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Dubai is indeed one of the most popular tourist destinations having attracted tourists with its extravagant hotels, towering skyscrapers, shopping malls, and numerous activities. Dubai being the largest city in the United Arab Emirates has been able to carve a niche for it in the highly competitive market of international tourist, business, and cultural destinations.

Starting from the tallest structure in the world, The Burj Khalifa to the famous Palm Islands, Dubai continuously amazes tourists. It would be a little bit challenging to choose 10 favorite attractions in this sparkling city, but the following is my list of places to visit and things to do in the fantastic Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

Of course, the most iconic and widely known structure of Dubai is Burj Khalifa which stands at an impressive height of 828 meters. There is an opportunity to have great views of the city of Dubai from observation levels 124, 125, and 148. Or just enjoy a portion of food in the At.mosphere restaurant located on the 122nd floor. Standing on top of the fountain is a unique experience when watching the Dubai Fountain show.

2. Dubai Mall

Beside the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world or one of the largest depending on whom you ask. At 1200+ stores, an indoor amusement park, a skating rink, and a huge aquarium, the Dubai Mall has something for everyone. Some of the attractions are the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, which offers visitors an insight into marine life.

3. Palm Jumeirah

This palm-tree-shaped archipelago created by humans is an engineering wonder grappling with the problem of erosion by the Arabian Gulf. Some of the ways to tour the Palm is by flying you around the Palm on a seaplane or taking you around the crescent on a luxury yacht. The Palm is popular among lovers of beach holidays as it has many five-star resorts and villas; at the same time, Aquaventure Waterpark is an exciting leisure activity.

4. Dubai Fountain

Check out the beautiful Dubai Fountain on the outside of the Dubai Mall, which plays music and dances to various tunes in the daytime. The fountain released water jets shooting up to 500 ft in the air, 6,600 lights, and 25 color projectors. Make sure to be there 30 minutes before the performance starts to capture a good position!

5. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a state-of-the-art residential-commercial, water-front development, ideal for a modern Dubai flavor. Look at luxurious anchored yachts in the marina area, and stunning tall buildings such as Cayan Tower and the in-construction Dubai One Tower. Useful for grabbing a tasty meal and for lively bar and club scenes as well.

6. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek, which has become the city’s identity, divides it into two halves: Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. Take an abra – traditional boat – for only 1 dirham to cross over the Creek waters. Adding to the Caliphate charm of Dubai, there are gold souks and spice and textile souks on both sides of Dubai Creek.

7. Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is located in Dubailand occupying an area of 72,000 sq meters and has flower structures and models including an Emirates Airbus A380 model. It's the world’s biggest natural florist with well over 50 million flowers that are arranged in the form of bouquets or floral patterns. It is more beautiful when visited in winter when flowers grown in the area are in full bloom.

8. Dubai Frame

Take a walk on the Glass Floor Walkway at the Dubai Frame through a view that inclines 150 meters from the ground. The architectural structure looks like a picture frame standing 150 meters tall and links the historic part to the new Dubai if you want to take pictures of the new skyscrapers towering on one side and the historic areas on the other side when you reach the top.

9. Dubai Desert

Exploring the Arabian desert which is in the close proximity to Dubai is also another fascinating experience. Off-roading across the sand dunes, camel riding, and even the futuristic sport of sand boarding, Dubai’s desert safari tours make for great desert camping and adventures in the sand pits. Do not forget to witness the thrilling Falcon Show and the lively traditional Emirati dances as well!

10. Dubai Parks and Resorts

At Dubai Parks and Resorts situated near Jebel Ali, anyone looking for an adrenaline rush has a chance to select from three top-notch parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai. Greet your favorite superheroes, go for the crazy ride on the roller coasters, or create something unique with LEGO toys. Featuring over 100 rides and other facilities, it is widely regarded as an amusement park that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Conclusion

From giant shopping malls and outlandish architectural structures such as the palm-shaped islands, Dubai continues to pride itself as the city of the impossible. You can enjoy the architectural beauty, go shopping, bash through the desert, or just lie on the beach – believe me, there is nothing as boring as seeing Dubai. So pick the most appealing tourist destinations from my Top 10 and put on some comfortable clothes for an amazing vacation.