Dubai is by far one of the world’s most futuristic and alluring cities. It is one of the world’s fastest growing cities and in recent years it has expanded from a small trade centre to a city filled with excitement. Often described as a “self indulgent haven”, Dubai is a rich city with extravagant shopping malls, designer hotels and award winning restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a little sunshine, a relaxing day on the beach, some fantastic shopping or to enjoy the city’s quirky skyline; Dubai is a city that is bound to impress.
The local cultures are an interesting mix between Emiratis, Arabs, Iranians, Indians, Filipinos and Europeans; providing a flurry of languages, food and lifestyle.
One of the most famous buildings in the United Arab Emirates is the Burj Khalifa; the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa is also the tallest freestanding structure in the world and has the highest observation deck in the world – a sight that is well worth seeing. Take the longest travel elevator in the world to the top to enjoy stunning panoramic views across Dubai. Aside from the observation deck on level 124, if you book in advance you might be able to enjoy some fine dining for the restaurant on level 122, or stay in one of the guestrooms and suites courtesy of the Armani Hotel. The grounds include a park of 11 hectares with six water features.
While the views from Burj Khalifa are astounding, seeing Dubai from the water will provide you with another insight into this intriguing city. Dubai Creek runs through the city and a great way to explore is by the traditional Arabic boats, dhows. If you want something a little special, enjoy a sunset cruise so you can watch and admire as the city lights up.
To learn more about Dubai’s fascinating history, the Dubai Museum will take you back in time to experience the traditional life of the country – before the oil boom transformed life. See displays about the fishing and pearl diving industries, which were prominent until the mid-20th Century; and enjoy the coral block architecture of the restored Al-Fahidi Fort.
Old Dubai still exists in the Bastakia quarter and a walk through this area will take you back in time to enjoy the preserved Arabian architecture style buildings, many of which have wind-tower features. In the Bastakia quarter you will find a range of museums and enter some of the houses to see how life used to be. There is even a small part of the original Dubai city wall that is well worth the look.
MUST SEE DUBAI
4WD Desert Safari
Camel Ride and Quad Biking
Helicopter or hot air balloon flight
Afternoon tea at Burj Khalifa “At the Top”
Visit Ferrari World
Luxury dinner in the desert
Wild Wadi Water Park
Enjoy an Arabian Rassoul body wrap, massage and facial (women)
Visit the Dolphinarium and see the Dolphin and Seal show