DUBAI – A PROSPEROUS DESERT
Dubai is a desert country that sits near the seashore and has emerged to be one of the most popular touring destinations in the Middle East. It is one of the seven emirates and has invested a lot to promote tourism within its own premises. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest shop. With ice skating rinks, water parks and aquariums in the middle of a desert, Dubai is a place to relax and explore the best urban facilities made available to mankind. Its extensive gold and spice market lets you shop to your heart’s content, and the high-end eateries offer you a taste of fine dining.
EVERYTHING IS GRAND IN DUBAI
The religion of Islam holds a special place in the domain of Dubai. You will run into some of the most beautiful & intricately detailed mosques in Dubai. The most popular one is the Jumeirah Mosque, which was inspired from the Al-Azhar Mosque situated in Cairo. The only difference is that the Jumeirah Mosque is eight times bigger than its original version. Here, you will run into an aquarium that sits inside a mall! You can even watch the underwater creatures from a tunnel or opt for glass boating and diving. The Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building lets you get a glimpse of its real height from the observation deck that takes you up to the 124th floor.
THE RICH EMIRATI CUISINE
The Emirati cuisine is dominated by the usage of spices like saffron, flavoring agents like rose water and the goodness of dry fruits. Their most popular sweet dish is the sticky cheese pie known as the Knafeh, drenched in sugar syrup and topped with generous helpings of pistachios. Another hit are the deep fried dumplings that are flavored with saffron & cardamom and are warm and gooey to eat. Do try the Arab Pizza called Lahem Bl Ajin that are soulful flatbread pies topped with seasoned ground meat and vegetables and a squeeze of lemon on top. The shawarmas or Arab burgers are available everywhere in Dubai, best eaten off Indian chains who serve them the best. Do try their large range of breads with olive oil, thyme, hummus dips or Baba Ganoush. Saffron flavored stir-fried rice is a must try too.
YOUR DUBAI BUCKET LIST
- Ski Dubai – This artificially air-conditioned & cooled podium where you can take your family and ski right in the middle of a tropical desert.
- Burj Al Arab – The world’s tallest hotel is worth a visit, with its iconic curved glass figure presenting an ideal backdrop for vacation photos.
- Al Mahara – Do make reservations in here as you get to dine seated beneath a floor to ceiling aquarium, inhabited with the most exotic fishes you'll ever see.
- Dubai Mall – The largest mall in the world, it has shops and showrooms lined up category wise, filled with the most luxurious of international brands under one single roof.
- Jumeirah Beach – Beat the heat with a visit to the beach with your family and enjoy a day by the Persian Gulf dipping in the cool waters and having a good time.
- Wild Wadi Waterpark – But you want to be more adventurous, reserve tickets to this theme park and hop through endless rides that are formulated for different age groups.
DO YOU KNOW?
If you are visiting Dubai during the month of Ramadan, it is highly advisable for the tourists to refrain from eating openly in the streets. This is because the entire nation holds the fast of Ramadan for a month, and foregoes the entire day without eating anything. As a sign of respect for their religious practice, the tourists are advised to eat inside closed spaces of the restaurant or their hotel rooms.
NEAREST CHECK-IN POINTS
- Nearest Airport – Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Sharjah International Airport