If you ask yourself the question, where is everything “the most”: the largest, chic, luxurious, impressive, and so on, then the answer suggests itself - in the United Arab Emirates. It seems that the sheikhs of Dubai still can not move away from the oil rain that suddenly fell on them and continue to amaze the world community with fabulously expensive and grandiose construction projects.
Dubai is clearly suffering from gigantomania. Here is the world's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the incredible artificial archipelago of the Isle of Palms, the largest shopping center in the world and so on - the list is endless. And Dubai definitely wants to surprise tourists with the scale of luxury, because there are no such number of expensive cars, villas-palaces and "seven-star" hotels anywhere else.
What to see and where to go in Dubai?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
The Burj Khalifa towers over Dubai, approaching the edge of the Earth's lower atmosphere. The height of the giant spire is 828 meters, it took six years and almost 1.5 billion dollars to build it. Moreover, even such a rich emirate as Dubai could not finance the project alone and turned to neighboring Abu Dhabi. Inside the tower are apartments, a hotel and offices. The last residential floor is at around 584 meters, followed by a 244-meter steel spire.
Music Fountain Dubai
The world's largest color music fountain, located on an artificial lake near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. The structure consists of several arcs, the height of the largest of them is 275 meters. More than 6,000 light sources are turned on during the performance. Thanks to the play of rays, bizarre figures are formed on the surface of the lake, reaching an incredible height of 150 meters.
A complex of two skyscrapers connected by a shopping arcade. The height of the first tower is 354.6 meters (office buildings are located here), the second is 309 meters. (on its territory there is a hotel). The complex has a swimming pool, spa center, gyms. All this is placed on separate "women's" and "men's" floors according to Muslim customs. In the evening, the Emirates Towers are beautifully illuminated.
An artificial archipelago in the Persian Gulf, which includes three islands: Palm Deira, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Jumeirah. In the period 2001-2006, the embankment was created, since 2006, construction began on the finished islands. Communication with the mainland is made using a 300-meter bridge. Residential areas, villas, hotel complexes, as well as shopping centers and restaurants have been built on the Palm Islands.
One of the new central districts of the city, located on the banks of an artificial bay. The houses are close enough to the water, so the windows offer a magnificent view, which is quite valuable for Dubai due to the lack of natural natural views. On the territory of Dubai Marina there is space for mooring yachts, a luxurious promenade and many picturesque boulevards.
The historic district of Dubai, which appeared at the beginning of the XIX century. Unlike modern neighborhoods, Bastakiya has retained its traditional Arabic flavor. The area is built up with typical stone houses decorated with wood and plaster. Souvenir shops, cafes and antique shops are located on the ground floors of the buildings. Inside, residential buildings are mostly remodeled in a modern way.
The mall opened in 2008. It has become the largest and most visited mall in the world. Inside there is a huge 4-level waterfall, which is illuminated in different colors, a podium for fashion shows, an aquarium, a zoo and more than two hundred restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. All well-known world brands consider it obligatory to open a boutique or showroom in Dubai Mall.
Mall of the Emirates
The mall is the second largest after the Dubai Mall. Its area is about 600 thousand m². On three levels of the complex there are more than 500 shops where you can buy literally everything, dozens of restaurants and cinemas, the Ski Dubai ski center and an aquarium. The Mall of the Emirates rivals the Dubai Mall in popularity, but both malls do not lack customers.
Aquarium in Dubai Mall
The capacity of the giant aquarium in the Dubai Mall is 10 million liters. It has enough space for 33,000 marine life (a total of 140 different species). Through a transparent front panel 8.3 meters high and 32.8 meters wide, visitors to the mall can observe the life of fish, coral reef inhabitants, sharks and other large marine predators. A transparent tunnel 155 meters long is laid through the aquarium.
Lost Chambers Aquarium
Many tourists call Lost Chambers an even more impressive aquarium than the one located in the Dubai Mall, although it is smaller in size. But unlike the mall, there are few people here and therefore there are no queues, although the species diversity is just as extensive. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located on the lower level of the Atlantis Hotel. The design of the oceanarium imitates an ancient sunken city.
bay of dolphins
Dolphinarium with a variety of show programs and the opportunity to communicate with these amazing marine inhabitants. Dolphin Bay is considered one of the best and most modern dolphinariums in the world. There are swimming pools, numerous attractions, diving and many more interesting activities. Children are delighted with visiting the dolphinarium, so it can be considered as the best place for a family holiday.
A huge bazaar selling gold jewelry and other items made of precious metals. Its assortment is so wide that it surpasses all other similar markets in the East. Here you can buy products with all kinds of precious stones made of gold of various colors and samples. At the request of the client, the jeweler will adjust any piece of jewelry to individual sizes. It is customary to bargain on the market, sometimes the initial cost can be reduced by 30-50%.
The Dubai Spice Market is most reminiscent of a traditional Arab bazaar with breathtaking smells, vibrant colors and constant bustle. It sells tons of different spices and herbs, suitable for any dishes from any cuisine in the world. The market has a rather friendly atmosphere. Sellers are always ready to talk about their product, suggest how to use certain spices and, of course, are happy to bargain with the buyer.
House-Palace of Sheikh Said
The palace was built at the end of the 19th century for the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Said. Now it houses a museum and a library. The exposition tells about different periods of the emirate's history, including pearl mining and the beginning of the oil era. Many exhibits are devoted to the life and life of the Bedouins. Separate rooms house a collection through which you can learn about the history of the ruling family of Dubai.
