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Burj Khalifa
1. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is indisputably the tallest building in the world. It contains high-end homes, global companies, and of course, a swanky Armani Hotel. At 830 meters high, it's truly a testament to human ingenuity. Only the 124th, 125th, and 148th floor are open to the public. As you can imagine, the views from this shining beacon of progress in a desert by the ocean are pretty spectacular.
Global Village Dubai
2. Global Village Dubai
You'll find the whole world inside Global Village Dubai. Take photos that could be in other continents at the pavilions which recreate global landmarks, enjoy 31 theme-park rides including extreme thrills for adults and easy-going fun for kids, and try your luck at more than 125 arcade and skill games. There's also a host of shows that will take your breath away like choreographed car chases and amazing fireworks.
Infinity des Lumieres
3. Infinity des Lumieres
Infinity des Lumières, located on the 2nd floor of The Dubai Mall, is the region’s biggest digital art venue and its most impressive immersive experience. Inside art is brought to life as a magnificent fusion of light, colour, sound and rhythm. Every sense will be left inspired thanks to 130 projectors transmitting 3,000 moving images on a 3,300m2 projectable surface, along with 58 high-tech speakers.
Dubai Frame
4. Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame is billed as the new face for Dubai and holds the record for being the largest frame in the world. It offers visitors unbeatable views of the city's old and new areas. It is located near the Star Gate of Zabeel Park, in Dubai.
Sky Views Observatory
5. Sky Views Observatory
The Sky Walk Dubai is a steel structure between The Address' Sky View Towers in Dubai. The outside walking bridge is located on level 53 of the twin towers, and connects the two at almost 220 meters above ground. The Sky Walk Dubai is already a major attraction for adrenaline junkies.

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The Dubai Fountain is the gushing centerpiece of the manmade 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, which draws crowds to the middle of Downtown Dubai. In its full glory, it's illuminated by 6,600 lights and enhanced by 25 different colored projectors. The Dubai Fountain puts on a spectacular dance show of watery movements every day, during which streams reach up to 140 meters high, synched up to the sounds of music and flashing lights. It's one of the city's biggest tourist attractions!
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The Dubai Miracle Garden is one of a kind in the region, as well as in the world. Boasting a Guinness World Record for the longest wall of flowers ever made, you can be sure that this outdoor destination will have a show of unique displays. What you'll find when you visit will be subject to the seasons, with each change integrating new ideas and beautiful designs.
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Whatever makes your perfect Dubai desert safari, you've come to the right place. From camel rides, 4x4 dune-bashing experiences, and quad-biking excursions, to traditional cultural experiences and moonlit BBQs, there's plenty to choose from to make sure you get the best out of your adventure. Every Dubai safari is different, with different inclusions and pacings to suit every traveler. If you're looking for high-octane trips into the sand then you'll find plenty of options including sandboarding and the famous dune bashing. For an enlightening experience, there are Dubai safari tours with henna face painting, oasis visits, and stargazing. You can find all the prices, deals, inclusions, and other information about the best Dubai desert safaris on this page. All that's left is to do is jump on a camel or in a 4x4 and be on your way!
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Stretching over 119 hectares, Dubai Safari Park cares for around 3,000 wild animals, and has a theatre with seating for 1,000 that hosts numerous educational animal shows throughout the year. The reimagined Dubai Safari Park consists of five key attractions, including the African Village, Asian Village, Arabian Desert Safari, Explorer Village, and Adventure Valley. Come and visit one of the UAE's top wildlife experiences, with Dubai Safari Park tickets!
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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is located in the Dubai Mall. It's the largest suspended aquarium in the world, housing thousands of marine creatures from over 140 species. It's also home to the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world.
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They don't do things by halves in Dubai, and that goes for ziplines too! Introducing the world's longest urban zipline, XLine Dubai. Takign daredevils on the ride of their lives, this record-breaking thrill-ride is not for the faint of heart! Descend from a height of 170 meters and zoom through the hypermodern cityscape of Dubai, high abovethe world-famous marina below. You'll get a video and photos of your ride afterward. Take the leap!
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The Green Planet is a stunning angular building in Dubai's City Walk. Inside, this standalone biodome is humid home to over 3,000 types of exotic flora and fauna. Escape the desert to wander among leafy trees, colorful birds and rushing water.
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With 130 cast and crew calling its unique custom-built environs home, La Perle Habtoor City is a unique entertainment space. This 1,300 seat theater, financed by Al Habtoor features a pool with 2.7 million liters of water, and that's just part of the show.
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Dubai Marina, inspired by Vancouver's False Creek, is an artificial canal city in the UAE's most populous city. Built along a 3 km stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline, this is a popular port for the super yachts of the super-rich.
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The Burj Al Arab Hotel was completed in November 1999, in time for the millennium celebrations. The goal was to create an icon for Dubai, a building that would become synonymous with the place; just as Sydney has the Opera House and Paris the Eiffel Tower. Needless to say they succeeded. The eye-catching sail-shaped hotel stands 321 metres high on a man-made island in the Arabian Gulf. The 202 super luxurious suites inside are accessed from one of the tallest atriums in the world. Experience this global icon of Arabian luxury in Dubai, UAE.
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LEGOLAND® Dubai is a LEGO-based theme park for families, packed with interactive rides, waterslides, models and building experiences. LEGOLAND® Dubai is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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The Lost Chambers Aquarium is an aquarium that houses some 65,000 marine creatures. It also boasts an interior that has been laid out in the form of tunnels and mazes to evoke the feeling of being in the lost city of Atlantis. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is situated on the northernmost point of The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, next to Aquaventure Waterpark.
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Getting around

Dubai has cheap and plentiful taxis, as well as a metro which runs through the financial and residential areas of the city. But this is a land of excess, so while you can make use of these rather 'pedestrian' transport modes where appropriate, you should also take the chance to get around in less conventional ways. Take a 4x4 safari out to the desert, which you can do while bouncing around in a jeep. Or you can jump into a hot air balloon at sunrise to see the desert spread out before you, like a seemingly infinite blanket of golden sand. Or, for the ultimate in decadence (this is Dubai after all!), hop a 15- or 25-minute flight in a luxury helicopter up above the city. But if you just need to get from Point A to Point B, consider buying a gold-plated Porsche.

Toeing the line

Respect and decorum are highly valued in the UAE. So it's not a great stag-party destination. However, alcohol is available, but only in hotels. Fortunately, there are plenty of those, so you need not go without your glass of wine at dinner. Also, swimwear is appropriate for the beach or poolside, but stripping down is not done here. Bikini tops at places like shopping malls and on the street is considered disrespectful - and occasionally punishable by law! Women especially should dress modestly when in public areas, with clothes that cover the tops of the arms and legs. Public displays of affection are also frowned upon. This isn't meant to scare you off though: act respectfully and you'll be treated with warmth in a nearly crime-free city.

Remember Ramadan

If you’re heading to Dubai during Ramadan, you’ll experience a slightly different city than if you come at any other time. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed, and fast during the day. While most restaurants stay open during the day, many operate behind thick curtains - and eating and drinking in public is forbidden. Iftars (nightly feasts) are held all over the city to celebrate the end of fasting and these can be extravagant, meaty affairs in posh hotels, or low key spreads. Try one out - the food is usually excellent! Be careful hailing cabs in the day - drivers who haven’t eaten can often be sleepy. Take the Metro if you can.

What to do in Dubai for 3 days

Burj Khalifa

The tallest structure on the planet is impossible to miss from the moment you arrive in Dubai. That's because it's an 830 m tall skyscraper in the middle of the city. The design of this internationally acclaimed architectural marvel is based on the desert-dwelling Hymenocallis flower. Its triple-lobed footprint provides a stable base for its lofty heights - all the better to offer amazing views of the city and desert that surround it. The opportunity to see the 'City of Superlatives' from one of the observation decks is not to be missed. The 124th floor is phenomenal, but the 148th floor is, well 24 stories higher. And the 148th floor has a VIP experience too. Day or night, make time in your day to check out the Burj.

Dubai Mall

Dubai is famous for its many shopping malls, but this one in particular needs to be seen to be believed. It's enormous, and even if you're not into shopping, there will be something (or some things) for you to enjoy inside. It has a 22-screen cinema, indoor theme park SEGA Republic (7,000 m2 of indoor theme park fun, including a 7 m-high halfpipe), Kidzania (where kids try out grown up life), an aquarium, and an ice rink. In fact, one day here probably isn't enough, so you may want to plan a couple days at the mall. It sure feels weird to recommend a trip to the mall for visitors to a city, but making a city like Dubai required throwing out the rulebook, so it's only fitting that we do the same when offering our recommendations.

Yas Waterworld

"Yas!" is what you'll be screaming as you enjoy the rides here. This waterpark has some of the world’s most thrilling attractions, as well as a whole host of more chilled out water attractions, making this a perfect place to soak up some outside fun-in-the-sun while in Dubai. Some of the rides are world firsts like Bubble’s Barrel – the largest surfable sheet wave in existence. There's also the Bandit Bomber, a 550 m-long water rollercoaster (watercoaster?) with onboard water effects. All in all, Yas Waterworld is 37 acres of wet, watery fun. And, though splashing in the water in the middle of the desert may not seem very eco-conscious, YAS will surprise you here too; it's the first water park in the Middle East to receive a '1' on the Estidama Pearl Rating System for sustainability.

Beach party Emirates

The sun is a fireball in the center of our galaxy that is approximately 27 million degrees hot. It's not quite that hot in Dubai, but it sure can feel like it sometimes. Fortunately, the waters of the Arabian Gulf are crystal clear and very inviting. Dubai's beach scene is pretty fantastic - especially if you like beach action. Volleyball, picnics, jet-skis and plenty of people. So grab your sunglasses, a sunhat, flip flops, a towel, plenty of SPF 80 sunscreen (or a lead suit), and get ready to soak up some rays beachside. Jumeirah Beach Park has a very reasonable AED 5 (€1.20) entrance fee, or Umm Suqeim (also known as Kite Beach) is another popular spot. Many of the beaches along the central stretch belong to the hotels and are for guests only - or those willing to pay a hefty fee.

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