Dubai (Arabic name: دبي) is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates and the administrative center of the Dubai Emirate of the same name, which annually attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.
Dubai is truly multifaceted; it is modern and historical at the same time, with incredible contrasts and combinations.
Buildings of various architectural styles are intertwined here, among which the world's ultra-modern skyscrapers dominate. Dubai has gardens and desert, beautiful beaches, islands and marina, fountains and the highest Ferris wheel in the world, museums and the "old town", luxury and abundance of places for shopping, as well as entertainment for guests of all ages.
This article provides a complete list of attractions, museums, parks, significant objects and interesting places in Dubai. And also how to get to Dubai, to the hotel, attractions and entertainment.
Dubai attractions, museums, entertainment and parks
The beaches of Dubai are an integral part of most people's holidays.
Dubai has a large number of beaches spread out on the coast of the Persian Gulf, both in the mainland part of the city and on Bluewaters Island, the Palm and Mir archipelagos.
Dubai has both free beaches with all amenities and infrastructure, as well as beach clubs, paid beaches and hotel beaches
The beaches of Dubai are distinguished: Kite Beach, Um Suqeim Beaches, Jumeirah Beaches, La Mer Beaches, Mamzar Corniche Beach, Mamzar Lagoon Beach, Beach Al Mamzar Park, beaches in the Dubai Marina area, including Private, the beach of Madinat Jumeirah hotels, the beaches of Bluewaters Island and the beaches of the Palm Jumeirah archipelago.
Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah - the best hotels
Where else but in the Emirates, and especially in Dubai, hotels can also be a kind of attractions, some of which have become iconic symbols of the emirate.
luxury 5-star resort Burj al Arab (Arabic name: برج العرب, which means "Tower of the Arabs") with a height of 321 meters (1,050 feet), which is one of the tallest buildings in the world and is used exclusively as a hotel.
The building architecturally imitates the sail of a boat and is also known as the "Sail of Dubai". This hotel has become a symbol of Dubai, and restaurants with panoramic views of Dubai and suites of the hotel make it worthy of the label "The world's only seven-star hotel".
Burj Al Arab stands on its own artificial island and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
At the hotel: helipad, spa, infinity pools with seating areas and sun loungers, private nearby beach, restaurants, bars and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai, which is located near the hotel.
The suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Persian Gulf. Amenities include: speaker system, free Wi-Fi, widescreen interactive HD TV, coffee machine, mini-bar, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
5-star resort complex Madinat Jumeirah (Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort - Dubai), which is the largest resort in the Emirate, spread over more than 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens.
The complex is designed in the style of a traditional Arab city and consists of three 5-star boutique resort hotels (Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A'Salam) and a courtyard of summer houses called Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf.
The resort is located on a private coastline with a sandy beach. The resort has more than 40 restaurants and bars, lounges, terraces, swimming pools, ponds, gardens, golf, tennis, children's clubs, a spa center and other amenities.
Downtown Dubai: Burj Khalifa, fountains, lake, park, shopping mall and aquarium
Downtown Dubai is a large-scale mixed-use complex in the center of Dubai, which houses the main attractions of the city, including the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai Mall, a park with a lake and the famous Dubai fountain, a promenade, an aquarium, Opera Dubai and a fashionable boulevard.
Burj Khalifa Skyscraper
Burj Khalifa (Arabic name: برج خليفة) also known as the Dubai Tower - a skyscraper in Dubai, which at the time of construction (2010) was the tallest in the world, but now it has competitors.
This ultra-tall skyscraper has a height of 828 meters (2,717 feet) and 163 floors, and its architecture was inspired by the structure of the Hymenocallis desert flower. The skyscraper is named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Inside the skyscraper are located: offices, Armani hotel, apartments, restaurants, bars, rooftop pool, gym, spa and shops.
The skyscraper also has 360-degree observation decks with an outdoor terrace, located on the 124-125 and 148 floors (at an altitude of 456 meters / 1483 feet and 585 meters / 1821 feet). Visits to the observation rooms are paid. Website: burjkhalifa.ae.
The 5-star Armani Hotel Dubai occupies 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa.
In the hotel: restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and direct access to the Dubai Mall.
