Everyone is aware of Dubai, especially in recent times. It is risen through the ranks of popular cities of the world at an amazing rate and now stands shoulder to shoulder with the very best cities in the world and is no less renowned. A major tourist spot and a major trade hub in the Middle East, Dubai’s importance on the world map cannot be discarded. It is arguably the most important financial city in the whole region, not just the United Arab Emirates. Tourists from all over the world come visit it for the luxury shopping, grand architecture and a lively nightlife. Burj Khalifa dominates the skyline as the tallest building in the world. It also has many sublime man made islands near its main shore. Here are some of the top things to see/do in Dubai.
Dubai Mall: Located near the Burj Khalifa, this Mall is the largest shopping center in the world by area. It has over a thousand stores (not including the smorgasbord of food stalls). It is the perfect place for people who love to shop – and even if you don’t fall in this category this mall is still definitely worth visiting just to walk its magnificent corridors filled with millions of products you can purchase. It also has several entertainment facilities such as an ice rink, a movie theater and play areas for kids. However the star attraction is the Dubai Aquarium which houses more than 33,000 sea creatures. The entrance fee is 14 USD and the experience is worth every penny.
Burj Khalifa: Located near the Dubai Mall is the tallest building in the world. Standing 828 m (830 to tip) it has 160 stories and is a must visit to any trip in Dubai. Aside from this rather large honor it is also the tallest free-standing building in the world and has the highest outdoor observation deck. This means breathtaking views that will leave you in awe. There are special telescopes which show Dubai during different time periods allowing you to get a measure of how far it has developed. The observation deck has an entry fee.
Burj Al Arab: Widely regarded as the world’s first ‘seven star’ hotel, this magnificent feat of architecture overlooks the Persian Gulf from its location between the Palm Islands and Jumeirah Beach. It is built in the shape of a boat’s sail. You don’t have to stay in this majestic hotel to enjoy and see its beauty. Non-guests can enjoy seafood at the Al Muntaha restaurant which is 600 feet above the ground.
Jumeriah Beach: After checking out the Burj Al Arab head on to the nearby Jumeriah Beach. This cream colored one mile stripe of public sand is possible Dubai’s best beach. Just make sure that you take plenty of water and sunscreen as you picnic or laze around this spectacular beach with its amazing views.