Dubai a dream destination for millions across the globe

Dubai is a city of superlatives.

It’s been called the city of gold, the city of dreams, the city of life, the city of skyscrapers, of attractions, of holidays… the list is pretty long.

The city is growing and modernising at a breakneck speed, but at the same time is making special efforts to preserve its rich past and cultural heritage.

What makes the emirate attractive to millions of tourists is not one, two or a handful of things, but that it offers something for everyone, whether they be children, teenagers, young adults, couples, families, groups or older travellers.

Who doesn’t know about Dubai’s iconic landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, but for the uninitiated, Dubai also offers several more attractions and experiences that are unique to this desert oasis.

Stunning beaches, water sports, indoor skiing, ice skating, a host of desert activities, a growing arts and culture scene, and amazing cuisines that span the globe are just a few of the other things that make Dubai, well, Dubai.

“Last year, Dubai welcomed more than 11 million visitors and the aim is to continue to grow these numbers by constantly enhancing every aspect of Dubai’s destination offering, making Dubai city the top choice for all types of travellers from across the globe.”

Even as the city becomes more global than several other established international hotspots, it is literally untouched by the crime that usually accompanies globalisation.

People in Dubai don’t fear stepping out alone even late at night, confident in the knowledge that the emirate’s world-class police has ensured that it remains one of the safest places on the planet.

In addition, stories abound of its friendly and honest residents, some of whom have returned millions that they found left behind by an absent-minded tourist or fellow resident.

Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is a mega tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).

Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed 5 years later in 2009.

The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai.

It is designed to be the centrepiece of large-scale, mixed-use development.

The decision to build the building is reportedly based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition.

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The building was named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The building broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest tower in the world.

The design of Burj Khalifa is derived from patterning systems embodied in Islamic architecture, incorporating cultural and historical elements particular to the region, such as in the Great Mosque of Samarra.

The Y-shaped plan is designed for residential and hotel usage.

A buttressed core structural system is used to support the height of the building, and the cladding system is designed to withstand Dubai’s summer temperatures.

It contains a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.

Critical reception to Burj Khalifa has been generally positive, and the building has received many awards.

BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH

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The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai.

Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah so extraordinary.

Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout – right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah suite-only accommodation offers discreet check-in within your rooms, a private reception on every floor and a host of personal butlers, each a warm messenger of our unparalleled hospitality.

Come and experience it for yourself.

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Dubai is a dynamic destination that boasts of some of the world’s most iconic and luxurious resorts and hotels.

Sophisticated, chic and urbane, Dubai epitomises hospitality and takes it to a whole new level.

The city that boasts of a huge number of world records even has its own hospitality championship.

Iconic hotels in the emirate range from the 7-star Burj Al Arab to the magnificent Atlantis, the Al Maha Desert Resort, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Bab Al Shams, Dusit Thani, Armani Hotel, Mina A’Salam and many more.

In the end, Dubai is the ultimate global destination not just geographically, but also in every other aspect.

It is a modern city with deep roots seeped in history.

The city with a golden heart is the dream destination of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and for a million reasons.

Dubai Creek

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The saltwater Creek which cuts through Dubai dividing it into the older section of Dubai Bur and the section where the luxury skyscraper hotels are in Deira is an integral part of the city and all visitors will cross it at some point.
The Creek runs from the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to the sea.
The Creek was the heart of old Dubai and the source of richness in the pre-oil era.
The Creek was the gateway to pearl diving, fishing and trade on the waterways.
Merchants and powerful leaders built their homes here while diving and fishing villages sprung up along the shore.
The Dubai Creek area has several historic sites and neighborhoods along the shores like Bastakiya and Shindagha which is the city’s oldest settlement at the mouth of the Creek.

Today the waterfront has many restored traditional wind tower houses, Heritage sites, alfresco eateries, boutiques and nighttime distractions.

