Whether visiting the United Arab Emirates for a few days or for an extended stay there are many visitor attractions to take in.
While a small nation in terms of size, the UAE is plentiful when it comes to both man-made and natural attractions. Whatever your interests, you’ll find excellent sights with the below mentioned top attractions in UAE.
Top Attractions in UAE You Should Visit
The real asset of any advanced nation is its people, especially the educated ones, and the prosperity and success of the people are measured by the standard of their education. – Shk. Zayed Al Nahyan
Dubai Parks & Resorts – Sheikh Zayed Road, Opp. Palm Jebel Ali
Are you looking for things to do in Dubai without all the mouse ears? The Dubai Parks & Resorts is opening October 2016, so chances are when you visit, one of the top parks in the world will be open. It will include MotionGate, Legoland, Bollywood and several other amusement parks in one.
IMG Worlds of Adventure – City of Arabia Dubailand
Another indoor theme park opening in 2016. Here you’ll be able to enjoy indoor roller coasters, many of which are themed after Cartoon Network characters. The IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park will be the largest indoor themed park in the world when completed.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Atlantis, the Palm
A completely unique aquarium takes on the Lost City of Atlantis theme, featuring halls and tunnels of breathtaking marine wildlife. There are also feeding sessions to enjoy.
Opening Hours – 10am – 10pm Daily. Tel: +971 4 426 1040
Ski Dubai – Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road
The famous Ski Dubai indoor resort provides indoor ski slopes (with a penguin enclosure), plus a movie theatre complex, small amusement park and just about every kind of shopping opportunity you might desire. When you grow tired of shopping (or just need a break), you can find one of the best mall dining halls in the world, with a wide selection of world cuisine.
Open Saturday through Wednesday 10am – 1am. Thursday and Friday 10am – 2am
iFly Dubai – Mirdiff City Centre Mall
Looking for skydiving adventure without the danger? iFly Dubai is the destination for you. Here you’ll fly like the birds and defy gravity, all without leaving the indoors.
Open Monday through Friday 11:30am – 11:30 pm. Tel: +971 4 231 6292
At The Top Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai
The city’s growing styling continues to morph and evolve, yet the Burj Khalifa towers over everything else. At 829.8 meters in height, few buildings in the world even come close to its mass. Check out the 360-degree observation deck, located on the 124th floor. You’ll receive a bird’s eye view of the entire city.
Open Daily 8:30am – 1am. Tel: +971 4 888 8724
Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Rd
This indoor/outdoor water park is great for beating the Dubai heat, which is one of the reasons it is one of the top attractions in UAE. Here you’ll experience 17 different water slides and three pools.
Open Daily 10am – 6pm. Tel: +971 4 348 4444
Dubai Autodrome – Shk. Mohd Bin Zayed Rd, Dubai
Looking to put the peddle to the metal and really burn rubber? This track is an FIA sanctioned motorsports circuit. So ready yourself for the thrill of a lifetime.
Open 9am – 9pm. Tel: +971 4 367 8700
Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubailand
Looking for places to visit in Dubai? Visit and take on this walk-through garden. Its eclectic design really boasts incredible colour and you’ll never know what kind of floral arrangement you might see during your walkthrough.
Open Sunday through Thursday, 9am – 9pm and Friday/Saturday 9am – 11pm. Tel: +971 4 422 8902
Dubai Fountain, Downtown Dubai
You may have heard of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas with its choreographed fountain system. This, however, is the largest show of water, light and music system in the world. Entry is free.
Open Saturday through Thursday, 1-1:30pm and 6-11pm. Friday 1:30pm-2pm and 6-11pm.
Abu Dhabi Attractions
Most of the internal waterways you find in the UAE are man-made. Yas Island is a man-made island located in Abu Dhabi, which can be reached by driving or via plane. With so much to do, including Ferrari World (drive your own Ferrari), take in the Yas Water World park or enjoy a relaxing cruise on the marina, there is something truly incredible for you here.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Whether you are if the Islamic faith or not, this is truly a breathtaking location to experience. From the architectural design to the brilliant and intricate displays of mosaics throughout, this is a must see Abu Dhabi attraction. Entry is free.
Open Saturday through Thursday, 9 am – 10 pm. Tel: +971 2 419 1919
National Auto Museum, Hameen Road, AlBhasra – Abu Dhabi
Are you looking to see many of the vehicles owned and driven by heads of the UAE, dating back to the time of sultans and individual tribal nations within what is now known as the United Arab Emirates? If so, this is a must visit (especially if you love cars).
Open daily from 8 am until 6 pm. Tel: +971 055 749 2155
Saadiyat Island – Cultural District, Sheikh Khalifa Highway
Located about 500 meters from the Abu Dhabi coast, this is an island continually under development with brand new attractions coming all the time. Right now you can see a brilliant selection of art from the Guggenheim museum and the Louvre Museum. You’ll also be able to come and see the Zayed National Museum very soon. Visit the Manarat Al Saadiyat high-tech centre for interactive and local cultural displays on the island too.
