Explore The Top 5 Dubai Tourist Attractions in 2021

Glamorous Dubai is the UAEs’ thriving holiday hub. The city of high-rises and dramatic shopping malls has morphed the city from a desert to a must-visit travel destination. Tourists from far and wide flock here for shopping, sunshine, and adventure. Need to know more about Dubai tourist attractions? Read this article.

Dubai is particularly famous for sightseeing attractions such as the Dubai Khalifa Tower (the world’s tallest man-made structure), world-class shopping malls fitted with gigantic aquariums, and state of the art indoor ski slopes.

Dubai also has a multitude of cultural, modern highlights, and exciting things to do. Learn more about top Dubai tourist attractions you do not want to miss while visiting the city.

Top 5 Dubai Tourist Attractions

Khalifa Dubai

Khalifa Dubai also is known as Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s center stage. It towers the city at 829.8 meters making it the tallest freestanding structure in the world. It’s a curious city’s point of interest. Most visitors fancy a trip to At The Top Burj Khalifa observation decks (levels 124 & 148). There’s no better way to soak in the expansive views of Dubai’s glitzy skyline than from the observation decks. Your journey to the top observation deck experience includes:

  •  A multimedia presentation of Dubai and the building of Dubai Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) 
  • Riding on a high-speed elevator that whizzes you up to At the Top Burj Khalifa observation decks. See Burj Khalifa at the top tickets.

Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa is: 

  • The building’s beautifully designed gardens highlighting winding walkways
  • Plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest dancing fountain

Khalifa Dubai

Dubai Mall

Step into Dubai’s premier mall that features:

  • Entry into the grand Burj Khalifa and the mammoth Dubai Aquarium
  • An  ice-skating rink
  • A gaming zone
  • A cinema complex
  • Endless shopping and dining options
  • Special events including live music and fashion shows
  • Annual Dubai Shopping Festival-Held in months of January and February 
  • Dubai Summer Surprises Festival-Held in months of July and August.

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Palm Jumeirah 

Palm Islands features 2 artificial islands:

  • The Palm Jumeirah
  • The Palm Jebel Ali

Palm Jumeirah is the most popular tourist destination in Dubai and the only completed Island. The island uniquely resembles a palm tree. The artificial archipelago is the epitome of beauty born out of land reclamation as it gracefully extends into the Persian Gulf. It’s also home to some of Dubai’s top tourist destinations including:

  • Atlantis the Palm
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Palm Jumeirah 

Dubai Museum 

Dubai’s excellent museum is located in the Al-Fahidi Fort that was built back in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort’s walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and bound together with lime. The upper floor highlights: Wooden poles and the ceiling is made from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.

Historically, the fort has served as: 

  • A residence for the ruling family
  • A seat of government, garrison, and prison. 
  • It’s currently the city’s premier museum
  • The museum’s entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai
  • A courtyard that is home to several traditional boats 
  • A palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower
  • A hall featuring weaponry and Emirati musical instruments. 
  • Display halls with exhibits and dioramas highlighting various aspects of traditional Emirati life. You will also find artifacts from the 3,000- to 4,000-year-old graves at the Al Qusais archaeological site.

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Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum ruled Dubai (from 1921 to 1958). He’s the grandfather to the current Dubai ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored into a museum that is a perfect symbol of the rich Arabian architecture.

The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed’s father. It was aimed at observing shipping activity from the balconies. Later it was demolished, and the current house rebuilt next to the original site. The new structure stayed true to the original design model by incorporating:

  • Carved teak doors
  • Wooden lattice screens across the windows
  • Gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs
  • Thirty rooms built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top

Inside the museum you’ll find:

  • Historical Photographs and Documents
  • Old photographs of Dubai from between 1948-1953. 
  • A marine wing with photos of fishing, pearling, and boat building 
  • Many letters, maps, coins, and stamps on display showing the many stages of the Emirate’s progress

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Dubai Frame 

Dubai Frame is among the latest Dubai tourist attractions. It offers a bridge in Dubai’s older neighborhoods around the creek and the city’s modern sprawl. The 150-meter-high picture frame takes you through a series of galleries that take you on a journey through the city’s history and the Emirati heritage. The frame’s Sky Deck gives you breathtaking panoramas of both old and new Dubai. 

To crown the Frame’s glory, Future Dubai gallery gives insight into a futuristic vision of the city. 

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The list of Dubai tourist attractions is inexhaustible and we have only scratched the surface.

The city offers something for everyone be it a family vacation or a getaway. Dubai is a pot of fun activities and attractions. Explore more attractions from our Dubai Tourism website

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