Dubai Travel Guide
Dubai is a delightfully strange blend of old traditions and futuristic vision. Its metamorphosis from a small Gulf trading centre to becoming one of world’s fastest growing cities is anything but awe-inspiring. The combination of mountains of petrodollars, commercial ingenuity and ambition has turned Dubai into one of the most glamorous and spectacular travel destinations of the world. If, like many others, you too find the calling of Dubai irresistible, here’s a mini travel guide for you:
Not that anyone needs to be reminded about it, but it would be sacrilegious to leave Burj Khalifa out of the list. Burj Khalifa is the big-daddy of Dubai’s skyline, dominating everything else. It is tallest building in the world, at a staggering 828 metres. But the actual majesty of Burj Khalifa can only be appreciated up close, or from the inside, which is even better. If you are lucky, and manage to experience the view from the observation deck on level 124, you’ll cherish it forever.
As the name suggests, it’s a manmade island shaped like a palm tree. This marvel of engineering and human ingenuity is one world’s largest artificial islands. Once you witness Palm Jumeirah, you’ll understand why people keep repeating the ‘only in Dubai’ epithet.
The Dubai Mall
Honestly speaking, calling this majestic establishment merely a shopping mall doesn’t do it any justice. Even if you decide to spend a whole day exploring it, you won’t be able to see everything it has to offer. As if its 1,200 plus shops and 150 restaurants were not enough, this ‘mall’ also has an indoor theme park, a gigantic waterfall, and an ice rink. But that’s not all; it’s also home to the ginormous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. You’re really going to enjoy your trips to the local Walmart after coming back, for sure!
At the base of the Burj Khalifa and just outside the Dubai Mall, lies another of Dubai’s wonders: the Dubai Fountain. It features the largest choreographed fountain the world has ever seen. The view of spectacularly illuminated water streams being jet as high as 150 metres in the air, each of which sway rhythmically to various international musical numbers, is truly awe-inspiring. We hope you won’t get hurt when your jaws drop to the floor after witnessing it.
If you’re into water-sports, you’re going to fall in love with Kite Beach. Once you’re done testing your water-sports skills, you can enjoy a delectable meal in one of the fine restaurants just steps away from the beach. Or just have a smoothie from one of the open-air cafes, lay back, and enjoy the amazing view of Burj Al Arab.
The Arabian Desert
Less than a twenty minute drive away from Downtown Dubai, lies the quintessential tourist attraction of Dubai – the Arabian Desert. Take a desert safari with quad biking, sandboarding, Dubai-style off-roading, and of course, camel rides. Or just drive out on your own and marvel at the glory of the Arabian Desert.