In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, minibar, safe, bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
Dubai Musical Fountain, Park and Lake Burj
Near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper there is a Burj Khalifa Park with a series of artificial reservoirs (Lake Burj) with an area of more than 120,000 sq.m. and the famous Dubai water-jet fountains on Lake Burj.
Fountains show an exciting water, music and light performance. This is the tallest fountain in the world, whose water jets soar into the air to a height of up to 150 meters; and this happens under the lights and sounds of melodies ranging from classical to modern Arabic and European motifs. The fountain has a unique design consisting of five circles of different sizes and two arches.
You can go for a boat ride on Fountain Lake. You can also purchase a ticket for a seat in the first row (on the floating platform of the fountain) during the fountain show.
Dubai Mall Shopping Center
Dubai Mall is a large shopping and entertainment center, which is the most famous in the Emirates and one of the largest in the world.
In the shopping center: shops, boutiques, cinema, restaurants and catering areas, VR Park Dubai virtual reality amusement park, Dubai Dino zone with a diplodocus fossil (a large dinosaur with a long neck), Hysteria Dubai Mall haunted house, KidZania children's zone, Olympic-sized ice rink and free Wi-Fi.
Dubai Mall also has more than 70 branded stores on a special street "Fashion Avenue".
Dubai Mall Website: thedubaimall.com.
In addition, the Dubai Mall is adjacent to 5-star premium hotel Address Dubai Mall with a restaurant, bar, spa, 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.
Breakfast may be included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
Near the Dubai Mall there is an Arabic-style shopping center "Souk Al Bahar".
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo) are the centerpiece of the Dubai Mall.
This is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Dubai Aquarium, which holds 10 million liters of water, illuminates the wonders of the ocean floor and demonstrates one of the most diverse collections of marine animals in the world.
The Dubai Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, including sharks and rays. Its heart is a 270-degree acrylic walk-through tunnel that provides incredible encounters with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet.
The underwater zoo is located above the aquarium and offers an interactive approach to teaching children and visitors about the ecology and sustainability of marine life.
Entrance to the aquarium is paid.
Dubai Aquarium Website: thedubaiaquarium.com.
Dubai Opera (دار دبي للأوبرا) is a multi-format performing arts center with 2,000 seats. The venue hosts a wide range of performances from around the world, including theater, opera, ballet, concerts, musicals, comedy shows, banquets and various seasonal events.
The Dubai Opera Building is designed to resemble a dhow, a traditional sailing vessel, in the "bow" of the structure of which there is the main stage of the opera, an orchestra and seating, and in the elongated "hull" there are waiting areas, taxi drop-off areas and parking. The building has a restaurant with a view of the Burj Khalifa.
There are guided tours of the opera house.
Dubai Opera Website: dubaiopera.com.
Dubai Frame and Zabil Park
Dubai Frame or Dubai Frame (برواز دب) is a cult architectural landmark located in Zabeel Park (حديقة زعبيل) in Dubai.
This building, with a height of 150.24 meters and a width of 95.53 meters, resembles a frame for a painting or photograph.
There are small exhibitions in the building, and on the upper platform there is an observation deck with views of the two worlds of Dubai: The old Dubai is in the north and the modern city is in the south. A feature of the observation room is the central part of the floor, which becomes transparent when you step on it. Elevators lift guests to the observation deck.
The park itself, in which the frame is located, is one of the largest and most visited in the city, and contains various places for recreation and sports.
The ascent to the frame is paid. Children under 3 years old - free of charge. There are discounted tickets.
Dubai Frame Website: dubaiframe.ae.
Photo of Zabeel Park
Old Dubai: Al Bastakiya, Al Shindagha, Dubai Museum and Shrines
Al Bastakiya or Al Fahidi and Al Shindagha are Dubai's historic heritage neighborhoods with narrow streets, traditional architecture, historic buildings, watchtowers, museums, landmarks and mosques.
The construction of Al-Bastakiya dates back to the 1890s. Subsequently, part of the district was demolished, while the other was preserved and restored.
Today, this area is one of the main attractions in Dubai. There are narrow streets, buildings with wind towers, there are museums, a gallery of modern art, a coffee museum cafe and an Arab tea house cafe, designed taking into account the old heritage of Dubai residents, and where traditional Arabic dishes are presented.
