Friday, February 6, 2009

Dubai - A Magical City

Most of them would have heard lot about the city Dubai. The word is so common that we come across it more frequently. People can never forget the Vadivelu Jokes such as Hello!! Dubaaai ah? and Vivekananda theyru. Recently I happened to visit this place. It was about 14 long years I had been to this place. Though I was too young to remember, It was obviously clear that the growth the city has undergone is unbelievable.
Dubai as a city has very scarce resource of oil. The Ruler of the city has realized this and started transforming the city into a wonderful tourist destination. Unlike other Arab countries Dubai does not have a very strict Muslim culture. The expats contribute about 80% of the population and are from different parts of the world. Rich people around the globe such as tennis players, football players, actor, actress and business people own a apartments with a private beach. They spend their holidays there. The city has a really become a center for real estates.
My days in Dubai was really memorable so i would like to share the must see places in Dubai. Touring Dubai is relatively cheaper. The following are some of the best places to see.
The Beaches and Creekside
Dubai is known for its beaches. Despite having a minimum strip of beaches they have made artificial Islands and cut lands for beaches. The Jumeirah beach is a public beach with a view of the world famous 7 star Hotel Burj Al Arab. Opposite to that there are parks which are good place for relaxation.
Dubai is divided into two sides by a artificial sea water channel as Bur Dubai and Dubai. On the bank of this channel is the creekside where there are lot of cruises. You can sail in the cruise along withdinner, dance and rocking arabian music. There are lot of boat service to cross the channel which poor people use even today.Jumeirah Beach


Shopping Malls.
There are lot of huge shopping malls in dubai. Mostly suited for window shopping. The most famous is the Mall of the Emirates. It has the largest artificial skiing arena which has a height of a three storey building. The next is the Dubai Mall. It is the largest mall in the world. The world tallest building, Burj Dubai is a part of this mall. Once finished people can freely visit to the 144th floor and be at the tallest manmade structure in the world. There is a very big aquarium in the center of the mall. There are lot of rare fishes ranging from big size sharks and small fishes. You can see Shark Feeding by divers twice a day.
Never miss Ibanbatuta Mall. I liked it very much for its architecture. It features different cultures of the world lije chinese, egyptians etc. Actually Iban batuta is a traveller and this mall features the places he visited. There are large boats and ancient market place like structures inside. The other malls in Dubai include Outlet Mall and Dragon Mart. You get only chinese products in Dragon mart.

Mall Of the Emirates (backdrop : Skii Dubai)
Artificial Islands
Palm Jumierah is the largest man made Island in the shape of a Palm tree. The Island is fully self contained with schools, apartments, hotels and recreation center. There is a underwater tunnel to connect to the cresent of the Island. Once you reach there. You can see the magnificent Atlantis Hotel. Lulu Island is another man made Island situated in Abu Dhabi. It has rafting on speed boats, desert scooters and fresh water pools. Never miss these Islands if u go to Dubai.
Shiekh Zayed Road
All the skyscrapers in Dubai is strictly concentrated in and around the Shiekh Zayed Road so never miss this road. I fortunately was able to be at level 79 of a building and snapped few pics of this road. Adjacent to this building was the Burj Dubai, The tallest building in the world. When you come along the road you can see lot of car showrooms all ranging from Ferari, Mercedes,Volskwagon,Bentley,GT, BMW to Toyoto, Hyundai and Nissan.
Desert Safari.
You must never miss desert safari if you go to Dubai. Its a event which starts in the evening and ends with the dinner. They take you through a muddy desert which would be very thrilling. They stop for the view of the sunset in the evening and then halt at a camp at the center of the desert. There you can go for camel ride, wear traditional Arab dresses and apply mehandi. They have traditional pipe for smoking called See-Shaw. Liquor is also supplied and heavy non vegetarian dinner with Barbeque, Kabab and Deserts. The highlight of the event is the famous belly dance for about 30 mins.

Apart from all this places you can see lot of high-end cars. There the minimum speed ois 80 km/hr. Even i experienced a speed of 180km/hr and cars overtaking our car in that speed. All together it was a pleasant experience.


sanjay said...

Dubai is magical city because Dubai is famous island in world,there are beautiful building,beaches and tree like island.

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n8tivmaori said...

mean bro you are so lucky to be able to travel to a place that has the latest in many things, the only thing they are missing is a forest. n8tiv maori nz

Unknown said...

Desert Safari Abu Dhabi is a famous location in the world.This is a magical place and full of entertainment.
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