Dubai Travel Guide Introduction
Dubai is a city in the emirate of Dubai. Located in the country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the emirate of Dubai is located next to the Persian Gulf on the country’s southeast coast. Seven emirates comprise the country overall.
The city of Dubai has the largest number of residents and its emirate is only second in size to Abu Dhabi, which is the largest emirate as well as the capital of the UAE. Dubai city, which is situated in northern Dubai, sometimes is confused with being city-state or a country itself. In fact, in some instances, people mistakenly refer to Dubai as if it is the UAE.
Things to Do in Dubai
This Dubai travel guide however will shed more light on this Arabic city, which offers visitors a menu of fun and interesting activities. Featuring retail stores and landmark buildings, Dubai is one city you won’t soon forget. Therefore, you’ll want to include the following attractions on your travel itinerary.
The World’s Tallest Skyscraper: The Burj Khalifa
Dubai is home to the tallest skyscraper in the world, known as the Burj Khalifa. Featuring 160 floors, the building offers amazing views of Dubai and the surrounding area from its observation deck. You can book tickets online to see the city from this vantage point.
The Dubai Mall
After seeing the view from the Burj Kahlifa observation area, you might want to do some shopping. One fascinating shopping hub is the Dubai Mall. Not only does the complex feature plenty of retail stores, it is also home to an aquarium which features an underwater zoo. Tourists and locals also have access to an indoor ice rink as well as an indoor theme park known as Sega World. During the evening, you can view the world’s biggest dancing fountain in front the mall. Complimentary shows begin just after 6:00 p.m. and run every half hour.
The Most Luxurious Hotel in the World
In addition, Dubai is the center for what has been voted as the world’s most luxurious accommodations, the Burj Al Arab. The five-star hotel is also the world’s fourth tallest residence of its kind. Featuring 200 deluxe suites, the hotel charges guests around $1,500 for a one bedroom accommodation. That fee includes butler service and transfer via helicopter, Rolls Royce or Mercedes from the airport. Hotel visitors also receive free access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark during their stay. Visit the Sahn Eddar in the hotel for afternoon tea.
Prime Walking Areas
Once you’ve polished off a few courses of food at the Sahn Eddar, you’ll want to take a stroll along the Marina Walk or The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (a long shopping promenade). View the luxury yachts anchored along the Marina Walk.
You’ll also want to visit Dubai’s popular landmark, Palm Jumeirah. Featuring manmade islands, formed into the shape of palm tree, the archipelago is home to the Atlantis resort hotel. Underscoring an aquaventure theme, the hotel highlights mall shopping and is home to Dolphin Bay where you can enjoy interacting and swimming with the dolphins.
The Jumeirah Mosque
The Jumeirah Mosque, another landmark site, is the biggest, most beautiful mosque in the city.
The Jumeirah Open Beach Park
Visit the Jumeirah Open Beach Park after you get done seeing the mosque. The park lies south of Jumeirah Open Beach, also known as Russian Beach because of its influx of Russian tourists.
Enjoy the Food and View at the Karma Kafé
If you want to savor the food as well as a fountain view, you’ll want to visit the Karma Kafé. Its outdoor terrace overlooks the Dubai Fountain. Asian cuisine is featured as well as tables of beautiful, trendy diners.