Tuesday, 27 September 2016

5 Must visit places in Dubai

Dubai, once a desert outpost is now a global tourist attraction, having architectural variations from the record-breaking modern buildings to the traditional quarters, alongside man-made islands. The traditional culture of Dubai with the modern glamorous developments, give the city something that cannot be found anywhere else.

Here, we have a list of the top five places you absolutely must visit while your visit to Dubai.

Burj Khalifa - Standing tall at 829.8 m, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world till date and has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The observation deck located on the 124th level of this building provides a spectacular bird's eye view of the city skyline. This observation deck is particularly popular during the night time, especially for photographers as we all must have seen the popular 360 degrees panorama shots of the city. On the foot of the building is the beautifully designed garden of the building that also holds the world's tallest water fountain called the Dubai Fountain which was inspired by the Las Vegas Fountains of Bellagio.

Dubai Aquarium - On the ground floor of the Dubai Mall this gigantic suspended tank is the home for over 140 species of aquatic life. The Dubai Aquarium, one of the most popular tourist attractions, provides a free viewing to the public from the mall. But you can also enter the Underwater Zoo that walks you through the aquarium through the underwater tunnels. Other activities to experience this marvellous aquarium include the boat tours, cage snorkelling and shark diving. While you are at it, you must also experience the Dubai Mall which is an entrance to both, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium. The mall has to offer some fun activities such as ice-skating rink, cinema and food complex and a gaming zone, along with all the retail stores for shopping.

Burj-Al-Arab - Located on its own artificial island, Burj-Al-Arab is 321 m high and is the tallest hotel in the world. The exterior of the hotel is lit up by a choreographed light show at night and is built in the shape of a billowing dhow sail. Being one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, for one night it charges around $15000 for staying in their rooms and suites. The over the top opulence of this world famous hotel is exaggerated by  the underwater restaurant Al-Mahara restaurant for viewing sea life while you eat and by the Skyview Bar giving an amazing view of the city.

Dubai Dolphinarium -  Dubai Dolphinarium hosts a lot of live shows for the public to watch dolphins and seals. These animals stay in the Dolphinarium which is fully air conditioned. This tourist attraction was opened by the Dubai Municipality in association with the Dubai government on the 21st of May, 2008. The aim of this Dolphinarium was to protect marine creatures by raising awareness about them and letting the public interact with them. Dolphins are very friendly creatures and it was established that this kind of interaction with the aquatic word will inspire the youth in joining hands in their preservation.

Jumeirah Mosque- This is considered, undoubtedly the most beautiful for Dubai's mosques. It is an exact copy of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, although the Al-Azhar Mosque is eight times its size. The Jumeirah Mosque is Islamic architecture at its finest with a stone structure inspired by the Fatimid tradition of the medieval times and subtle stone carving detailed work displayed on the two minarets. Guided tours are organised by the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding in order to give a better understanding of the Islamic faith to the tourists. It also is a great place to relax and get in touch with the Islamic heritage after visiting the glitzy awe-inspiring modern structures of the city.

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