The seven must-see wonders of Dubai

Dubai, our modern-day City of Wonders has more manmade marvels than you can find anywhere else. There’s the unbelievably spectacular Burj Khalifa for instance. Then there’s the Dubai Mall, the Palm Islands and the Dubai Eye. We have listed 7 wonders of Dubai that deeply impressed us. Which wonders top your list? Let us know!

World Island Dubai

  1. The World Islands

The World Islands is a collection of 300 artificial islands designed in the shape of world continents of the world. Each island ranges from 250,000 to 900,000 square feet in size, with about 100 meters of water in between. Some islands are given over to private homes, some are estate homes, some have dream resorts and the others are community islands.

The only way to get to and between these islands is by boat, small plane or helicopter. Constructing the World Islands has created several kilometres of man-made beach for Dubai’s public. Visitors cruise around the World Islands and admire its shape, which can be easily spotted from outer space as well.

Burj Al Arab

  1. Burj Al Arab

This fantastic, sail-shaped hotel has become modern Dubai’s iconic symbol. Burj Al Arab has been tagged with many appreciative citations – the world’s most luxurious hotels, Dubai’s most famous tourist landmark and so on. The best of them all is that the Burj Al Arab is the world’s first and only fully 7-Star hotel. Built near the fabulous Palm Islands, the billowing sail-like hotel rises 321 meters above the sea. The hotel’s lobby has the tallest atrium lobby in the world.

The Burj Al Arab is expensive, and there’s no denying it. However, the expense is justified. Consider this – luxury beyond belief, superlative décor, each guest served by own butler. Plus, a simulated submarine voyage to reach an underwater aquarium restaurant. A fleet of Rolls-Royces stands ready to serve guests, and the famous helipad has been used in various movie stunt scenes.

The Dubai Mall

  1. The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall has 1,200 retail stores and 200 food and beverage outlets. An array of themed of themed cafes line the promenade, open to views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.

  • Commercial Outlets: The Dubai Mall has 70 stores dedicated to fashion alone. The Souk is the center for jewelry and fashion accessories. The Level Shoe District is the shoe-lover’s kingdom, and The Village offers fashion for active people.
  • The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo: Visitors can enjoy close encounters with thousands of exciting marine creatures including deadly sharks. The Underwater Zoo offers an interactive approach to marine ecology education.
  • KidZania: An 80,000 sq. ft. mini city that aims that simulates the adult world for children via an interactive mini-city.
  • SEGA Republic: A 76,000 sq. ft. indoor theme park with a large selection of arcade games, 14 motion-simulated rides and an indoor spin-coaster.
  • Dubai Ice Rink: An Olympic-sized ice rink that seats 350 people, able to host any international-level ice event, with cafes, entertainment areas and much more.
  • Reel Cinemas: Reel Cinema is a multiplex of 22 screens that can seat 2,800 people.

Palm Islands Dubai

  1. Palm Islands

The Palm Islands is a collection of islands created out of reclaimed sand off the coast off Dubai. The palm-tree shaped Palm Jumeirah is open for business, with residences and resorts and beaches galore. The other two islands, Jebel Ali and Deira are in varying stages of development right now.

You can take a yacht or dhow cruise around the beautiful Palm Islands, getting up and close to the iconic Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah hotel. The distinctive palm shape of the islands can be seen from outer space as well.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Dancing Fountains are a glory of choreographed musical jets of water that shoot up to 500 feet. Each burst of water shoots in multiple colors, all set to exciting music. The fountains are built on the 30-acre Burj Lake. The 900 feet long fountain can be seen clearly from the Burj Khalifa’s observatory deck, and from across the Burj Lake. The fountain has five circles and two central arcs which shoot water out in time to different musical tunes. 6,600 super lights and 25 color projectors create hundreds of abstract water spectrums. The best way to enjoy the Dubai Dancing Fountain is to cruise the Burj Lake on an abra and take in the fantastic sight of the fountain and of the Dubai Burj Khalifa.

Bollywood Parks Dubai

  1. Dubai Parks and Resorts

The Dubai Parks and Resorts are divided into three theme parks and one water park. The theme parks are Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park.

  • Motiongate Dubai: Motiongate Dubai brings Hollywood to life via interactive movie-based rides and shows. It consists of five zones, each based on a different studio – DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Studio Central, Smurf Village, Colombia Pictures.
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai: A ton of interactive rides, roller coasters and 3D shows await the Bollywood movie fan. The Parks consist of five zones – Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza, Mumbai Chowk, Bollywood Boulevard and Bollywood Film Studio Featuring Hall of Heroes.
  • Legoland Dubai: Legoland Dubai entertains and educates children using giant-size Legos. This park is split into several play areas – Lego Miniland, Lego Mindstorms, Duplo Gardens, Lego City and Legoland Water Park.

Ain Dubai

  1. Ain Dubai

Ain Dubai, or the Dubai Eye, is the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world. Ain Dubai is advanced piece of architecture, built using the highest technology to hold up tons of weight. Ain Dubai takes 48 Minutes to rotate to its fullest till it reaches its highest point at 210 meters. Secure luxurious capsules are provided for people to ride in privacy and take in the magnificent views at the top. As of now tourists can see this amazing wonder and by the year-end, this tallest Ferris wheel in the world will be operational for rides.


Dubai has more wonders in store for us, slowly unveiling each new marvel every year. There’s the Museum of the Future, the Dubai Frame, the new Dubai Canal and several other projects already open. Dubai is like a giant play store – the world has its eye on Dubai, wondering what wonder will be unveiled next.


As a Mass Comm post graduate, Neha naturally has an artistic take on everything about life. This is quite evident in her writings as well. An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; She finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that “we have just one life to live and so much to do”, Neha lives every moment to the fullest.

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