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Some of the highlights along the bank of the Dubai Creek include the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort, the historic multi-domed Ruler’s Office (Diwan); the Grand Mosque; Shindagha Tower; Hindu Lane; Bur Budia Souq; the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and Heritage and Diving Village.
If you like to play golf then the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club which overlooks the Creek and marina is a great place to visit.
One of the main attractions along the Dubai Creek which you shouldn’t miss is a ride on one of the traditional Arabic boats.
You can catch a ride at the Bur Dubai Al Sabkha Abra Station.
There are organized cruises, sunset cruises and dinner cruises.
The Jameea al Khor and Malika are double decker dhow-style cruise boats and the Zomorradah has a glass covered upper deck and can hold 100 guests. Alternatively you can see the city from the comfort of a water taxi.
At the Dhow Wharfage you can see rows of traditional wooden dhow boats loading and unloading their cargoes.

Get a view of Dubai Creek from above with the amazing Dubai Sunrise Seaplane Flight Including Dubai Creek Abra Boat Ride and City Sightseeing.

Wild Wadi

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This is Dubai’s main water park, it is outdoor and located close to the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The water park theme is an Arabian adventure called the tale of Juha and includes the familiar figure of Sinbad the Sailor.
The park has 30 rides for all ages. Among the most popular rides there is Jumeirah Sceirah a tandem slide 32 meters high and 120 meters long. Visitors whiz down the slide at 80km/h.
The Burj Surj ride has two sections, a downhill slide and a curved bowl. Visitors slide down in inner tubes and spin into a spiral before splashing into the pool below.
The Master Blasters are a water rollercoaster where water jets take you on a gravity-defying ride up 15 meters.
Tantrum Alley has a downhill slide and tornadoes which you go through on a four-seater inner tube before landing in the pool below.
The Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon is an area with over 100 activities for families with young children.

It has 5 slides, water guns, a dumping bucket and other exciting water games for kids. Wild Wadi’s lazy river ride is called Juha’s Journey and takes you on a gentle 360 meter journey.

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Action River will surprise you with sudden surges of 100,000 liters of water, waves, rapids and waterfalls.
You can surf in the Wipeout and Riptide FlowRiders and splash around in the largest wave pool in the Middle East.
Summer months are hot, indeed, but the winter months (October to April) are immensely pleasant and plentiful.
Besides, even during the summer months, a host of available indoor activities coupled with lower than usual hotel rates add to the charm of visiting this immensely popular place.

Visitors, especially from Europe and the Americas, tend to frequent even during peak summer months as that’s something they don’t usually get to see in their own countries.

Ultimate Family Lifestyle Experience

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel:

is a five star family beach resort that seeks to redefine the holiday experience, offering a host of family activities, leisures facilities and dining options to delight and inspire the guests.

With a striking wave-like design, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of Dubai’s most stunning and instantly recognisable structures with blue plated glass that artfully reflects the waves of the ocean.

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All of our 618 rooms, suites and villas are luxuriously furnished and provide spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf.

Choose from the widest array of leisure facilities including diving and water sports experiences, entertainment for the children at Sinbad’s Kids Club, complimentary and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water park, tennis and squash, six swimming pools, a climbing wall and private beach access.

With 21 restaurants and bars, a mix of casual and fine dining options, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and much more at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

The Dubai Fountain

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A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai.

One of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attractions, The Dubai Fountain delights thousands of visitors every day.

The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain, in Downtown Dubai.

At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies.

The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs, and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive heights.

Over 6,600 WET Superlights – the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today – and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions while 50 colour projectors provide a full spectrum of colour with a total output of 1.5 million lumens.

The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

When operational, the fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.

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Set sail on the ultimate ride on the Burj Lake, home to the world’s largest performing fountain.

The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride gives you front row seats to the best show in town.

Witness the world’s largest dancing fountain, at 900ft long with water jets that shoot up to 500ft in the air, as high as a 45-storey building

– A visual spectacle using 6,600 lights, 25 coloured projectors and 22,000 gallons of airborne water

– Enjoy the stunning choreography of light and water synced with classical, Arabic and world music.

