Thriving metropolis Dubai certainly knows how to impress and it seems visitors have been taking note with the emirates being named the Middle East’s top city in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destination – World

“Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian Desert,” reads the TripAdvisor write up. “This is a city of superlatives, home to the world’s largest dancing fountain; tallest building (Burj Khalifa); only seven-star hotel (the Burj al-Arab); largest artificial islands (the Palm Islands); and largest natural flower garden (the Miracle Garden). Rent a dune buggy for a desert adventure, bargain at the open-air market, or cheer on your favourite humped hoofer at the Camel Race Track.”

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Dubai came in 13th place in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destination – World

Top 25 Destination – World is a list of the “best destinations in the world as awarded by millions of real travellers”on TripAdvisor, a travel forum-cum-website providing reviews by real customers and travellers. The site provides honest user-generated content.

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Dubai was the only Middle East city to be listed in the top 25 list, ranking in at 13th place – below London, which came in at first place and above Tokyo which came in at 21. Budapest, Hungry came in at 25.

According to the TripAdvisor’s ‘things to do in Dubai’ list, here’s the top five things not to miss:

Dubai Fountains

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From the company (WET) that brought us the famous Bellagio Fountains, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake. Every night of the week you can watch the fountains dancing to a plethora of songs, whether it’s classical music or a chart-topping tune from Whitney Houston.

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Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa holds the most world records of any global skyscraper and even though most were awarded on its completion it still continues to find ways of raking in new ones.

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Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab's North Deck by day

The world’s only seven-star hotel and the unofficial logo of the emirate. Go for afternoon tea, or enjoy a decadent meal in the ‘underwater’ Al Mahara restaurant or take in the views at Al Muntaha aka ‘The Top’. The options are endless, but all incredibly high-end.

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Dubai Aquaventure

Dubai Aquaventure

Whether its Aquaventure at Atlantis or the old classic Wild Wadi, tourists, residents and celebrities alike love a spot of water-based activity. Which one’s the best? We honestly can’t answer that as both have their own perks and USBs. So you need to try them both…

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Skiing in the desert, who would have thought it?  The indoor 22,500 sqm ski resort includes five exhilarating fun runs, the longest being 400 metres with a 60-metre drop. From tube slides, slopes and jumps to a 3,000-metre interactive Snow Park and Zip Wire, Ski Dubai can be fun even if you don’t know how to ski or snow board. That said, you can have lessons here, as well.


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