This city of United Arab Emirates is well known for its luxurious shopping, ultramodern architecture, and a lively nightlife. However, the city has loads to offer in terms of travel to the global travelers. Some of them have been discussed below.
The Burj Khalifa dominates the skyline, with the Dubai Fountain at its foot. On man made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. Standing at 829.8 m is the tallest building in the world and prides as Dubai’s landmark. At the base the Burj Khalifa has beautiful Gardens with winding walkways. It also contains the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, imitating the Fountains of Bellagio. It is illuminated at night using choreographed lighting.
It is a museum which is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort and was built in 1787 to protect Dubai Creek. The walls are built out of traditional coral blocks and held together with lime. The courtyard is home to several models of boats and a palm leaf house with Emirati wind-tower. The right hall features weaponry and the left features Emirati musical instruments.
The Bastakia Quarter was built in the 19th century to be the home of the wealthy Persian merchants who dealt in pearls and textiles. This district epitomizes a distinctly slower age in Dubai history with traditional Arabic architecture. It also contains ancient Arabic artworks, furniture and contemporary collection of arts and ceramics in the Majilis Gallery and XVA Gallery respectively.
The Dubai Creek running through the heart of Dubai divides the city into Deira in the north and Bur dubai to the south. The myriad of colours and the bustle of the loading and unloading dhows present a very interesting and picturesque insight of old Dubai culture.
An exact copy of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, just eight times its size, this mosque is a lassic example of intricate Islamic architecture. Built in the Fatimid tradition with two minarets displaying delicate stonework and hairline precision is excessively beautiful at night when lit up with floodlights.
One of the top tourist attractions, this aquarium houses over 140 species of sea life in the suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. Cage snorkeling and shark diving are also carried out here. Glass bottom boat tours are also very popular.
The entertainment hub of the city, is a premier mall, provides entry to the Burj Khalifa, the Aquarium, has an indoor skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex. There are fashion shows and live music events also conducted here.
The Burj Al-Arab is the world’s tallest hotel standing at 321m on an artificial coastline in Dubai. Designed to resemble a full-blown dhow sail, at night an exterior choreographed light show lights this building up. The Skyview bar on the 27th floor provides a panoramic view of the city.
It is a white sand beach named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai. It stretches along the city to the junction with The Palm Jumeirah. The beach has large number of hotels, resorts and housing developments. An assortment of day time activities are also provided like Jet skiing, surfing and of the sorts.