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5 Top-Rated Must-See Places in Dubai

From Michelin star restaurants to luxurious malls, from architectural marvels to sky-high buildings that seem to defy gravity, with white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters and even endless deserts, Dubai really has it all. If you’re visiting Dubai for leisure or work, there are so many things to see here. You can spend your day relaxing at the beach, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the city from the top of the skyscrapers, you can go for a night safari to the desert or you can excite your inner shopaholic at the luxurious malls. However, if this is your first time in Dubai, then these are the top 5 tourist attractions that you must visit in Dubai!

Burj Khalifa

Your trip to Dubai is basically incomplete until you have visited the Burj Khalifa. Be it to visit or to live, the areas surrounding the Burj Khalifa are some of the most popular places in Dubai– just ask any real estate brokers in Dubai. Of course, who won’t mind a view of the world’s tallest building from the comfort of their living room window? The Burj Khalifa is  830 metres tall, and has one of the fastest lifts in the world. You must go to the observation deck on the 124th floor to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Jumeirah Beach
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If you’re in the mood to explore Dubai, but on a budget, then Jumeirah Beach is the best place for you. In the heart of Dubai, this is one of the most popular locations among locals and tourists alike. There are several world-class hotels which are all lined up along the beach, so you can enjoy a cocktail on the beach or eat a meal at the hotel of your choice while you take in the view. Take a walk along the beach, grab a bite at the various food stalls, take a dip in the pristine blue waters and watch the most spectacular sunset.

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If you’re interested in visiting Old Dubai, or the ‘other side of Dubai’, then you should take a walk in the Bastakiya District. Located right next to Dubai’s Creek, this area is perfect for a heritage tour. You get to take in the culture; you can speak to the locals, understand the Arabian culture and learn the history of the place. If you’re looking for a calming break from the hustle and bustle of the city, then head on over to Old Dubai. After all, you must see all of Dubai to truly see Dubai.

Dubai Mall
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The Dubai Mall is the 26th largest mall in the world! And, it is the largest mall in the world by total land area – now isn’t that a wonder worth visiting? With over 1200 retail stores, various restaurants and eateries, to huge departmental stores and quite a bit of entertainment, the Dubai mall should definitely be on your list of places to visit! Even if you’re not interested in shopping, you must go here for the experience. After that, enjoy the world’s largest choreographed musical fountain show just outside the Dubai Mall.

Deira Souks
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What is Dubai known for? Gold and spices of course. So, your trip to Dubai isn’t really complete until you’ve visited the Gold Souks and the Spice Souks – both of which are located next to each other. Go window shopping in the Gold Souks – this is the heart of Dubai’s gold trade! After that, head on over to the Spice Souks to check out some of the local spices and then visit the Perfume Souks where you’ll get some of the most amazing fragrances. Take in the vibe, experience the culture and try your luck at bargaining.

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