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Updated: Nov 2, 2019


Places you should visit in UAE.

Part 1- Dubai & Abu Dhabi (+ Al ain)

Here are 28 attraction places you should visit or know about UAE.


Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Dubai's landmark building is Burj Khalifa.

It designed to be the tallest building in the world, at 829.8 meters.

Construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004, completed five years later in 2009,The building was opened in 2010. The primary structure is reinforced concrete.

There is an observation deck on the 124th floor named At the Top it was opened on 5th of January 2010 at a height of 452 m.

The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply stunning.

Burj Khalifa opened the 148th floor SKY level at 555 m, giving it the highest observation deck in the world on 15 October 2014.

Opening Hours: everyday from 08:30 AM – 10:00 PM.

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on Dubai coastline.

Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night.

Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites.

There is a restaurant ( Al Mahara restaurant) to go for dinner at the underwater where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat, or you can enjoy lunch at California-style fusion restaurant Scape.

For the ultimate panoramic views over the city, book afternoon tea at the Sky view Bar on the 27th floor.

Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest musical fountain system and the city's most popular free tourist attraction.

It is set on the man made Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai, between the Dubai Mall, Souq Al Bahar and the Burj Khalifa.

The fountain consists of 275 m long central arc of jets joined to a smaller arc and 5 circles of jets.

When the performance begins these powerful jets shoot water sprays to heights of up 150 meters in harmony with the music and illuminated by over 6000 powerful lights and 50 color projectors.

Performance are held daily and last up to 5 minutes.

Songs and music accompanying the show range from Arabic, pop to classic.

Opening hours: Daily from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm and are every 30 min a new show begin.

Dubai Aquarium

One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall.

As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.

Different activities help you get a closer look at the sea life.

Glass bottom boat tours (on top of the tank) are particularly popular.

Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also on offer.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 12:00 midnight.

Miracle Garden

This incredible garden is one of City land's signature creations. It was launched on Valentine’s Day 2013, and is set in the heart of Dubai land.
Located in Al Barsha South, the 72,000 sq garden showcases identifiable structures completely covered with flowers.
Miracle garden earned its 3rd Guinness records entitled "World's Largest Topiary Structure".

Among the many exhibits, you’ll find the Guinness World Record for the world's largest flower arrangement. It’ll be hard to miss this floral rendition of the great Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft – made entirely from flowers.

There are plenty of attractions to see, including some quirky layouts.

A heart-shaped pathway, pyramids and full-size houses are just some of the sights on offer.

Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 am to 09:00 pm.

Butterfly Garden

Located right next to Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden claimed to be the “World’s Largest Covered Butterfly Garden” consists of ten custom built domes around 6,673 sq.m.

Each dome is filled with almost 15,000 butterflies with around over 50 varieties of butterfly in different sizes and colors flying around the visitors.

Dubai Butterfly Garden gives you the opportunity to see how butterflies evolve through each stage.

Dubai Butterfly Garden has a climate-controlled dome, providing the butterflies a relaxed environment and permitting the domes to be open throughout the year.

Along with the garden there is also a butterfly museum and a lush garden that is built with varieties of plants and flowers, fountains, birds and fish ponds.

Opening Hours: 09:00 am–06:00 pm

Quranic Park

Located in Al Khawaneej, Dubai. The Quranic Park is designed to give a better cultural and educational understanding of the Islamic heritage, while still being a fun place to visit for children, families and those looking to learn more about the Holy Quran.

The park that spans over of 60-hectares, it has two main attractions, One of the two main attractions at the Quranic Park is:

The Glass House: It is home to 29 different plants and trees that are mentioned in the Quran and The Sunnah.

You can expect to find plants such as olive tree, fig, black henna, oud, aloe vera and much more.

Each plant is sectioned and marked with its name, some information about it, and if it’s mentioned in the Quran or/and The Sunnah.

Cave of Miracles: is a man-made cave which describe miracles revolving around the Prophets that occurred in the Holy Quran.

Some of the miracles you can expect to see include Prophet Abraham's (Ibrahim) miracle in reviving the bird, Prophet Moses (Moussa) miracle of the Sea, Prophet Jesus (Essa) miracle of creating a bird out of clay and more.