SKI Dubai

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Ski Dubai is the first in-door ski resort in the Middle East that offers an amazing setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, as well as a host of other winter activities.
Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the casual visitor who just wants to enjoy the alpine ambience of the Snow Park to the sports enthusiast keen to tear down the slopes.
Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers the incredible opportunity to enjoy snow in the desert.

Discover Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! An amazing mountain-themed wintery set-ting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, take part in many snow events and meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow Penguins!

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Ski Dubai is located in Mall of the Emirates

Experience rolling down the Giant Ball run, jumping a 10ft. ramp, spiralling down the tube slides, sightseeing in the chairlift or just relaxing over a hot chocolate at minus 4 degrees…

So enjoy real snow, all year round in a winter world of exciting events. themes and sports for the whole family!

Dubai Dolphinarium

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The Dubai Dolphinarium is the first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East region, with habitat of dolphins and seals, offering visitors an opportunity to interact with the gentle aquatic mammals and watch their performance.
There are also live dolphin shows and photo sessions.

Located in Creek Park Gate No.1 along Riyadh Road, it spans an area of 5000sqm.

The Dolphinarium was unveiled in the year 2008, and is a great way to educate, entertain and learn for both young and the old.

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The list of activities to do in Dubai makes an amazing read.

Take the world’s fastest elevator to the 148th floor observation deck of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, for a 360-degree view of glittering Dubai.

If that doesn’t suffice, take a helicopter ride to soak in views of Dubai’s skyline, numerous man-made islands, beaches and the desert itself. And remember that it’s the only place in a radius of thousands of kilometres to offer indoor skiing, and the only one to offer so in the midst of a desert.

Hot-air balloon rides, skydiving, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming around shipwrecks… there is indeed a long and wonderful list of activities to do in Dubai.

Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall was built to be the greatest mall in the world. Since Dubai is a relatively new city, they needed something grand to attract tourists, this mall is filled to the brim with activities.

If you’re devoted to shopping, you’ll find retail heaven takes the form of The Dubai Mall.

Located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and stretching across 1.1 million sq/m, it is the world’s largest shopping, entertainment, and leisure destination.

You can shop at more than 1,200 retail outlets, from Armani to Zara, or visit the Dubai Aquarium, children’s theme parks and the Dubai Ice Rink.

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Whether it’s books, electronics, candy or high fashion you’re after, The Dubai Mall probably has it.

For haute couture, check out Fashion Avenue, where you can sift through the latest collections from top designers like Stella McCartney, Versace, Burberry and Alexander McQueen.

The sheer volume of gold on display at Gold Souk, a covered market that includes dozens of jewellry stores.

Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

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Discover the wonders of the Aquarium at The Dubai Mall that’s home to over 3,000 aquatic animals.
Observe undersea life through the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel. Walk along the Aquarium tunnel and take a glass-bottom boat ride to see life below.
Your 1-day admission ticket gives you access to a fascinating aquatic world and the marvels of marine life.
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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the most iconic attractions in Dubai.

Explore one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world and a Guinness World Record winner for the Largest Acrylic Panel.

The 10-million liter Dubai Aquarium tank is home to more than 33,000 aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species.

There are more than 300 sharks and rays living in the tank, including the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world.

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Just above the aquarium is the Underwater Zoo, where visitors can get up close to penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish and plenty of other creatures.

Step inside the Dubai Aquarium Explorer’s submersible simulator for a virtual adventure among dugongs, whale sharks and many other sea creatures.

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Head down to water level and step aboard a glass-bottom boat.

Drift out over the surface of the water and watch thousands of creatures swimming below. Learn interesting facts from your guide as you have the chance to feed the fish.

Dubai’s sightseeing tour bus

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Explore Dubai at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket to Dubai’s hop-on, hop-off open-top sightseeing tour bus, and learn more about the city from audio commentary in 12 languages.
On the bus, you can change between the air-conditioned cabin at the front and the open-air seating at the rear.

