40. Dubai   |  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   |  Total Sights: 25+  |  Nickname: The City of Gold





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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Dubai

Located on the Persian Gulf coast towering over the Arabian Desert cosmopolitan Dubai delights visitors with breath-taking ultramodern architecture, beautiful beaches, and extravagantly themed shopping malls.

The city has metamorphosed in a few decades from a small Gulf trading centre into one of the world’s most glamorous and futuristic urban destinations, home to the world's tallest tower, largest shopping mall, biggest dancing fountain and most spacious natural flower garden.

 The city is very safe, enjoys a fantastic location, offers glorious shopping and vibrant nightlife.

 There are hardly any pedestrian zones and Dubai has many hot months over 40°C (104°F).

Many inhabitants in Dubai are conservative Muslim, so you need to act and dress respectively.




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Total Score




4.25/10 [146th]









6.5/10 [2.780 mio.]


B. Top 10 Best Things to Do in Dubai (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.20/10.

Burj Khalifa  8
Inaugurated in 2010 and standing at a height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) the eye-catching Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world.

The observation deck on the 124th floor at 555 m is the second highest in the world (surpassed by Shanghai Tower in 2015) and offers a spectacular 360-degree view of  Dubai.

Skyscraper  (total height 829 m, observation deck 555 m)

by Donaldytong / CC BY-SA 3.0

Dubai Fountains  7
Known worldwide as the largest choreographed fountain system the spectacular Dubai Fountains can shoot 83,000 liters (22,000 gallons) of water water up to 152.4 m (500 ft) into the air at any moment, accompanied by a  wide range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

The system featuring many high-pressure water jets and shooters, 600 lights and 25 colored projectors is located on the 12 hectare (30-acre) manmade lake beneath Dubai Mall . The fountains are designed by the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas and built at a cost of USD $218 million.


by Alberto-g-rovi / CC BY-SA 3.0

Dubai Aquarium  7
The gigantic viewing panel itself is the top attraction of this world class aquarium (#8 in our list of the best aquariums in the world), situated inside Dubai Mall.

It contains over 300 sharks and rays, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world, but other popular denizens consist of sumo-sized groupers and massive schools of pelagic fish. A special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system changes the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day. 

Aquarium  (10 million liter tank, 48 m tunnel, opened 2008)

by Vladimir Yaitskiy / CC BY-SA 3.0

Burj al-Arab  6
Skyscraper  (hotel, total height 321 m, top floor 197.5 m, completed 1999)

by Joi Ito / CC BY-SA 3.0

Dubai Mall  5

by Shahroozporia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Dubai Creek  5
Tidal Water Channel

by yeowatzup / CC BY-SA 2.0

Jumeirah Mosque  5

by trolvag / CC BY-SA 3.0

Aquaventure Waterpark (at Atlantis the Palm)  5

by skhakirov / CC BY-SA 2.0

Jumeirah Beach  5
City Beach  (23° C [Jan]-32° C [Jul])

by Aidas U. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Miracle Garden  5
Flower Garden

by shalika Malintha / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other notable sights in Dubai

-Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple  5

-Mall of Emirates  5

-The Lost Chambers Aquarium (at Atlantis the Palm)  5

-Dolphin Bay (at Atlantis the Palm)  5

-The Global Village  5

-Dubai Opera  5

-Bastakiya Quarter (Old Dubai)  5

-Wild Wadi Water Park  5

-Emirates Towers  5

-Marina Beach (whole year 23° [Jan]-32° [Jul])  5

-Palm Jebel Ali (artificial archipelago)  5

-The Dubai Museum  5

D. Best day trips and excursions from Dubai

Abu Dhabi (city, 141 km from Dubai, 1 h 44 min)  7

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Dubai (including close-by excursions)

Burj Khalifa (total 829 m)  8
 Dubai Fountains  7
Abu Dhabi (city, 141 km from Dubai)  7
 Dubai Aquarium (inside Dubai Mall)  7
Burj al-Arab (total 321 m)  6
Dubai Mall  5
Dubai Creek (tidal water channel)  5
Jumeirah Mosque  5
Aquaventure Waterpark (at Atlantis the Palm)  5
Jumeirah Beach (23° [Jan]-32° [Jul])  5