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Best Things To Do in Dubai

There is a delicate balance of old and new in Dubai, resulting in a smorgasbord of things to do. You can spend your mornings sprawled out along Jumierah Beach and your afternoons shredding powder at Ski Dubai. Or you can start your day haggling at the traditional Gold and Spice Souks before exercising your credit card at the contemporary Dubai Mall. But first thing's first: Get to know the city. Head straight to the top of the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) where you'll find incredible views stretching into the Persian Gulf. And if you're interested in a more traditional perspective, take an abra (water taxi) ride along Dubai Creek.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Dubai Mall Free attraction
Shopping | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Skirting the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai is every shopper's paradise. The massive Dubai Mall is the largest shopping ... read more»

#2
Burj Al Arab Free attraction
Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture ... read more»

#3
Jumeirah Beach
Beaches | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Within walking distance of the Burj Al Arab is arguably Dubai's best strip of public sand. Round-the-clock lifeguards keep ... read more»

#4
Jumeirah Mosque
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Jumeirah Mosque towers over the coast from its perch south of the Dubai Marina. Its detailed white façade—which graces ... read more»

#5
Burj Khalifa
Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Although we don't recommend experiencing it the way Tom Cruise did in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the Burj Khalifa ... read more»

#6
Bastakiya Quarter Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Amid the towering skyscrapers of downtown Dubai lies the Bastakiya Quarter, the city's only remaining historic district. This charming ... read more»

#7
Gold and Spice Souks Free attraction
Shopping, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Dubai has been a heavyweight in international trade for centuries, specializing in all things rare and valuable. To get a ... read more»

#8
Ski Dubai
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: "Surreal" is one way to describe Ski Dubai; "amazing" is another. Even when the city is enveloped by sizzling triple-digit ... read more»

#9
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Amusement Parks, Swimming/Pools | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Flanking the foot of the Burj Al Arab sits Wild Wadi Waterpark, a collection of water-themed rides and play areas ... read more»

#10
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Parks and Gardens, Tours, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When the glitz and glam of urban Dubai proves to be too overwhelming, escape to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve ... read more»

#11
Dubai Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting near the Bastakiya Quarter, the Dubai Museum offers visitors a glimpse of where this monumental city has been and ... read more»

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