Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level (16 m or 52 ft above) lying within the Arabian Desert.
Dubai is the city with the second most five-star hotels in the world, and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters.
For 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. Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building’s beautifully designed gardens, with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain, modeled on the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Also known as the “shopping capital of the Middle East”, Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping centers, including the world’s largest shopping center, Dubai Mall, where is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you’re looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating are 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.
One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of 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.
Located between Dubai’s older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city’s modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai’s latest sights. Inside, a series of galleries whisk you through the city’s history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.
Also, you can discover Dubai’s historical souk districts located on either side of its creek which has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The creek has been an influential element in the city’s growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Many boutiques and jewelry stores are also found in the city, making Dubai “the City of Gold” as the Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops.
Dubai has a wide range of parks each park is uniquely distinct from the other. Dubai Creek Park showcases some of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai such as Dolphinarium, Cable Car, Camel Ride, Horse Carriage and Exotic Birds Shows. Mushrif park showcases different houses around the world. A visitor can check out the architectural features of the outside as well as the inside of each house.
The strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors. Hotels are strung out all along its length, with this being one of the most popular places to stay for tourists.
The beach has excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, and water sports operators offering jet skiing. Some of the most popular beaches in Dubai are Umm Suqeim Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, JBR Open Beach, Kite Beach, Black Palace Beach and Royal Island Beach Club.
Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, prolonged, windy, and humid, with an average high around 40 °C (104 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are comparatively cool, though mild to warm, with an average high of 24 °C (75 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F) in January, the coolest month.
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