In the desert of the United Arab Emirates lies one of the most opulent tourist destinations on the planet - the city of Dubai.The pint size emirates of Dubai has risen from the desert floor in a never ending quest for the world biggest ,brightest and the costliest Urban amenities. Under the leadership of the visionary Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum,its prime minister.It has become the region's leading cultural,commercial and leisure destination seemingly overnight.But beyond the sleek towers and Jetson like modernity, Dubai's historic core still resonates with surprisingly Arabic Authenticity. Experience it firsthand at the Dubai Museum,housed in the 1787 Al-fahidi Fort, One of the city's oldest buildings. The Museum's interactive installations explain in fascinating detail the story behind the city's meteoric transformation.
If you believe in man made wonders then you definitely don't want to miss the the seven-star properties, the world's tallest tower, manmade islands, underwater hotels and lot more that Dubai has in stores for you.Over the last few years, Dubai has witnessed massive industrial growth to become one of the most popular playgrounds of the rich and famous. the Dubai skyline is an impressive display of architecture against a backdrop of some of nature's most stunning displays. However, scenic backdrops and mile-high skyscrapers are only a fraction of Dubai's appeal.
Here are the top 5 things to do in Dubai:-
1.The Beaches - Dubai is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world.The posher beach hotels have partitioned off the majority of the sand, so if you're not staying on the Jumeirah beach strip, your best bet is Al Mamzar, a public beach near the neighboring emirate of Sharjah.With their pure white sandy shores and waters the deepest of blues, lounging around on the beach all day is an activity that will never get old on your relaxing vacation.
2.Desert ride - Take a special SUV out on to the sand dunes (with an experienced driver, of course) and go for wheeling.These tours are incredibly popular, but your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for being thrown around the sand in a Jeep,touristy BBQs in the desert replete with a belly dancer and henna painting services and also the crowd around - lots of other tourists.
3.Burj Al Arab- An elegant sail-shaped hotel perched on its own private island in the emerald Persian gulf. the seven star resort may be beyond most budgets ,but come for a look through visits for non guests aren't fee and even a table for tea in the hotels's 27th floor sky bar will cost .It's the world's tallest hotel, and probably its least subtle — gold-leaf is applied as liberally as undercoat, there's a fleet of white Rolls Royces on the forecourt and dancing fountains in the foyer, and fireworks launch from the bridge to announce the arrival of VVIPs .Al Mahara is an expensive fish restaurant with an aquarium larger than most people's apartments; and Sahn Eddar serves afternoon tea.The only way to get inside without paying for a room is to book a table at one of these hotel's costly eateries.
4.Shopping - If you've shopped in New York or Paris, Dubai's malls will be a disappointment. Most of the shops are familiar and no cheaper.Shopping centers and malls are scattered around Dubai so you're never far away from a shopping experience. Some of the luxury malls include the Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center. But there is one more mall that you wouldn't want to miss, this mall has to be seen to be believed. It is simply huge, with something for everyone inside.In The Dubai Mall, shopping and eating are almost a side attraction. With a 22-screen cinema; an indoor theme park, called Sega World; a world for children, called Kidzania; a giant Aquarium with an underwater zoo; and a full-sized ice rink you, will want for little. Just be sure to be wearing comfortable shoes.
5.Dubai creek and the gold Souk - Dubai creek is the city original thorughfare,and the best way to experience it is with an evening cruise aboard a traditional dhow.Hop on an abra(a water taxi) to reach Dubai's celebrated souks in the Deira district : follow the smell of saffron,chiles and frankincense to the spice souk,but save your money for the gold souk,Dubai's - and one of the gulf's largest and most famous.The long promenade lined with hundreds of tiny gold shops,offering finished pieces as well as raw metal,is a regulated market and an international center of gold trade
When to visit ?
Summer (May to September) is quite hot and can reach up to 48C with high humidity levels reaching 90 percent. Although the temperature is high, all buildings are air-conditioned and outside can be comfortable outside the middle of the day. This period offers the best value for money. October to April, during which the temperature hovers around a more comfortable 25C mark, would be the ideal time to visit this fascinating place.