In the last fifteen years, Dubai has become an extremely popular tourist destination. The combination of stunning architectural structures, shopping and sandy beaches, while staying in luxury hotels and dinners at fancy restaurants, attracts a large number of tourists, especially European. If you look at old photos of Dubai, like the 1980s, you probably would not recognize it. You will see the relatively small location in the desert, one kilometer from the sea, with few tall skyscrapers and a long, main street.
Dubai developed incredibly fast thanks to oil which made this amazing city one of the most attractive cities in this part of the world. Today, instead of oil, the main income of Dubai is extremely developed trade and tourism. Dubai has one of the largest immigrant populations in the world. Due to the economic boom, large number of foreigners are working and living in the city. Most of them are Hindus, Filipinos, Pakistanis, Chinese, residents of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and some other Asian countries. Dubai city is divided into several parts.
One of the most famous is Jumeirah, part inhabited by Filipinos and Pakistanis, and villas in which Europeans reside, next to Jumeirah beach. Downtown is part of west Dubai which includes: BurjKhalifa – tallest structure in the world, biggest shopping mall in the world – Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain and many skyscrapers and luxury hotels. It is located between the marina and the center of Sharjah. Dubai Marina is a manmade sea bay, which relies on the largest artificial harbor in the world – Jebel Ali. There you can find modern skyscrapers and the famous “Jumeriah Beach Walk” – where numerous restaurants, hotels and bars are located. This is also the most visited part of the city.
Bur Dubai is a historic part of the city that extends from the Jumeriah with artificial canal that separates this part and Deira city. It is known for floating restaurants, located on the canal. On the other side of the canal is Deira, Dubai’s financial center, which is a residential area, and a few old markets that are particularly known for the spices.
The rest of the city make the newest residential parts with luxurious suites: Arabian Ranches, Emirates Hills, Mirdiff, International City, etc. Because of its location in the Arabian Desert, Dubai is very hot place.
If you are bothered by the heat, best time to visit is in spring and autumn, or even better in winter, when temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees. Most popular places for visiting in Dubai include: oldest schools in the city – built in 1912; The old part of the city with older buildings, in the section of Bastakiya; Dubai Museum – Museum of History Emirates (Ali IbnTalib Road); Jumeriah Mosque the biggest in the city, be sure to visit at dusk; Part Shidagda, with ethno village and home of former Sheikh; already mentioned the tallest building in the world – BurjKhalifa (828 m or 160 floors).
The entrance to the building is from Dubai mole, and it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. In the immediate vicinity is the biggest “dancing” fountain in the world – Dubai fountain, which “shows” his show every day from 18 – 22 h. The most luxurious hotel in the world is Burj al Arab (the Burj al-Arab), the only 7-star hotel, whose main hall is higher than the Eiffel Tower. If you’re not a hotel guest, you must reserve visit at least one month in advance. One of the biggest attractions are the artificial islands in the shape of palm trees – Palm Island, which mostly consists of hotels, shopping malls and luxury villas.
However, perhaps the weirdest part of the visit to Dubai makes visit to shopping malls where you can find parts with ski slopes and snowboarding, at -4 degrees C (Mall of Emirates), huge waterfalls with tropical trees, even the lakes. You can drive to the edge of the desert and observe camel races (Thursdays and Fridays), or take a ride on the dunes in SUV’s (Desert safari). There are Wild Wadi Park, golf courses, a zoo, balloon rides, and many new attractions. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Dubai has become one of the favorite destinations for tourists.