What to see in Dubai: 22 Best Places to See

Fall in love with Dubai: 22 best places to see

What to see in Dubai first

Fall in love with Dubai! Not just the popular attractions like the Burj Khalifa, but the off-the-beaten-path places too. I’m sharing tips from our trip and useful links.

Today I will tell you what you can love about Dubai. It is not only skyscrapers of glass and concrete, competing in luxury and height. It is also the cozy little world of the Old City with its low buildings, abr boats and shady streets, modern Arabian art, floral wonders and a sea of entertainment. All these unique sights are worth seeing at least once in a lifetime!

Exchange rate: 1 UAE dirham (AED) ≈ 21 RUB

Dubai Map is our guide to the best sights, including descriptions, photos and a few goodies. The map costs ₽300 and will save you lots of time. It is installed on any smartphone and works without internet.

Beware: interesting tours! To get to know Dubai better, book an author’s tour on Tripster. Read the descriptions and reviews to choose the coolest program. Dubai has a great selection of fascinating excursions.

Burj Khalifa

This is the top of the top sights in Dubai – something to see first. We liked the tower with the height of 163 floors very much, even an inveterate skeptic it will impress at least. It seems that its spire is carried away to the stratosphere!

In order to get to the 124th floor of this beauty you need to pay 149 dirhams which is the cheapest ticket. But believe me, it’s worth the climb.

We bought an online combo ticket with a visit to the tower and the aquarium. Took the ticket for 9am, before the haze. The views are unforgettable! You can visit the tower on your own. Read all the details in a separate article about the Burj Khalifa – there are all the tips, prices and tips.

If you want to flash your pics on Instagram, get there early before the light reflects off the glass panes of the observation deck and there aren’t as many people there.

This is me admiring the view of the city that conquered the desert. The most mesmerizing part is watching the tiny cars run along the freeways.

The Singing Fountains of Dubai Fountain.

Well the fountains, well they are singing. The crowd of tourists in the evening is just crazy, and everyone takes the best seats in advance.

No doubt it was nice to look at the tight jets of water, beautifully illuminated by lights, which are elastic, like snakes, wriggle in time with the Arab music on the background of the Burj Khalifa. But when they played Russian music (something like Pugacheva), it was too much! We saw something similar in Nha Trang’s Winkel Park – they even played “Kalinka” to the delight of our compatriots.

We watched it several times: in the daytime at 13:00 and 13:30 (faded and uninteresting), in the evening from 18:00 to 23:00, about every half hour. Best seen from the Apple balcony on the 2nd floor of Dubai Mall, if you can make your way there. It’s all free.

By the way we liked similar fountains in a Mexican town Campeche much more: we were sitting right in the center of amphitheater, so it created IMAX effect, there were few tourists, pleasant music played. What a pure delight.

The Singing Fountains, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are included in almost all Dubai sightseeing tours. Picked for you the best individual sightseeing tours by car:

Sightseeing in Dubai

The Singing Fountains in front of Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa Tower. Not that impressive, but you can see them once.

Dubai Mall

Well, you have already realized that in Dubai, everything is being built with an incredible scale. Meet and marvel – the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall, covering 1.2 million square meters! This is not TSUM and not even Chinese endless malls. We walked about one kilometer from the subway up to the entrance of the mall and then about 10 more kilometers along the mall itself. What could not be found there! If you are a shopaholic, be careful. We are not very keen on shopping so we ate at the food court and left without buying anything. By the way, the mall is an escape from the heat!

Sightseeing in Dubai

Dubai Mall outside.

Dubai Aquarium

I have a soft spot for God’s creatures, so I definitely went to the aquarium and underwater zoo. It’s not just an aquarium, it’s an aquarium! Just imagine – 10 million tons of water. If this thing bursts.

It was not without awe that I entered the 48-meter tunnel that runs under the aquarium. What graceful stingrays and funny fish are there! A little higher up is the underwater zoo, which is also very interesting.

