What is there not to like about Dubai?

Dubai is known for its luxury shopping, modern architecture, and a lively night ride scene. This beautiful and now vibrant use to be a small desert town some 50years ago and now has developed into a big luxurious city, that is a business and cultural focal point in the middle east and a well-known tourist destination. Yes! It is very artificial, over the top and kind of unusual to see such a modern, air-conditioned city in the middle of the desert, but reviews have proven that Dubai is a very enjoyable place.

Let’s talk about five top places to visit in Dubai and they are as follows;

 

  1. BURJ KHALIFA
  2. BASTAKIA
  3. DUBAI AQUARIUM
  4. DUBAI MALL
  5. HERITAGE AND DIVING VILLAGE

 

 

  1. BURJ KHALIFA

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Burj khalifa is the Dubai landmark, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city’s point of interest. For visitors, a trip to the OBSERVATION DECK on the  perspective are absolutely mind-blowing. The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa( completed in the year 2010) before a high-speed elevator whiz you up to the observation deck for those 360-degrees view out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.

 

Dubai is famous for city-lights panoramas,so night-time visits are particularly popular with photographers. To avoid long queues,especially if you are visiting on a weekend, it is good to buy your own Burj Khalifa “At the Top” tickets.

 

Lets talk about the Burj Khalifa enviroment, surrounding the magnificent Burj Khalifa are the building’s beautifully designed gardens, with winding walkways. There are so many water features including the DUBAI FOUNTAIN, the world’s tallest performing fountain modeled on the famous fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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  1. BASTAKIA (The Old Dubai)

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The Bastaskia Quarter was built in the late 19th century to be the home of the wealthy persian merchants who dealt mainly with pearls and textiles and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to DUBAI CREEK.

Bastakia covers 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. Wind-Towers provided homes here with an early form of air conditioning –the wind trapped in the towers was funneled down into houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common In Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the gulf.

 

Lined with Arabian architecture, the narrow lanes are highly evocative of a bygone, and much slower ,age in Dubai’s history. Inside the district,you’ll find the Majis Gallery, with its collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture (housed in a wind-tower) and the AL SERKAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION, with a shop cafe, and rotating art exhibitions(located in one of the historic buildings).

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  1. DUBAI AQUARIUM

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One of the city’s top tourist attractions,the Dubai Aquarium is home for 140 species of sea creatures in the gigantic suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall, if you enter the underwater zoo , you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.

 

So many activities help you get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours (on top of the tank) are particularly popular. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also an offer.

 

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  1. DUBAI MALL

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DUBAI MALL is the city’s premier mall and provides entry to the BURJ KHALIFA, as well as the DUBAI AQUARIUM. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you’re looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is until there is no more want, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.

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  1. HERITAGE AND DIVING VILLAGE

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Dubai’s architectural,maritime and cultural heritage is displayed at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related related to pearl diving and dhow building –two of old Dubai’s historic economic mainstays. There are also recreations traditional Bedouin and coastal village life ,with persian homes, a traditional coffee house, and a small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls. Local music and dance are performed from october to April, and visitors can get advice from practitioners of traditional medicine.

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