Dubai is a city of ultimate fantasy. Pumping billions into positioning itself as a tourist mecca and business hub, Dubai is an attention seeking over-achiever of sorts. Sprouting up from the desert almost from scratch over the last 20 years, the entire city has a start-up mentality. Things happen quickly. But scratch the surface of the 5-Star hotels and mega malls and there’s a lot more to the city than meets the eye, from a thriving art and design ecosystem, to a constantly changing food scene, there’s always something new happening. And in a city that is made up almost entirely of foreign expats, there’s a level of cultural diversity that is hard to match, an aspect that most visitors are unlikely to truly appreciate.
Whatever way you look at it, Dubai is a contradiction of sorts. But love it or hate it, it’s a city that demands attention. With all that said we thought we’d give you the best reasons why you should visit the amazing Dubai right now:
Whether you’re Downtown around the Burj Khalifa (the tallest man made structure on earth), or down at the Marina, home to 4 of the 5 tallest residential buildings in the world (pictured), you’re never too far away from a pretty amazing view.
With such a diverse population, there is a spectacular range of food styles available in Dubai. With hundreds of Arab-Persian-Indian-Pakistani-Filipino-French-Japanese-Chinese-British, and American restaurants, both humble and high-end, there’s something for everyone. Throw in the array of food festivals that happen throughout the year and the stream of pop-up eateries and it’s no wonder people talk about newbies putting on the ‘Dubai stone’.
This is another pretty obvious one, but definitely one of the main draws for visitors. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year and over 1,000km of coastline, you’re never too far away from getting your tan on.
Palm Jumeirah is the world’s largest artificial island, built between 2001 and 2006, it’s home to multi-million dollar mega mansions and a host of 5 star luxury hotels, including the iconic Atlantis The Palm.
At nearly twice the height of New York’s Empire State building, the Burj Khalifa is pretty tall. 2,722 ft (828m) tall to be exact. The 163 floor building is the tallest in the world by quite a margin.
Home to the biggest mall in the world (the imaginatively titled Dubai Mall) and with high-end retail locations seemingly on every corner, it’s no surprise that visitors come to Dubai from far and wide for a bit of retail therapy.While many countries have January Sales after Christmas, Dubai has a month-long shopping festival with concerts and giveaways where shoppers can win cars and gold.
In stark contrast to some of the gigantic mega malls, you can take a more traditional approach by heading down to the Gold Souk, an Arabian jewellery market located in the oldest part of the city. The souk has been a central area of trade in Dubai since the 1940’s and it’s estimated that, at any one time, approximately 10 tons of gold is present in the souk.
While most people tend to picture huge skyscrapers and glitzy 5-Star hotels when they think of Dubai, just down the road, you can swap the chaos of the modern metropolis for the hustle and bustle of the Creek, a hive of activity since the pearl-fishing industry sprouted up in the 1930’s. You can cross the river in a traditional abra for only 20c.
It is truly an uplifting place, so don’t miss out. So if you’re wondering which will be an affordable & convenient way to book the packages, then don’t worry, Flywell Tours & Travels got you covered.