Ever restless, ever changing, Dubai’s metamorphosis from trading post to global megalopolis is one of the world’s great urban transformations.

Visit Dubai for futuristic desert modernism, vast shopping complexes and fine, white coral sand beaches. Between seeing boundary pushing attractions like the world's biggest shopping mall (Dubai Mall), tallest building (the Burj Khalifa) and largest natural flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden), you can wander the narrow alleys of Al Bastakiya and make the most of a culture shaped by Muslim traditions and its ethnically-diverse population.

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You won’t want to miss the vast marbled malls, gleaming glass towers and the adrenaline-pumping fun of Ski Dubai, but here are a few more things to do.

Where to go

If you are travelling for leisure, you’ll find yourself mostly on the beaches in Jumeirah, at the shopping malls and developments of Downtown Dubai, at the restaurants along the Dubai Marina or in the old streets of Bur Dubai.

Downtown Dubai

The anchor of Downtown Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. Not only is it the tallest building in the world, it’s accompanied by the stunning displays of The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall — the largest in the world. Downtown Dubai also includes residences and a number of hotels and malls.


Jumeirah means 'beautiful' in Arabic. And it's easy to see why this 15 kilometre stretch of coast was so named, with its iconic resort hotels - like
the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah - along with the numerous beaches, shopping malls and restaurants on offer.

Adding to the outdoor appeal for locals, visitors and expats alike are the vast Safa Park sports and garden complex and family-friendly Wild Wadi Waterpark.                       

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North of Dubai Creek, this is one of the oldest parts of Dubai and home to its many colourful souks and markets, like the Gold Souk, Spice Souk, and the Deira Fish Market.

The Corniche winds its way along the waterfront and is a wonderful place for a walk, as are the labyrinth of narrow lanes leading to the souks. Deira is also the location of many modern businesses, malls, and entertainment centres.                       

Bur Dubai

Considered to contain the oldest parts of Dubai, Bur Dubai on the south side of Dubai Creek is home to many historic sites and old buildings.

Browse the living museums of the Heritage and Diving Village in Al Shindagha and explore the souks. Or wander through the lanes of the historic Al Fahidi District, home to some of the only original Arabic wind-tower houses left on the Arab side of the Gulf, built by wealthy traders and pearl merchants.

The Dubai Museum is located inside the majestic Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to guard the landward approach to the city. The quarter is also home to many restaurants, art galleries, cafes, boutique hotels, and interesting shops, and is generally a lovely area for a stroll.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is one of the best established modern districts in town. It’s built around the largest man made marina in the world and contains a number of top restaurants as well as outdoor recreation and entertainment complexes.

You’ll find many delightful diversions in this waterfront area, from the restaurants, boutiques, and markets located along the seven kilometre long Dubai Marina Walk, to the boat and dhow trips that set sail from the Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is an extraordinary engineering feat; a series of reclaimed interconnected islands jutting into the Arabian Gulf that looks like a gigantic palm tree – complete with fronds and stem - when seen from above.

And standing like a giant sentinel on a crescent shaped island at the ‘top of the tree' is the vast Atlantis The Palm resort. Getting there is an adventure in itself. The resort's water parks, private beaches and Dolphin Bay attractions are accessible from the mainland via the scenic Palm monorail.

Quick facts

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United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

Electricity Electricity

220V / 60Hz

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Seasons Seasons

Summer in Dubai is extremely hot, averaging around 42°C with overnight lows of 29°C. Winters average highs of around 23°C and overnight lows of 14°C.  

Getting around

From the airport

Once you’ve arrived at Dubai Airport, travel into the city centre via taxi or Dubai Metro. If you want to get straight to your hotel, you can pre-purchase an arrival transfer shuttle.

In and around the city

To get around Dubai, hail one of the cream taxis – the different coloured roofs indicate different operators – or use the public bus or driverless metro system that runs between the major financial and residential hubs of the city. There’s also the option of the hop-on hop-off bus which offers multiple departure times to the major sights in the city and the beach.

You can cross Dubai Creek by water bus, water taxi or abras, the local passenger ferries. Or take to the skies in a seaplane or hot air balloon and see the megalopolis of Dubai in all its splendour. Don’t miss your chance to get into Dubai’s desert with popular tours such as desert camel safari, camp safari.       

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