السياحة | دليل مدينة دبي - بيت.كوم
Ostentatious in nature, Dubai is a city with an intense pulse. Those living or working in Dubai, would know it is the most popular tourist destination in the UAE, known for its fascinating architecture and myriad of shopping malls. Let’s not forget the world famous ‘Dubai Shopping Festival’, the city offers an array of flamboyant hotels, fine dining, hip clubs, and sporting events while maintaining a tapestry of culture and tradition. Put simply, it lives large.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your journey through a city like none other in the world:
Burj al-Arab hotel:
You may have seen it on one of your favourite travel shows or seen it featured in the news but this is truly your chance to see how the “other half” lives. Before you do though, make a reservation to visit the opulent and unique 7 star hotel for afternoon tea or cocktails. Situated on its own artificial island off Jumeirah beach, this is one to brag to your friends about.
Expecting to pass 800m before completion in late 2009, the not to be missed sky scraper is now officially the tallest man-made structure ever built even surpassing the famous Taipei 101 in Taiwan. No need for directions. Just look up and you’ll find your way.
With a hop-on, hop-off policy and tickets valid for 24 hours, the Big Bus Tour is a relaxing way to see all the major cites in Dubai while getting you oriented for where you want to return to for a more in depth visit. Go to www.bigbustours.com/eng/dubai for more information.
Mall of the Emirates:
Where else on earth can you go shopping, skiing and snow boarding in the same place? Found on Sheikh Zayed Road, Mall of the Emirates is more than just a mall. It’s the place for Emirati’s and visitors to be for family style fun and a whole lot of retail therapy. Not to worry, if the hundreds of shops at Mall of the Emirates isn’t enough for you, there are plenty more mega malls in Dubai to choose from. Shops generally open at 10am and stay open to 10pm and on weekends to 12am. On Fridays, most open at 2pm but the Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Batuta Malls stick with their regular hours.
If a more traditional Arabian style souk is what you’re in the mood for, go for a stroll through the bazaar-like atmosphere taking in all the wares spilling into the pathway from the open-front shops. Round out the night with dinner at one of their dozens of restaurants.
As old as Dubai itself, the gold souk is a dizzying experience. Another one to check off your list, make your way down to marvel at the detailed craftsmanship shining in the windows tempting you to take home a trinket. Do your homework first and go there knowing the current gold prices and be ready to bargain. If your heart is set on taking something shiny home with you but you’re intimidated by the negotiations, try eavesdropping on locals or other visitors making a purchase to get the hang of it. Most of all be ready for an entertaining evening.
Whether you’re looking for a full-on overnight adventure complete with sleeping under the stars in the desert or just a day trip, desert safaris are also a ‘must do’. Buckle your seat-belt and hang on because you’re in for the ride of your life over an amazingly beautiful landscape. Finish it off with a traditional Bedouin style meal complete with traditional music and dancing after you watch the sun go down.