Dubai is a great place for a family holiday.
Dubai has attractions for everybody – the kids, the middle-aged adults and the elderly.
If you are planning a Dubai vacation, check out our list of most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.
We have also provided the links from where you can buy Skip the Link tickets for the various local attractions.
1. Off-Road Tours in Dubai
How can you visit Dubai and not indulge in an off-roading experience?
There are many ways you can off-road in Dubai but the two most popular are: The desert safari and dune buggy safari.
In both safaris you go desert dune bashing, sand boarding and sand skiing.
You can also combine this amazing thing to do in Dubai with a nice BBQ dinner.
2. Burj Al Arab
Situated on an artificial island, Burj Al Arab is one of the most extraordinary hotels in the world.
More than a hotel it is the face of modern Dubai. If you can afford it, you must pay a visit.
3. The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall and entertainment destination.
It attracts more than 100 million visitors every year.
This larger than life mall has everything which falls under the category of shopping, entertainment, and fashion.
4. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) tall, Burj Khalifa is 3 times as tall as Eiffel Tower and twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
It is Dubai’s pride and you must not skip this tourist attraction during your visit.
If you are planning to visit Burj Khalifa for the sunset views, do give yourself enough time for that is the busiest hour and there are numerous security checks.
If you want to go up the World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, you have four options listed below:
124th & 125th floors of Burj Khalifa
When in Dubai, the best thing to do is go to dazzling heights Burj Khalifa. Take the fast elevator to Floor number 124 and look down on the World. The spectacular views are sure to give you a high.
124th & 125th floors of Burj Khalifa + a snack
Or you can decide to do one extra. After you look down at the World from floors 124 and 125 of Burj Khalifa you can have a trademark coffee and a pastry at the cafe downstairs.
Once you buy this ticket, the coffee and the pastry will be on the house.
Visit 124th, 125th & 148th floors
Some love to go beyond where the others have been. If you belong to this category, you may prefer the VIP ticket to go beyond floors 124 and 125 of Burj Khalifa.
With this ticket, you will have access to the 148th-floor lounge.
Not to mention the guided orientation and complimentary drink on arrival.
124th, 125th floors + Dubai Aquarium
If you are traveling with kids, we strongly recommend going for this option.
Families with kids always double up their excitement at this Dubai attraction by opting for the Aquarium.
With more than 30,000 fish, and hundreds of sharks, this watery kingdom is yours to be won.
5. The Dubai Fountain
When you are in Dubai, you can’t afford to miss The Dubai Fountains.
This is the most popular thing to do in Dubai. Set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest dancing fountain system.
These fountains perform every evening for 30 minutes on classical, Arabic and world music.
6. Ferrari World in Dubai (Yas Island)
Ferrari World in Yas Island is a little further off but you can’t visit Dubai and not step into the World of this Italian car maker.
This Dubai tourist attraction is within an hour’s drive from the city.
It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park in the world and has everything for all age groups.
It hosts the world’s fastest rollercoaster, racing simulators, live shows and lots of other attractions.
7. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai.
Situated in the up-market beach area of Jumeirah it is the only mosque in Dubai which is open to non-Muslim guests.
This white stone mosque can hold 1,200 worshippers at the same time.
Do visit a tour hosted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and learn about the Emirati culture and religion.
8. La Perle Live Show
La Perle Live Show happens at a theatre built in the heart of Al Habtoor City.
The show features 65 international artists who act, and perform aquatic and aerial stunts to mesmerize the audience.
This is one of the finest live entertainment in the World and a Dubai attraction you and your family don’t want to miss.
9. Kidzania Dubai
KidZania Dubai is pure fun for kids of all ages.
It is both entertainment and education at the same time.
Located at The Dubai Mall this Dubai attraction combines learning and play to teach kids about different professions.
Your kids will love this replica of a mini-city where they must take on role-playing adventures.
10. Open Bus Tour of Dubai
If you want to drive through the city of Dubai, a bus tour is your best option.
The busses stop at important attractions in Dubai and give you enough time to enjoy it.
During your bus tour you will be able to admire Dubai’s amazing skyline, perfect sandy beaches, forts, and palaces.
11. Helicopter Flight Over Dubai
One of the best attraction in Dubai is taking a helicopter ride to check out the city from above.
There are 15 minutes and 25 minutes long rides which you can choose from.
Experienced pilots man these 5-passenger helicopters and ensure safety of all passengers.