You can see the aquarium itself from the side for free, but we bought a combo ticket along with the Burj Khalifa. At that time it was very profitable – 390 dirhams for two. Combo tickets change all the time, see the actual prices on the official website. AED 70 for individual tickets. The Aquarium can also be visited as part of the tour.

How do I get to the Aquarium, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and the fountains? They are all in one place! Get to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station. From there follow the signs to the Mall. Most people go to the mall, so you won’t get lost. The fountains are right at the exit of the mall, the aquarium is in the mall, and you will definitely not miss the tower. :)

You can see the famous aquarium for free, but only from the outside. To get into the tunnel and the underwater zoo, you must buy a ticket. The underwater zoo has some cool jellyfish!

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Bastakia (Al Fahidi).

Would you say what a newfangled mess this restored neighborhood of Bastakia is? At first glance, I thought so too. But it’s so nice to hide from the sun and the noise of the big city there. And when the chill goes down and the moon rises, the magic begins! Moonlight casts sharp shadows on the sandy walls, and at once all the characters of oriental fairy tales come to life: here Schaherezade in a burka sneaked past, here’s sneering Khoja Nasreddin led his mule, and here’s a robber marks the chalk door of Ali Baba.

We lived in an Oriental hotel right on this block and every evening we enjoyed the mysterious silence and fantasized about what Dubai was like before oil production. There’s plenty to see in Bastakia: the old fort, the mosque, all sorts of museums and art galleries. Have tea or coffee at Basta Art Cafe – the interior alone is worth it!

If you are interested in old Dubai and its pre-Flood history, we recommend taking a tour “Dubai Through the Ages” – in reviews tourists write that the guide is informative about it.

What to see on your own in Dubai

While everyone is shopping, hanging out on the beaches and having fun in the water parks, check out the deserted Bastakia area and see what Dubai looked like before oil production.

Deira

Deira is a historic neighborhood, a jumbled mix of Egypt, Morocco, and modern Dubai. There are oriental markets, narrow alleys between traditional houses, and skyscrapers. The aromas in the spice market are overwhelming: it smells of cumin, vanilla, saffron, zira and thousands of other colorful spices. In my opinion, this area in Dubai is a must-see for everyone!

The neighborhood gave us contradictory feelings: clingy callers, signs in Russian, the glitter of diamonds, gold and Rolexes irritated us. On the other hand, where else in Dubai do you see such a strange mixture of old and new? But all this is only in the area where the markets are concentrated – Al Ras. Farther away are more modern buildings.

Don’t miss the Golden Market – you definitely haven’t seen so much gold in one place!

To get to Deira, take the traditional Abra boat for AED 1 dirham one way or this tour and you’ll see lots more: Bur Dubai, Shindaga, Al Sif and Bastakia.

What to see in Dubai

This is the view of Deira from a traditional abra boat, which you can take across Dubai Creek for only 1 dirham.

Box Park

A trendy and vibrant place to walk around, try different cuisines, take beautiful photos for Instagram and shop. Colorful container buildings, installations, and street art. Come in the evening when it gets busy! It’s a different Dubai.

What to see in Dubai

Boxpark in Dubai. Photo: tganclerz / Depositphotos.com.

La Mer and the City Walk.

The cozy corners of Europe in Dubai are La Mer and City Walk neighborhoods. If you are in the area, check it out. The neighborhood has a lot of art, graffiti, and other interesting sights, as well as a café. By the way, City Walk has great views of the Burj Khalifa.

Jumeirah Mosque

They say it’s a very beautiful mosque and it is necessary to see it, but we did not go – we had not much time, and in Dubai there is so much more interesting than the mosque! If we went to see it, we would choose twilight, because then the lights come on.

They allow non-believers here for 35 dirhams per person. The price includes a long lecture in English, tea-coffee and national dress. There are tours at 10:00 and 14:00, it’s better to come half an hour before. You can see the mosque on your own, photos and video are allowed. It is important to observe the dress code.

