The many wonders of the Arabian Nights are waiting for you: discover Dubai, the modern metropolis of the Middle East! You will find everything here for a vacation to remember: nice weather, golden sandy beaches, mighty skyscrapers, spicy food and unique culture. Dubai is definitely larger than life!
When travelling to Dubai you must start your journey at the top quite literally, and visit the world’s tallest building, the huge Burj Khalifa. The magnificent view from the top of the iconic skyscraper is really something to see with your own eyes! While you are there make a stop at the Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest international shopping paradise with the most famous brands on the planet. If you are looking for something more traditional, then discover the so-called souks, where you can find fine spices, perfumes, jewellery and many other local goods.
For that breezy feeling you must check out the ultra-modern Dubai Marina, where the golden sea coast meets impressive contemporary architecture. You can find many fantastic free beaches nearby, so you can also get active and try several water sports. If you had enough of the water, then you can also sign up for a real adventure in the desert!
Dubai is all about glamour and living life to the fullest, so you must have a taste of the local Arabian culinary delights. From traditional coffee to amazing desserts and exotic fruits it is all about the taste! Everything about this dreamy metropolis will make you feel royal.
The Burj Khalifa is 829.8 m high and the tallest building in the world. At the official opening it hasn't held the award of the highest outdoor observation deck in the world yet, but since then it broke this record as well thanks to a reconstruction. The observation deck is on the 148th floor at 555 m. It is worth buying the entrance tickets in advance, because there are different prices at different times, and the cheaper tickets are running out fast. The building hosts the world's tallest restaurant located on the 122nd floor and the highest nightclub on the 144th floor.
The sail-shaped "7-star hotel" was the first attraction in Dubai. The building is still the landmark of the UAE, altough a number of larger, higher, more spectacular buildings have been built since then. The Burj Al-Arab is the third tallest hotel in the world and stands on the Jumeriah Beach. Unfortunately, the hotel is closed to visitors, in order to access the building you need to be a guest of the hotel or have a reservation at one of the restaurants.
The Dubai Mall is the 2nd largest mall in the world by total area, where you can find more than 1200 retail stores. It was opened in 2008 with a total internal floor area of 112.4 hectares. To make the shopping experience entertaining, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, waterfalls and an aquarium are also located in the building.
Dubai Metro has been in operation since 2009. Two lines (red & green) carry passengers in every 3-5 minutes on average. Red line goes under Sheik Zayed Road and serves Dubai International Airport, Burj Khalifa, and Mall of the Emirates. Green line runs under the city core, meeting the red line at Union Square and Burjuman. Beware that there are different carriages on the trains: carriages dedicated for children and women only (violators may receive a high fine!), and "Gold" carriages which come with higher fare but offer more comfort. Apart from the metro, there is also a monorail line which shuttles passengers at Palm Jumeirah.
Currently, only one normal tram line carries passengers from 11 stations, but this is planned to be upgraded to 19. Trams run from around 6:30 AM to 1:30 AM. Also, there is a heritage line called as 'Dubai Trolley' which works as a visitor attraction.
Bus network of Dubai is made up of almost 200 bus lines. RTA (Road & Transport Agency) maintains a webpage which includes a route planner. Be prepared that buses can get very crowded at peak times!
You can ski in Dubai - even during summer! Ski Dubai resort is located in Mall of the Emirates.
The biggest shopping center in the world is Dubai Mall. All major brands have a store there. Its corridors are so long that a taxi service is provided with golf cars inside the mall!
Dubai is not only the melting pot for nationalities but for cuisines too! Apart from the traditional Middle Eastern dishes, there are plenty of authentic Asian restaurants and buffets, not to mention the well-known fast food chains.
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