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Dubai is one of the seven emirates of UAE. It’s hard to believe that this place was actually a desert that was reclaimed and built over, with buildings and hotels that are grand and sprawling. The city has become symbolic for its largest shopping malls, picturesque man-made islands and sky-rise buildings.

When you plan to visit Dubai for the first time the obvious questions that come to your mind are what are the best places to visit in Dubai and what to do in Dubai. You will be pleased to know that there are numerous interesting places to visit in Dubai and things to do in Dubai, which makes the city a traveler’s delight.


October to April is an ideal time to visit Dubai owing to its pleasant weather condition. If you are planning to do some shopping, January and February would be the best time as you will be treated to some exclusive deals during Dubai Shopping Festival.


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The usual choice to start exploring Dubai is Downtown Dubai, home to the mega-attractions. Burj Khalifa which is recognized as the world’s tallest building is certainly among the best places to visit in Dubai. Standing at a height of 828 meters and comprising of 160 stories, this spectacular structure is known as an architecture marvel of the world and is among the best Dubai attractions. The three Sky Lobbies are connected to each other by express elevators. The dramatic instrumental music played in these elevators reminds you of an adventure movie. The tower is built in such a manner that it allows every apartment to have the best view of the city. Burj Khalifa should be foremost on your list of things to do in Dubai.

Other Dubai attractions not be missed are The Dubai Mall, world’s largest mall having 1200 shops and Dubai fountain, beautifully illuminated world’s largest fountain that shoots water up to 150 meters in the air.

Dubai Souks

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If you wish to get the traditional taste of Dubai, a visit to Dubai souks should be on your top priority among Dubai tourist places. You will get a glimpse of how Dubai was before the development and high rises. Dubai Souks are located in the older part of the city called Deira and can be reached through a boat ride across the Dubai Creek. The Spice Souk is an old style but well-maintained marketplace selling every spice, dry fruit and tea that you could imagine. Adjacent to the Spice Souk is a place called Gold Souk which is literally an oasis for jewelry lovers. The sheer showcase of opulent jewelry makes it among the top places to visit in Dubai. On display at Gold Souk is the world’s largest ring which is valued at $3 Million. Dubai Souks have been consistently included in experts list of top 10 things to do in Dubai.

Shopping in Dubai

Shopping is a major draw for Dubai tourism and is known as a shoppers’ paradise for a reason. Dubai boasts of some of the best shopping destinations in the world including the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall. High-end fashion labels, old Arabian themed souks, aromatic perfumes, shopping malls invite you to a shopping experience like never before.

Beaches in Dubai

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Once you are done with your shopping you can hit the beaches, considered to be the best spots for relaxation in Dubai. The city has many well-maintained beaches with great facilities. Jumeirah Beach Park is a popular place with landscaped kid’s areas, clean beach and BBQ spots. Nasimi Beach is another great place to enjoy.

Theme Parks in Dubai

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A lot of exciting activities in Dubai can be experienced at some of the best theme parks in the world. You can choose the activities in Dubai based on your preference - Meet your favourite Hollywood characters at Motiongate Dubai, let the little ones bring their imagination to life at Legoland, experience heart racing fun at IMG World of Adventure or enjoy an evening at Bollywood inspired theme park. If you are ski lover, you should definite visit Ski Dubai, a recreated skiing space sprawling over 22,500 square kilometers.

Dubai City Tours

Dubai City Tours is an ideal way to explore Dubai attractions, the historic as well as the swanky side of Dubai. Easy access with metro, hop-on-hop-off bus tours, guided tours are the best options to explore Dubai tourist places.

Adventure in Dubai

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No trip to Dubai is complete without going into the wild desert and taking a desert safari. Desert Safari is definitely among the top 10 things to do in Dubai. During the ride, you will be thrown about in your 4x4 Land Cruiser which is bound to give you great adrenaline rushes. You must also visit Bedouin camp which is a popular Dubai attraction. Here, you can ride a camel, go sand boarding and have dinner while watching fire jugglers and belly dancers.

Dubai 2020

Wondering what to do in Dubai in 2020? A lot, we must say. A host of events are lined up for Dubai 2020, leaving you with enough choices to plan your travel accordingly. Some of the major events in Dubai 2020 include Dubai Shopping Festival 2020, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, Dubai Desert Classic Golf, Dubai Food Festival, Dubai World Cup Horse Race and Dubai International Film Festival.

Stay in Dubai

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Another question that comes to the mind of a first-time traveler is where to stay in Dubai or which is the best place to stay in Dubai. Downtown Dubai has been the preferred area for visitors as it is near to the major Dubai attractions and has some of the best hotels like DAMAC Maison. If you are looking for a luxury stay at an affordable price then DAMAC Hotel Apartments is an ideal choice and considered by many as one of the best places to stay In Dubai.

Culinary delights of Dubai

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Dubai tourism is incomplete without exploring its culinary delights. If you are a foodie and searching for the best dinner in Dubai, the city gives you plenty of options. It is considered a foodies’ paradise with top international chefs opening up restaurants and eateries. Luxury Hotels like DAMAC Maison have their own dining areas providing multi-cuisine options for its guests. These restaurants are known to serve some of the best meals in Dubai.

Hopefully, this article was able to answer common questions like what to see in Dubai, what to do in Dubai and where to stay in Dubai. For any further assistance please feel free to call our travel desk at DAMAC Maison.