Top five sites to visit on your next vacation to Dubai. Below are a selection of must see sites.
The Burj Khalifa, the highest structure in the world at 828 meters, is a must-see sight in Dubai. The grand structure lies in the center of the city and is a hive of activity both day and night. It's remarkable to simply stand in awe of this majestic structure's sheer size, but it's also worth going inside. The observation deck at level 124 offers stunning views of the city, and you can also eat at the At The Top Sky Lounge. You should treat yourself to gourmet food with a European flair at Atmosphere on special occasions, or go to the highest lounge in the world, The Lounge, Burj Khalifa, for a sunset session.
One of the largest choreographed fountain shows in the world, at the base of the Burj Khalifa, has tremendous jet streams that shoot up to 150 meters in the air and move to the beat of music. Visit in the evening when shows start at dusk and continue every 30 minutes until the last song is played at 11 p.m. Restaurants at The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, both of which are in great locations close to the fountain arena, offer a variety of options where diners can relax and take in the spectacle.
Palm One of the biggest artificial islands in the world, Jumeirah is a marvel of human ingenuity. The Palm is home to a wide variety of upscale hotels, including the Atlantis, The Palm, Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, One&Only, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The monorail that runs along the 'trunk' and connects to the tram network on the mainland makes it easy to get here. Additionally, The Pointe, the location of the record-breaking Palm Fountain, is open for dining.
There is a rich culture in the city to discover. Older institutions now have a more modern feel thanks to contemporary developments; Dubai Creek is a prime example. This saltwater estuary, which located in the middle of the city, served as the Bani Yas tribe's initial first settlement location. A traditional abra ride is a necessity while at the Creek. It is without a doubt the finest value tourist attraction in the city, with tickets costing an amazing AED1. After that, explore the maze-like passageways of the textile, spice, and gold souks to get a local's perspective on Dubai.
One of Bur Dubai's oldest neighborhoods is the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. This region, situated along the ancient canals of Dubai Creek, offers evocative vistas of a bygone period with old windtowers and a maze of winding alleyways, best experienced on foot. Visit the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) to learn Arabic, do heritage tours, and go on guided mosque tours to experience the local culture. Take an atmospheric abra boat journey to the souks on the opposite side of the stream after your exploration.
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