Dubai Tourist Attractions
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Dubai Tourist Attractions

Dubai has a variety of tourist attractions offering something for everyone, be it kids, women, energetic youths or seniors. The emirate is home to the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa, and the world's biggest shopping mall - Dubai Mall. Among famous Dubai tourist attractions include the historic sites, world-class amusement parks and shopping malls, modern architectural marvels, and of course its soft sandy beaches. Dubai also offers a wide range of adventure activities for tourists that include the beach and water sports, desert safaris, hot air ballooning, cruises, seaplane tours and helicopter sightseeing.

Al Fahidi Fort

Built in the year 1799, to protect the town from enemy attacks, Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest standing building in Dubai. Tourists can see the two big bronze cannons at the main gate, a large-sized dhow (traditional boat), and the traditional Arish (summer house) made entirely of palm leaves and fronds. The wind towers in Arish showcase the traditional way of cooling the hot desert winds. Dubai Museum is also located inside the fort, which showcases scenes of old dubai souks and traditional Bedouin life. These two are among the famous tourist attractions in Dubai, if you wish to explore the rich cultural heritage of the emirate. The fort is located on Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek.

Bastakia Quarter

Also called Bastakiya, Bastakia Quarter is one of the oldest sites in Dubai. Located on Bur Dubai side of the creek, the area is famous for its old mansions and wind towers. Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum is also located in Bastakia district.

Dubai also offers visitors with unique and exciting activities to indulge in, like desert safaris, wadi bashing, abra (water) ride, and helicopter sightseeing. For shopping lovers the famous gold, spice, and electronic souks (markets) offer memorable shopping experience.

Some of the must see Dubai tourist attractions are the recently opened Burj Khalifa, the world-renowned Burj Al Arab Hotel, Bur Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Beach, Grand Mosque Dubai, Dubai Creek, and the Dubai Mall.

Burj Khalifa - Truly a masterpiece of modern engineering, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. The tower measures over 828 meters (2716.5 ft) and now also boasts the world's highest restaurant At.mosphere situated on the 122nd floor at 442 metres (1350 ft) up in the sky. What's more, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck on Level 124 just for AED 100 (approx. $27) if booked online ( in advance. Undoubtedly, Burj Khalifa has emerged as the most popular tourist attraction in Dubai since its grand opening on 4 January 2010.

Burj Al Arab - Designed to resemble a sailing Arabian Dhow - a traditional Arab sailing vessel, the Burj Al Arab is rated as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Also regarded as the only 7 star hotel in the world, this all suite luxury hotel promises a lifetime experience for guests with its unmatched facilities and personalized services. The Burj Al Arab has emerged as the iconic symbol of Dubai and a not to miss tourist attraction in Dubai. You can enjoy this unforgettable luxury starting at AED 4118 (approx. $1121) per night if you book your room in advance. For those who can't afford to stay in Burj Al Arab, the best options to enjoy it to go for a breakfast (AED 250) at Sahn Eddar Restaurant located at first floor or enjoy an afternoon tea (AED 425 or $115) at Skyview Bar located on the 27th floor of the hotel. Don't forget to make an advance booking.

Other popular tourist spots in Dubai include Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum, The Bastakiya Quarters and Hatta Heritage Village. For shopping lovers, Dubai Gold Souk and the Dubai Mall is a must visit. For families and kids, Dubai has some world-class amusement parks. The Wild Wadi Water Park, Atlantis Marine & Waterpark and Aquaventure Water Park are some of the water theme parks in Dubai that have been attracting adventure lovers. Dubai also boasts beautiful and well maintained beaches. Among popular beaches in Dubai include the Jumeirah Beach, Palm Beach, Dubai Creekside Park, and Al Mamzar Beach Park.

Last Updated: 17 April 2012