The cosmopolitan city of Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world with its sky touching scrapers and seven star hotels. It is also one of the most sought after travel destinations because of its potpourri of cultures and cuisines. There is something for everyone in this City of Gold, from the best shopping experience you can ever get to the most wondrous architectural displays in the world. It is also one of the most hospitable and safest cities of the world, welcoming its visitors with open arms.
Dubai is usually sunny the whole year round, with the later months of the year being more moderate. For shopaholics, the best time to visit would be undoubtedly during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) conducted in Jan-Feb every year.
“You can purchase your desired products from electronics to cars, gold and jewellery, funky and traditional clothes, carpets and households, all at competitive prices. It is a joyous occasion for shoppers who dwell on special offers and enticing discounts, as they are available everywhere and you can see alluring banners screaming for consumers’ attention. The whole city becomes a marketing arena as it gears up for the occasion. Adding a pinch of excitement for the shoppers are the raffle draws where people get an opportunity to win attractive prizes including high-end luxury cars, and heaps of gold each day.”
I would say that the highlight of the DSF is the “Global Village” which consists of a huge expanse of stalls, exhibits and handloom from countries around the world.
Dubai remains one of the safest cities for the locals and tourists with crimes and burglaries being almost non-existent. Dubai is a city of extravagance, and the latest addition to its crown of jewels is an indoor stadium under the SEA!!
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubai are:
1. The Burj Khalifa
It is the tallest building in the world and has a whopping 163 floors with 43 maintenance floors and 2 parking levels. If you’re not afraid of heights, you can visit the top floor!
2. The Burj Al Arab
The tallest hotel in the world and also one of the most extravagant, it is now the fourth tallest building in the world and has its own helipad.
3. The Mall of the Emirates
It is the largest mall in Dubai and has more than 700 stores and services. It also houses several international brands.
4. Ski Dubai
The world’s first indoor ski paradise inside the Mall of the Emirates, it is one of the biggest attractions in Dubai.
5. Palm Jumeirah
The world famous Palm Islands were created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai Government. It is located on the coast of Jumeirah.
6. Gold Souk
Dubai undoubtedly got its nickname “City Of Gold” because of its abundance of gold. You can visit the Gold Souks (markets) and obtain the best deal on ornaments and gold bars.
7. Golf Clubs
Dubai has now become a great destination for golf lovers, with clubs blooming in the city. The Emirates Gold Club, the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Arabian Ranch Golf Club and the Al Badia Golf Club being the most popular ones.
8. Bastakiya Quarter
Visiting this tiny part of Dubai will take you back to the traditional Dubai, and the art galleries and cafes here will give you a feeling of the old ways of life.
9. Desert Safari
A trip to the Middle East and Gulf would be incomplete without a tour of the Desert! Dubai offers a great safari experience to its tourists whether it riding the sand dunes or the camels.
10. Dubai Creek
All the Emirates were essentially ports connecting to various parts of the world. At the docks of the Dubai Creek you can see the real Dubai, and the view of the sky scrapers around you can really see how it transformed from a small fishing village in a desert to a cosmopolitan city.
So what are you waiting for? The ultimate travel destination awaits you. Marhaban!!