If you are thinking about booking your next holiday to Dubai, then you have probably already considered the beautiful resorts with some of the best service in the world. However, there is much more to this emirate than its outstanding hotels. From restaurants serving the finest cuisine, to plenty of chances to get closer to nature or even adventure, Dubai has a lot to offer its visitors.
For those looking for a spot of culture on their next holiday, there are some outstanding attractions across the emirate. Here, we look at ten of the best cultural attractions that you won't want to miss on your holiday in Dubai.
It's easy to find culture in Dubai
Perhaps an obvious place to start is the Dubai Museum, but it is bound to be unlike any other museum you've ever been to. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, which is thought to date back to 1800 and is regarded as the oldest structure in Dubai, the museum is striking to look at.
Your experience will start with a ten-minute video looking at how the emirate changed between the 1930s and the early 2000s. Guests will then enter a mock souq, showcasing what life in Dubai is like, with dioramas and light and sound effects bringing the scenes to life.
An iconic part of Dubai's skyline, the Burj Khalifa is a must-see for anyone planning a trip to the UAE. Standing at 828 metres, it is a magnificent display of architectural wonder and - since its opening in 2010 - holds the record as the tallest building in the world.
To get an unparalleled view of Dubai, guests can take a lift to one of two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors. High-powered telescopes can help you see across the skyline, though on a clear day, you won't need any help to see the sheer beauty of this emirate from the Burj Khalifa.
Although you may not think a shopping centre is a place to experience culture, the Dubai Mall represents the cosmopolitan aspect of this emirate, as well as its ability to build things bigger and better than other places. With a strong European influence, the complex has around 1,200 stores, including the famous British toy store Hamley's.
Alongside its various shopping chains, the Dubai Mall also has a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 eateries.
Standing as the largest artificial island in the world, Palm Jumeirah is another reason why Dubai is in the record books. The man-made island in the shape of a palm tree is spectacular to look at but is even more exciting to explore. With numerous luxury hotels in the area, including the Fairmont, One&Only and Atlantis, The Palm, it's a draw for locals as well as those enjoying a holiday in Dubai.
At the heart of this spectacular emirate is Dubai Creek, marking the first landing of the Bani Yas tribe. The saltwater estuary stands as a reminder of the city's history and its main forms of economy: pearl diving and fishing. It is a fantastic place to discover more about Dubai's culture, not only because it is where the Dubai Museum is located, but also because of the vast number of souks.
Sitting just behind the Grand Mosque, the Shiva and Krishna Mandir temple is where Dubai's Hindu community comes to worship. Next to the temple is a colourful alley offering religious items and various other things for sale. Commonly referred to as "Hindi Lane", it offers baskets of fruit, packets of bindis, flower garlands and other sacred pieces that many want to take to worship.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
For something truly brilliant on your holiday in Dubai, visit the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Not only can you get some breathtaking views of the emirate from the building itself, but there are more than 485 aquatic species on display. If you are after a truly unique experience, there are adventure packages also available, meaning you can get closer to these incredible creatures by cage snorkelling or taking a behind-the-scenes tour.
Take a step back in history with Madinat Jumeirah. Designed as a modern interpretation of what a traditional Arab village would look like, this attraction houses a souq, villas accompanied by wind towers and desert-coloured hotels.
Attention to detail is key for Madinat Jumeirah and the space is beautifully maintained by professional gardeners throughout the year. For a truly special experience, visit at night when you can see the Burj Al Arab lit up against the dark sky.
Dubai Miracle Garden
With more than 45 million flowers on display, it's not hard to see why you'd want to visit the Dubai Miracle Garden near the Arabian Ranches. Since it opened on Valentine's Day, the area holds the record for being the biggest natural flower garden in the world and features a range of different blooms. From impressive topiary to more traditional flowerbeds, there are a wide variety of floral displays on offer, which change with each season.
Bur Dubai Abra Dock
To get a truly unique experience of the beautiful Dubai Creek, take a boat ride from the Bur Dubai Abra Dock. The ten-minute journey will take you across one of the most beautiful spots in Dubai, allowing you to get incredible views of the historic surroundings, featuring a number of traditional boats or dhow along the shoreline.
Perfect whether you are staying with your family or partner
Whether you are planning a holiday with your family, friends or partner, Dubai has a wide variety of cultural attractions for you to explore.