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Tourist Offices

Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Welcome Bureau

Address: Al Garhoud, Airport Road, Dubai, D89
Telephone: +971 600 555 559.
Opening times:

Sun-Thu 0800-1700.

Website: http://www.visitdubai.com/en

With information on everything from activities to attractions, the Welcome Bureau can help sort your entire trip, including booking accommodation, shows and restaurants. It also has offices available in most major malls, including City Centre and Ibn Battuta.

Attractions

Burj Khalifa

At 828m-high (2,717ft), the Burj Khalifa is one of the world’s tallest building. It features the highest public observation deck on the planet, offering unparalleled city views from the 148th floor. It’s also home to the first-ever Armani Hotel. The skyscraper, which opened in 2010, still remains one of the city’s must-see attractions.

Address: Downtown Dubai, 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 366 1688
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 1200-2130, Fri 0900-2130.

Website: http://www.burjkhalifa.ae
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Dubai Museum

Housed within one of the city’s oldest buildings, the Al-Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum opened in 1970 and remains one of Dubai’s top tourist attractions. The exhibits range from old weapons and pearl-diving outfits to an impressive range of military artefacts and pieces taken from the 4,000-year-old graves at Al-Ghusais.

Address: Bur Dubai, Al-Fahidi Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 353 1862.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0830-1430, Sun 0830-1430.

Website: http://www.dubaiculture.gov.ae
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Jumeirah Mosque

One of the city’s most photographed buildings, the Jumeirah Mosque is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture. Built along medieval Fatimid lines, it has two minarets and is subtly lit up at night. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in Dubai, although the Jumeirah Mosque allows non-Muslims to visit via an organised tour.

Address: Jumeirah, Al-Jumeirah Road, Dubai, Jumeirah 1
Telephone: +971 4 353 6666.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours; access to non-Muslims through organised tours only.

Website: http://www.cultures.ae
Admission Fees:

Yes (for tours).

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Dubai Creek

The 14km (8.7 mile) Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet that divides central Dubai into two parts: Deira and Bur Dubai. Despite numerable high-rises, the creek retains an old-world charm. At the inland end, a wildlife sanctuary is home to over 27,000 birds, though boutique hotels and yachting clubs line the banks too.

Address: Bur Dubai, , Dubai,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

When B21 Gallery first broke ground, it was a pioneering enterprise in terms of displaying contemporary Middle Eastern art in Dubai. Now, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde has taken the torch, and it is the best place to see original, and often challenging, works from regional artists and beyond.

Address: Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Unit 17, Dubai, 18217
Telephone: +971 4 323 5052.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 1000-1800.

Website: http://www.ivde.net
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Bastakiya Quarter

Historic Bastakiya is one of the few parts of Dubai with a pedigree beyond the 1970s. Stroll past local houses and courtyards alongside Dubai Creek, and take in the traditional wind towers that were once used to cool homes. There is also a modest museum here, plus a sprinkling of cafés, small art galleries and a Saturday street market.

Address: Bur Dubai, Al-Fahidi Street, Dubai,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Aquaventure

One of Dubai’s biggest waterparks, Aquaventure makes up part of the Atlantis hotel complex and contains a series of pools, shoots and flumes – among them the hair-raising Tower of Neptune and the equally scary Tower of Poseidon. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a zip-line and a dolphin pool.

Address: The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 426 2000.
Opening times:

Mon-Sun 1000-1800.

Website: http://www.atlantisthepalm.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Heritage and Diving Villages

A recreation of two early Emirati village, the emphasis is on recalling the Bedouin way of life, with barasti housing, traditionally-dressed locals, handicraft displays and pearl diving paraphernalia - once the mainstay of the Gulf. During winter months, the area comes alive with traditional song and dance.

Address: Bur Dubai, Al Mina Road, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 4 393 7151.
Opening times:

Sat-Thu 0800-2200, Fri 0800-1100 and 1600-2200.

Website: http://www.dubaiculture.gov.ae/en/Live-Our-Heritage/Pages/Heritage-Village.aspx
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Dubai Fountain

Occupying the 12-hectare (30-acre) Burj Khalifa Lake, and shooting jets of water 150m (492ft) into the air, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed water feature. Its jets are synchronised to a light show every half an hour to spectacular effect. Entry is free, but the best views are from the tables at one of the many waterside bars.

Address: Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa Lake, Dubai,
Telephone: +971 800 36227
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: https://www.emaar.com/en/what-we-do/burj-khalifa/the-dubai-fountain.aspx?
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Palm Islands and the World

Said to be visible from space, the three Palm Islands are the largest man-made islands on the planet. Palm Jumeirah boasts hotels and a marina, but construction has only recently resumed on Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira following the recession. Work has continued too on The World, an ambitious attempt to recreate the global map using 300 offshore islands.

Address: Palm Islands, , Dubai,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No