Dubai, only a small fishing town fifty years ago, is now the fastest growing city in the world and is home to some of the world’s largest buildings and is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Millions of people flock to Dubai every year for its world class shopping, its unique buildings and to experience the desert past the city’s limits. Dubai is a city of opulence and provides its visitors with a true taste of the most luxurious lifestyle. In Dubai, anything is possible from sunbathing on the beach to indoor skiing to. p>
Holidays in Dubai guarantee the grandest swimming pools, incredible hotels and some of the best shopping the world has to offer. There is much more to Dubai though; its expanses of golden beaches and blue seas make it a magnet for those seeking sun and relaxation, while those looking for adventure have miles upon miles of desert to explore. A holiday to Dubai is sure to be packed with new experiences, each of them exciting and awe inspiring.
The tax-free shopping of Dubai pulls in thousands of visitors every year but the city’s malls are far more than a collection of shops. A shopper can enter a mall in Dubai looking for some bargains and during the course of the trip they may have watched a film, had a quick swim or even practiced their skiing skills.
For the more traditional experience, Dubai’s many souks give a glimpse into how the city looked before its massive expansion. The city’s Gold Souk is perhaps the most well known and most popular souk in Dubai; its covered walkways are home to hordes of gold, silver and precious stones. The Spice Souk is comprised of narrow alleyways that are filled with shops selling the most exotic spices and herbs. There are of course other souks such as the perfume souk, the old souk and many that are built to accommodate tourists.
Standing at 830 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa is certainly one of Dubai’s top attractions. With 57 lifts and 8 escalators, the Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the world but it is also one of the most extravagant and over the top that Dubai has to offer. Take one of its many lifts to the tower’s observation deck which is appropriately called, At the Top. From one side of the Burj’s viewing platform, visitors can view the expanse of desert that surround Dubai, and on the other side, people have claimed it is possible to see the shores of Iran.
Within the oldest existing building in Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort, lies Dubai Museum. The museum was originally built in 1971 as a way of showing people how life was lived before the massive expansion of the city. Although the exhibitions are what pull in many of the guests, the fort itself, which is made of mainly coral rock, is worth a visit in its own right.
Taking a camel tour through the dunes outside Dubai is one of the most iconic experiences when visiting the Arab Emirates and definitely should not be missed; however, the desert outside Dubai holds a myriad of excitement for thrill seekers too. Lately, Dubai’s desert sands have played host to quad biking, dune safari’s and sand surfing. A trip to Dubai does not need to be spent in the city only, explore the deserts for adventure and exhilaration.