About Tourism in Dubai
Dubai is a fascinating city – modern yet rooted in tradition, innovative in spirit yet cultural in its character. Luxury abounds at every step and each guest is welcomed with characteristic Arabian warmth and hospitality. The contemporary face of the Arab World, Dubai’s kaleidoscopic appeal makes it the ideal holiday destination for everyone.
A Dubai holiday is a soiree of the senses. Choose from luxurious lifestyles and indulgent shopping sprees to sun and sand adventures and gastronomic excursions. Go to the world’s famous and largest souks (markets) of Dubai and enjoy the privileges to be in the most modern city of middle east, specially visit the gold souk when the Dubai gold rate is lowest for the highest quality and purity of gold you ca get anywhere in the world. The world’s most opulent hotels and sensual spas, magnificent malls with an overwhelming retail variety, pristine beaches and shimmering sands – all complemented by the most advanced infrastructure – make the city an exciting holiday destination.
Dubai has built up its reputation for creating superlatives and this is evident in all its offerings. The city’s arterial Sheikh Zayed Road is literally a skyscraper corridor with towers shimmering in many hues of blue, green and gold. Downtown Dubai, acclaimed as the most prestigious square mile on the planet, anchors the iconic Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. The Palm Jumeirah and Ski Dubai are other symbols of Dubai engineering prowess. But the city’s list of awe-inspiring structures is much longer and stretches from the Burj Al Arab to the Dubai Mall.
Guests looking for an indulgent retreat will be spoilt for choice. Atlantis – The Palm, Armani, The Address group of hotels. Burj Al Arab. Madinat Jumeirah. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray are not just luxurious stays but also once in a lifetime experiences of opulence and extravagance.
Adventure seekers can get their dose of adrenalin at Aqua-venture – the Atlantis’ unique water park. Quad biking, dune bashing, jet skiing and even deep sea diving provide thrills galore. Holidaying families will be amazed at Dubai’s child-friendly offerings. From the award winning edutainment center KidZania to the uber cool Ski Dubai, the Dolphinarium, Star Gate, Wild Wadi and many other play areas that dot the city’s abundant malls – these super theme parks and top notch recreational facilities ensure absolute entertainment for young ones and even those who are young at heart.
The city also has some of the most extravagant and luxurious malls in the Middle East. Shopaholics will love the incredible designer deals on offer in almost every mall throughout the year. The penultimate shoppers’ stop is the Dubai Mall, one of the largest in the world that boasts flagship stores of fashion moguls such as Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier along with more than 1000 other retail outlets, a 50 meter aquarium that is home to over 33,000 marine creatures, an Olympic sized ice rink and fine dining restaurants that cater to every palate imaginable.
The bliss conscious can start their day strolling on white sands with crystal waters gently lapping at their feet. Tuck into a sumptuous breakfast at any of the city’s multifarious restaurants before setting out on a date with the emirate’s history. The city’s traditional markets or souks, museums and heritage areas – all entice the bliss seeker to step in and become a part of the local tapestry.
Fancy a gourmet spread? Then Dubai is your dream comes true. The emirate’s epicurean culture covers the globe with Arab. Indian, Chinese. Thai. French. Japanese. Filipino, Indonesian, Australian. American and British cuisines plus a unique fusion of flavors coming together to create a delectable culinary montage. The world’s greatest food virtuosos, from Gordon Ramsay to Nobu Matsuhisa, have set up establishments in Dubai cementing the city’s gastronomic credentials.
Less than eight hours away from Europe and the Far East, with over 150 airlines linking it to more than 220 destinations around the world, Dubai is the most connected city in the Middle East. Dubai International Airport comprises three state-of-the-art terminals with an annual handling capacity of 60 million passengers. Dubai is ranked the fourth busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers, according to Airports Council International’s latest figures.
This land of azure skies and golden sun enjoys an arid subtropical climate. With high humidity levels and temperatures soaring to 48°C between the months of June to September, cool respite comes from October onwards till April. While rain is a rarity, it can be expected during this period.
