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DUBAI

DUBAI

Dubai: impressive and futuristic city

Quick facts about Dubai

  • Name: Dubai
  • Founded: 1833
  • Population: 3.2 million
  • Area: 4,114 km²
  • Known as: ‘City Of Gold’

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates globally famous for high end hotels and resorts, luxury shopping and futuristic architecture. What was once small fishing village with pearl trade is now one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world. In the past thirty years, Dubai was transformed into a trendy destination for both tourists and businesses alike. It has become global trade and transportation hub with many international routes crossing through its airport and a sea port.

Visitors come in millions every year to enjoy attractions such as Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall skyscraper, Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music, or set of artificial islands just off the coast, The Palm. Several massive shopping malls offering high end shopping experience and entertainment are standard stops for tourists. Traditional gold, spice and textile souks are worth exploring to experience trade as it was before. Large themed water parks and aquariums are also popular attractions to see. Expansive nightlife scene and rich dining experience from world top chefs is something to look for when Dubai as well.

Main attractions in Dubai

Burj Khalifa. Originally known as Burj Dubai, this massive, 828 meter high skyscraper is a modern construction marvel. Featuring viewing decks, hotel, restaurant, office space and massive, 11 hectare park. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Luxury hotel with unique, sail design. World famous for posh dining, private beach and ornate suites. Became symbol of Dubai. The Dubai Mall. Huge shopping mall complex featuring an ice rink, aquarium and a cinema. Offering massive sales regularly. Palm Jumeirah. Built in 2001, this artificial island shaped like palm tree is famous for high end hotels and apartments and fine dining. The Dubai Fountain. Set in an artificial lake in front of Burj Kalifa, this is world largest choreographed fountain, offering music and light shows. Dubai Gold Souk. Busy marketplace with over 380 retail shops, mostly specializing in jewelry, hence the ‘gold’ name. Modern Dubai City Tour Dubai Museum. A fort dating back to 18th century, exhibiting collections about local history and cultural heritage and featuring multimedia presentations. Ski Dubai. A unique experience, an indoor ski center with a mountain theme for year around skiing, snowboarding and sledding experience. Dubai Creek. A saltwater creek flowing through Dubai, artificially extended and widened through time, featuring many water taxis moving people between souks. Dubai Marina. High end residential neighborhood and a marina with modern dining and cafes, together with arts and crafts shops. Mall of the Emirates. Massive mall in Dubai, with many international brands, restaurants, cafes, cinema, ski center. Wild Wadi Waterpark. Large outdoor water park with rollercoasters and artificial waves for surfing. Located in front of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and offering 30 different rides. Madinat Jumeirah. High end hotel resort complex with private beach in Dubai. Featuring five hotels, modern souk, several restaurants and bars. Jumeirah Beach. Public beach with a playgrounds and BBQ facilities. Featuring white sand with back drop of high rise hotels, such as Burj Al Arab. Dubai Spice Souk. Traditional market of shops and stalls selling spices, souvenirs and handmade crafts.

Private Modern Dubai City Tour

Jumeirah Mosque. Relatively new mosque, built in 1979, became popular with guided tours for non-Muslims in an effort to promote intercultural understanding and tolerance. The World. An artificial set of small islands built in the shape of world map. Located about 4 km off the coast from Dubai. Intended to house high end business and accommodation suites, still in construction. Al Fahidi Historical District. Historic district of pre-modern Dubai, featuring life and buildings from mid-19th century till 1970s. Offering many arts and cultural exhibits in museums.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Massive, underwater tunnel featuring marine life such as sharks and rays. Dubai Dolphinarium. Large indoor dolphin and seals habitat with live shows and restaurants. The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Aquarium with an Atlantis theme, located in The Palm, Dubai. Offering viewing tunnels and animal feeding opportunity. Dubai Miracle Garden. Large flower garden in Dubai, inaugurated in 2013, with large collection of about 45 million flowers.

Stunning Dubai Helicopter Tour

From other attractions we recommend: Dubai Legoland, Dubai Safari Park, Global Village, Qasr Al Hosn, Grand Bur Dubai Masjid and Dubai Opera.

Top things to do in Dubai

There are so many activities to do in and around Dubai. Apart from attractions listed above, we also recommend: Dubai quad bike safari, hot air balloon ride, horse riding adventure, sandboarding or day trip to Abu Dhabi as it is quite near (65 miles), where you can explore a bit different environment.

You can also enjoy night tour, together with dinner experience or even with dinner cruise. To really appreciate all the architecture marvels of Dubai we suggest helicopter tour, where you will see all famous landmarks from above.

Festivals and events in Dubai

Dubai Shopping Festival (December-February), Dubai International Film Festival (December), Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (February/March), Taste of Dubai (March), Dubai World Cup (March), Dubai Jazz Festival (February).

Dubai City Tour & Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

Interesting facts about Dubai

  • There is no income tax in Dubai.
  • Around 85 percent of inhabitants of Dubai are foreign.

  • Street addresses were introduced only in 2015 in Dubai.

Dubai Combo Tour: Desert Safari + Dhow Cruise

Best time to fly to Dubai

The peak season for flights to Dubai is January, November and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is June, July and August.

Dubai is served by these airports: Dubai Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).  Direct flights to Dubai are offered by 70 airlines.

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