Alternate transportation is available – first take the Metro to Palm Deira Station and then bus number 8 to the Grand Masjid Jumeirah stop.

Sightseeing in Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque (Photo: GASSL / flickr.com)

Dubai Marina and JLT

The impressive Dubai Marina area is an artificial marina with glittering skyscrapers. A kind of Dubai Manhattan – it’s expensive and upscale. We liked the neighborhood, it’s beautiful and photogenic. They say it’s even cooler in the evening with lights, but we were only in the daytime.

Next door is Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), which is no less impressive. They are similar to each other and merge a bit in my memory.

Take the subway here, on the red line to Damac Properties or Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Or take one of these tours:

Skyscrapers of Dubai

Dubai Marina Promenade.

Sheikh Zayed Highway.

You can see Dubai’s skyscrapers inexpensively without melting down from the panoramic window of the first or last subway car. We peeked out of the regular cars, but we also managed to look at a lot of things! But the best way is to take a breeze through Dubai in a luxury convertible. All the tourists are delighted with such an excursion! Plus you get a good guide in the person of a driver who will not be boring to tell you about the iconic sights, tell you about the experience of life in Dubai and advise where best to shop, entertain and eat.

Dubai

Sitting in the comfortable air-conditioned subway cars, it’s great to admire the skyscrapers of Dubai!

Flamingo

The real exotics in Dubai are the flamingos in front of the skyscrapers! And it’s free. It all sounds beautiful and we almost didn’t even go there until we read the reviews. In fact there are a lot of complications: you have to take a cab (expensive), the birds come very close and you can see them only with binoculars, and the beautiful pictures can be taken only with a TV set. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people in the reviews who enjoyed the birdwatching.

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In Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, there are only three places where you can observe birds. The sanctuary is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday through Thursday. To catch a cab back downtown, you need to get off the freeway.

If you are interested in animals and want to be guaranteed to see them, I suggest taking this tour to Dubai Safari Park and The Green Planet.

What to see in Dubai by yourself

Flamingos in Dubai. Photo: Ubm007 / commons.wikimedia.org.

The Burj al Arab Hotel and Sail.

You can see Dubai’s most famous hotel on your own, although it is mostly seen as part of a sightseeing tour. Come to Open Beach, or Jumeirah Public Beach, to take that very photo in front of the famous hotel-sail. That’s exactly where we were on the beach. To avoid confusion, here are the coordinates: 25.145434,55.1927514.

Another photogenic place, not so easily accessible, is the beach of the hotel Madinat. To get there you have to walk through the hotel.

We took the metro (Mall of the Emirates) and then walked to the beach, looking at the beautiful villas. It took us about 20-25 minutes. I think there is a bus, but we didn’t look for it.

Hotel sail in Dubai

The famous hotel-paradise in Dubai is one of the most expensive and luxurious in the world. Photo: jovannig / depositphotos.com.

Al Serkal Avenue

Dubai’s non-tourist attraction is clearly not for everyone. It’s a complex of galleries with contemporary art exhibitions and cool cafes – all in an industrial design. The exhibitions are constantly changing, so see what’s waiting for you before you go.

Flower Miracle – Miracle Garden.

50 million flowers! Can you imagine? We can’t. And it’s all in the form of whimsical shapes. Do not let your phone memory fill up with so many pictures. Admission costs 55 dirhams, better come while it’s still light. The park is open from October to April.

You can get here first by metro Mall of the Emirates, then take bus 105 directly to the entrance of the park. Or take this tour:

Rub Al Khali Desert.

A desert safari is impossible to ignore – but we did, because we were on a similar one in Egypt. Overall, the reviews of the desert excursions are excellent. Some people like it better in the morning, and some prefer to meet the sunset in the sandy ocean and admire the starry sky. Check out what safaris are offered in Dubai:

What to see out of town in Dubai

Rub Al Khali Desert (Photo: @valeriaandersson / unsplash.com)

Dubai Frame.

