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Burj Khalifa

The tallest building in the world with a height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa in Dubai used to be known as Burj Dubai. 162 rooms and an antenna in the top of the building have given the whole tower world’s attraction from the moment it came into existence in 2008. The construction of the tower was started in 2004 and it was opened to the public in 2010 as a part of the new development of the Government called Downtown Dubai. Burj Khalifa was considered to be the masterpiece of the popular large scale, mixed-use development. It was built and named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The design of the building came into the artistic mind and famous designer Adrian Smith, then working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

Highlights: This tallest skyscraper has 162 rooms and has the world’s tallest elevator spans up to 140 levels. The highest occupied floor in the building is 153rd floor where parties and events are occurred frequently and it has a private terrace as well. Experts believe that Burj Khalifa is the perfect blend of different aesthetic senses from different cultures around the globe. The spider lily, a widely cultivated flower in Dubai is said to be the influence for the architectural design of the building. At 555 meters, the SKY or the highest outdoor observatory space exists spreads across the levels of 148 and 125 of the building. The recent attraction is the spiral flight which has 36 steps in white oak and has a length of 100 meters. It is made beautiful with the crystal LED Chandelier.

Location: It is located at 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, UAE. From Dubai main city, it is just 1.7 km away.

Price: Prices vary according to timings and age but approximate pricing ranges from 125 AED to 500 AED.

Timings: Opens daily from 9 AM to 11 PM.

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Atlantis Palm Hotel

One of the most luxurious and remarkable hotel resorts in the world is Atlantis, the Palm, located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, an island visited by hundreds of tourists every day. Atlantis, the Palm is the first one to be built on an island and based on the theme of the myth of Atlantis but also includes several Arabian elements. 

In 2008, the hotel was opened as a joint venture of Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar. There are spacious 1539 rooms inside the resort which has two accommodation wings that segregate the East and the West Tower into two but linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. Aquaventure Water Park and the Nasimi Beach are created in order to complement the suite. These two attractions are often act as the hosts of various concerts and events.

Highlights: The extraordinarily spacious rooms and suites which are authentically arranged according to the contemporary styles and requirements of the guests have a huge significance in the wellness of the resort. There are guest rooms, multiple types of suites, imperial clubs and much more. Another attraction is the aquaventure water park that opens up a number of adventurous rides in water along with dolphin bays, the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Sea Lion Point etc. In addition to these, there is a diving spot as well for those who would love to enjoy the specific energy prevailing underwater.

Amenities and facilities: There are a lot of multi cuisine restaurants which serve traditional Arabic cuisines, continental, Japanese, South Asian and international cuisines and so on. There is a space dedicated for outdoor dining as well to keep the guests pleasant and enthused. Spa and fitness centres inside the resort give the guests a remarkable stay, healthy and happy lifestyle can be maintained even if you are away from your home.

Location: The hotel is located at Crescent Road, Dubai, UAE.

Approximate Price: It varies depending on the type of room. Average cost is 1200– 7000 AED per room.

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Dubai Dolphinarium

There may not be any other zoo or aquarium where people are freely interacting with dolphins and seals than at Dubai Dolphinarium. An exclusive living space for the gentle, human friendly animals of the sea, dolphins and seals are protected and preserved properly at Dubai Dolphinarium and now it has received wide accolades and recognition. Located in the creek side park at Bur Dubai, the dolphinarium is a very special spot for children as well since they find these species of water very adorable and cute. The aquarium is supported by Dubai Municipality since it came into existence in 2008. There entertainment programs and shows at regular times here so that people would love to spend much time with their families and kids. The dolphinarium was built with an aim to motivate the young generation to protect marine life and its habitat intact.

Highlights: The activities of bottlenose dolphins and seals leave everyone at pure laughter and joy and there are separate fun activities like acrobatics, singing, dancing, playing balls etc done by these charming animals. There are different pools for the dolphins and also a private habitat with sea water connected to these pools. A medical pool and seal pool constructed in addition to the existing pools make their lives better and safe. Here, one can spot Senya, Ksyusha, Tetka, Jerry and Fekla which are the bottlenose dolphins and four seals named Ghosha, Fila, Lusha and Max. Kids’ Summer Camp, Dubai Summer Surprises are some of the major events arranged here to grab the public attention on a large scale.

Timing: The dolphinarium is open on all days from 10:00 to 07:30 pm except on Sundays.

Entry fee: Different types of entry fees are there depending on your selection. To swim with dolphins costs one price while for watching the show costs different price.

Shallow water- Swimming with Dolphins: 450 AED

Deep Water- Swimming with Dolphins- 600 AED

Location: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate No.1, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai. It is about 11 kms from Dubai main city via Abu Dhabi- Ghweifat International Highway or Sheikh Zayed Road.

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Dhow Wharfage

There is no doubt in that Dubai is definitely touching the chord of the people around the world. With its beauty and the luxuries it attracts tourist. While you are in this favorite city there is one place which you can’t afford to miss Dhow Wharfage.  For those of you who are looking for some sightseeing option there you have the perfect place for you. Extending along the Deira creekside east of the Grand Souk between Deira Old Souk and Al Sabkha abra stations, the Dhow Wharfage offers an interesting look into the sea customs of old Dubai that have survived supernaturally in place at the heart of the twenty-first-century city. Saturated with history and extending sublimely along the Creek bank north of Maktoum Bridge are innumerable squeaking wooden dhows, moored in time-respected convention to stack and dump their assorted cargoes from everywhere throughout the area.

Highlights: The wharfage is home to many lovely wooden dhows, some as much as a hundred years of age, which compartment here to stack and empty freight; thus the considerable canvas secured hills of stock  anything from containers of cigarettes to gigantic ventilating units  that lie stacked up along the waterfront. The dhows themselves run in size from the genuinely unobtrusive vessels utilized for short jumps here and there the drift to the substantial maritime art used to transport products around the Gulf and over to Iran, and even as far away from home as Somalia, Pakistan and India.

Location: The Dhow Wharfarge is located at Baniyas Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Dubai Creek

A lot of you might be searching for that perfect lucury while you are travelling to Dubai. Well then you have the famous Dubai Creek which is the perfect place for you.  Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek which is a part of the new Dubai canal it extends through to the Persian Gulf.  Dubai Creek is one the emirate's most beautiful areas that especially stand out for its conventional atmosphere and appeal. 

Regardless of the record-breaking points of interest involving tall structures and excitement settings that dab over the city, this normal seawater brook remains as the genuine personality of Dubai and is a living representation of the nation's long-standing convention. Going through the heart of the city, the river isolates Dubai into two noteworthy regions: Bur Dubai and Deira. A retro vibe is obvious in each alcove and corner of the rivulet and its encompassing territories.

Highlights: Old-style structures that reflect rich Arabian accommodation, conventional style wooden dhows, and clamoring souks – all make Dubai Creek very extraordinary. With the warm and shallow water one can find a variety of rich marine life here.  Take a stroll through the amazing beauty of the region and enjoy the mixture of old and modernity while you visit this place.

Location: The Dubai creek is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Desert Safari

When we talk about desert safari the first place that strikes your mind is Dubai. Dubai has always been a favorite destination when it comes to desert adventure. One such favoured activity is the Desert safari.  Enjoy riding through the desert while enjoy riding through the desert while soaking in the scenic views.

The timings of your tour depend on the packages which you are choosing from. Halt to watch the lovely dusk before reaching your destination where you have the chance to enjoy a camel ride, sand boarding and experiment with henna close by or feet. Appreciate the beauty of the whole region.  While in Dubai you can find of number of tour operators which provides you with the best desert safari. There are also night safari, evening safari and day safari in Dubai. 

Price: The approximate price for this activity starts from AED 200.
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Palm Jumeirah

 You must have definitely heard about this place if you are planning to visit Dubai. An artificial archipelago in United Arab Emirates Palm Jumeirah was created utilizing land recovery by Nakheel, an organization claimed by the Dubai government. One of the most beautiful thing in Dubai are the artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf.

 Palm Jumeirah, which resembles a stylised palm tree from above, was the principal improvement of its kind, and was initially charged as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Notwithstanding the numerous inns and resorts on the islands, you can cruise around Palm Jumeirah in a yacht or speedboat offered by one of the numerous private visiting organizations, or jump on board the Palm Monorail that rushes to the Atlantis resort.

Location: Palm Jumeirah is located at Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, a district as well in Dubai situated along the two mile stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline that glitters all the time. Experts insist that once the complete construction of the district is over, it will be able to accommodate an en masse, around 1, 20000 people in residential towers and villas. 

The area is quite important in Dubai that accommodates Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the American University in Dubai. The blind folded inspiration to Dubai Marina is the Concord Pacific Place along the False Creek in Vancouver, Canada. The close proximity with the sea opens up a lot of chances to the marine species to enter the district.

Highlights: To create the extensive man made marina beautiful, the developers had to bring water from the Persian Gulf to the site and created an unbelievable waterfront and the large central waterway that is excavated from the desert and extended up to 3 km. 12% of the total land area is dedicated to the central public space. 8 km of wide landscaped public walkways tranquilizes the beauty of the place to a large extent.

Location: It is located in Dubai, around 21 kms from Dubai city.

What You Should Know More About UAE

  • About the destination

    UAE is a cusp of tradition and cosmopolitan culture. The laws and regulations in UAE are strict and different than western countries. Before travelling to UAE, you must get to know all the regulations, do’s and don’ts in this country, else it could land you in trouble. Women must adhere to clothing conventions when in public places in UAE, and so should men. With many places to see, skylines, shopping centers, and places of sightseeing, UAE has become one of the global shopping and tourist destinations over more than a decade. There are many tourists’ places to see in UAE and things to do, as long as you respect the laws and adhere to the rules all the time.

