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Dubai Must Visit Attractions

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I've been going to Dubai for more than ten years across over one hundred trips and have spoken to thousands of tourists travelling to Dubai, here I've listed what they all say are the best places to visit and the insider tips on visiting !

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveler

9 Places

11 City Tips

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9 Places

Raffles Dubai

Hotels

Tomo

Restaurants

Burj Khalifa

Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings

Zuma

Restaurants

Khana Khazana

Restaurants

Nasimi Beach

Restaurants

The Dubai Fountain

Fountains

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Golf Courses

Seafire Steakhouse

Restaurants

Alan1901's City Tips

  • There are a few areas you can walk around when the weather is good such as the Souk al Bahar by the Dubai Mall and The Beach by the Marina.
  • Check Tripadvisor for hotel ratings, there are new hotels being built in Dubai all the time, but in my experience you should give them a year to get themselves up to par.
  • Flying with Emirates is highly recommended, they will take you direct and they are an excellent airline.
  • There are so many shops in Dubai, so its a shoppers paradise, though the prices are not often as competitive as in Europe or the US, so be sure to price check.
  • You have to pay a small fee (tourist tax) for each night you stay in Dubai, the rate depends on the price of your room, its not much and totally normal.
  • Dubai's most popular restaurants are usually booked up quite far in advance, if you are only visiting for a short period, its advisable to book them as soon as you arrive in Dubai.
  • January and December are glorious times to visit Dubai when you can take full advantage of the beach restaurants, especially when the weather at home is miserable.
  • It is way too hot in August, a lot of hotels close their outdoor areas and pools during this time.
  • Ramadan happens once a year, at a different time each year. You cant eat or drink in public during daylight, which you may find peculiar.
  • There are "hotel limos" that the concierge will offer you. These are newer executive cars with more professional drivers but are more expensive. Agree the price before you get in!
  • Taxi's are cheap and easy to get around, depending on what kind of driver you get, you may have to put up with some slightly crazy driving and some strange music.
  • Raffles Dubai
    Hotels
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    Alan1901 Says:

    This is my hotel of choice in Dubai, I've stayed 24 times now, but what impressed me was on my second stay they knew how I liked my coffee. Everyone I talk to that stays here is blown away by the customer service, the quality of finish and the size of the rooms. The location is perfect, 10 mins from the airport, 10 mins to the Burj Khalifa and the best sunset views of Dubai from the balcony. You cannot be disappointed if you stay at Raffles, it's just not possible.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Go for a club room and you get Afternoon Tea and Evening Canapes, including free evening cocktails.
    • Request a Dubai Skyline View for an amazing sunset silhouetting Dubai's Skyline. If you dont get it, just goto TOMO on the 17th floor and have a drink on their rooftop lounge bar.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 647 Hotels in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • we had wonderful time at Dubai Raffles 11/16/2019
    • Raffles Dubai 11/16/2019
    • Raffles Dubai
    Address:
    Sheikh Rashid Road
    Wafi Mall
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    011 971 4 324 8888
    Other:
  • Tomo
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    Alan1901 Says:

    This for me is Dubai's No.1 Japanese restaurant, its like going to the theatre, the styling, the outfits, the food, the chefs and the service are all very authentic, evidenced by the numerous Japanese guests dining there. That and all the Time Out awards. But the best bit is their rooftop lounge bar with just amazing views of the city and a live DJ. Its awe inspiring!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visit the terrace bar, for the iconic selfie of the Dubai Skyline!
    From the community
    Ranked #212 of 7,895 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic View of the City 11/05/2019
    • Stunning view! 11/02/2019
    • Tomo
    Address:
    Wafi City Shk Rashid Rd
    Raffles Hotel
    Dubai 31348
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 357 7888
    Price range:
    US$60 - US$120
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Burj Khalifa
    Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings
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    Alan1901 Says:

    The Burj Khalifa is currently the worlds tallest tower, its going to be around long after we are all gone. You can't visit Dubai and not take the opportunity to go and visit. Go up the tower and get your picture taken then your great great grandkids can follow in your footsteps in years to come. This is an icon of our civilisation, no matter which way you look at it. Remeber and spend some time in awe of it from the outside too and once you've been you can forever see the Burj and think, I've been there!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Book your tickets in advance then collect them from the machine kiosk to save queuing.
    • Book for around sunset for some spectacular views.
    • Consider paying extra for the SKY experience which takes you to the worlds highest viewing platform and lets you skip the queue!
    • When your up there, press a penny on the souvenir machine there!
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 397 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Afternoon tea 11/17/2019
    • Clean and beautifull area 11/17/2019
    • Burj Khalifa
    Address:
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 294 6060
    Price range:
    US$300 - US$300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Zuma
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    Alan1901 Says:

