So as you guys may already know, I have recently relocated to Dubai, UAE. This city is simply spectacular. From the endless amount of luxury cars to 7-star hotel accommodation and 5-star beach resorts & restaurants, you can do and see absolutely anything here.
With oil reserves estimated to reach exhausted levels by 2016, the Ruler of Dubai took a punt and began investing billions into the city. He had this vision of making Dubai the centre of the world, a luxury destination for all. Whether it be the “Largest”, “Biggest” or “Tallest”, Dubai has it all.
Over the next couple of months, I’ll be putting together guides on this breathtaking city. Covering everything from what to see, what to do, where to eat and where to shop. I’ll be giving you all an insight into what I believe, is the most amazing city in the world. As for now though, here are my top 10 things to see in Dubai.
1. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, is a skyscraper in Dubai, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The world’s tallest building is surrounded by hotels, must-visit shopping destinations and a world of entertainment options.
2. The Dubai Fountain – The Dubai Mall
Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain is the world’s largest dancing fountain and shoots water jets as high as 150 metres, equivalent to that of a 50-storey building.
3. Burj Al Arab
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai. Yet for all the wonder this stunning structure provides when you finally see it in person, it is the service within that really makes the Burj Al Arab so extraordinary.
Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, this magnificent destination offers you the finest service and facilities throughout – right down to an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce.
Palm Jumeirah, the smallest of the three Palm Islands, accommodates the world renown Atlantis Hotel & Resort. Consisting of a drunk and 17 fronds, the Palm Island is an enormous 5km x 5km in area covered.
Atlantis Dubai was the first resort to be built on the Palm Island and is based on the myth of Atlantis includes distinct Arabian elements. he resort’s comprises 1,500 guestrooms and suites with private balconies and views over The Palm and the Persian Gulf.
Atlantis, The Palm has over 20 restaurants including Nobu.
Photo by: Jason Pemberton.
Imagine exploring the mysterious ruins of Atlantis, lost for thousands of years deep beneath the sea. Now picture yourself being surrounded by 65,000 marine animals. Either jump in and dive with the sea creatures, or simply dine beside the enormous water tank.
7. The World islands via Helicopter
Fancy buying your own Island? Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, even David Beckham all have. It will only cost you a few million, change money right?
8. Dubai Zoo
Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo of its kind not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the Arabian Peninsula. Housing over 150 different species, Dubai Zoo is a great one for the kids.
9. Horse Racing at Meydan Racecourse
The Meydan Racecourse is able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand. It operates from November through March and features the Winter Racing Challenge, Dubai International Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup Night. The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest race day with over US$26.25 million in prize money.
10. Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artefacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai.