11 Must-see Attractions in Dubai – Keep this list
2020 has flown past in a blur. The entire world was cooped up inside their homes during most of the year. One of the biggest changes that the world has seen in the current year is travel. While the threat of the virus still exists, countries have started adapting to the new normal. Several cities have started opening their gates to tourists by enforcing proper travel guidelines. If you feel that it is time to leave your homes and start exploring the world again, Dubai is a good place to begin.
Sightseeing Attractions in Dubai 2021
Apart from the usual tourist attractions, Dubai has managed to outdo itself by introducing some more new attractions. Here are some of the new and old attractions that you should check out during your Dubai holiday in 2021.
#1 Palm Fountain
The Palm Fountain is the latest addition to the ever-growing attractions of Dubai. Inaugurated on October 22′ 2020, the Pointe is located on Palm Jumeirah. Measuring 7327 square meters, the Palm Fountain has been declared as the largest fountain in the world. It is spread over 14000 square feet of seawater and the water shoots off more than 105 meters high in the air. The fountain dances to the tunes of classical, Arabic and western music, and the performance is truly worth watching.
#2 Dubai Museum
The Dubai Museum is the oldest museum in the city, and it is located inside the oldest standing building of Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort. This museum is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn about the history of Dubai, especially how the city looked before all the development happened. You get to see Bedouin-style tents, houses and even a dhow that was used for transportation in the past. It is also interesting to check out the occupation, attire, and even shops of the olden times. Do not miss the audio-visual presentation that shows the amazing transformation of the city.
#3 Etihad Museum
Another latest addition to Dubai is the Etihad Museum, a place that preserves the political, social, military, scientific and cultural history of the United Arab Emirates. Located in Jumeirah, the Etihad Museum is an interactive museum that tells you the history of the UAE through videos, documents and photos. The museum has numerous pavilions that would give you a detailed account of the country’s growth and progress.
#4 Burj Khalifa
Dubai is an ever-growing city with something new to see every year. However, nothing can take away the glory of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Measuring 828 meters, this tall structure can be viewed from almost anywhere in the city. The best part is that tourists can visit the building by booking a tour to the observation deck on the 124th floor or 148th floor. Whichever floor you choose, you get to see an incredible view of the city from the top.
#5 Children’s City
There is no dearth of amusement parks and water parks in Dubai. However, if you want your kids to learn while having fun, the Children’s City is a place to visit. Located in Creek Park, Children’s City is a themed activity center, which includes an earth-science gallery, a planetarium, a nature center, a technology gallery and a global exhibition as well. Children get the chance to experiment and learn something new about things that interest them. There is also a toddler area with age-appropriate toys, games and activities.
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#6 Dubai Mall
Dubai has a plethora of malls but nothing can be better than the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls on earth. Located right next to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall possesses more than 1200 retail malls that sell everything from clothes to electronics. However, the Dubai Mall is much more than shopping. It is a powerhouse of attractions, including an aquarium & underwater zoo, an ice rink, a gaming zone and a children’s theme park as well. The place also has a huge food court, where you can indulge in a variety of delicious cuisines. In short, you can spend your entire day inside Dubai Mall itself.
#7 Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Here’s a little bit more about Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. The attraction located within Dubai Mall needs special mention as it is a fascinating experience one should not miss on a Dubai Mall tour. Boasted as the largest indoor aquarium in the world, Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a spectacular place to encounter over 30,000 aquatic life. Within the aquarium, you encounter the surreal and fascinating creatures of the ocean right from sand tiger sharks and stingrays to delightful otters and waddling penguins. You can also witness feeding presentations and join in on aquatic diving experiences with a shark along with expert trainers at this fabulous underwater world attraction.
#8 Dubai Fountain
Till October 2020, Dubai Fountain was the undisputed champion of the tag ‘World’s biggest choreographed fountain’. The newly launched Palm Fountain nabbed this title when it broke this world record. However, this doesn’t lessen the glorious charms of Dubai Fountain. Flanked by the majestic Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain adds extravagance and grandeur to the Dubai Downtown arena. Apart from viewing the gorgeous synchronized spectacle of water, music and lights, one can also take a boat ride on Burj Lake to witness the scintillating splendors of this stunning fountain up close. The fountain’s beauty can be viewed anywhere from the lake promenade and looks ravishing during the evening illuminations.
#9 Dubai Parks & Resorts
The Emirate city of Dubai has some high-tech amusement parks, and Dubai Parks & Resorts is one of them. The best thing about this place is that it has three theme parks and one water park inside it. Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood theme park; Bollywood Parks Dubai, a theme park dedicated to the Hindi (Indian) movie industry; Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. All these theme parks and water parks have amazing rides, slides and attractions. While the first two cater to adults, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park are dedicated to the little ones.
#10 Dubai Garden Glow
There is no shortage of creative and innovative attractions in Dubai. However, each one has a unique quality and vibe to it. Dubai Garden Glow is one such incredible attraction that will make you gape in awe at the mind-blowing creativity of art and illuminations. Step into this magical land where everything is glowing. The attraction is brimming with fascinating installations made out of recyclable items and garden landscapes completely adorned in brilliant bright lights and neon illuminations. A stroll through its magnificent exhibits is an ideal way to spend evenings in Dubai city.
#11 Dubai Shopping Festival
An important thing to look forward to while visiting Dubai in 2021 is the Dubai Shopping Festival. The 26th edition of the DSF begins on December 26′ 2020 and ends on January 30′ 2021. During the 6 weeks of the festival, visitors can enjoy incredible shopping experiences, live concerts, art installations, unique markets, stage shows, etc. You not only get to shop with amazing deals and discounts but also get the opportunity to win some great rewards, including huge cash prizes.
Apart from these attractions in Dubai the city is all set to launch Expo 2020 in the latter part of 2021 (October). Although it had to be postponed for a year due to the Covid19 situation around the world, the city has worked hard to make it a success. So, if you are itching to pack your bags and explore a new place, make sure that Dubai is on your travel bucket list in 2021.