Dubai often gets a bad reputation for lacking culture, but that can be in the eye of the traveler. Remember, this relatively new city (it just celebr... Read More
Dubai often gets a bad reputation for lacking culture, but that can be in the eye of the traveler. Remember, this relatively new city (it just celebrated its 44th birthday in December 2015) is developing with an eager and furious thirst to prove to the world its rich heritage and innovative newness. So when it comes to things to do in Dubai, your itinerary can range from bedouin-style safaris and leisurely strolls through the spice souks to snapping up views of the city from the 125th floor of an ambitious man made marvel known as the Burj Khalifa.
Love it or hate it for its excess, this destination is on a mission to redefine the modern city. When planning what to do in Dubai, you'll find historical sites, ambitious, cloud-scraping architecture, and endless entertainment (shopping, amusement parks, indoor skiing, and more). Many travelers make a beeline for the Dubai Mall, which can feel overwhelming in its vastness. Inside, there's a 22-screen theater, an indoor theme park called Sega World, an enormous play space dubbed Kidzania, a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo, and a full-sized ice-skating rink. (Tip: You'll be walking for hours, so wear comfortable shoes.) Don't miss the Dubai Fountain, which stages a daily show at 6 p.m. that easily rivals anything the Bellagio in Las Vegas has to offer. Not for the faint of heart, the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest skyscraper, at 2,625 feet, with the world's highest observation deck on the 124th floor.