Known for being one of the most luxurious and innovative cities in the Middle East – and, certainly, worldwide – Dubai is so famous that it is often mistaken for an entire country. But Dubai is much more than luxurious hotels, cool malls, and sunny beaches open year-round. Having transformed itself from desert into the metropolitan, multicultural city it is today in only thirty years, it still retains its traditional charm.
Here are 5 places you don’t wanna miss on your next trip to Dubai, from the luxurious and glamorous to traditional and cultural spots.
1. Burj Al Arab
Built on a man-made island, the hotel boasts opulent interiors, crafted in 24-carat gold, a Swarovski crystal ceiling intended to represent the galaxy, and an (unofficial) 7-star rating. Guests are even provided with a pillow menu, from which they can choose up to 17 different types of pillows to sleep on. In addition, each guest is provided with their own personal butler to service their every need. The hotel represents a degree of extravagance and majesty that you’d find only in Dubai – so it’s definitely worth adding to your must-see list.
2. Burj Khalifa
Named after Sheikh Khalifa, the country’s ruler, Burj Khalifa is known for being the world’s tallest building. 829.8 metres tall, Burj Khalifa is among Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions.
A trip to the building’s observation deck on the 124th floor will provide you with a magnificent overhead view of the city’s winding, busy roads and bustling vibe in the daytime, and its enchanting panorama of city lights in the evening.
Regardless of what time of day you choose to visit, Burj Khalifa is a destination that simply cannot be skipped when in Dubai
3. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is one of the city’s highlights, with lots of attractions for anyone, of any age, background, and interest. For families, the Dubai Aquarium is a fun, fascinating attraction – while Kidzania, located on the second floor, is perfect for little ones. The Dancing Fountains, located just outside the mall, are another attraction not to be missed for individuals and families alike. While watching them, you can also get a beautiful outsider’s view of the Burj Khalifa.
The mall is also home to Fashion Avenue, a high-end shopping outlet with over 80 prestigious designer stores, alongside the Gold Souk, where you can find glittering jewels, necklaces, and earrings to your liking. All of this alongside an abundance of other restaurants, stores, cafes, and more, for those who love to explore without a specific agenda.
4. Al Bastakiya District
Though the majority of the places on this list provide the grandeur that Dubai is best known for, not all travelers come to Dubai to explore the city’s luxury. For some, it is Dubai’s rich culture and history that attracts them. And if that sounds like you, Al Bastakiya is one place you cannot miss. The district’s Grand Mosque and lively old souks tell of the city’s historical origins, while its many restaurants provide Emirati cuisine. Dinner is customarily followed by a slice of date cake and a cup of Arabic coffee, called gahwa… delicious! The Al Bastakiya District offers an opportunity to experience the nation’s culture first-hand and enjoy its rich historical legacy.
5. Global Village
Global Village – a theme park wherein each country of the world is granted a pavilion, selling cultural delicacies, accessories, and artwork – is the perfect summary of Dubai’s multicultural nature. For visitors interested in learning about the different cultures that make up Dubai, Global Village is an immersive and international experience – offering the cultural education and enjoyment you need to feel right at home amidst the city’s multicultural society.