The strange giant letter P that we saw regularly from the subway train window and which reminded us painfully of a familiar Perm art object turned out to be a new observation deck and museum. At the top is an extreme passage with a glass floor from which you can look out over Downtown Dubai. Admission costs 52.5 dirhams. You can buy tickets on the official website.

To get to Dubai Frame, take the metro to Al Jafiliya station and then go to entrance #4. You can also go up to the observation deck on this sightseeing tour. I recommend taking it because the guide has a lot of great reviews.

What to see for free in Dubai

Dubai Frame (Photo: @toni_stark18 / unsplash.com)

Glow Park Neon Garden and Dinosaurs

There is a park next to the Dubai Frame. During the day it is calm and quiet, in general, ordinary. But in the evening Glow Park is an outrage of color! Everything glows and sparkles, dinosaurs move and make sounds. Children love it, and adults do not remain indifferent. Buy your ticket online, it is cheaper.

You can get here on foot from Al Jafiliya Metro. Come to the entrance number 6.

What to see in Dubai at night and in the evening

One of the installations at Glow Park (Photo: leguico / flickr.com)

Entertainment at Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai residents love and know how to have fun! So grab your kids and head to the Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park complex: the colourful Legoland, Indian Bollywood, Motiongate and Riverland, dedicated to movies and cartoons. Tourists are advised to take tickets for only 2 parks, otherwise you won’t have time for anything. Find out how to rest in the UAE with children.

Atlantis Hotel Complex

If you want to spend a whole day with kids in Dubai, Atlantis Hotel offers you the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Aquaventure Waterpark with extreme slides, and Dolphin Bay, an aquarium resembling a sunken ancient city. There’s also a beach with a panoramic view of Dubai!

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Atlantis Property (Photo: Dylan’s World / flickr.com)

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Some say it’s the best water park in Dubai, while others declare their love only for Aquaventure. There is a unique slide at the Wild Wadi where you can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h! We have not tried it, but would you like to?

To get here, get off at Mall of the Emirates subway station and then take bus number 8 to the park entrance. Or just buy your tickets at once with the shuttle:

Lounge

Not exactly a sightseeing attraction, but pulls on the observation deck. Come to the Pure Sky Lounge on the 35th floor and make your way to the terrace. Grab a drink and enjoy the sunset and the chill after a hot day.

Viewpoints in Dubai

View from the lounge. Photo: neiezhmakov / depositphotos.com.

Exclusive experiences

If this is not your first time in Dubai and you’ve seen everything you can see, we suggest you get an exclusive experience: fly over the skyscrapers in a helicopter, learn to ride an Arabian horse or take a ride around the city in a convertible. It doesn’t come cheap, but the impression is the brightest!

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What to see in Dubai for free

Everyone is used to Dubai – it’s an expensive vacation. But we have already told you how you can save on a vacation in Dubai, and now we want to tell you what you can see in Dubai for free . What sights of the city remain free to visit? So we study the material, take a map, public transport tickets, wear comfortable shoes and start a free tour of the city of Dubai .

Giant Aquarium

In the main shopping center Dubai Mall, which is one of the attractions of Dubai, there is an oceanarium, the entrance is paid. And the aquarium itself runs through the entire mall. You can admire from any floor the tons of water and the large number of fish, sharks, stingrays swimming past you. The mall is open from 10 o’clock until midnight. Read more about Dubai Aquarium in this article →

Aquarium in Dubai photo and review

Many tourists share their impressions of the oceanarium, they say that to walk for 5 minutes along the paid tunnel, when above you huge thicknesses of glass and water, and above you swim sharks of different size is a beautiful sight, but if you have already visited such aquariums in Barcelona or Berlin, it is better to admire the aquarium in the Dubai Mall.

The only advantage in a paid visit is the opportunity to feed the fish, take a boat ride and visit the freshwater zoo. And for more money you can scuba dive in the aquarium itself among the sharks.

