Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the Seven Emirates that make up the country. It is located on the South-East coast of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Desert. The city is home to 1344 and skyscrapers(at last count) and is home to the world’s largest skyscraper. Before tourism, Dubai made its money with oil. But before oil? Fishing, farming and pearl diving were the emirate’s main trades. Dubai is known for sight seeing attractions, luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and lively night-life.
7. PALM JUMEIRAH
The palm Jumeirah is an artificial island on the coast of Dubai. The island takes the form of a palm tree topped by a crescent. It is the world’s largest artificial island and is sometimes referred to as the ‘’eighth wonder of the world’’.
Deira is the oldest part of Dubai. It is the traditional commercial center of Dubai.
For travelers, Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day. Deira Gold Souk is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world. The Deira Spice Souk sells every imaginable spice, with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, and thyme, as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water, and incense.
While in the district, culture lovers shouldn’t miss two of Deira’s finely restored architectural gems. Heritage House was built in 1890 as the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant and The Al-Ahmadiya School, constructed in 1912, is the oldest school in Dubai and is now a museum of public education.
5. DUBAI CREEK
Explore the lifeline of the city with a trip down its waterway, and discover traditional and modern Dubai as well as an impressive variety of wildlife.
Cutting through the very heart of Dubai is the saltwater creek which divides this great city in half. Bur Dubai lies to the south-west and is the more traditional portion, with its stunning Middle-Eastern architecture echoing the simplicity of a time long past. Conversely, Deira Dubai, which lies to the north-east of the creek, oozes sophistication, with a glittering skyline that has become synonymous with the UAE’s most dynamic city.
Nowadays, there are many ways you can explore the creek. If you would like the more rugged method of travel, hop an abra or water taxi to explore the waterways. This is a cost-effective way of getting from one side of the city to the other.
If you would like a more indulgent trip, why not try a traditional dhow, which offer cruises throughout the day and night? Glide down the waterway and capture the magnificent skyline reflecting the sunlight during the day or magnificently illuminated at night.
Another way to explore Dubai Creek is by foot on the landscaped paved walkways that run alongside the creek. Watch the hustle and bustle of abras, dhows and yachts criss-crossing the waterway. The promenade is well-lit at night, ensuring a relaxing evening stroll.
4. WILD WADI WATERPARK
The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai.
Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. In addition, the park had the largest water slide outside of North America, but it has since been removed to make space for two other rides. Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft) waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.
3. DUBAI DOLPHINARIUM
Dubai Dolphinarium is the first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East, providing habitat to dolphins and seals, allowing the public to watch and interact with them through live shows and photo sessions. Dubai Dolphinarium was opened on 2008 and is sponsored and supported by Dubai government to provide the general public with entertainment and also educate them regarding dolphins, seals and other marine organisms.
2. DUBAI MALL
The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the second-largest mall in the world by total land area. It has 1,200 shops which includes a 250-room luxury hotel, The Dubai Aquarium and zoo, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. In 2011 it was the most visited building on the planet, attracting over 54 million visitors each year.
1. THE BURJ KHALIFA
The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, measuring at 828 meters and with 163 floors. The Burj is not only the tallest building in the world, it’s also home to the highest observation deck, swimming pool, elevator, restaurant, and fountain in the world. It has an elevator that travels at roughly 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) and reaches the observation deck in about 2 minutes. Once at the top, visitors can enjoy temperatures that are nearly 15 degrees cooler than at the building’s base.