Dubai. A place that has the capability to render anyone speechless with awe. A city of gold, a city of concrete and glass, a city of extremes, a city full of superlatives. Dubai is such an amazing amalgamation of profoundly ingrained traditions and an ambitious vision for the future.
I got a chance to set foot in this power-packed emirate a year ago on a short visit and I was smitten. There is so much to do, so much to explore, so much to experience that you are never really done with the city.
So here is my experience of this maximum city.
Standing at a staggering 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa can be seen from miles away. Daunting as it is from afar, its true beauty is best appreciated up close.
This was the first time a construction marvel had rendered me speechless. Even my absolute best superlatives fall short of a befitting description. You have to visit it to experience its persona.
On a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is spectacular, topped only by that of the view from the luxurious “At The Top Sky Lounge” on the 148th floor. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to go to the top since I could only visit it in the late evening.
A piece of advice, book your tickets in advance for the observation decks. Major savings, people.
Prior booked tickets would cost you between AED 125-200 for an adult while immediate admission would cost you AED 300.
The Dubai Mall
At more than 1.1 million square metres, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall, rather largest shopping, entertainment, and leisure destination. It has so many activities to engage in, that even an entire day would be less to cover the place. Along with its 1,200+ shops and 150 restaurants, the venue is home to an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a huge indoor waterfall, a choreographed fountain and a giant aquarium and underwater zoo.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
The 10 million-litre tank at the Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest in the world, containing more than 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks anywhere.
Rising to the third floor of The Dubai Mall, the aquarium is home to 140 species of sea life and has several ways to experience underwater life, starting with a stroll through a 48-metre walk-through tunnel. It’s a complete fish-eye view, with sand tiger sharks and stingrays swimming overhead.
And if you are on a budget, you could always opt to check out the sealife from the outside [for free!]
Dubai Ice Rink
The Dubai Mall also houses an Olympic-sized ice rink that not only offers you fun for hours on end, you could also sign up for lessons. [Ice Capades, anyone?]
The Dubai fountain set in the Burj Khalifa Lake is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. An experience like none other.
Who else but the crazy Emiratis would’ve thought of a ski slope right in the middle of the desert?? Ski Dubai isn’t just any ski resort – it is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and the world’s largest indoor snow park.
22,500 square metres of snow spread over five runs of varying difficulty, from the bunny slope to the black run, along with a freestyle area for snowboarders and tobogganers.
Burj Al Arab
The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai.
Repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, it is also the fourth tallest hotel in the world and world’s most followed hotel on Twitter.
Set on an island in a striking sail-shaped building, this luxury hotel is a 5-minute walk from Wild Wadi Water Park and 4 km from Mall of the Emirates.
The Walk and the Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence
The Walk and Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence is quite literally a one-stop shop everything you wish to do on a fine evening. You can take a leisure walk down the beach, shop at the umpteen retail outlets or even catch a movie before wrapping up with a gourmet dinner at any of the fine-dines there.
So whether you are at Dubai for a short trip or a longer one, you will always leave Dubai with a smile on your face.
This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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