Burj Khalifa Tourist Attractions in Dubai
1 Burj Khalifa
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Dubai's landmark building is the
Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 m is
the tallest building in the world.
For most visitors a trip to the
observation deck on the 124th
floor here is a must-do while in
the city. The views across the city
skyline from this bird's-eye perspective
are simply staggering. The slick
observation deck experience includes
a multi-media presentation on both
Dubai and the building of the Burj
Khalifa (completed in 2010) before
a high-speed elevator whizzes you
up to the observation deck for those
360-degree views out across the
skyscrapers to the desert on one side
and the ocean on the other. Night-time
visits are particularly popular
with photographers due to Dubai's
famous city-lights panoramas.
Buy your Burj Khalifa 'At the
Top' Entrance Ticket in advance to
avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.
Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building's beautifully designed gardens with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain, modelled on Las Vegas' famous Fountains of Bellagio.
Location: Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown
2 Dubai Museum
Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles known as "handels", and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronts, mud and plaster. In its history, the fort has served as residence for the ruling family, seat of government, garrison and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995) it is now the city's premier museum. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom.
The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life) as well as artifacts from the 3,000-4,000 year old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.
Location: Al-Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai
5 Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish