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LEGOLAND® Dubai: 1-Day Pass

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Dubai Easy Pass

  • Dubai: 1-Hr Houseboat Tour
  • Desert Safari with Dune Bashing
  • Dubai Frame: Entry Ticket
  • Dubai Fountain Show and Lake Ride
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The Best Places to Visit in Dubai

Ready to begin your journey through the impressive city of Dubai? Find the best places to visit in Dubai that will make your trip unforgettable!

The Perfect Weekend in Dubai

Escape to the dazzling city of Dubai for the perfect weekend getaway, bringing you both a lesson in true luxury, and a deep dive into Arabic culture. From the towering Burj Khalifa to world-class shopping, to desert safaris and a souk dripping in gold, this is extravagance like you’ve never experienced before. And when it comes to the slightly more subtle hidden gems, Dubai has plenty of those, too.

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Dubai is a city that never fails to amaze with its awe-inspiring attractions and boundless extravagance!

Take to the sky

Marvel at the breathtaking views from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. If you're feeling adventurous, take a hot air balloon ride over the stunning - and sandy - desert landscape!

Take to the water

Dubai offers some of its very best things to do on the water. Why not splash out and hire a yacht with your friends? Opt for a cultural cruise on a traditional dhow, or relax on a cool catamaran.

Stick to the land

For a cultural experience, head to the Dubai Museum, where you can delve into the city's fascinating history and heritage. Make like a bedouin on a desert adventure. And for aquatic enthusiasts, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo will get you up close and personal with a vast array of marine life, without you getting wet.

Dubai is an ideal destination for families thanks to it hosting plenty of great entertainment options for all ages.

One must-visit place is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where you can observe the marine life up close and be wowed by all things that live underwater!

KidZania Dubai is an interactive educational theme park where children can try out various adult professions, including firefighter, doctor, and pilot.

For a unique cultural experience, head to the Dubai Museum and learn about the rich heritage of the city through its exhibitions and displays.

Or take a trip to the Legoland Water Park, where the whole family can have a blast on thrilling water slides or bond over building Lego structures.

The Dubai Miracle Garden is a must-visit attraction for families, where you can sniff the colorful flower displays and take seriously stunning photos.

Dubai is a city that never ceases to amaze everyone who visits. But if you want a more authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience in Dubai, these hidden gems should be top of your list.

Dubai Miracle Garden:

Have you heard of the Dubai Miracle Garden? This blooming brilliant botanical garden features over 45 million flowers arranged in stunning designs. It's a properly fragrant, colorful oasis in the middle of the desert.

Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood:

This charming neighborhood provides a glimpse into Dubai's rich cultural heritage with its traditional wind-tower houses and quaint narrow alleys.

Dubai Design District:

For art lovers, the Dubai Design District will open your eyes to Arabic wonders, showcasing the works of emerging local and international designers.

Gold Souk in Deira:

For a unique shopping experience, the Gold Souk in Deira is a hidden gem where you can actually find exquisite gold and jewelry at affordable prices.

The Dubai Creek

This glistening waterway will help float your cares away after you've splashed the cash in the Gold Souk. From here you'll get an authentic glimpse into the city's trading history, with traditional wooden boats known as "abra" ferrying passengers casually across the creek.

Dubai is a great base for taking day trips to explore the surrounding areas, and there are loads of options available for escaping the city!

  • Abu Dhabi

One popular day trip is to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. You can visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world's largest mosques, and explore the beautiful architecture and Islamic art. You can also visit the Emirates Palace, a luxurious hotel, and take a stroll along the Corniche, a waterfront promenade with stunning views of the city skyline.

  • Al Ain Oasis

Another popular day trip is to the Al Ain Oasis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the desert. You can explore the traditional mud-brick buildings and learn about the ancient irrigation systems used to cultivate the palm groves. Don't miss the Al Ain National Museum, which showcases the history and culture of the region.

  • Hatta Mountains

For a more adventurous day trip, head to the Hatta Mountains, located on the outskirts of Dubai. Hike through the beautiful mountain landscapes, visit the Hatta Dam, and explore the Hatta Heritage Village, which will teach you all about traditional Emirati life, or try out a number of outdoor activities.

  • Dubai Desert

Finally, you can take a day trip to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where you can experience a thrilling desert safari, including dune bashing, camel riding, and a traditional Bedouin-style dinner.

Dubai is a city that truly comes alive at night, and there are endless opportunities for people of all ages to have a great time. Like New York, it's a city that never sleeps!

  • Burj Khalifa

The tallest building in the world offers stunning panoramic views of the city at night. Once you've ogled from the top of Burj Khalifa, don't miss the Dubai Fountain Show, a captivating water, and light show that takes place every evening.

  • The XLine Dubai Marina

For those seeking a more thrilling experience, the world's longest urban zipline at XLine Dubai Marina lets you strap in and zip-line across the Dubai Marina at night for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.

  • A Boat Ride at Night

You can enjoy a unique view of the city from the water with a luxurious boat ride that includes dinner and live entertainment. There are several boat cruises in Dubai to choose from

  • The Dubai Mall

For families, The Dubai Mall is a must-visit, offering a variety of entertainment options, including an indoor theme park, the Dubai Ice Rink, and a cinema.

  • The Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is another family-friendly destination, where you can sniff the roses - literally - and witness the beauty of the world's largest flower garden at night.

If you only have a weekend or short stopover in Dubai, there are loads of fun attractions and must-sees. Try out our Dubai Stopover Pass to make the most of your time in this five-star city.

  • Burj Khalifa

To start your weekend, don't miss a trip up the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, where you can take in the stunning views of the city from the observation deck.

  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The world's largest indoor aquarium, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, features thousands of marine animals, makes a great afternoon adventure, and is located in the Dubai Mall.

  • Dubai Museum

If you want to experience a more traditional side of Dubai, you can visit the Dubai Museum located in the Al Fahidi Fort, which offers an insight into the rich culture and heritage of the city.

  • Dubai Old Town

Alternatively, you can explore the old town of Dubai, including the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk, and shop for traditional souvenirs.

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure

For adventure enthusiasts, why not experience the thrilling rides and attractions of the IMG Worlds of Adventure? This just happens to be world's largest indoor theme park, featuring Marvel and Cartoon Network-themed zones.

  • Dubai Creek Cruise

Finally, you can end your weekend or stopover in style with a luxury dinner cruise along the Dubai Creek, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city's skyline while indulging in delicious food and live entertainment.

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