Dubai Sights

Several distinct zones and quarters, each with its own purpose and atmosphere, make up the city of Dubai. The older districts around the mouth of Dubai Creek—Deira, Al-Rigga, and Bur Dubai—have developed over the last 150 years into a maze of narrow streets and alleyways that are often choked with traffic. However, the museums and attractions here are clustered close together, making this

area the most walkable in the city. You'll need to cross the creek on the abra (boat) service, about seven or eight minutes long, to get from one bank to the other.

To venture beyond this downtown core you'll need to take transportation. If you have time, buses are very cheap, new, and air-conditioned, and their routes pass by many major attractions. However, taxis are efficient, inexpensive, and metered, making them a more flexible option if you're only in Dubai for a short time and every minute counts.

Sheikh Zayed Road is the multilane road that links old Dubai with the newer Dubai districts to the south—about 15 mi to the southernmost communities. It runs 3 mi inland from the ocean and parallel with the coastline. Every well-marked intersection off Sheikh Zayed Road leads to a different district—including Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, and Knowledge City—as well as that area's major attractions. This road is the thoroughfare for most of the traffic traveling north and south, so it's always busy. By taxi, the trip from Deira to Dubai Marina takes about 45 minutes.

Dubai doesn't use building numbers in its street addresses. People navigate by referencing major hotels, roads, intersections, or other well-known landmarks. Taxi drivers know how to reach all the main attractions, but if you're looking for something off the beaten path—say, a particular specialty store—find out which hotel, mall, or other geographical marker is close to your destination. Direct your driver to that location, so he knows the general area to which you want to go.

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Burj Dubai

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The world's newest tallest building dominates the Dubai skyline like a scimitar pointing skyward. Emaar Properties has vowed to keep...

Emirates Towers

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These twin skyscrapers, located in Dubai's business district, added an extra dimension to the city's dynamic architecture when they opened...

Falcon & Heritage Centre

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Hunting with falcons and keeping birds of prey is a common pastime in Arabic desert culture. This center is the only place in Dubai where...

Global Village

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Winter in Dubai brings about many events, but none are more colorful than those at the Global Village. Every year, delegates from more...

Safa Park

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Encompassing nearly 160 acres of parkland in one of Dubai's well-to-do residential neighborhoods, this park provides city dwellers with...

Za'abeel Park

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This technology-themed park, also known as Zabeel Park, is located between the Trade Centre district and the highly populated Kerama...

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