Places To Discover
In recent years, Dubai has emerged as a dynamic global trading and cultural hub, owing to its strong international trade links and strategic geographic location. Besides, its cosmopolitan nature and kaleidoscope of attractions has revolutionized Dubai into one of the region’s favorite getaways.
Dubai is filled with the biggest, the tallest and the simply breathtaking. Here is a list of the top must-see and must-do things for every vacationer.
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At The Top
At the Top is an observation deck on level 124 of the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, from where you can experience a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city of Dubai and beyond.
An indoor dolphinarium located inside the creek park showcasing live shows with dolphins, seals and other marine animals.
Dubai Museum, situated in Al Fahidi Fort, was built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The life size dioramas and the artifacts on display give a peek into the early settlements in the country, before the discovery of oil.
Global village is an annual festival that offers visitors an array of fireworks, live shows, world cuisine, fun rides and shopping, with around 40 countries representing their wares in different pavilions.
The Gold Souk is a traditional bazaar located in the commercial district of Deira. With a dazzling display of gold and jewelry, Dubai Gold Souk is the ultimate shopping destination for jewelry lovers.
The palm tree shaped Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira are all artificial islands in Dubai. While Palm Jumeirah houses many hotels, commercial and residential properties, Palm Jebel Ali and palm Deira are in various stages of development.
The climate of Dubai is mostly warm and sunny. The winter is short with an average daytime temperature of 25 °C. Rainfall is infrequent, falling only during the winter months between December and March.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken and most shops, hotels and commercial businesses deal with their clients in English.
Car hire companies are aplenty in Dubai. Driving is perhaps the best means of exploring the city if you have your passport and a valid international driving license or a temporary local license for car rental.
Bus The highly structured public bus transport system in Dubai is managed by the RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) and provides a relatively cheap mode of getting around. The payment is made through RTA’s Nol Card.
Taxi The taxi service in Dubai is quite extensive, licensed by the RTA and operated both by the government and privately owned companies. You have the option to choose from standard taxi, airport taxi, ladies taxi and more. For booking and information, contact Dubai Taxi on +971 04 2080808.
Metro Dubai Metro is one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world featuring fully automated trains. It currently operates in two lines – Red line and Green line – and covers all major residential and commercial areas of the city.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail The Palm Jumeirah monorail is an automatic train that connects The Palm to the mainland. It operates from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week.
Walking Even though the summer temperatures don’t allow for much exploration on foot, walking is the best way to explore the traditional souks and museums in old Dubai as well as several other places in the city.
Abra, Water Bus & Water Taxi Abras are traditional wooden boats that ferry passengers across the Dubai Creek. They run every few minutes and have a nominal fare of AED1 per trip.Water Taxis are luxurious boats for private hiring and operate from all Water Taxi stations across the Dubai waterways.