The mind boggles when you look in one direction and see a Bedouin atop a ragged-looking camel and then a quick 180 reveals a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce zooming down a huge 6-lane highway. But, that’s Dubai!
This oasis of concrete and steel that was built along the southern shores of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula is known as one of the most extravagant places in the world. Of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai is probably the best known internationally and the most popular to visit. More than 1.5 million people live in this multinational city, but only 10 percent of the population is from this area.
In my view, Dubai is a great stopover for a few days on the way to somewhere else. Unless one has business in the area, most of what Dubai has to offer can be seen and experienced in a short period, and everything is fairly expensive. Nevertheless, if you can afford it, spend a couple of nights at the gorgeous, one-of-a-kind Burj Al Arab Hotel. It will be a part of your memories forever!
Because “The Burj” is shown in every ad, documentary, TV show, or movie about Dubai, it has become an international legend! It sits on a tiny artificial island and appears as a huge, billowing sail. More than 3 football fields tall, it is always illuminated with bright colors at night and has become the most dominant feature along Dubai’s coastline.
Despite a number of unique restaurants and activities that are available without leaving the grounds, everyone should venture out into the city. You’ll find conventional shopping at the Mall of the Emirates, but the most interesting section of the mall is Ski Dubai. This indoor facility, with actual snow, allows skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and other winter sports in a compact ski resort inside the mall.
While in Dubai, don’t miss the ever-changing skyline with many new buildings including Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower. Shopping in the Deira Covered Souq is interesting for the Ladies and offers a multitude of opportunities for photographers. The Gold Souq in Dubai is also an excellent place to view and buy exquisite jewelry.
If you have the time, ride an abras (water taxi) from place to place on Dubai Creek, which runs through part of the city and has long been a connection to ancient trade routes. Along the creek, you can do plenty of shopping and maybe take a camel ride.
Despite the appearance of a huge, modern metropolis, visitors to Dubai should remember that this area still has a strong Islamic culture. Therefore, many actions and clothes that we take for granted in the West are not accepted in the Arab Emirates. Dubai is a beautiful place to see the cultural differences between the past and the present, but bring a full wallet and read about the do’s and don’ts of this part of the world before you come!
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