Spanning 3.885 sq km, Dubai is the second largest emirate of the UAE, with the capital Abu Dhabi being the largest. The Dubai Creek, a natural inlet in the Arabian Gulf, divides the city into two parts – Deira to its north and Bur Dubai to its south. Dubai enjoys a strategic location enabling it to connect conveniently to all the neighboring Gulf states, South Asia and East Africa. Having the largest natural harbor in the region makes Dubai the Middle East’s top trading hub.
Dubai prides itself in being a progressive, multicultural and tolerant society. There is a deep rooted belief in Islam and the culture centers on the family. A trade and investment powerhouse, the emirate is one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies and steadfastly upholds its Islamic values and tradition.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Dubai’s reputation for being one of the region’s leading centers for arts and cultures was cemented by its past. Steeped in culture and historically rich, art galleries, museums and heritage areas flourish in the city. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is committed to bringing Emirati heritage, visual arts, theatre, poetry, music and literature to the fore. The city is also host to a series of groundbreaking initiatives such as the Dubai International Film Festival and Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature. These initiatives are testament to Dubai’s dedication towards promoting a dialogue between cultures and nations and nurturing local talents. Art Dubai, the largest contemporary art fair of the Middle East, has today evolved as the quintessential meeting place for collectors, artists and art professionals from across the Middle East. North Africa, South Asia and beyond. Dubai Community Theater & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) has become the torch bearer for theater, dance and musical endeavors in the city.
Some the world’s most prestigious events take place on the shores of Dubai. The world’s most expensive horse race, the annual Dubai World Cup. attracts more than 50,000 racing enthusiasts to the city’s spectacular Meydan racing complex. By hosting events such as Dubai Desert Classic Golf Championships, Dubai Rugby Sevens. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. FIFA Beach Soccer and FINA World Swimming Championships, the emirate’s sporting facilities have garnered world-wide acclaim, winning a pole position for the city.
Tourism, trade, real estate and financial services power the emirate. Tourism is the real thrust behind the economy and the government aims to build 100.000 rooms for 15 million visitors by 2015. Within the next few years 42.000 first class and luxury rooms will be added to Dubai’s hospitality sector.
With every taste, style and budget catered to choosing accommodation in Dubai is super-easy or maybe even super difficult! Be spoilt for choice with the wide variety of well appointed hotel apartments, city hotels and beach side resorts that dot the emirate. Discerning guests can pick from some of the most plush stays in the world – the opulent Armani Hotel, the ultra chic Address, downtown, the majestic Burj Al Arab or the desert oasis which is Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. Almost every venue features a celebrity chef restaurant, avantgarde business centers to top notch leisure facilities.
PLACES TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO
Imagine a place where you can indulge in every leisure activity known to mankind – water themed parks, desert safaris, scuba diving, jet skiing, hot air ballooning, horse riding, shooting, shopping, blokarting, bird watching, eating, eco-tourism, skating, partying, virtual gaming and even skiing! See a brilliant performance of dolphins and seals at the Dolphin-arium or step into KidZania – a complete kiddy themed country. And if all this isn’t your cup of tea the just book a city tour and take a look at the iconic landmarks that have put Dubai on the world map. The options are limitless and the fun endless.
Dubai has the world’s best buys and just one look at its colossal malls explain why. From bespoke designer brands to local creations, exquisite jewelery to the latest gadgetry – the city is a shoppers’ paradise. Retail extravaganzas such as the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises. Eid in Dubai Ramadan Market and Gitex descend upon the city almost every month attracting thousands of shoppers worldwide. The great value-for-money bargains literally make retailing a therapeutic pastime.
Worried about how you will see all these delights strewn across the city? Relax. The Dubai Metro with 85 trains and 47 stations in the city’s most strategic locations, plus an efficient fleet of more than 500 buses and taxis, ensure that you are never more than a stone’s throw away from the place where you want to be.