The Most Extraordinary Attractions in Dubai,The crowning jewel of the Middle East is the place where two worlds meet. A plethora of man-made marvels in harmony with natural scenic beauty which few places on earth can match. In less than four decades the serene desert kingdom transformed into one of the world’s most bustling cities and a leading global tourist destination. Home to Dubai are the world’s tallest man-made structure, the stunning Burj Khalifa at over 2,700 feet and the spectacular Fountain Show which surrounds it every evening. Right next door in the same nieghbourhood lies world’s largest mall, the sprawling Dubai Mall, which is one of Dubai’s many premier shopping destinations. Hidden within the Dubai Mall is the Dubai Mall Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium display and another one of the Emirates’ tourist destinations which keeps the shutters clicking. Across the emirate lies the iconic Palm Jumeirah islands named after their inimitable shape alongwith the upcoming landmark, the World Islands archipelago.
However to limit Dubai to a showcase of architectural wonders, would be an injustice to the rest of the magic that the metropolis has to offer. Away from the bright lights lie vast, beautiful deserts which can be experienced through traditional Bedouin desert camps. Encapsulating the golden deserts are of course, the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf on which lie a host of beaches which are populated by residents and tourists from around the world. For those who fancy shopping more than anything else, there is the world famous Dubai Shopping Festival which is home to the who’s who of global brands and draws millions of people from all corners who reside in hotels ranging from the cozy to the magnificent and include every leading hotel chain in the world.
As a sporting landmark, Dubai is not left behind but is one of the world’s most prestigious cities. The emirate plays host to the Dubai World Cup Horse Racing extravaganza, which is frequented by the rich and famous of our planet. While the world’s leading tennis stars descend on Dubai for the ATP Dubai Open and the Dubai Masters Golf Tournament attract the best golfers in the world. It is an understatement to call Dubai a one-of-its-kind destination on the world map.
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Abu Dhabi,- Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s most advancing regions, and its capital, Abu Dhabi, leads the charge, offering an ever-expanding repertoire of things to see and do. A land named after the Arabian gazelle (Dhabi), Abu Dhabi’s rate of development has been astonishing, accomplished with the speed of a gazelle . The 1958 discovery of oil marked the beginning of the swift transformation. Wise oil investments funded the development of the modern-day infrastructure, which was non-existent 50 years ago.
Among top tourist spots in Abu Dhabi are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, The Corniche, Al Hosn Palace (White Fort), Cultural Foundation, Women’s Craft Center, Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain Wildlife Park and the Ferrari World, the first ferrari theme park on the scenic Yas Island . Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque , Abu Dhabi’s best-known landmark is one of the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for 40,000 worshippers, featuring 80 domes, 1,000 columns and the world’s largest hand-woven carpet. Open to non-Muslims, the mosque offers complimentary one-hour tours throughout the day.
Nearly 200 islands surround Abu Dhabi, making island-hopping a popular pastime. Yas Island is home to the Yas Marina Circuit , the racetrack that hosts the annual Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Also on the island are Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course, seven luxury hotels and Ferrari World, home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa.
Bu Tinah Island which is a part of the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve is home to a variety of plant and marine life. In contention for the title of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this serene island paradise is the perfect retreat for a quiet, relaxing holiday.Luxurious accommodation, captivating attractions, exciting events and entertainment – Abu Dhabi offers a myriad of experiences for everyone
Ras Al Khaimah,- Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & SpaTucked away at the northern-most tip of the UAE, the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah or RAK, was once a tiny fishing community — and while some travel books might still refer to it as a charming fishing village; they don’t paint the entire picture. This Emirate rewards visitors who venture to its shores, long stretches of pristine, sun-kissed beaches and spectacular views of the hazy Hajjar Mountains. It is also the gateway to Oman’s beautiful Musandam Peninsula.
Places to visit in Ras Al Khaimah
Located along the northern end of UAE’s Persian Gulf Coast, the Ras Al Khaimah emirate is located between the Arabian Gulf and Hajar Mountains. Covering a coastline of 27miles, including tranquil lagoons and golden sand beaches, it also shares the mountainous borders of Oman.
