Places to Visit in Dubai

Dubai is a beautiful country with multiple places which are a must see for any traveller. We've highlighted some which we feel are a must visit when you travel to Dubai. 

  • IMG World Of Adventure
  • Motiongate Park And Legoland
  • The Malls Of Dubai
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Water Fountain
  • Etihad Museum
  • Dubai Opera
  • The Historical Quarter
  • The Culinary Trail
  • The Culture And Traditions
  • The Gold Souk

Dubai is a dream holiday destination. With its many man-made wonders that seem to have leapt straight out of fantasy, a trip to Dubai is no less than a visit to a wonderland. Here are some places that you can visit while in Dubai.

IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of the coolest places to visit in Dubai. This park is divided into four zones. It is the world’s largest indoor theme park. Sample the thrills of all the zones. One is dedicated to characters from Marvel Comics, the other to Cartoon Network characters and a dinosaur zone. This park is also famous for one of the world’s craziest roller coasters – the Velociraptor.

The next stop for families is also one of the best places to visit in Dubai -the Motiongate park. It has characters from Columbia pictures, Dreamworks and Lionsgate. It even has a Smurf village.

Legoland is another one of the places to visit in Dubai. Here, kids can have fun and use their skills and teamwork to drive cars or steer a boat. This magnificent park, both the indoor and outdoor, is built entirely of Lego bricks. This includes a Lego city and an Arabic-styled miniland. There is also a Legoland water park.

The Dubai Mall is definitely one of the places to visit in Dubai.

It has an aquarium and an underwater zoo. And if that’s not enough, it even has an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink. So, you can get your shopping done, with a mix of adventure for your kids and yourself. Shopping in Dubai is an experience within itself! There’s everything, from high-street brands like Topshop to Chanel and Eli Saab. And the first Bloomingdale’s un-American store is here as well.

Another one of the great places to visit in Dubai is the City Walk mall. You can shop for high fashion brands, edgy boutiques and eat a Michelin-starred meal, all in one go.

The Dubai Festival mall is sure to strike a chord with you – it has a giant IKEA store, a Hyper Panda supermarket and much more.

One of the most well-known tourist places in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. The view from the 124th floor is simply spectacular, and the world’s tallest building is sure to capture your imagination.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is an enormous wonder of some brilliant architecture and the finest works that makes Dubai glisten in all its extravagant glory. Regarded as the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa has more to offer than what meets an eye. It is situated in Downtown Dubai and was inaugurated circa 2010. It soars 828 meters (2,717 ft.) into the sky and as a matter of fact, it takes only a minute to reach the highest point of Burj Khalifa that is its 148th floor which is accessible to public, credit goes to the longest single running elevator that covers 10 meters per second!


How much does it cost to enter Burj Khalifa?

Children (below 12 years): INR 3222.25

Adults: INR 3980.42 (top level – 125th floor)

              INR 9951.06 (top sky level – 148th floor)

Is there an age restriction to enter Burj Khalifa?


How long is the ticket of Burj Khalifa valid for? Can I enter/exit multiple times?


You can stay as long as you want within a reasonable time frame and you need to buy another entry ticket once the lift brings you down.

How long can I stay on the top floor at Burj Khalifa with one ticket?

One hour

What are the opening/closing hours of the Burj Khalifa?

9 AM to 11 PM, seven days a week. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing time.

How much in advance do I need to book my tickets for Burj Khalifa?

One to two days in advance

Is there a limit on the number of people to be booked for Burj Khalifa?


Is it recommended to book Burj Khalifa tickets at the counter?

You can buy your tickets from the counter. However, book them online well in advance to avail discounts.

On what occasions is the Burj Khalifa closed/shut?


Are meals included in the Burj Khalifa tickets?

Check out combo tickets at the counter or online

Is there a VIP Entry at Burj Khalifa?


Is it safe to visit Burj Khalifa with senior citizens/children?



Burj Khalifa Fact Files

1.  Dress Code: The observation deck needs no dress code to be followed. However, dress formally if you wish to dine in one of its restaurants.

