10 best tourist attractions in Dubai

When it comes to a city with mind-blowing attractions, Dubai is unbeatable. In a medley of culture and modern attractions, the versatility of experiences is endless, from adventure sports to spectacular natural sceneries, extravagant architectural structures, and a fantastic food scene. In Dubai's vision, tourism was more than just getting noticed on the world map; the city strived to dominate the tourism world and be on every traveller's bucket list. There is no end to the kaleidoscope of extravagance, opulence, and life-size experiences in Dubai, but some of its most treasured attractions remain a must-see for most visitors. Take a look at these top 10 tourist attractions in Dubai to see while on Dubai vacation.

1. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is one of the world's biggest shopping malls and is considered by many to be the mecca for shopaholics. A sprawling 5400,000 square foot shopping venue, the mall has more than 1000 retail outlets displaying high-end brands and designer labels, as well as a dedicated Fashion avenue – a fashion enthusiast's paradise. Although Dubai Mall is a shopping mall, it is also an entertainment zone for the whole family. Visitors who prefer to take their time and simply saunter around, window shop, and just have a good time can go to Dubai Ice Rink, VR Park, KidZania Dubai and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.  

2. Bluewaters Island
An exciting new waterfront tourist attraction in Dubai offers an additional way to view Dubai's breathtaking skyline.  Located near Dubai Marina, Bluewater Island is an artificial island set on the Persian Gulf, a little away from The Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline. With its introduction in 2018, this island destination is a hot spot for dining, shopping, and recreational activities and home to the world's largest observatory wheel – Ain Dubai. For those planning a Dubai holiday in October, Ain Dubai opens its doors on 21 October, which means there is no better way to enjoy that spectacular view than by pre-booking a ticket to Ain Dubai in advance.

3. Dubai Frame
Visit the Dubai Frame if you are seeking an overview of Dubai that is comprehensive and stunning. An architectural landmark in Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame holds the record for the largest frame in the world. This dazzling structure is constructed of glass and steel with countless gold rings embedded into its exterior frame. Its top observation deck is positioned in a way that visitors can see some of the recognizable landmarks of contemporary Dubai on one side, as well as older parts of the city on the other. Dubai Frame stands 150 meters tall and offers a glimpse into Dubai's past, present and future.

4. Palm Fountain
A record-breaking feat added to Dubai's ever-growing astounding attractions – Palm Fountain graces Pointe-Palm Jumeirah's waterfront arena. It adds a touch of Las Vegas panache to the Pointe arena with its spectacular musical show covering over 14,000 square meters , shooting water jets at a height of 105 meters and dazzling in the vivid colours of 3,000 lights. An evening at Palm Fountain or dinner with a view of this captivating attraction adds a sense of serenity to the otherwise fast-paced and bustling city of Dubai.

5. Aquaventure waterpark
Aquaventure water park, the largest in Dubai, is located at the upscale Atlantis The Palm Dubai. Located at Palm Jumeirah, Aquaventure water park is a prime choice for family holidaymakers and adventure lovers. With sweeping views of the Persian Gulf and Dubai's contemporary flair, Aquaventure water park in Dubai is setting new standards for other water parks. The park contains some of the world's best rides, some even record-breakers, like the Leap of Faith – a tube ride that plunges you in a near-vertical tunnel before gushing you in a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays. Not so keen on hair-raising adventure water rides? No worries! There are tons of family-friendly rides at this water park, including a kids splash park and a private beach.

6. Dubai Miracle Garden
A stunning visual of millions of flower blossoms greet you as you enter Dubai Miracle Garden located in Dubailand. Known as the world's biggest natural floral garden, this man-made oasis maximizes the reuse of city water and features over a million flowering plants. Dubai Miracle Garden is a seasonal outdoor attraction that offers picture-perfect floral photo opportunities and jaw-dropping installations like the giant floral Emirates A380 installation. This is by far the most colourful place you will ever see in Dubai.

7. Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari Park is an animal park located in the desert of Al Warqa with over 2000 creatures, including birds and reptiles, and animals from around the world. Affordably priced, visitors can see a variety of wildlife and even interact with animals that may be fed or petted at this eco-friendly attraction. Children enjoy visiting this Dubai attraction because they can observe animals and even learn about them and the places where they live in the wild.

8. Don’t miss out – Dubai Expo 2020
Now is the right time to visit Dubai! The emirate is currently hosting the international mega event Dubai EXPO 2020 – an event only a few cities have the opportunity to host every 5-7 years. Dubai is putting its best foot forward as it unveils some stunning architecture created especially for Dubai EXPO 2020. The emirate has converted a piece of its landscape into a minicity that will accommodate the creativity and cultural inspirations of over 190 countries. Take advantage of this great opportunity to experience the world's best innovations, entertainment, and cuisine at Dubai Expo 2020. This event ranks as one of the best places to visit in Dubai this year.

9. Burj Khalifa
As you approach Dubai Downtown, this sleek tower catches your attention right away. The delight and awe that you experience while standing up close to Burj Khalifa is unbelievable. The tallest tower in the world is undoubtedly the most popular tourist attraction in Dubai. At the Top – Burj Khalifa is a must-do experience for tourists in Dubai as this is the only spot that offers such a unique view of the skyline and the deserts around Dubai.

10. Dubai Parks and Resorts
Thrilling theme parks to enjoy, delightful hotels to stay in, and a beautiful precinct where France and India come together. All this can be explored at one location – Dubai Parks and Resorts. This attraction is acknowledged as one of the best places to visit with young children and toddlers as LEGOLAND Dubai is one of the main highlights of this multi-themed park that is designed in such a way that even a 2-year-old kid can have a blast. In addition, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first international park to include a Bollywood-themed park. Lastly, MOTIONGATE Dubai is another fantastic theme park that traces its roots to Western cinema and is packed with thrills, rides, and entertainment. 

11. Dubai Creek
With a visit to Dubai Creek, experience the olden charm of Dubai as if through a looking glass. This meandering brook is a witness to Dubai's humbleness and luxuriance. The Dubai Souk and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, lined along the shore, bring visitors to a completely different setting compared to the opulent, modern Dubai. Dubai Creek Dhow Cruises are also an excellent way to see the contrast of Dubai's scenic attractions while on a Dubai holiday.

Header image: Teemu Jarvinen, Pixabay