The Burj Khalifa tower is the tallest building in the world at over 800 meters high and it is truly shocking to see it. I couldn't believe it was real life. It's in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and from there you can see the power of oil in all its splendor. The tower and surrounding lake are true spectacles that will leave you slack-jawed, even after the many sites that you've already seen.
The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world with 1200 shops, cafes, restaurants, and an ice rink, all distributed in 16 floors. It even has a fancy medical center. The mall receives over 65 million visitors a year, more than the city of New York alone.
It is amazing to look at infinity - the eternal sands, the vast dunes, the scorching sun ... the true horizon ... and hear nothing but your thoughts. This has been one of the few places where I literally could not stop staring outward toward infinity for a long, long time ...
This is another big mall next to Dubai Mall, and you shouldn´t miss it. It is not as big as Dubai Mall, though it has an extension that comes close, and it is just as luxurious. The Mall of the Emirates opened its doors in September 2005. Strategically located in the heart of what is now considered the 'New Dubai', this 223,000 square meter center offers a full range of shopping, leisure and entertainment. Mall of the Emirates features 520 international brands, big fashion, sports, electronics, furniture stores and the largest Carrefour in the city. We by proximity, it is next to the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab (Dubai next is equally relative in LA say), we bought at the Carrefour, with prices similar to Spain. The offer of the family include Magic Planet entertainment area, a multiplex cinema with 14 screens, Ski Dubai, a five star hotel Kempinski, Hotel Pullman Dubai, DUCTAC theater and more than 85 cafes and restaurants. One of the greatest attractions in all of Dubai is located in this mall: people from all around the world come here to check out the incredible attraction called Ski Dubai. At Ski Dubai you can ski and snowboard at subzero temperatures. The mall is open from Sunday to Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 to 22:00. Thursday, Friday and Saturday open until 24:00.
The Jumeirah island is the only complete of the three artificial Palm Islands. The Jumeirah is complete, while the other two are currently under construction. To me, though, it looked like the construction was not entirely, though somewhat stopped. I stayed in an [poi = 687341] Apartment [/ poi] in a palm tree, right in the first building in the trunk when accessing the palm shoreline apartment in the building in Basri. The presence of Nakheel continues in different signs and specifically in the beach club apartments. They are materially the owners of the palmtrees. The islands are named after the shape of the date palm. They consist of three main sections: The tree: Here you find the island's main avenues and entrance roads. The second part of the island is called fronds: This part simulates the foliage of the palm, it is only for residential use and as we saw, only residents are welome on this part. Waxing: It's crescent shape surrounds the island and is useful as a wavebreaker. You can reach it after passing through a tunnel from the main road. From here we get closer to [poi = 138586] Atlantis [/ poi] and while following the road we find some very good views of the Burj Al Arab. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the island project. It crosses a monorail that connects the end of the palm to the mainland
Old Dubai is what remains of this city of Bedouins who used to make their living pearl fishing and now make their living from tourism and oil. The Old Dubai is a fortress in the city center, very similar to Golden Neutral Istanbul, and before docking port where the ancient dhow fishing boats can be seen.
If you think the tourist boats in the Creek of Dubai are too expensive, a cheaper and just as pleasant option is in Abra, the traditional boats of Dubai. The official price is 100 durhams for an hour with the Abra option, no matter how many people go. Another interesting option is to choose an open creek by crossing the Bur Dubai to Deira (Deira Old Souq Line Station (Deira) - Bur Dubai Station (Bur Dubai), a means of transport used by locals and can be accessed for the modest price of 0.25 € per person. Payment is made directly to the boat operator in cash. It operates all day and late into the night. If you have time and want to enjoy time relaxing in Dubai Creek, you can rent a boat for you alone or for you and your companions for 100 durhams per hour.
One of the few public beaches that you can go to that actually has a nice view from the 7 star hotel Burj al Arab. It's great for swimming, it's an excellent place.
Next to the beach you can park without any issues.
This is the place with the highest concentration of jewellery stores in all of Dubai. There are more than 300 stores in addition to the 500 that are scattered throughout the city. With no tax, buying gold in Dubai is quite profitable and is much cheaper than elsewhere in the world. The souk is covered so it's quite nice to walk around here. It is open from 9am-1pm and 4pm-8pm except Friday morning.
