One of the eight cities of the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Dubai is everything but dull. Dubai is a unique destination that is both a dynamic business centre and a tourist paradise. From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively hustle and bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions. Dubai has earned the reputation of being the ‘gateway between the east and the west.’ One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Dubai is a trade, tourism and logistics hub. People of as many as 200 nationalities have made Dubai their home. Modern infrastructure, economic growth, good cultural and social life, decent education and health care facilities and tax-free salaries are consequential of this exodus.
Although Dubai had suffered a major deterioration due to the financial crisis in 2008, it has attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports event. Ever since this crisis, the pace at which Dubai is making progress is mind-boggling. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, such as the world’s tallest Burj Khalifa, in addition to ambitious development projects including man-made islands, hotels, and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world. And speaking of miracles, Dubai has its own called the Palm Islands. It is phenomenal how the city has spawned an island altogether that has gallantly veered Dubai’s name and fame on the world map.
The symmetry of soaring buildings, the glut of Palm trees, the surfeit of chauffeur-driven cars and the red-carpet like boulevards are all proofs to Dubai’s high-end lifestyle. As you would expect, Dubai bids a plethora of hotels, restaurants and cafes that are made with an idea to ensnare its visitors in the world full of exuberance and opulence. The sumptuousness of Dubai is articulated time and again, and for tourists with an expensive taste and a yearning for glamour, Dubai is just about the right expedition.
This magnificent destination is a 4-day affair unless tourists get swayed by its bravura and choose to extend their stay. Sightseeing includes the Dubai Mall (one of the biggest in Asia), a visit to Burj Khalifa, a Palm island drive-through, a local market hike, a stopover at Atlantis and the Wildlife Safari. The distances are skimpy making the travelling part hassle-free and enjoyable. Moreover, neat roads and good connectivity adhere to tourists’ delight. Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, promises to make your trip to Dubai worthy. One cannot help but marvel at the mega-structure with their eyes sparkling, mouth wide open and a tilted neck so as to envision it. The Dubai aquarium is located on the ground floor of Burj Khalifa.
An incredible variety of sea-life can be witnessed here. Just outside, there are designer labels, imported shops and eateries at a stretch. If you are not considering Aquarium as an option, then you always have the enormous mall to go about exploring. And do not worry window shopping is absolutely free and utterly pleasant. The bullet elevator will take you to the 165th floor of the building, which also is the highest you are allowed to go. In about 86 seconds you are there, where it appears to be the sky. The 165th floor of Burj Khalifa is capable of doing what an airplane does: takes you on a fantastic ride surrounded by clouds as if you are floating in the air. Needless to say, this is where a bird’s eye-view of Dubai is incarcerated. This also happens to be the place for mandatory Dubai touristy pictures. You can click pictures to your heart’s content because it is not every day you land on to 165th floor.
The palm-island is another man-made beauty. A drive-through to this exciting track is once-in-a-lifetime experience. Palm Island is enigmatic, lively and vivacious. Atlantis, which is a nearby stopover, defines the good life. It has all the luxuries and fun sports a fervent tourist is looking for. Water sports and spas can be good respites to combat the unbearable heat of Dubai.
A stroll around the local market will expose one to the traditional life of Dubai. This UAE city is abundant with gold mines, oil, minerals and spices. This is the place where traders of gold jewelry earn their living. Also, one can find traditional Dubai attire : jazzy, bright-colored, sequined clothes/ Burkhas, here. Evenings should be scheduled for the desert safari.
A breath-taking car/bike ride around the untamed desert is the ultimate ecstasy of Dubai. Later that evening, groove to the beats of Sufi tunes and the much-awaited Belly dance. The cultural show is followed by Arab cuisine comprising of Kebabs, Biryani, Shawarmas and much more. Fine cooked food in specialized spices does not fail to leave behind their marks on all the foodies. Tourists with an eye for detail and a liking for art, head towards the Henna section where women can get designs of Henna drawn on their hands and men can go for body-tattooing. Dubai’s sand-filled, humid air has an indomitable vigor which attracts tourists from all over the world. Its lavish lifestyle longs tourists to come, embrace it. Its man-made wonders are nothing short of phenomenal infrastructures. And that is what makes your holiday in Dubai as precious as its gems; because this is where ‘all that glitters IS gold.’
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