Destination Dubai: 10 Amazing Attractions for Adventurous Jet-Setters

Dubai is the second-largest city (second to Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates. While covering more than 1,588 square miles and being home to about 2,262,000 people, Dubai offers plenty of beautiful sites to see if you want to travel to the region. If you plan on vacationing in this precious city, consider visiting the following 10 tourist attractions that'll leave you wanting to stay longer.

Burj Al Arab

To Burg Al Arab, also known as the Tower of the Arabs, is the world's only 7-star hotel. The hotel resembles a billowing sail, with the building climbing to about 1053 feet and its highest point, making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world. As one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai, it's one of the most photographed structures in the world. When taking a picture of it during your trip, try to do it at night when the building is lit up.

Burj Khalifa

The Burg Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world, featuring some of the world's finest engineering and offering visitors the highest viewing platform in the world. This platform sits on the 124levels above The Dubai Mall, which sites at the base of the tower. When taking the journey to the top of the tower, you get watch a multi-media presentation about Dubai's history and marvel at your surroundings on your way to the top.

The Dubai Fountains

As the base of the world's tallest tower sit the beautiful Dubai Fountains, shooting water as high as 500 feet from a 30-acre lake. The fountain is about 900 feet long, including five circles of different sizes and two center arcs. California-based WET, the same team that designed the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, designed the Dubai Fountains. More than 6,600 super lights and 25 color projectors create a visual spectrum of more than 1000 abstract attractions.

Atlantis Hotel

This beautiful resort is situated on a man-made island called the Palm, which include a marine habitat called The Lost Chambers and a water park called Aquaventure. With 18 restaurants scattered throughout the property, you'll never go hungry during your vacation. Also, if you're looking a place to soak in the sun, consider visiting the Atlantis Hotel for its amazing white beaches. With plenty of things to see and do, you'll never want to leave this resort while in Dubai.  

Global Village

Global Village has provided its millions of visitors with cultural entertainment and endless amounts of international shopping for the last 15 years. Whether you want to witness live performances, wine and dine at Dubai's finest restaurants, try your hand at authentic handcrafts, or buy some merchandise from an international vendor, the village has plenty for you to experience. Remember though, the Global Village is only open from November to March annually, so plan your trip accordingly.

Palm Island

The Palm Jumeirah has everything you need to enjoy a vacation away from home. From luxurious spas to extravagant shopping malls, this Dubai hotspot will cater to your needs while providing some of Dubai's best entertainment. One of the best features of Palm Island is its outdoor areas, which feature beautiful beaches, stylish pools, and extraordinary gardens. If you're looking for a place that has a great view of the sunset, the Palm Island is the place for you.

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet that runs through the historical part of Dubai, where visitors can opt to take an abra (small water taxi) and take a tour through the old trading port nearby. If you choose to cruise to the Al-Maktoum Bridge, you'll pass by many of the city's historic sites and modern landmarks.

If you want to stay on land, you can take a walk around the wharf, which offers a glimpse into Dubai's trading heritage. Being that these were ancient trading routes, it's a site you won't want to miss.

Ski Dubai

Many people who visit Dubai do so for the beaches, architecture, and the city's history. Well, if you're feeling extra adventurous, consider hitting the slopes at the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Ski Dubai offers a large snow setting where visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. If you're worried about lugging your ski clothing and equipment, don't be. Ski Dubai offers guests all you need to hit the slopes in style.

Dubai Marina

One of the newer tourist attractions in Dubai is the Dubai Marina. The marina features a backdrop of skyscrapers, offering visitors a spectacular view of the city. You can either take advantage of the convenient walkways to explore the sites or take a boat ride around the largest man-made marina in the world. The marina is home to some of the world's most expensive super yachts and offers guests shopping at the Dubai Marina Mall.  

In addition to the scenic sites on the marina, visitors can also dine at one of the many casual or fine dining restaurants, hang out at the Sports Lounge, or relax at a club lounge directly on the water. Whatever the case may be, Dubai Marina will provide with a 5-star experience second to none.

Wild Wadi

In addition to the plenty of fun things that this infographic about Dubai's attractions features, Wild Wadi offers more than 30 rides to family members of all ages. The water park is themed around the story of Juna, who is a known character from the Arabian folklore. If you're looking to spend some fun in the sun time with your kids away from luxurious beaches, try this adventurous water park. Even without the little ones around, you'll enjoy everything this park paradise has to offer. 

Vacationing in Dubai is more than just an extravagant trip; it's a paradise that offers plenty of historical sites, beautiful beaches, and fine dining for you to enjoy. Are you looking forward to visiting any other places in Dubai that aren't listed? Leave a comment below and let us know. 


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