Headed to Dubai? Here's the Top Places You NEED to Visit!

By Lauren - August 29, 2021

Below you can find my top picks for the places you need to visit in Dubai, UAE. 

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1.  The Frame

The Frame is a stunning installation that you can ride an elevator to the top of and take in views of the city. On one side you can see all of Old Dubai and the other all of downtown and the recent architecture. It also has a museum at the top too, telling you more of Dubai's history. 

2. The Burj Kalifa

Known as the tallest building in the world! There are plenty of fun photo locations around downtown Dubai with the Burj in the background. One of the best I've found is the view from the top of the Shangri La hotel. If you're willing to splurge a bit you can also get some amazing photos from inside the observation deck in the Burj Kalifa. Entry tickets start at around $97 USD but you can also find them cheaper on Groupon.

Check out this awesome hotel with a view of the Burj HERE

3. Saya Cafe 

There are many amazing Instagrammable restaurants and rooftop bars in Dubai but this gorgeous pink cafe is my favorite spot to take photos! They have many cute murals and even the food is colorful and fun! It's located at the Pointe Shopping center on the Palm Island. 

4. Old Dubai

Want to step back in time to what Dubai was like before the towering skyscrapers? Check out Old Dubai! This neighborhood hosts lots of amazing local shops, several open air marketplaces and souks and stunning architecture! 

5. Street Art at City Walk/ La Mer

Take a walk around the city walk at La Mer and you'll find tons of beautiful street murals created by local artists.

6. Miracle Gardens Dubai

Not popular with tourists, this beautiful park is full of flowers and statues. It's only open during the winter months though from October - March. 

7. Dubai Mall

Dubai boasts two of the largest malls in the world. The Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates. The Dubai Mall has an ice skating rink, an aquarium and the Mall of Emirates has a ski slope inside! The Dubai mall also has some pretty amazing city views from the terrace and large windows at the Nike and Apple stores.Be sure to catch the fountain show outside of the mall which takes place every hour and is stunning at night.  

8. Atlantis, The Palm 

Visit The Palm! The Palm is one of Dubai’s many man made islands and has a ton of shopping areas and gorgeous beaches. Be sure to drive all the way to the end of the island and check out the Pointe shopping center and get a view of the famous Atlantis resort! There’s also a water park nearby! 

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