Reasons Why You Should Save Up And Take A Trip To Dubai
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Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. Record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while man-made islands jut out of the coastline. Here are the top places to tick off your sightseeing list when you’re in town. To every traveler out there looking for an all-round destination, Dubai is the place to be. Sprouting from the desert and becoming a booming center of leisure and business in just 20 years, Dubai as a city has a lot more to it than what meets the eye.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is rather like an independent city-state and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing at an unbelievable pace in the tourist and trade sectors especially.
Here are some most beautiful places there which need a must visit:
The view from the tallest building in the world is unmatched.
The Burj Khalifa is a stunning feat of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. The world’s tallest building pierces the sky at 828m and opened in January 2010, six years after excavations began. To avoid wait times or expensive fast-track admission, book tickets online as far as 30 days in advance. Note that high humidity often cloaks Dubai in a dense haze, making views less than breathtaking. You can actually see the curvature of the freaking Earth from the Observatory on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa. There, I’ll let that sink in.
To truly be on the world’s highest observation platform, though, you need to spring for tickets to At the Top Sky on the 148th floor (555m). A visit here is set up like a hosted VIP experience, with refreshments, a guided tour and an interactive screen where you ‘fly’ to different city landmarks by hovering your hands over high-tech sensors. Afterwards, you’re escorted to the 125th floor to be showered with interesting titbits about Dubai and the Burj and to take another virtual tour of major sights in an interactive attraction called A Falcon’s Eye View.
With over 1200 branded stores, The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world.
The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the largest mall in the world by total area. Along with West Edmonton Mall in Canada, it is the nineteenth largest shopping mall in the world by gross leasable area. Dubai mall the place where they have a plethora of contestes and giveaways but winners also get anything from cars to gold. And yes that is true. While we mere mortal men and women have seasonal sales, Dubai boasts of a month-long shopping festival. Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
You can ski in the middle of the desert…
Well, not exactly on the sand, but in what is one of the world’s largest indoor ski resorts. At 85 meters high and containing 5 slopes, it also has the world’s first 400 m long indoor black run. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.
And watch the world’s largest fountain display!
Almost a 1000 ft long, it shoots water up to 500 feet up in the air to contemporary music from various genres. The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million).
The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is the world’s first and largest man-made island, and it is a real whopper! Home to multi-million dollar mansions (owned by some of the world’s biggest celebrities) and five-star hotels. A man-made island in the shape of a palm tree – there’s a reason why locals say ‘only in Dubai.’ Palm Jumeirah is one of the largest artificial islands in the world and a triumph of human ingenuity. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the Palm’s vast array of high-end hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, One&Only, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and, perhaps most notably, the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. And with a monorail running down the ‘trunk’ that connects to the mainland’s tram system, getting there couldn’t be easier.
Dubai may be famous for the glitz and glamour of its sky-high towers, but the real heart of the city is, and always will be, the Creek. The saltwater estuary is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe settled, and its waters were vital for what used to be Dubai’s main forms of economy: pearl diving and fishing. Today, the area is awash with the history of the emirate, as it’s home to the Dubai Museum as well as the labyrinthine alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souks. While at the Creek, a ride across the water on a traditional abra is a must, and at an unbelievable AED1 per ticket, it’s easily the best value tourist attraction in the city.
Al Fahidi Fort, a stunning desert fort and architectural marvel, houses the Dubai Museum. A look inside the museum will take you back in time to a more traditional Dubai with artifacts on display. The underground section makes use of the latest technology to showcase this Emirate’s history. Be prepared to be charmed as you witness many ancient instruments, handcrafted weapons and the re-made grave from the Al-Qusais tombs.
The aptly-named Kite Beach is the perfect spot to test out your watersporting skills, but there’s plenty to do out of the water at this popular spot, too! Grab a smoothie from one of the many open-air cafes and restaurants just steps from the beach, watch bikers and skaters fly by at the newly finished skate park or get into a game of volleyball. With plenty of beach activities, plus an awesome view of the Burj Al Arab, it’s easy to spend the whole day here.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
Go scuba diving, opt for a glass bottom boat ride, swim with the sharks, meet the dolphins and explore the many species of fish at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Otters, piranha, Humboldt penguins, caiman crocodiles, lionfish, giant spider crabs and more – you will find them all here. Your kids will surely love this place. Also, don’t forget to shop for exciting souvenirs at the Aquarium store.
Dubai Marina Walk:
Dubai Marina Walk is a 7-kilometre long walkway that runs from the start to the end of Dubai Marina. Dotted with a number of nice restaurants, cafes and shopping outlets, it is a great place to spend an evening with your loved ones. Many fancy yachts and speedboats are parked near the waterfront, making it a beautiful sight. Some outlets that you can find at the Dubai Marina Walk are Angsana Spa & Health Club, Baskin Robbins, Lighthouse Restaurant, Round Table Pizza and Starbucks.
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