Top Tourist Attractions in Dubai
Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, started as a small port and grew over the past 25 years, making it one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Dubai's main focus is on trade and especially on tourism. People visit the city from everywhere to enjoy the sun, sand and shopping, all with a hint of mystery.
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab, meaning the Tower of the Arabs is a luxury hotel in Dubai. The hotel is 321m tall, making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The hotel is built on an artificial island near Jumeirah beach and is connected to land by a private curving bridge. The hotel is shaped like the sail of a ship and was designed by the architect Tom Wright.
A desert safari is something you have to do when you are in Dubai. In the afternoon a tour departs across the desert for a very exciting dune drive. The drive continues until sunset. At the campsite you can ride on a camel, do some sand boarding and try out henna designs on your hand and feet. After all this unique and exciting stuff, dinner is served. Enjoy a delicious barbecue and shisha (Arabic water pipe) and watch a belly dancing show around the campfire by starlight.
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The Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet that runs through the centre of the city and devides the city into two parts - Deira Dubai and Bur Dubai. Visitors can take an abra (small water taxi) and enjoy the view of the old trading port and the dhows from the water. Cruises like this will pass many of Dubai's historic and modern landmarks.
The Dubai Museum, built in 1787, is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum opened in 1971 and its main aim is to present the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. Including some local antiques as well as some artifacts from Africa and Asia. In 2007 the museum welcomed about 1800 visitors per day, with an annual amount of 611 840 visitors.
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One of the most important historical monuments in Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort situated at the heart of Dubai, houses the Dubai Museum.The Fort is believed to be the oldest architectural masterpiece in Dubai.
Dubai Souks is the name traditionally given to the Arabic markets where any kind of goods can be brought or exchanged. Today the name, Souks, also refer to air-conditioned, multi-storeyed shopping malls. The items on sale also changed from spices, silks and Ittar (perfume) to the latest in electronic gizmos, gold and designer apparels.
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Dubai Souks are traditional Arabic markets of Dubai
Heritage House and Al Ahmadiya School
The Al Ahmadiya School was established by Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Dalmouk, in Dubai in 1912. Early educationwas provided by religious men known as ‘Al-Muttawa’ who taught in the form of ‘Katatib’. This form of education was limited to reading and following the religious teachings of the Holy Koran, writing, arithmetic and Arabic calligraphy.
The Jumeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant landmark of Dubai. This stone structure was built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, and gives tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, the visitor is washed in shadows by this elegant formation.
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Jumeirah Mosque - Sights of Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah, owned by Jumeirah, is the largest resort in Dubai, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. The resort has two boutique hotels (Al Qasr and Mina A'Salam) and a courtyard of summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf.
Travel Guide to Dubai
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- Festivals and Events in Dubai, UAE
The Dubai Shopping Festival, known by the locals as "Layali Dubai", started in 1996 with more than 2 million people attending the festival.