    One of Dubai's top restaurants, packed every night with the VERY trendy crowd. You need to book in advance for Zuma. To get the best of it ask the manager to help you choose their best dishes from the menu and then share them. Everyone I took here was blown away by the Black Cod - you have to try it.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    Tips
    • Try the Black Cod!
    • Ask the manager to help you choose some dishes!
    • Remember, this is the "in" crowd so wear your finest so you don't feel underdressed!
    From the community
    Ranked #207 of 7,895 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trendy culinary experience 11/15/2019
    • Best venue in town 11/15/2019
    • Zuma
    Address:
    Gate Village 06, DIFC
    Dubai 506620
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 425 5660
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Thu - Fri
    7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sat - Wed
    7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Khana Khazana
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
    Alan1901 Says:

    If you are from the UK and you like Indian food, then this is the place for you, it is literally the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to and I've been to a few in Manchester! Its so close to the Raffles hotel, and it looks a little dodgy from the outside, but the service is ALWAYS 5 star and the food is so delicious and extremely filling and the prices very reasonable. I always recommend this to people and everyone says it's great. The owner is a famous TV chef from India, so famous that even the owner of my local Indian takeaway knew who he was!!!!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Just make sure you have room, because everything is delicious and you are going to feel stuffed.
    • The prawns are a personal favourite.
    From the community
    Ranked #1,671 of 7,895 restaurants in Dubai
    • Unique Business Class Indian Restuarent in Dubai 08/06/2019
    • Food is ok, nothing out of the ordinary 01/31/2019
    • Khana Khazana
    Address:
    Al Nasr Leisure Land
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 336 0061
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Nasimi Beach
    Restaurants
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    Alan1901 Says:

    I love going here at night, the weather is perfect and it feels so continental, because it's attached to the hotel there are lots of friendly tourists having a nice time and a great vibe. They do great food - burger and chips highly recommended and its a great place to try shisha too.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Wear your white trousers and hawaii shirt to fit right in ;)
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terrible again 08/16/2019
    • Don’t go and waste your money! 06/18/2019
    • Nasimi Beach
    Address:
    Crescent Road
    Atlantis, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 426 2626
    Other:
  • The Dubai Fountain
    Fountains
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    Alan1901 Says:

    The best place to see the fountains is from one of the restaurants, you've no idea how attractive you look to your partner when the fountains are soaring behind you and the classic italian opera is accompanying them. If you're not already in love then dining by the fountains will make sure you fall in love that night.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Restaurants in Souk Al Bahar offer a fine dining experience, while the Dubai Mall restaurants offer great food and good value, you can see the fountains from both.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 397 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautifull 11/17/2019
    • Night by the Fountain 11/17/2019
    • The Dubai Fountain
    Address:
    Financial Centre Road
    Dubai Mall
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971-4-362-7500
    Price range:
    US$360 - US$360
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Mon - Sat
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
    Golf Courses
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    Alan1901 Says:

    There is a bar here called QD's and it has the most amazing sunset view of Dubai. Their seafood is brilliant, the vibe is perfect and the prices are extremely reasonable. They do shisha too for the authentic middle eastern experience. If you come during the day, its just as amazing and you can also hire a BBQ donut and have a BBQ out on the creek, while the sun goes down.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go at sunset and stay the night!
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 953 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Golf and good food 11/17/2019
    • Awesome Golf Round 10/29/2019
    • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
    Phone:
    +971 4 295 6000
    Other:
  • Seafire Steakhouse
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, European, International)
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    Alan1901 Says:

    Without a doubt, my favourite steak house in Dubai, it delivers every time. The steaks are cooked to perfection, the decor is fantastic, the clients are a mix of Atlantis hotel guests and Dubai visitors, the manager always stops by to make sure your okay, the servers have a sense of humour, flames lick up from the kitchen and they play Sinatra. What more can you ask for?!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're going to go out for a steak in Dubai, then visit Seafire.
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 7,895 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday meal with wife. 5 star ! 11/17/2019
    • Best steak we’ve had 11/15/2019
    • Seafire Steakhouse
    Address:
    Crescent Dr
    Atlantis, The Palm
    Dubai 211188
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 426 2626
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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