Dubai has always served as a bridge between East and West. In the past, Dubai's trade links stretched from Western Europe to Southeast Asia and China. The result was the creation of one of the most protean societies in the world. Nestled in the very heart of Islam, Dubai remains unique in its embrace of the West. Bedouin may still roam the desert, but Dubai also plays hosts to international tennis and golf tournaments. Tourists flock to its shores while the pace of development continues at a frenetic pace, from massive artificial islands to the astounding Burj Al Arab Hotel.
Dubai is actually two cities in one: the Khor Dubai, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Deira, the old city, from Bur Dubai.
More about Dubai, United Arab Emirates Points of Interest
Burj Al Arab Hotel
This opulent five-star, 321 meter high hotel is a jewel in Dubai's crown. Built in the shape of a towering sail, this magnificent structure is the tallest all-suite hotel in the world over water.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. A high speed elevator takes you to the observation deck on level 124, where glass walls provide panoramic views of the city, desert and ocean.
The awe-inspiring Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most photographed sites in Dubai, and a splendid example of Islamic architecture. It features baroque towers, minarets and an impressive dome.
Souks are the best place to find a bargain. The Al Arsah Souk is noted for its silver jewelry, while the Gold Souk is one of the world's major gold markets, attracting more than 300 traders.
The impressive Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort (built in 1787), and features artifacts from Dubai's pearl-fishing days, and archaeological finds that date back as far as 3000 B.C.
Travel in a sturdy 4-wheel drive vehicle to the vast Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, home to the endangered Arabian oryx, to enjoy camel rides, a barbecue and traditional belly dancing shows.
Crossing Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek, a saltwater inlet, cuts the city in two and visitors can take a water-bus from one side to the other, enjoying views of the breathtaking shores, as well as the Burj Al Arab Hotel.
The Palm Jumeirah is a millionaire's paradise. The Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island shaped like palm-tree, that sits off the coast of Dubai and home to luxury hotels, villas and restaurants and shopping malls.
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Dubai Museum & Gold Souk
4.5 hours | Dubai | DXB-200
Burj Al Arab Hotel
Crossing Dubai Creek
Discover the wonder of Dubai on a panoramic tour that takes you on a journey from the 18th century to present day. Visit Dubai Museum, the bustling crowds of the Gold Souk, and the historic Al Bastakiya district, as well as viewing the Jumeirah Mosque and modern, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel.
This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with minimal involved. Experience the wonder of Dubai and view its many impressive landmarks, including the spectacular Burj Al Arab Hotel, from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach, on a delightful excursion perfectly suited to guests who prefer minimal walking.
See all the can′t-miss sights of dynamic Dubai. Climb aboard the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, the perfect opportunity for independent travelers to see this incredible iconic city. Hop off at any stop to explore on foot or choose to ride the route's complete circuit, gazing at the highlights and listening to the lively on-board commentary.
At The Top, Burj Khalifa - World's Tallest Building
5.75 hours | Dubai | DXB-220
Burj Al Arab Hotel
Discover Dubai's major sights on a fascinating narrated drive around this ancient yet modern city. View the dramatic, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel, then visit the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and enjoy 360-degree views of the city, desert and ocean.
Step aboard a traditional dhow for a moonlit dinner and cruise along Dubai Creek. Admire the glittering skyline and iconic landmarks as you sail through the heart of Dubai. And watch the stars come out while you feast on a mouth-watering buffet meal.
Explore the breath-taking Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on an exciting 4-wheel drive safari adventure that visits a recreated traditional desert camp. Enjoy an exhilarating camel ride through the desert.
Local Connections: A day with the Al Mughni Family and Blue Souk Market
5 hours | Dubai | DXB-320
Eat, drink and live like a local as you gain insight into Emirati culture, history and heritage. Meet the family of Fatima Al Mughni for traditional snacks. Then, mingle with shoppers at the Blue Souk market. Photos stops at the Al Noor Mosque and the waterfront add to the day's excitement.
Explore the breath-taking Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve on an exciting 4-wheel drive safari adventure that visits an exclusive recreated traditional desert camp. Enjoy an exhilarating camel ride through the desert, a traditional belly dancing show, and a delicious barbecue meal with beer and wine.
Journey to Abu Dhabi to explore the spectacular galleries of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. See the marvel that is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and photograph the iconic Emirates Palace Hotel on this captivating day of architectural beauty. Lunch at one of the best restaurants by the seaport.
Nature lovers will thrill to a visit to Dubai Miracle Garden, a truly spectacular showcase of botanicals and immense floral structures. Stroll past fantastical displays that change with the seasons and marvel at over 15,000 butterflies in a garden habitat. Then, lunch at The Farm, a tranquil enclave of exquisite cuisine and serene country surroundings.
Indulge in a delicious dinner and open bar aboard the luxurious Bateaux Dubai, a sleek, air conditioned, all-glass boat. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city as you cruise along Dubai Creek, taking in sights such as the Sheikh Saeed House, Heritage Village, and more.
Enjoy a relaxing harbor cruise aboard a catamaran and view one of the Emirates most exciting developments: the creation of the largest man-made island in the world, before enjoying a leisurely tea at the magnificent sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel.
Soar over Dubai in a seaplane and marvel at the city's magnificent man-made wonders. From this sky-high perspective you can marvel at the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Hotel, the sky-scraping Burj Khalifa, stunning Palm Island, the World Islands and the world's largest man-made marina!
Grab your culinary passport for a five-course meal at five restaurants in Burj Al Arab, the world's only 'seven-star' hotel. Enjoy drinks in the Sky View Bar, appetizers in Al Muntaha, traditional Arabian delicacies in Al Iwan, Asian specialties in Junsui, seafood in Al Mahara and dessert in Sahn Eddar.