If you are looking for luxury and an over-the-top vacation experience, then consider Dubai your destination of choice. Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and is the most populous city in the country. It has also become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Here are some of the must-see sites in this opulent city:
Burj Khalifa. As the tallest building in the world, no trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to Burj Khalifa. Just to give you some perspective, this 828 meter tall building is three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and twice as tall as the Empire State Building. It also holds the records for the tallest free-standing building in the world, the highest number of stories in the world, the highest occupied floor in the world, the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, and the tallest service elevator in the world. It truly is a must-see, particularly for the view from the observation deck.
Palm Jumeirah. Another architectural wonder in Dubai is Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. It’s home to many luxury resorts and dining opportunities. Located on the island, The Pointe is the retail and entertainment destination in Dubai, with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Dubai’s Desert. Even in the midst of all the opulence and “moderness” of the city, Dubai’s original tourist attraction was its desert. Located 20 minutes outside the city, there is much to do and explore. Take a desert safari with off-road biking, sand surfing, and camel rides. Or visit the Al Marmoom Bedouin Experience to get a first-hand look at the Bedouin culture.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. If you want to understand the history of Dubai, take a trip to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood where you’ll discover what Dubai was like in the mid-19th century. This district is a key heritage site, with its traditional towers, winding alley-ways and cultural activities and museums to explore. Don’t miss the Coins Museum which houses rare coins from the British Empire, India and surrounding countries before their independence.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah. If you need some retail therapy, head on over to the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, where you’ll get a taste of an authentic Arabian souk – or marketplace – combined with modern technology. You’ll find traditional shops offering souvenirs, sample the local cuisine and more. As is customary – don’t forget to haggle with the vendors to get the best deal!
There is so much more to do in Dubai – from the largest indoor amusement park at IMG Worlds of Adventure to the Jumeirah Mosque and the graceful silhouette of the Burj Al Arab – your trip will be unforgettable. Luxury Destinations Concierge is here to help you start planning your Dubai vacation today. Give us a call at (805) 236-4437.
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