Dubai is now the new hot spot for vacations in UAE. It is the city of Shopping malls and world’s tallest building showcasing the modernity and on the other hand, it has a strong religious culture to follow. Let’s take a look at such major attractions in Dubai to witness both the aspects.
Burj Khalifa is the landmark of Dubai, which stands 830 meters tall and is the tallest building in the world. A trip to an Observation deck on the 124th floor of the building is recommended for visitors. This observation deck gives the bird’s eye view which is simply amazing to look at. One may get the 360-degree view from this deck and can observe desert on one side and Ocean on the other. Night visits are very much popular among the travelers when the city is lighted up glamorously.
Timings: Daily 8:30am-1am
Location: Entry from Dubai Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown
Dubai has been competing well in establishing the tallest building in the world. After Burj Khalifa creating the record of being the Tallest Building, here is Burj Al-Arab being the tallest Hotel in the World standing 321 meter high. The special attraction is the light show at night every day, at the exterior of Burj Al Arab. With all the amenities possible this is one of the most expensive hotels in the world costing about $15,000 per night. Other special attraction is the underwater restaurant, Al- Mahara which allows visitors to view sea life while dining.
One of the best museums in Dubai is located inside the Al-Fahidi Fort which was built in the year 1787. The museum was constructed by the ruler in 1971 to showcase the traditional life in the Emirates of Dubai.
There is the path from the fort towards galleries, which displays the general culture, antique artifacts, old maps of emirates of Dubai and Dioramas. Hall at right-hand side displays weaponry and the courtyard of the fort is home to the palm leaf house and Traditional boats.
Timings: 8:30 AM-8: 30 PM every day.
Location: Al-Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai
BASTAKIA and BASTAKIA MOSQUE
Bastakia is the Heritage site built in 19th century by a Persian merchant. The Bastakia quarter is compressed between Dubai Creek and Bur Dubai District. The region consists of some private home but many homes are also open to the public, such as XVA gallery, Basta Art Café, Dubai Museum, Sheikh Mohammad center for cultural understanding etc. XVA gallery showcases Contemporary art collection and Basta Art café is a must visit after the tiring tour to have some quick refreshments.
Sheikh Mohammed center for cultural Understanding was established with the aim to remove the differences among the people and to enlighten them about local culture and traditions. The center organizes a Cultural tour for the ones who are keen to know about the culture of UAE.
Bastakia Mosque is one of the most beautiful Mosques in UAE. It is a white mosque with splendid architectural details of coral and gypsum with carved wooden doors and intricately patterned grills.
Jumeirah Mosque is a perfect example of Islamic architecture and is one of the most beautiful Mosques in Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed center for cultural understanding also organizes the Tour to the Jumeirah mosque to Show the medieval stone structure, architecture and to cultivate a better understanding of Islam.
Timings: 10 AM onwards. Fridays Closed.
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai.
Deira is the region sharing borders with the Persian Gulf and Dubai Creek. Dubai has always earned the reputation by shopping freaks and Souks, the traditional markets of Dubai is a weakness for these shoppers. One may encounter Deira Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Perfume Souk, Textile souk and Souk al Bahar.
Deira Gold Souk is the Paradise for gold diggers, where people may find hundreds of Shops selling gold and only gold. Perfume Souk offers both International and Arabic perfumes. Souk al Bahar is the array of Restaurant. A major attraction of the Souk al Bahar is the Waterfront restaurant which gives the spectacular view of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.
Location: Deira, Eastern Dubai.
Dubai Aquarium is the one of the Top Tourist Attraction, located on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. It is the 10 million liter tank that houses over 33,000 aquatic animals and 140 species of sea life. Apart from viewing from the Mall, one may also take a walk through tunnels of the aquarium at the Underwater zoo or may also take Glass bottom boat tour.
Timings: 10AM-10PM On weekdays.
10 AM-midnight on weekends.
Location: Dubai mall, Sheikh Zayed road
Dubai mall is one of the leading malls in the Dubai which provides entry to world Famous Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium, and underwater zoo. The mall also features Gaming zone, Shopping complex, and Movie complex. Adding to this, it also hosts Live events for fashion and music on regular basis. So all in all, this mall is a full Entertainment Hub.
People visiting Dubai in January or February must visit the Dubai mall to be a part of annual Dubai shopping festival.
Location: Doha Road, just off Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai Desert Safari
Dubai desert safari is a must thing to do in Dubai. The safari rides are usually held in evening and one can get an opportunity to do a lot of things such as camel ride, sand boarding, try henna designs, belly dance performance, watcthe h beautiful sunset, Dune driving and have barbequed cuisines for dinner.
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city which is built along the Persian Gulf at 3kms stretch. The region holds Dubai internet city, an American University in Dubai, Dubai media city, Al Sahab (a waterfront twin tower) and Dubai marina mall. The city is full of skyscrapers and truly beautiful to look at.
Palm Jumeirah and Hotel Atlantis.
Palm Jumeirah is an artificial group of islands in Dubai. It is one of the three planned palm islands namely Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali.
It has everything one needs to enjoy for a wonderful holiday. Famous hotels, Luxury fashion brands, Malls, leisure and entertainment spots like theme parks, water sports, aquarium, spas, bars, and pools.
Hotel Atlantis is a 5-star resort located in Palm Jumeirah. It is Majestic yet elegant Resort with all world class amenities. The hotel has a marine Habitat, a waterpark, pristine white beaches, 18 restaurants, spa facilities and few boutiques which offer people to shop till they drop.
Dubai Dolphinarium is the indoor dolphinarium which is the habitat for both dolphins and seal. It is open for visitors where they can watch and interact with dolphins through live shows and photo sessions.
The complex also features 5D cinema Theatre, Restaurants providing quick meals, a dance school for kid and kid’s corner.
Mall of Emirates
The Mall of Emirates is nothing short of a shopping resort. The mall offers 466 retail fashion outlets for visitors, and if time persists one may spend time at family entertainment complex which consists of gaming zone, rides and multiplex cinema. The mall also features Ski Dubai which is a renowned indoor ski complex.
Not only that, the mall even has the hotel like Kempinski and Sheraton, for staying.
Dubai creek divides the Dubai city into two parts namely Deira and Bur Dubai. To travel across the creek one may take a dhow tour. Dhows have been playing an important role since ages for traders in Dubai and are still used by traders to load and unload goods coming from different nations.
Many of these Dhows are restored for tourists or one may also consider taking Abra which is a small wooden ferry.
Best time to visit Dubai
Best time to visit Dubai is from October to April. This is the time when Climate is suitable and the city hosts major festivals like Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, and Dubai World Cup.