Near the Al-Bastakiya district (just to the west) is the most visited and famous museum of the city - the Dubai Museum, located in the fort Al-Fahidi, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
The museum tells about the fort, history, cultural heritage and the traditional way of life of the Emirate of Dubai. There are local antiques, artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai, as well as several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil.
Museum website: dubaiculture.gov.ae.
From 1912 to 1958, the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, lived in this area. His reconstructed residence is now open to the public as the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House Museum, which houses artifacts and exhibits distributed along the wings of the building as follows: "The History of the House of Saeed Al Maktoum", "The Al Maktoum Family", "Old Dubai", "Sea Life", "View from Dubai", "Public Life of Dubai", "Coins and Stamps", "Historical documents and maps".
The Archaeological Museum of Saruq Al Hadid (Saruq Al Hadid Archeology Museum), located in a historic building with a courtyard, built in 1928 and once owned by Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. It is one of the best preserved examples of traditional architecture in Dubai, built from local materials such as coral stone, gypsum and chandala wood. The museum itself tells the story of one of the most fascinating and mysterious archaeological sites ever discovered in the emirate - Saruk al-Hadid - "The Way of Iron" - a remote section of the desert, which about three thousand years ago was the center of metalworking. Website: saruq-al-hadid.
The Crossroads of Civilizations Museum, whose artifacts reflect the diversity and tolerance of cultures, beliefs and religions; embodying the heritage of Dubai and the UAE as part of global trade routes and cultural exchange between Europe, Africa and Asia. Website: themuseum.ae.
Between the blocks are notable:
- The Grand Mosque with the highest 70-meter minaret in Dubai in the Anatolian architectural style, reminiscent of a lighthouse. The mosque was originally built in 1900, then demolished and rebuilt in 1960;
- The Iranian Mosque Hosainia, originally erected in 1979 and attracting attention with Persian architecture and facing with blue tiles with floral patterns.
Dubai Creek (Dubai Bay)
Dubai Creek or Dubai Bay is a U-shaped partially natural marine body of water in Dubai, which is a tourist destination for cruises and walks.
Along the bay there are modern and "old" buildings, there are parks, as well as areas for walking and recreation.
Pleasure boats, ferries and abras run along Dubai Creek - traditional wooden boats that are used to transport people across the Dubai Bay between the water station in Al-Shindag (Al-Qubaiba Pier, Al Ghubaiba Marine) on the side of the Bur Dubai district and the station on the side of the Deira district. The Abras are sent every few minutes. The fare is 1 dirham, which is paid to the driver of the ferry boat.
Deira district: attractions, museums, Gold Market and Spice Market
Deira (Arabic name: ديرة) is a historically significant area in the city of Dubai, located in the northern part of the Dubai Gulf.
It is one of the oldest and most developed areas of Dubai, whose origin dates back to the mid-1700s.
In the area: the embankment, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, a large number of religious buildings, from centuries-old golden and spicy bazaars to ancient structures; the Deira City Centre shopping center, and the Deira Clocktower, which is now an outstanding monument of Deira.
Among the bazaars, the most popular are the Golden Bazaar and the Spice Market. There are artificial islands near the shores of Deira.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Al Mamzar Beach Park is a smart park and one of the beach parks, which is characterized by an extensive area of more than 99 hectares.
There are several recreation and entertainment areas with swimming pools, beach areas, barbecue areas, a children's playground, bicycle rental and a cafe.
Al Mamzar Park is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, in the residential area of Al Mamzar along the Corniche and Al Mamzar Bay.
Etihad Museum is a museum of the history of the UAE, which collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United Arab Emirates in social, political and cultural fields.
The museum houses numerous objects and artifacts: from old passports and personal artifacts of the rulers of the Emirates, to the signing of the UAE constitution and the first declaration.
The museum is located in a modern building.
Museum website: etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.gov.ae.
The first version of the UAE Constitution with six signatures of the seven founding Fathers of the UAE
The Jumeirah Mosque (Arabic name: مسجد جميرا) is a large mosque with two minarets, which is one of the most significant and most touristically visited in Dubai.
The mosque was built in 1976-1979 and was a gift from the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai.
The mosque has a traditional Fatimid style that came from Syria and Egypt.
The mosque can be visited with an excursion for people of any religion. The visit is paid and includes light Emirati snacks.
