Dubai is shining brighter than ever, with new attractions coming up and the New Year just around the corner. This is the best time to visit Dubai, and take advantage of incredible offers, discounts, and the many festivals as we step closer to the New Year. Plan your visit so that you’re in Dubai a few weeks before the New Year, in order to enjoy the delights that the festive season has to offer in the city. So shall we take a look at what’s happening in Dubai right now and which are the top 10 Dubai sightseeing places?
Top 10 Dubai sightseeing list
Explore La Mer and Al Seef
Two new districts are open for your pleasure in Dubai – La Mer and Al Seef. Soak in the sunshine at La Mer, which has been designed following a Seafresh theme, all palm trees, beach boardwalks, wooden signs, and a beautifully curated selection of shopping outlets.
Al Seef brings modernity and glamour to Dubai’s cultural heart – Dubai Creek. This district stretches for 1.8km along the Creek’s shoreline, offering you stunning old architecture and contemporary spaces, and plenty of shopping, dining and fun opportunities along the way. These two are some of the best attractions in Dubai, so do explore them.
How to get there:
Both districts are located in Bur Dubai, so you can get there via the Metro from anywhere in Dubai.
The shops and restaurants in both districts are open from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Get an all-time high at the Burj Khalifa
Your Dubai sightseeing would not be completed without visiting the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa truly is an awesome building, standing proud at 828 metres high. The building is clad with 26,000 glass panels, each shined up to a brilliant mirror-finish. Just watching the city lights reflecting off of the glass panels takes your breath away. Do ride one of the world’s fastest elevators all the way to the observatory deck on the 124th floor to marvel at the incredible mass of highways and architecturally superior skyscrapers all around. One of the top Dubai attractions, the Burj Khalifa never gets old. Be sure to check it out!
How to get there:
The Metro stops directly at the Burj Khalifa.
The Burj Khalifa At The Top experience is open 7 days a week from 08:30 AM – 10:00 PM. The last entry is 45 minutes prior to closing.
Entry Fee for Burj Khalifa:
Prime hours – 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. Adults entry fee Level 125 entry: AED 210; Level 148 – AED 525. Child entry fee Level 125: AED 170; Level 148 – AED 525
Non-prime hours – 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Entry fee adult Level 125: 135; Level 148: AED 370. Entry fee child Level 125: AED 100; Level 148: AED 370.
Feel the Glamour: Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre is a visual treat, all 13 million square feet of it. This incredible mall has over 1200 retail outlets; say a big name and you’ll find it here – Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, YSL – just any big name. That’s not all. There’s a fantastic aquarium in the Dubai Mall, complete with shark diving. The 3-storey tall acrylic aquarium wall in the lobby is enough to take your breath away. There’s also an ice rink, and the mega VR Park, Sonic the Hedgehog theme park, cinemas and a ginormous food court.
How to get there: You can drive to Dubai Mall or use the Metro which stops directly in front of the mall.
Timings: The Dubai Mall is open from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M.
Entry Fee: Standard entry tickets cost AED 55, with access to aquarium and zoo. Separate Platinum Aquarium Package costs AED 80 and offers access to aquarium and zoo plus Behind the Scenes Tour.
Take the Marina Walk
When the sun goes down, there’s no better place for you to be than the Dubai Marina Walk, also known as Jumeirah Beach Walk. This is where the Who’s Who of Dubai rubs shoulders. It’s a prime place, with beautiful high-rise apartment buildings whose lights twinkle on the waters of the manmade Dubai Marina. The 7km-long pedestrian walkway is lined with shisha cafes and restaurants. Uber-expensive cars such as Maybach Exelero, Koenigsegg CCXR, Koenigsegg Trevita, Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron and several others. On the water, you can catch your breath in awe as there’ll be a line-up of magnificent yachts of the highest cadre.
Have A White Christmas At Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai shall be one of the must visit place in your Dubai sightseeing list. It is magnificent over Christmas, which begins rather early at this incredible snow park. Decorated Christmas trees are placed on the ski slopes, with little elves and gnomes running about in clever costumes. There are 4 ski slopes and one long diamond run, the longest one found in any indoor ski resort. The best of all are the cute penguins that waddle about on the snow park, and the little cave that the kids claim as their own. Ski Dubai Snow Park in the Emirates Mall is a winter wonderland at any time of the year, but it’s especially beautiful during the festive season.
