DUBAI - A Taste of Luxury
Dubai is one of the most famous cities located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. It is one of the 7 emirates forming the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain being the other six. It is a global city and is the most populous hub for business and transport among the Middle East. The city is known for high rising buildings. In fact the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa also towers high in the sky in the lands of proud Dubai. You will feel the positivity and the energy the moment you step into the city. The people are very well equipped with etiquettes. They value their traditions and strictly abide by them still being warm enough to make the visitors feel comfortable. There is nothing that Dubai doesn’t have. It has always been one of the most forward nations in every field and is still thriving to grow; the city just doesn’t know how to stop but that has worked in favor of the city in every way. The emirates form only a small portion of the population of Dubai, rest of which is occupied by other people holding different cultures from every corner of the world. The diverse culture can be clearly seen in their every touch. The discovery of oil is what gave the city a boom, and then it never looked back. Today it thrives on tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services sectors which makes the economy soar high. The city might be filthy expensive but it will give you the feel of the “real life” worth every penny in return. Dubai is one of the cities that will be hosting World Expo 2020.
Burj Khalifa the Megatall Skyscraper
Of all the lace in the world this is something you cannot miss. This is a true wonder and the limit of brilliance and art. Standing there at the bottom of the building looking at the building touching the sky will leave you jaw dropped. It stands tall with a towering height of 829.8 m. There is a report that says of Dubai planning on further increasing the height of the building; However the report is not confirmed. It took five years for this masterpiece to finally get its finishing touch and another one year to be open for the world to flaunt its beauty. They started in 2004, completed in 2009 and it was opened in 2010.The main intention was to gain international recognition. The name of the building was given in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The building later received plenty of awards. Following are the awards received by the building.
- 1. Tallest existing structure
- 2. Tallest structure ever built
- 3. Tallest freestanding structure
- 4. Tallest skyscraper to top of spire
- 5. Tallest skyscraper to top of antenna
- 6. Building with most floors 211, including spire
- 7. Building with world's highest occupied floor
- 8. World's highest elevator installation which is situated inside a rod at the very top of the building
- 9. World's longest travel distance elevators 504 m
- 10. Highest vertical concrete pumping
- 11. World's tallest structure that includes residential space
- 12. World's highest observation deck at the 148th floor at 555 m
- 13. World's highest outdoor observation deck: 124th floor at 452 m
- 14. World's highest installation of an aluminum and glass façade
- 15. World's highest nightclub on the 144th floor
- 16. World's highest restaurant, At.mosphere on the 122nd floor
- 17. World's highest New Year display of fireworks
Some of the Famous Attractions
This is the city's famous man-made island. This is a perfect place to be after a hectic day. There is the Aquaconda, the world's longest water slide. It is a nine-story-tall slide, which is also called the Leap of Faith and the water coaster rides. It also offers underwater safaris and white sandy beaches.
Alserkal Art District
This old Al Quoz industrial district is about to become Dubai's main arts hub. It homes the Green Art Gallery, The Third Line, and the Ayyam Gallery. It also reflects the youthful and lively face of the city as it is full of shops and cafes offering wonderful shopping and chilling opportunities.
This is the ultimate night attraction of the city. This is the main cultural and entertainment hub. Showcasing concerts by world-class musicians, opera, ballet, and classical music and also other productions like the comedy nights.
Mall of the Emirates
This is one of the most populous malls of Dubai as it has an amazing Ski Dubai facility inside. The indoor ski has chairlifts and a penguin enclosure, all at a continuous temperature of -4 degrees Celsius. It will drive the shopaholics crazy with its widest of options, from clothing to accessories. It also offers world class cuisines, so you are bound to have a blast out here.
This is the ultimate destination of the city for the travelers who come here to get the most out of it. It is full of entertainment, with plenty of water sports options. There are hotels and restaurants along the edge lines of the beach. Just a few minutes away is a residence, made out of gypsum and coral-block called the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef. It is worth a visit while you are on the beach.
Standing with the soaring height of 321 meters, The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel on the coastline of Dubai’s own artificial island. It is also the world’s one of the most expensive hotels. It has luxurious suites which cost more than $15,000/ night. Just imagine what it can offer with that cost.
This is the landmark of Dubai and the tallest building of the world, with the height of 829.8 meters. It has an observation deck on the 124th floor which offers a mind blowing 360-degree view of Dubai.
The mall provides entry to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium. The mall has an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex within its premises. The mall is always lively with various shows and events going on but the most famous and happening of all are the Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.
The museum is located in the Al-Fahidi Fort. It was built in the year 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort has already served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, a garrison, and a prison. It is now the city's premier museum, showcasing the maps and history of Dubai.
This 19th century architecture used to serve as the home of wealthy Persian merchants. A much slower, age in Dubai's history is displayed in the narrow lanes with distinct Arabian architecture, like the collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture.