Top 15 Places to visit in UAE

The United Arab Emirates is one of the best places to go on a vacation to subside yourself in peace and harmony. Beginning from good food to great services and recreational facilities, you can experience the best in everything. Dubai might seem like it only has posh malls and hotels but the street culture there allures you like no other. The list of the top 15 places to visit in UAE will change your perspective. All of those places included makes your trip even better.

There are so many outstanding places you can go and explore on your own but take it from the best, we have some terrific places already sorted out for you.

Here is the list of Top 15 places to visit in UAE.

Now lets dive into detailed information about Top 15 places to visit in UAE

Top 15 places to visit in UAE

1.      Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa | © Makalu/Source:

On the first place of Top 15 places to visit in UAE, we have kept our famous- Burf Khalifa.

Isn’t Burj Khalifa the first place that pops into your mind when someone says UAE? Yes, this skyscraper is the tallest building in the world and has the most beautiful viewpoints for all the residents and tourists to enjoy.

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Observation deck 300 is one such famous viewpoint where we can see Dubai from a completely different elevation. This deck is 300m above the land which commands a bird’s eye view. This building goes high in the clouds like a fantasy with the most delicious breakfast, entrees, and high tea experiences.

Official Website:

Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

2.      Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque | ©Makalu / source:

Sheikh Zayed mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and explicitly the richest. By rich, I meant it in two ways,

One is in heritage where it oozes out with traditional Islamic culture and has some great architectural work, many domes, and more than 1000 columns. The other is the literal meaning of rich, where the mosque has chandeliers made of millions of Swarovski jewels, gold, crystals, and pearls. I mean wouldn’t that be an eye feast to see all that glimmer shimmer?

Oh, and it also won the Guinness record of having the largest hand-woven carpet. Like wow, how much effort would it have undergone for it to turn out into such a beautiful place.

Official Website:

Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street، – 5th St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

3.      Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Louvre, UAE
Louvre | ©smadore / source:

The first museum in our list of Top 15 places to visit in UAE. Louvre is one of a kind aesthetic museum that has art, architecture, and all the traditional elements of the middle east. If you’re an art or photography enthusiast, this museum might become your favorite place in the whole of Abu Dhabi.

Louvre presents its tourists with four exhibitions every year by collaborating with various artists which results in ample amounts of art. The best thing about this museum is yet to come. They have restaurants where you can have some amazing refreshments with a breathtaking view.

Official Website:

Address: Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

4.      Desert Safari

Desert Safari
Desert Safari | ©sharonang / source:

Our list of “Top 15 places to visit in UAE” can never be completed without Desert Safari. It’s a popular opinion that the UAE trip is incomplete without the adrenaline rush that hits with a desert safari. Liwa desert has gorgeous landscapes and gives an amazing safari experience. Desert safari leaves you mesmerized by all the beauty that it possesses.

Safari has so many activities planned out and you can also customize those plans according to your budget. Activities like dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding, hot air balloon safari are the highlights of this place.

The specialty about this is that you can choose whichever part of the day you want, to spend your time in the desert. And if you opt for spending a night there, you will have barbeque feasts, live shows, stargazing, and many more which will be a splendid experience for you.

Official Website:

Address: Al Khayma Camp, Dubai – United Arab Emirates

5.      Shangri-La

Shangri La
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Sunset tea lounge in Shangri-La might be the most luxurious high tea experience one can ever experience. Shangri-La is a very lavish hotel which not only focuses on instigating Asian hospitality and providing the customers with the best services but also on sustainability, biodiversity and they also reside in their CSR initiatives.

This hotel contains everything a normal one would have but in luxury. It has 6 villas on its premises, various spas, beauty salons, and as astounding as it may sound, it also has a private beach. You can add it to your bucket list without any hesitation.

Official Website:

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai –  United Arab Emirates

6.      Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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It is one of the world’s most remarkable man-made archipelagic beauty. It’s a tree-shaped island and has everything from posh hotels to food trucks. It has luxurious villas with impressive architecture. You will have the an awesome vacation experience.

The lost chambers aquarium will be very fun to visit. The kid in you will be very excited to do some cool things like swimming with dolphins, sea lions, and sharks. You will find some great places to have brunch with free-flowing cocktails. The spa services the island has to offer you are the best ones that I bet you won’t ever forget.

Official Website:

Address: Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

7.      Al Karama, Dubai

Al Karama Dubai
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Al Karama is noted as one of the city’s oldest communities which is in Bur Dubai. This place is easily the central part of Dubai which is mostly a residential area and also comprises a lot of fashion, accessory stores, and traditional markets.

The streets of Al Karama are filled with some beautiful and artistic murals which will hold you back from leaving the place.

A popular Arabic tea cafe in Bur Dubai named ‘Filli Tea’ trying to win the world’s attention is a must-try in Dubai. The signature Filli’s zafran tea which tastes divine is one man’s vision that resulted in huge success.

Address: Bur Dubai – United Arab Emirates

8.      Jebel Hafeet, Hajar Mountains

Jebel Hafeet
Jebel Hafeet | ©Lloyd_De_Jongh / source:

Jebel Hafeet is one of the highest mountains that is originally situated in Al Ain. This mountain range is a part of the desert park ‘Jebel Hafeet National Park’. You can visit various places in the Hajar mountain range but these mountains are known to have the most beautiful paths and alleys.

A place near these mountains amasses Beehive tombs that are left by the early Al Ain residents. These are beehive-shaped tombs that the residents left as shrines for their dead.

It is highly recommended you spend a night or two at telal resort which is downtown Abu Dhabi and which is nearer to Jebel Hafeet. This resort will be your best Oasis getaway and explore wildlife for that weekend.

