugely popular, so book in advance. Plus, arrive early to buy snacks and drinks—there's no intermission.
    • Choose from five classes of seats, all ranged around the circular-style, central stage. Gold seats are closest to the action.
    • Find the La Perle theater in Dubai's Al Habtoor City, near the St. Regis and Westin hotels.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 14 Concerts & Shows in Dubai
    • Amazing! 17/11/2018
    • Wonderful show 17/11/2018
    • La Perle By Dragone
    Address:
    260 Sheikh Zayed Road
    Al Habtoor City
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 437 0001
    Price range:
    US$165 - US$165
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Thu - Sat
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Burj Al Arab
    Architectural Buildings
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    Visit Dubai Says:

    Rising from a purpose-built island off Jumeirah Beach, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel is guaranteed to pack a punch. However hectic your work diary, make time to view this glittering landmark, whether you book for a meal or drinks inside or just snap photos or selfies from Jumeirah's sands.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you're not staying here, you need to book for one of the Burj's bars or restaurants-perhaps the aquarium-lined Al Mahara by Nathan Outlaw—to be permitted inside.
    • Marvel at the hotel and the views it commands over Dubai's 'skyscraper-scape' with drinks at the Skyview Bar, on the 27th floor.
    • For epic night-time views of the Burj framed by palm trees, settle in for cocktails at the Bahri Bar in Madinat Jumeirah.
    • The hotel's interior is wall-to-wall-opulence, from the electric blue atrium to dancing fountains and vast aquarium tanks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 358 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mixed review 17/11/2018
    • INCREDIBLE 17/11/2018
    • Burj Al Arab
    Address:
    3 Jumeirah Street
    Burj Al-Arab Hotel
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 55 223 8206
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