    You can enjoy the opulence of cities in UAE, especially, Dubai. Known for its resort hotels, urban and hi-tech architecture, and iconic buildings UAE has attracted tourists from all over the world. You can also visit Abu Dhabi for having many buildings, mosque, and sightseeing landmarks. You can take desert safaris and go on many other outdoor activities in different places in UAE. Most of the tourist places in Dubai are for outdoor activities and shopping. You can visit the best of restaurants, resorts, and get to shop for souvenirs and other items.


  • Travel advice

    • Get to know all the rules and laws of UAE before travelling as doing something against the law out of ignorance could lead to heavy penalties.

    • There are many tips that solo women travelers in Dubai can follow. You can always wear a ring even if you are not wedded, as it keeps stalkers at bay.

    • When travelling with a male company always introduces yourself as married.

    • Dress conservatively and do not wear reveling clothes when travelling anywhere except beaches.

    • Ask a woman for directions first before you ask a man.

    • When in queues women have a better advantage of being served first than men.

    • It is good to tip at the restaurants, though this is not a compulsion.

    • Women don’t have to be fully covered or wear burkha. You can wear casual, western clothes that are not tight or revealing.

    • Always travel with health and travel insurance in place.

    • Ask for permission before taking pictures.

    • Keep your passport and other important travel documents safe.

    • Use the right hand to greet someone, give or receive any item.

    • Do not take photographs of official buildings, as this is strictly prohibited.

    • You cannot display PDA’s in public places. Even kissing your wife or girlfriend will be resented and dealt with seriously.

    • Never litter in any of the places, as it is strictly against the law.

    • When asking for directions, never ask directions to a lady who is with her husband.

  • Drinking law

    The legal age for drinking in UAE is 21 years or above. You must not get drunk on the streets or public places. Only ask for drinks in licensed pubs and restaurants that serve alcohol.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Beaches and shopping

    You can visit the Dibba and Khor Kalba and go kayaking amidst the mangroves. You can also take boat riding trips, and go crab hunting at the beaches at Umm-al Quwain. There are beaches at Dubai, and Abu Dhabi as well that provide clear waters, white sandy beaches, and luxury resorts and hotels to stay. You can visit the Jumeirah Beach Park and enjoy kite surfing at the kite beach. At these beaches you cannot go topless, but wear bikinis only on these beaches.

    Souks are famous in Dubai. You can go souk shopping for buying gold jewelry, spices, clothes, and other items that are precious and semi precious at a bargained price at these markets. If you are not up for shopping, you can also take a stroll across the streets of the markets and take photographs for your travelogue. Dubai is also famous for its nightlife.


    Forts, buildings, race courses

    Dubai has one of the most iconic buildings like the Burj Khalifa. It is known to be one of the world’s tallest buildings. You can also enjoy horse racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club or the Dubai world club. You can either play golf at the golf courses or view the golf tournaments at these golf courses. The Bastakiya near the Dubai creek has the most wonderful cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. There are many forts and buildings that are spread across Dubai and nearby places for sightseeing.


    Desert driving and cruise

    You can take a camel safari, or drive in the deserts and get some sun. If you do not want to drive by yourself you can also view the dunes by hot air balloon and by air. You can take the dhow cruise and go deep sea fishing in the Dubai creek. You can also take yatch trips in this area. There are many places to see and things to do in Dubai.


  • What you will like there?

    Sightseeing and shopping

    UAE has been a global hub for shopping, having a good time, spending time in the nightclubs and bars, and getting the most of architecture and swish buildings. There are many places that are iconic for sightseeing. You can take a taxi to book private tours with family to visit historical forts, monuments, and take a cruise on the clear waters of Dubai.


    Outdoor activities

    You can also visit Dubai for skiing, spending real time with penguins in the snow by visiting the ski Dubai resort. It offers a variety of outdoor activities under trained experts. You can also eat and shop at the restaurant available in the resort. You can play ice hockey at the Dubai’s ice rink. If you love bird watching, you can visit the Ras Al Khor wild life sanctuary. Enjoy the lush green scenery at the Safa park, landscape gardens and sandy beaches at the Al Mamzar Park, and other water fun at the theme park, Atlantic Palm Jumeirah. You have options for water sports like kayaking, sailing, and boating at a few places in Dubai.


    Shopping and music festivals

    You can attend the music festivals that happen frequently in Dubai, and also go on long shopping sprees. Dubai is a place where shopping, recreation, and historic tours take a front seat.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    UAE Interact

    Forum

    Makemytrip Travel Forum

    Books

    Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Jenny Walker.


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