Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates holiday hot spot. The city of high-rises and shopping malls from transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where the tourist flock for sales bargains, sunshine and family fun. Dubai is famous for sightseeing attraction such as the Burj Khalifa and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes.
- BURJ KHALIFA
Dubai’s landmark building is the Burj Khalifa. Which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city’s point of interest. For the most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s eye perspective are simply staggering. Buy your Burj Khalifa “At the top” Entrance Tickets in advance to avoid long lines ups, especially if you are planning a weekend.
- DUBAI MALL
Dubai Mall is the city’s premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex if you are looking for entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai shopping festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.
- DUBAI AQUARIUM
One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Dubai aquarium houses 140 species of the sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. AS well as free viewing from the Mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels. Different activities help you get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours are particularly popular. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also on offer.
- BURJ AL-ARAB
The Burj Al- Arab is the world’s tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai
Coastline . Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit uo by a choreographed
colored lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive
hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15000 for one night. For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over the top opulence is to go for the underwater AL-Mahara restaurant, where floor to floor ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat or you can enjoy lunch at California-style fusion restaurant Scape.