Dubai as a Tourist Destination
If I would say that 100-150 years ago, Dubai was nothing but a vast stretch of desert land, you would find it difficult to believe. But it is true! From a desert land to the architecturally, technologically and financially advanced city, Dubai has definitely come a long way. While a vast number of people go to Dubai looking for a job, it is no longer limited to a place with great job opportunities. Today, several people visit Dubai purely as a tourist. The buildings, the malls, the mosques, the historical monuments, the desert, the luxurious 5 star hotels, everything makes Dubai the perfect tourist destination.
Top Tourist Destinations in Dubai
There is no dearth of tourist places in Dubai. However, if you have never been to this Emirates city, here is a list of places in Dubai which you must not miss by any chance.
Desert Safari: Although Dubai is heavily influenced by modernity and technology, there is no denying the fact that the desert would always be one of its main identities. So, a visit to the desert is a must while in Dubai. There are several tour companies that arrange desert safari for tourists. Here, you can enjoy some dune bashing, camel riding, and sometimes even skiing on the hot sands. After the adventure, you get to relax in Bedouin styled tents where you get to taste some delicious food, smoke sheesha or hooka, and watch the amazing belly dancing and the Tanura dance. A desert safari in Dubai is perfect for fun as well as relaxation.
Burj Khalifa: The Burj Khalifa does not need an introduction. Being the tallest manmade building in the world, it is worthy of all the respect and awe it receives. The visit to the Burj Khalifa begins with going through the videos and pictures about the history and construction of the building. After this, the fastest elevator in the world will take you to the 124th floor to the 360 degree viewing deck, where you would be able to see the entire city. The ideal time to visit the place is in the evening, after sunset as the lights at night time add to the glory of the city!
Burj Al Arab: Burj Al Arab is said to be the only seven star hotel in the world and for this reason it should be added to your itinerary. Shaped in the form of a sail, the Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial land, close to the Jumeirah beach. However, the hotel is not open to sightseeing. If you really wish to view the interiors of the hotel, you have to either stay there as a guest or dine at its restaurant.
The highlight of Burj Al Arab is the high tea at the Sky View Bar at the top where you can have a scrumptious seven course meal while looking over the Arabian Gulf. On the other hand, if you want to try out something different, you can choose to dine at the underground restaurant that has a large seawater aquarium. Whatever you choose, the beautiful interiors, the luxury and the comfort would leave you completely floored.
Dhow Cruise: Imagine having your dinner in a floating restaurant. Exciting, wouldn't that be? But you do not have to merely imagine that as you could experience this first-hand while in Dubai. The dhow cruise is a Bedouin-style dhow converted into a restaurant. Furnished with both upper and lower decks, the dhow takes you across the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina, while you drink, dine and make merry! You also get to see the amazing skyline of Dubai in all its glory. While the food, Arabic coffee and drinks served on the dhow cruise are delicious, watching the city lights drifting past and feeling the cool breeze on your face would make your dhow cruise journey simply awesome.
Dubai Mall: Your holiday in Dubai cannot be complete without shopping. Although there are several huge malls in Dubai, the Dubai Mall is definitely the best and the hugest amongst the lot. From clothes to books to eateries, this mall is not short of anything. And to add cherry on top, it also has an aquarium and an underwater zoo inside it. Also, do not miss the light and music show at the fountain outside the mall. Even when you watch amidst a throng of people, you will feel mesmerized and at peace.
Apart from the places mentioned above, there is the Palm Jumeirah, Wild Wadi Water Park, JBR Walk, etc. that you must see in Dubai. However, sightseeing is not the only thing that you can do in Dubai. There are several adventure activities like sky diving, snorkelling, hot air balloon ride, etc. that will make sure that you have a great time during your trip.