Sights and attractions

Beaches

The warm waters and soft sands of the Arabian Gulf create a stunning combination of beaches along the coast of Dubai. Many of them are privately-owned by the hotels, however, paying a small entry fee will allow you access. Water sports can be easily organised from the beach or hotels surrounding it.

  • Jumeirah Beach
  • Soft white sand and the shallow, warm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf make Jumeirah Beach one of the most famous and popular in Dubai. A long stretch of the Gulf, it is flanked by hotels and private clubs, interspaced by a few public access marine beaches.
  • Al Mazmar Beach
  • Located within the Al Mazmar Beach Park, this stunning beach has been designed with the holiday-maker in mind. It comes replete with barbecues, chalets, and a host of water sport options available. Access is via the park so you'll need to buy a ticket.

Double-decker bus tour

Get a different view of the city by jumping on a bus. Bus tours give a great insight in to everything Dubai over a couple of hours and the hop-on-and-off system means there’s no schedule to follow! The guides are very knowledgeable, and with your ticket valid for 24 hours, this could cover all tourist locations in a single day. 
www.bigbustours.com

Burj Al Arab

Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the world’s only seven-star hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline. The Burj is certainly impressive and is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire. Entry is restricted to staying and visiting guests of the hotel 

Burj Khalifa

A marvel of human engineering, the world’s tallest freestanding structure opened in January 2011. Visit the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor and experience a breath-taking view of Dubai before visiting the many entertainment and shopping venues in the area.
www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/observation

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Located at the centre of The Dubai Mall, the 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind in the world. The 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel treats visitors to an exceptional underwater experience as they come eye-to-eye with one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life worldwide.
www.thedubaiaquarium.com

Dolphin Bay

A four-and-a-half hectare lush tropical setting modelled carefully on their natural habitat is home for the dolphins at Atlantis. There are three vast lagoons where you can meet and play with these graceful, charismatic creatures through a choice of interactions. 
www.atlantisthepalm.com/marineandwaterpark/dolphinbay.aspx