Seeing the Sights
The crown jewels and hidden gems of Dubai
Get to know the world’s most modern city through its biggest attractions and best kept secrets.
If you live in Dubai then you’ve probably had some friends and family come to visit you, and they’ve probably pestered you endlessly to take them to all of the must-visit places. Or perhaps you’re just a regular visitor, someone who is well-versed in the best attractions of the region but is now after something slightly more different. Either way, we’ve got you covered.
Sadly, no one has the time to see all of Dubai’s highlights; there are far too many and each of them are far too difficult to leave. But fear not, for we have gathered together some of the best that the Emirate has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned visitor who has a hankering for something new or you have guests who want to see the most famous of hotspots, there will be something here for you.
may be too big for your polaroids, but you’ll find a way to forgive it. Stare from the bottom at its monolithic enormity or wave at the ants below from its 150-meter-tall viewing platform - the Dubai Frame has a way of putting things out of perspective.
Zip up the elevator to the viewing gallery for more than a spectacular view, as augmented reality screens allow you to locate the city’s landmark with ease. Fly back down again to learn about the rapid development of the city in the Old Gallery, a testament to the past, present and future of Dubai.
One more time, from the top
It doesn’t get more iconic than this. If you haven’t already, then it should be at the very top of your bucket list, right above ‘Win the Lottery’ and ‘Create a Loving Family’.
is the world’s tallest building (by quite a long way) and you can stand right at the top of it. It may sound simple, but it really is a marvel to behold.
Slide up to the 124th floor of this iconic building in an elevator in 47 seconds and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, the golden desert, and the Persian Gulf. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of the Dubai skyline and make great opportunities for photos to make your followers green with jealousy.
Embrace the Emirate
tells the story of the rich cultural heritage of Dubai, the proud past, and Emirati traditions. It’s a world-class heritage museum committed to education, exploration, and celebration of culture.
There’s something for everyone here at one of the most renowned cultural and historical sites in Dubai. Virtual Reality headsets and interactive displays are perfect for children, while the adults can have their perceptions of the area blown away by the tangible and intangible notions of the UAE as a whole.
Come and have a gander
For a unique dining experience in Dubai, go on an eight-course culinary journey at the delightfully lesser-known
The chef will take you through flavors from Nicaragua to Mesoamerica, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. For those who are looking for a hidden dining gem that’s a little more off-the-radar, this might just be for you.
is the first attraction of its kind. Built to transform the very perception of the future as we know it, the unique structure accommodates several immersive futuristic environments that aim to position visitors in an empowering version of the future.
No more dusty artifacts from some person who's been dead for a thousand years (yawn!). Look forward to a time where, hopefully, all buildings will look as mind-boggling as this one.
Don’t worry, you’ll stay dry
Dive (not literally) into a mysterious and mesmerizing underwater world and come face to fin with sharks, rays, and exotic fish.
is one of the world’s largest aquariums, so you won’t run out of gilled guys to make friends with.
Take an awe-inspiring stroll through the 48-meter Aquarium Tunnel, then explore the Rainforest, Rocky Shore Living Ocean, and U.A.E. Night Creatures at the Underwater Zoo.
Lesser-known, but nowhere near underground
Rise 220 meters above the ground for a jaw-dropping view of Dubai from the
. During the panoramic elevator ride you’ll be able to take in the sights and sounds before being able to take your time from the observatory.
See the Burj Khalifa from the outside as well as sweeping views of many of the city’s other stunning landmarks. The enormous windows enable a sense that you can reach out and touch the world around you. Luckily, when you’re that high up, they also prevent you from trying.