Museum of the Future
The Museum of The Future is an exhibition space for innovative and futuristic ideologies, services and products, presenting expositions about how Dubai will look in the future and what it strives for in all spheres of life.
The museum building is one of the most complex structures in the world. The exterior facade consists of windows that form an Arabic poem by the ruler of Dubai about the future of the emirate. The words written on the Dubai Museum of the Future are 3 quotes from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates:
• We won't live for hundreds of years, but we can create something that will exist for hundreds of years
• The future will be for those who will be able to imagine, design and build it, the future does not wait, the future can be designed and built today
• The secret of the renewal of life, the development of civilization and the progress of mankind in one word: innovation
The quotes engraved in Arabic calligraphy on the Museum of the Future in Dubai were written by Emirati artist Matar bin Lahej.
The Emirates Towers (Arabic name: أبراج الإمارات) is a complex of two skyscrapers on the Sheikh Zayed Highway in Dubai.
The complex consists of the 54-storey Emirates office Tower (354.6 meters) and the 56-storey Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel (309 meters). The towers are connected by a two-storey shopping complex known as the Boulevard. The entire complex of towers and a shopping gallery is known as the Emirati Towers.
5-star Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel has rooms and suites, restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa and night club. Some rooms offer panoramic views of Dubai. Breakfast may be included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
The Green Planet
The Green Planet is a bio-dome, a tropical indoor rain forest inhabited by more than 3,000 plants and animals.
Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel and Bluewaters Island
Ain Dubai is the largest and tallest Ferris wheel in the world, with a height of 250 meters and located on the artificial island of Bluewaters.
The wheel makes a full circle in about 38 minutes.
The wheel has 48 capsules and provides stunning panoramic views of the city of Dubai and beyond.
In addition to the Ferris wheel, Bluewaters Island has beaches, entertainment, hotel, residential and shopping areas.
The island stands out 5-star Caesars Palace Dubai Resort with private beach, a green area, swimming pools, a spa center, a restaurant, a bar and a playground for active recreation. The suites of the hotel offer sea views. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
Dubai Marina (Arabic name: مرسى دب) is an area in Dubai, which is an artificial city with a marina on the canals, built on a 3-kilometer stretch of the coastline of the Persian Gulf.
You can travel along the Dubai Marina canals by water bus, which is a public urban transport (the site is listed at the end of this article, in the section "how to get there").
The area includes residential towers and villas located on a public coastline with beaches, hotels, restaurants, shops, a promenade, a modern shopping and entertainment center "Dubai Marina Mall" and other infrastructure.
There is also a zipline (xLine Dubai Marina) with a length of 1 kilometer, positioned as the "longest urban zipline", which connects Dubai Marina with the Dubai Marina shopping center. Website: xdubai.com.
From accommodation facilities to Dubai Marina
5-star resort The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai with private beach
Palm Islands or Palm Islands are two artificial archipelagos in the form of palm trees crowned with a crescent: Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali, located on the coast of Dubai and having beaches, villas and complexes, hotels, as well as entertainment and other public infrastructure.
Palm Jumeirah includes: roads, promenades, beaches, Ittihad Park, hotels and resorts, private residences, Club Vista Mare, cafes, restaurants, shops , Nakheel Mall shopping and entertainment center, Aquaventure Waterpark, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dolphin Bay dolphinarium, as well as The Palm Fountain, dancing and luminous, located right on the sea surface.
On Palm Jumeirah, it is worth highlighting the Palm Tower building, in which are located:
- 360-degree observation deck "The View at The Palm" with an outdoor terrace at the height of the 52nd floor (240 meters) Palm Tower. In the tourist attraction of the observation deck there is a cafe and an exhibition. Website: theviewpalm.ae;
- panoramic 360-degree observation pool "AURA SKYPOOL Dubai" with a terrace, sun beds, lounge and bar, located on the 50th floor of the Palm Tower. Website: auraskypool.com.
From accommodation facilities on Palm Jumeirah
5-star resort hotel Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort with exclusive sandy beach
5-star resort hotel Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah in the palace style, with a private beach and garden
5-star beach resort Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites - Ultra All Inclusive with all-inclusive service
5-star resort hotel Atlantis, The Palm with a private sandy beach
5-star resort hotel Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah with a private beach
5-star hotel The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, located in the Palm Tower and with panoramic pools
Villa LUX - The Ocean Pearl Villa with 4 bedrooms
Villa LUX The White Palm Villa with 5 bedrooms
Flower Park (Dubai Miracle Garden)
The Park of Flowers or the Garden of Wonders (Dubai Miracle Garden) is a garden with vertical and horizontal landscaping, in which various figures, patterns and sculptures are created from flowers and greenery.