You will be flown over huge skyscrapers including the World’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.
Other architectural marvels you will see from above are Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al-Arab.
12. IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai is the world’s best and biggest indoor theme park.
It is one of the newest addition to the top tourist attractions in Dubai. It is full of thrilling rides to suit both the kids and adults.
There are five zones in the adventure park which cater to different preferences.
Don’t miss out the best rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure – Thor Thunder Spin, The Velociraptor and The Haunted Hotel.
13. iFly Dubai
If you are an adrenaline junkie you will love this tourist attraction in Dubai.
iFLY Dubai is an indoor skydiving experience that makes a controlled human flight a reality.
In short, you dive in an air-conditioned tunnel to replicate the experience of a free fall.
Tourists who have tried iFly Dubai compare it to skydiving, bungee jumping and sometimes even base jumping.
One of the huge advantage iFly Dubai has over the others is the fact that you decide the duration of your fall. So, you enjoy more!
14. Palm Islands
Since the day it came into existence Palm Island has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.
Palm-tree shaped Palm Jumeirah is series of islands connected and made to look like a palm tree.
Its impressive infrastructure and exclusive engineering makes it attractive for all tourists.
15. Dubai Museum
Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum is the oldest building in Dubai.
This Museum helps you understand Dubai’s rise from village to the global center of tourism, finance, and commerce.
This museum welcomes around 2 million visitors every year.
16. Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah beach and named after Jumeirah district of Dubai.
It is a beautiful white sand beach in one of the most exclusive areas of Dubai.
The beach has luxury hotels, resorts, and not to mention Burj Al Arab which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai.
17. Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium‘s tank holds 10 million liters of seawater and is the largest in the world.
It contains more than 30,000 aquatic animals which are a treat to see – for both adults and kids.
You can stroll through a 48-metre walk-through tunnel to experience the aquarium.
If that doesn’t meet your expectations, you can get wet in a snorkeling cage for a better view.
18. Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai’s Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 109 million flowers.
This is one of the best things to do in Dubai, but do check if it is open when you are in the city.
Dubai Miracle Garden is open from October to April and remains closed from June to September.
19. Dubai Creek
Located at the heart of Dubai, Dubai creek is famous for its golf clubs, cruise, parks, dolphin shows and lots more.
This natural seawater creek stands as the real identity of Dubai.
20. Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort located in Mall of the Emirates.
Ski Dubai is set up as a mountain full of snow and visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and various other activities.
Kids love Ski Dubai for it offers winter sports all through the year.
We are also sure, that your kids will love to spend time with the Snow Penguins.
21. Wild Wadi Water Park
Wild Wadi Water Park is a must visit attraction while you are in Dubai.
This water park’s theme is the tale of Juha, a famous character from the Arabian folklore.
Situated in front of Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park offers 30 rides and a lot more entertainment options for all the family.
22. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is UAE’s first national park. For a glimpse of desert wildernesses, this is the place to go.
There are various tours on offer – both camel and jeep safaris.
Depending on the time, you can enjoy a sunrise or a sunset over the desert.
We recommend going in the evening for a nice dinner consisting of local cuisine follows the sunset.
23. Five Star Dhow Cruise with Dinner
One of the romantic Dubai attraction is the Dhow Cruise.
As you sail over the Dubai Creek in a Dhow (traditional wooden boat) you witness the sunset.
Once the sun is down, you dig into a five-star luxury all-you-can-eat traditional Middle Eastern dinner.
As you are busy eating, live singers and dancers take the stage and entertain you.
The cruise lasts two hours and is quite popular amongst young couples and families with kids.
If you want a little more luxury with an international buffet thrown in, we suggest the Luxury Marina Dinner Cruise with live saxophonist
24. Dolphin Bay
Dolphin Bay in Atlantis is one of the finest dolphin habitats in the world.
If you are traveling with kids, this is one of the best things to do in Dubai.
Both kids and adults can swim with the Dolphins or pat them on the back – the choice is yours.
If you want to be a bit more adventurous you can scuba diving alongside the dolphins.
25. Aquaventure Waterpark
If you love water parks you can’t go wrong with Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai.
Yet again, if you are traveling with kids this is one of the best things to do in Dubai.
With 17 fun-filled hectares of water fun Aquaventure Waterpark is a must visit Dubai attraction.
This waterpark has won many awards for being Middle East’s best.
Most popular attractions in Dubai
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