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Tourist Attractions in United Arab Emirates

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in United Arab Emirates

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About United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is a modern, rich and developed state of the Arabian Peninsula. In a few decades, thanks to oil revenues, the welfare of its inhabitants has skyrocketed, and the country itself has turned into a fairy-tale caliphate, where colourful oriental bazaars and glass skyscrapers, Bedouin tents and villas worth tens of millions of dollars exist side by side. The UAE sheikhs seem to have done everything to attract as many tourists as possible to their country. They have built “six-star” hotels decorated with rare stone and wood, equipped with comfortable beaches, and huge shopping malls showcasing collections of all the world’s brands.

Top Cities to Visit in United Arab Emirates

Top-25 Tourist Attractions in UAE

Burj Khalifa

133286 reviews
The tallest skyscraper in the world, repeating the shape of a cave stalagmite. The height is more than 800 metres and the number of floors is 163. The tower houses offices, a hotel, a fountain system, and luxury private apartments. The building has several observation decks offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Dubai.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Beach Isle Tower 02

1 reviews
An artificial archipelago of three islands (Deira, Jebel Ali, Jumeirah) in the shape of date palms, a marvel of modern engineering. The islands were created from sand, limestone and stone quarried from the Persian Gulf coast. It is a large-scale and grandiose project, one of the most interesting sights of Dubai.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

12030 reviews
One of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city, dating back to the 19th century. In those days, pearl fishermen lived here (before the UAE’s “golden” oil rain, this activity was the main source of income for the residents). In Bastakiya, you can see traditional Arab houses and wind towers that acted as air conditioners.
Open time
Monday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Dubai Gold Souk

9183 reviews
A bazaar located in Dubai’s shopping district, where visitors from all over the world buy gold jewellery at almost the lowest prices. Such a price policy is possible due to low taxes. White, pink and yellow gold is bought here in kilograms by weight, rather than in individual pieces.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

The Dubai Fountain

92179 reviews
Located near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, it is another man-made wonder built on fabulous oil revenues. It is the world’s largest fountain, which is illuminated by 6,000 sources. It is capable of throwing jets of water 150 metres high and creating more than 1000 figurative compositions of water columns.

Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

46899 reviews
Located near the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the artificial island of Yas. The facade of the building repeats the shape of the legendary Ferrari GT model, it is painted in red colour with the brand logo on the roof. The park presents all the achievements of the Italian company, all the latest and most famous car models, technologies, interactive installations, and replicas of Italian landmarks.
Open time
Monday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM

Emirates Heritage Club Heritage Village

9619 reviews
This attraction was created to familiarise tourists with the UAE’s past. The village is an exact replica of a Bedouin settlement as it was more than 100 years ago. Of great interest are the workshops where metal, cloth and clay tools are on display. In the souvenir shop you can buy authentic items, traditional pastries and old crafts.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dubai Mall

246255 reviews
The world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex located in Dubai. You can get lost in miles of shops, showrooms, markets, cinemas and tourist attractions in Dubai Mall. There is a huge Olympic ice rink and a Guinness Book of World Records aquarium with thousands of sea creatures.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

58446 reviews
Like many other attractions in the UAE with the prefix “the world’s largest”, this oceanarium is designed to capture the imagination of visitors to the country. More than 33,000 species of marine life swim in the giant aquarium, with about 400 sharks and rays alone. The entire structure weighs almost 250 tonnes and holds 10 million litres of water.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:15 PM

Ski Dubai

30657 reviews
An indoor complex in Dubai, the only place of its kind in the region. It is an artificial ski resort, where in the absence of real snow and winter, fans of extreme skiing can enjoy downhill skiing. “Sky Dubai” can accommodate up to 1500 people at a time, its infrastructure is convenient and well thought out, all conditions for snowboarding and skiing have been created.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

49349 reviews
A white marble structure, an example of modern Arab architecture. The mosque was erected in honour of the first president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed ibn Sultan el Nahyanu. Specialists from Germany, the USA and Italy participated in the construction and decoration of the building. The gilded chandelier of the mosque is decorated with precious stones, the carpet with an area of 5.6 thousand m² was woven in Iran.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Jumeirah Mosque

5281 reviews
It is considered one of the most beautiful Islamic temples in the country. The structure was erected in 1979 from pink sandstone, using elements of the traditional Fatimid style. The mosque is not only open to Muslims – under the supervision of a guide, anyone can go inside and listen to a tour about Islamic traditions, prayers and customs.

