By Karan Arora
In the middle of the desert, Dubai is a haven with luxury and lavishness all around. From the finest hotels to world class restaurants, Dubai is behind no one when it comes to modern technology and infrastructure. The shopping centers in Dubai are one of the best with every famous brand representing their most amazing collection at all times. Not only is Dubai famous for its hotels and restaurants, the landmarks all around the city are sight to see. The mix of architecture and modern technology is what makes this city so unique. And when it comes to theme parks, Dubai is as awesome as it gets. The Global Village represents countries from all over the world and holds performances from the most famous artists all over the world. The pavilions are the best way to educate yourself on different cultures and yes you literally get to try foods from all over the world. The IMG World of Adventures has 5 different zones with 5 different themes which are, Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure, Haunted Hotel and IMG Boulevard, which basically means that there is something for everyone here. And for Ferrari lovers all around the globe, Ferrari World is the perfect place to be, with the world’s fastest roller coaster, the rides here are literally quite amazing. Whether you like to bask in luxury or you like bone chilling adventures, you would find it all in Dubai. Make sure your trip to Dubai is long because there is so much to see and so much more to do that just a few days would not be enough to explore this marvelous city. And if you are not sure where to get started, here is a list of 7 places in Dubai that you must explore to have a wonderful experience.
- Desert Safari
Whether you go for a morning desert safari in Dubai, the sun behind the dunes is bound to give you a fantastic view. In a desert safari you get a tour in an SUV for about 30 minutes. And those 30 minutes are as fun and exciting as you can imagine. Sand skiing is also a great option to have fun when you are in the desert. Stay for a night in a camp to see how cool it gets after the sun goes down and make the most of your trip to the great Arabian desert.
- Burj Khalifa
With a total height of 2,722 ft, Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure and building in the world since its inauguration in 2010. This building gave Dubai international recognition and people realized that it is more than just an oil based economy. Named after the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the United Arab Emirates, this building has broken numerous height records. It is one of the main attractions in Dubai and is popular all over the world. Many movie scenes have been recorded here and the lights on the building put on a great show in the evening.
If you are ready for some thrilling adventures, you have come to the absolute right place. Dubai is where the fun gets seriously fun. With the most breathtaking views of Palm Jumeirah and Dubai’s skyscrapers, Zipline Dubai is one of the most famous zip lines all over the world. From registering at the booth to your zip line ride, the entire experience takes about 90 minutes. So get ready to fly over Dubai with nothing but a wire attached to your back and feel like an eagle. The zip line is strong and the safety is taken very seriously, so you know, you are in good hands.
- Bur Dubai
Home to several mosques, including the grand mosque with the city’s tallest minaret, Bur Dubai is a district of Dubai, located on the western side of Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai is a historic town and it has the country’s only Hindu temple. It is also home to the famous Iranian mosque with blue tiles. In 2013, Dubai creek was extended back to the sea turning Bur Dubai into an island until 2016. It is a popular place to live with several apartment buildings around the district and is definitely worth a visit.
- Dubai Marina
Inspired by Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Dubai Marina is a city stretched 3 kilometers along the Persian Gulf. It is different as it is an artificial canal city, so it is an interesting site and another great example of what Dubai can do. The United Arab Emirates has made cities so advanced and life so modern from basically nothing. Rising from the sands are these amazing cities with each holding something surprisingly unique. And so is the case of Dubai Marina and as it is connected to the open sea, sometimes whales and sharks also end up entering the canals which is a sight to see.
- Dubai Frame
One of the most famous landmarks in the city, Dubai Frame stands 493 ft high and 313 ft wide. It takes you from Dubai’s past to what it looks like in the present to what it holds in store for the future. It represents the past and future in such a way that you may believe you are actually there. Talk about time travel. The most interesting part of the Dubai Frame is the skyline, at such a height, you get a wonderful view of the city but the amazing part is that the floor turns transparent as soon as you step on it, so for the brave ones, you feel like walking in the clouds. Do not forget to visit the biggest picture frame in the world.
- Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall is full of wonders, with its one of a kind cinema and interesting themed cafes, you can spend your whole day marveling at the beauty of this place. One of the most amazing attractions of this mall is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, which houses more than 300 species of marine life including sharks and rays. One of the biggest aquarium tanks in the world, Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo is situated on three floors. The tunnel under the aquarium provides an amazing view of the tank from beneath where you feel like you are part of the amazing sea world and if you really want to be the one with the fishes, the aquarium hosts a lot of different opportunities for you to get inside the tank and lets you take a better and closer look at the life in the sea.