Waterfall with pearl divers

Also at the Dubai Mall, you can admire a 24-meter waterfall with figures of pearl divers. The waterfall has been open to the public since 2009. The figures of the divers are made of fiberglass. At certain times, when the rays of light from the windows or with the colored lights on in the evening are refracted with the water, reflected in the figures, a truly fleeting, fantastic action takes place.

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For the Arabs, the fountain carries the meaning that the water in the desert has always been valued by weight of gold. Oasis of palm trees next to the fountain represents a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and pearl fishermen will always remind you that pearls were one of the sources of wealth of the country.

Dancing Fountains in Dubai

On the lowest floor of Dubai Mall, near the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa is a promenade with dancing fountains which can be admired absolutely free every evening from 6 to 11 pm. The fountain also turns on during the day at 1 and 1:30 pm, on Friday half an hour later.

Dubai Fountain: the dancing fountain in Dubai

The fountain, accompanied by music and colorful illumination runs for about 5 minutes every half hour. Water jets swirl below, curve and surge to an incredible height, images of dolphins, animals and birds are projected onto the water. Hundreds of little fountains create the impression of a mesmerizing dance.

On Friday, a large number of people gather around the fountain. If you live near the mall, you can come and watch it an endless number of times.

About the schedule of the dancing fountains and the best place to watch them, we wrote in this article →

Light show at the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is located next to the Dubai Mall. During the dancing fountains on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays at 8 pm, on holidays at 10 pm a laser show is projected on the building. This show is even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records! Here’s what it looks like:

The show is best seen on the promenade near the dancing fountains and lasts about 7 minutes.

The laser show on the boardwalk

If you have already seen the dancing fountains of Dubai Mall and want an equally beautiful sight, go to the Festival City Mall. The mall is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, you can get to the island by boat for 2 dirhams. After sunset from 7 to 9 p.m. every half hour, the fountains here turn on and lasers play on the walls of the hotel.

This show also adds fire on the water. A mesmerizing combination of music, light, fire and water takes place. So far there are not many tourists at this show. Be sure to take a stole or windbreaker with you, it’s chilly near the water in the evening.

Beaches of Dubai – 8 places where you can relax for free

There are more than 8 free beaches on the coast of Dubai. Everyone here will find his corner of paradise: for some it will be a quiet place for relaxation, and someone will choose beaches with all the amenities and infrastructure: cafes, stores, entertainment.

In the top three beaches, according to reviews of tourists, are La Mer Beach, Jumeirah Open Beach and Marina Beach. From many beaches you can take pictures of the famous Hotel Sail, the bulk of Jumeirah Palms and expensive yachts of sheikhs.

Free Beaches in Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah.

You can see the real Oriental bazaar, ride a cart through the canals, walk along the waterfront of the Arabian Venice around the clock. Madinat Jumeirah is located on the shores of the Persian Gulf in an area of fashionable hotels and villas. Here everything is buried in the greenery, many cafes and restaurants.

In the market you can buy many souvenirs and gifts. But if you do decide to indulge in some romance and take a ride along the canals, your ride will last about 20 minutes and cost 82 dirhams. You’ll capture a lot of Instagram photos of yourself in this area and you’ll long remember your strolls in the most atmospheric spot in Dubai.

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Dubai Marina Cove

Dubai Marina is one of the most beautiful areas in Dubai. The area is conveniently accessible by subway. It has an atmosphere of luxury and many tourists often choose this fashionable area for their vacations.

Dubai Marina area - one of the city's free attractions

Dubai Marina is located between the two islands of Palm Jumeirah and Jebel Ali. The area has many restaurants and stores, entertainment complexes, clubs for young people.

Everywhere you look, there are stunning views of skyscrapers, expensive yachts, bulk islands, the most expensive hotel in the world Sail.

If you can, for a fee, you can take a ride and have dinner on a pleasure boat.

