This article is contributed by a Travel Blogger Neha.
About Neha: Neha is a travel blogger who enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and learning about the local culture and food. She is always looking forward to visiting new places and likes to play tennis in her spare time.
Dubai's breathtaking scenery is forever evolving. Even if you are a returning tourist to Dubai, you will discover that the emirate has something new to offer that is grander and more captivating than what you saw the last time you visited. Just a year makes a lot of difference in Dubai’s city skyline. However, certain landmarks and experiences are iconic that have to be visited if you are planning a Dubai visit. There are over a hundred things to do in Dubai, and it is impossible to see all in one visit. So, for your next trip to Dubai, take a look at these top Dubai attractions to shortlist and include in your own Dubai travel itinerary.
Enjoy a Dubai Canal Cruise
The recently introduced Dubai Canal Cruise joins Dubai's excellent cruise experiences. The Dubai Canal Cruise gives you a different perspective on Dubai's landmarks as it meanders over a route that takes you by the Business Bay Bridge, JW Marriott Marquis, and the Burj Khalifa, to mention a few.
Dubai canal Cruise
Click a snap with Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain
Dubai’s stunning feat in architecture clearly needs no mention after the unveiling of the world’s largest tower - Burj Khalifa. Adjacent to this wonder stands a fascinating spectacle of water, light, and music show. The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are the Dubai duo that rarely anyone misses a chance to visit. The evening setting in Downtown Dubai is dominated by the graceful waltz of the Dubai Fountain and the luminous Burj Khalifa. There is no way you will be leaving Dubai without capturing this splendour on your camera.
Explore the brand-new Blue-waters Island
Another hot and happening address in Dubai - Blue-waters Island is a recently launched venue brimming with leisure, recreational and retail experiences. Located just a few minutes away from Dubai Marina, Blue-waters island is home to Ain Dubai - the world’s largest Ferris-wheel cum observatory wheel. This is an amazing attraction to view Dubai’s gorgeous coastlines and the cosmopolitan skyline as well.
Spend time with friendly dolphins and seals at Dubai Dolphinarium
Make time to see these charming sea animals who will steal your heart with their quirky behaviour. The Dubai Dolphinarium is the Middle East's first indoor Dolphinarium, including a herd of fur seals and roughly 6 bottlenose dolphins. They, along with their coaches, put on a fantastic show that will be reminisced long after the visit is over.
Discover the world at Global Village
Enjoy a mega carnival at Global Village -the largest culturally-themed event in the world. Global Village is a seasonal attraction that combines, lifestyle, culture, cuisine, and entertainment of over 90 countries at one destination. This is the perfect spot to witness how your dream destinations feel to visit as well as sample their scrumptious epicurean delights. The best thing about this destination hopping experience is that you can visit as many places as you desire. Make room in your vacation plan for this exciting ethnic experience if you are in Dubai between October and April.
Global village Dubai
Shop or stroll at Dubai Mall
A shopaholic’s paradise, Dubai Mall is your ultimate spot for leisurely retail therapy. This sprawling mall has over 1000 retail outlets that offer luxury brands and world-renowned labels and merchandise. If you are not keen on splurging and shopping, there is plenty more to see and do at Dubai Mall. Stroll around and view the enticing art installations, particularly the Human waterfall installation located right in the heart of Dubai Mall. The famed Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, a spectacular Ice Rink, and the Middle East's only virtual theme park - VR Park are all located within the mall. The mall also features a diverse selection of restaurants and cafes to satisfy your appetite.
Venture out on a wildlife expedition at Dubai Safari Park
Gear up to encounter some of the most fascinating animals from around the world at Dubai Safari Park. Home to over 5000 animals and birds, Dubai Safari Park takes you through an exciting jungle trail that covers fascinating and diverse wildlife viewing encounters of Arabia, Asia, and Africa. Children can also get close to animals, and enjoy feeding and petting animals at Kid Farms and feeding encounters.
Dubai Safari Park
Witness Dubai’s past, present and future at Dubai Frame
On a journey to the emirate, you will never get weary of seeing Dubai's gorgeous skyline panorama, and there are various ways to do it. However, Dubai Frame is the only attraction that provides a spectacular view of the emirate's modern structures as well as its old-world beauty. Dubai Frame, which claims to be the world's largest frame, is deliberately positioned to provide a perfect view of both sides of Dubai. A visit to Dubai Frame transports you through the past, present, and future perspectives of the city. One of the memories that will stick with you is the sunset view from the top observatory bridge.
Get in touch with Old Dubai with a contemporary twist at Al Seef Dubai
Al Seef is a mélange of Dubai's old and modern vibes, celebrating Dubai's old-world charms while merging them with the exquisite flair that the emirate is known for. Al Seef, which is located on the banks of Dubai Creek, proudly displays the historical splendours of Old Dubai, with heritage sites that contrast sharply with the city's modern image. A short walk from Al Seef is the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, which houses reconstructed Bedouin-era Dubai structures. This attraction is a terrific way to see historic Dubai sights mixed with casual café culture, alfresco dining, as well as elegant bazaars for some retail therapy.
Join the world’s largest mega event - Dubai Expo 2020
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! If you are planning a visit to Dubai this year, then check out Dubai Expo 2020 - a mega show that showcases some of the best innovations from nations around the world. Dubai has put in a lot to prepare for this event, and as a result, there are a lot of new unique attractions springing up all across the city. One such structure is the Al Wasl Plaza which is the focal point of Dubai Expo 2020 and features an intricately crafted metallic dome. In addition to spectacular architectural pavilions, the event features a wide choice of entertainment and culinary experiences.
Explore Palm Jumeirah Dubai
There isn’t just one place to pinpoint at Palm Jumeirah. This man-made archipelago is a destination in itself. An epitome of Dubai's luxury experience- Atlantis the Palm Resort dominates the shoreline and offers unrivalled luxury stays with exceptional services. Within the resort lies a breathtaking Aquarium and the finest water adventure zone in the Middle East - Aquaventure water park. This Dubai destination caters to adventurers with a wide range of activities ranging from adrenaline-pumping skydives to exhilarating water sports. Aside from that, this region is known for its enticing nightlife and food scene.
Dubai fuses old-world charm, sophisticated luxury, adventure and excitement, cultural heritage, and a dynamic food scene to create an extraordinary destination experience. There is never a dull moment on a Dubai holiday. With such a diverse range of experiences, Dubai assures that you have a nice time on its soil and makes you want to return for more.