8 Things to Do in Dubai That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Dubai is a destination that mixes modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping and entertainment. Catch a show at the Dubai Opera, see downtown from atop the Burj Khalifa and spend an afternoon along Dubai Creek exploring the gold, textile and spice souks. If you’re looking for thrills, you can float above the desert dunes in a hot air balloon, climb aboard a high-speed ride at IMG Worlds of Adventure or skydive over the Palm Jumeirah.
Restaurants in Dubai

1. Dubai FountainsDubaiSummer Nights: Unforgettable Evenings Out

Financial Centre Road | Dubai Mall, Dubai 126882, United Arab Emirates +971 800 382246255
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Dubai FountainsDubaiSummer Nights: Unforgettable Evenings Out

Choreographed to music, the Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 500 feet –that’s as high as a 50-story building. Designed by creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas, Dubai Fountain Performances occur daily on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.

Reviewed By Ekvall - Belo Horizonte, MG

The experience of the Dubai Fountains is a must do in Dubai. I crossed the Dubai Mall from entrance to the Apple Store's balcony at 6:30 pm to witness the first sunset show. Awesome. Could be even nicer if there were not so many people interested in the Fountains at the same time and at the same spot. I was like peas in a pod. Some very nasty tourists pushing and jostling to get the best views. Anyways it is worth it. Next time I will choose a better location.

2. Burj KhalifaDubaiFamily Stop Over Must-Sees

1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard | Downtown Dubai, Dubai 9440, United Arab Emirates +971 4 881 8818
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Burj KhalifaDubaiFamily Stop Over Must-Sees

Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder,’ Burj Khalifa, developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, is the world’s tallest building. Rising gracefully from the desert, Burj Khalifa honours the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world. The tower was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, and is responsible for a number of world-firsts. The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004. Burj Khalifa utilised a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete; 39,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement; 103,000 square metres of glass; and 15,500 square metres of embossed stainless steel. The tower took 22 million man hours to build.

Reviewed By YNNYN - Dusseldorf, Germany

So we spent about three hours queuing to pick up the tickets, then to get in and out from the building, with the worst line-skipping, pushy people, to be upstairs for a half an hour. Some peasants, as I cannot call them otherwise, have just opened the ropes and pushed forward through the created shortcut, cutting line and arguing with each other. Security was nowhere to be seen to make order. They started pushing and quarreling and after a good ten minutes, security showed up - but did not much to reestablish order. They have put back the ropes, but by then, about 60-80 people have cut the line in front of us.
The view is ok from upstairs, especially in the evening, but had we known how long it takes, we would have never booked this visit. If you have been in higher towers before in other cities, just skip this one, it is really overrated. Stay on the ground and watch the Dubai Fountain show from a boat instead! A real disappointment it was...

3. The Dubai MallDubaiKeep Cool Shopping Destinations

Al Mussallah Rd | DownTown Dubai, Near Souk Al Bahar Bridge, Dubai 113444, United Arab Emirates 800 38224 6255
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

The Dubai MallDubaiKeep Cool Shopping Destinations

Located in the heart the prestigious Downtown Dubai is The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world. 1,200 retail outlets and over 160 food and beverage outlets. The Dubai Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions.

Reviewed By Sanjay S - New Delhi, India

With so many high end premium brands under one roof its great to experience shopping here. Too hype on high end pricing but worth it for premium brands but you get decent brands at mid size ticket. Experience the feel around this.

4. Burj Al Arab

3 Jumeirah Street | Burj Al-Arab Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 301 7777
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Burj Al Arab

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

We went for the cocktails skyview bar. The setting and view is really amazing. The staff was (too) friendly, but this is a seven star hotel, so many (rich) people expect this kind of treatment. Once in a lifetime but off course very very expensive.

5. Aquaventure WaterparkDubaiFamily Stop Over Must-Sees

Crescent Road | Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 426 2000
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Aquaventure WaterparkDubaiFamily Stop Over Must-Sees

The No. 1 water park in the Middle East and Europe is right here in Dubai. Get the adrenaline pumping with record breaking rides and slides, get up close and personal with sharks and rays or kick back and relax on 700 metres of pristine private beach or in the new exclusive reserved Seating areas. Come and get your thrills, spills and divine relaxation at Aquaventure Water Park.

Reviewed By Sanjay S - New Delhi, India

Not to be missed experience when in Dubai. Amazing rides and safety around it. Carry your swimsuits as without swinsuits you are not allowed to take rides. Though you get the same in shop within but its too pricy. Once there you may not be able to resist temptation hence carry one swimsuit.
One of the best in the world undoubtably.
Life guards and safety is applaudable.

6. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Sheikh Zayed Road | The Dubai Mall, Doha Street Off 1st Interchange, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 448 5200
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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4 based on 11 reviews

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, offering a memorable journey into ocean life. With capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor Aquariums in the world and it illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life. Located just above the aquarium, Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish and plenty more. A fascinating new addition at Underwater Zoo is King Croc, regarded as nature's rare phenomenon and one of the world's largest reptiles - at over 5 meters long and weighing an imposing 750 kg plus. Underwater Zoo regularly hosts innovative exhibits. One such exhibit, 'UAE's Night Creatures' presents the experience of nightfall in the desert as creatures of the dark.

Reviewed By DDonoghue88 - Kempston, United Kingdom

We visited later in the day (6pm) and found we didn't have to queue for more than 5 minutes
The underwater tunnel is amazing and great to see and take photos of the different fish, however when we reached the end it was a little anti climatic and thinking is that it?!
We had an explorer experience and were able to go into the little zoo part and take a "boat ride" around the aquarium.
Worth a visit only if you have time and money. If not admire and take photos from the Mall - just as impressive.

7. Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple

Al Muntazah Complex 212 Rd | Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 882 7550
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 628 reviews

Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple

Reviewed By AHUJADS1 - Faridabad, India

Visited two times to do worship. it is a excellent place for sikh & all community. There is a free kitchen for all. Enjoyed langer two times.

8. Grand Mosque

Ali Bin Abi Taleb St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Excellent
78%
Good
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Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 147 reviews

Grand Mosque

Reviewed By Kathy S - Granite Bay, CA

I was overwhelmed by the size and beauty of this mosque. It has the largest single carpet in the world, and the chandeliers are immense. I couldn't stop taking pictures. If you are visiting the area, you must see this. We saw it as part of a full-day tour of Abu Dhabi from Dubai and are so glad we did.

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