Dubai’s Wonders to Behold

Dubai’s Wonders to Behold

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Dubai is one of those towns that interest a visitor. This is because it has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and Persian Gulf region. It is also a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events like the Rugby Sevens. The city has become known of its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings like the Burj Khalifa and the development projects like the man-made islands, hotels and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world.

10. Gold souk and Global Village

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Gold souk and Global Village is position 10. This is where large variety of gold sold at truly amazing prices. There are more than 300 jewelers situated in the strip and in the afternoon and early evening the streets are alive with people who have come from all over the world to visit the city of gold. Haggling is a tradition here so one should haggle before buying. You have to take your time as you check the right time to begin. The Gold Souk is a tourist attraction and receives further aggressive promotion during the shopping festival, when tourists thrive to strip. Dubai is congested and getting to those attractions can sometimes be a nightmare because of the jam. So, if one wants to visit these places then, you have to inquire from your hotel when to travel and the best route.

9. Creek

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Creek is position 9. This is a salt water creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. History has it that the creek divided the city into two main sections- Deira and Bur Dubai. The creek has made fishing to prosper because of its warm and shallow waters. Dhows were also built on the foreshore of the creek and used for the purpose of fishing. The creek was an advantage because larger vessels were allowed to transit as well as to facilitate loading and unloading activities. There are remarkable buildings alongside the Deira side of the Creek: the Deira Twin Towers, Dubai Creek Tower, Sheraton Dubai Creek, National Bank and Chamber of Commerce. The initial inlet into the mainland Dubai is along the Deira Corniche and Al Ras areas of eastern Dubai and along the Al Shindagha area of western Dubai.

8. Beaches

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Beaches is position 8. Dubai has a long and scenic coastline dotted with clean and beautiful white sandy beaches. The Beaches are an exciting holiday destination because of their soft sand, warm and crystal clear blue water all the year round. Beaches and beach parks in Dubai offer a good environment for relaxing, sun bathing and walking or indulging in a range of beach and water sports activities such as playing beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, sailing, kite surfing, paragliding and water skiing. The public beaches in Dubai are: Jumeirah, Al mazmar, Beach Park, Jebel Ali Beach and the Kite beach

7. Parks/Miracle Garden

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Parks/Miracle Garden is position 7. This is the most beautiful and biggest natural flower garden in the world. The garden has a variety of colors. Apart from that there is a long perimeter wall and four kilometers of pathways decked with bright flowers that glow in the midday sun and still stand out at twilight. This Park was launched on Valentine’s Day. Decked with flowers on the ground and hanging from arches, the garden contains up to 45 million flowers. It is currently batting for a Guinness Record for the world’s longest flower wall with a one-km circumference. This garden operates seasonally like this year 2014, it was opened in January and it will run until May 2014 when it will close again for the summer. Visiting times are: weekdays from 9 am to 9 pm and between 9am and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Entry is Dhs. 20 per person or children under three go free. The garden is found at Arjan Park in the North West corner of the intersection of Umm Suqeim and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed roads.

6. Burj Khalifa

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Burj Khalifa is position 6. It is the tallest man-made structure in the world at 829.8m (2,722 ft). The construction began on 21 September 2004 with the exterior of the structure completed on 1st October 2009. It was officially opened on 4th January 2010. Burj Khalifa lifts the world’s head proudly skywards, surpassing limits and expectations. Rising gracefully from the desert and honoring Dubai with a new glow. Burj Khalifa is at the heart of Dubai and its people; the centre for the world’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment and home for the world’s elite. This skyscraper is a proof of Dubai’s role in the changing world. It is a source of inspiration to the people of Dubai. The success of Burj Khalifa is not based on oil reserves but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.

5. Atlantis Hotel

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Atlantis Hotel is position 5. This resort is situated on 113 acres and is an architectural wonder and one of Dubai’s newest landmarks. It offers a prime location on the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah known as the 8th Wonder of the world. The resort features “Aquaventure”- a 42 acre water park with the “Zigguret” Centerpiece that touts a 27.5 metre-vertical drop, “The Lost Chambers”- where you can journey through a labyrinth of chambers to experience its fascinating underwater world with over 65,000 fish, the 11-acre “Dolphin Bay” with its innovative Dolphin Education Centre and the “Ambassador Lagoon” with 100’s of species of marine life. The Spa and Fitness Center offers treatments from all over the world. Its private beach offers windsurfing and kayaking. They have up-scale boutiques in “The Avenues” where one can shop from. The Hotel also offers educational programs for families and convenience to many of Dubai’s other tourist attractions.

4. Amusement parks

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Amusement park is position 4. These parks offer a wide range of recreational and entertainment facilities to visitors. They provide ideal environment to spend and enjoy your leisure time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The famous amusement parks in Dubai are: Atlantis Marine & Water Park, Ski Dubai, Modhesh World, Wild Wadi Water Park, Dreamland Aqua Park, Wonderland Water & Theme Park and Al-Nasr Leisureland. The Children’s City is a complete entertainment package that is a must see. It caters for children between two and fifteen years old and emphasizes the educational aspect of entertainment. For one to enjoy, ensure that you go on days that are not crowed, avoid weekends.

3. Palm Jumeirah

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Palm Jumeiah is position 3. This is an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation. It was designed and developed by HHCP architects. It is one of the three planned islands called the Palm Islands. Palm Jumeirah is the shape of a palm tree. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long breakwater. Some parts have been finished but construction is still going on. The construction sites are many and very interesting to see. The branches of the Palm cannot be entered as they are guarded by security but one can drive through the tunnel to the new huge Atlantis hotel and to the top of the Palm.

2. Desert Safari

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Desert Safari is position 2. This is one safari that you should not miss. It is highly recommended. The tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a Carmel farm. The drive continues across the desert. You can stop and watch the beautiful sunset before reaching your campsite where you have the opportunity to do a Carmel ride, sand board and try out a henna design on hand or feet. You also enjoy delicious barbecue dinner and shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). Belly Dancers are also there to entertain guests.

1. Malls of Dubai

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In the exciting top places to visit in Dubai, Malls of Dubai is position 1. This is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area and thirteenth largest by gross leasable area. It has 1,200 shops. You can access the mall via Doha Street rebuild as a double-decker road in April 2009. It is a fashion brand in the world. It is adorned with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue which is recognized as the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof anywhere in the world. The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue comprises of high and mid-fashion retails outlets that pay homage to haute couture and some of the finest designer brands in Dubai.



Laura

Part of the womstreet editing team, Laura is from the UK and has keen interests in Business, entertainment, home, design and culture.