From gleaming skyscrapers and artificial islands to bustling souqs and traditional tea houses, the Emirate of Dubai is a feast for the senses. It's known for its futuristic architecture, luxury shopping and lavish nightlife while venturing outside the city reveals the rich culture and authentic Emirati experiences.
Things to do in Dubai
Towering over 800 metres above Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building. It's a feat of modern architecture, with a pair of observation decks that boast panoramic views of the city. Feeling extravagant? Enjoy a meal at Atmosphere, a luxury restaurant located on the 122nd floor.
Housed in a decommissioned aircraft hangar, IMG Worlds of Adventure is packed full of family-friendly fun. It's the world's biggest indoor theme park and is divided into four zones. You can ride 3D simulators in Marvel Zone, meet Ben10 in Cartoon Network and walk with dinosaurs in the Lost Valley.
From its roots as a pearling village to its status as a global city, the Dubai Museum offers a glimpse at the Emirate's colourful narrative. It's housed in Al Fahidi Fort, an ancient stronghold considered the Emirate of Dubai's oldest building. The museum is packed full of archaeological finds, interactive exhibits and Bedouin artefacts.
While the Emirate of Dubai is known for its ultra-modern lifestyle, the Al Fahidi Historic District embraces traditional Emirati culture. Its narrow lanes are lined with honey-hued buildings that house tea houses, handicraft shops, art galleries and cultural museums.
Getting around Dubai
Dubai is serviced by an efficient metro system that runs to most major sights, attractions and neighbourhoods. Taxis are also a fast and affordable way to get around the city. Rental cars will give you the freedom to explore the Emirate of Dubai at your own pace.