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Top 15 attractions and things to do in Dubai

From the world’s tallest dizzying heights of the Burj Khalifa to traders of the souks, Dubai is a culture fusion city with a futuristic approach.

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Top 15 attractions and things to do in Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Dubai runs on superlatives, from the glitziest, biggest malls on earth to the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. Check out the exhibit on the building’s history, then take the fastest (of course) lift in the world. Hold on to your hat – it only takes a few seconds. It’s not for the faint-hearted but is well worth it, as the views will blow your mind. If you’re a serious photographer, you can even take a tripod with you to capture the endless panoramas towards the beach and over the city. Go at sunset if you can, as you get to see both day and night from the top.

Opening times: Daily, 8am – 3pm (‘non-prime hours’) & 3pm – 6.30pm (‘prime hours’). Early opening from 5.30am Fri & Sat.

Location: 1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. The Burj Khalifa Metro Station is a 10 minute walk away.

Price: Timed tickets and different packages available – see website for information.

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Burj Al Arab

The Burj calls itself ‘the world’s only 7-star hotel’ and, whether or not you agree, it’s certainly one of the most iconic buildings in Dubai. Soaring to a height of 321 metres over the coastline of Umm Suqeim, the Burj is designed to resemble a billowing sail. There are various viewpoints but one of the best is from the public beach next to it, for the ultimate Dubai selfie on the beach, with the Burj in the background. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, so naturally it’s rather expensive for the average visitor. Here’s a good tip however: go for a drink at the Dhow and Anchor in the hotel opposite, Jumeirah Beach hotel, and sit out on the terrace for an even better photo opp.

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Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates

Want to visit the desert and hit the ski slopes in the same weekend away? Don’t miss Ski Dubai, a huge ski slope situated in Mall of the Emirates at the Marina end of the city. It’s a bit of a shock to go from the 50°C desert heat to below zero temperatures but you can hire all equipment, clothing and ski lessons you need so you don’t have to pack your skis. There’s even a café-bar halfway up the ski slope in true mountain style, so you can stop for a bumper hot chocolate and watch the fun unfold.

Opening times: Sun to Wed 10.00 am – 11.00 pm; Thurs 10.00 am – 12.00am; Fri 9.00 am – 12.00am; Sat 9.00 am – 11.00 pm.

Location: Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Rd.

Price: ‘Snow passes’ start from 260dhms for adults and children.

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