Dubai Attractions

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The walls of the fort are built from coral and shell taken from the sea, and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles called handels and the ceiling is made of palm fronds, mud and plaster.

The fort has served as the residence of the Ruler's family, the seat of government, garrison and prison. The Al-Fahidi Fort was renovated in 1971 and then extensively in 1995.

The entrance to the Dubai Museum has a collection of old maps of the Gulf and the Emirates as well as aerial photographs showing Dubai's expansion between 1960 and 1980. A massive, iron studded door greets visitors.

The courtyard of the Dubai Museum has several boats and a palm-leaf house with a traditional wind-tower. The hall to the right of the courtyard features daggers and other traditional weapons, while the hall to the left has a video of traditional dance and a selection of musical instruments.

Many large display halls are located underneath the fort. The various displays include a spectacular exhibit portraying the underwater world of pearl diving as well as artifacts such as copper, alabaster and pottery found in 3000 - 4000 year old graves at Al Qusais.

Dioramas with life-size figures, sound and lighting effects depict everyday life in period before the discovery of oil. Commercial and domestic life as well as life in the desert and on the sea are highlighted in the various galleries.

Burj Al-Arab

The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321m high, and located on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. The Burj Al-Arab Hotel was designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail. At night, the exterior of the Burj Al-Arab is a sight to behold as the choreographed colored lighting show changes every 30 minutes.

Burj Al-Arab is an architectural masterpiece, an ambitious undertaking by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed that opened in 1999. It is the world's tallest structure with a membrane façade, the outer wall is made of a woven, Teflon-coated fiberglass cloth.

One of the restaurants in the Burj Al-Arab (Al Muntaha meaning "highest") is located 200m above the Persian Gulf and is accessed by a panoramic elevator. Another restaurant (Al Mahara, Arabic for "The Oyster") is accessed via a simulated submarine voyage and features a large seawater aquarium.

The Burj Al-Arab is a luxury hotel with 202 duplex suites, these are not ordinary rooms. It is one of the most expensive hotels in the world to stay in with the least expensive suites .

The interior of the Burj Al-Arab is exquisite with dancing fountains, swirling carpet designs, plenty of gold trim, enormous aquariums and an atrium that could hold the Dubai World Trade Center.

Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef

Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef was the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum. Built in 1955, Majlis Ghorfat was constructed of gypsum and coral rock. The majlis is open to the public and gives visitors a glimpse into the rapid development of Dubai. Visitors can also better understand the opulence of the wealthy men of Dubai through the many displays.

This two-story home has been restored and still maintains much of the beautiful decor. The first floor was the reception area where the Sheikh would receive guests and listen to their complaints and ideas.

The Majlis Gardens feature a reproduction of an impressive Arab irrigation system. The Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef was used as a date palm farm at one time and the Majlis Gardens, complete with wind tower, were later added by the Dubai Municipality to educate visitors on local culture.

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum was a visionary who led Dubai from an unnoticed city into a prosperous future. Sheihk al-Maktoum saw to the dredging of the Dubai Creek, to allow bigger boats, which boosted trade relations. He developed schools, hospitals, residential areas and hotels as well asthe addition of the Dubai Airport. Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum lasting legacy is the attitude of religious and social tolerance in Dubai.

Burj Khalifa

As the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa dominates the Dubai skyline, unforgettable to visitors of the emirate. This spectacular structure stands 829 metres tall against the sparkling Dubai cityscape, beckoning tourists to the Middle East. Each year thousands of visitors flock to see this record-breaking man-made structure on the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road in Downtown Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa is a must-see for anyone spending time in Dubai. Following five years of construction and costing US$1.5 billion, the iconic structure opened in October 2009.

Today, the Burj Khalifa not only holds the record for being the tallest building in the world but in the Burj Khalifa you can dine in the world's highest restaurant on the 122nd floor

Visitors may also want to take a ride in the world's fastest elevator, marvel at the sights of Dubai from the world's highest outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor.

At the foot of the Burj Khalifa, you'll find the magical Dubai Fountain where 6,600 coloured lights illuminate water that shoots 150 metres into the air in time to classical and world music. Explore the sprawling greenery of the 27-acre Burj Khalifa Park, where palm-lined walkways, glittering fountains, gardens and flowering trees provide a tranquil oasis in the city centre.

Burj Khalifa was designed to be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that would include 30,000 homes, nine hotels (including The Address Downtown Dubai), 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 12-hectare (30-acre) man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.

The decision to build Burj Khalifa is reportedly based on the government's decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism based. According to officials, it is necessary for projects like Burj Khalifa to be built in the city to garner more international recognition, and hence investment.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and is the grandfather to the current ruler. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House is a national monument that has been restored as a museum.

