Unfortunately, the computer gods just aren’t on my side this week. This week of all weeks, right?! Just when the A-Z challenge started! >> My blogging platform deleted yet another (almost) completed post! How dare they! Therefore, my original post, all about Denmark, is officially gone. Totally vanished in the blink of an eye. And just like that of Chile (now Costa Rica), I decided to re-think the entire thing. So I welcome you (and myself) with open arms to all that is Dubai!
|image via Ghassan Tabet|
I have to admit, I’ve heard the name Dubai getting thrown around quite a bit. However, I really never knew exactly where Dubai is located and even more embarrassing, what country it’s in. Shame on me, shame on me – I know. When I think of Dubai I think of a super faraway land, with gorgeous beaches and luxurious hotels in a past-faced city. I don’t even know if Dubai is on the coast to provide beaches? Guess it’s the perfect time to learn! So, where exactly is Dubai? Let’s learn together!
I’m happy to announce that I now know exactly where Dubai is located! Finally! Dubai is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is in the Middle East. It is situated on the Persian Gulf coast and shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Top Things to Do and See in Dubai:
All of which makes it slightly difficult to narrow down the best of them. So read on for my list of the top seven as I see it, but remember this list just scratches the surface of what’s offered in the emirate. Read more about the wider range of attractions to visit – and plenty of other useful stuff about Dubai too.
The Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure on the planet, at a staggering 2,717 feet tall, with 162 floors. You are able to visit this modern wonder of technology and design, as the view from the 134th floor is not to be missed. Book your visit a few days in advance online, and you’ll save both time and money! Go either night or day, both are rather spectacular!
The Dubai Mall
This mall is simply huge, and has something for everyone inside. The Dubai Mall boasts a 22-screen cinema, an indoor theme park called Sega World, a world for children called Kidzania, a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo, and a full-size ice rink. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes! There is obviously shopping and restaurants too! And don’t miss the The Dubai Fountain shows every night starting at 6pm.
Skiing at the Mall of the Emirates
In the Mall of the Emirates, you can go skiing indoors, a genuinely unique experience! The longest run is around 1,300 feet, and you can even slide down the slopes on inflated inner tubes. You can rent all the ski gear you need here.
Why not hire a tour company and take a tour out in the desert. Here in the desert, you can ride a camel and have a traditional Arabic meal with a belly dancer. The more adventurous can rent a 4×4 and explore on your own. Just make sure to bring a guide book, so you can bathe in the natural rock pools of Hatta or splash around at Wadi Wurrayah, the UAE’s only natural waterfall sooner than later.
Ever wanted to buy some gold?! The Old Gold Souk (or market) in Dubai is the best place go! While walking around, you will see dazzling window displays of gold hardly seen in the Western world. Since the city is basically crime-free, vendors will most likely leave you alone to browse a whole tray full of solid gold bracelets or necklaces. Crazy! And haggle away where appropriate! However, be sure to steer clear of the knockoffs!
Burj Al Arab
An icon for Dubai is most definitely the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Ultra luxurious and fancy, the hotel has aquariums that flank the escalator, underwater seafood restaurants, and exotic glass elevators. Book tea or cocktails in the Skyview Bar (at least a week in advance), get wet at the water park Wild Wadi, and take dozens among dozens of photos. However, in order to take a look inside the hotel, you must have a reservation for one of the restaurants or bars.
Hang out at the Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Walk (known as JBR) consists of a wall of 36 towers along the beachfront in the Dubai Marina. Go for a lovely stroll along shops, cafes, and restaurants, and watch out for gold-plated Porsche Cayennes or a two-tone Ferrari.
A couple of tips for travelers:
- It is a Muslim country and should be respected as such: be aware of your alcohol content and clothing; dress modestly despite the harsh heat.
- Act respectfully and you will be treated with kindness, high levels of service, and enjoy a nearly crime-free environment.
- Being one of the safest places in the world, you can leave your car unlocked without worry of theft.
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