King Faisal Mosque

4174 reviews
It is located in Sharjah, the strictest emirate in terms of Shariah compliance. It was built at the will and expense of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and given as a gift to the Sharjah authorities. Since then, the mosque has become an important religious centre of the Emirate and its main Muslim shrine.

Al Jahili Fort

1694 reviews
A structure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the border with Oman, located in the Al Ain Oasis (meaning “green garden”). The fortress was built in the late 19th century to protect the oasis and the city of Al Ain, and over time it became the largest fort in the area. Today, Al Jahili has the status of a national monument.
Open time
Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Ajman Fort

24 reviews
Located in the smaller and less popular tourist emirate of Ajman. The building was erected in the late 18th century from plaster and coral stone using African wood. The fortress served as a residence for the Sheikh’s family until 1970, but after the ruler moved out, it was used as the headquarters of the Ajman Police.

House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum

882 reviews
Another historical structure in Dubai, where Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of the emirate, lived. It is a palace by the sea on the shore of the bay, from where the sheikh could watch the movement of ships. Now the building houses a museum, where you can see interesting expositions and learn more about the history of the UAE.
Open time
Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday: 3:00 – 8:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Al Fahidi Fort

Located in the centre of Dubai, it is the oldest surviving structure in the city (according to sources, the fort was erected in the late 18th century). The thick walls of the fort once protected the inhabitants from the invasion of warlike tribes of wild Bedouins and from sea raids. Only small fragments of Al-Fahidi have survived, as the city walls were dismantled.

Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn)

717 reviews
Formerly the residence of the ruling family of the Emirate of Sharjah Al Qasimi and at the same time a prison. This early 19th century building was used for defence against the not infrequent enemy attacks of those times. The Fort Museum houses collections of weapons, items belonging to the ruling dynasty and other historical artefacts.
Open time
Monday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Qasr Al Hosn

5383 reviews
An iconic landmark of Abu Dhabi, one of the symbols of UAE history and the former residence of the rulers of this emirate. The building appeared at the end of the XVIII century, but most of the constructions are renovated buildings not older than 30 years. Sometimes elements of a century and a half ago are found in the interior decoration, but this is rare.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 2:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sir Baniyas Island

787 reviews
A reserve of Arabian fauna and flora, also called the Arabian Wildlife Park. It was created at the behest of Sheikh Zayyid Al Nahyan. Eight million trees were planted on the deserted island, rare animals and birds were brought in, restaurants and hotels for visitors were built. In a few years, the lifeless territory was transformed into a lively oasis.

Capital Gate

A futuristic tower in Abu Dhabi, designed to symbolise the unity of the future and the past. The structure is built at an angle, so it looks like it is “falling” like the famous tower in Pisa. But the architects did not seek to copy this technique, they simply used stepped structures to create the effect of tilting.

Wild Wadi Waterpark Jumeirah

14914 reviews
One of the best water parks in the East, located in one of the prestigious neighbourhoods of Dubai. The design is based on the tales of Sinbad the Sailor, so visitors get into a fairy-tale land where all wishes seem to come true. The water park has rides for children of all ages and experienced instructors.
Open time
Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Burj Al Arab

26893 reviews
A luxurious hotel with architecture reminiscent of a sail flying in the wind. Located in the emirate of Dubai on an artificial island. It positions itself as a “seven-star”, although according to the international classification it belongs to 5*. In height the skyscraper reaches more than 300 metres, the maximum height of the ceiling of the hall – more than 180 metres.

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

25651 reviews
A luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi and a real palace with a green area and a dozen beautiful fountains. Dignitaries and very wealthy tourists like to stay here. The interior of the hotel is decorated with gold, with antique furniture in the halls and rooms.

Atlantis, The Palm

88780 reviews
A luxury resort on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah (Dubai). Room stock – more than 1500 rooms designed for VIP-persons and wealthy guests. There is a convenient infrastructure for guests with children. The hotel can host conferences and other large-scale events, as it has all the necessary equipment.