From the land of Bedouins to a melting pot of cultures, Dubai has transformed from a trading port in the 18th century to an avant-garde, with a modern life style and work culture. It is the most popular destination of Middle East
Desert Safari and dune bashing – This part of the experience is not for the faint-hearted. The SUV stake you at break neck speed across the sand dunes. At the end of this daring journey you reach a camel farm where you can, admire the desert sunset and also ride the quad bikes through the trackless desert. Then you go to the campsite and relish Arabic tea, apply henna, smoke shisha (Arabic water pipe), watch the belly dance show and enjoy dinner under the starlit sky.
The Mall tour–Every mall in Dubai has something unique. The Dubai Mall, the largest in the world, has a gigantic aquarium, an Olympic-size ice rink, amusement rides for kids, a genuine dinosaur skeleton and 1200 stores. The Dubai fountain is a breath-taking sight when the fountains dance like a belly dancer and arc like dolphins. The fountain has 6,600 lights and water jets that go as high as 450 ft. The Dubai fountain is the same as the one at the Bellagio at Las Vegas. The only the two of a kind in the world.
Another mall known for its architectural achievement is the Ibn Battuta mall. Themed around the travels of Ibn Battuta, a 14th century Moroccan explorer, this mall is divided into six zones each reflecting the regions that he visited.
BurjKhalifa – Yet another engineering feat of Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world has 148 floors and two observation decks and an elevator that whisks you up at 10m per second. The Armani hotel, a high-end hotel, set in an ornate, high-rise glass tower, is located within BurjKhalifa.
The Burj-Al Arab is another major landmark of Dubai.The elegant silhouette of this structure has been designed like the Dhow (traditional wooden cargo vessel). If you want to see the opulence inside, you need a restaurant reservation to enter. The hotel has rooms above the sea level and below the sea level. As you go below, the price keeps increasing.
Atlantis the Palm– Do not leave Dubai without a visit to Atlantis – the place is as beautiful on land as well as it is underwater. The architectural beauty of the place mesmerizes you from the minute you walk into the lobby. You can spend a day there exploring the underwater world, swimming with the dolphins and dining at the exotic restaurants. (the only other Atlantis hotel is in the Bahamas called Atlantis Paradise island)
Creek Park – A welcome break from the other sights in Dubai, is the Creek Park located along the bank of the Dubai creek. It has a dolphin show, bird show, cable car rides, etc. If you want to just enjoy the beauty of the creek, rent cycles and ride along the creek.
Go Gold – Do visit the Gold Souq (market) in Deira – a traditional style jewelrymarket that dazzles you with its shimmer.
Nothing is impossible in this land of the ‘biggest’ and ‘tallest’ wonders. Plan a trip for atleast 5 days to soak in this desert marvel.