Al Fahidi Fortress

Al Fahidi Fortress and Fort was built in 1787. It is located in one of the most historic areas of Bastakia. It used to be the home of rich merchants and pearl fishermen. Now there is a historical and national museum, it is open Saturday to Thursday from 8.30 to 20.30, on Fridays from 14.30 to 20.30. Fee to the museum is purely symbolic 3 dirhams.

Museum shows the way of life and traditions of the local people before the period of oil in the UAE. You can go down into the underground galleries and view all the museum exhibits.

Pelwani Struggle.

The population in the UAE is not only Arabs, there are a lot of people from India, Iran, Pakistan and other countries. Many came with their families to this country in the boom of its construction to earn money.

Residents of other countries imprint on the way of life of the country. They have their own favorite places and traditions. In the Deira area, behind the fish market, there is a kind of national wrestling club where, on Fridays after sunset, competitions between Pelwani wrestling of Pakistanis and Kushti wrestling of Indians take place. The local authorities consider these games illegal, but they don’t ban them. If you are in good physical shape you can also take part in the competition.

Camel Race

Not far from the city in the desert, in the winter time on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 6 am and 2 pm is a traditional sport for Arabs camel racing. It is probably the only country in the UAE that holds camel races.

In later times, for the races, boys of about 10 years of age were put on camels to steer and propel the animals to a fast finish. Sometimes there were accidents when children fell from camels, were maimed or died. Today, in the age of new technology, a special radio-controlled muzzleloader is put on the camel to drive the animals during the race.

To get to the camel race is better to rent a car, a cab or a bus, but the bus does not go very often, be sure to warn the driver about the desire to get off at this particular stop. At 6 am in winter is cool, better choose a time closer to 2 pm.

At the races there is a special viewing platform, you can go up to it for free and watch the preparations for the race and the race itself. Today, the owners of the camel are the wealthy inhabitants of the UAE, it is a particularly revered animal. You will be curious to see the animals up close, they almost all have beautiful haircuts and coloring on their bodies.

Camel Museum

Camels are revered in all eastern countries. They often saved their owners when crossing the deserts, the inhabitants drank camel milk, ate meat if necessary. So it is no coincidence that there is a camel museum in Dubai, as a sign of reverence for these animals.

In the museum you will see everything about camels: their anatomical features, their ability to stay for a long time in the desert without water, about feeding, caring for animals. They will tell you about the races and how they are prepared for them. If you wish, they will put on a video with information about the animals. There are two stuffed camels in the museum.

Museum admission and tours are free, open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ras Al Khor Reserve

Located within the city limits, in the Dubai Creek area, is the Ras Al Khor Migratory Bird Sanctuary. A cab is the best way to get to the reserve. It is open Saturday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. If you want to be among the bustling city in a corner of silence, here you can watch the herons, cranes, cormorants, but most importantly a flock of flamingos.

There are two observation points with viewing platforms in the reserve. The birds are shy and do not approach people so you are unlikely to make good photos with flamingos in the background, but there are binoculars on the platforms, which allow you to observe birds closer. At 9 am the birds are feeding, which is a good time to see them up close.

Coffee Museum

There is a coffee museum in the Al Fahidi area of Bastakia. It is located in an old two-story house and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Friday off.

You can find the museum by the smell of coffee halfway around the Al Fahidi Quarter. On the two floors there is all the information about coffee, lots of books and illustrations of types of coffee. Collected lots of utensils, ceramics, copper from different eras, different parts of the world from ancient to modern days. You will learn the real art of coffee making. It will not take you long about 30 minutes to go around and for 10 Dirham you will get a cup of this divine drink with cardamom or cinnamon from professional barista.

Coin Museum

The Coin Museum is situated at Al Fahidi and is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Friday to Saturday. The Coin Museum consists of only 7 rooms and you will only need half an hour to visit it.

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This museum would be interesting for numismatists and collectors. There are more than 470 rare coins collected here. Coins from different countries and eras, participants in trade with the Middle East. They can be viewed from two sides.

