Best places to visit when you go to Dubai
Dubai is the most populous city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the second largest emirate by territorial size after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legislature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate's northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai recently won the bid for the World Expo 2020.
Places to visit when in Dubai:
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is the world's only 7 star hotel and designed to resemble a billowing sail, the Burj Al Arab soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
It truly is one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and is a majestic building. No trip to Dubai would be complete without at least seeing it! There are various view points you can take photos from but one of the best is from the public beach next to it... there you will get that Dubai shot of you on the beach with The Burj in the back ground.
It is one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the worlds most luxurious hotel. It is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting making it an impressive building day or night!
If adventure and thrill is what you crave for, set out on a sturdy off-road vehicle for the joy ride of your life and penetrate the mysterious and sultry desert. There are many tours offering Desert Safari on their itinerary, with experts on the wheels taking you on a natural thrilling ride-dune bashing. Camp out individually or book a camp as part of the safari to relish the desert and its culture under a star studded sky, as the non-stop entertainment ( Tanaura dancers, belly dancers, Mehendi artists,camel ride, dune bashing on bikes, Faconery ) and Arabic cuisine spin their web of charm.
Dubai’s architectural marvels couldn’t get better than this. Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world identifies Dubai as the centerpiece of tourist attractions found nowhere in the world. Located in Downtown Dubai, the pyramid-shaped skyscraper is home to the prestigious Armani Hotel and its 900 residences will be occupied by only few of the élite. Even the corporate offices open doors to entrepreneurs known to have a long business history. Some other interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa includes its height at 828 m, The Observation Deck on the level 124 that provides an unobstructed view of the Dubai city and The Park; 11 hectares of living greenery and an entry point to the building.
Ski Dubai - Mall of the Emirates
Want to visit the desert - and hit the ski slopes too? Don't miss Ski Dubai - a huge ski slope situated in Mall of the Emirates at the Marina end of the city, close to Burj Al Arab. It’s a bit of a shock to go from the 50-degree desert heat to below zero temperatures. There are instructors on hand to help, or you can just do your own thing. There’s even a café-bar halfway up the ski slope in true mountain style, so you can stop to relax and watch the fun. You can hire all equipment and clothing so you don’t need to bring your skis.
Spectacular and exciting and free! If you've been to Vegas, maybe you have seen the Belaggio fountains already. But trust me! Dubai does it taller, bigger, louder and it’s just jaw-dropping to watch these fountains. Best to go at night to see the light show too. The fountains are situated at the base of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall - the world’s biggest mall and something to experience in itself. There are numerous restaurants alongside the fountains and it is a good idea to book into one of them and dine on the terrace (in winter) to see the fountains in all their glory. I think The Mango Tree is one of the nicest places to dine, but the Rivington Grill is also a great spot. The musical repertoire of the fountain show includes Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu (an award-winning song in Swahili), the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok, and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro: Time to Say Goodbye.
The Dubai Mall
Dubai is famous for its shopping malls, but this mall has to be seen to be believed. It is simply huge, with something for everyone inside. The shopping and eating are almost a side attraction. With a 22-screen cinema; an indoor theme park, called Sega World; a world for children, called Kidzania; a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo; and a full-sized ice rink you, will want for little. Just be sure to be wearing comfortable shoes. The topping on this treat is the Dubai Fountain, which has shows every evening starting at 6 p.m. that easily rival anything that the Bellagio in Las Vegas has to offer. Insider tip: Get a table outside (weather permitting) from one of the many restaurants bordering the fountain at the mall or at the nearby Souk Al Baher. From these vantage points you can relax and enjoy the shows away from the crowds.
Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles known as "handels", and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronts, mud and plaster. In its history, the fort has served as residence for the ruling family, seat of government, garrison and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995) it is now the city's premier museum. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom.
The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life) as well as artifacts from the 3,000-4,000 year old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.
Palm Island Dubai (Jumeirah Palm Island) is one of the most ambitious real-estate developments on earth, heralded as the 8th wonder of the world as it can be seen from space along with another major landmark, The Great Wall of China. It is one of three islands called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) which extend into the Persian Gulf. Jumeirah Palm island features themed hotels, villas, apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, and a variety of retail outlets. The most popular feature being 5 star aqua themed hotel Atlantis.
Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai)
Cutting through the heart of Dubai, the seawater Dubai Creek winds its way from the trading port on the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of Dubai.
Old-fashioned boats called dhows criss-cross the water from Bur Dubai on the left bank to Deira on the right. Catch a water taxi dhow, called an abra, to get from A to B, or sign up for a romantic sunset dhow cruise traveling further upstream.
A cruise reveals the glittering high-rise buildings lining the Creek, passing under several bridges to reach the Creekside gardens. Or take a stroll along the paved promenade lining the Creek on the Bur Dubai side of the waterway.
Dubai Gold Souk
Dubai is plagued with souks or an old market. From the finest Gold souks and modern shopping centers, to the small, street souks that offer all from clothing to spices, a visit to the different souks is a great experience alone. For a truly unforgettable moment, stop thinking about the modern shopping centers and go to the ancient parts of Dubai for a walk through the ancient souks.
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