The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed's father so he could observe shipping activity from the balconies. The original home was demolished and the current home rebuilt next to the original site. The restoration of the architectural elements of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House includes the carved teak doors and windows, wooden lattice screens, and the balustrades of railings. The gypsum ventilating screens have floral and geometric designs, and are set into the thick walls. This 30 room house consists of wind towers and rooms built around a central courtyard. The two entrances into the building include the Creek side and the rear of the building, which was probably reserved for family members.

The house is now home to the Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents of the Emirate of Dubai with many historical photographs of Dubai from the period 1948 to 1953. The Marine Wing has photos of fishing, pearling and boat building. Documents such as letters, maps, treaties, coins and stamps provide a glimpse in to the development of the emirate through the years.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

One of the largest in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque is also considered by many to be the most beautiful. An exact copy of a mosque in Cairo that is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. The interior is not nearly as attractive as the exterior because large open areas are required for worship.

The mosque is one the most photographed sights in Dubai and is particularly attractive in the evening when it is lit up with floodlights.

The Jumeirah Mosque is also the only mosque in the United Arab Emirates to open its doors to non-Muslims. The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding organizes guided tours every Thursday and Sunday morning. This is part of the 'Open Doors, Open Minds' policy that was designed to bring together Muslims and other religious and cultural nationalities to foster a better understanding of each other. Visitors are expected to dress modestly and women must wear a headscarf. The tour provides a glimpse inside as well as a chance to ask questions about the Jumeirah Mosque and the Islamic faith.

Bastakia

Bastakia

The Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th C as the home of wealthy Persian merchants. The merchants dealt mainly in pearls and textiles, and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek.

Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the Creek. Most of the sophisticated houses date back to the early 1900s and were built with coral and limestone. The buildings in Bastakia have weathered well because they are more durable and more valuable than the huts built with palm fronds.

Walls topped with wind towers shielded many homes of the wealthy families. The wind was trapped in the tower and funneled down in to the house as an early form of air conditioning. Wind towers were co mmon in Iranian coastal houses, which is likely the origin for these towers. The name Bastakia was taken from the Iranian town of Bastak.

The inner courtyards of many of the houses in Bastakia were shady and vividly decorated

Bastakia is noted for its narrow lanes and the restoration of many of its buildings to their former glory. Visitors will enjoy the picturesque heritage sites, conservation areas and the distinctly Arabian architecture as they imagine the life of the early residents.

Dubai Shopping Festivals

Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival runs from mid-January to mid-February attracting over 3 million visitors from around the world. During the Dubai Shopping Festival, shopping is not the only attraction - nightly fireworks displays occur over the Dubai Creek as well as music, dancing and theater and an international fun fair.

Dubai has 25 malls and many traditional outdoor markets known as souqs. Another highlight is the Carpet Oasis with over 100,000 different types and sizes of carpets.

Shopping is mainly tax-free and merchants will import products from other countries with very few duties or tariffs. This results in just about anything your heart desires being available and at better prices in Dubai.

During the summer months, Dubai also hosts Dubai Summer Surprises. The Dubai Summer Surprises event is attractive to families who can spread activities throughout the summer season. Each week has a different theme and shopping malls are converted into venues for live entertainment, music, dancing, competitions, workshops and numerous interactive programs in keeping with that particular week's theme.

Mall of the Emirates

Mall Of Emirates
Ski Dubai

Mall of the Emirates offers full range of leisure, entertainment and shopping facilities.

Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski destination in the Middle East, offers skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing in real snow.

The Dubai Community Theater & Arts Center is a modern facility that promotes art and culture. The Dubai Community Theater has a 2-level theater, rehearsal spaces, art galleries, classrooms/studios for activities such as painting, sculpture and photography, a music school, lending library and a café.

Magic Planet is the largest indoor amusement park with several rides and games that have never been found inside a building. Video games, cosmic 10-pin bowling, bumper cars, pool and billiards tables are also available, Mall of the Emirates has hundreds of retailers and dozens of restaurants with various dining alternatives.

The stores within the mall include designer brands to teen fashion, furniture, electronics, accessories, jewelry, shoes, bags, toys and books.

Al Maha Desert Resort

Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

Al Maha Desert Resort is the first Eco-tourism resort in the United Arab Emirates. The 40 tent-roofed suites have private pools and the whole resort is located around an oasis.

The Jamilah Spa and Leisure Center has massage rooms, hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi, saunas, fitness equipment and ice-cold plunge pools. Panoramic views of the desert and mountains are notable sights from the spa.

