Dubai

The city of gold AKA Dubai is a truly international country and one of the seven Emirates in UAE. Dubai is among the handful of countries in Asia that have developed in line with western technology but retained their Eastern sensibility.The people of Dubai have converted desert into a modern-day Oasis. It boasts of some of the most spectacular buildings and skyscrapers. The country is home to many famous luxury hotels such as the Atlantis Palm, where guests can stay in an underwater room, enjoy an indoor theme park and a shopping mall.

And speaking of malls, Dubai is perhaps most famous for its annual shopping festival, which certainly does not disappoint! The festival is held each year in January, also the busiest tourist time of the year.  The vast and magnificent malls offer great discounts on every brand there is. The best part is the international brand launch their collections in Dubai simultaneously to their home country releases. So, you will have no trouble keeping up with the latest fashion and trends.

But if you hate shopping or need a distraction, you can enjoy many indoor attractions such as giant aquariums, artificial snow areas, gaming area, museums to name a few. The population of Dubai is very diverse and is strongly reflected in its culture, food and day to day things. In addition to Dubai sightseeing, food and shopping, you can enjoy many unique experiences in Dubai like a thrilling desert safari which ends with a scrumptious meal followed by a scintillating belly dance performance right in the dessert. You could rent your favourite luxury car which you always dreamt of driving and take it for a spin on the amazing Dubai roads.

Top Attractions in Dubai

 

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Dubai Shopping Festival

Most holidays begin with packing your bags — not this one. When you’re visiting the world’s biggest retail extravaganza, you’ve got to travel light. After all, you’re going to have your hands full on your way back. So take those empty suitcases and make your way to the 24th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival.  After over two decades of enticing and satisfying millions of shoppers from across the world, DSF 2020 promises to be bigger and better than ever. With discounts and deals as explosive as the firework displays, a carnival atmosphere that sweeps across the entire country, spectacular live events curated to make every traveller happy and a host of other brilliant moments between all the main action.  There’s a lot to take in — even for the most accomplished shopper. So to give yourself the best experience of the festival, read on and discover all the handy details compiled for your convenience.

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Legoland Dubai

Being an integral part of every person’s childhood in the form of playing blocks, Legoland is a dream fantasy come true. Situated in Dubai Parks and Resort and spread over 14 hectares’ area, it features over 40 rides and attractions and 15,000 LEGO model structures made from over 20 million LEGO bricks. A true adventure for families with children from 2-12. LEGOLAND is segregated into 6 themed lands – LEGO City, Kingdoms, Imagination, Adventure, Miniland, and Factory – each distinctive and entertaining. Apart from this, there is also a dedicated LEGO Waterpark. A fun city with flying school, driving school, and boating school, every kid has the opportunity to learn and apply their skills to fly a plane, drive an electric car and steer the boat while officially earning a LEGOLAND driving license. 

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Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark is an exciting award-winning waterpark located in the iconic Atlantis Hotel at the marvelous Palm Jumeirah Islands. Named as the Middle East’s Leading Waterpark 2016, it is spread over 17 hectares of area. Keeping youngsters in mind, Aquaventure also has a fun Splasher’s Play area for little kids to go wild in water with water cannons, 7 waterslides and climbing frames making it an absolute treat for kids. Embark on a unique and unforgettable adventure on a shark safari for an up close and personal encounter with 14 different species of sharks. An electrifying underwater experience, dive into the shark lagoon, a marine ecosystem in the heart of Aquaventure and traverse in a world surrounded by sharks, rays and diverse species of fish in a safe and controlled environment wearing a shark helmet that allows you to breathe and walk.

 

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Etihad Museum

A contemporary 21st-century museum, it chronicles the founding and history of Emirates through photos, documentaries, personal artifacts and interactive pavilions. Located adjacent to the historic Union House, it is the exact place where the founding fathers of the seven emirates got together and signed the declaration forming the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Spread over 25,000sq. meter the beautiful architecture is inspired by and reminiscent of the constitution manuscript. The parabolic roof represents the parchment upon which the constitution was written and the golden seven columns in the entrance hall symbolizing the pens used to sign the agreement. An expansive white marbled plaza links the building with the Union House and the recreated guest house where the rulers stayed during the negotiations.

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Dubai Garden Glow

Located in Zabeel Park, Dubai Garden Glow is the world’s first unique themed garden and is made up of three iconic zones – Glow Park, Dinosaur Park and Ice Park. The park features dazzling installations and sculptures created by artists from around the globe which illuminate vividly in the dark using over 10 million energy-saving light bulbs and yards of recycled luminous fabrics. The underlying theme of Glow Park is energy conservation, recycling, and wildlife protection. The park exhibits wonders of the world, a tribute to nature and underwater wonderland.  Some of the installations includes Happiness Street, Tunnels, Magical Nights, Water Set, Colorful World, Happy Forest, Dinosaur Park, Ice Park.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - APRIL 13:  General view of Burj Khalifa on April 13, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Burj Khalifa

At the Top is an outdoor observation deck perched on level 124 of the iconic Burj Khalifa – the tallest structure on the planet, situated in Dubai, UAE. Inaugurated in 2010, Burj Khalifa stands 828m tall with the observation deck situated at 452m above ground level. The elevator from the reception takes the guest to the level at an astonishing speed of 10m per second. The floor to ceiling glass walls provides a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the city. One can enjoy the scenic beauty walking the perimeter during the day or night time with unique telescopes featuring a device that allows you to experience the view in real time, past and future. The outdoor observation terrace offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the Dubai skyline.

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Palm Island

No trip to Dubai is ever complete without a stop at the Palm Islands. The Palm Islands consist of three artificial islands: Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali. As of now, only the Palm Jumeirah has been completed and the remaining two are still under construction. This man-made wonder has residential areas, clubs, amusement parks, hotels, resorts and of course, the beach. You will need to take the monorail from the city of Dubai to reach the Palm Jumeirah. There are so many things to do here. Check out the at the Atlantis The Palm where there is a Lost Chamber Aquarium, take some windsurfing lessons, Kayak on the calm waters. One of the best things to do here is skydive, where you get the birds eye view of the Palm Islands. 

Best time to visit Dubai

 

The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which makes the city come alive.