Dubai is the ‘United Arab Emirates’ perfect holiday destination. This country of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert station to a destination du-jour, where tourists flock for sunshine, and family fun. Dubai is well-known for sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), museum and shopping malls that come complete with huge aquariums and indoor ski slopes.
But this country has many cultural highlights and things to do and all the glamorous modern add-ons. It is perfect family travel destination. Take a wander around the Bastakia district, and you’ll find the Dubai of old, then cruise along Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow, and you’ll soon understand there’s more to this city than its flashy veneer.
Dubai’s attraction building is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the famed of the city’s points of interest. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s-eye viewpoint are simply amazing. The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on Dubai as well as the building of the Burj Khalifa. Nighttime visits are mainly popular with photographers due to Dubai’s famous city-lights panoramas. Back on the ground, covering around the Burj Khalifa, are the building’s beautifully designed gardens, with winding pathways.
Dubai Mall is the city’s premier mall and luxury destination in Dubai which provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also gaming zone, an ice-skating rink and cinema complex. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always unique events like live music and fashion shows within the mall. This mall is the most famous of its annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.
Dubai’s admirable museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort’s walls are built out of conventional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from mud, palm fronds and plaster. In its history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, garrison, a seat of government and prison. The courtyard is home to numerous traditional boats and a palm-leaf house.
Bastakia (Old Dubai)
The Bastakia Quarter was built in the 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mostly in pearls and textiles, and were lured to Dubai as of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek. Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning – the wind attentive in the towers was funneled down into the houses.
Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958. His previous residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a well example of Arabian architecture.