From Burj Khalifa to Palm Jumeirah, here are Dubai’s must-see attractions
Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. Record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while man-made islands jut out of the coastline. Here are the top places to tick off your sightseeing list when you’re in town.
1) Burj Al Arab
The hotel’s distinctive sail-shaped silhouette has made it an iconic symbol of modern Dubai. Often voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab is one of the region’s most famous tourist landmarks. Built on a triangular man-made island, the billowing sail-like structure rises 321 metres above the sea and the hotels atrium lobby is the tallest in the world. The Burj Al Arab sets a new standard for hospitality superlatives, including an underwater aquarium restaurant that you reach through a simulated submarine voyage, a fleet of Rolls-Royces on the forecourt and the famous helipad that has hosted numerous celebrity stunts. Where else will your cappuccino be sprinkled with gold dust?
2) Burj Khalifa
Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai’s most iconic destination. Get ready to enjoy exclusive access to the redefined, highest outdoor observatory in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of Burj Khalifa. Your journey begins when you step into the At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY lounge, from where you will be personally escorted to a dedicated elevator. Inside, watch in amazement as specially designed projections give you the feeling of flying over global landmarks as you ascend to Level 125.
3) Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple
At a cost of $20 million, the large gurudwara is located at Jebel Ali Village and open to the public, the Guru Nanak Darbar is a multi-story facility surrounded by a 54-metre Parikarma (a pathway for circling the temple while engaged in prayer) that’s covered with traditional grill work and adjacent to a pond inspired by India’s Golden Temple.
4) The Dubai Mall
If you’re devoted to shopping, you’ll find retail heaven takes the form of The Dubai Mall. Located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and stretching across 1.1 million sq/m, it is the world’s largest shopping, entertainment, and leisure destination. You can shop at more than 1,200 retail outlets, from Armani to Zara, or visit the Dubai Aquarium, children’s theme parks and the Dubai Ice Rink. Whether it’s books, electronics, candy or high fashion you’re after, The Dubai Mall probably has it. For haute couture, check out Fashion Avenue, where you can sift through the latest collections from top designers like Stella McCartney, Versace, Burberry and Alexander McQueen.
5) The Gold Souk
Dubai is known all over the world for its famous souks, with traders selling all manner of unique wares – from textiles to spices – in the historic shopping area. The experience of shopping at the souks has become as much of a drawcard as the treasures they hold, promising a transaction markedly different from the ones you’ll find in our malls. While both the spice and textile markets are exciting and vibrant experiences, for finding a real bargain, there can be only one option: the Gold Souk.
7) Not to mention, it is heaven for foodies.
Arab, Persian, Lebanese and Indian to Filipino, Chinese, French & British: whatever your choice of delicacy, you will not be disappointed. In short eat whatever you want to eat man