As one of the world’s most glamorous cities Dubai attracts over 10 million visitors each year, and this figure has been steadily increasing. Here are just a few of the many highlights to be enjoyed in and around this fantastic United Emirates destination.
The iconic BurjKhalifa Skyscraper
Dubai is actually in the process of building a taller skyscraper that will dwarf the BurjKhalifa, which is presently the tallest building in the world. The Burj is one of the most thrilling sights and popular places to visit in Dubai and stands 830 meters tall providing unparalleled views from its 360° observation deck. This immense building is also home to the luxurious Armani Hotel located over 11 floors featuring seven restaurants as well as an exclusive shopping area. Head to the observation deck on the 124th floor as the sun is setting and wait until darkness falls to see this city in its illuminated glory.(Image by Ranjith Kizhkoodan)
Cruising the Dubai Creek
With so many value for money dining establishments in this city it’s easy to find something to suit every taste and budget. For a dining experience with a difference you can take a three hour dinner and boat cruise (in a wooden Arabian dhow) and view Dubai’s amazing architecture as you eat. The evening cruise is an incredibly romantic experience that allows you to dine while viewing places of interest such as the Heritage Village, the wind towers and royal properties. You can also take boat taxis to various sightseeing parts of Dubai including the vibrant commercial districts and the chic marina area.
Dubai’s best excursions
A jeep or camel safari trip into the Dubai desert area or a half-day tour of the amazing man-made islands known as the Palm Jumeirah, there are plenty of exciting excursions available. Step back in time with a visit to the Dubai Museum located inside the 1787 constructed Al Fahidi Fort; this is actually the oldest building in Dubai. Spend a day exploring the bustling markets on a guided tour, which should include the glittering Gold Souk as well as the Gold and Diamond Park. Water sports enthusiasts can take a boat trip to beautiful Yas Island to indulge in some wake-boarding and paddle boarding; lessons are available for adults and children.?(Image by Dave Wilkie)
Dubai is rightfully world famous for its luxury hotels, beautiful beaches and dazzling nightlife. However, there’s much more to do in this city if you can drag yourself away from the beach. In fact, in Dubai, you can even escape the heat to spend a day skiing at one of the world’s largest indoor ski resorts – this is a city that has it all.
Image by Thamer Al-Hassan, used under the Creative Commons license.
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