If we compare the United Arab Emirates to other countries, it appears as a small country from the outside to be a tourist destination for people all around the world. But in reality, people from all over the globe are attracted to the world-famous tourist destinations in the UAE as it is packed with places for people to fall in love with. Ranging from cultural spots to modern buildings, UAE is a mix and match of the best of both worlds. All of it combines, UAE is considered one of the top tourist destinations in the whole wide world.
Here are the top 20 tourist destinations you can visit in the UAE:
1. Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is famous as one of the grand hotels in the world. Widely known as the only 7-star hotel in all of Dubai. A snap of the boat-shaped hotel is a must every time you visit Dubai. A picture of the beautiful hotel can be taken from the beach, enjoy afternoon tea at the luxurious venue or visit the hotel during sunset, which makes the scene even more beautiful.
2. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, known to be the tallest building in the world, stands over 800 meters and is one of the attractive spots of Dubai. People go from all over the world to look and snap with the skyscraper of the building, but what’s even better is the view from the top of the building, which is from 148 floors high. There is no other experience like the view from the top of Burj Khalifa, which stretches from the beach to the desert.
3. Dubai Mall
For all the shopaholics, there is no other experience like the shopping experience in the biggest shopping mall in the world, the Dubai Mall. In total, the Dubai Mall hosts 1200 retail outlets, which includes the biggest and most luxurious names in fashion from all over the world like Forever 21, Chanel, Zara, Carter and many more, and other trendy shops as well. There are other areas in the mall which are completely dedicated to food stores as well as jewelry shops.
4. The Palm Jumeirah
Known as one of the most beautiful and biggest artificial islands in the world, Pal Jumairah is an amazing tourist destination for people coming to Dubai for holidays. Palm Jumairah is a must-visit destination for tourists to unwind and enjoy a fun time in high-end restaurants and bars of The Palm. A day visit to the island is never enough, instead, take a room in one of its beautiful 5-star hotels like Antara, Atlantis or the Fairmont the palm and enjoy the island properly.
5. Gold And Spice Souk
The spice souk and the gold souk are located five minutes apart from each other and give the real feel of Dubai before it became a concrete jungle with beautiful buildings and tourism boomed in the region. The word souk means market in Arabic. Both the souk are situated beside Dubai Creek and people visiting the souks can cross the water and visit a traditional water taxi, Abra. The spice souk is known for having the best-known spices in Dubai and the gold souk has jaw-dropping jewels for the people visiting.
6. Dubai Parks And Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a thrilling amusement park which is rather a new attraction for families visiting from all around the world. You can bring your family along and enjoy a fun time here. Dubai Parks and Resorts is a mixture of three different parks – Bollywood Parks, Motiongate and Legoland. People of all ages, children and adults alike, can come to Dubai Parks and Resorts and enjoy fun rides, concerts, events, and restaurants.
7. Ski Dubai
Now you and your family can have the fun of skiing in the deserted area of Dubai, who knew this is a thing too? Ski Dubai is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai. You can have a full experience of skiing and snowboarding, as well as have fun with penguins! Other than that, you can also enjoy the icing park here which offers ice slides and snow fights. All the clothing and equipment needed to bear the temperature and snow is provided in the venue, so people can come here without worry and have the most fun.
8. Souk Madinat Jumairah
Souk Madinat Jumairah is known to attract most of the tourists and is considered as a tourist hot-spot in Dubai. Souk Madinat Jumairah is popular because of offering souvenir shops, traditional shops, craft stands and much more. The structure of Souk Madinat Jumairah mimics an old traditional market with its outdoor spaces and wooden details at every corner. However, one of the best aspects considered of Madinat Jumairah is the unblocked view of Burj Al Arab. Like any other part of the posh Dubai, Madinat Jumairah is also full of beautiful restaurants and famous bars for a fun night out.
9. Yas Viceroy
Yas Viceroy is a luxurious hotel situated in the Yas Marina Circuit which offers a view of Abu Dhabi’s amazing formula 1 race track. The whole experience is made more thrilling and exciting when cars are practicing in the circuit and can be seen from the hotel. If you are in Abu Dhabi for vacation, do take time out to sit on the balcony of Yas Viceroy hotel and experience magic in the circuit.
10. Emirates Palace
Among a lot of other luxurious 5-star hotels, Emirates Palace is considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in all of UAE. It is known that the cost of building this hotel was the most expensive in all of the world, which was around 3 billion dollars. Te only way to enter Emirates Palace is to book a reservation for you and your family, and you can enjoy their famous gold cappuccino at the Le Cafe, yes with real gold in it! The height of luxury you can experience anywhere. The hotel incorporates fun bars and other amenities that make a vacation worth having here.
11. Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi
One of the most beautiful mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is of mind-blowing beauty. A mix of both ancient craftsmanship and contemporary design, the mosque’s interior is a blend of both ancient and modern techniques, which has given a new meaning to the Islamic architecture. Whoever is looking to visit places in Abu Dhabi must pay a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, at least once in life as the experience is never a dull one. The interior of the mosque uses mosaic tiles, a lavish amount of gold, a great amount of glasswork and marble, while the exterior blinds an eye with its white stone which looks even more heavenly under the dramatic blue sky of the Emirate. A tourist never returns without a ton of awe and love for this place.
12. Hajar Mountains
The Hajar Mountains lie in the heart of Abu Dhabi cutting through the desert, barbed and wild. Trip to the Hajar Mountains makes it an even more heavenly experience, with its roller-coaster and twisty roads, linking the way to small villages of the region on the way, the scenic beauty of the drive makes it worth a shot. People who love to hike, trek or watch the birds will find this place to their advantage. Along the way, there will be a lot of scenic valleys and dry riverbeds which make this experience even more fun.
13. Louvre Abu Dhabi
A divine journey for visitors the human history in Abu Dhabi’s Louvre Museum is what attracts tourists to this new attraction point from all around the world. This museum is a new, and undoubtedly the most spectacular addition to the city’s touristy points. Louvre Abu Dhabi walks the visitors through the links between different cultures with objects sourced from across the globe. Even if you are not a history lover or modern art, the ultra-modern and stark architecture of the building will draw you to itself, and you will not regret the chance given to this work of beauty.
14. Jebel Jais
Jebel Jais is the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates, located in the emirate of Rais Al-Khaimah. The access to Jebel Jais has been made easily accessible in recent years with the help of the switchback roads, which will have you twisting and turning till all the way up to the mountains. On the road at top of Jebel Jais, you will find yourself in front of viewing platforms and landscaped terraces which roll down to the sea. For adventurous people who wish to have an adrenaline rush every now and then, they can opt to jump off the world’s longest zip line running down by the Jebel Jais for more than 2 kilometers. This zip line reaches up to 120 kilometers per hour.
15. Sharjah Arts Museum
The Sharjah Arts Museum is considered one of the most important museums dedicated to the arts in the Emirates until Louvre Museum opened up in Abu Dhabi, this museum has been the home to the most diverse collection of art in all of UAE. What stands out the most in the museum is its collection of works by Arabic artists as well as European artists who were specialized in painting in the Arab world. Tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates can go and see programs of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
16. Jebel Hafeet
If you are visiting Abu Dhabi and have a great heart for snapping, a summit of Jebel Hafeet is a must-do and one of the favourite day trips you can make from Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. Jebel Hafeet is the second highest peak in UAE. On the way up Jebel Hafeet, you will experience sumptuous and far-reaching desert views on a twisty road. Once you have reached the top of the winding road, you will get to experience the view across the vast area of the desert.
17. The Desert
For all the adrenaline buzz lovers, pay a visit to the empty stretched desert hugging the coastline outside the cities. There are a lot of things you can do in the desert, ranging from dune-buggy journeys to drive trips on the fur-wheelers, sandboarding, camel treks and hiking. Mostly, the day trips to the desert are planned from Dubai, but Fujairah and Abu Dhabi are excellent bases for sightseeing as well. If you are looking to experience a beautiful night experience in the empty desert, a Bedouin-style dinner can opt for as well.
A beach trip is a must for everyone visiting the United Arab Emirates. The beaches are for everyone throughout the region, from beaches along the coast of Dubai to Abu Dhabi’s golden sand beaches to the beaches in Fujairah or Ajman, every beach has its own beauty and experience. A lot of 5-start hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai incorporate private sand patches, which can be used by outsiders as well for a day fee. Many resorts offer water sports as well, such as Jet Skiing, Diving, snorkeling, and standup paddleboarding.
19. Dubai Creek Dhow Ride
Dubai gives you experience from everywhere, from the skyline from the top of Burj Khalife to iconic views of Dubai from the waters, from the Dubai Creek Dhow Ride. It cuts through the city and offers an amazing view of Dubai from the traditional Arabic boats (dhows) that layer the creek. The best are the sunset cruises as they often offer dinner and entertainment combined with the scenic beauty when the lights of the high-rises commence twinkling in the dust. Or on the budgeted side, do not book a cruise and just hop on the local ferry and have an equally beautiful experience.
20. Sharjah Museum Of Islamic Civilization
Sharjah Museum is considered one of the best in the country as the focus lies on the complete breadth of Islamic history and not only the local history of the region. A lot of displays promote rare religious documents and manuscripts. People visiting from different cultures and backgrounds will find the documents and manuscripts easy to understand with the help of the excellent information boards present throughout the museum.