Today Dubai has reached almost mythical proportions, with record breaking constructions, grand events (from sport to art) and a reputation as a hedonistic destination for luxury holiday makers. The the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. With constructions and improvements happening almost daily, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Dubai, and the fact that the city will host the World Expo 2020, this unbelievable corner of the Gulf is a definite must see.
Looking to make Dubai the number one spot on your travel bucket list? Here are 10 things to do once you get there.
The Burj Khalifa
A city of records, Dubai had to be the home of the It is the tallest structure in the world, standing at 829.8 metres. Burj Khalifa raises into the sky defining the already vertically impressive skyline of the city. Make sure to enjoy a view of the surrounding area from its observation deck. But don’t limit yourselves to looking up, the tower is surrounded by an 11 hectares park designed on the symmetries of the desert flower, Hymenocallis. Here water features, gardens, palm lined walkways, and flowering trees are a contemporary oasis in the desert.
Though the azure waters of the Persian Gulf are one of the identifying features of Dubai, its impossible to forget that you’re actually in the desert. Make sure to experience the wonders of the desert with guided 4×4 tours, quad bikes or even camel trekking across the dunes and take in the wonders of the colours, smells and general atmosphere of the Arabian Desert.