Dubai is one of the Middle East’s vacation hot spots. Contrary to popular belief, Dubai does have a rich culture, though most of it is intangible. From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai does not only boast of the best contemporary sightings but has also preserved some of the most intriguing historical attractions. Full with audacious architecture, spectacular skylines, shopping malls, it has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where people flock for sales ,bargains and fun.
Dubai is still a thriving metropolis with world-class attractions on its doorstep. Here are few places to visit when in Dubai-
- The Burj Khalifa- The tallest structure on the planet is impossible to miss from the moment you arrive in Dubai. Soaring above the city like a giant needle-shaped spacecraft, it really is a wonder of modern technology and design. A trip to the observation deck on the 124-th floor is a must-do while in the city.
- Old Dubai- The Bastakia Quarter built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles. It is one of the few historic districts remaining here. It occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. The area has a typical Arabian architecture, a mini maze of wind-towered buildings some of which have been transformed into art galleries and cafés. The area provides fascinating insight into Dubai’s traditional roots
- Burj Al Arab-
The world’s only seven-star hotel standing 321 m high, located on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline and its construction has been a hallmark for Dubai. The Burj is designed to resemble a billowing sail. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world. From aquariums to the underwater seafood restaurant or the exotic glass elevator, it has everything. Though a reservation is required to enter inside
- Heritage & Diving Village– The Heritage and Diving Village is dedicated to pearl diving and dhow building – two of old Dubai’s historic economic mainstays. Filled with Dubai’s architectural, cultural and maritime heritage displays and various recreations of traditional Bedouin and coastal village life, with Persian homes etc
- Jumeirah Beach-
I love beaches and apparently this is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors
- Palm Islands-
Located off the Dubai coastline these Dubai’s megaprojects artificial islands, when completed, will function as a major attraction. The Palm tree shaped Palm Jumeirah is open and houses a hotel and waterpark
- Shopping Malls- Come on! You come to Dubai and not going to a shopping mall is a crime. More than shopping its for the experience. The Dubai Mall is the biggest with almost everything you can dream of. A 22-screen cinema; an indoor theme park, called Sega World; a Kidzania; a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo; and a full-sized ice rink besides the shops and bars and what not. Another one is the huge Mall of the Emirates which has an indoor ski slope with real snow apparently.
- Dubai Creek–
Nothing is better than a simple abra ride in Dubai Creek at sunset. The creek is one of the oldest and most beautiful areas
- Desert Safari– This is something one wants to experience once in a lifetime. The safari here can give you the feeling of the Bedouin existence here. Top it with a barbecue and belly dance maybe?
- Buy Gold & Jewellery-The Gold Souk is one of the world’s most renowned jewellery trading centers. Almost 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through this market so you can get your best deal here. Also be ready to haggle and negotiate.
So what are you waiting for? While I experience these and get you some free stuff to do in Dubai you should start looking flights to Dubai. Ethihad Airways & Emirates have regular flights from India. Check on the flight names to book. Also you can find hotels here- Dubai Hotels
Also share your favourite places to visit in Dubai which I shouldn’t miss next time I am there.