Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Dubai: Brought to You by Best in Dubai
The shortlist for Ahlan!'s Best in Dubai 2012 is out and voting for your faves could win you Dhs10,000! Today, we're introducing you to our Best Tourist Attraction shortlist nominees. Click through our gallery to check them out and get voting!
Desert Safari with Arabian Adventures
Scale the desert dunes – and plunge down the other side. This is an exhilarating drive with a difference, so buckle up tight.
INFO: from Dhs325; 04 303 4888, www.arabian-adventures.com.
Check out Dubai’s past as you wander the narrow lanes of this restored residential district dating back to the 1890s admiring the wind towers and hidden courtyards.
INFO: Bur Dubai, www.definitelydubai.com.
The Dubai Fountain
We dare anyone not to be mesmerized as jets of water shoot 150m into the air and sway in time to stirring music. Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake at the base of the world’s tallest tower, this dancing fountain is another world first thanks to its sheer size. It has five circles and two central arcs designed by the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
INFO: 1pm, 1.30pm daily, and every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and 6pm to 11.30pm Thursday to Saturday; The Dubai Mall, 800 38224 6255, www.thedubaimall.com
The setting of these covered Arabic markets may be from a bygone era, but they are still well and truly alive today. Explore the textile, spice and gold souks in all their chaotic glory.
INFO: 10am to 10pm although many shops close from 1pm to 4pm; Deira, www.definitelydubai.com.
What do you want to do when you grow up? Kids can try their hand at over 80 professions, from firemen to beautician, all in one day under one roof.
INFO: Dhs140 for four to 16 year olds, adults Dhs95; Dubai Mall, 04 448 5222, www.kidzania.ae.
A trip to the observation deck, At The Top, on the 124th floor of this soaring 828m tall monument has become a ‘must-do’ in Dubai offering sweeping 360-degree views of the desert and the city below.
INFO: Dhs100 online; Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday 10am to midnight; Downtown Dubai, 04 8888124, www.burjkhalifa.ae.
Wild Wadi Water Park
This famous water park just keeps getting better. Brave the eye of the storm in the latest ride, Tantrum Alley and tackle the new, longer and scarier, Jumeirah Sceirah.
INFO: adults Dhs220, children Dhs175; 10am to 6pm November to February; Madinat Jumeirah, 04 348 4444, www.jumeirah.com.
Tackle the Master Blasters, the speed slides and the river rapids in this the largest water park in the Middle East – or simply laze on the beach.
INFO: Dhs150 per adult, Dhs125 per child for UAE residents; 10am to sunset daily; Atlantis The Palm, 04 426 0000, www.atlantisthepalm.com.
Burj Al Arab
Who doesn’t want to see inside what is so often billed as the world’s most luxurious hotel? This white sail is the preeminent symbol of Dubai and one of the most recognized structures on the planet.
INFO: Jumeirah Beach, 04 3017777, www.jumeirah.com.
Hold on tight: this is your chance to soar over one of the most breathtaking views in the world. For the first-time jumper or weekend warrior prepare yourself for this jaw-dropping experience.
INFO: Dubai Marina, 050 153 3222, www.skydivedubai.ae.