Dubai, the name synonymous with grandeur and elegance is undoubtedly one of the most visited destinations in the world. The Dubai Canal, the Dubai Eye, the Museum of the Future – there is no dearth of the places to explore and experience in this gorgeous destination, isn’t it?
Dubai has been on my list that looks endless now, and I wish to visit there soon!
These are the reasons why I want to explore Dubai.
01 | Dubai Parks and Resorts
I wish to explore Dubai Parks and Resorts for at least 2 to 3 days. This incredible place has three mind-blowing theme parks and one water park. Dubai Parks and Resorts comprises of Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. There’s entertainment galore for movie buffs, interactive rides, rollercoasters and water rides.
02 | Burj Khalifa
Most definitely the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa tour is one attraction I simply cannot miss. Why the Burj Khalifa? Well, for the stunning views of the city, and of the Burj Lake and the Dubai Fountains. Plus the fact that the Burj Khalifa is an absolute visual treat – all 2700 plus feet of it! The superbly unique Islamic architecture puts the Burj Khalifa in the ‘tallest building’ category of its own.
03 | The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is a colossal place! Apart from shops and restaurants, the mall has an aquarium, an ice skating rink, the Sega Republic theme park, a 22-screen multiplex movie theatre and much more. The aquarium, in particular, is one of the best undersea marine expos ever in the world. I may not do much shopping, but a day at the Dubai Mall is sure to make me feel like royalty!
04 | Dubai Fountain
The Dubai Fountain is set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Lake, which I plan to cruise to watch the fountain choreography at night. The fountain is illuminated by millions of lights, and the shooting water spouts reach as high as a 50-story building. It’s a must-see sight and I’ve scheduled it for my downtown exploration day.
05 | Jumeirah Mosque
I am just longing to get up close to the spectacular architecture of this prominent Dubai landmark, which can hold up to 1,200 worshippers. The white marble glitters in the sunlight and glows magically in the moonlight. The two twin minarets frame a large central dome, which is an amazing sight when all lit up at dusk. Simply splendid!
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06 | Palm Islands
Apparently, the unique palm-shaped design of these islands can be seen perfectly from space. I won’t be on the next rocket they send up, so I’ll cruise up close to the islands. The Palm Islands are just mindblowing to look at – with miles of white shores flanked by hotels, residential buildings and parks. The most outstanding landmarks on the Palm Islands are the Burj Al Arab and The Palm Atlantis Hotel.
07 | The Lost City of Atlantis
The Lost City is one of my dream destinations, with its mysterious glass underground grottos containing myriad marine life. The Lost City is literally a complete reconstruct of the City of Atlantis as we think it was then. I am also really going to enjoy playing with the friendly dolphins. The Palm Atlantis is a luxury itself; it is wave shaped whereas the Burj Al Arab is sail-shaped.
08 | Burj Al Arab
No, I won’t be staying at the 7-Star Burj Al Arab, but that doesn’t mean I don’t long to see it! I want to take pics of the fleet of Rolls-Royces parked outside the entrance to the tallest hotel in the world. It’ll cost $1100 and $9000 to spend a night here, and I am desperate to see why. So I’ll book a tea reservation at the Asswan Lounge for AED 180 and take a tour of the Burj. I want to see as many of the 56 floors designed for the Richie Riches of this world.
09 | Gold Souq
Dubai’s gold is considered ‘cheap’. I suppose that’s because the gold here is cheaper than in other places, but there’s nothing cheap about the Gold Souqs! The traditional Gold Souk markets are located in Bur Dubai and Deira and in the central business district.
10 | The Desert
Where else am I going to step into a Middle Eastern desert full of mystery, on a guided desert safari tour other than in the UAE? I plan on riding camels in the desert, go sand boarding, dune bashing and much more. I wish to sleep outside the tent at night and watch the stars coming out in the black desert sky like I did in Jaisalmer!
I hear so much about the new, glitzy and glittery Dubai that I want to check out something of what the city was once. That’s why I would want to keep old part of Dubai – Bur Dubai, Deira and the village of Al Bastakiya on my tentative bucket list. I want to spend a day taking pictures of the original mud buildings which used to the city’s defence strongholds and the wind towers that were once used to keep the city cool.
Have you been to Dubai? What would you recommend? Share your experiences and tips with me for my dream trip!
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