Address: Al Ain – United Arab Emirates

9.      Kayaking in Mangrove National Park

Kayaking in Mangrove National Park
Kayaking in Mangrove National Park | Source/Credit:

If you want to work your body through the tour, kayaking will be one of your go-to activities. It will be a very unique and thrilling experience for you to enjoy the tour. Mangrove National Park in Abu Dhabi is one of the best places you can go kayaking to. But other places offer this service too, like Jubail Island, Zaya Nurai Island, Wadi adventure, and more.

You will have some exceptionally good memories if you book this at the time of sunset because you can experience some great picturesque in those slots. Other activities like standup paddling and boat cruise services, water biking are also offered in the same places if you wish to continue the stirring escapades.

Official Website:

Address: Anantara Hotel- Abu Dhabi, UAE

10.  Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo | ©photosforyou / source:

Dubai Aquarium is in the Dubai Mall which is an amazing place to spend an evening going shopping. But for a calm and seen evening, you better visit this aquarium and zoo. This underwater zoo is the home to many endangered species like otters, piranhas, water rats, and more.

You can spend a quiet evening while exploring the underwater world. To our surprise, 33,000 aquatic animals are living under the jurisdiction of the aquarium.

If you are fond of water activities, then you can go scuba diving and also go on glass-bottom boat rides. But if not, then cage snorkeling is the best-suited pastime for you to experience. You can also see and experience the UAE’s marvelous night creatures come alive in the zoo.

Official Website:

Address: Dubai Mall – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

11.  Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya Dubai
Al Bastakiya Dubai | Source/Credit:

Bastakiya is one of Dubai’s most historic places. It preserves the roots of the formation of Emirati land. This area represents the culture and traditional norms of the locale. There are many places where you can explore and find the artistic community.

Mawaheb is one such art studio that encourages people to be creative in their way. The Coffee Museum exists there for all the coffee enthusiasts for finding all the world’s coffee in one place. Then there is XVA gallery which is a very famous gallery in Dubai where it represents and expresses art from different cultural perspectives.

Address: Bur Dubai Al Hamriya – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

12.  Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain
Dubai Fountain | Source/Credit:

Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest water fountain and is a major enchant for tourists. It is located at the foundation of Burj Khalifa and visibly present at the exit of Dubai Mall. It has frequent shows that happen all the time. If standing and watching the show is not your forte, then hop on a Dubai Fountain lake ride and you will have the best time.

The preferable time to visit the fountain show is at night because the elegance you can see at that time is so captivating. The fountain is illuminated with lights at night which is a certified masterpiece.

Address: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

13.  Sharjah Arts Museum

Sharjah Art Museum
Sharjah Art Museum | © Photo: Haupt & Binder, UiU

The another great museum in our list of Top 15 places to visit in UAE- Sharjah Arts Museum. This museum is the largest in the Persian Gulf region. It is built to enhance the culture of the Sharjah community with contemporary artworks. The Museum has so many paintings by Arab painters who contributed to the development of cultural art.

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This museum hosts so many temporary exhibitions and events. However, it remains neutral on coming up with provisional and permanent works. It focuses on everyone, be it a local painter or a renowned artist as long as the art is worthy and beautiful.

Official Website:

Address: Al Shuwaihean – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

14.  Global Village

Global Village Dubai
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Global Village claims that it is the world’s largest tourism and entertainment attraction. It incorporates the culture of over 90 countries. You will have the best of everything in this place be it shopping, food, or recreational activities.

The place does not only offers fun for kids but also for grown-ups. It prompts you to make most of the time worth it.

The splendor of this place shows in the nighttime, there will be fireworks, sparkle, and gleam. You can witness the world’s beauty in one place. How wonderful would that be?

Official Website:

Address: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road E 311 road Dubai.

15.  Souks in Deira

Souks in Dubai
Souks in Dubai | Source/Credit:

Our last amazing places to visit in Top 15 places to visit in UAE is Souks in Deira.

Deira is one of the oldest cities in Dubai which has an odd number of souks. Souks are the local shops and very old in that matter where you get anything and everything. Some of the famous souks are,

Gold Souk has hundreds of jewelry stores where they have some precious jewels, gold, silver, platinum, and more. 

Spice Souk is another famous place where it is inclusive of all the spices from around the world. You’ll be astonished to see the enormous variety of spices they display.

Perfume Souk is the hallmark of aromatic experience in this place. The aromas in this souk are of distinct forms like powder, crystal, stick, wood, and more. The interesting part about this souk is that you can personalize your scents based on your tastes and preferences. 

Now coming to Deira’s specialty, this place is the best for money exchange. The exchange offices in this place offer the best rates than the ones from other places.

Address: Near Deira – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

Final Words

These locations are some promising ones that will ensure you make fond memories of your tour. All you need to know about the areas and neighborhoods in Dubai are well portrayed to you. Hope these Top 15 places to visit in UAE made your trip a little easy.

Now it’s time to have a great trip.

<strong>Dayana Nitla</strong>
Dayana Nitla

She is a freelance writer driven by her passion for travel and writing. A student by day and a dreamer by night, She believes that the best way to earn her freedom is through travel. She feels elated when seeing some sweet treats and her heart fills with contentment when reading all the raw stories of people living their life without any boundaries.

One thought on “TOP 15 PLACES TO VISIT IN UAE”

  1. Very Well written. I am planning to visit the UAE in couple of months. The way you presented data is very good. It was like reading a colorful book with pictures and images.

    Please provide same information about Dubai also. Great Post!

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