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Has the travel bug bitten you recently? Where are you planning to take off, now that you’ve got metaphorical wheels spinning under your feet? Make a start of your travel expeditions at such a place that you’ll feel inspired to travel even more.
One such is the vibrant, dynamic and very tourist-friendly Dubai of multiple wonders. Why not begin your travel expeditions with Dubai as the starting point? You certainly won’t regret it, especially when you gaze in awe at all the gold in the gold souk or when you’re taking in the stupendous views from atop the Burj Khalifa.
Come with us to check out why Dubai is the perfect place to season your travel bug the right away.
Best Place For Dubai Family Vacations
Dubai is just perfect for travel with kids. They’ll enjoy the Dubai Parks and Resorts and its many themed attractions, plus the Lost World of Atlantis, Aquaventure Park, SEGA Republic, KidZania and a thousand other amusements specially designed for them. Plus, there are wonderful parks with picnic facilities and plenty of beaches for kids.
The hop-on hop-off bus tours are just perfect to Sightsee Dubai’s very best at your own pace. The Ras-al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is another fine place to take your kids to. There they’ll enjoy a diverse variety of animal species including flamingos, marsh harriers, Oryx, deer and desert foxes.
The Perfect Destination For Sun And Sand
One of the best beaches in Dubai is Kite Beach, which is famous with tourists and locals alike. Many beaches in Dubai are private, belonging to families or to resort hotels. While free beaches are not guarded, public beaches that cost a fee are guarded at all times.
Dubai’s waters contain coral reefs which make this a wonderful scuba diving or snorkelling as well. Give the following beaches a try: JBR Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, Ghantoot Beach, Umm Suqeim Park Beach, Mercato Beach and Jumeirah Open Beach.
The World’s Tallest Skyscraper – Burj Khalifa
Where else can you gaze up at the 829 meter tall skyscraper? The Burj Khalifa is one attraction that you don’t want to miss on your expedition to Dubai. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Dubai skyline and the shimmering water of the gulf and the red sand dunes of the desert from the observatory decks at the 124th and 148th floors of the Burj Khalifa.
The Biggest Mall in the World, the Dubai Mall!
You’ll doubtless stand in awe of this 12 million square feet mall with the 1200 plus retail outlets sporting brands and designer names such as Christian Dior, Loubutin, Armani, Cartier, Chanel and many more. Do be sure to explore the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located within the Dubai Mall. That’s not all though.
The Dubai Mall is also home to the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, and SEGA Republic which is a huge kids gaming arena. Kids will love the Emirates A380 Flight Simulator, and a multiplex Reel Cinemas to name a few of the many attractions within Dubai Mall.
The Best Culinary Getaway In The World
Dubai is the hot seat of all international cuisines. Try Ravi’s Restaurant for the best Indian and Pakistani fare, Pai Thai for the best Thai food, Nusr-et for the best Turkish fare and so on. Don’t miss out on the many street vendors for fabulous, hygienically prepared food under every other cuisine in the world.
Some of the well-known dishes in Dubai are the Shawarma roll filled with either lamb or chicken meat and various vegetables and pickles. Then there’s the Tabbouleh, a veritable vegetarian Arabian dish among others.
Dubai Creek And The Famous Souks
Explore the spice and gold souk of Bur Dubai, on this side of the Dubai Creek, and try out some of the authentic Arabian food at the stalls there. Then take the traditional Abra, Dubai’s water taxi to cross over to Deira to haggle over pashmina shawls and carpets.
If you’d like, on your return journey, you can take the cable car back to Bur Dubai, suspended 30 meters in the air.
The Dubai Creek is an atmospheric slice of old Dubai, where all the glamour and glitz disappears and you’re left with the real Dubai, the historical side of the city.
Bespoke Luxury Dubai Holidays
If you’re in the mood to holiday, then head straight to Dubai. Nowhere else can you find such superior elegance, such utter luxury and bespoke excess in decor.
If you can afford it, stay at the Burj al Arab and get your share of the gold loo and the other fittings. Chill out on private beaches at the Atlantis the Palm, famous for its unique wave-like architecture.
The Anantara, located on the borders of the desert is a fabulous place to stay and get some luxurious treatments done while enjoying the desert.
Top Romantic Dubai Destination
If you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, then Dubai is it for you. It’s the ultimate paradise retreat where you can spend some truly relaxed time with your honey, waking up to luxury at every turn.
Dive in the turquoise coral reefs and create wonderful memories. Dine at celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants such as At.Mosphere on top of the Burj Khalifa. There’s no end to romance in this luxury capital of the world.
Explore Dubai’s History
Explore the city’s ancient history by walking along the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, the Al Fahidi Historical District. Check out the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort to find out how Dubai transformed from a tiny fishing and pearl diving village to the spectacular cosmopolitan city it is today.
Walk past the Grand Jumeirah Mosque and check out the alleyway of old shops there. The Bur Dubai Souk is located at the end of this alleyway, parallel to the Dubai Creek.
Don’t forget to drop in to the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House which was once the home of Dubai’s ruling Maktoum dynasty.
Enjoy A Fabulous Desert Safari!
Going on a desert safari in Dubai is as much about experiencing Arabian culture as it is about fun and doing something different.
Sign up with a good tour operator such as Rayna Tours and experience sports such as dune bashing, dune driving, quad biking, sand boarding and camel riding on the dunes. If you opt for a sunset or overnight safari, you can experience a wonderful Emirati dinner under the stars.
Conclusion – Dubai The Best Place To Start Your Travel Expeditions
This is but a partial list of the kind of fun you can have in Dubai. Dubai, one of the most exciting cities in the Middle East is an exotic and highly colourful smorgasbord of delights that you simply must experience at least once. And then the travel bug will well and truly stay bitten at your side.
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Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”.
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