No wonder – Dubai is an impressive spectacle, able to give an unforgettable experience to its guests. Its atmosphere combines the spirit of ancient Arabian tales, local heritage, warm hospitality, and energy of the modern metropolis with amazing entertainment and sights. Here are just some of the landmarks of Dubai every tourist should see:
The famous Burj Khalifa is a significant detail of Dubai, as well as the whole Arabian world. It’s a beautiful building, which style and shape inherits the principles of Arab architecture, combining it with the most state-of-the-art ideas and innovations. It is officially recognized as the highest building in the world. Its height is 829,8 meters to the very top. The most attractive tourist spot in Burj Khalifa is, of course, the unique observation decks (452 meters and 555 meters) from here you can enjoy breathtaking views of Dubai.
If it comes about the most significant things in the world, then we need to mention Dubai Mall – the world’s largest shopping mall by total area. This is an excellent place for leisure and shopping – there are Gold Souk, children’s entertainment centers, the world’s largest candy store Candylicious, more than 1300 retail shops, a cinema, 120 restaurants and cafes, Aquarium, Underwater Zoo, VR Park, 5-star hotels and much more. You can spend the whole day with the family in the Dubai Mall, and not visit even part of all its wonders.
Next to the Dubai Mall in a 30-acre artificial lake lies the magnificent Dubai Fountain. Thanks to the lighting and musical accompaniment, the audience can see extraordinary beautiful choreographic water compositions, during which the streams of water soar upwards for more than 150 meters.
One of the main attractions of the Dubai Mall is Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. A huge tank – the largest in the whole world suspended aquarium – contains 10 million liters of water, it inhabits tens of thousands of fish and underwater animals, including the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world. To admire the underwater life and feel yourself in an unusual atmosphere of the underwater world, you can walk along a 48-meter glass tunnel. Also, all kinds of underwater entertainment are available to visitors, such as scuba diving and contact with sharks.
An impressive building in the form of a giant sail is one of Dubai’s trademarks. This is a unique architectural project – The Burj Al Arab. The hotel is built on an artificial island near Jumeirah Beach. The total height of the building is 321 meters, it has 56 floors. Burj al-Arab is one of the most magnificent hotels in the world, its interior decoration and amenities for guests are considered the height of luxury.
There are many artificial islands in Dubai, one of the most famous and beautiful artificial structures of the city is Palm Jumeirah. A group of islands in the form of a palm tree has an unusually spectacular view from above and it is one of the iconic views of Dubai. There are many luxury hotels and private villas, including Atlantis, One & Only, Rixos, and many others. There are also many great restaurants and recreation areas, like the beautiful The Pointe.
A brave explorer might like a panoramic helicopter tour over the Palm Jumeirah.
Aquaventure Waterpark is a huge entertainment water park, where you can go with the whole family. It occupies 17 hectares and located near the Atlantis, The Palm. There are water activities for young children and risky water slides for adult guests who prefer adventurous entertainment. Visitors of the park can contact with dolphins and sea lions, go on a shark safari and enjoy the sun and beach rest.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful views of Old Dubai, a trip to Dubai Creek, which separates Deira and Bur Dubai districts, will give you this opportunity. There, you will be able to visit many restaurants and small local shops, watch the picturesque movement of various water transport, admire the old Middle Eastern architecture and modern skyscrapers. A memorable moment in life will be a trip on a water taxi or boat along the creek, especially impressive will be the observation of a panorama of a magnificent city landscape during the dawn or sunset.
Many guests of Dubai are eager to visit the urban marina district of the city – the vibrant Dubai Marina. Spectacular skyscrapers, one of the largest in the world, look especially fabulous at night with their bright and colorful illumination. This district is a luxurious corner of Dubai, rich with yachts, restaurants, fountains and shops. There is The Dubai Marina Mall, Pier 7, Skydive Dubai, Bluewaters Island, as well as other fascinating attractions for recreation and sports, numerous hotels and apartments.
A great choice to explore Dubai Marina might be a half-day dhow cruise with dinner with breathtaking views, great food and entertainment program.
Historic Bastakiya is located in the corner of Dubai on the shore of Dubai Creek, in the vibrant Al Fahidi Historical District. It attracts its visitors with an opportunity to completely forget about modern rhythms and feel the atmosphere of old Dubai. Walking along the streets of this heritage village, which lies within the walls of old Dubai and has preserved its entire identity, you can sit in a cafe with an ancient atmosphere and traditional dishes, buy a souvenir in a local shop, visit a coin museum or an art gallery.
One of the unusual attractions of Dubai – Dubai Frame – is located in Zabeel Park. It is an architectural structure of steel, aluminum and glass in the form of a giant frame with a height of 150 and a width of 105 meters. Looking through the frame on one side, you will see the modern face of Dubai, and if you go on the other side, you can see more ancient buildings – the combination of these two sides of the city made this structure an important place to visit in Dubai. Visitors can go inside the frame and take the elevator to the very top and enjoy an awesome view of the city, with its older part on one side, and new high-rise districts on another.
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