One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa rises to a staggering height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The towering edifice appears to pierce the sky itself, soaring high above the city with its contemporary design. Completed in 2010, the skyscraper broke records at the time to become the world's tallest freestanding structure. Some of its most iconic highlights include the outdoor Observation Deck which is set on the 124th floor and offers breathtaking views of the city, surpassed only by the Sky Deck on the 148th floor. The extravagant interiors only add to the building's appeal, and the structure is also home to a luxury hotel and a high-end restaurant. The Burj Khalifa is a landmark that is synonymous with the city, as is evidenced by the myriad replicas of its iconic form fitted into souvenir stands and depicted on postcards.
A dazzling one-stop destination, Global Village is a hub of entertainment, dining and shopping. This sprawling entertainment complex features individual pavilions representing countries from all around the world, each a unique architectural and cultural unit that retails specialty wares, food, and experiences from that region. You can enjoy a number of special events like concerts and kids' theater shows, as well as carnivals and festivals. If you're traveling with family, you can rediscover the charm of old-school entertainment with adventure rides and roller-coasters galore. With its larger-than-life personality, the myriad experiences it offers, and the array of cultures it represents under one roof, Global Village is nothing short of a global fair and an unmissable attraction in the city.
One of the largest sacred structures in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a significant city landmark. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this mosque is a spectacular architectural wonder with its dual towering minarets that flank the mosque's engraved dome. At sundown, the mosque comes aglow with warm lights that further enhance its beauty. Besides its marvelous artistry, the mosque is renowned for yet another spectacular feature, which is the 'Open Doors, Open Minds' policy. This policy enables all visitors, regardless of their faith, to visit, explore and understand the mosque's religious and architectural significance. It is no wonder then that it is one of the city's most frequently photographed mosques. Tours are available, however, apart from the admission charge, traditional attire is a pre-requisite to gain entry to the Jumeirah Mosque, which you can borrow from the visitors' center.
The Wild Wadi Waterpark is a popular tourist destination in Dubai. Offering a refreshing respite from Dubai's heat, this water park has many exciting rides to entertain visitors of all ages. The theme of the park is inspired by Juha, a character in Arabian folklore. It features many breath-taking rides like the Jumeirah Sceirah Slide, Tantrum Alley and Flood River. From leisurely rivers to exhilarating slides, the park has got something for everyone. It is also home to the Breaker's Bay- one of the largest wave pools in the Middle East. Wild Wadi has trained lifeguards on duty at any given time to ensure its patrons' well-being. Admission rates differ according to the height of the visitor.
A man-made wonder equipped to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, Ski Dubai features some of the best attractions and offers a plethora of activities to entertain avid participants. Artificial snow and skiing activities have been specifically designed for visitors to enjoy the magic of winter indoors! Prior experience notwithstanding, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing at Ski Dubai. A colony of King and Gentoo penguins resides within the freezing confines of the site, and visitors can admire them as they conduct their daily march through the Snow Park under the expert eye of their caretakers. Venues are also available for personal events and kids' parties. Shopping and food enthusiasts will also be pleased with the Snow Pro retail shop and cafés on the premises. Simply unmissable, snow skiing in the desert climes of the Emirates is one of the most unique experiences.
In a city that has set a benchmark for extraordinary architecture, Dubai scores afresh in the field of landscape gardening with the exemplary Miracle Garden. Featuring millions of blooms in a spectrum of hues, the garden features floral decorations designed as pinwheels, butterflies, swans, flowers and other delightful patterns. Another enchanting feature here is the incredible vertical garden, which features heart-shaped arcades, huts, towers, pyramids, standing butterflies, vintage cars, and walls. It is no wonder then that the garden has held the Guinness World Record for being the “Largest Vertical Garden” in the world. You can explore walkways such as the Umbrella Pathway and Flower Hearts Pathway that are ideal for a lovely stroll, or pose for a photo against the backdrop of blossoms. With its unbelievably colorful and striking designs, it's hardly a surprise that the garden is fondly referred to as a “Piece of Eden!”
Established in 1976 as the Art Society of Dubai, over the years, the Dubai International Art Centre has undergone many transformations to reach its present status. Situated in close proximity to Mercato Mall, it is a wonderful place for the artistically-inclined, with courses on drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, crafts, design and more. Courses like clay modeling and origami are also offered for children. This center is also home to Gallery 76.
At The Top is the name of the observation deck located at the world-famous Burj Khalifa, one of the world's tallest buildings. Occupying the 124th level of the skyscraper, this deck is sure to reward you with an experience of a lifetime. It's equipped with telescopes that allow visitors to soak in panoramic views of Dubai from lofty heights, and the scene is particularly breathtaking if you arrive earlier during the day, or just as the sun is about to set. If you are a daredevil, then take a stroll on the outdoor terrace and then memorialize your visit with a photograph. Level 125 also has a virtual reality kiosk that effortlessly blends technology with adventure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Located on the second floor of the fabulous Dubai Mall, VR Park is a place where people of all ages can experience virtual realities they never imagined possible. Best experienced with friends, these VR challenges span various genres--from horror and adventure to leisure and sport--there truly is an exciting reality for everyone at VR Park Dubai.
Though not technically a park, Burj Park Downtown was established as an event space for corporates, concerts and weddings. With the iconic Burj Khalifa as its background along with the lake, this open-air venue is a green oasis in the heart of the city. Stroll through or relax on its landscaped grassy land. Enjoy the fountains during the night or indulge in some people watching.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is an expansive vivarium, which is believed to be the largest suspended aquarium in the world. It houses over 30,000 species of aquatic life and is located in a shopping mall of all places. Tickets are available for those interested in walking under the Aquarium Tunnel thus getting a 270 degree view from below the tank, but visitors to the shopping mall can also get a good glimpse of the fishes and sharks for free through the record-breaking acrylic panel in front of the tank. For the more adventurous, there’s even an option for a ‘shark dive.’ King Croc Encounter, Penguins Encounter, and snorkeling using a cage are other exciting activities organized by the aquarium.