Lights and colour: marvel at the Dubai night-time experience

The setting of the sun allows us to discover a magical Dubai brimming with lights, contrasts and colours. When the sun goes down, the capital of the Emirate of Dubai transforms into an entirely different city, leaving visitors even more awestruck

Its iconic futuristic silhouette is enhanced by the majestic illumination of the city’s streets and buildings. Neon lights adorn landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest tower, standing at 828 metres tall—accentuating their beauty. But this isn’t the only one.

Burj Khalifa

Lying at the feet of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall is the world’s highest fountain show, entailing a captivating experience which combines water, music and light.

The water dances to the rhythm of different melodies, choreographed specifically to popular songs such as ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. Each jet of water, illuminated and bursting with colour, moves to the beat of the music. Visitors can enjoy this show every day of the year, held every 30 minutes from 6pm onwards.


In the Dubai Marina, the world’s tallest apartment buildings light up while a series of dhows, boats and cruise ships hold parties as they make their way up and down Dubai’s famous creek. If you’re looking to explore Dubai by night, be sure to visit the exquisite Dubai Marina Walk: one of the best places for marvelling at the city’s lights from below.

Dubai skyline and the Frame at night

One excellent option is to let the city take your breath away from the skies. The Dubai Frame, standing at 150 metres tall, is one of the more recent incorporations to the city’s urban skyline, offering magnificent panoramic views over the city’s old and new towns.


A glass walkway unites the two vertical towers, forming a frame shape. We strongly recommend visiting this landmark, regardless of the time of day. If you’re looking to admire the city from above, another option is to visit one of its several roof terraces. However, Dubai offers much more than its vibrant city lights. Just a short car ride out of town, lovers of peace and quiet can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life as they lay beneath a starry night sky.Another popular experience is to watch the sun go down from the dunes of the nearby desert. Dubai desert safaris also comprise other activities, such as dune buggy tours, traditional barbecues and camel rides.


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