Why Dubai is the world’s best place to visit in 2024

Why Dubai is the world’s best place to visit in 2024

With Dubai recently being declared the world’s leading destination in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Destinations Awards for a third consecutive year, there’s never been a better time for visitors to discover everything this incredible city has to offer. Read on to discover why Dubai should top your travel list in 2024.

Unmatched architectural marvels

Dubai's skyline is known the world over for its architectural daring and brilliance. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on the planet, offers breathtaking views from its observation decks. Nearby, the Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centres renowned for its incredible and vast collection of branded outlets, also houses an Olympic-sized ice skating rink and the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

The Museum of the Future, an architectural wonder in itself, offers a glimpse into the world of tomorrow. The Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island, is home to luxury resorts, exclusive beaches, and the iconic Atlantis, The Palm.

Dubai’s ultra-modern skyline will be joined by another icon in 2024, with the scheduled opening later this year of Ciel, the world’s tallest hotel. Developed by The First Group, this architectural marvel will soar 365 metres above Dubai Marina, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding area and the Arabian Gulf.

Thriving cultural melting pot

Dubai's rich cultural tapestry is woven with the threads of the many cultures that coexist here. The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood offers unique and authentic insights into traditional Emirati life, while the Dubai Opera presents world-class performances in a stunningly designed venue located in the futuristic Downtown district.

The city's many traditional shopping precincts, headlined by the Gold Souk and Spice Souk, offer a sensory journey into traditional Middle Eastern commerce.

The Dubai Heritage Village, camel races, and traditional dhow cruises on the Dubai Creek also offer glimpses into the Emirati way of life.

The region’s culinary capital

Recognised as one of the world’s fastest-growing gastronomic hubs, Dubai’s culinary landscape is as diverse as its population.

Home to more than 13,000 F&B outlets spanning everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional eateries serving Emirati and other Arabic cuisines, the city ranks second only to culinary favourite Paris in terms of restaurant density.

The food scene here is a vibrant mix of flavours from around the world, reflecting Dubai’s cosmopolitan nature.

New adventures at every turn

For thrill-seekers, Dubai doesn’t disappoint. Skydiving over the Palm Jumeirah, dune bashing in the Arabian Desert, or skiing at Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates – the city is renowned for its vast array of adrenaline-pumping activities.

For a more relaxed experience, Dubai’s beaches and luxury spas provide serene environments to unwind.

Family-friendly attractions

Dubai is an adventure wonderland for families, with attractions like IMG Worlds of Adventure and the mega theme park district, Dubai Parks and Resorts.

The city is also home to several waterparks, including Wild Wadi and Aquaventure, offering fun for all ages.

Visit the ‘city of the future’

Following the success of Expo 2020, Expo City Dubai continues to be a hub of innovation and entertainment.

Dubbed the ‘human-centric city of the future’, the area has been repurposed to include parks, exhibition spaces, and attractions, making it a vibrant destination for visitors to explore advancements in technology, sustainability, and art.

Get your retail fix

Renowned as one of the world’s great shopping destinations, Dubai’s incredible retail scene spans ultra-modern, experiential malls to traditional markets and souks.

The annual Dubai Shopping Festival, typically held in the first quarter of the year, is a shopper’s paradise, offering discounts, entertainment, and raffles.

Enjoy amazing events and festivities

Dubai hosts an eclectic range of live events and festivals every year, with internationally renowned favourites including the Dubai International Film Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. These events attract global talents and audiences, adding to the city's vibrant cultural scene.

A growing showcase for sustainability

Having showcased its sustainability credentials to the world by recently hosting the COP28 Climate Summit, Dubai is positioning itself as a pioneer of sustainable development as it bids to help the UAE meet its Net Zero 2050 targets.

The city is actively reducing its carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly practices through the implementation of a series of ambitious citywide initiatives.

Major infrastructure projects like the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – the world’s largest single-site solar installation – are also working testaments to this commitment.

Unbeatable accessibility

Dubai’s strategic location within four hours’ flying time of approximately one-third of the world’s population makes it one of the world’s most accessible destinations.

Dubai International Airport – the world’s busiest international hub – receives flights from 263 destinations worldwide, while state carrier Emirates Airline is one of the world’s largest and most popular international airlines.

Authentic Arabian luxury and hospitality

Dubai is synonymous with luxury. The city’s hotels, like the Burj Al Arab, are known for their exceptional hospitality and comfort.

The luxury yacht experiences, private desert safaris, and helicopter tours add to the exclusivity of a Dubai vacation.

Safety and inclusivity

Dubai is one of the safest cities globally, with a low crime rate and high standards of public safety. It's a city that welcomes all, with a respect for diversity and an environment that makes tourists feel at home.

Book your Dubai Lifestyle Investment Visit

Keen to visit Dubai in 2024 and learn about the incredible hotel investment opportunities on offer? Book your Dubai Lifestyle Investment Visit with The First Group today!

The Dubai Lifestyle Investment Visit is a discounted travel package designed for investors keen to profit from Dubai's booming hotel sector.

As a guest of The First Group, you will stay at one of our world-class hotels and receive an exclusive property tour of our top-performing hotel portfolio, along with other lifestyle benefits such as complimentary dining vouchers to our award-winning restaurants.

You will also get the chance to visit our state-of-the-art showroom and learn more about our upcoming hotel developments, including Ciel, the world’s tallest hotel.

Your dedicated investment consultant will provide you with in-depth insights into the benefits of investing with The First Group in what is one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel markets. You will also get to experience first-hand Dubai’s world-famous attractions.

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