The Al Maha Resort is located on land that was rehabilitated by replanting native flora and reintroducing Arabian oryx and a few other species to the area.

Some traditional desert activities that can be enjoyed include falconry, safaris, horseback or camel riding and 4 x 4 tours.

Palm Island

Palm Islands

The Palm Islands, also known as The Palm Dubai and The Palms, are the three largest man-made islands in the world. The Palm Islands are being built on the coast of the emirate of Dubai.

Each island (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira) are being built in the shape of a date palm tree with a trunk, a crown with fronds, and surrounded by a crescent island that acts as a breakwater. Tribute to the date plams is appropriate because they ha ve sustained the emirates for years. The Palm Islands will offer luxury hotels, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and various diving sites.

The scale of these islands makes them visible from space with the naked eye! Palm Jumeirah is completed.

The creation of the Palm Jumeirah began in June 2001. Shortly after, the Palm Jebel Ali was announced and reclamation work began. The Palm Deira is planned to have a surface area of 46.35 square kilometres (17.90 sq mi) and was announced for development in October 2004. Before the impact of the global credit crunch hit Dubai, construction was originally planned to take 10–15 years.

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis

Atlantis is a resort located on the Palm Island, Jumeirah. It is home to a landmark hotel, waterpark, white beaches, and spa. Aquaventure is the waterpark featuring water slides and a water playground.

The Lost Chambers is located under the Ambassador Lagoon, home to 250 species of sea creatures. The Chambers are an underwater maze.

Dolphin Bay is a re-created habitat for dolphins, with three lagoons, where visitors can meet and swim amongst them.

The 46 ha (110 acres) five-star resort includes attractions for children and adults. The entire attraction is a 17 ha (42 acres) water park with seven water slides and a 2.3-kilometre river ride consisting of rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids, and the Mesopotamian-styled Ziggurat temple reaching over 30 metres into the sky and featuring seven water slides two of which catapult riders through shark filled lagoons, which is called as The Lost Chambers. It is an underwater exhibit with over 65,000 fish and sea creatures including The Ambassador Lagoon. Which is an 11-million-litre marine habitat, with a viewing panel looking into the mystical ruins of Atlantis that is Dolphin Bay, a 4.5- hectare dolphin education and conservation center allows guests the opportunity to meet and interact with dolphins.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is among the largest shopping centers in the world, with 440,000 square feet. It claims to carry almost every fashion brand available. In addition to the huge number of stores, the mall also features all kinds of entertainment, including cinemas, a skating rink, and an aquarium with a huge acrylic viewing wall.

Various aspects of the mall have broken world records. I t is also part of the Burj Khalifa complex

Dubai Aquarium and Under Water Zoo

The Mall's Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world's "Largest Acrylic Panel" (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals on display. In February 2010, a leak in the aquarium caused a partial evacuation and brief shutdown of a portion of the mall.

The Mall adopted an International Standard of Ethics and Animal Welfare Policy in its development and operation.

Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro

The Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro rail network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with three further lines planned. These first two lines run underground in the city centre and on elevated viaducts elsewhere (elevated railway). All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors to make this possible.

The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated at 9:09:09 PM on 9 September 2009, by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, with the line opening to the public at 6 AM on 10 September. The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula. More than 110,000 people, which is nearly 10 per cent of Dubai’s population, used the Metro in its first two days of operation. The Dubai Metro carried 10 million passengers from launch on 9 September 2009 to 9 February 2010 with 11 stations operational on the Red Line.

Guinness World Records has declared Dubai Metro as the world's longest fully automated metro network spanning at 75 kilometres (47 mi).

Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse which in Arabic suggests a place where people congregate and compete, a sort of meeting point in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. It offers nine races, consisting of eight Thoroughbred contests and one Purebred Arabian contest.

The Dubai World Cup, the final race of Dubai World Cup night, was created in 1996 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who owns Darley Stud & Godolphin Racing, one of the world's leading Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations.

Annually held on the last Saturday in March, the Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night of races, and has carried a purse of USD 10 million since 2010, making it the world's richest horse race. It is a Group 1 flat race on an all-weather surface known as Tapeta for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs) in late March.

Al Maktoum International Airport

Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMDW) is the official name of a major airport in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates that opened on 27 June 2010. Previous working names have included "Jebel Ali International Airport", "Jebel Ali Airport City", and "Dubai World Central International Airport". It has been named after the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai. It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world's first truly integrated logistics platform,[citation needed] with most transport modes, logistics and value-added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single free economic zone.