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is an architectural landmark in Zabeel Park, Dubai.

It has been described by The Guardian newspaper as "the biggest picture frame on the planet".

The Dubai Frame is created out of glass, steel, aluminum, and reinforced concrete.

It stands at 150.24 m.

It is positioned in such a way that representative landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen on one side, while from the other side, visitors can also view older parts of the city.

The Frame opened in January 2018.

Opening Hours: From 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM.

Dubai Opera

Opened in August 2016, Dubai's classy new opera building is the centerpiece of the Opera District in downtown Dubai and set to become the city's major cultural hub and main entertainment venue.

The Dubai Opera hosts a variety of performances and events including theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, conferences and exhibitions, as well as smaller productions, comedy nights, and concerts.

The 2,000-seat theater building itself is an astonishing piece of architectural mastery and one of Dubai's new landmarks, with its highly-contemporary glass and steel walls jutting out over the waterfront, built to resemble the curves of a traditional dhow.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM–09:00 PM

Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the Middle East’s largest integrated leisure and theme park destination located on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai.

It features more than 100 rides and attractions, and consists of three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai.

The official opening took place on 18 December 2016.

Motiongate takes its theme from Hollywood productions, with rides based around movie blockbusters;

Bollywood Parks brings the world of India's famous movie industry alive on its rides;

and Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark provide younger visitors with a fun-packed day out on its interactive rides, water slides, and wave pool.

Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

IMG World of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor amusement park in Dubai.

It is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination.

The park is divided into five "epic zones".

Two of the five zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost ValleyDinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group.

Novo Cinema is the fifth section of IMG Worlds of Adventure.

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet.

With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day, the destination features roller coasters, thrill rides, and other attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and animation dinosaurs.

Other facilities include a variety of themed retail stores and dining venues, and a 12-screen Novo cinema complex.

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful mosques in Dubai.

An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, which is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture.

It was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome.It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.

Construction began in 1976; the mosque is built in traditional Fatimid style, and Opened in 1979.

Opening Hours: Tours begin at 10:00 am daily, except Fridays.

Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as one of the world’s largest mosques.

The Grand Mosque was constructed between 1996 and 2007.

The mosque fuses Mameluke, Ottoman, and Fatimid design elements to create a harmonious and thoroughly modern mosque that celebrates Islamic architecture.

Artisans used glass-work, mosaic tiling, and intricate carvings to spectacular effect on both the interior and exterior.

Able to hold 40,000 worshippers, it is the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, and like the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Fujairah, it is dedicated to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.

Non-Muslims are allowed into all areas of the mosque (including the vast library), and guided tours are available.

Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 am to 10:00 pm

Friday 4.30 pm-10:00 pm

Ferrari World

This branded theme park brings the thrill of Formula One racing to Abu Dhabi and is one of the city's top things to do for thrill seekers and families alike.

Small children can test out newly learned driving skills on the Junior GT track, while adrenaline junkies can buckle up and ride the Flying Aces roller coaster, which clocks up speeds of 120 kilometers per hour on a 52-meter loop (the tallest in the world).

There's also a collection of Ferrari's cars, with models dating back to 1947, and a Ferrari factory tour and Ferrari knowledge game show for true car nerds.

Opening Hours: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM.

Yas Water World

Yas Water World is an Emirati-themed water park located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

The park is home to more than 40 rides, slides and attractions, including Bubble’s Barrel, Rush Rider, and Bandit Bomber which is the longest suspended roller coaster in the Middle East over 550 metres long.

There are also restaurants, cafés, shops and also a dedicated water play area for families with small children.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.

Emirates Park Zoo

There is a host of animals at the wildlife park, including rare white tigers, giraffes, elephants, a herd of zebras, and a Siberian bear.

There is also a private section with many different types of monkeys, and a flamingo park with a sea lion enclosure.

At the zoo, children can touch and feed domestic breeds of animals.

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Abu Dhabi.

The museum was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum.

The museum is designed as a "seemingly floating dome structure"; its web-patterned dome allowing the sun to filter through.

The overall effect is meant to represent "rays of sunlight passing through date palm fronds in an oasis.

Opening Hours: Saturdays to Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm,

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am to 10:00.