Dubai is one of the most unique destinations in the world, and tourism numbers have continued to increase exponentially – with good reason! There is almost nothing that you can’t do in Dubai, and here are just a few of the reasons why it belongs on your bucketlist.
Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres tall and dwarves every other skyscraper in the skyline. Apart from simply being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa attracts visitors for a number of other reasons, including being home to the tallest restaurant and nightclub in the world, as well as housing several observatories. But the Burj Khalifa is just one of Dubai’s amazing feats of architecture. The Burj Al Arab Hotel was the most expensive building ever built, and is a sight that you will never forget.
Dubai’s man-made marvels don’t stop at architecture. Dubai’s palm islands are a manmade archipelago built in the shape of a palm tree, which is considered to be the unofficial 8th wonder of the world. But a larger feat still is Dubai’s indoor ski resort with 23 square kilometres of ski slopes. It also features a ski school, penguin encounters, a 150m long ski bullet ride. Sounds unreal, doesn’t it? It’s also all inside a mall. If the slopes are a bit cold for your liking, there’s an entire manmade marina – again, the largest in the world – where you can rent charters or just enjoy the promenade and its cafés.
Dubai is an extremely wealthy city, where you can see how the other half live. Give yourself into its extravagance for a few days and enjoy the finest of just about everything the world has to offer, which is just a bellboy away in this glamorous city. If your wallet doesn’t quite stretch that far, you can still let some it rub off on you when you visit some of the city’s most outrageous attractions like the Dubai Miracle Garden. Who thought flowers could be so haughty? The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s biggest flower garden. It is home to over 45 million flowers, which is fashioned into unbelievable images and shapes. The display is changed every season to ensure that visitors don’t have to see the same display twice.
Atlantis, The Palm is a UAE hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah.
As you might have picked up on, in Dubai anything is possible. You can go snow-skiing and sand-boarding in the same day. If you prefer something a little less strenuous, head for one of Dubai’s many golf courses. If you’re looking for a taste of the desert, you can take a half-day tour of the desert on camels, which takes you to a traditional desert camp of Bedouin tents where you can enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner and watch a Tanoura dance. Another – more comfortable – option to enjoy the desert is on a 4×4 safari. You’ll be able to see wild camels, onyx and gazelles that thrive in the harsh environment.
Last, but definitely not least is Dubai’s shopping. While no one wants to spend their vacation in shopping malls, these aren’t your average malls. The Dubai mall features 1300 stores, an ice rink, a dinosaur museum and an entire aquarium, which is home to over 33 000 marine animals. The aquarium has a ‘lunar-cyclic’ lighting system, which changes the lighting in the aquarium according to the time of day. For those who never want to leave the mall, there are 6 hotels inside it to choose from.
Have you been Dubai, what would you recommend to other holiday makers to Dubai?