This is one of the iconic creations of Dubai. The total area of the park is 72,000 sq.m. and consists of 150 million flowers arranged in the form of colorful arches and patterns.
Every year the park pleases its guests with new floral masterpieces.
The park is open to visitors from October to April.
The park also hosts holidays and events; there are cafes, shops and toilets.
Entrance to the park is paid.
Next to the flower garden is the Dubai Butterfly Garden, which is home to more than 15,000 butterflies of 45 species of various sizes and colors.
The Butterfly Garden in Dubai is the largest of its kind in the world.
The garden consists of ten domes with an area of about 6,673 sq.m. Each dome is filled with thousands of beautiful winged creatures.
The World Islands are an artificial archipelago of numerous islands that roughly resemble a world map in general shape, and where the islands are named after a country.
The size of the islands varies from 14 thousand to 83 thousand m2, and the width of the straits between them is from 50 to 100 meters with a depth of 8 to 16 meters.
The archipelago is located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 4 kilometers from the coastline of Dubai.
Some of the islands are private with residences, while the other is resort and commercial. There are beaches and hotels on the islands.
Unlike the archipelagos of Palma, the Mir Islands are not connected to the mainland by bridges, and they can only be reached by water or air.
The Lebanon Island has a beach club with beaches, a pool, a lounge, bars and a restaurant. Website: theisland.ae.
And on the other island is 5-star Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort with rooms and villas, beach, garden, terrace, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, spa, fitness center, free bike rental, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk. Breakfast is included in the price of rooms and villas. Ссылка на отель
Zabeel Palace is the residence of the sheikh, made in Arabic style with a beautiful garden where peacocks walk.
Tourists are not allowed on the territory of the palace, you can only walk along the nearby palm alley, admire the outer walls of the palace and peacocks. The gates to the residence are decorated with a monumental arch with sculptures of five horses.
However, an outside view of the palace is included in some tours of Dubai.
La Perle Show
La Perle (which means "Pearl") is a world-class circus and theatrical art show, for which an immersive theater with an aquascene was built, which is filled with water and drained in a matter of seconds.
The show "La Perle" was created by the world-famous artistic director Franco Dragone and is dedicated to the ancient tradition of pearl mining in the UAE, as well as the present and the future. During the show, gymnasts perform tricks - jumping into the water from a 25-meter height and flying under the dome, and motorcyclists in a metal ball will perform a supernumber. All this is accompanied by special effects of light, fire and water, and beautiful costumes of the artists.
Some say that if you think Cirque du Soleil is the best, then you just haven't been to La Perla!
The duration of the show is 90 minutes.
The theater's website: laperle.com.
The theater is located in the Al Habtoor Cit complex, which also includes restaurants, cafes, shops, 5-star Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts with rooftop pools, 5-star V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton with panoramic city views and 5-star Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City with terrace and outdoor pool.
Dubai Park and Resort (theme park complex and family resort)
Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest integrated complex of theme parks in the Middle East with various attractions, entertainment and show programs, which consists of three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai, as well as the Legoland Water Park.
Tickets must be purchased to visit the parks. There are tickets to visit one of the parks or complex, to visit several parks at once.
The complex also includes the Riverland Dubai area with themed shops, restaurants, a promenade, a peninsula, the Gateway of India and a stylized French village. You can get to this part of the complex without buying tickets to the parks.
There is also an outlet center "Outlet Village" near the parks.
Park complex website: dubaiparksandresorts.com.
Hotels are also located on the territory of the complex of parks
4-star Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection with a Polynesian theme.
At the hotel: restaurants, bar, swimming pools, spa, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, rooms, suites and villas with a balcony or terrace.
The hotel provides access to amusement parks.
The room rate may include: breakfast or breakfast + dinner. Link to the hotel
4-star LEGOLAND Hotel Dubai with swimming pool, restaurant, bar, free private parking, bar and garden.
