Dubai is a wonderland where you can see impossible things converting into possible. It is a place where there are man-made Islands on sea, 160- storey skyscraper, world’s tallest hotel and many more.
One would see audacious architecture, spectacular skylines, obsession with fashion, style and flourishing contemporary art scene. So on one side you’ll see the most architectural city and on the other side you’ll find Dubai desert where in you can enjoy Safaris, hospitality, know about their traditions, culture, values and more.
So let me share what my experience was though my visit was for very short period and was not an appropriate time to enjoy Safari since it was summers but I did enjoy the city part of Dubai.
Well before I start, An introduction of this wonderland is absolutely necessary. So Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates which is known for it’s ultramodern architecture, luxury shopping and a lively nightlife scene. Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, also one of the 7 Emirates that make up the country. Let’s walk through the history of Dubai, how Dubai emerged as such successful and attractive city that grabs every tourist’s attention and provide them with wonderful memories. Dubai earlier was a natural harbour for fishing, pearling and sea trade. Some 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe led by Maktoum Family settled at the mouth of the creek in 1833. By the turn of 20th century it became a successful port. By 1930s Dubai’s popuwas nearly 20,000 a quarter of whom were expatriates. In 1950s the creek began to silt because of increasing number of ships that used it. The late ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed decided to have waterway dredged and that resulted into increased volumes of cargo handling in Dubai and strengthed it’s position as major trading and re-export hub. In 1966, oil was discovered, Sheikh Rashid utilized oil revenues to spur infrastructure development like a new port and terminal building were built at Dubai International Airport, a runway extension that could accommodate any type of aircraft, schools, hospitals,roads, strong telecommunication network. Dubai now has unmatchable hotels, remarkable, advanced and efficient architecture, world class entertainment and sports events.
So now let’s move to my experience: My first day in Dubai started with visiting the Burj Khalifa the biggest attraction of tourists visiting Dubai. Burj khalifa an 830m tall tower that dominates the skyscraper filled skyline. I went on the 123rd floor where you’ll find Armani Lounge the best Lounge/hotel where in you can booze and dine out there. It would give you the best out of best premiumness that would make you experience delighted and would add value to your trip.
A view from Armani Hotel
My second day started with Mall of Emirates, it is adjoined with Sheraton dubai mall of the Emirates Hotel. It was easy for me to visit since my stay was in Sheraton Hotel.
You’ll find almost all the international stores, a ski-centre and a multiscreen cinema.
After Mall of Emirates, I headed to Dubai Mall through Red Line Metro. Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall by total area, comes 21st in the world by gross leasable area. It is the main hub for shopping lovers, entertainment and leisure destination located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa spread across 1.1million sq/m. Consists of:
- 1200+ Retail Outlets(From Armani to Zara)
- Dubai Aquarium
- Children’s theme park
- The Dubai Ice Rink
Dubai Mall has every stuff that you wish to adore. Infact, one can go through the latest collections from top designer like Alexander Mcqueen, Versace, Burberry and so on.
Dubai Mall Aquarium consists of 300+ aquatic species. Let me share a video on the same.
Also let me share some more pictures:
Next day I visited The Lost Chambers-Atlantis, The Palm consists of beautiful Aquarium as well as waterpark that would rejuvenate you in such a manner that even after going back you would want to relive those moments in that aquatic surroundings.
And the last day I visited GoldSouk which is mainly famous for purchasing gold. For Gold Lovers, this is the best market place where you can purchase gold based on gold weights.
Dubai is also famous for it’s Street Shopping so Meena bazaar, Karama shopping complex, Al Ghurair, Dragon mart, Al Fahidi street, Deira Old Souq are the famous street shopping hubs.
Other attractions in Dubai:
- Burj Al Arab (Luxury Hotel with posh dinning and beach)
- Wild Wadi waterpark
- The Dubai Fountain
- Dubai Creek
- Palm Jumeirah
- Madinat Jumeirah
- Ski Dubai
- Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- Dubai Dolphanirium
- Dubai Museum
- Desert Safari and overnight camping
Well I fell in love with Dubai in hardly 4 days. Hope to visit Dubai soon to explore more and know more about this wonderful city in detail.
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