Updated: Mar 20
Well, there are literally so many places to visit in Dubai that even 10-15 days may not be enough to visit each and every place. On top of that, the areas are so big that you will require at least a few hours at each place. In this article, I will say about the main places which are not to be missed while at Dubai. This list is just my personal recommendation.
So, let's start
1. BURJ KHALIFA
Well, the iconic Burj Khalifa does not require any mention to anyone. It is the tallest building in the world till now with a height of about 830 metres, just short of 170 metres for being 1 km. The height is so much that there is a 15 Degrees Celsius difference between the ground and top of the Burj Khalifa. The construction of this building started in 6th January 2004 and it was opened to the public on 4th January 2010.
You can have a photoshoot beneath the Burj Khalifa for free. The area near the Burj Khalifa is very big, with the Dubai Mall and Dubai fountain in close proximity. However, if you wish to go to the top, you have to pay money. The view from the top is just awesome. Make sure to go in the evening time to see the city in it's full glory.
Price: Minimum Rs 3000
Time required to spend here: About 1-2 hours minimum
Timings: 8:30 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week
Official Site: https://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/
2. DUBAI MALL
The Dubai Mall is one of the largest malls in the world in terms of area. It is a huge mall and it will easily take 2-3 days to cover the entire mall. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located here. Also Burj Khalifa can be accessed through the mall. All brands starting from basic affordable ones to ultra luxury brands are available here. There are lots of international fast food chains and also a food court. Price is somewhat on the higher side in the food courts.
Time required to spend here: Minimum 3-4 hours at the very least.
Timings: Around 11am to midnight
Official Site: https://thedubaimall.com/
3. DUBAI FOUNTAIN
The Dubai fountain is the next place which is worth a visit. The Dubai Fountain, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are all together and can easily be planned in a single day. The Dubai fountain dances to different songs throughout the day. Hindi, English, Arabic songs are played while the fountain dances. The show is for a duration of around 5 minutes and it is played after every half an hour from 6 pm to 11 pm. In the daytime also, the show is given about two times at around 1pm and 1.30 pm.
Time Required to spend here: Half an hour to 1 hour
Timings: 6 pm to 11 pm (every half an hour) with two shows in the daytime also.
4. DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO
This is also located in the Dubai Mall and thus can be visited in the same day. The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 sharks and rays live in this tank.
Price: About Rs 3000
Time Required to spend here: 1 - 2 hours
Timings: 10 am to midnight
5. DUBAI FRAME
The Dubai frame is another masterpiece which is definitely worth a visit. It is the largest frame in the world. Construction of this frame started in 2013 and it was opened to the public on 1st January 2018. Built at a cost of around $ 63 million (Rs 470 crore) the landmark is really upto Dubai standards. Going to the base of the frame is free but you have to pay about Rs 1000 to get to the top which is 150 metres high. Going up, you get to see old Dubai on one side of the frame where you can see the old type of houses, roads etc and going back to the other side of the frame, you can see the new Dubai, with it's magnificent skyscrapers, roads etc.
Price: About Rs 1000
Time Required to spend here: 1 - 2 hours
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week including weekends and public holidays.
Official site: https://www.thedubaiframe.com/tickets.html
6. MIRACLE GARDEN DUBAI
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai land, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The garden was launched on Valentine's Day in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square metres, making it the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
It is open from November to May every year. The garden is just huge and you will require at the very minimum 3-5 hours to see it. It is really amazing to see so many flowers and designs in the midst of the desert.
Price: 55 Dirhams (About Rs 1100)
Time Required to spend here: 3-5 hours
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 11 pm on weekends
Official site: https://www.dubaimiraclegarden.com/tickets_offer.php
7. SKI DUBAI
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. The park maintains a temperature of -1 degree to 2 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was opened in November 2005. The price for entry starts from Rs 4000 and goes up to a whopping Rs 28,000 if you want to swim with the penguins. It is highly recommended to see the penguin march which is an amazing and fun thing to watch.
Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Friday- Saturday 09:00 am - 11:00 pm
PENGUIN MARCH :
Everyday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Price: About Rs 4000 to Rs 28,000 depending on your activities
Time Required to spend here: 3-4 hours
Timings: As mentioned above
Official Site: https://www.skidxb.com/ski-dubai-packages
8. Spice Souk and Gold Souk
A trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the famous Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Prepare to be fascinated with the aroma of the Spice Souk and the glittering jewelry in the Gold Souk. Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market in Dubai,UAE. The souk is located in Dubai's commercial business district in Deira, in the locality of Al Dhagaya.
Dubai Spice Souk or the Old Souk is a traditional market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Spice Souk is located in eastern Dubai, in Deira and is adjacent to the Dubai Gold Souk. The Spice Souk, situated on Baniyas Street, is in the locality of Al Ras. The souk comprises several narrow lanes which are lined with open and closed-roof stores.
Stores in the Spice Souk sell a variety of fragrances and spicesand many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food. In addition, several household, textiles, tea, incense, rugs and artifacts are also sold in the Spice Souk. A majority of the trading occurs through haggling. The quantity of trade as well as the number of stores trading spices in the Spice Souk have been significantly reduced in recent years due to the growth larger stores and supermarkets and the number of household stores has incredibly gained.
9. Atlantis the Palm and Burj Al Arab viewpoint
These places are a must visit. If you have the money, try to stay for a night at Atlantis the Palm. Staying at the hotel gives you access to Aquaventure Water Park and Lost Chambers Aquarium for free. Atlantis The Palm is a luxury hotel resort located at Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis.
Atlantis The Palm, was opened to the public on 24 September 2008.
Visit Jumeirah Beach to get a great view of the Burj Al Arab which is one of the most expensive hotels in the entire world. It is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island from Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.
10. Mall of the Emirates
This is another mall in Dubai where you can chill out and spend your time. The Mall of the Emirates metro station is connected with the mall. Ski Dubai is one attraction which is in this mall. The distance from the Dubai Mall to Mall of the Emirates is around 15 kms
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