Glitzy Dubai is the hot spot vacation UAE. This city of skyscrapers and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du jour, where tourists flock to business sales, sun, and fun for the family. Dubai is famous for tourist attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and shopping malls that come with mammoth aquarium and indoor ski slopes.
1. Burj Khalifa
The historic building of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous places in the city of interest. For most visitors, a trip to the observation platform at the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The view over the rooftops of this bird’s point of view are simply stunning. The experience of the platform watching the oil spill includes a multimedia presentation about Dubai and the construction of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation platform for 360 degree views across the skyscrapers in the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.
2. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the leading shopping center of the city and gives access to Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice rink, play area and cinema complex if you are looking for more entertainment options. Shopping and dining is endless, and there is almost always special events such as live music and fashion shows in the mall. The most famous of them are the annual festival of Dubai purchases in January and February and the Festival of Dubai Summer Surprises in July and August.
3. Dubai Museum
Excellent Dubai Museum is located in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend the Dubai Creek. The walls of the fort are built in traditional coral blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden posts, and the ceiling is constructed from palm leaves, mud, and plaster.
In its history, the fort served as a residence for the ruling family, seat of government, garrison and prison. Restored in 1971 (and still largely in 1995), it is now the first museum of the city. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the enormous expansion that hit the region after the oil boom.
4. Bastakia (Old Dubai)
The Bastakia Quarter (also known as the district of Al-Fahidi) was built in the late 19th century to be the home of the wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in textiles and beads were attracted to Dubai because of trading tax free and access to Dubai Creek.
Bastakia occupies the eastern part of Bur Dubai along the Creek, and coral and limestone buildings here, many walls with head wind towers have been well preserved.
5. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai 1921-1958 and grandfather of the current ruler. His former residence was rebuilt and restored as a museum which is an example of Arab architecture.
The original house was built in 1896 by the father of Sheikh Saeed, in order to observe the activity of transportation balconies. It was demolished, but the present house was rebuilt near the original site, remaining faithful to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens through windows and ventilation screens gypsum with floral and geometric patterns. Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with details wind tower on top.