Dubai is unquestionably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, travelers from all over the world pass by Dubai airport just as their stopover city. Therefore, many take a break to experience the beautiful attractions such as modern skyscrapers, world-class shopping, beautiful beaches, desert safaris, nightlife, historic souks, and more. Even a day trip to panoramic Abu Dhabi is only hours away and definitely adds to your exciting Arabian journey.

Indeed, there is so much to see and do; you may need weeks to do it all. However, here are a few favorite ones that we enjoyed most that you may consider adding to your trip plan.

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Pictures from our Dubai Trip

Places of Interest in Dubai

Visit Visit Burj Khalifa

We visited the observation deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, to witness the beautiful 360-degree picturesque view over Dubai from 125th floors. It was a great experience taking the world’s fastest elevator to the top, and I highly recommend this trip for an unforgettable memory. To avoid delay or disappointment of missing out at the ticket counter, purchase it online in advance.

Burj Khalifa
World’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa

The Dancing Fountains at the Burj Khalifa

The Dubai Fountain is located right next to Burj Khalifa tower, built on a lake, where the fountains are choreographed to music to make it look like they are dancing; therefore, it is often called the Dancing Fountains of Dubai. The best time to visit here is in the evening.

The Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain

See Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The beautiful Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a great place in Dubai to experience more than 30000 amazing marine animals. There are hundreds of aquarium tanks and a walk-through tunnel surrounded by sharks, stingrays, and many colorful worlds of marine life that give the visitors once in a lifetime aquatic experience and provide a great photo opportunity for photographers.

Underwater Tunnel

Explore Dubai Marina

Centrally located, Dubai Marina is surrounded by many hotels, modern high-rise buildings, great restaurants, beaches, and home to a few of the best malls in Dubai that make this area the best place to stay for a UAE holiday. In addition, from here getting to destinations around the city is accessible by conveniently located Metro lines.

Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is a great place to visit

Visit Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach at the shore of the Persian Gulf is one of the famous white sand beaches among locals and tourists alike that offers outdoor sports, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and much more. The walk along the seashore is a perfect place for shopping, dining, or just hiking to nearby attractions like Palm Islands. A few exciting places are Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab Tower Hotel, and Wild Wadi Water Park.

Burj Al Arab Tower Hotel, dubai
A view of Burj Al Arab Tower Hotel from Jumeirah Beach

Visit Bur Dubai and Dubai Creek

For a memorable cruise in a historic district, head to Abra Dock in Bur Dubai. There are plenty of private boats available for hire to take you around the textile souk, art galleries, and the gold souk.

The Dubai creek is the base from where Dubai started growing in the old days, which served as a port for trading vessels from India, Africa, and around. At present, a little touch of historic look and feel remains. However, a few of the old buildings and structures continue to attract visitors to that area. And in addition to that, one can hike along the creek, enjoy the surrounding historic charms from a private boat ride, or enjoy the dinner cruise.

Bur Dubai
A view of Abra Dock in Bur Dubai

Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis the Palm

Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the famous water activities ideal for a desert environment that attracts locals and international visitors. The park has many rides and attractions, something for everyone, from exciting joyrides, surfing to thrilling rollercoasters. I would definitely enjoy the thrills and spills at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, the largest waterpark in the Middle East.

Aquaventure Waterpark
Aquaventure Waterpark, for famous water activities

The Gold and Spice Souks of Deira

Historic Deira is the heart of Dubai and a must-visit area well known for its landmark Souks, featuring stall-filled streets and winding roads that remind us of the good old days. Dubai Spice Souk is a traditional market located in Deira, near Dubai Gold Souk. Apart from the Gold and Spice Souks, different markets dotted this area surrounding Dubai Creek, the lifeline for the earlier settlements. Don’t miss the opportunity and excitement to ride one of those small boats (‘abra’), for an experience.

Dubai Creek boat ride
Colorful spices
Colorful spices in the market.
Spice Souks in Dubai
Visit Spice Souks in Dubai

Spend a night in the desert

If you have an extra day to spend in Dubai, then an overnight desert safari is an excellent way to add a desert experience to your trip. This trip is perfect for photographers as they will have the opportunity to enjoy and capture the stunning views of the desert at sunset and sunrise from the top of a dune. Also, spending a night in a tent or a comfortable desert cabin and nothing can beat the experience of having delicious BBQ and authentic Arabic coffee in the desert.

ATV in the desert

Sunset in the desert
Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai

Where to stay in Dubai, UAE

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Dubai

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located 1.2 mi from Dubai International Airport on Dubai Creek, with direct access to the Festival City Mall. It offers spacious rooms, a well-equipped gym, pool, all-day dining restaurant, cafe, beer bar, and more.

Royal Continental Hotel, Dubai

Royal Continental Hotel is located in the Deira district in Dubai, 0.3 mi from Deira City Center Shopping Mall. Royal Continental Hotel features modern rooms, amenities, an on-site restaurant, and free private parking. For family, it’s a great place to stay in Dubai.

My Opinion and Last Word

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I loved being in Dubai, UAE, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Dubai.

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