UAE is a small country with hundreds of attractions. And the tourists love how they can hop from sci-fi architecture to palm-shaped islands, stumble upon the old heritage, ride in the endless desert, rush adrenaline at the world-record slides and stay at the beach resorts.
In the mix of 7 emirates, here we handpick the top 10 things to do in UAE for the travelers who want to spend an unforgettable vacation.
Ascend the Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world at a lofty height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is one of the most impressive attractions in UAE. Stand on its observation deck on the 148th floor and soak in an incredible panoramic view stretching from skyscrapers to desert. Keep your zest high as you indulge in several other things, such as sipping tea in a luxurious lounge, dining from the award-winning menu, walking on a twisted glass-floor, and watching the city up-close through the powered telescope.
Spend a day out in Palm Jumeirah
Dubai has set the benchmark in the architectural world with its redefining engineering. Palm Jumeirah is a legendary example and the biggest artificial island in the world. Shaped like a palm tree, the island is studded by high-end restaurants, bars, and retails to make your tour exciting and appetizing. Anything better than just visiting the island is staying in its rose-hued Atlantis, The Palm, and splashing in its Aquaventure Water Park. Take a speedboat tour or skydive for breathtaking visuals.
Book a Desert Safari
A blend of adventure and culture creates a mosaic of the Arabian desert. It’s a beautiful expanse of golden sand, where you can bash the dunes in a 4WD vehicle, surf the sand, rev up the quad bike, and even ride the camels. The desert safari in Dubai and Abu Dhabi promises an excursion filled with heart-thumping surprises in the camp. Be audience to the magical belly dancing, get your hands designed, puff unlimited shisha, and have the best Arabic buffet in the world.
Take a tour of Burj Al Arab
A global icon of Arabian opulence, with cutting-edge design and exquisite dining, Burj Al Arab is your dream hotel. It is known across the globe as the only 7-star hotel and is home to a man-made beach and infinity pool terrace, and one of the tallest grand atria at 180 meters high. To bask in its luxury, you won’t have to splurge on one of its extravagant suites, rather reserve a table at any Michelin-star restaurants here and fill your day with jitters in the stomach. The view from its lounge is nothing but jaw-dropping.
Admire the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Located in the enchanting capital of the UAE, and rising majestically from beautiful gardens, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an architectural marvel. Accommodating 40,000 worshippers under its 80 domes, which is held aloft by 1000 pillars and punctuated by four 107m-high minarets, this is a massive Islamic structure. Tourists take innumerable pictures with its marble backdrop and unbelievable design. Join the free 45-minute guided tour, and watch the largest chandelier, largest loomed carpet, medallion design and other impressive features.
Wander in Al Fahidi Historical District
The true grandeur of Dubai that you see now has been nurtured from an era where houses had wind towers. To observe more about the prehistoric times of Dubai and Arab, meander through the oldest residential quarter, the Al Fahidi District. Located along the Dubai Creek, the neighborhood shows previous social life, cultural development, and trade. Today, when you visit the winding streets you can bump into a plethora of cultural activities, museums, art galleries, special events, and good food.
Get your pulse racing at IMG Worlds of Adventure
Witness your favorite Marvel and Cartoon characters coming to life through state-of-the-art rides. Covering an area of more than 28 football fields, IMG is Dubai’s largest indoor theme park that has 4 thrilling zones. Ride adrenaline-pumping attractions based on iconic MARVEL superheroes, like Spiderman and Hulk, get chills seeing the dinosaurs roaring, unleash your inner child in the Cartoon Network zone, and check out the spine-tingling attractions in IMG Boulevard. A variety of themed retail stores, exclusive dining venues, and a 12-screen cinema have you occupied for hours of fun.
Marvel at the art and artefacts of Louvre Abu Dhabi
Constructed by a prize-winning architect, Louvre Abu Dhabi seems like a giant dome floating in water (with no obvious support) and sunshine playing hide and seek inside the structure through the irregular honeycomb of aluminum and stainless steel. Featuring world cultural history, it has an inspiring collection of masterpieces, East meets West exhibitions, Children’s museum, and chronological history of human creativity.
Take photos of Emirates Palace
Pristine private beach, marina views, stunning Arabian interiors, and top-notch five-star service, Emirates Palace is a perfect destination that fits in the luxury mood. From dining in a royal set up to getting pampered in a rejuvenating spa, from conference meetings to wedding events, this resorts ups the game of fancy staycations. As a traveler, one can wander through the majestic halls and corridors, admire the gold-plated decor and watch its furnishings.
Uncover the history at Sharjah Art Museum
Established in 1997, the Sharjah Art Museum is an appealing attraction for all art aficionados. It is a building of two wings, housing permanent collections, and temporary exhibitions. It presents works by international and Arab artists who have explored the history and culture of the region. Discover more about the history of the region through the fascinating masterpieces by local artists who have significantly enriched the Arab art scene. There are paintings, artefacts, visual and audio materials, and exhibitions where you can participate.
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With so much to do and explore in every city, UAE guarantees days of entertainment. Get your visa, pack your bags, and come back home with amazing memories.