When you think of Dubai, you probably picture the Burj Khalifa with its iconic structure and dazzling light and firework displays. But did you know there are over 20 other attractions in Downtown Dubai to see and explore?
Whether you are looking to shop, dine or be entertained, want to visit by day or at night, Downtown Dubai literally has something for everyone.
No visit to Downtown Dubai is complete without seeing the magical Dubai Fountains, brought to you by the same people that designed the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. Every 30 minutes in the evenings, visitors are treated to a breathtaking performance by the fountains complete with a light and sound show. You can watch the fountain displays directly from the waterfront or at one of the many cafes, lounges and restaurants that surround the Dubai Fountains, to witness this spectacle.
Another stunning way to see the Dubai Fountains show is from the top of Burj Khalifa. There are different experiences to book to see this magnificent 116-storey tower including a visit to the observation deck, a drink at the world’s highest lounge at 585 meters, or a high tea at At.Mosphere.
Inside Dubai Mall there are lots of attractions to explore too; how about showing off your ice-skating skills at Dubai Ice Rink, walking through the underwater tunnel at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, playing arcade games at Sega Republic or let the kids try out their favorite career options at Kidzania?
Around the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are a host of other, lesser-known, attractions that make your day out here complete. The best way to get around the vast area of Downtown Dubai, is by riding the Dubai Trolley. With stops at Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar and three of the district’s best hotels, the zero-emissions hop-on, hop-off double-decker tram is the most convenient way to get around and make the most of your time in Downtown Dubai.
One of the areas popular with Dubai residents in Downtown Dubai is Burj Park. With majestic views of Burj Khalifa and its perfectly manicured lawns this is the perfect spot for a picnic, a stroll or a bicycle ride with bikes for rental at the park entrance.
For handicrafts and souvenirs, Souk Al Bahar is conveniently located in Downtown Dubai, accessible directly from Dubai Mall by a footbridge, which also happens to be another perfect spot to watch the Dubai Fountains show. From Arabic carpets and perfumes to specialty dates and nuts, this is the perfect place to pick up those souvenirs to take back home.
If you’re in the mood to see a play, concert or show, make sure to check out the upcoming events calendar at Dubai Opera, the center stage for performing arts in Dubai. From popular Westend Musicals and world-renowned ballets to classical operas and symphonic orchestra concerts, Dubai Opera has been host to some of the best performances in the region. You can also book backstage and architecture tours at Dubai Opera for a truly unique behind the scenes experience.
Home to many of Dubai’s best attractions, Downtown Dubai is one of the greatest communities and destinations to explore when you’re next in town.