Dubai has become one of the most sought-after holiday hotspots in recent times. This city in the United Arab Emirates is globally renowned in recent times for its towering high-rises and ultra-modern shopping malls. What was once a desert outpost has now become a destination worth exploring for the global tourists. You can shop for the world-famous brands in its malls and get some excellent bargains in the process. This Emirati city is also famous for its indoor ski slopes, giant aquariums, and magnificent theme parks. All of its offerings in entertainment, history, and culture would surely make your time in this part of the world unforgettable.
- Burj Khalifa
It is obvious that your all inclusive Dubai holidays would be incomplete without a visit to this iconic building. Currently the world’s tallest building, this towering skyscraper has a height of more than 829 metres and gives you the chance to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the city and its surroundings from the building’s observation deck. Located on the 124th floor, the observation deck gives its visitors some memorable experiences. Among them is a multimedia presentation on the city and Burj Khalifa. You can also enjoy some amazing views of the city by visiting the observation deck after sunset when the city is lit up by fantastic illuminations.
- Jumeirah Mosque
This elegant mosque was opened in the year 1979 and instantly became popular for its attractive appearance. It has been built using the traditional Fatimid style of architecture. The mosque was a gift from the former ruler of the city, late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and father of the current ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Non-Muslims can benefit immensely from the tours organised by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. These tours have been designed to give the mosque’s visitors a better understanding of the Muslim faith.
- Dubai Mall
You can have some fabulous shopping experiences at the Dubai Mall, which is the world’s second largest mall in terms of total area. It was opened in the year 2008 and has more than a thousand shops. The mall attracts over 50 million visitors annually and has some exciting indoor attractions for its visitors. One of them is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. It was designed by the Australia-based architecture firm called Peddle Thorp and is managed by Emaar Entertainment. Other attractions in this mall include the VR Park Dubai, Reel Cinemas, and KidZania.
Also known as the Al-Fahidi neighbourhood, Bastakia’s origins date back to the 19th century when the Persian merchants dealing in pearls and textiles had settled in this region owing to its strategic location and tax-free trading. It covers the eastern part of Bur Dubai and comprises old buildings built of coral and limestone. Many of these buildings have wind-towers at the top, which were an early form of air-conditioning. This old neighbourhood is a reminder of a bygone era of the city when life moved at a much slower pace.