Dubai – The City of Gold
An astonishing landscape weaving ancient heritage and ultra-modern lifestyle in a single thread, Dubai is a charmer. It is home to the sky piercing edifices, world’s biggest shopping mall, jaw dropping man made marvels and a chain of luxury hotels good enough to pamper every soul. Fondly known as the City of Gold, Dubai has transformed its persona from a tiny Middle Eastern spot to a highly progressive nation. It has made its mark on the world map by housing some of the most unbelievable attractions that one needs to see to believe. And this is the reason why holiday tours to Dubai sell like hot cakes!
Let’s delve deeper into the most pleasurable retreats that add to the glamorize image of this dream destination.
A landmark attraction in Dubai, Burj Khalifa rises to a height of 829.8 m which makes it the tallest building in the world. Visitors love to explore the bird’s eye views of the city from its observation deck on the 124th floor, accessible through a high-speed elevator. The slick observation deck presents a multi-media presentation on both Dubai and Burj Khalifa building. The edifice stays brimming with travellers including photographers at the night-time due to the spectacular views of Dubai city.
Located in the Al-Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum features walls with traditional coral-blocks. The exhibits of the museum include city’s grand evolution from a fishing village to an international centre of commerce, finance and tourism. Stroll through the entrance with a display of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai. The courtyard of the museum houses some traditional boats and a palm-leaf house. The museum makes travelers wonder and ponder in disbelief with weaponry in the right-hand hall and Emirati musical instruments in the left-hand hall.
Dubai Creek divides Dubai city into Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The Dhow Wharfage is situated along Dubai Creek's bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. Some of the dhows grounded here are 100 years old which make them look spectacular. To tour across the creek, take a trip on dhows restored as tourist cruise boats or hop on an abra (small wooden ferry).
Pearly white and elaborately detailed, this is one of the most beautiful looking mosques in Dubai. It is a fine exemplar of Islamic architecture built in the medieval Fatimid tradition. The mosque seems like an outstanding gem at twilight when it glows with floodlights. Travellers can explore the beauty of the mosque by partaking in the one-hour guided tour operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Standing 321 m high, the Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel. It has been elegantly built on the Dubai coastline which makes it look even more fascinating. Resembling a billowing dhow sail, the hotel gleams with choreographed coloured lighting show at night. Do not miss a chance to treat your taste buds at the underwater Al-Mahara restaurant to eye dramatic sea life as you dine. It is perhaps one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and remains a preferred choice among extravagant travellers.
Spend some moments of laziness at the pristine Jumeirah Beach where even the air oozes luxury. The beach shoreline is nestling with numerous hotels and restaurants which add to the fun element. Travellers visiting here can also partake in jet skiing to challenge the daredevil inside them.
Mall of the Emirates
A heaven for shopping lovers, this mall is a spectacular shopping hub selling all the top brands. It features an indoor ski slope with chairlifts and a penguin enclosure. There is also a cinema hall and an entertainment hub for whole family fun. After a daylong shopping, travellers can explore the numerous eating options available serving every conceivable cuisine in the world.
Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest man-made island. It is an unbeatable example of artificial archipelagos in the waters. It was launched in 2001 since when it became a must visit destination on the list of every traveller. The island is home to 4,000 luxury villas and apartments which act as a hub for tourism, leisure and retail.
How to Visit Dubai
Travellers planning holidays to Dubai can land at the Dubai International Airport which connects the city with rest of the world. Emirates Express also links Dubai to all other emirates with regular bus services between Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Masafi, Abu Dhabi and others. Those planning to drive down to Dubai must know that only way to enter Dubai is through Oman.