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Things To Do In Dubai
Dubai is a prosperous city, famous for its ultra modern architecture, skyscrapers, man-made islands jutting out into the sea, shopping festivals, and a lively nightlife. At the same time, traditional quarters have been kept more or less intact, and the historically inclined can roam through the older parts of the city.
Here’s a list of all the wonderful things you can do in Dubai.
Visit Burj Khalifa
When in Dubai, make sure you go and see Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and the most famous landmark of the city. Standing at 829.8 meters, with a total of 154 floors, the building dominates the city skyline. The full extent of the architectural grandeur of Burj Khalifa can be appreciated only up close. Once you are in the building, its staggering proportions really hit you. A stop-over at the observation deck on the 124th floor is an absolute must. The view of the city skyline is simply stunning.
Go to Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall, the city's premier mall, is right next to Burj Khalifa. In fact, the mall provides an entry to Burj Khalifa, as also to the Dubai Aquarium. You will find plenty to do here. Even if you spend an entire day here, it will not be enough. There are over 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants. The giant Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located here, apart from an indoor theme park, a huge indoor waterfall as well as an ice-skating rink, gaming zones, etc. It also features a the world's second largest choreographed fountain, the Dubai Fountains. Special events, such as live music and fashion shows are regularly held at the mall.
Go to Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. It is one of the largest artificial islands in the world and a triumph of human ingenuity. It boasts of a number of high-end hotels, including the the iconic Atlantis hotel, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Waldorf-Astoria, Fairmont, and many more. The island is connected to the mainland via the 5.4-km-long Palm Jumeirah Monorail.
Check out Dubai Creek
Away from the glitz and glamour of the main city is the Dubai Creek. The saltwater estuary is the original site where the Al Maktoum dynasty was established by the Bani Yas tribe in the 19th century. Historically, the creek has divided the city into two distinct parts – Deira and Bur Dubai. Its waters supported pearl diving and fishing, which were the main sources of income in Dubai in earlier times. The area is home to the Dubai Museum, and you can also spot the gold, spice and textile souks. A ride across the water on a traditional 'abra' is a must.
Browse through Al Bastakia
The Bastakia Quarter, also known as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, represents the old Dubai. It was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants. If you are fond of history, you will absolutely love to roam around and see the old-style coral and limestone buildings, most of which have wind-towers, an earlier form of air conditioning.