2.   Photography: Burj Khalifa allows photography for personal use. Anything other than that requires a written permission.

3.    Medical Advisory: This beauty has the basic medical provisions and first aid facilities. Those afraid of heights or with vertigo must not visit the higher floors.

4.     No. of Stairs: Burj Khalifa comprises of 2,909 stairs and ladders are provided to climb further up.

Things You Must Do At Burj Khalifa:

1.     1.      The ‘At The Top’ Experience: Get a 360 degree view of Dubai from the 124th, 125th or the 148th floor. The 125th floor has world-class experiences such as virtually flying over Dubai with Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View, treasuring memories with green screen photography and walking on the glass floor along with a virtual reality treat at the pinnacle.

2.       Relax and unwind: The Burj Club comprises of the gym, a spa and a rooftop pool!

3.     Gluttony Knows No Heights: Relish food from the finest restaurants such as At.Mosphere, Amal, Ristorante, Hashi, Deli, Mediterraneo and Armani Lounge.

4.       Sweet Endings: Head to Candylicious situated at “At The Top Burj Khalifa” for candy-sweet moments with your children.

Around Burj Khalifa:

1.       Burj Khaifa Park

2.       The Dubai Mall

3.       Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

4.       Dubai Ice Rink

5.       SEGA Republic 

Tip: Give this on a pass if you’re afraid of heights or suffer from vertigo. Buy your passes a month in advance.

The next on your list from Dubai’s tourist places should be the Dubai water fountain. It is the largest and the most spectacular choreographed fountain. And you can take a boat ride to see it up-close.

The Etihad Museum has an interactive display and films that portray its history in a creative way that encourages interaction. Don’t let the sleek structure fool you. It is a walk down Dubai’s memory lane.

If you love culture, one of the must-visit tourist places in Dubai is the Dubai Opera. Catch the Evita or some mesmerising Kung-fu artistry by skilled Shaolin performers. Top off the evening’s performance with a culinary encore.

This is probably one of the lesser-known famous places in Dubai. The historic quarter that has survived the onslaught of modern times and still remains intact. Walk down the lanes of the Al-Fahidi historic district and pay a visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for an up-close view of Emirati traditions and customs.

The 2nd of December Street is a haven of affordable delicious street-side fare. There is the Al-Mallah for Lebanese, Ortego’s for Filipino cuisine, an Iranian restaurant, an Indian eatery and a sweet shop. Leave here feeling full and return again and again to this wallet-friendly spot.

When it comes to dining, narrow your choices down to cuisines and work from there. Try an authentic Japanese ‘Kiaiseki’ meal or some Emirati cuisine or even French cuisine. Dubai’s culinary range includes everything from a Michelin-star restaurant to a mall diner.

We recommend a day at the Talise Ottoman Spa on Palm Jumeirah. It will give you a Middle-Eastern experience like no other – with a hammam, exotic scrubs and shampoos, a tradition that has remained unchanged over time.

If you have the time, take a trip to Hatta. This heritage village will give you a break from all the thrills of man-made wonders and offer a quiet retreat into nature.

The Gold Souk is among the best places to visit in Dubai for some gold shopping. The gold’s quality is assured. So, go ahead and indulge in some bling therapy.

Dubai has many wonders that warrant your undivided attention. Among the many best places to visit in Dubai, each one is special. In a land where everything is larger than life, the wonders will not cease to amaze you.

SOTC’s Dubai packages open up this wonderful jewel in the desert for your explorations. Book a package today and get ready for a holiday that you won’t forget for a long time.

At first glance, Dubai seems to be the playground of the rich and the famous. But it is also a thriving holiday destination with a wide range of attractions to see and things to do. It enthrals you with an eclectic mix of the new and the old. Futuristic architecture, glamorous mega-malls and charming old souks coexist seamlessly to form the core of your Dubai holiday experience. The adage, “Go big or go home”, is a fitting testimony to Dubai’s grand hospitality.

