The city of Dubai is the luxury destination for experiencing an exclusive holiday in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. From a simple outpost in the desert, Dubai has transformed over the years into a glitzy city full of attractions, characterized by ultra-modern architecture with spectacular skylines of iconic skyscrapers and imposing shopping malls, buzzing nightlife, golden beaches, luxury hotels and all kinds possible entertainment, including a ski slope in the middle of the desert.
Dubai seems to be the ideal place to indulge in an opulent lifestyle and activities designed specifically to attract and entertain the growing number of tourists who visit each year.
Also known as the “Golden City” , Dubai is a world benchmark in the field of technological innovation perfectly balanced with a past rich in history and ancient culture, mixed with great harmony.
Climb the Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world, go shopping in the ancient gold and spice souks of the old city or in the luxury boutiques of the huge shopping malls, immerse yourself in a huge tank at the Dubai Aquarium and the Underwater Zoo Dubai Dolphinarium.
Go on a cruise in a traditional boat, explore the desert in a 4×4 with dinner under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp, spend the day in theme parks, visit the Dubai Miracle Garden the largest garden flowery, enter some rich museums such as the Eithad or the Historical Museum, are just some of the endless experiences to be had in this unique city in the world. For this we have compiled a list of suggestions on the best things to do and see in Dubai.
At this link you will find the testimony of a six-day journey to discover Dubai.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT DUBAI?
Let’s start by saying that the best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months from November to March, when the pleasant and less hot climate than in the summer allows you to enjoy sightseeing throughout the day, especially during the holiday season. end of the year , when the whole city comes alive with glittering lights and celebrations.
Our journey to discover Dubai can only start from the top of one of its symbolic buildings, the legendary Dubai Burj Khalifa Tour, which with its 830 meters of height is the tallest building in the world. This architectural marvel attracts a large number of visitors who flock to the 124th and 125th floors where there are two observation decks over the city, while the panoramic terrace on the 148th floor is by far the most suggestive point from which to admire Dubai. The Burj Khalifa also houses a fountain inspired by Las Vegas, nine luxury hotels and numerous restaurants, placing itself as a true architectural marvel that well symbolizes the stylistic and technological progress of this country.
BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH
Equally iconic but “only” 321 meters tall is the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah , the skyscraper with the unmistakable sail shape that houses one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates, high-level restaurants with exposed glass floors , a huge aquarium, viewing terraces and even a helipad. Since its inauguration in 1999, this building has been a reference for architects from all over the world thanks to its artificial island erected on the Persian Gulf and its curved glass structure.
PALM JUMEIRA ARTIFICIAL ARCHIPELAGO
Jutting out into the Persian Gulf from south Dubai is another stunning example of engineering ingenuity, the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago a palm-shaped artificial island surrounded by crescent-shaped breakwaters. The largest man-made island in the world draws visitors to its lavish hotels, shopping malls and theme parks such as Aquaventure Waterpark and Lost Chambers Aquarium, as well as being the perfect place for a stroll along the boardwalk or relaxing on magnificent Jumeirah Beach Beach, a reference point for sun and surf lovers.
This long strip of white sand includes a series of both private and public beaches all served by excellent facilities equipped with every comfort and the possibility of practicing any water sport.
Also in the vast area of Jumeirah you can also visit the only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslim visitors with guided tours. Universally considered one of the most beautiful in the Emirate, it is made entirely of white stone which takes on enchanting shades at sunset.
SHOPPING IN DUBAI
Dubai is also synonymous with luxury shopping and no place like the Dubai Mall responds better to visitors’ expectations, so much so that it has become one of its most popular attractions. It is the largest shopping center in the world by area, developed on 4 levels containing about 1,300 shops, as well as restaurants, cinemas, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo which houses an infinite number of marine species in the huge tank suspended on the ground floor of the Mall, with an impressive underwater glass tunnel and the possibility of practicing all kinds of water activities up to cage diving to see the sharks up close.
From the Mall it is also possible to admire the shows of the Dubai Fountain which boasts the primacy of the largest choreographed water fountain in the world located in the beautiful Burj complex.
Shows of multiple fountains are scheduled every day with jets of water reaching 150 meters in height giving life to geometric shapes and actual dancing choreographies in perfect combination with an enthralling musical soundtrack. In addition, a new floating observation deck allows you to enjoy the show up close to make it even more memorable.
A different way to make special purchases is found in the Deira district on the northern bank of the Dubai Creek, where winding and crowded streets are full of the stalls of two traditional and particular markets: the gold souk and the spice one.
Arabic and Asian delicacies
Dubai’s Gold Souk has enjoyed international fame since the 1940s with hundreds of shops and stalls selling high-end gold and jewelery for a huge turnover, making it the largest gold bazaar in the world.
Stalls selling all manner of spices, herbs and Arabic and Asian delicacies characterize Dubai’s fun Spice Souk. Here, in addition to stalls of great charm that show and sell all the imaginable colorful and fragrant spices, there are also ancient flavors of Middle Eastern culture and handcrafted souvenirs typical of old Dubai.
Dubai’s massive Global Village is essentially an all-ages theme park, tourism, recreation and entertainment project that is very popular with visiting families with plenty of kid-friendly rides and attractions. The huge complex has various pavilions hosting events, concerts, restaurants and attractions from around the world.
If the unique landscape of Dubai seems to come out of a postcard then we might as well try to see it from within a special frame, that of the Dubai Frame, the largest frame structure in the world which holds together the old and new soul of the city.
This gigantic glittering golden frame is 150 meters high and is equipped with panoramic glass elevators that transport guests to the top, where they can walk on a transparent glass walkway along the entire 90 meters width from which to admire the architectural wonders of Dubai.
AL FAHIDI HISTORIC DISTRICT AND OTHER AREAS TO VISIT
Among the most interesting areas to visit in Dubai is the ancient historic district of Al Fahidi, a picturesque area that offers a vision of what the city once was, with traditional buildings in stone, palm wood, plaster that they dot winding alleyways, still sheltered from the swirling chaos of the rest of the city.