What describes Dubai best? Superlatives! Get ready to be bowled over by all the extraordinarily glitzy landscaping and unimaginable architecture in the midst of a desert. This larger than life city boasts of the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa, world’s largest dancing fountains, drive-less Dubai Metro Red Line and even the longest bar ever called (no points for guessing) Long’s.
Over the past decade, Dubai has made outstanding growth and has become a touchstone for the world of travel and fun. The journey from being a tiny, non-descript village to being one of the largest oil suppliers and finally becoming a dream destination of the world, is simply extraordinary! The grandeur and the inimitable style of this place is a testament to the fact that Dubai has come a long way.
Here are seven experiences that you’ll cherish for a long long time, that make Dubai the dream destination for travelers from all over the world. Be ready to get transported to a world full of everything grand and opulent.
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The Dubai Fountains
Soak in the razzle-dazzle of Dubai Fountains at the Burj Khalifa Lake. The fountains are stupefying world-class entertainment and like they say – the best things in life are free – there is no fee to watch its magnificence. The colorful lights illuminate the lovely water feature and create fascinating visual spectrums that will bowl you over. Watching these world’s largest fountains come to life with the melodious tunes they dance to, is a sight to remember for a lifetime.
The Burj Khalifa
This ultimate iconic structure stands at 828 meters, soaring over the opulence that is Dubai. Anything that the world can do, Dubai tries to do it better. Fancy watching the sunset from the tallest building in the world? Board the high speed elevator at the Burj Khalifa which is nothing less than an adventure in itself, and head straight up to the 124th floor’s highest outdoor observation deck. Watching the horizon turn a blazing orange with specs of gold against the panoramic view of the city from ‘At The Top’ is a sight to behold. To top up the whole experience, dine at world’s highest restaurant ‘At.mosphere’ on the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa.
‘Welcome to everything’ says the Dubai Mall brochure and quite rightly so. With 1,200 high end and medium end stores, an extravagant cinema experience with twenty two screens, countless restaurants, the Dubai Aquarium and an ice-rink, Dubai Mall caters to every age group. The mall has a gold souk and is the world’s largest indoor gold market. The entire area is decorated with Arabian theme. And Dubai Mall is far from the only shopping destination in this shopper’s paradise of a city! Other famous places to quench your thirst for some retail therapy are Mall of the Emirates, Burjuman Centre, Ibn Battuta Mall, Textile souk, Gold souk and the list seems endless!
Dubai Miracle Garden
Nothing is impossible here – Dubai makes everything happen! Dubai Miracle Garden, the miraculous and massive garden project, is especially impressive since it exists in harsh desert climate, like a glistening oasis. Walking inside the lush gardens with gorgeous floral designs and delightful color schemes leaves you with an unforgettable and pleasurable visual experience. Randomly scattered flower covered structures like windmills, a giant bug, a beautiful faucet and colorful umbrellas just add to the beauty of this surreal wonderland. Be ready to be surprised at every step and click a zillion pictures right from the entrance through the exit! Dubai Miracle Garden is the perfect oasis if you are looking for some respite from the entire mall hopping and shopping routine.
If you thought that the famed Burj Khalifa is imposing – wait till you see Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island that extends Dubai’s shoreline by some 520 kilometers. Designed to look like a palm tree from up above – it could easily pass off as the eighth wonder of the world. Another famous gem on this island is Atlantis The Palm. The luxury one experiences here is unmatchable – the carved bronze doors, paintings of mythical marine life and grandeur of the architecture will leave you spellbound and wanting for more. Checkout the spa at the Palm to relax and experience the luxury – after all a nice spa treatment never hurt anybody! And while you are there, a trip to Aquaventure Waterpark is a must. Some adrenaline pumping with record breaking slides and rides and swimming with the dolphins here are sure not to be missed.
Dune bashing is a form of off-roading that lets you slide and slip in the land cruiser on the sand dunes. The exhilarating experience of the ride itself and driving on your own on small dunes is one of the most sought after adventures in Dubai. Dune bashing is a brilliant way to experience the desert. Mostly, the Dune bashing packages include dinner and drinks with some delightful performances by belly dancers. So, make a day of this and enjoy the loftiness of the desert.
Dubai Mall boasts of a huge aquarium with more than 33,000 of variety of species located right in the centre of the mall. The aquarium has two glass tunnels at varying levels offering windows into the marvelous diversity of marine life. This is one place where adults and kids are seen strolling around excitedly. The aquarium is really massive and there is an Underwater Zoo where you could see sharks, pretty schools of fish, penguins, pig nose turtles and so much more! Experiencing the kaleidoscopic aquatic life first hand will leave you wanting to see more of these squishy beauties.