Guests can book family rooms, suites and relax on the terrace. The hotel provides access to amusement parks.
The room rate includes: breakfast or breakfast + dinner. Link to the hotel
3-star Hotel Rove At The Park located near the Outlet Center.
At the hotel: swimming pool, lounge, restaurant, Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness center, games area, free parking, free bike rental, luggage storage, 24-hour front desk and family rooms.
A free shuttle service is provided to the amusement park, Outlet Village Shopping Center, French Village and RTA Bus Station.
Breakfast may be included in the room rate. Link to the hotel
Dubai Water Park
Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai is an open-air water park located in the Jumeirah area.
The water park has a heated and cooled wave pool, water slides, two artificial surf machines, an 18-meter (59-foot) waterfall that falls every ten minutes, a river, tunnels, a play area for children, as well as souvenir shops, restaurants and snack bars.
Entrance to the water park is paid. The entrance fee is set depending on the height of the person. Free access for children under three years old. There are different types of tickets.
Aquapark website: jumeirah.com/en/wild-wadi.
Global Village is a cultural, entertaining, family and shopping place.
Carnivals, shows, concerts, fireworks and other events are held in the village, there are also entertainment areas and attractions, craft shops, shops, restaurants and cafes. All this has been created in various thematic pavilions reflecting different countries and cultures.
The village is open annually from September to April.
Adventure Worlds Park
Worlds of Adventure (IMG Worlds of Adventure) is a large indoor amusement park with several themed areas (including Marvel and for the youngest guests) with attractions, a haunted hotel, shops, restaurants and cinemas.
Ski resort (Emirates Shopping Complex)
Sky Dubai is an indoor ski center with artificial snow and a ski area.
The ski resort is part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.
The complex is an 85-meter covered mountain with slopes of varying difficulty and lifts. There is a ski school.
Adjacent to the slopes is the Snow Park playground, which includes sledding trails, an ice slide, climbing towers, an ice cave, a zipline and other entertainment.
Penguins live in Sky Dubai, which are released from their enclosures at certain times and with whom you can "chat".
Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the entrance fee. The complex maintains an average temperature of -4°C.
Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari Park, may be known as Dubai Zoo, is home to about 3,000 animals from around the world, including various predators and primates, 50 species of reptiles, 111 species of birds, amphibians and invertebrates.
The park is divided into several thematic zones: explorer village, safari in the Arabian desert, Asian village, African village, children's farm and Wadi village recreation area.
There are several cafes on the territory, there are souvenir shops; also, depending on the schedule, you can get to various shows.
Entrance to the safari park is paid. There are different types of tickets.
The Glowing Garden (Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai Garden Glow) is a complex park in Dubai, consisting of:
- park of luminous installations in the open air with several zones;
- Dinosaur Park with models of more than 120 large dinosaurs that move and roar;
- ice Park, in which animals and figures are made of ice;
- Magic Park, which includes the art of science, with funny exhibits, optical illusions and 3D works of art;
- Art Park, which demonstrates identity and imagination in the form of a variety of creations.
Creek Park with dolphinarium and children's town
Creek Park is a coastal park that stretches along the Dubai Bay.
The park includes a variety of entertainment and recreational facilities, such as playgrounds for children, green spaces, a promenade, picnic and barbecue areas, as well as the important Dubai Dolphinarium (Dubai Dolphinarium) and a Children's Town (Children's City).
Dubai Dolphinarium is a fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium where dolphins and fur seals live, and guests can observe and interact with them through live performances and photo shoots. Dolphinarium website: dubaidolphinarium.ae.
The children's Town is an educational center with an interactive platform, galleries, exhibitions and shows designed for children from 2 to 15 years old.
Entrance to the Creek Park is paid. Children under 2 years old - free of charge. The entrance fee to the park does not include the entrance fee to the Dubai Dolphinarium and the Children's Playground.
Mushrif Park with interactive village and rope park
Mushrif Park is one of the oldest major parks in Dubai, established in 1974.
Mushrif Park has a vegetation zone and a global interactive village, which is a kind of open-air museum, including 13 models of typical buildings and structures from Arab and foreign countries: from Dutch mills and English houses to Polynesian temples and Indian wigwams.
