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  • Writer's pictureWalter Ponce

Discovering Dubai: 10 Unmissable Experiences in the City of Contrasts

Updated: Apr 24

Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, is a city that combines modernity with tradition. It has transformed dramatically in the last 50 years from a small fishing village to a thriving metropolis. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. If you're planning a trip to Dubai, here are ten places you should definitely visit.



1. Desert Safari

A desert safari in Dubai is an unforgettable experience that you shouldn't miss. I highly recommend going to the Arabian desert that surrounds the city to experience the thrill of surfing the sand dunes and escaping the noise of the city. Platinum Heritage Safari is an excellent choice for this activity.


The desert is one of the driest and largest on the planet, and the sand dunes offer an excellent opportunity to release your adrenaline. After witnessing an unforgettable sunset, you can end your evening with a dinner show in a camp that offers a range of activities, including dancing, henna tattooing, smoking shisha, dressing up as Arabs, and riding a camel.


2. Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Dubai. This skyscraper, which is the tallest in the world at 828 meters, has been open to the public since 2010 and has quickly become a symbol of the city. Thousands of visitors flock to the tower every day to take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the observation decks on floors 124 and 125.


From these decks, you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama over the entire city. But that's not the highest point yet. You can go up to the 148th floor to reach the highest observation deck in the world, which is 555 meters high. To enjoy the view of the illuminated city from the highest observation deck in the world, you should visit the Burj Khalifa at night.


3. Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al-Arab is the tallest hotel in the world, standing at 321 meters high. Its design is reminiscent of the sail of the dhow, the typical Arab ship. With a 7-star rating, it is also the most luxurious hotel in the world. It is located on an artificial island, which can only be accessed if you are a hotel customer paying around €1500 per night.


If you can't afford to stay at the hotel, you can still experience it by reserving a meal at one of its restaurants. You can have tea at the Skyview Bar, which is 200 meters high, or dine at the Al-Mahara restaurant, which offers a unique experience of dining while watching marine life, as if you were in an aquarium.



4. Sunset at the Palm

Palm Jumeirah is one of the most incredible modern architectural wonders in Dubai. To experience the enchanting sunset view, head over to the Palm Foundation to see the ethereal scene of twilight turning into twilight with the palm in the background. You can also experience sunrise near the largest fountain in the world in this area. This place offers stunning views for taking pictures and is one of the best places for food lovers.


5. Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is not a traditional souk but one of the most attractive shopping galleries in Dubai. Strolling through it reminds us of an ancient Arab city, both its interior and exterior architecture.


In the Souk Madinat Jumeirah you will not be able to appreciate the colors of the nuts, cereals and spices. But instead we will see stalls with local crafts in the main hall. And on the south side you reach the canals that have given it the nickname of Little Venice or the Venice of the Middle East. While strolling through Madinat Jumeirah it is possible to see the surroundings of hotels such as Al-Qasr and Mina A`Salam. In addition to exploring the many terraces in the area (it is possible to find beautiful views of the wind towers). Thus, it is an ideal place to enjoy local and international cuisine and do your shopping.


6. The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world, covering an area of over 500,000 square meters. It is home to over 1,200 shops, including high-end luxury brands, as well as a wide range of dining options and entertainment facilities.



7. Dubai Fountain

Located outside the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. It features water jets that shoot up to 500 feet in the air, accompanied by a synchronized light and music show. The fountain performs daily shows every 30 minutes in the evenings, making it a must-see attraction for visitors to Dubai.


8. Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a waterfront district in Dubai, known for its stunning skyline and vibrant atmosphere. Visitors can take a stroll along the marina promenade, dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants, or enjoy a boat cruise around the marina to take in the breathtaking views.


9. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is a natural seawater inlet that divides the city into two parts – Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. Visitors can take a traditional abra (water taxi) ride across the creek to explore the bustling souks and historic landmarks on either side.


10. Global Village

Global Village is a cultural and entertainment destination in Dubai that features pavilions representing different countries from around the world. Visitors can explore themed zones, shop for unique souvenirs, and enjoy live performances and cultural shows showcasing music, dance, and art from various cultures.



Conclusion

In conclusion, Dubai offers a wealth of attractions and experiences that cater to every traveler's interests. From the exhilarating desert safaris to the awe-inspiring skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa and the luxurious accommodations at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai has something for everyone. The city's blend of modernity and tradition, combined with its world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment options, make it a truly unique destination. Whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Madinat Jumeirah or marveling at the choreographed spectacle of the Dubai Fountain, you're sure to be captivated by the city's charm and allure. With so much to see and do, a visit to Dubai is an experience that will stay with you long after you've returned home.

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