What RAK lacks in size it more than makes up for in ambition as the Emirate gears up to position itself as the UAE’s newest holiday hotspot, by investing millions into developing its tourism infrastructure with an impressive clutch of beautiful new hotels properties; exciting theme parks plus an expanding airline. Visitors to the Emirate can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities — from swimming, snorkelling, diving and fishing to mountain biking, rock climbing and golf as well as exploring the desert by safari and camping in traditional Bedouin style.
And that’s not all. To add to the natural attractions — recent months have seen the addition of some exciting man-made developments too. The Ice Land Water Park — a polar-themed water park featuring a man-made waterfall and aquatic football field, opened its doors to the public last year. Further exciting tourism projects are currently underway in RAK, such as a ‘Pearl Farm and Pearl Museum’ to open early next year. This new attraction will be the first of its kind in the region and will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the processes of natural pearl production first-hand.
Another one of the most anticipated upcoming openings — is the Ras Al Khaimah Waldorf Astoria — the first Waldorf Astoria hotel to open in the UAE. The 349-room Arabian-themed palace hotel is expected to be one of the most luxurious and exclusive destinations in the UAE. Relatively undiscovered, Ras AL Khaimah has its own unique identity and diversity of landscapes, providing idyllic leisure, adventure and affordable luxury experience.
Fujairah,- Fujairah Tourism and Vacations Nestled between the majestic Hajar Mountains, with long stretches of sandy coasts, the emirate of Fujairah is blessed with unspoilt natural beauty. The only Emirate that is almost entirely mountainous, Fujairah enjoys rich cultural traditions coupled with contemporary luxury.
Known in the old ages as the ‘land of the sea giants’, some of the most important archaeological finds in the Gulf region has been made in this area. Excavations show that man’s presence in the region dates back to the Iron Age.
Fujairah looks out over the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean, and has one of the richest marine environments on the planet. It is home to many exotic species of fish and the coral reefs off the coast of Fujairah offer divers and snorkelers the ultimate underwater experience. The town’s beautifully clean shell-covered beaches are an idyllic setting for sun worshippers in search of peace and relaxation. The rugged landscape also provides the perfect environment for a range of activities including wadi drives, desert safaris and mountain treks. Many tour operators organize four wheel-drive expeditions to take intrepid travelers ‘wadi bashing’ through the dried riverbeds, passing hot springs and picturesque waterfalls along the way.
Fujairah, one of the seven emirates constituting the UAE, is a popular tourist destination. Fujairah is the only emirate that lies to the eastern end of the UAE, along with Gulf of Oman, while the other six emirates are located along the Arabian Gulf.
Saadiyat is one of TDIC’s (Tourism Development and Investment Company) flagship developments, located in a natural island, 500 meters off the Abu Dhabi coast. Saadiyat is a five-minute drive from Downtown Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and an hour away from Dubai.
The emirate is dotted with places of interest ranging from the UAE’s smallest mosque, to ancient forts and museums, spice souks, and pottery stalls.
The picturesque fishing village of Dibba, the fruit bowl of the UAE – Al Dhaid, Bithnah oasis and the abandoned Fujairah village are other key attractions. The resort town of Khor Fakkan – administered by the emirate of Sharjah – is a charming spot on the east coast of Fujairah, flanked by steep mountains and calm seas.
A major attraction is bull-butting, a bloodless form of bull fighting which takes place every Friday.
The Power Boat racing world championship is hosted in Fujairah every October, and organised by Fujairah International Marine Club.
In recent years, Fujairah has made tremendous progress towards tourism. Efficient highways link Fujairah to the six emirates, and to Oman, while its international airport is efficient and modern, with state-of-the-art facilities. Luxurious accommodation comprises both renowned international chains, and small independent hotels.
Having expanded along both banks of the Creek, Dubai is divided into two parts - Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south, as well as the top tourist destination of Jumeirah.
Abras, the traditional water taxis, are regularly used each day to cross people over to either side of the Creek. Each side has its share of fine mosques and busy souqs, public buildings, shopping malls, hotels, office towers, banks, hospitals, schools, apartments and villas. Dubai is blessed with golden sunshine and silvery beaches, world-class golf facilities and an upcoming Sports City.
From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai does not only boast the best contemporary sightings but has also preserved some of the most intriguing historical attractions.
