Dubai is a city that comprises a range of atmospheres and environments. From the futuristic skyscrapers of Downtown to the historic quarters and the beach, Dubai has something to offer every taste. Top Spots Dubai shares the best neighbourhoods to explore as a tourist.
1. Downtown Dubai: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Fountain, Boulevard
Located in Downtown Dubai, there are several record-breaking sights that are must-sees for tourists. Within walking distance of each other, you can visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and then head to Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest malls, to see the world’s tallest fountain, the Dubai Fountain. You can also check out the Dubai Opera, or visit Burj Park, which hosts many events, even though it is not as large as other parks in the city. Downtown Dubai is best experienced at night, when there are many attractions catering to night owls, such as Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, which is always lively and a great spot for a meal or coffee. There are also many high-end hotels and dining options for all budgets, as well as plenty of free activities to do, making Downtown Dubai one of the best and most cost-effective places to visit in Dubai.
2. Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in Dubai known for its impressive size and shape, resembling a palm tree with a trunk, 16 fronds, and an 11 km surrounding crescent. It is home to a thriving community with villas, townhouses, and apartments, as well as many five-star hotels and plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining options. The island’s main attraction is the Atlantis hotel, which has 1,539 rooms and pays tribute to an underwater kingdom. It offers a range of water-themed attractions, including the world’s largest water park, Aquaventure, the Lost Chambers Aquarium, and the Dolphin Bay habitat. The hotel also has several fine dining options, such as Nobu and Hakkasan. Another popular destination on the island is the recently opened Nakheel Mall, known for its excellent food hall, Depachika. For a laid-back beachside experience, visit Palm West Beach, which has a range of dining and entertainment options, such as Lucky Fish and Surf Club, and offers beautiful sunset views of the Dubai Marina.
3. Dubai Marina, JBR, Bluewaters Island
Dubai Marina, JBR and Bluewaters Island are favourite spots among tourists thanks to the Instagrammable architecture, yachts, beaches and impressive selection of restaurants and retail.
JBR is a stretch of a beach populated by atmospheric hotels from the Ritz to the Rixos and beach clubs like Tomoka and Bla Bla. There’s also family-friendly entertainment and dining options like Pavilion at The Beach.
Behind JBR is the Dubai Marina known for its skyscrapers that overlook the yachts. The Dubai Marina walk way beloved by joggers and cyclists curves around cafes and restaurants and leads to the Dubai Marina Mall and Pier 7, a chic tower with marina views and several dining concepts inside.
Across the pedestrian bridge from JBR is Bluewaters Island. Bluewaters comprises retail, restaurants. We recommend Alici for a luxurious Italian dining experience and Puerto 99 for a fun Mexican vibe. There’s also several entertainment options here and hotels like Ceasars Palace. Sights include the Ain Dubai observation wheel.
4. Al Fahidi Historical District (Old Dubai), Dubai Creek Area
Enjoy the thrill of experiencing Sky Views Observatory Edge Walk with no windows or protective barriers in the way! At almost 220 metres above ground level, it’s Dubai’s highest full-circle hands-free walk. Guests move around the ledge encircling the top of the tower while taking in some of the city’s most impressive views that span Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Dubai skyline.
In the Jumeirah district, which stretches across Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah 3 there are lots of things to see and do. Take in the beautiful stretches of beach, homegrown cafes and boutiques and the Jumeirah Mosque which was built in 1975.
There are some chic hotels dotted along Jumeirah. Discover the famous Nikki Beach Resort for a party vibe and Bvlgari Hotel for elegant dining options and sea views. The Mandarin Oriental hotel has several fine dining concepts with impressive sea views while Four Seasons Jumeirah has some of Dubai’s most impressive fine restaurants including Coya and Scalini as well as Mercury rooftop bar with impressive city views and Nammos Beach Club known for its day parties. Head to the Jumeirah Fishing Harbour to experience Dubai’s fishing culture and some excellent seafood dining spots like 3Fils. Other harbours include fish markets, small seafood cafes and the options to rent equipment like jet skis.