A must-see in Dubai. Don´t expect it to be a museum like the Louvre, but the tasteful and educational exhibition on the evolution of the city make it a worthwhile visit. It is located within the Al Fahidi Fort, a defense building built in 1787 to protect Dubai from invaders. It is also the oldest building in the city. If you go when it´s time to eat or just want a drink, I recommend going to the pizzeria opposite the museum called Sarpino pizzeria.
The main street of Dubai, with vehicles flowing through the city. This is a highway with no crosswalks, and between 6 and 8 lanes. It is so important, that it is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the ruler of Abu Dhabi and first president of the UAE, a post he held for over 30 years (1971-2004). From it, you can see absolutely all important buildings of the city. Unfortunately, there's a toll - but don't worry, it's not too expensive. Each car has a magnetic card on the windshield, and the toll is 4 dirhams (about 75 euro cents). You'll find the traffic police here, too, working to make sure that nobody is exceeding the 120 speed limit.
A magnificent aquarium inside the Atlantis Hotel. It´s divided into different zones according to the theme and there are 10 cameras with 65,000 marine animals. The decor of each room or environment is very elaborate and similar to the park attractions in Orlando. There is also a huge pond where sharks, sting rays, etc. can roam at ease. Perhaps the place is not commensurate with its price of AED 100 per person, which amounts to about 23 €. I think between 10 and 15 € would be more fair. You also have Aquaventure right next door.
Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. You can go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or just play in the snow on the Arabian Peninsula all year round. It is part of the Mall of the Emirates which is one of the largest malls in the world. It´s located near the Palm Jumeirah. The insulation enclosure maintains the temperature of -1 ° C during the day and -6 ° C overnight, at which new now cannons are formed. The dimensions of the track are 85 meters high, 80 meters wide and 400 meters long. There are five routes with different difficulty levels. I think that 2 hours is more than enough time. The 40 € admission includes jackets and pants, ski boots with disposable socks, skis, and helmets for children. The only things not included are the hats and gloves. Hours: Sunday to Monday from 10:00 to 23:00. Thursday 10:00 to 24:00, Friday 9:00 to 24:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 23:00 hours. Price: Two hours: adults, 180 dirhams, under 12, 150 dirhams. Full day: adults, 300 dirhams, under 12, 240 dirhams. Snowpark: adults, 80 dirhams, under 12, 75 dirhams.
We heard about the Dubai Mall fountains, but to see them with the Khalifa Tower in the background made them more impressive. It was just great! The Dubai Fountain is located next to the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (828m) the tallest building in the world which makes the environment even more spectacular. The show starts at 18:00 and is repeated every half hour. The times are 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, etc. It is a spectacle of sight and sound, well staged and choreographed. When the show begins it is a distinct rhythm of music, with rock, opera, Arabic music, etc. It is very pleasant to get a seat in one of the restaurants that are in the front and watch the show while dining. It's pretty impressive.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a modern tourist complex, situated next to the Palm. It is a very nice place that combines traditional shops with upscale restaurants in a nice setting where you can also go on boating trips.
As the city was established as an international shopping destination, the malls are one of the essential things to see in Dubai, and there are more than seventy in the city. The most famous are the Dubai Mall, the largest in the world, the Mall of Emirates, known for its indoor ski slope, the Ibn Battuta Mall, and Marinat Jumeirah Souk, one of the city's most interesting souks for its traditional design. But those looking for authentic souks should also visit the Gold Souk (with over three hundred jewelers), Bur Dubai Souk and Spice Souk.
Dubai is a city in constant growth, and its architectural wonders are some of the top places to visit in Dubai. The best architectural attractions in Dubai are the Burj Al Arab, an icon of the city due to its sail shape and luxurious accommodations, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper (at 828 meters, it's the tallest on the planet), and Palm Islands, an archipelago of artificial islands.
Enjoying one of the city's many beaches is another of the top things to do in Dubai. Divided between private (hotel-owned) and public, the most popular beaches are the Al Mamzar Beach Park, considered the best beach in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Park, which is closest to the city, Umm Sugeim Beach next to the emblematic Burj Al Arab, and Open Beach.
Both children and teenagers alike will find lots of stuff to do in Dubai, such as the Wild Wadi water park and Aquaventure Water Park, or Ferrari World, a theme park based on the mythical Italian firm located on Yas Island. If you're still curious about what to do in Dubai, have a look at the tips and recommendations from the minube community and find the best Dubai activities and Dubai attractions.