Bastakiya Quaters,- The old Bastakiya district with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers gives a tantalizing glimpse of old Dubai. Immediately to the east of Al Fahidi Fort is the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses with windtowers. In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers which lined the Creek on either side. These were not merely decorative; they were the only means of cooling houses in the days before electricity.
Dubai Museum,-Year 1799 marked the building of Al Fahidi Fort. It was built against foreign invasion. This splendid fort is now Dubai Museum. Therefore, allowing visitors to peep into the rich culture and heritage of Dubai. The entrance of Dubai Museum is marked with a great collection of old maps exhibiting urban expansion of Dubai in the year 1960 to 1980. Dubai Museum offers a unique trip to desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trade. Major highlights of Dubai Museum are artifacts from excavated graves, musical instruments. Deadly weapons also form the major part of Dubai Museum, such as swords, spears, bows, arrows, shields, pistols and axes. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for an exciting trip to Dubai Museum and make your Dubai tour a remarkable experience!
Grand Mosque,- Situated on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek near the Ruler's Court, Grand Mosque was re-built in 1998 and now has, at 70 metres, the city's tallest minaret. It has 45 small domes in addition to nine large ones boasting stained glass panels, making it a distinguished landmark and important place of worship.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (Museum, Port Rashid, Dubai, Shaikh Saeed was the grandfather of the present ruler and his house has been restored as a museum. Dating from the late 1800s, Sheikh Saeed's House was built in a commanding position near the sea so the Ruler could observe shipping activity from the balconies. With its wind-towers and layers of rooms built around a central courtyard, it is a fine example of regional architecture. An ambitious restoration project has returned the house to its former glory and makes it a showcase for the history and development of Dubai. Sheikh Saeed's house can be visited as part of the Big Bus Company's tour of Dubai. The ticket price of Dhs 75 includes the entrance to Sheikh Saeed's House and Dubai museum as well.
Burj Al Arab,- This is an impressive landmark, a five star hotel (unofficially known as the worlds only seven star hotel) which is built on an artificial island, with a sail-shaped build reaching out at 321m. It is certainly an extraordinary building with superb interior decor, including a Skyview bar with amazing views.
Jumeirah Archeological site,- This is one of the most important archeological sites in the UAE where pieces were found dating back from the 6th Century AD. Remains from the site link it to the 3rd-6th centuries AD when the Persian Sassanid Empire dominated, and the Umayyad Dynasty in the 7th century when Islam arrived in the Gulf.
Jumeirah Mosque,- This mosque stands at the northern end of Jemeirah Beach Road. It is one of the most beautiful and fine examples of modern Islamic architecture. The beauty of the mosque, the city's largest, is seen at its very best particularly when floodlit after sundown. The mosque is one of the most visited and photographed sights. Tours are at 10am every Sunday and Thursday mornings. For tour information, contact the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which is open 8am - 3pm, Sat-Wed. Wild Wadi Waterpark This is certainly something for the children to enjoy. The waterpark includes many exciting rides for all ages which are based on the Legend of Arabian adventurer, Juha and his friend Sinbad. The waterpark also includes the popular almost free-fall ride, Jumeirah Sceirah.
Al-Ahmadiya School,- This was Dubai’s first school which was established in 1912. These semiformal schools were set up by Sheikhs which paid for the poor students. The buildings architecture and detail is extremely admirable.
Dhow Wharfage,- Having been docked at the Creek since the 1830’s, these wooden sailing vessels were used in the Indian Ocean and Arabic Sea. Dhow sailors work very hard, trading with nearby countries, re-exporting many products such as electrical goods which have flown in from China, Singapore and South Korea.
Palm Jumeirah,- Palm Jumeirah has everything you need to enjoy the extraordinary holiday. Included in it are the names of world famous hotels, tourist attractions are wonderful, luxury fashion and shopping centers. Do you just want to relax or engage in a holiday full of recreation and entertainment, this is a place that is truly inspiring to visit. Its very amazing island tourist attractions.
Desert Safari,- In addition to riding a camel, desert skiing (Sandboarding) and other natural roller coaster, here you can enjoy a puff shisha (Arabic tobacco) while watching the belly dancers in action.