How to get there:
If you’re driving, take Exit 39 on the 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road and follow the directions towards Al Barsha zone. Alternatively, you can take the Metro to the Emirates Mall.
Ski Dubai opens at 10 A.M.
Power Pass Adult: AED 340 and Power Pass Child aged 3 to 6: AED 180 Child, Power Pass Child aged 7- 13: AED 215
Check Out The Awesome Burj Al Arab
Enjoy fantastic views of the world’s first 7-star hotel from the Jumeirah Beach. Watch as the beautiful red glow of the sun goes to bed behind the Burj’s billowing sail-inspired outline. If you’re not happy with just viewing the hotel from the outside, be sure to sign up for high tea at the SkyView Bar. After enjoying one of the best teas in your life, you can roam around and check out the incredible gold-highlighted interiors of the Burj al Arab.
How to get there:
The best way to get to the Burj Al Arab is to take the Metro till the Emirates Mall and grab a taxi from there.
The Burj Al Arab is open for service to its guests 24/7.
There is no entry fee at the Burj Al Arab as non-guests are not allowed entry. However, if you book high tea at the SkyView (children not allowed), for AED 190, you can check out the grand hotel. You can take kids along if you book dinner at the Sahn Edder restaurant on the 1st floor.
Watch The Dubai Fountains Dance
The Dubai Fountains is one of the best free attractions in Dubai built directly in front of the Burj Khalifa. Every day, during the afternoon and the evening, a most remarkable, fully choreographed multi-colored water dance takes place that’ll take your breath away. The water dances to music from old Arabian tunes and modern compositions. The water can dance to a height of 150 meters in the sky.
The Dubai Fountain puts on shows at 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM and several shows between 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
The show is free for all.
Go Artsy At Alserkal Avenue
Dubai is known for its fine architecture and its incredibly innovative buildings and theme parks. But did you know that it’s also known for an amazing art district? Leave the beaten path to others, and go exploring in the hidden and rather delightful Alserkal Avenue in the industrial district of Al Quoz. You’ll stumble into an unexpected hive of creativity, and be delighted with this old marble factory turned art district. There are a number of art galleries showcasing modern art, both local and international. The lanes are lined with cafes, shops, galleries and even a chocolate factory. Check out the intricate murals in some of the lanes.
Enjoy a Deira food tour
Dubai’s food sense is so global, that you’ll find any cuisine you want within a few minutes. Take a foodie tour of Deira, one of the city’s oldest areas, to test your taste buds on some cool Middle Eastern fare. Before you cross the Dubai Creek and explore Deira’s cafes and restaurants, be sure to explore the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood near Bur Dubai. This area is far away from the city’s shiny skyscrapers and modern malls. Here you’ll find a network of squares and alleys, lined by windtowers and traditional homes built in the 19th century out of black coral.
Experience an Exotic Desert Safari
A quintessentially Middle Eastern experience, the desert safari will take you out of yourself and allow you to explore your environment in different ways. No black top or lawns under your feet, but shifting sands on which you can go dune bashing, quad biking, camel riding and sand boarding. If that weren’t exciting enough, you can sign up for an evening or overnight safari which come with a fabulous dinner and entertainment too.
Desert safari timings vary as per your package. The morning safari takes place from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. The afternoon safari takes place from 3:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. The overnight safari begins at 3:30 P.M. and goes on till 9:00 A.M. the next day.
Dubai is scintillating at any time of the year, but we’re nearing the holidays now. Be sure to stay on in Dubai for the city’s incredible NY celebrations. Every corner of the city will be lit to the nines and there’ll be magical fireworks displays at the Burj Khalifa, the Burj al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and several other locations. Your best bet? Book a table at a restaurant with a view such as the At.Mosphere and view the celebrations to your heart’s content.
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A postgraduate in Mass Communications, Neha loves everything about life. Travelling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering, she loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.
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