Jumeirah Mosque

If you go to La Mer Beach, on the eastern edge of Jumeirah District 1, by the road you can see the ancient and revered Jumeirah Mosque, open on all sides in the UAE. At 10 am it offers a paid tour in English, the tour lasts about 2 hours and costs 25 dirhams. During the daytime, the mosque can be visited for free. On Friday, the mosque is closed to non-believers.

To visit the men and women must comply with the dress code. For men it is a shirt and pants, for women a long dress or skirt and a headscarf. Often in mosques are asked to undress, take socks if you do decide to visit this sanctuary.

You will see the snow-white minarets of the mosque, the interior decoration, stained glass, patterns and Arabic ligature.

Gold Market

There is a gold market in the Deira area. It’s open every day from 9:30 to 9:30 pm. Nowhere else will you see so much gold and precious stones. In addition to jewelry you will see dishes made of gold, clothing embroidered with gold. The market has the largest and most famous ring “Taiba Star”, it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records, and its weight is 60 kg.

Dubai gold is of a higher grade than Russian gold, but it is unusual for us. The gold looks cheaper than Russian gold, and the pieces are made in the traditions of oriental culture. Massive bracelets, chains, earrings. Arab grooms buy for their brides, sometimes two kilograms of these items.

Many hotels offer a free shuttle to the market. Do not forget to haggle, the market prices are inflated. Be sure to take receipts and certificates for the gold, the purity of diamonds. Do not buy gold by hand at the shop assistants, who offer to buy expensive watches and handbags of famous fashion houses.

Spice Market

Near the gold market there is a small spice market, open Saturday-Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm. The market is very bright, with a large selection of spices arranged in small bags on the counters or standing next to each other in large bags with a vendor.

On sale is lavender, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, many other spices that we have not even heard of. Here you can buy different kinds of tea, coffee, dates, sweets. Can you imagine the aroma of all this variety, you want to buy everything, but you must bargain and knock down the price two or three times.

Next to the market of gold and spices nearby is another market of spirits, textiles, fish.

Free Cinema

On the waterfront of Dubai Creek in the winter time in the evening, recently it was on Thursdays, the schedule may change, there are screenings of movies on a huge screen installed on the platform, among the houses, stores, cafes. The films are in English.

Many tourists and locals with their families come, all seated on special blankets on the ground, watching the movies or looking around at those around them.

Art Museum Quarter

Al Quz Art Quarter attracts artists and contemporary art lovers. You can stroll around the tranquil quarter, relaxing from the hustle and bustle of the city and admiring the art on display or in the store windows. There are many events, exhibitions of local and international level. Some galleries offer to visit them for free, you can see paintings or works of art by both unknown and famous artists.

In addition to galleries, museums, there are cinemas, theaters, and cafes on Alserkal Avenue. The artists put on street performances or invite you to visit their theater.

There is a delicious chocolate store in the area that is often mentioned by tourists.

The roof of one of the skyscrapers

Many tourists who don’t make it to the Burj Khalifa observation deck try to get to the roof of a skyscraper for a bird’s eye view of the city. Almost all rooftops are open, but many are enclosed or glazed.

The most beautiful views from the skyscrapers in the Dubai Marina area. The best way to get to the roof of a business center or hotel is through the reception or concierge. Some elevators require a plastic key, so you can enter it with someone from the residents of the skyscraper. Then you have to climb to the highest floor, then the fire escape and through the hatch you will find yourself on the roof of the skyscraper. Be sure to be careful, remember that beautiful pictures are not worth dying for.

Bonus! Free Tours

There are free walking tours in English in Dubai. In Dubai Mall you can visit the largest candy store, sometimes there is a candy making show and some sweets are allowed to be tasted for free. You can enter the Sail Hotel for free and admire its architecture, and the walls of the hotel are covered with the highest gold hallmark.

In our opinion, we have listed the most interesting, informative free tours in Dubai . The city is growing at an incredible pace, something is changing, somewhere there are new interesting places for the inquisitive tourist. Many things you will discover yourself, share your findings in the networks, be pioneers.

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