1. Burj Al Arab
With its unique design that takes after a billowing sale, Burj Al Arab tops the list of Dubai’s must-see attractions for many reasons. First of all, it is the world’s only seven-star hotel that is known for its opulent amenities and facilities, from breathtaking location close to the beach and tastefully decorated suites with designer bathroom and tennis courts and golf courses to unmatched dining choices, bars and ultimate spa experience. Towering to a height of 321 meters, it is also one of the tallest hotels in the world.
2. Palm Island
This man-made island, often dubbed as the world’s eight wonder, has everything for an enjoyable and memorable holiday break – luxurious accommodation and shopping options, superb entertainment and dining facilities and incredible tourist attractions. Whether you wish to immerse in the glorious sunset views or unwind in one of its pampering spas or experience the culinary delights served by award winning chefs or simply want to while away your day time in beaches or indulging in water sport activities, Palm Island will never let down your unique holiday needs.
3. Atlantis Hotel
Atlantis Hotel, officially referred to as Atlantis the Palm Hotel, is an extravagant marine-themed resort that is touted as the centerpiece of the spectacular Palm Jumeirah. It comes with over 1,000 well-appointed guest houses and 150 suites that offer stunning views of Dubai coastline. But this unique hotel is not just known for its luxurious accommodation choices but also for its finest restaurants, spa and fitness centre and leisure and water sport facilities. Most significantly, the hotel is home to the much famed Atlantis Lost Chamber that enables you take a peep into the rich Atlantean history and civilization.
4. Burj Khalifa
This iconic structure, soaring up to a height of 829 meters, is the world’s tallest man-made building. On its base is Dubai Mall – the world’s biggest shopping mall that offers ultimate in shopping, dining and entertainment, with its more than 1,000 retail outlets including anchor department stores and over 150 food outlets. Apart from its top of the line residential and commercial establishments, Burj Khalifa is especially favored for the observation deck on its 124th floor. The focal point of this observation deck is Behold Telescope that allows visitors to savor the unobstructed 360 degree view of the surroundings.
5. Dubai Creek
Also known as Khor Dubai, this saltwater creek running through the centre of city divides it into main regions: Bur Dubai and Deira. Its distinction lies in its unique locale where the simplicity of long-gone era clasps hands with the opulence of modern era, with a range of both historic and most contemporary structures on its either side. Opt for dhow cruising or take an abra to get a glimpse of its rich heritage site.
6. Dubai Marina
The world’s largest man-made marina, Dubai Marina is set in one of the Dubai’s most sought-after regions, with stunning views, waterfront promenade and incredible buildings at its backdrop. Of its many attractions, perhaps the most noteworthy is Dubai Marina Yacht Club – a private yacht club coupled with a clubhouse to offer everything to cater to yachting enthusiasts.
7. Dubai Mall Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, within Dubai Mall, leaves you spellbound with its unique attractions, such as Aquarium Tank that is home to more than 140 species of aquatic animals such as sharks, rays, sand tiger sharks etc., Aquarium Tunnel – a 48 meter long tunnel that enables you to experience the rich diversity of marine species, and Underwater Zoo where you can find a variety of marine creatures from both river and ocean in its three distinct zones: Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. Above all, this amazing aquarium holds the Guinness World Record for the 'World's Largest Acrylic Panel', with its acrylic viewing panel weighing more than 240,000 kg.
8. Dubai Dolphinarium
Situated within the Dubai’s Creekside Park, Dubai Dolphinarium is the first fully air-conditioned indoor marine mammal facility in the Middle East. One of the key attractions of the dolphinarium is 45 minutes long amazing performance by dolphins and seals wherein they dance, juggle, paint and even play basketballs.
9. Jumeirah Beach
Whether you are a keen sightseer or a nature enthusiast or a water sport lover, Jumeirah Beach caters to all levels of tourists, with its pristine surroundings and superb facilities. Some of the city’s major highlights such as Burj Al Arab, Grand Jumeirah Mosque and Palm Jumeirah are in the vicinity. Aside from these, the beach area is known for its vibrant night life and fabulous dining choices.
10. Dubai Gold Souk
Gold Souk – the traditional market on Deira’s commercial business district - provides access to hundreds of shops exclusively specializing in gold trade. These include some of the industry recognized names, such as Damas and Joy Alukkas. A visit to the Gold Souk during night is a must, especially if you are a first-timer in Dubai and you’ll understand why it is often referred to as the ‘City of Gold.’