Dubai is a city that is not afraid of ambition. Pumping billions into positioning itself as a tourist mecca and business hub, the place is an attention seeking over-achiever of sorts. Sprouting up from the desert almost from scratch over the last 20 years, Dubai has a start-up mentality. Things happen quickly.
But scratch the surface of the 5-Star hotels and mega malls and there’s a lot more to the city than meets the eye, from a thriving art and design ecosystem, to a constantly changing food scene, there’s always something new happening. And in a city that is made up almost entirely of foreign expats, there’s a level of cultural diversity that is hard to match, an aspect that most visitors are unlikely to truly appreciate.
Whatever way you look at it, Dubai is a contradiction of sorts. But love it or hate it, it’s a city that demands attention. With all that said we thought we’d give you 10 reasons why you should visit the amazing Dubai right now:
1. Dubai has one of the most amazing skylines in the world
OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way early, there are a lot of skyscrapers in Dubai. Whether you’re Downtown around
the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man made structure on earth), or down at the Marina, home to 4 of the 5 tallest residential buildings in the world (pictured), you’re never too far away from a pretty amazing view.
2. The city is a foodies heaven
With such a diverse population, there is a spectacular range of food styles available in the city.
With hundreds of Arab-Persian-Indian-Pakistani-Filipino-French-Japanese-Chinese-British, and American restaurants,
both humble and high-end, there’s something for everyone.
Throw in the array of food festivals that happen throughout the year and the stream of pop-up eateries and it’s no wonder people talk about newbies putting on the ‘Dubai stone’.
3. Sun, Sea and Sand
This is another pretty obvious one, but definitely one of the main draws for visitors.
With more than 300 days of sunshine per year and over 1,000km of coastline, you’re never too far away from getting your tan on.
4. The Palm Island
Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest artificial island, built between 2001 and 2006,
it’s home to multi-million dollar mega mansions and a host of 5 star luxury hotels, including the iconic Atlantis The Palm.
5. Take in the view from the tallest building on the planet
At nearly twice the height of New York’s Empire State building, the Burj Khalifa is pretty tall. 2,722 ft (828m) tall to be exact.
The 163 floor building is the tallest in the world by quite a margin.
6. It’s a shopper’s paradise
Home to the biggest mall in the world (the imaginatively titled Dubai Mall) and with high-end retail locations seemingly on every corner,
it’s no surprise that visitors come to Dubai from far and wide for a bit of retail therapy.
While many countries have January Sales after Christmas, Dubai has a month-long shopping festival with concerts and giveaways where shoppers can win cars and gold.
7. Visit the traditional Gold Souk
In stark contrast to some of the gigantic mega malls, you can take a more traditional approach by heading down to the Gold Souk,
an Arabian jewellery market located in the oldest part of the city. The souk has been a central area of
trade in Dubai since the 1940’s and it’s estimated that, at any one time, approximately 10 tons of gold is present in the souk.
8. Across Dubai Creek
While most people tend to picture huge skyscrapers and glitzy 5-Star hotels when they think of Dubai, just down the road,
you can swap the chaos of the modern metropolis for the hustle and bustle of the Creek, a hive of activity
since the pearl-fishing industry sprouted up in the 1930’s. You can cross the river in a traditional abra for only 20c.
I hope you will go and visit this epic city, fly their amazing airlines and have a great stay in their hotels.
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