Dubai Museum,- The best way to understand the meteoric transformation from desert to the megalopolis Arab settlements in the Dubai Museum. A variety of unique dioramas, weapons, tools, costumes in an old fort and other archaeological findings also existin this tourist attractions.
Big Bus Tour in Dubai
Conventionally, big bus tours can only be seen in London and it’s one of the highlights of your tour per se, but since Dubai is a one stop city, you can always count on them to have everything that you need, including the famous big bus tour. Dubai blessed with a beautiful beachfront, and the city's sultry heat makes nearly every day ideal for a trip to the beach. Dubai's main beaches run along Jumeira Road. Beach activities in Dubai include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and fishing, and there are many outlets in the city where gear can be rented.
Ski Dubai has five runs of varying difficulty, height, and steepness. The longest run is 400 meters with a fall of 60 meters. There are gentler slopes for beginners and indoor black runs for more experienced skiers. Skiers and snowboarders are equally likely to enjoy Ski Dubai with snowboarders getting to perform their stunts on a 90 meter long quarter pipe.
The parks in Dubai are reputed to be among the best in the world. There are amusement parks as well as recreational parks and gardens. They all provide excellent environments that one can go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
The beach resorts in Dubai
comprise incredible edifices made of marble and glass with gardens that lead to private beaches. Several of these also have public areas that are well-furnished, amidst luxurious surroundings, as Dubai beaches boasts of soft white sand and warm sea, that are safe for swimming. Few good options when planning your stay at beach resorts in Dubai are:
Offering several exclusive boutiques in the world, apart from super-luxury hotels, golden beaches and a thriving nightlife, the duty-free zone of Dubai is a haven for shoppers and a playground for adults. The Spa resorts often cater to upscale clientele, and feature world-class amenities and services, apart from easy access to all attractions in Dubai.
Dubai’s aim for diversification is purposely intended to create other forms of economic wealth apart from the primary oil resources. In the bid to establish this movement, Dubai Dolphinarium was created and developed to provide entertainment, education and environmental beauty for local residents and foreign visitors.
Dubai Museum includes archaeological objects such as pottery, stone and metallic items, stone engravings, and skeletons which were discovered during digs in the Emirate of Dubai (Hatta, Al Soffoh, Al Qusais, and Al Jumeira). Some pieces date back 4000 years.
Taking a helicopter tour is one of the most adventurous ways of viewing the varied landscapes of Dubai. Helicopter tour is also one of the best ways of sightseeing in Dubai, wherein you can get an aerial view of the major tourist attractions in Dubai, and the forthcoming landmarks.
Dubai is a favourite spot for fishing enthusiasts. Dubai has already played host to numerous renowned mariners and sea fishing enthusiasts. Deep sea fishing is an exciting activity pursued in the waters of Dubai, and is a true blend of fun with adventure. The warm Arabian Gulf waters teemed with fish life, makes Dubai an ideal place for beginners and professional anglers alike.
The Dhow is generally made of wood, and is mostly used for fishing. The evening spent on the cruise along the creek, would be the best to calm down the stress and relax your mind. The boat operators usually take you to a stunning spot, to enjoy a contrast between Deira and Bur Dubai, with one side boasting the modern side of Dubai, while the other end preserves the calmness of Arab land.
Aquaventure is one of the most important and superb attractions in Dubai, and is the right place for adventurous souls. It is easily accessible, and is located in the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel and Resort, on the outer rim of the well-known Palm Jumeirah Island.
Wild Wadi Water Theme Park,- It's wet! It's wild! It's Wild Wadi - the wildest waterpark ever! It's 12 acres of pure fun with 23 adrenalin-pumping rides and attractions that leave you gasping for more. Situated between Burj Al Arab and The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, it's just a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Get there and go wild!
Wonderland Theme Park Dubai
A huge indoor air-conditioned centre with over 100 rides, arcade games, video games and a whole lot more. There's also a place for mum and dad to sit and relax whilst enjoying a tasty meal from Mithu's Nest café which is situated inside the centre.
French Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi
France and UAE signed a pact on 6th March 2007 to create a universal museum, named Louvre Abu Dhabi, due for opening in the year 2014. This venture also laid the foundation for a new type of cultural collaboration between the two sovereign nations, meeting mutual needs and aspirations.