Given there are so many things to do in Dubai, it can be incredibly overwhelming to get to work planning an itinerary. There is no possible way for a visitor to see and do everything,

Plus, you want to leave some flexible time in your schedule to ensure you are able just to soak in and appreciate the Dubai vibe. You never know who you are going to meet or what local places you are going to hear about. After all, that is the beauty of travel!

However, there are a few places that are non-negotiable must visits while in the UAE’s beloved city. If you are planning a trip to this part of the world, read on for three essential places for your Dubai itinerary.

1. Burj Khalifa & Dubai Fountain

No trip to Dubai is complete without catching a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa — the tallest structure in the world. Located at The Dubai Mall (the biggest mall in the world), the Burj Khalifa has an observatory deck on the 124th floor, enabling you to have panoramic views of Dubai. Considering it took over five years to construct this monumental building, you want to ensure that you experience it.

Once you are finished with your time in the observatory, opt to go down outside the mall to see the Dubai Fountain (the world’s largest choreographed fountain system). Designed by the same company that produced the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, this one has choreography for a variety of songs.

For an extra unique experience, look to reserve a table at At.mosphere which is located on the 122nd level of the Burj Khalifa, making it the world’s highest restaurant. The pairing of the delicious gastronomy with incredible views of Dubai ensures that this will be a meal you remember forever.

On that point, it is essential to mention that Dubai has excellent food. So, if you are looking to balance out the inevitable indulgences with some more active additions to your itinerary, consider booking a session at your hotel’s fitness center which is sure to offer a wide range of fitness classes and activities to get your heart pumping and keep you in shape even while on holiday.

2. Dubai Miracle Garden

Having read about the previous destination, you are possibly realizing that Dubai is fond of being home to many of “the world’s biggest.” The Dubai Miracle Garden is another site that fits the bill as it is the world’s largest natural flower garden.

A magical garden that is beloved by both tourists and locals alike, those who choose to visit the Dubai Miracle Garden are presented with the opportunity to observe millions of colorful and fragrant flowers.

This is a fantastic place if you are on a family holiday, as all ages appreciate beautiful flowers! Plus, the Dubai Butterfly Garden (the world’s biggest indoor butterfly sanctuary) is situated next door, allowing you to make a whole afternoon out of it.

If you are traveling with children, make sure to look for family hotels in Dubai.

3. Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Shopping is an essential activity while in Dubai (after all, it is home to the The Dubai Mall). Most visitors to Dubai want to see The Dubai Mall for themselves, and for a good reason: It is indeed a sight to behold.

That being said, the souks have always been the heart of Dubai’s shopping sprees and an essential stop for both those who love to shop and those who don’t. As there are a variety of souks in the city — a camel souk, a carpet souk, a gold souk, a spice souk — there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is particularly a must-see as it is a blend of the traditional Arabic market culture and contemporary shopping practices. It is designed like a souk; however, inside, you will find modern wares such as jewelry, clothes, and shoes from all around the Middle East.

Have you ever been to Dubai? What would you say are “must-sees”? Let us know in the comments below!

AUTHOR BIO :-Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”