Places of Interest in Dubai
Information about the main tourist attractions and must-see sights in Dubai…
Culture and heritage
There are several local museums and attractions that portray the culture and heritage of Dubai. Most of these have no or low cost entry fees to encourage tourists and residents to visit. Popular cultural attractions in Dubai include:
Hatta: A popular weekend destination for residents. Many make day trips to Wadi Hatta, a desert oasis with fresh water swimming holes such as Hatta Pools. Hatta Village is a historical heritage site that has been renovated to show traditional architecture and regional building materials.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: One of the largest mosques in the world, it is also the burial place of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The mosque is open for tours to non-Muslims every day except Friday. Situated in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Sharjah Heritage Area is home to several museums, Souk Al Arsah and beautifully restored buildings. It is a a short drive north to the Emirate of Sharjah and provides a rich cultural and historical experience
Beaches and parks
Al Mamzar Beach Park: A popular beach park with swimming pools, food outlets, barbecue areas, park grounds, play areas and sports facilities. The five connecting beaches all have lifeguards and changing rooms. Bungalow-style chalets with air conditioning and showers are available for rent on beach 4. Wednesdays are for women and children only.
- Al Mamzar Beach Park
At: 5 Km north of Hamriya Port, near Sharjah
Open: 08:00-23:00 daily
Creekside Park: This popular park among residents has several childrens' playgrounds, plenty of open spaces and shaded areas, paved walkways, a mini-golf, park train, snack stands and recreational facilities as well as bicycle rental. There is also a suspended cable car ride that travels the length of the park. Located inside the park is Children's City, an interactive educational museum with scientific, environmental and cultural exhibits on display.
- Creekside Park
At: Along Deira Creek, between Garhoud and Floating bridges in Umm Hurair 2
Open: Saturday to Thursday 08:00-23:00 and Friday 14:00-23:30
Jumeirah Beach Park: The oldest beach park, but still very popular among residents and tourists. This beach park is well equipped with plenty of beach front, lots of green areas, childrens' play areas and food outlets. Mondays are for women and children only.
- Jumeirah Beach Park
At: Off Jumeirah Beach Road in Jumeirah 2
Open: Saturday to Thursday 07:30-23:00 and Friday 08:00-23:00
Jumeirah Open Beach: One of the few beaches with no entrance fees. There are some recreational facilities, but most people swim and sunbathe.
- Jumeirah Open Beach
At: Off Jumeirah Beach Road in Umm Sequim
Mushrif Park: A massive park set in the desert area just outside Mirdif. Plenty of green and shaded areas and recreational facilities: swimming pools, playgrounds, picnic areas, camel riding, horse stables, animal enclosure and park train. The International Village is a popular attraction where visitors can walk through model homes of various international architectural styles.
- Mushrif Park
At: Off Al Khawaneej Road, just past Mirdif
Open: Saturday to Thursday 08:00-23:00 and Friday 08:00-23:30
Safa Park: One of the most recent park grounds in Dubai with plenty of sports and recreational facilities: jogging track, labyrinth-style maze, soccer pitch and courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball. Several lakes and water features are located throughout the park along with picnic areas and green lawns.
- Safa Park
At: Al Hadiqa/Muscat Street, between Sheikh Zayed and Al Wasl roads in Al Safa
The United Arab Emirates has a unique natural history and is a great place to visit for eco-tourism activities. The eco-tourism industry is developing, with major projects planned in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. At present, eco-tourism activities include:
- Birdwatching at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and in the Hatta region
- Sea turtle nesting at Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre (Oman)
- Desert wadis: Drive through the many desert wadis (valleys) such as Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah.