The Top 10 Sights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Travel to Dubai without any tourist traps: Here you will find the top 10 sights in Dubai. Read which highlights and attractions you should not miss on your holiday in Dubai!

Dubai - the former fishing village on the coast of the United Arab Emirates has grown into a world metropolis of records and superlatives in just a few years. Holidays in Dubai are characterised by such unimaginable luxury and extravagant pomp as nowhere else in the world.


Palm Island Jumeirah in Dubai

Jumeirah was the first of the famous artificial palm-shaped islands to grow into the sea from the Dubai coast, UAE - © SMIRNOVA IRINA / Shutterstock
© SMIRNOVA IRINA / Shutterstock

The Palm Islands in Dubai are the largest man-made artificial islands. The controversial project is one of Dubai's most prominent landmarks. The Palm Islands have often been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by the Western media.

To prevent the islands from being washed away over time, they are surrounded by gigantic breakwaters made of boulders that can withstand waves up to 4 metres high.

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Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The Burj Khalifa houses the world's first Armani hotel, office space, suites and 124th floor observation deck, Dubai, UAE - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is currently the tallest building in the world with a massive height of 828 metres. At its foot, full of glitz and glamour, lies Dubai's new city centre - "Downtown Dubai". The design of the overwhelming building comes from the American architect Adrian Smith.

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Ski Dubai in Dubai

With slopes, lifts, half-pipe and snow park, the Ski Dubai hall is one of the most popular attractions in the city, UAE - © S-F / Shutterstock
© S-F / Shutterstock

With slopes, lifts, half-pipe and snow park, Ski Dubai is one of the city's most popular attractions. The 85-metre-high hall with a 60-metre-high mountain makes winter sports possible in the middle of Dubai. Three ski lifts and five slopes of various levels of difficulty offer authentic winter sports on the Arabian Peninsula.

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Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai

The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that allows non-Muslims to enter, UAE - © dinosmichail / Shutterstock
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The majestic Jumeirah Mosque is one of the top sights in Dubai. It is also open to non-Muslims. Guided tours are also offered, providing interesting information about Islam and its traditions.

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Miracle Gardens in Dubai

The world's largest flower garden and butterfly house are the highlights at the enchanting Miracle Gardens in Dubai, UAE - © S-F / Shutterstock
© S-F / Shutterstock

The "Miracle Gardens" in the south of Al Barsha welcome every visitor with a fragrant and flowering world like something out of a fairy tale. With over 100 million flowering plants, the Miracle Gardens are the largest flower garden in the world and are home to the largest butterfly house in the world. In April 2015, the Miracle Gardens were awarded the "Moselle Award for New Garden Experiences".

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Burj al Arab in Dubai

The Burj Al Arab Hotel on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE, was the first 7-star hotel in the world to receive international media attention - © Rus S / Shutterstock
© Rus S / Shutterstock

The Burj al Arab is considered the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the world and is a landmark of Dubai. With its distinctive shape, modelled on a sail blown by the wind, the prestigious Burj al Arab building is recognisable from afar and unmistakable the world over.

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Dubai Creek in Dubai

Dubai Creek is located between the two districts of Bur Dubai and Deira and is one of the most visited sights in Dubai, UAE - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The Dubai Creek, a 14km long estuary, is the former lifeline of Dubai. The 14km long Dubai Creek made the foundation of Dubai possible in the first place. In the dry desert on the Persian Gulf, fishermen's and pearl divers' huts were built along the Dubai Creek, laying the foundation for today's Dubai.

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Hotel Atlantis on the Palm Island Jumeirah in Dubai

With luxurious suites, picture-book beach, water park, shopping and wellness temple, the Atlantis Hotel on Jumeirah is one of the best hotels in Dubai, UAE - © Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock
© Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock

On the tip of the famous palm island of Jumeirah off the coast of Dubai sits the unmissable luxury hotel Atlantis. With its luxurious suites, picture-book beach, gourmet chefs and dream view of Dubai, it is one of the best hotels in Dubai. The architecture of the 5-star hotel is reminiscent of an oriental palace everywhere.

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Dubai Marina in Dubai

Dubai Marina, southeast of the city centre, is an imposing composition of man-made waterway, sleek yachts and monumental buildings, UAE - © Naufal MQ / Shutterstock
© Naufal MQ / Shutterstock

The Dubai Marina is an impressive composition of monumental buildings, artificial waterways and countless sleek yachts. The marina leaves every visitor's mouth open in amazement, especially at night. Then the buildings, streets and ships are bathed in the multiple light of lamps and spotlights.

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Dubai Fountain in Dubai

The Dubai Fountain at the foot of the giant Burj Khalifa is the largest music-controlled fountain in the world, Dubai, UAE - © Laborant / Shutterstock
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The Dubai Fountain at the foot of the gigantic Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai is the world's largest music-controlled fountain. The monumental fountain comes from WET Design, the builders who also designed the famous fountain in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The gigantic "fountain" is 275 metres long.

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