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Your ticket also comes with a complimentary Dhow Cruises, Water Bus, entry to 10 museums and entrance to the Lost Chambers Aquarium (if you select the 48-hour ticket option).

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Plan your day and visit the sites that you wish to see, from museums, to heritage sites, to glamorous shopping malls – where your complimentary rewards booklet, with substantial retail, leisure, and dining discounts will come in handy.

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The Big Bus ticket combines three routes the City Tour, which takes 1 hour 30 minutes, the Beach Tour, which takes 1 hour 45 minutes and the Marina Tour, which takes 1 hour 45 minutes without hopping off.

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City Tour stops include:
WAFI, Dubai Mall (changing point), Old Town, Dubai Fountain, Burjuman, Dubai Museum, Old Souk, Old Watchtower, Heritage Village
Shindagha Museum, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Abra Station, Riviera, Creek Views, Baniyas, Deira, Dhow Wharfage, Deira City Centre

Beach Tour stops include:
Dubai Mall (changing point), City Walk, Union House, Jumeirah Mosque, Mercato, Jumeirah, Kite Beach, Jumeirah Public Beach,
Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat (changing point), Palm View Beach, Atlantis the Palm, Itihad Park
Mall of the Emirates (changing point)
Marina Tour stops include:
Mall of the Emirates (changing point), Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, Marina Mall, Pier 7, The Beach, Marina Promenade, Marina Quays, Boulevard, Bayside, Tallest Block, Media City, Souk Madinat (changing point)
Some of the Inclusions are:
Big Bus Shuttle
Palm Crescent Shuttle
Hard Rock Cafe Shuttle
Abu Dhabi City Shuttle
Museums: 
Dubai Museum, Coin Museum, Shindagha Museum, Horse Museum, Spice & Gold Souk District, Museum of Poet Al-Oqaili
and more
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Dhow Cruises:
Creek Dhow Cruise , Marina Dhow Cruise
Water Bus
Marina Water Bus

Desert Safari with BBQ

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Experience a thrilling 4X4 ride through the red Arabian Desert on safari tour.
The programs for most of the safari tours includes dune bashing, a camel ride, traditional activities, a sumptuous BBQ dinner at a Bedouin-style camp, and an exotic belly dancing show.
Visit Dubai’s most remote desert area known as ‘Lahbab,’ located approximately 50 kilometres outside the city on 6-hour desert safari.
The silky red sand and towering dunes lend Lahbab a unique desert landscape with picture-perfect views of the desert surrounding.

This tour is perfect for adventure seekers, families, couples and solo travelers looking for a unique tour combining fun, adventure, nature & culture.

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Enjoy a 20-minute adrenaline rush ride as you slide across from one dune to another in the 4×4. Venture deeper into the desert for the best scenic views possible, then stop for a picture on the highest dune at sunset for 15 minutes and admire beautiful 360 views of the desert landscape as the sun slowly sets down.Afterwards, visit a Bedouin style camp hidden in the middle of the desert and enjoy many fun and exciting activities.

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Hop on a camel for a short ride, try a Shisha pipe, get a thrill on a quad bike (optional and available for rental on-site), decorate your hands with paintings by Henna tattoo artists, dress up and take pictures in traditional Arabic costumes and even look for stop at the souvenir stand for find unique and exotic stuff to buy.

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As dusk falls, enjoy scrumptious barbecue dinner of dishes such as kebabs, hummus and salads accompanied by sodas, mineral water and additional drinks (at your own expense) from the bar, and a colorful belly dancing show and Tanoura performance, where fast-spinning dancers whirl across the stage along with a captivating fire dance show.Finally, after the last show, return to Dubai with your driver and enjoy a drop off at your hotel.


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Sources: emirates247.com, visitacity.com, jumeirah.com, burjkhalifa.ae, 
malloftheemirates.com, theplaymania.com, guide2dubai.com, cobone.com, 
deal2meals.com, tripadvisor.com, getyourguide.com

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