Open daily from 10am – 8pm. Tel: +971 2 657 5800
AL AIN ATTRACTIONS
A beautiful drive that curves throughout this rocky mountain range. It cuts around the Oman border.
This park is just enjoyable to walk through at any time, with beautiful manmade waterways, vegetation as well as several buildings you can cool off at the foot of Jebel Hafeet.
Tel: +971 3 783 9555
Al Ain Zoo
One of the largest zoos in the nation, you’ll find a wide selection of animals, many of which are native to the heat, coming from regions in Africa and Asia. If you’re an animal lover, you need to see why it is one of the major tourist attractions in UAE. Al Ain Zoo is a 400-hectare zoo located in the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Open daily from 4pm – 9pm. Tel: +971 3 799 2000
Al Jahili Fort
Al Jahili Fort was built in 1891. While it is the oldest remaining structure in the region, it is also one of the most beautiful. You’ll instantly fall in love with the incredible construction. Like a giant sand castle glimmering in the sun.
Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday/Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm. Open Friday 3pm – 7:30pm. Tel: +971 2 666 4442
Al Ain Palace Museum – Al Ain St, Commercial Road, Sinaiyya
The former palace of President, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his family. There is much history of Abu Dhabi and the nation itself here. Find time to visit.
Open daily 8.30am – 7.30pm, except Monday (closed); Friday – 3pm – 7.30pm. Tel: +971 3 751 7755
Sharjah Car Museum
From Rolls Royce to Ford, you’ll find some of the most beautiful, classical cars right here.
Closed Monday, Open Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday/Sunday 8am – 8pm and on Friday 4pm – 8pm.
Sharjah Museum of Arts
With incredible displays of art from around the world and rotating displays, you’ll always see something new here.
Open Saturday through Thursday 8 am to 8 pm and Friday 4 pm to 8 pm.
Built from traditional coral, rock and adobe, you’ll find this beautiful fort full of history for military lovers out there.
Open Saturday through Thursday 8am – 8pm and Friday 4pm to 8pm. Tel: +971 6 568 5500
Museum of Islamic Civilization
This museum opened in 2008 and looks to highlight culture from Islamic nations and regions, including over 5,000 artefacts from around the Islamic world.
Open Saturday through Thursday 8am – 8pm and Friday 4pm – 8pm. Tel: +971 6 565 5455
Sharjah Archeological Museum
If you are a lover of antiquities and the ancient world, this museum is a must to check out and experience.
Open Monday – Thursday and Saturday, 8am – 8pm and Friday, 4pm – 8pm. Closed Sunday. Tel: +971 6 568 8222
Umm Al Quwain Attractions
Dreamland Aqua Park
Want to beat the heat and enjoy one of the top outdoor water parks in the nation? Check this place out.
Open daily from 10am to 6pm
Tombs of Tell Abraq
An ancient city, civilisation first formed here at 2500 BC and became a key trading and transportation hub between Mesopotamia and surrounding regions.
Umm Al Quwain Museum
Also known as the UAQ National Museum, this site highlights regional rule dating back into the 1700s. Highlights include the majlis, old jewellery and fancy weapons. Tel: +971 6 765 0888
Ras Al Khaimah Attractions
Iceland Water Parks
Come chill out with this water park with ice-themed scenery, offering high-speed slides and even a child-friendly area.
Open daily from 8am until 5pm. Tel: 800 969725
The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah
Looking to learn more about this emirate? Check out this museum.
You’ll be surprised as to just how fast camels can move. A completely unique experience.
Khatt Spring is famous for its springs of sulphur water. Khatt village itself is a mountainous village located just 20 minutes outside of the Ras Al Khaimah City Centre. Visit and discover why this is one of the top attractions in UAE. The natural springs are refreshing and invigorating.
A unique window into the old ways of life.
Open Saturday through Thursday 8 am until 6:30 pm.
Al Badiyah Mosque
The oldest mosque in the UAE is also referred to as the Ottoman Mosque was built in 1446 AD. The history behind this simple construction makes it one of the major tourist attractions in UAE.
Built in 1670, Fujairah Fort is one of the oldest forts in the region. According to the National newspaper, the Fort changes colour between deep orange and light brown depending on the location of the sun. If you found yourself in Fujairah Emirate, a visit to this top tourist attraction in UAE is a must.
Attraction in Ajman
Formerly the ruler’s court. Learn more about this Emirate through the incredible historical museum. It easily is one of the top places to visit in the UAE.
Other Top Attractions in UAE
These are just a handful of the top attractions in UAE. There are plenty of other sights to see and locations to explore. It really just comes down to what you’re interested in and what you enjoy taking in. The United Arab Emirates is definitely a country that is rich in culture and heritage.
What’s your favourite tourist attraction in the UAE? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!