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  • 1 Burj Khalifa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sheikh Zayed Road UAE - Dubaï

    Renamed "Burj Khalifa" in honour of the Emir of Abu Dhabi when it was inaugurated in 2010, the 828m-high edifice has held the record for the highest building on the planet since 2008. It towers over the new Downtown Dubai district. Whatever..

  • 2 Burj Al Arab Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jumeirah Beach Rd UAE - Dubaï

    It is not a religious or historical monument that symbolises Dubai's excesses, but a hotel shaped like a sail. Shooting up 321m into the air from the man-made island on which it is built, Burj Al Arab, designed by British architect Tom Wright, is the..

  • 3 Dubai Creek Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    UAE - Dubaï

    Khor Dubai in Arabic, this saltwater creek reaches 15km inland. It led to the creation of a city of two parts: Bur Dubai to the west and Deira to the east. To get across, you can take an abra, a picturesque little boat.

  • 4 Jumeirah Emirates Towers Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sheikh Zayed Rd UAE - Dubaï

    The two triumphant Jumeirah Emirates Towers (2000) are a showpiece of modern architecture that marked a bold entrance into the 21C. The pair dominate the start of bustling Sheikh Zayed Road and, depending on where you are standing, they seem to chang..

  • 5 Wild Wadi Waterpark Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Jumeirah Beach Rd UAE - Dubaï

    A multitude of gardens, wave pools, a network of waterslides including the 33m-long Jumeirah Scierah offering an exhilarating 80kmph ride. Wild Wadi is one of the most impressive waterparks in the world, and now shares that crown with Aquaventure Wat..

  • 6 Mall of the Emirates Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sheikh Zayed Rd UAE - Dubaï

    A Mecca of consumerism with a maze of shops, the three-storey Mall of the Emirates is one of Dubai's most astounding shopping centres. There is even an indoor ski resort, where you can ski all year round and forget that you are so close to the desert..

  • 7 Deira Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Al-Ahmadiya St. UAE - Dubaï

    Shopping realm par excellence and an incredible business district. After exploring the Spice Market, Perfume Market or Gold Market (which makes Dubai the gold capital of the world), you can delve into Dubai's history by visiting Heritage House or the..

  • 8 Gold Souk Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Entre Souq Deira St. et Old Baladiya St. UAE - Dubaï

    The Gold Souk is the culmination of the stunning luxury on display throughout Dubai. Along the main street, stalls and shop window displays compete to present the dazzling metal in the most imaginative way. You can purchase all manner of finely worke..

  • 9 Spice Souk Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Entre Baniyas Rd. Al-Sabkha Rd et Al-Abra St. UAE - Dubaï

    One of the few places in Dubai where you can feel the ambiance and inhale the fragrances of yesteryear: the Spice Souk, which is located in tiny, well-preserved streets. Let your sense of smell guide you among the stalls selling curry, incense, rose ..

  • 10 Bur Dubai Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Al-Fahidi St. UAE - Dubaï

    The former artisans quarter grew up along Dubai Creek and around the port. It is made up of picturesque neighbourhoods like Bastakiya and green spaces interspersed between shopping centres, cafés and restaurants. The historical sites and the Dubai Mu..

  • 11 Bastakiya Area Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Al-Musallah Rd UAE - Dubaï

    In order to cool down their homes, the Gulf countries equipped themselves with wind towers, predecessors of modern air conditioning. Those in the old town of Bastikaya are superb. It is also worth visiting Al-Fahidi Fort, by turns prison and palace, ..

  • 12 Dubai Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Al-Fahidi St UAE - Dubaï

    Built around 1790 as a protection against tribal wars, Al-Fahidi Fort was converted into a museum in 1971. The Dubai Museum houses archaeological, historical and ethnological collections, one of the strengths of which is showing the lives of the firs..

  • 13 Sheik Saïd Al Maktoum's House Interesting

    Museums and art

    Al-Shindagha Rd UAE - Dubaï

    Sheikh Saïd Al-Maktoum, who governed Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958, lived in this house, which was built at the mouth of Dubai Creek in 1896. Inside this interesting residence, there is a collection of old photographs, maps and documents re..

  • 14 Zabeel Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Sheikh Zayed Road UAE - Dubaï

    Zabeel Park, a vast green space, covering some 50ha, is a great place to unwind. Hiking, cricket, BMX, skateboarding, mini-golf: there is something for everyone, children and adults alike, not to mention the children's play area or Stargate Dubai, an..

  • 15 Jumeirah Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jumeirah Beach Rd UAE - Dubaï

    Jumeirah is a luxury residential suburb laid out along the seafront and with the Dubai World Trade Centre and Emirates Towers looming over it. Boasting a top-notch horse-racing track and sporting facilites, it also has a plethora of shops, spas, café..

  • 16 Jumeirah Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Jumeirah Beach Rd UAE - Dubaï

    Emblematic of contemporary Islamic architecture and inspired by typical Cairo style, Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in the Emirates that is open to non-Muslims. The mosque is at its most majestic in the evenings, when the lighting picks out all the ..

  • 17 Jumeirah Beach Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Jumeirah Beach Rd UAE - Dubaï

    Jumeirah Beach Park is a pleasant municipal park by the sea, even if there is an entry fee. (One day a week it is reserved for women and children.) It is a great spot for playing volleyball, having a picnic, lying on the beach or going for a paddle. ..

  • 18 Jumeirah Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    UAE - Dubaï

    The golden sands of Jumeirah Beach stretch over 40km, separated by wave breakers into a whole series of pristine little beaches. Some are public, others private or reserved for neighbouring hotels, which vie with each other for the most innovative ar..

  • 19 Safa Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Angle Al-Wasl Rd et Al-Hadiqa St. UAE - Dubaï

    Safa Park is a large landscaped park. This green belt running alongside Sheikh Zayed Road has a waterfall, small forest and 200 species of birds, as well as merry-go-rounds and facilities for sports, leisure activities and relaxation. Popular with fa..

  • 20 Sheikh Zayed Road Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sheikh Zayed Road UAE - Dubaï

    A main thoroughfare and an integral part of the E11 that crosses the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road links Dubai and its rival, Abu Dhabi. Lined with skyscrapers each taller than the last, this futuristic road symbolises the incessant boom of this insati..

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