Pure Futuristic City: Dubai top of the tops.
This is insane! First round trip through the city, it’s shortly after midnight, still 30 degrees hot, but the slight rush you feel is neither due to the tiredness nor to the heat and also not to the full moon, which stands bright like a silver sun over Dubai’s buildings reaching for the sky.
The absolute highlight in Dubai is of course the Burj Khalifa – the highest building in the world. In Dubai everything is always bigger and more fantastic and so it is no wonder that the highest building in the world is located in this city.
The Burj Khalifa is 828 meters high.
A visit to the Burj Khalifa is definitely part of a Dubai trip. The best way to avoid long queues at the ticket counter is to buy your Burj Khalifa tickets in advance.
A shopping centre as a place of interest? Sounds funny, but here it really fits. The Dubai Mall at the foot of Burj Khalifa is not just a shopping mall, it is a world of its own.
You can really get lost there and haven’t seen everything yet. To illustrate the dimensions, let’s simply enumerate what the Dubai Mall has to offer on its total area of over 1.1 million square metres:
Over 1,200 shops
The largest gold souk in the world with 220 shops alone
A huge aquarium with 33,000 marine animals, including sharks and rays.
An artificial ice rink with Olympic dimensions
And, and, and
Sounds crazy? It is. Even if you’re not a big fan of shopping malls, you should still take a look here. In the end you can’t get past the Dubai Mall, because the entrance to the viewing platforms of the Burj Khalifa is also in the mall.
Directly in front of the Dubai Mall the famous water games take place every evening in front of the scenery of the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Fountain on Burj Khalifa Lake is of course the largest fountain in the world and the water dances every evening to the beat of the music. The show lasts a few minutes and starts at 18:00. Afterwards the show starts every half hour from the beginning until 23:00 o’clock.
There are also two afternoon shows at 13:00 and 13:30 (Fridays 13:30 and 14:00). In the evening the Dubai Fountain is definitely more impressive with the lighting. Around the water games there is always quite a crowd and if you want to have a good photo spot, you should bring some patience with you.
A nice alternative is a boat trip on Burj Khalifa Lake during the show.
Mall of the Emirates
Compared to the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, with 600 shops, is a real tiny one. Nevertheless, it used to be the largest shopping mall in the world. But the highlight of the Mall of Emirates is the integrated ski slope, where you can plunge into the snow while it is 40 degrees outside.
Burj al Arab
A visit to the Burj al Arab is part of the mandatory Dubai programme. In a city where a shopping mall is a sight, it is not surprising that a hotel is one of the top sights.
The Burj Al Arab is one of the most luxurious and famous hotels in the world and next to the Burj Khalifa it is the landmark of Dubai.
It is located on an artificial island in front of Dubai and is a real eye-catcher. Unfortunately, you can’t just walk into the hotel, because even if it is one of the top Dubai sights, the guests want a little privacy.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Islands are artificially heaped islands off the coast of Dubai in the shape of palm leaves. Another crazy project that is so typical for Dubai. So far only the island Palm Jumeirah has been completed, two more islands are still under construction. The best way to see the islands is from above. If you are lucky, you can discover the islands from the plane.
On the island, one luxury hotel follows another. The room prices are not as high as in the Burj Al Arab, but also not very cheap.
Of course you can only visit the islands this way. The Dubai Monorail, a single-track train, crosses the island once and stops at a total of four stations. The train runs daily every 15 minutes from 10 am to 10 pm.
Palm Jumeirah is also worth seeing from the water. In the context of a boat tour you see the island and the great hotels again from a completely different perspective.
Dubai Creek is a 14 kilometre long estuary and something like the lifeline of old Dubai. The Creek divides the old districts of Deira in the east and Bur Dubai in the west. Every visit to Dubai includes a crossing with one of the water taxis from one district to the next as an absolute must.
The boats, called Abras, sail when all seats are occupied, which is usually very fast. The trip costs only 1 Dirham, so about 25 Cent.
Gold & Spice Souk
Deira is the second oldest district of Dubai. It is located east of the Creek, very close to the airport. The highlights and most exciting sights in this quarter are definitely the markets, Arabic souks.
In the Gold Souk jewellery is traded in rough quantities and in the Spice Souk there are spices over spices.
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