Dubai is one the jewels within the seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is halfway to the Arabian Peninsula at the southeastern end of the Persian Gulf. Contrary to popular belief, its wealth today does not come primarily from oil, but also from real estate and financial transactions, which are helping to make it one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East.
This city is astonishing and any excuse is good to go there, offering the best amusements for all ages. Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world and also a great place to learn more about the culture of the Arab world.
Where to stay in Dubai
Dubai is a really extensive city, and there is not an area that can be considered as the “center” of the city. With this in mind, there are 4 main areas to stay in:
• Downtown Dubai: The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai Fountain, and the Dubai Mall make this area the liveliest area of Dubai. It is the best place to stay.
• Deira and Bur Dubai: these are the oldest areas. Therefore it has the cheapest hotels. Within walking distance are the shopping malls and Dubai Creek, a lively area, although it does not reflect the real splendor of the city.
• Dubai Marina: it is one of the newest areas of Dubai. It is very pleasant for strolling and dining. Could work as an alternative for Downtown Dubai.
• Jumeirah Beach: If the purpose of the trip is rest and you want to stay near the beach, this is the best option. Here you will find the Burj Al Arab, the best hotel in the world.
What to visit in Dubai
• Burj al Arab Hotel: the hotels in Dubai attend to business and leisure travelers but maintain very high standards of luxury. This impressive building is a 7-star hotel with luxurious duplex suites, six award-winning restaurants, and a beautiful spa.
• Mall Battuta: Shopping in this city is a unique experience that you must live at least once. If you want to experience as visiting seven countries in one day, visit the Batutta Mall. This places will guide you through China, Egypt, Tunisia and more with the different theme wings that each country offers.
• Gold Market: another extravagant experience that you can live in Dubai is going to a gold market, which is located in Bur Dubai. There are hundreds of stores that sell items from white gold to pink gold. Gold regulations are very strict in Dubai so you can be sure that it is for real. Import duties are low, and gold is tax-free in the city, this is in fact, one of the best places to buy gold because of the lower prices.
Activities to do in Dubai
• Safari in the desert: the safari is a ride on a four-wheel drive vehicle through the desert and ends in a dinner that offers camping, shisha (a typical Arabian water pipe of different flavors), the opportunity to dress in authentic Arab clothes, riding a camel and henna tattoos. You can try the sand board during the tour.
• Skiing: Winter sports are perhaps the last thing you could expect in the middle of the desert. In this city, everything is absolutely possible. Ski Dubai is the largest covered ski resort in the world and has snow all year round. It has five ski slopes that vary in difficulty. There are ski slopes for beginners too. Ski equipment is available for your use.
• Take a cruise ship: You can take cruises that offer on board dinners and sail daily along the Dubai Creek with bright city lights in sight. Dinner is usually buffet style and includes unlimited water, soft drinks, and coffee, but alcoholic beverages can be purchased at an additional cost.