Glitzy and glamorous Dubai is the holiday hotspot of the United Arab Emirates. The high-rises and shopping malls have transformed this desert outpost into a destination du-jour, where tourists flock for the sunshine, shopping, and family fun. Dubai is famous for its breathtaking attractions and shopping malls. If you’re planning a trip to this wondrous city in the desert, here are 5 world-renowned attractions to visit on your IDEAL trip to Dubai. 

BURJ KHALIFA

The Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s landmark building, which stands at 829.8 meters, making it the tallest building in the world and the most famous points of interest in the city. The observation deck on the 124th floor offers spectacular views across the city skyline and includes a multimedia presentation on both the building and the city of Dubai. You can also head up to the top of the building and enjoy 360-degree views and glimpse the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. Back on the ground floor, tourists can take a stroll on the winding walkways through beautiful gardens.

THE BASTAKIA QUARTER

Also known as the Al Fahidi neighborhood, the Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th century and was the home of wealthy Persian merchants. Occupying the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the Dubai Creek, and boasts excellently preserved coral and limestone buildings. Lined with distinctive Arabian architecture, the narrow lanes are highly reminiscent of a much slower, bygone age in Dubai’s history. Wind-towers provided the homes in the area with an early form of air conditioning by trapping wind in the towers and funneling it down into the houses.

THE ARABIAN TEA HOUSE

Dubai is full to bursting with world class restaurants and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. And should you find yourself in need for something sweet, you can even utilize the dessert delivery in Dubai to satisfy your sweet tooth wherever you are. However, one of our favourite places to grab a bite to eat is The Arabian Tea House, located in the aforementioned historic Al Fahidi district. Here you can feast on Middle Eastern salads, plates of grilled meats, mezze-style dishes or simply enjoy a cup of tea. Set in a charming courtyard with plenty of seating and shade from the sun, locals and tourists alike come here for the atmosphere as much as the food.

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DUBAI AQUARIUM

One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium, and Underwater Zoo is home to 140 species of sea life. Housed in a large suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, visitors can view the spectacular underwater wildlife for free. Entering into the Underwater Zoo allows you to walk through the aquarium tunnels and enjoy spectacular views from below. The aquarium provides visitors with a variety of activities that ensure you get a closer look at the sea life. Some of the more popular events include glass bottom boat tours on top of the tank, cage snorkeling, and shark diving activities.

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS

All your entertainment needs are rolled together in one location at Dubai Parks and Resorts. The only problem is choosing precisely what you want to do with your time. The area incorporates a plethora of world-class theme parks that provide something for everyone, no matter how old you are. Motiongate features ride based on movie blockbusters, Bollywood Parks brings the world of India’s movie industry to life, and Legoland Dubai provides younger visitors with a fun-filled day on its rides. Since the district is attached to the Riverland Dubai neighborhood, you don’t even have to leave when it’s time to eat.