Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It was established in the late 1950’s to serve a tiny coastal settlement. Today, Dubai is a modern metropolis with a population of over 700,000. It is known internationally as a premier tourist destination.
Dubai has something for everyone, from vacationers seeking a relaxing break away from the pressures of work, to active tourists looking for a new, exciting experience. The emirate is an international conference, exhibition, and leisure travel destination.
The Burj Dubai
Dubai is regularly referred to as the City of Gold, Dubai Gold Market or Souk. Souk translates into a traditional market in Arabic. The souk is set in the center of eastern Dubai’s commercial business district, and has a lot to provide like earrings, bracelets, pendants, rings, and necklaces. Just a fact- at any given time, over 25 tons of gold is showcased at the Gold Souk. There are narrow lanes, streets and buildings full of gold and diamonds in this area and individuals from all over the world trade almost exclusively in jewellery.
Dubai is the Shopping Capital of the Middle East. You can explore everything from modern shopping malls to traditional souks to markets. As a result of Dubai’s low custom duties, goods purchased in Dubai may be less expensive than goods purchased in other countries. For great shopping experiences, try to visit Bur Juman Centre and Al Ghurair Centre. The largest mall in the Middle East, and comprises about 2,400,000 sq feet of shopping space, gaming area, movie theatres, art gallery, and mouth watering cuisines from all around the world. Its biggest claim to fame is the indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai.
Dubai Festival City, known as the World Class Waterfront Lifestyle Resort is one more not to be missed destination. It comprises shopping, dining, entertainment, homes, schools, hotels, and offices in one place. This sub area of Dubai City gives a good microcosm of what Dubai entertainment is all about! Spread along the Dubai creek, it gives a feel of the river walk in San Antonio, only a much cleaner and nicer version, and then there is the ever-popular.
Desert Dune Driving
Dubai has a seemingly endless variety of unique vacation opportunities! Some of the highlights are desert safaris, dune driving; exploring wadis (dry river beds) in four-wheel-drive vehicles; sand-skiing; moonlit Arabian desert barbecues, camel racing, horse racing and falconry; cruises in wooden dhow on Dubai Creek or into the Gulf; exploration of the old city souks (markets) and creekside dhow quays.
Dubai’s Bars and clubs stay open until 3 am and are located all across the city in big touristy hotels. The dress codes are typically relaxed and big name DJ’s are quite popular in Dubai, inspite of the fact that some don’t permit jeans, sandals, or trainers. Dubai nightlife is a big piece of the complete Dubai entertainment package!
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
For a more mellow night out, you can unwind at a coffee shop by the waterfront and smoke a smooth flavoured tobacco from a shisha (hookah) pipe. Most coffee shops and restaurants stay open till midnight or later, especially on the weekends. Or you could invariably kick back home and entertain yourself with amazing Dubai TV viewing.
Photographic possibilities include traditional architecture, majestic mosques, magnificent palaces, camel and goat herds, ancient wind-towers, dusty Bedouin villages, lush oases and palm groves, and dramatic sunsets.
Orient Dubai Palace Mosque
Last but certainly not the least, Dubai restaurants incorporate flavors from all across the globe. From road side shawarmas (Middle Eastern style sandwich) and cocktail juices, to delicious foods in fascinating hotels, no food junkie can leave this city disappointed. If you love food, Dubai City is the place for you!
Atlantis The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
The best time of the year to visit Dubai is between November and April, when the weather is coolest. Ramadan, which takes place at a different time each year on the western calendar, is the Muslim month of fasting and is strictly adhered to throughout the UAE. That means that it’s illegal, not to mention rude, to eat, drink or smoke in public from sunrise to sunset during your stay While Dubai’s official language is Arabic, many people speak English, particularly those who are in business or commerce.