Do you love exploring history and culture? Are you an avid fan of creativity, art and illusions?

UAE is a hub for tourist attractions and has a humongous number of interesting places to explore which also includes a plethora of museums showcasing the country’s history, its exquisite architecture, along with some famous exhibitions and plenty of art galleries. Here are our top 4 and personal favourite must visit spots which will give you a richer cultural and innovative experience :

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Described as Arabic-galactic and Borne of a partnership with France, this arts and culture destination showcases classic masterpieces and contemporary Arabic art alongside highlights of the Middle East’s rich heritage.

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World, translating and fostering the spirit of openness between cultures. A symphony in concrete, water and the subtle play of reflected light, the incredible structure was inspired by the region’s rich architectural traditions and the museum’s unique location, where the Arabian sky meets the sands of Saadiyat Island and the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Considered one of the modern urban wonders of the world, Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a historical narrative of art that spans the entire history of civilization. This art-lovers’ dream displays works of historical, cultural and sociological significance, from ancient times to the contemporary era. 

The museum’s 23 permanent galleries depict a wide range of cultures, traditions and epochs in a unique side-by-side presentation. This enables visitors to discover shared influences and intriguing connections between different cultures.

The museum collection includes a number of significant works, including one of the finest examples of a standing Bactrian Princess from approximately 2000 BCE, a 3,000-year-old Middle-Eastern gold bracelet with lion’s head and an 1878 painting by Osman Hamdi Bey titled ‘A Young Emir Studying’.

Other important works include Paul Gauguin’s masterpiece ‘Children Wrestling’, the René Magritte painting ‘The Subjugated Reader’, a 1928 collage by Picasso titled ‘Portrait of a Lady’, nine canvases by contemporary artist Cy Twombly and the most ancient known photographic representation of a veiled woman.

The museum also features special exhibition spaces, a Children’s Museum, an auditorium, restaurants, retail shops and a Research Centre of the United Arab Emirates’ ambition and achievement.

Instead of ‘Do not touch’ the Children’s Museum encourages is fully interactive, with lots of fun features to explore with little hands and feet. The dedicated Children’s Museum inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a two-floor space that hosts exciting workshops to inspire young imaginations, and there are also family friendly art exhibitions to enjoy.

Infinity Des Lumières

Imagine a painting you absolutely love starts moving! This is the concept of Infinity Des Lumieres. Watch each pattern and swirl come to life at The Dubai Mall, Infinity des Lumières –  an enchanting art space showcasing masterpieces of some of the world’s most honoured and legendary artists.

Through a carefully composed soundtrack, the visitors will literally become a part of the work as it flows, ripples, and pulses.Using cutting-edge digital technology, Infinity des Lumieres is an inclusive, immersive, most advanced digital art gallery in the GCC. There are over 140 computer-controlled video projectors and spatial audio in the Hall of Infinity Des Lumières to give you the best possible musical experience.

Infinity des Lumières Consists of 3 exhibitions : 

Van Gogh exhibition

Get to Feel Every Moment Through this exhibition which masterfully showcases the evolution of Van Gogh’s art, from The Potato Eaters (1885), Sunflowers (1888) and Starry Night (1889), to Bedroom at Arles (1889),in swirling patterns with mesmerizing music, placing you at the heart of each masterpiece.

Dreamed Japan exhibition

Dreamed Japan by Danny Rose evocatively brings the beautiful world of 19th century Japan to life seamlessly blending Hokusai’s portraits with enchanting landscapes. You will feel every colour,light, sound and rhythm.

Verse exhibition

This one is for all cosmo lovers out there! Thomas Vanz’s immersive art piece is a mesmerising explosion of colours, shapes, and sounds composed by Jonathan Fitas. An orchestral piece accentuates the harmonious movement of the cosmos.

Visitors can buy cultural gifts at Infinity des Lumières as well as discover the talents of seasoned or emerging artists. There will also be an area for contemporary creation, offering artists the chance to invent a visual universe that is original and aesthetically pleasing.

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Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan is more than a palace. As a majestic cultural landmark, it is a unique testament to the spirit of the United Arab Emirates’ people and its leaders. The Palace reveals and reflects on governance, knowledge, craftsmanship and invites the world to share our culture, knowledge and inspiring journey. 

The Palace offers you a unique opportunity to marvel at majestic hallways that is sure to leave you with a meaningful experience, explore exhibitions that celebrate the region’s rich Arabic heritage and learn more about the rulers and governing institutions that shaped our great nation. You will also gain a deeper appreciation of the innovations that will drive the country’s future. offering the world, a first-of-its-kind insight into the Arab heritage and the governing principles that shaped the history of the United Arab Emirates and its vision to the future.

One of the palace’s most impressive and unmissable attractions is the family-friendly Palace. A spectacular light and sound show that celebrates the UAE’s journey in three breathtaking acts that unfold in front of the main palace is shown every 30 minutes after sundown, with the final entry taken 30 minutes before showtime. Timings are subject to change.

Aside from this magnificent show, the palace places a strong emphasis on learning and knowledge sharing. Here, visitors can expect to learn about the formation of the UAE, as well as the country’s governing traditions and values, with this unique palace highlighting Arab contributions to various fields of knowledge and giving guests access to halls typically reserved for official summits.

The Presidential Palace, which was named as one of the best landmarks in the world last year, offers tours every day of the week except Mondays.

Before being opened to the public in 2019, the palace was used for official purposes including hosting foreign leaders of states. The building is still used to host foreign dignitaries and for government purposes.

Qasr Al Watan is located at the end of the Corniche, next to Emirates Palace. All visitors have to book ahead before visiting to be allowed access to the palace’s grounds.

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Museum Of Illusions

Enter the fascinating world of illusions which will trick your most fundamental senses, and amaze you in the process; a world that will confuse you completely, but also educate you and get ready to trick your eyes and mind, at the Dubai’s Museum of Illusions situated in Al Seef alongside Dubai Creek. With 80 different exhibits, this is the biggest collection of optical illusions in the world. Perfect for entertaining the whole family, the museum is a great educational and eye-opening experience for all generations and age groups.

The exhibits make for some unreal Insta-worthy shots, so make sure to charge your phone beforehand. The museum is also available for special events and has a gift shop for you to take some tricks and illusions home with you. Children will particularly enjoy the illusions museum.

There are several optical illusions and holographs in the museum, but none is as clear at first glance. You will be amazed because nothing is as it seems!

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Dubai Frame

The UAE’s latest cultural landmark, Dubai Frame is an iconic structure that ‘frames’ impressive views of Old and New Dubai, while serving as a metaphorical bridge connecting the emirate’s rich past with its magnificent present. Shaped in the form of a photo frame, it is a major attraction point for tourists and visitors.

Enrich your experience by walking on the luminous glass walkway at Bridge.

Offering spectacular panoramic views across the city, spectacular sunset and stunning views of Dubai, the Dubai Frame celebrates the story of Dubai from its early establishment to its ambitious plans for future development.

Enjoy drinking your coffee over 150 meters above ground and be entertained in front of the illuminated dancing musical fountain.

The landmark celebrates Dubai’s history, from its humble beginnings to its current glamor and prestige. Look north, and you’ll see Dubai’s older, more historic neighborhoods framed within the great shiny structure. Look south, and you’ll see the modern, glitzy buildings and flashy skyscrapers for which the city is so famous.

It is located in Zabeel Park in Dubai, UAE.