There are so many tourist attractions that entice and draw people, visitors and travelers from all over the world to come to the United Arab Emirates. Of the wonderful sights and sounds there are, one of the most popular would be the King’s Fountain in Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Finally!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the place to be. This didn't seem so just a decade ago but the oil-rich country has transformed the desert into a modern paradise of business, technology and luxury. Despite the millions of tourists who have already visited and enjoyed this refreshing oasis, millions more doubt the attraction that is Dubai. What good could come out from the desert? Here are just three points to silence the naysayers.
Dubai stands tallest in the world, literally. It doesn’t have mountains or mountain ranges to boast, so Dubai built its own “peak” – Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. This architectural wonder is 829.8 m (2,722 ft) tall, almost double the height of Malaysia’s Petronas Towers! You can just imagine the view from the top floor, not to mention the shops and sites to be found on the lower floors. And by the way, this building is spectacular not just for its height but also for the fact that it is the first seven-star hotel in the world. Construction costs amounted to a mind-boggling amount of US$1,500.000. That means top-class luxury all the way to the skies.
Burj Khalifa should not be confused with Burj Al Arab, another engineering feat in Dubai. It is almost as tall and as elegant, but the design is more distinct. But what’s really special about this skyscraper, the third tallest in the world, is that it was built on a man-made island.
Next to Burj Khalifa (and its almost-twin Burj Al Arab), people should have Dubai at the top of their must-visit countries in the world if only to see the Dubai Fountains. (Think Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas in the Middle East.) This must be more than just a fountain since it’s been consistently voted by tourists as the #1 tourist attraction in the country. The dancing water shoots as high as a 50-storey building and drops to the man-made 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake. Spectacular. Just to think that there is even a lake in the desert is amazing in itself.
Finally, come to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to be immersed in a new, refreshing and interesting culture, not to mention the many other attractions such as Dolphin Bay, Abra Dock and Wild Wadi Water Park. Tourists know about the allure of the West and the beaches of Asia already; now it’s time to hit the desert paradise of Dubai.
Dubai Museum is definitely a must see attraction in Dubai. Located at the historical Al Fahidi Fort near the Dubai Creek, the museum houses numerous relics and galleries that provide an informative introduction to the city’s rich cultural heritage.
The Al Fahidi Fort itself, which houses the museum, is one of the city’s oldest and most important links to the past. It was built in 1787 to fortify the Dubai Creek’s [Read more…]
The weather in Dubai is a major determinant in the number of tourists that visit the city every year. With Dubai being a desert city, it will come as no surprise that the climate in the city is hot. However, the skies over Dubai are generally blue with little clouds to cover making it the perfect backdrop for those amazing Dubai pictures.
Winter in Dubai can be exceedingly felt during the months of January to March. Temperatures can drop to at least 10 degree Celsius making it the most comfortable [Read more…]
The Grand Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai is one of the most popular tourist spots in the United Arab Emirates because of its educationally, culturally and spiritually enlightening role. It is, in fact, the only mosque in all of the UAE nations that is open for visits from the non-Muslim public. These non-Muslim tours and visits are part of Dubai’s ‘Open doors, open minds’ program, operated by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
The Open doors, Open minds program began more than a decade ago in 1998, under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The [Read more…]
The captivating Dubai Creek is the other half of the dualistic charm of Dubai. Set against the soaring and sleek skyscrapers of the modern emirate, this old world district intertwines with the urban to form the ultra dynamic city known today.
The salt water creek runs through the middle of Dubai, virtually splitting the city in two. The northern end is known as Deira Dubai, while the southern end is the Bur [Read more…]
A long time ago, Dubai was a trading port in the Middle East, relying on oil revenues and trades with neighboring lands. Today, however, it is well known as a commerce and tourism haven. The metropolis suddenly burst out of the desert with its skyline toppling previous world records and its architecture never failing to impress. Dubai became the definition of luxury and grandeur. By this standard, what type of accommodation could be more expected to spearhead the city’s transformation than the Burj Al Arab?
Standing at 1,053 feet, the Tower of the Arabs, also known as the Arab Sail, is the fourth highest hotel in the world. It houses 202 suites, a couple of restaurants and bars, a helipad, and numerous leisure facilities. The construction of the artificial island and the building itself began in 1994 and ended in 1999. But apart from its height, the hotel gained global attention because of its design. Located in a man-made island 300 meters from the Jumeirah beach, the boat sail-shaped structure has become one of the most iconic hotels in the world. [Read more…]