The A380 enabled 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) runway was completed within its projected 600-day construction period and subsequently underwent tests and trials over the next six to eight months in order to fulfill its CAT III-C requirements. Construction of the airport's cargo terminal, the Al Maktoum Airport Cargo Gateway, which cost around US$75 million, was 50% complete by the end of 2008.

At the heart of this huge new community is the Al Maktoum International Airport, planned as the world's largest passenger and cargo hub, ten times larger than Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village combined.

If completed as planned, the airport will have an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tonnes, and a passenger capacity of up to 160 million people per year— which would be more than Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which handled 90 million people in 2008, and is currently the world's busiest passenger airport.

Designed for the future, Al Maktoum International Airport proposes to handle all next-generation aircraft, including the Airbus A380 super-jumbo. Up to four aircraft will be able to land simultaneously, 24 hours a day, minimizing in-air queuing.

Deira Gold Souq

Gold Souq

Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market (or souk) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The souk is located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya. The souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewellery. Retailers in the souk include both well established stores like Damas, ARY Jewellery, Shyam Jewellery and Joy Alukkas as well as smaller stores that operate mainly in the gold souk. By some estimates, approximately 10 tons of gold is present at any given time in the souk. It is bordered to the north by the Dubai Fish and Vegetable Market and the Deira Corniche near Baniyas Square at Sikkat al-Khali Street which is walking distance from Deira Bus Stand. Dubai Gold Souk can also be reached by taking the Dubai Metro to Al Ghubaiba and a regular Abra (boat) from nearby Bur Dubai across the creek. The Dubai Gold Souk is 5 minutes walk from the Old Souk marine station.

Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi

The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated in the area of Jumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the water park is operated by Jumeirah International, a Dubai-based hotelier.

Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. In addition, the park had the largest water slide outside of North America, but recently it was removed to make space for two other rid es . Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft) waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.

It was featured in The Amazing Race 5 and The Amazing Race Asia 1, in which teams had to slide down a 21 m (69 ft) drop. It was later featured in The Amazing Race Australia 2, but instead, the teams had to the Surf Machine and use boogie boards to surf their way to the end where they will get their next clue.

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

A must for everyone who is visiting UAE. A memory to share with your family and friends back home, This is one safari you cant do back home. We recommend it highly and it will be worth every penny spend !

This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. We stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching our campsite where you have the opportunity to do a camel ride, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hand or feet. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). Before returning to Dubai/Sharjah watch our belly dancer performing her show around the campfire by starlight.

The following activities are included :

- Pick up by 4x4 wheel Drive from any point in Dubai and Sharjah between 3.15pm to 4.00 p.m.

- Drive through the desert along Al Awir Road - Dune Bashing.

- 20-30 minutes Dune Driving

Belly Dancing

- Sun Set Photography

- Camel Rides

- Belly Dancing

- Henna Painting

- Hubbllee Bubblee (shisha)

- Arabic Coffee (gahwa) and Fresh Dates

- Traditional costumes

- Unlimited soft drinks, tea coffee and mineral water

- Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q.(vegetarian food also available on request)

- Departure at 9.30 pm

Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise Dinner

Dhow' is a traditional boat crafted in wood, with extreme precision so as to handle all cargo along with passengers, used widely in the Arab countries in that past. With the help of the Government of Dubai and the tourism companies, visitors to Dubai are able to experience this beautiful ride on the waters of Dubai.

The 4 options available for cruising along the waters of Dubai on a traditional wooden dhow fitted with all modern amenities like sound and light systems, fully air-conditioned lower deck, wash rooms and all other comforts required while sailing whilst enjoying the Arabic tradition. There are options to choose from day or night cruises while viewing either ‘New’ or ‘Old’ Dubai.

Dhow Cruise Dubai has recently become a extremely popular way for tourists to view Dubai while on the other hand, it is a great way for others to celebrate numerous occasion like birthday parties, engagement ceremonies, reception parties, conferences, business meetings and any other event that you could think of.

Miracle Garden

Multicoloured mounds are visible as I make my way across from Umm Suqeim Road. With a Dhs20 entry fee for everyone over the age of three, it’s much more expensive than most of Dubai’s parks, but when you step inside, it’s clear that this isn’t a park – it’s more a work of art. And you’re expected to treat it as such.

It’s a striking visual display: there are large mounds planted with petunias and calendulas, cars covered with turf and (curiouser and curiouser) given facial expressions, and displays made from Hannah Montana umbrellas. There are even small walkways with upside-down flowers suspended overhead. And, like any art exhibition, you are free to marvel at the beauty – and madness – of it all, but not to touch.

SATURDAY – THURSDAY: 9:00AM – 9:00PM. FRIDAY: 9:00AM – 11:00PM.

Miracle Garden
Miracle Garden