The park also has alpine slides, rock gardens, fountains and artificial reservoirs, playgrounds for children, bike paths, picnic areas and the largest rope park in Dubai - Aventura (Aventura Park) with trails of varying difficulty; there is an equestrian club, several swimming pools, one of which is designed for women.
Mushrif Park provides for the possibility of holding concerts and entertainment events on its territory, for which there is a special outdoor theater, and in the evenings visitors can admire colorful light and laser shows.
Entrance to the Mushrif Park is paid. Children under 2 years old - free of charge. The entrance fee to the park does not include fees for swimming pools and a rope park.
Safa Park is located in the Bur Dubai area.
In the park: places for walking and recreation, children's playgrounds, a park theater, a basketball court and a lake where you can go boating.
Entrance to the Safa Park is paid. Children under 2 years old - free of charge.
The Quranic Park is divided into green areas consisting of 12 orchards and greenhouses for growing 51 species of plants mentioned in the Holy Quran, including: bananas, pomegranates, olives, watermelons, grapes, figs, garlic, onion, corn, lentils, wheat, cumin, ginger, dates, basil, pumpkin, cucumbers, etc.
Also in the park there is a lake, which represents the miracle of the staff of Moses – the serpent; and a cave of miracles, which includes all the miracles of the prophets, which are mentioned in the Holy Quran.
Entrance to the park is free. A fee is charged for visiting the greenhouse and the cave.
The Meydan Racecourse is a large racetrack with a modern open grandstand, where equestrian competitions are held.
The racetrack also serves as a business and conference center; includes a museum, golf courses and 5-star hotel The Meydan Hotel with lounge area in the lobby, restaurants, swimming pools, pool bar, sports bar, spa, fitness center and free Wi-Fi. The room rate may include: breakfast or breakfast + dinner. Link to the hotel
Dubai has a large number of golf courses, including Topgolf Dubai, Emirates Golf Club, The Els Club At Dubai Sport City and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club with 5-star hotel Park Hyatt Dubai with panoramic pool.
From luxury entertainment in Dubai, you can: fly by helicopter and admire the city from a height, go on a private sea cruise on a yacht with drinks and food, arrange a private tour or a tour of the city in a convertible or limousine, go on a VIP desert safari or night safari, and also go abroad the limits of Dubai, for example in Abu Dhabi, etc.
Luxury entertainment can be view and book here →
How to get
There are two major international airports in the city of Dubai itself, which regularly receive and send both international and regional flights. These are Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the north of the city and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in the south.
You can also fly to other airports in the UAE and from there get directly to Dubai. For example, in Abu Dhabi or Sharjah. Flights to the UAE →
From the airports to Dubai can be reached by public transport, taxi/ transfer or rented car.
Taxi / Transfer
Getting from airports and Dubai, as well as other places in the UAE, is most convenient and fastest by taxi. You can order a taxi / transfer in advance, even from home. When ordering a taxi at the airport, a driver will be waiting for you with a sign where your first and last name will be written. To order a taxi, it is enough to provide your flight data.
There are both taxis with a capacity of up to 4 people, and mini buses from 4 to 16 people.
You can also view transfers here →
The most convenient way to travel independently around Dubai and the Emirate as a whole is by car.
You can rent a car, from economy to premium class, in advance, even from home, the car will be waiting for you immediately upon arrival near the airport or elsewhere in the city.
By public transport from Dubai International Airport can be reached by metro or buses.
Dubai International Airport has two Dubai Metro Red Line stations. Trains depart from Terminals 1 and 3 of the airport. You can buy a ticket at the airport stations. The cost depends on how many zones you are going to drive through. The front car of each train belongs to the "golden class" (increased comfort) for a slightly higher fare; there is also a car only for women and children.
Buses arrive and depart from the parking lots opposite Terminals 1, 2 and 3 of the airport.
Al Maktoum Airport can be reached by bus.
Travel on public transport in Dubai is paid for with a Nol transport card (valid in the metro, buses, etc.), which must be purchased in advance; the cards are available in airport vending machines.
Conditions of travel and baggage transportation, fares, routes, stops, information about transport cards, etc., we recommend checking on the official website of Dubai public transport: rta.ae.
Travel insurance in the UAE is possible pick up and purchase here →
All accommodation facilities in Dubai (hotels, apartments, villas, etc.), including in the city center, near beaches or airports, as well as more remotely from those, can be view and book here