Top eleven tourist spots in dubai
Top eleven tourist spots in dubai Since the discovery of oil in the Emirates, Dubai has quickly turned into one of the must-see cities in the world. Whether it’s summer or winter, the city is always swarming with tourists from all over the world. Substantial investment and development have seen it transform from a barren wasteland to a tourist hotspot. There are so many things to do and see in Dubai, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll be limiting it to ten.
1. Burj Khalifa
Identified as the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa is a feat of modern engineering and architecture. Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai, stands at a whopping 829.8 m (2722 ft) and is truly a sight to see. It also houses an observatory deck called “At the Top” on its 124th floor. The chance to view the earth from the tallest manmade viewpoint is sure to be on most people’s bucket list, which is why it has quickly turned into one of Dubai’s hottest tourist points.
2. Burj Al Arab
There are billions and billions of buildings in this world, but none of them can match the architectural excellence of Burj Al Arab. It is also the world’s only 7-star hotel and soars to a height of 321 meters, which makes it one of the tallest buildings in the world. Burj Al Arab is the one structure that everyone associates with Dubai, which simply makes it a must-see sight for all tourists visiting this magnificent city.
3. Jumeirah Mosque
Dubbed as the most photographed mosque in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most beautifully constructed mosques in the world. Snowy white and intricately detailed, the Jumeriah Mosque proudly opens its doors to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Moreover, guided tours are offered which allow people from all corners of the world to come, see, and soak in a piece of Muslim culture.
4. The World Islands
The World Islands are an artificial archipelago of various small islands that depict the map of the world. Located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, the World Islands have proven to be a real tourist spot as they are genuinely one of a kind. Forget going around the world in eighty days; visitors can go around the world in less than eighty minutes by taking a helicopter tour of the islands.
5. Dubai Museum
The Dubai Museum, housed in Al Fahidi Fort which is the city’s oldest existing structure, opened its doors to the public in 1971. The Dubai Museum showcases the life of the people of Dubai before the discovery of oil in the city. Upon visiting the museum, tourists are treated to some of the oldest archeological findings, some dating as far as 3000 BC. The Dubai Museum has hundreds and hundreds of exhibits which showcase a broad range of objects such as old musical instruments and dioramas depicting shopkeepers and craftsmen at work.
6. Wild Wadi Water Park
Located just opposite Burj Al Arab is the Wild Wadi Water Park, which is a fun way to beat the dreaded heat of Dubai. Wild Wadi offers more than 30 rides, including one as high as 33 meters, and attractions for all members of the family. It is themed around the tale of Juha, a legendary character in Arabian folklore. With a motto of “Life Refreshed”, visiting the Wild Wadi Water Park is great to unwind and have fun.
7. Palm Jumeriah
Just like the World Islands, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago which is the world’s largest man-made island. It has been styled after a palm tree and has a two-kilometer long ‘trunk’, a crown made up of 17 fronds, and an encasing crescent. The sheikhs of Dubai are so proud of the Palm Jumeriah that they have affectionately dubbed it as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and happily offer helicopter rides to tourists so that they can witness the brilliance of their engineers.
8. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is situated in the Mall of the Emirates (one of the largest malls in the world) and is the Middle East’s first indoor ski center. It covers a massive area of 22,500 square meters and has quickly become one of Dubai’s must-see places. Here, tourists can enjoy a day of skiing, snow bullet rides, and penguin encounters. The Mall of the Emirates also offers skiing lessons, so even inexperienced and first-time skiers can try it.
9. Dubai Dolphinarium
It is safe to say that dolphins are one of the most loved aquatic animals. The fact that tourists from all over the world love to see and interact with dolphins is not lost on the sheikhs of Dubai, which is why they opened the Dubai Dolphinarium. The Dubai Dolphinarium is the Middle East’s first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium. It main attractions include dolphins and seals show, swimming with dolphins, and an illusion show performed by dolphins, seals, and the Dolphinarium’s own Master Illusionist Max. The Dolphinarium also includes the Creek Park Bird Show, which allows tourists to see more than twenty species of exotic birds and parrots.
10. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek cuts through the heart of Dubai. It is a saltwater creek which winds its way from the famous trading port to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary, which is situated on the desert edge of Dubai. The Dubai Creek offers the perfect opportunity to newlyweds to enjoy a romantic sunset on the creek together. Tourists can also catch a water taxi dhow to get them from one point to another.
11. Honorable Mention – The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain offers a stunning water, music and light spectacle in the heart of Downtown Dubai. It is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set and spans an area of 30 acres (on the manmade lake of Burj Khalifa Lake). The Dubai Fountains shoot water up to 500 ft into the air, which makes it a sight to see.