With so much on offer, it’s difficult to see it all in one trip. So here are our recommendations of the seven best places to visit in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

The tallest tower in the world is not only an architectural marvel, but is also a tourist attraction, like no other. They say you can see the sunset twice in one day at Burj Khalifa, once from the ground level and then from the top! It is home to nine of the city’s most luxurious hotels along with several restaurants.

It has two observation decks that let you catch spectacular views of the Gulf, the city and the desert beyond it. On a clear day, you can even see the shores of Iran! Burj Khalifa also houses its very own lake, a vast parkland and the Dubai Mall. A visit here will be one of the highlights of your Dubai holiday.

2. Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall of UAE is one of the largest and the grandest malls in the world. Along with 1200 stores of some of the best brands in the world, the mall has 22 cinemas and 120 cafes and restaurants. And the fun doesn’t stop there! It offers the ultimate in entertainment with Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink and loads of children’s edutainment activities.

You can spend an entire day at the aquarium! The Olympic-sized skating rink offers hours of fun. Be sure to check out the four-floor-high ‘Human Cascades’ which features sculptures of various human figures. If you’re looking to take a break from all the sightseeing, relax at the Dubai Mall.

3. Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is a statement of Dubai’s commitment to keeping its past relevant in its high-tech present. At 150 metres high, it is the largest frame in the world. It offers a 360-degree view that combines the rustic charm of Old Dubai with the stunning magnificence of its new avatar. The topside of the frame is a symbolic bridge that connects the past with the future.

The views from the top are thrilling as they’re beautiful. The glass walkway at the top offers some really breath-taking views! It hosts a number of fine dining restaurants and top-rated hotels along with a variety of entertainment options. It is worth visiting the Dubai Frame for the views it offers.

4. Global Village

Dubai does everything on a grand scale. Global Village is an annual event that creates a grand cultural spectacle for Dubai’s guests. It is a global jamboree that showcases culture and food from different parts around the world. Apart from performances of all kind, you can also enjoy an international shopping experience. Every country gets a separate pavilion to exhibit their unique offerings.

Starting in November every year, it continues until April of the following year. It offers you a unique insight into different cultures of the world, at one place. The days are dedicated to shopping, food and culture while the nights are reserved for fireworks. The stunning fireworks display ends your day on a high note.

5. Dubai Miracle Garden

A garden full of flowers is nothing extraordinary by itself. But when a garden is home to fifty million flowers, and its located in the middle of a desert, it takes on a special significance. Flowers are used to create amazing displays ranging from the Burj Khalifa to arcs and tombs. There are themed displays such as Disney Avenue and Lost Paradise, all around the garden.

The Floral Clock, 3D floral designs and the Umbrella Passage are some of the more famous attractions. But the most colourful of them all is the butterfly garden which houses around 15,000 butterflies. If you get tired from your explorations, relax in a cabana or indulge in some yummy global flavours.

6. Gold Souk and Spice Souk

Dubai has some of the glitziest and the biggest malls in the world. But Dubai offers one of the most unique shopping experiences in its souks. The gold and spice souks are two of the most well-known shopping destinations for indulging in rustic retail therapy. The heady spicy fragrances in the spice souk offer a distinctive sensory experience to make your shopping more involved.

The gold souk has a dazzling array of antiques, jewellery and countless other knickknacks that make it seem like Ali Baba’s cave of treasures. The souks offer an unhurried shopping experience where bargaining is expected and even encouraged. Shopping here is an event you will remember for life.

7. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is the crowning jewel of ‘New Dubai’. The Canal City is a treasure chest of exquisite delights. With its upscale shopping, classy hotels and gourmet restaurants, the marina will pamper you and indulge your every whim. It is one of the few pedestrian-friendly areas in Dubai that encourages you take relaxing strolls or go jogging in pursuit of fitness.

It is a good place to spend an evening with a loved one or simply enjoying a family-friendly holiday. Along with good food, you will find plenty of live, pop-up entertainment to satiate your cultural appetites. But the biggest attraction of the marina is Jumeirah Beach which hosts a number of adventure activities.

These seven are some of the must-visit places in Dubai, featuring the best the city has to offer. Of course, there are more places to see. But these seven will really kick off your Dubai experience and set the tone of your holiday.

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