Marco Polo’s list of the top ten things not to be missed in Dubai! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Dubai’s most important sights.
1. BURJ KHALIFA
The tallest building on earth entices people in with its 452m (1,483ft) high viewing terrace up on the 124th floor. You’ll feel on top of the world in Dubai’s number one attraction.
2. DUBAI CREEK
This natural creek is the city’s lifeline – it’s where the story of this modern metropolis began.
3. DUBAI MUSEUM
Dubai’s most beautiful museum has been set up in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in the city.
The old wind towers and palaces built by Persian merchants along the Creek have been beautifully restored. They’re home to museums, shops and restaurants today.
5. JUMEIRAH MOSQUE
Dubai’s most beautiful mosque – a magnificent ivory coloured edifice – is the only Islamic place of worship in the UAE that non Muslims can visit.
6. BURJ AL ARAB
Standing on its very own artificial island, Dubai’s most famous luxury hotel is the symbol of the UAE. Make sure to book well in advance if you’d like to come here for some tea or a cocktail.
7. THE SOUKS IN DEIRA
A shopping experience straight out of the Arabian Nights: The Spice Souk is awash with the scent of spices and perfumed oils, and the Gold Souk boasts over 200 jewellers huddled together in rows.
8. SHEIKH SAEED AL MAKTOUM HOUSE
The current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, spent part of his childhood in this historic windtower palace by the Creek. The structure is a national monument today.
9. THE DUBAI MALL
Dubai’s largest mall is a city within a city: all the top fashionistas have a store here alongside some outstanding restaurants and the Dubai Aquarium.
10. DUBAI MARINA
Dubai Marina – the largest artificial marina in the world – is surrounded by an impressive array of extraordinary high-rise buildings.
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