A city of skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is known for its luxury lifestyle, ultramodern architecture & buildings, and amazing nightlife. It is the largest and most populous city in the UAE. Most visitors arrive from October to April when the weather is warm and dry. Since Dubai has a desert climate, the temperature remains sore in the summer months from June to September. Despite this, Dubai is a major tourist attraction for its high rise buildings, glitzy shopping malls, mammoth aquariums, and indoor ski slopes. There are just so many places to count on if you ever plan to visit this city.
From Burj Khalifa to Palm Jumeirah, Here is a list of major attractions to tick off your sightseeing list when you visit this Gulf Emirate!
The Iconic BURJ KHALIFA
Standing 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa is one thing you surely don’t want to miss. It is the world’s largest tower dominating the Dubai skyline and if you happen to go inside, then the view is breathtaking from the 148th floor, yes! You read that right. The view across the city from this bird-eye perspective is simply staggering. There is an observation center on the 124th floor where a multimedia presentation on Dubai as well Burj Khalifa is shown. In the night, the city of Dubai looks stunning because of exclusive lights. So a visit to the Burj Khalifa at night to take photographs of the city-light panorama view is a must. It is also surrounded by beautifully designed lush gardens and windy walkways at the bottom.
DUBAI MALL- Shopper’s Paradise
Right next to the Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s premier mall redefining the meaning of shopping literally! And we’re saying this because calling it just a mall would be disrespectful. With more than 1200 shopping outlets and over 150 restaurants, there are so many things to do here that an entire day is not enough to see it all. The Dubai mall has a series of attractions within itself including an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a huge waterfall and the giant aquarium with an underwater zoo to name a few. And when you thought this was enough, you should know that there are a lot of shows and live music festivals ongoing in the mall too. So that you have fun while you shop!
The Awe-inspiring FOUNTAIN SHOW
If you’re in Dubai, you will love to see this mind-blowing Fountain show. Witness water dancing to the tunes of music in the most ecstatic way in the center of downtown Dubai. This show features the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. With music in the background, you can see waves of water going up to a height of 150 meters in the air. Lights flash through the water in late evening and night, thus giving such an endearing view! Water just dances to various musical numbers in the sky and so, it has become one of the most popular shows in Dubai. If you plan on seeing this, timings are 13:00 and 13:30 hours in the day, while the evening display begins at sundown and goes on and on after every 30 minutes till 23:00 hours.
PALM JUMEIRAH ISLAND
This palm-shaped island is one of Dubai’s architectural triumphs because it is a man-made island. It is an artificial island one of the largest in the world. If you want to be surprised by what man can do, visit this attraction! It is a priced possession and true triumph of human ingenuity. Locals and tourists love going to this place and enjoy its high-end luxurious hotels, posh apartment towers, and upmarket global restaurants. The most famous one being the iconic Atlantis, The Palm; others include the Waldorf, Astoria, Fairmont, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The beach clubs turn into nightclubs at night. What more can one ask for!
THE SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
The Grand mosque is everything one can ask for peace and tranquillity. It stands out as one of the world’s largest mosques with intricate design and architecture. This mosque has an astonishing capacity of 40,000 worshipers and tourists who never fail to visit this place if they’re in Dubai. You can witness spectacular onion-top domes, reflective pools in the courtyard and the iconic prayer hall with big chandeliers and carpets that are all handmade. Since the mosque’s architects were British, Italian and Emirati, it celebrates cultural diversity. The hollow of the domes is engraved with calligraphy verses from the holy Quran.
BURJ AL ARAB
Burj Al Arab is a world-famous iconic hotel shaped like a sail. It is the most distinct structure hotel ever seen! Standing high on an artificial island, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world offering 202 duplex suites instead of rooms. Now that’s what we call luxury! It also has the tallest atrium lobby in the world and a dazzling waterfall combined with a light show. At the top is the residence of the Al Muntaha restaurant where you can have an amazing panoramic view. Suites tariff starts from 1200 Dirham or 327 US$.
So while you are in Dubai, do not miss these exotic attractions because trust us, you’ll be amazed and thankful!