If you spend your vacation in Dubai, you will quickly notice the incredible abundance of skyscrapers, shopping malls, hotels or artificial islands. In hardly any other metropolis in the world the cityscape changes as rapidly as in Dubai. Every year, the number of sights in Dubai grows, the city of superlatives regularly outbids itself with spectacular hotels, magnificent buildings and new highlights that are getting bigger, higher and fancier. Nevertheless, there are also the “classic” tourist destinations that you should not miss. And what would a Dubai trip be without the famous Dubai weather. Discover the city full of possibilities!
Tip 1: Dubai Fountain
A special highlight at the world’s tallest tower is the Dubai Fountain, the water feature at the Burj Khalifa. Starting at 6 p.m. (or 7 p.m. in winter), the giant fountain at the Dubai Mall starts its show every half hour – the water jets dance to Arabic, Asian, classical and European sounds in the basin in front of the Burj Khalifa.
The fountains shoot up more than 30 meters to the beat of the music, while the tower glistens in the background. At these moments, the bustling life here stops, everyone pulls out their cameras and is enchanted by the water show. If you are ever in Dubai, you must take the time at least one evening to enjoy this unique spectacle. Alternatively, if you don’t want to crowd the most popular spots with other onlookers, you can book a boat tour for the best view of the Dubai Fountain Show.
Tip 2: Dubai Aquarium
Dubai Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions that can be found in Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to impressive shopping experiences, this huge building delights with an impressive and fascinating underwater world.
In total, the breathtaking underwater zoo is home to about 33,000 marine animals. The huge pool of the Dubai Mall Aquarium holds an incredible 10 million liters of water and extends over three floors. Here, visitors dive through a narrow tunnel into the magical world of sea creatures. Whether you’re watching giant sand tiger sharks, manta rays or various species of fish, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime day!
Tip 3: Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is a colorful flower park and a marvel of floral art. Here, of all places, where the rain god does not exactly mean well with the plants, the largest flower garden in the world was created. More than 150 million flowers and 120 species are formed into sculptures and decorations on 72,000 square meters.
Even an Emirates Airlines plane has been recreated here from flowers. For the flower airplane, an 18 meter high flower sculpture of Mickey Mouse and the largest vertical garden in the world, the Miracle Garden has secured an entry in the Guinness Book of Records . Incredible and definitely worth seeing! In addition, the 400-meter-long “flower promenade” has a lot to offer visitors: Flower parades or Zumba join-in activities take place here and street artists perform regularly. The Dubai Miracle Garden is located outside the center at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Umm Suqueim Street.
Tip 4: Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world. With the Burj Khalifa and its height of 828 meters, Dubai finally took the lead in the race between countries for the world’s tallest building when the skyscraper was inaugurated on January 4, 2010. But the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is more than just a tower; it is the architecture of the future. With the Burj Khalifa, the Emirate of Dubai now has another masterpiece of the 21st century.
Already since 2007, while still under construction, the tower became the tallest structure in the world, because from that moment on it surpassed the previously tallest tower Taipei 101 in the Taiwanese capital. This has a height of 508 m.
Whoever arrives in Dubai by ship at Port Rashid or lands at Dubai Airport, whoever arrives by car from one of the other emirates on the Gulf, sooner or later the tallest building in the world can be seen from a distance. The Burj Khalifa is so far above the height of all the other buildings surrounding it that it inevitably attracts everyone’s attention.
The massive complex is not just the building itself, but it is an entire city district that has grown up around the Burj. Several residential areas with luxurious apartments, huge water basins, hotels that are also skyscrapers and last but not least the Dubai Mall, a shopping center of superlatives, as it is common in Dubai.
Tip 5: Souk Madinat
It is a dream, a vision from 1001 Nights. Madinat Jumeirah nestles on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, the landmark Burj Al Arab is within reach. Dubai bears the epithet “City of Merchants”. An attribute with which the Souk Madinat Jumeirah can also adorn itself. The Arab market, a world of tradition and modernity, is one of the most popular sights in Dubai.
The diverse impressions, scents and sounds exude a special atmosphere, which additionally enchants the entire complex with the lights of the wind towers and lanterns at evening time. Everyone is welcome in this colorful world.
Take your time when you discover the colorful souk. Fashion, jewelry, antiques, oils, spices, art and first-class restaurants and bars that are open until late at night await you.