10 Most Famous Landmarks in Dubai, UAE

The earliest settlement in Dubai is known to be from 1799 and after being officially built in 1833 by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al Maktoum, it has grown exponentially. From days when it used to be just a desert; now the skyline is blurred by sky scrapers, the roads are crowned by high-tech cars and the aesthetically pleasing malls are filled with enthusiastic shoppers.

When it comes to landmarks or attractions in Dubai, the list just doesn’t seem to end. From Burj Al Arab which is a wonder in the world to residential areas like the Palm Trilogy, the number of such landmarks and places is inexhaustive. This article lists down a few of them for your convenience.


  • 1

    Burj Al Arab

    It has now become one of Dubai’s symbolic masterpieces. Burj Al Arab opened its doors for people in 1999 and the place hasn’t seen a day since then when it isn’t crowded.  This magnificent 5 star hotel is constructed on an artificial island in the shape of a sail and hosts restaurants, swimming pools, bars and pubs inside it.

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  • 2

    Deira Clock Tower

    Also known as the Dubai Clocktower, it was constructed in 1963 and offers access to the Al Maktoum Bridge. It was initially built to symbolize Dubai, and Deira was the chosen place because it was the central hub for all routes.

    However, in 1964 it started to corrode and lose its original elegance. However, this creation of Overseas AST was renovated in 1972.

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    Deira Clock Tower
  • 3

    Dubai Marina

    Dubai Marina is another feather in Dubai’s cap. It is a residential complex that has the capability to house 120,000 residents once the complex is completed. It is situated close to ‘New Dubai’ and has access to Dubai Internet City, Jebel Ali Port, American University in Dubai and Dubai Media City.

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  • 4

    Palm Trilogy

    Palm Trilogy combines quality, luxury and a magnificent architecture in its 3 complexes; the Palm Deira, Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Jumeirah. It offers a grand lifestyle near the beach, along with hotels, beach side huts, marinas and theme parks.  The Palm Trilogy is thought to be the 8th wonder of the world.

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  • 5


    With an area of over 3 bn square feet, Dubailand is a complex that is a major tourist destination. It is managed by Dubai Government’s Dubai development and Investment Authority (DDIA). It is worth mentioning here that once Dubailand is completed as planned, it will be double the size of Walt Disney in Florida, making it the world’s largest theme park.

  • 6

    The World

    The World is the name of a collection of different man-made islands - 300 to be precise. Each one takes the shape of a country or continent while there are a few private islands as well. These are categorized as dream resorts, private homes and estate homes. All these islands are made from sand collected from the sea.  

  • 7

    Dubai Internet City

    As the name implies, it is an information technology park that has been built as a free market zone by the government of Dubai. Many reputable companies have offices in Dubai Internet City’s half million square feet of space, including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and Nokia.

    More details here.

    Dubai Internet City
  • 8

    Dubai Sports City

    Situated in Dubailand, Dubai Sports City offers apartments, stadiums and other modern facilities. It also has commercial property as well as apartments, schools, and health care facilities. It is a whole different city within a city to provide residents of Dubai the luxury that they have become used to.

    More details here.

  • 9

    Mall of Arabia

    If you’re in the mood to witness vintage Middle Eastern architecture than the Mall of Arabia is the place to visit. Not only does it have an enchanting exterior designed keeping that in mind, but the mall houses internationally reputed fashion brands, a 15 screen cinema and a bowling alley to name a few things.

    More details here.

    Mall of Arabia
  • 10

    Madinat Jumeirah

    Elaborate window designs, old Middle Eastern architecture and an amalgamation of old as well as contemporary architecture is what makes Madinat Jumeirah stand out from the rest. This hotel has one of the highest room occupancy rate and remains busy throughout the year, making it a favorite of many people.

    More details here.

  • 11

    Burj Khalifa

    Burj Al Khalifa is like the most prominent, shinning centerpiece in a drawing room full of other decorations. It is one of the tallest buildings in the world and truly a sight to behold, with its skyscraping structure and the overwhelming facilities provided to the visitors.

    More details here.

    burj khalifa

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