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A Captivating City of Contrasts

Holiday in Dubai Travel Guide

Dubai is an awe-inspiring modern city and one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian peninsula. Dubai is tantamount with the word humongous (with some of the world’s largest and biggest constructions sprucing up constantly) never failing to ignite a sense of amazement in the eye of any visitor. The dynamics of Dubai are always vibrant and ever-changing with the continual drive to build something bigger and better. 

A holiday in Dubai transports you on a journey through time. Being strategically located, it has played the role of being an important trading hub since ancient times. It is believed that the natural sheltered harbor afforded by the Dubai Creek (which divided the city in two) was a busy port of call on the ancient trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. Archaeological discovery also suggests that small fishing communities lived along the coast of Arabian Gulf as long as four thousand years ago. 

With its infrastructure and modern skyline, some of which proudly claim titles of being the tallest buildings in the world, Dubai adds a twist with an old world charm of ancient Arabia. In Dubai, no project or attraction is mundane; almost everything is a world–beating record or achievement. This technical achievement of Dubai, a city in the desert, is considered one of the greatest triumphs of the century, and is the single most symbolic transformation that the Middle East has seen in recent years.

What to do in Dubai

Sight & Attractions
The Desert Experience
Sports & Leisure - For Thrill Seekers
The Extravagance of Dubai Shopping
The Exciting Dubai Nightlife
Mouthwatering Cuisines

Dubai has a myriad of stunning and world-famous tourist attractions and places of interest. Some of the most important ones that should not be missed are; 

The Burj Al Arab Hotel has to be seen to be believed. Everyone dreams of staying at the most extravagant hotel in the world. The billowing sail of the Burj-Al-Arab enjoys being a focus of public attention with its glittery gold interiors, ultra-spacious suites and the heightened level of luxury offered.

Palm Islands and the World Islands where innovation meets hard work; producing extravagant and astounding results. The Palm Islands represents a palm tree and the World Islands resemble the world and each island is the country within it. These islands define everyday luxury living.

Dubai Creek, the city’s sparkling waterfront, looks like a river but it’s an inlet from the Gulf, overlooked by glittering modern buildings. The Creek is spanned by road bridges and a tunnel, the best and cheapest way to experience the Creek is to take an abra or water taxi, or hire a boat.

The Dubai Museum is a world-class attraction based around the Al Fahidi Fort. A visit to the Dubai museum is a must on every Dubai itinerary. The museum’s diverse collection of exhibits offers a fascinating insight into the rich history and cultural heritage of Dubai.

Hatta Village is another fine example of the heritage of Dubai and UAE. Situated 115km southeast of Dubai city in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains, it provides the visitor with a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s historical past.

The largest and one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture and is one of the most photographed sights of Dubai. Although non-Muslims are typically not allowed to enter mosques in the U.A.E., the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque is an exception.

A visit to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, is a must do for every tourist who wants to experience the amazing panoramic view of the Dubai city skyline from the 124th-floor‘ Observation Deck’.

Desert Safaris in Dubai are a unique opportunity to experience the extraordinary Dubai Desert. It is an unforgettable experience to witness the dunes basking in the rays of a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Camping overnight in the desert is also an experience that can be cherished for a lifetime. Experience the change in the nature of the desert as the sun bids goodbye and darkness sets in. Dune bashing is an adrenaline filled rollercoaster drive in the desert. You can also experience a ride on a camel – the ships of the desert.

Sports in Dubai cover a remarkable spectrum, considering the desert location. From top golf courses, to dune bashing, camel racing and more – Dubai is truly one of the world’s top leisure, sport and recreational destinations.

Don’t miss out on a chance to go on a Dune Bashing experience. It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush as you challenge the sand dunes in an SUV wheeler. This thrilling ride is most of the times accompanied with Quad biking, sand skiing and camel rides

Dubai’s spectacular golf courses are where some of the world’s top-notch tournaments like Dubai Desert Classic are played. For additional fun, one could try a hand at sand golf. Although Dubai is mainly about the sun and sand, the snow also makes its presence felt at the indoor ski resort in Middle East – Ski Dubai. Skiing, snowboarding, snow theme park and much more are available at Ski Dubai.

Dubai is the epitome of a shopaholics dream come true. Each shopping mall is glitzier than the next, have a range of goods on offer that are limitless and the prices are relatively low. Dubai boasts of humungous malls which can overwhelm even the most prudent shopper. The icing on the cake is the never-before-experienced entertainment facilities in shopping malls such as an indoor ski resort, 22 screen cineplex and the largest aquarium. 

Apart from the shopping malls, the traditional souks offer a glimpse of Dubai as it once was, a place with winding alleyways of stalls packed with exotic fragrances, Arabic seasonings, herbs, perfume oils, and other delights. The Gold Souq in Deira offers a traditional souq-style setting with dazzling shop windows full of with gold and silver. Even if you’re not thinking of buying, the Dubai Gold Souq is an experience in itself, and a magnet for tourists. Walk through Deira’s busy streets with their tiny stores selling electronic items, cameras, computer equipment and more at discounted prices. One of Dubai’s most high profile events is the Dubai Shopping Festival.

The Dubai nightlife might be a lot more diverse than you think. Is in the evening when life really begins in Dubai. The main party districts are usually where hotels are also to be found in big numbers, which include the Jumeirah and Al Barsha districts in New Dubai and the Deira and Bur Dubai districts in the old city part. The Dubai Marina complex includes almost forty different bars and Lounges, including the popular Buddha Bar.

If you want a taste of some real Arabic nightlife atmosphere, a visit to Deira is in order. Experience the true Arabic nightlife with great music, Shisha and belly dancers. Dubai nightlife is vibrant as well as being expansive.

When it comes to food, Dubai is almost too exotic to imagine. There are restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights. The cosmopolitan nature of Dubai is clearly reflected in the variety of food in Dubai. Almost every restaurant does not simply offer a place to eat, but an all-encompassing gastronomical experience with mouthwatering culinary delights, atmosphere, amazing views and a simply great time.

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