Along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf is Dubai. Within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai is the largest and most populous city. In recent times Dubai has been making significant steps to welcome visitors. Dubai vacation rentals are on the rise and are some of the nicest to be found anywhere out there. The city has so much to offer in a close proximity making it a low key and stress free vacation destination.
Dubai has been attracting world attention by successfully pulling off many large scale construction projects. Mark your calendars because the city is poised to host the World Expo in 2020. Families have found Dubai a great choice destination because the city has interwoven a lot of child friendly activities like amusement parks throughout the city. Adults enjoy Dubai as it is a fascinating place to experience firsthand. There is a blend and transition from the fishing settlement it once was to the modern city it is now.
As you are looking for your next vacation destination, here are six awesome things to do in Dubai:
Shop at the Dubai Mall
It may seem odd to put this down as an activity, but the Dubai Mall is a site to see. Easily reached from anywhere in the main part of the city, this mall is colossal! The mall itself is split up into several sections. There are hundreds of different varieties of shops and restaurants. If you enjoy going to the movies, there is a 22 screen multiplex movie theater in the mall. There is also an aquarium, ice skating rink and an entire theme park called Sega Republic. Most visitors say they spend a day at the mall, although some people spend more time. Either way if the weather isn’t to your liking or you find it too hot, the mall is a great place to retreat to where you can still do some serious walking and get your exercise in for the day.
Discover the Lost City
In Dubai visitors really can go and visit the Lost City of Atlantis. Located at the luxurious Atlantis Palm Hotel visitors don’t have to be a staying guest to go check out the Lost City of Atlantis. The place is set up to welcome day visitors where they can wander around the underground grottos and gaze at a wide of variety of aquatic species. There is also an array of water slides to delight at the Aquaventure attraction. No matter what it can be fun to relay to people back at home that you went on vacation and found the Lost City of Atlantis.
Stay in Awesome Accommodation
If you are looking for a nice place to stay, Dubai has no shortages on that. Dubai is known as a top place to go if you are looking to treat yourself. A lot of savvy travelers have been getting away from the traditional hotel bookings and instead opting to rent a private retreat just for themselves. For those traveling as a group of friends or as a family, this can be a surprisingly affordable option. Given the ease and low cost to get to Dubai from so many various places, the city makes for a great meeting point or quick friends weekend getaway. If you want to spoil yourself a little, Dubai is a great destination to enjoy the finer things of life.
Watch a Free Water Show
A great free activity not to miss while you are in town is to watch the nightly water fountain show at the Dubai Fountain. Located at the impressively built 30 acre manmade BurjKhalifa Lake this performance takes place each evening. This is the world’s largest dancing fountain and 1.5 million lumens are projected onto water spouts. A variety of synchronized music is played in combination with shooting spouts of water. Some of the spouts go as high as 50 stories. This is definitely a neat performance to watch once while you are in town.
Go Watch and Play Sports
Known for hosting a variety of golf and tennis championships, Dubai is making its mark on the sports scene. There are massive sports complexes that have been built where during the heat of summer visitors can play basketball, tennis and football all indoors. Major polo and cricket competitions are also regularly being held there. The Nad Al Sheba Racecourse is a favorite attraction among both visitors and locals.
Admire the Architecture
Walking around the city and admiring all the different types of impressive architecture is an activity in and of itself. There are all sorts of buildings to have one pause in their tracks and wonder, how did they build that? Two worth mentioning to make sure you take a look at are:
BurjKhalita: This building is very famous because it is the world’s largest skyscraper. Jutting up into the sky to a towering height of 160 stories this is one tall building. Many visitors have trouble getting a good photo where they can fit the whole building into one picture. If you would like to get up there a ways, there is an observation deck that is open and accessible to the public.
Burj Al Arab: Famous for being built in the shape of a sail boat this building offers a stunning location and backdrop for your photos. To stay there carries a pretty hefty price tag and it is sometimes referred to as a 7 star hotel. The good news is you don’t have to stay there to get a picture of it.
If you are looking for an easy destination where you won’t have to travel far to get to some interesting attractions, make sure you keep Dubai at the top of your list.