Burj Al Arab
Known as private://the World’s only 7-star hotelprivate://, Burj Al Arab is the most iconic landmark of Dubai. It is an impressive monument where traditional Arabian culture is mixed with modernistic spirit of the city. Burj Al Arab literally translates as ‘Tower of the Arabs’ and the building represents a sail of a historical type of Arabian vessel, the dhow.
The government of the UAE decided that investing in tourism will have a long-term benefit for the country. The Prince himself was the initiator of the Palm Islands project. The creation of the Palm Jumeirah began in June 2001. Shortly after, the Palm Jebel Ali was announced and reclamation work began. Each island will be in the shape of a palm tree.
These vast structures will add over 500 kilometers of beach to the city of Dubai. The Palm Islands are made just out of sand and rocks, in order to preserve the environment. When done, these settlements will house dozens of luxurious hotels, theme parks, shopping malls, residential houses etc.
The Gold Souk
Dubai is not just about luxury and extravagance - if you’re adventurous enough you can find places in the city that offer merchandise of great quality at very affordable prices. One of these places is the Dubai Gold Souk, a traditional type of marketplace, but which is specialized only in jewelry. It is located in the hearth of Dubai and is one of the busiest parts of the city.
The Traditional Dubai
Twenty years ago, before the architectural boom in the area, Dubai was a modest city. The remnants of the previous way of life of Dubai’s residents can be witnessed in the traditional areas such as Al Bastakiya and Al Shindagha.
Al Bastakiya is probably the oldest area of Dubai that still stands unchanged. The oldest building in Dubai is in this area. It is the Al Fahidi Fort, the stronghold of the town in the times when surrounding tribes wanted to pillage it. Built in the 18th century, it nowadays it serves as a museum.
Dubai, the city that impresses everyone who visits it, just a half a century ago, was an empty desert. The area where today stands the Burj Al Arab, the Burj Khalifa, and all the other spectacular Dubai attractions, were either sand or water, not a long time ago. The desert is still a very important factor in the lives of Dubai residents. To visit the other parts of the UAE, people need to cross it, but the desert itself attracts tourists who find it romantic and spiritually evocative.
Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the biggest and the most popular theme parks in middle east. It is a part of the Atlantis resort , located on the world-famous artificial island, The Palm Jumeira. The whole resort is built with only one purpose – to provide entertainment fort both adults and children. Aquaventure Waterpark does exactly that.
The Aquaventure Waterpark offers fun all through the day. From the adrenaline-boosting ‘Leap of Faith’ ride to the pleasant rides on small waves, it will relax every visitor. The park covers an area of more than 42 acres so even the choosiest visitors will find something that suits their interests.
Jumeirah Beach Park
With its white sand and clean sea on one side and luxurious hotels on the other, Jumeirah Beach has the potential to become the world’s center of luxury. The glamorous Burj Al Arab hotel and the beautifully designed Jumeirah Beach Hotel are the most famous landmarks of the beach, but a lot of other extravagant buildings are in plan.
To get away from the bright sun, you can take a walk around the Jumeirah Beach Park. Dozens of palm trees and grass add up to the fresh athmosphere, while barbecues, picnic tables, and kiosks are a perfect setting for a good time.
The Dubai Fountain is the world’s biggest fountain and contains over six thousand lights and projectors that give the unique touch, especially when the water reaches its maximum height, 500ft. It is located in the middle of the Burj Khalifa Lake, next to the biggest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa and close to the world's biggest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Fountain stretches on an area of 900ft and can spray 22,000 gallons of water. However, the most impressive thing about it is the synchronization of water shots, music and lights. Combined with fireworks, often set from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai fountain is a truly unforgettable sight.
It is estimated that the primary source of Dubai wealth, oil, is due to be spent in the next 10 years. That is why the king decided to invest heavily in tourism, building breathtaking structures all around the city. As everything in Dubai, the Dubai Mall is also an impressive building. It is the biggest shopping mall in the world and is located just next to the world’s biggest fountain complex – the Dubai Fountain and the biggest man-made structure – the Burj Khalifa.
Lime Tree Cafe
Lime Tree Café is a family restaurant that offers pleasant atmosphere and tasty dining at affordable prices, which might be surprising for Dubai, a city where luxury is all around. This is a perfect place to have a lunch as all the food is made of fresh and healthy ingredients, no matter if your choice is a traditional Arab dish or a Western-style fast food.
There are several Lime Tree Cafés in Dubai, but the most famous one is the one on the Jumeirah Beach Road. The restaurant is located in a peaceful and calm area, but very close to the busiest parts of the city.