A modern mosque from 1979, stylized in the architectural style of the Fatimid era. Since its construction, it has been considered one of the most picturesque in the UAE. The mosque can accommodate 1,300 people; an Islamic cultural center is located at its base. Unlike many Muslim temples in the Middle East, a representative of another religion can enter Jumeirah to inspect the rich decoration of the building.
Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Cooperation
The center opened in 1998. The main goal of his work is to establish mutual understanding between the non-Muslim and Muslim worlds, to explain to all those interested in the postulates of Islam, the meaning of traditions and customs. The center is located on the territory of a restored wind tower in one of the historical districts of Dubai. Here you can also taste Arabic cuisine or engage in philosophical conversation with the locals.
The city museum is located on the territory of the ancient fort Al Fahidi built in 1787. The fortress managed to serve as a residence, prison and garrison. In 1971, a museum was organized on its territory. The exposition consists of collections of weapons, household items, tools. Some of the halls recreate scenes from the life of Dubai in the first half of the 20th century. There is a makeshift port, trading shops, workshops and madrasah schools.
The Dubai Opera stage opened in August 2016 with the performance of the legendary Plácido Domingo. The modern opera house is designed not only for organizing musical performances, but also conferences, shows and various exhibitions can be held here. The hall can accommodate 1901 people. The futuristic facade of the opera harmoniously blends into the modern architecture of the center of Dubai, further decorating its space.
The complex is located on the territory of the Mall of the Emirates. This is the first ski center in the Middle East. Up to 1,500 people can ride on the Ski Dubai slopes at the same time. The snow cover inside the complex reaches 70 cm. In addition to the ski area, there is also a huge snow park where you can ride a sleigh and play snowballs. It even has penguins. For Arab children, this is a real miracle, because they do not know what real winter is.
The hippodrome was opened in 2010, and, according to the established tradition, it has become the largest in the world. It hosts the annual Winter Horse Racing, the Dubai International Horse Racing Carnival and the Dubai World Cup. All competitions are very pretentious, the prize funds for the winners are a fortune. The length of the hippodrome stands is 1.7 km. They can accommodate up to 60 thousand spectators. The hippodrome complex also includes a hotel, a marina, restaurants and a museum.
dubai desert reserve
A conservation area covering 5% of the area of the emirate of Dubai. On its territory there are animals that are on the verge of extinction. The employees of the reserve conduct scientific research in the field of environmental protection and constantly participate in international events. Excursions are organized for tourists around the reserve - jeep safaris, during which you can watch the animals.
A magnificent and colorful flower oasis in the middle of a modern metropolis. The area of the flower park is 6.7 hectares, which makes it the largest in the world. 45 species of flower plants of the most amazing color grow on its territory, which merge into an incredible motley picture. The best European masters worked on the landscape design, and during the creation of the park, they brought their wildest fantasies to life.
The park is located close to the center of Dubai, it covers an area of 51 hectares. On its territory there are artificial lakes where you can swim in a boat, fountains, children's playgrounds, equipped picnic areas and jogging tracks. Zabil is divided into three parts by highways, which are interconnected by means of crossings. On weekends, the park is quite crowded.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
A large water amusement park where you can have a great time with the whole family. It is considered the best water park in the Arabian Peninsula. "Wild Wadi" is located in the urban area of Jumeirah near the Burj Khalifa. The water park was built with all the strictest safety requirements and equipped with the most modern equipment. The architectural concept of the place is implemented in the style of the Arab Middle Ages.
Aquaventure water park
The water park is located on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, it is located on the territory of the Atlantis Hotel. Many attractions in the park are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For example, the Anaconda water slide is 210 meters long and 9 meters wide. Up to 6 people can go down this slide at the same time. On another attraction, a person during a fall accelerates to 60 km / h.
Jumeirah Beach Park
One of the best beaches in Dubai, a real oasis in the middle of the desert, created by the skilful hands of landscape designers. The beach is very popular with the local population, as it is equipped with walking areas, gazebos, benches and playgrounds. On Saturdays, only women and children can get to Jumeirah Beach Park, the rest of the time the place works as a regular tourist beach.
As the name suggests, the beach is very popular with kitesurfers, as the winds that are most suitable for this sport blow here. Kite Beach lacks tourist infrastructure, but there are fewer people here and magnificent views of the Persian Gulf, city skyscrapers and the waterfront open from here. Families with children love to visit the beach, as it is a great place to fly a kite.
City beach in the prestigious area of Dubai Marina. The tourist infrastructure of the place is still in its infancy, as the area was built up quite recently, and in some places work is still ongoing. Some tourists note that the water on this beach is cleaner. From the available entertainment - a camel ride and collecting colorful shells.
The hotel building rises among the waters of the Persian Gulf, resting its base on an artificial island. The hotel was opened in 2008. The owners assigned seven stars to the Parus, but according to the international classification, it has a five-star deluxe category. The hotel is one of the most expensive in the world. For a night in a standard room, you will have to pay more than $1,000. On the territory of "Parus" there are several restaurants recognized as the best in their category.
Atlantis The Palm Resort
The complex is located on the Palm Jumeirah and opened in 2008. The architectural concept of "Atlantis" is a legend about the sunken fabulous Atlantis. In the corridors of the hotel you can see frescoes with legends about the Atlanteans. On the territory of the local aquarium there are various artifacts allegedly obtained from this mainland. Outside, the building resembles a luxurious sheikh's palace. Atlantis has 17 restaurants, a huge spa and fitness room.