While the economy has delayed some construction plans, the Emirati city is still a thriving metropolis with world-class attractions on its doorstep. This little fishing-village has built an entire tourist industry getting people’s curiosity and interest all over the world. Dubai stretches some 25 miles along the coast of the Persian Gulf, a straight up-and-down journey from one place to the next. Taxis are cheap and plentiful and now, with Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram up and running, getting around is very easy.
A couple of tips for tourists & expats: UAE are a Muslim country. So while Dubai is plenty of places where you can have alcohol, nobody should be found rolling around the streets in a stupor or – even worse – driving a car. Also the weather is often very hot, but that does not excuse wearing next to nothing in public places such as shopping malls, where the temperature can be as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In the end, act respectfully and you will be treated with kindness, high levels of service and enjoy a nearly crime-free environment. Leaving your car unlocked with little chance of theft is a delicious pleasure rarely enjoyed elsewhere in the world. If you are planning to visit Dubai, you can get lots of information in internet and on specialized blog about Dubai.
In the meanwhile we give you some suggestion about 5 things to do during your trip to Dubai.
Unless some mad scientist invents a time travel machine, the Dubai Museum is your ticket to learning about Dubai’s stratospheric rise from Bedouin village to global centre of commerce, finance and tourism. Located in Al Bastakiya, a historic district, it’s housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1799 and the oldest surviving structure in town. The crenelated citadel served as the residence of the local rulers until 1896 and went through stints as a prison and a garrison before becoming a museum in 1971. Very similar and very close, you can find also the recently opened Heritage Village along the creek, where you can also find HH Sheikh Saeed’s house.
With around 1200 stores, The Dubai Mall not merely one of the world’s largest shopping mall (second only to the Mall of Ameica) – it’s a small city unto itself, with a giant ice rink and aquarium, a dino skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 food outlets. A place where people can walk, meet, eat… also when outside is super hot.
Inside the same complex you can find the Burj Khalifa, a ground-breaking feat of architecture and engineering, with an observation decks on the 124th floor (called At The Top) and a restaurant-bar on the 123nd. The world’s tallest building pierces the sky at 828m (seven times the height of Big Ben) and opened on 4 January 2010, only six years after excavations began.
Timed tickets are available at the ticket counter or online up to 30 days in advance. Get your ticket early, especially if want to go up at sunset, or risk having to pay for expensive fast-track admission.
Dubai is also a premier skydiving location; it became people’s number one choice for skydiving ever since holding the international parachuting championship that was held in the Palm Drop zone in Dubai. High above in the ski, jumpers experienced then and still do the regular aerial drop overlooking the luxurious manmade island The Palm Jumeirah.
If you want to try the thrill of parachuting but without jumping out of a plane, you can go to the wind tunnel of Inflight Dubai: the only way to experience a real indoor skydiving. High-powered fans push air into the tunnel, creating wall-to-wall airflow with enough lift to support a person in flight. Inflight Dubai team of world-class instructors, state-of-the-art facilities and the most advanced vertical wind tunnel on the planet, will have you flying in minutes – all without a parachute or an aircraft.
Snow play and skiing may seem not possible in Dubai, because its landscape both in and around the region consists of sandy desert, and the weather is hot and sunny all year round. Surprisingly, however, it is a great place to hit the slopes. In fact, situated in the Mall of Emirates is Ski Dubai – the first indoor snow resort in the Middle East.
Ski Dubai is a mountain-themed wintery white wonderland with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. The place has five slopes of varying steepness and difficulty. A quad-chairlift and tow lift is used to bring people back up to the top for another run.
Skiing and snowboarding is enjoyed on an 85-meter-high indoor synthetic fabricated mountain. A Freestyle Zone is also available for snowboarders that may want to practice their stunts.
Adjoining the indoor alp slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area (one of the largest in the world) where people can experience the thrill of tobogganing and sledding runs, riding on an icy body slide, or just playing in the snow, settling on making snowballs and resting inside a snow/ice cavern.