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Your A to Z guide of Dubai

Sat, April 15, 2023

This city has so many world-class landmarks, attractions and activities, it can be tricky knowing where to begin. Here's our alphabetical rundown of some must-visit destinations.

This city has so many world-class landmarks, attractions and activities, it can be tricky knowing where to begin. Here's our alphabetical rundown of some must-visit destinations.

A is for Atlantis The Royal

Atlantis The Royal Dubai

Located on Palm Jumeirah, this stunning new property is home to 795 rooms, suites and signature penthouses. It also houses more celebrity chef restaurants than anywhere in the world, including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Jaleo by Jose Andres.

B is for Burj Al Arab Jumeirah


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks and tourist attractions in Dubai, and is renowned for its 'seven-star status'. Built on its own island, the sail-shaped luxury hotel rises 321m and has welcomed VIPs and celebrities from all over the world since it launched in 1999.


C is for City Walk

Green Planet

One of Dubai’s most exciting urban precincts, City Walk combines shopping with entertainment, including standouts such as The Green Planet, Coca-Cola Arena, a cinema, play areas and a year-round calendar of events.

D is for Dubai Mall

Africa Shopping, The Dubai Mall

Welcome to the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure. Dubai Mall is home to more than 1,200 retail stores across an area equivalent to 200 football pitches, plus hundreds of F&B outlets and entertainment galore including Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

E is for Expo City Dubai

Africa Expo 2020

Expo City Dubai is a future-centric mini-city that builds on the legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai. It brings back many of the entertainment offerings that delighted visitors during the World Expo, including the flagship Al Wasl Plaza, Garden in the Sky observation tower and Surreal water feature.

F is for Dubai Frame

Africa Couple, The Frame

Discover the past, present and future of Dubai from a vantage point like no other. Designed to resemble a picture frame, this attraction in Zabeel Park offers incredible views of the city’s historic areas to the south and its modern architectural marvels to the north.

G is for Global Village

Global Village Dubai

Open annually from October to April, this outdoor leisure destination is packed with entertainment for all ages. Experience live performances, cultural pavilions, thrill-packed rides, exciting games, delicious cuisines and plenty more.

H is for Hatta Wadi Hub

Hatta Wadi Hub Dubai

Take a short drive to the mountain town of Hatta for an incredible range of adventures. Rent a mountain bike and tackle 52km of trails – colour-coded according to difficulty – or try archery, axe-throwing, zorbing and the huge 12m-high water slide.

I is for IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG world

This indoor theme park brings Marvel and Cartoon Network characters to life with state-of-the-art rides. Covering an area of more than 28 football fields, it features action icons like Iron Man and The Powerpuff Girls plus unique experiences like the Haunted Hotel and Thor Thunder Spin.

J is for Jumeirah Mosque

Ramadan Jumeirah Mosque Exterior

One of the most iconic landmarks in Dubai, Jumeirah Mosque welcomes visitors of all faiths to admire the surroundings and learn about Islam and the local culture. The mosque is large enough to hold over 1,200 worshippers and was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition.

K is for Kite Beach

Kitesurfing in Dubai

Kite Beach is one of Dubai's most popular beaches – perfect for sun-seekers, foodies and sports enthusiasts alike. Try kitesurfing, wakeboarding or stand-up paddleboarding, join a game of volleyball, head to the food trucks or go for a jog along the 14km track.

L is for La Perle

La Perle Dubai Aqua show

Book tickets to the region's first permanent show that combines breathtaking choreography with daring stunts, in a novel 'aqua theatre'. See world-class artists perform remarkable feats, including aerial acrobatics, death-defying dives and unbelievable motorcycle tricks.

M is for Museum of the Future


This famous landmark explores how society could evolve in the coming decades using science and technology. It incorporates elements of traditional exhibitions, immersive theatre and themed attractions, so visitors can look beyond the present and towards the future's limitless possibilities.

N is for Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park

Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park

If you’re a cycling enthusiast, head over to Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park. Away from the urban bustle, this cycle track still offers incredible views of Downtown Dubai’s inspiring skyline, and is the perfect spot for a serene and stunning city ride.

O is for Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

This world-class performing arts destination hosts the best operas in Dubai – but it’s much more than just an opera house. The venue has the capacity for 2,000 guests and caters to a wide variety of performance styles, from ballets and pop concerts to classical orchestras and plays.

P is for Palm Jumeirah


Dubai’s iconic palm-shaped island is synonymous with Dubai’s efforts to consistently evolve and make dreams come true. The neighbourhood offers an urban mix of island residences, glamorous five-star resorts, on-trend restaurants and chic beach clubs.

Q is for Al Qudra Lakes

Al Qudra Lakes Dubai

Enjoy spectacular sunset views and local wildlife including desert foxes, oryx and 170 bird species at Al Qudra Lakes, situated in the vast Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. Visitors can also check out Love Lake Dubai, a popular spot which consists of two large, interconnected heart-shaped lakes.

R is for Ravi Restaurant

Ravi Restaurant Dubai

This famous Pakistani dining spot in Satwa offers a range of delicious curries, fluffy naan bread and freshly grilled meats. Signature plates include the chicken tikka, mutton karahi, lentil fry and biryani. Cool down the spices with a sweet yogurt lassi and team your meal with sesame-dusted rogni bread.

S is for Souk shopping

Souks in Dubai

Wander through Dubai's souks and discover a feast for the senses. These traditional markets offer a rich cultural experience, as well as a chance to pick up that perfect gift or souvenir. Marvel at the Gold Souk's glittering treasures, style yourself with fine silks and fabrics at the Textile Souk, discover captivating scents at the Perfume Souk and explore exotic ingredients at the Spice Souk.


T is for Tribes

This casual restaurant has a menu inspired by the delicious and diverse cuisines that can be found across Africa. Think lamb chops marinated in Moroccan spices, chicken bunny chow from Durban and pan-fried Mozambique prawns. Such is Tribe's popularity that it now has three locations in the city at Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Hills Mall.

U is for Umm Suqeim Beach

Africa Family Beach

Also known as Sunset Beach, this peaceful and picturesque getaway offers great views of Burj Al Arab. It’s an ideal spot whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, read a book, go for a jog or try a spot of surfing.

V is for The View at the Palm

The View at the Palm Dubai group photo

Enjoy incomparable views of Palm Jumeirah, plus the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline in the distance. Located 240m above the ground, the observation deck is on level 52 of The Palm Tower, which also houses a café, a creative exhibition, interactive tunnels and a gift shop.

W is for Wild Wadi Waterpark

Africa Family, Burj Al Arab

One of the world's best waterparks, Wild Wadi is an exciting day out for the whole family and can be found right next to Burj Al Arab in Jumeirah. Themed around the tale of the famous folklore character Juha, the aquatic attraction offers a variety of pulsating rides, slides and activities for all ages.

X is for XLine Dubai Marina

Xline at Dubai Marina

Ready, set, go! Dubai's adventure masters XDubai have upped the ante with XLine – the world's longest urban zipline. It is also one of the steepest and fastest ziplines around the globe, measuring 1km in length, up to 170m in height and with an average speed of 80km/h.

Y is for Yacht tours


The magnificent Arabian Gulf waterfront is one of the highlights of the city, and there are few better ways to explore it than on a yacht tour. Boating companies across Dubai offer trips which take in some of the city's key landmarks such as Atlantis, The Palm and Burj Al Arab. 

Z is for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Discover luxury living in the Ottoman era at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The five-star hotel on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah is a magnificent private setting as well as a feast for the eyes, overlooking the Arabian Gulf plus the city skyline.

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