Top ChoiceLandmark in Jumeirah

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

The Burj's graceful silhouette – meant to evoke the sail of a dhow (a traditional wooden cargo vessel) – is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Completed in 1999, this iconic landmark sits on an...

Top ChoiceAmusement Park in Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Housed in an air-conditioned hangar the size of 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park. The US$1 billion park is truly impressive, with more than 20 rides and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Bur Dubai

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

The city's main historical museum charts Dubai's turbo-evolution from fishing and pearling village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. It has an atmospheric setting in the compact Al Fahidi Fort,...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Downtown Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. The world’s tallest building pierces the sky at...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Bur Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Anyone keen on delving deeper into Emirati culture and history should take advantage of the activities, Emirati meals and tours offered through this nonprofit centre, based on the edge of Al Fahidi Historic...

Top ChoiceArea in Bur Dubai

Al Fahidi Historic District

Al Fahidi Historic District

Traffic fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of this nicely restored heritage area formerly known as the Bastakiya Quarter. Its narrow walking lanes are flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind...

Top ChoiceArea in Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah

One of Dubai’s most attractive developments, Madinat Jumeirah is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Arab village, complete with a souq (market), palm-fringed waterways and desert-coloured hotels and...

Top ChoiceMarket in Deira

Gold Souq

Gold Souq

All that glitters is gold (and occasionally silver) along this covered arcade where dozens of shops overflow with every kind of jewellery imaginable, from delicate pearl earrings to lavish golden wedding...

Top ChoiceMosque in Jumeirah

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

Snowy white and intricately detailed, Jumeirah is Dubai's most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims – one-hour guided tours are operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre...

Top ChoiceGallery in Bur Dubai

Alserkal Cultural Foundation

Alserkal Cultural Foundation

This nonprofit foundation runs the most dynamic cultural space in the Al Fahidi Historic District. Galleries showcasing traditional and cutting-edge works by local and international artists orbit a central...

Top ChoiceBeach in Jumeirah

Kite Beach

Kite Beach

This long, pristine stretch of white sand, off Jumeirah Rd and next to a mosque, is superclean and has lots of activities, including kitesurfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. There are showers,...

Top ChoicePublic Art in Jumeirah

Dubai Walls

Dubai Walls

More than a dozen hot shots of the international street-art scene, including Aiko, Blek Le Rat, ROA and Nick Walker, have turned new urban-style quarter City Walk into a stunning outdoor gallery. The...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Downtown Dubai

Alserkal Avenue

Alserkal Avenue

Edgy contemporary art from the Middle East and beyond has found a home in Dubai thanks to the vision of Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal. The local developer and arts patron has turned a sprawling warehouse complex...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Jumeirah

Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum

Opened in 2017, this striking modern museum engagingly chronicles the birth of the UAE in 1971, spurred by the discovery of oil in the 1950s and the withdrawal of the British in 1968. Documentary films,...

Aquarium in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Mall’s most mesmerising sight is this gargantuan aquarium where thousands of beasties flit and dart amid artificial coral. Sharks and rays are top attractions, along with sumo-sized groupers and massive...

Zoo in Jumeirah

Green Planet

Green Planet

If you can build a ski slope in the desert, why not a rainforest too? The Green Planet is an indoor tropical paradise intended to 'edutain' about biodiversity, nature and sustainability. More than 3000 animals...

Fountain in Downtown Dubai

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

This dancing fountain is spectacularly set in the middle of a giant lake against the backdrop of the glittering Burj Khalifa. Water undulates as gracefully as a belly dancer, arcs like a dolphin and surges as...

Nature Reserve in Dubai

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

On the outskirts of Sharjah, the 225 sq km Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve accounts for 5% of the Emirate of Dubai's total land. The reserve was established in 1999 and has been involved in projects to...

Area in Bur Dubai

Al Seef

Al Seef

In the early 1900s this historical area was Dubai's trading hub, during a period when the pearl diving industry was being developed. Stretching some 1.8km along Dubai Creek, the developers have divided the area...

Area in Dubai Marina & Palm Jumeirah

The Beach at JBR

The Beach at JBR

Paralleling the beachfront for about 1km, The Beach at JBR is an open-plan cluster of low-lying, urban-style buildings wrapped around breezy plazas. Hugely popular with families on weekends, it mixes cafes and...