7 Days Visit To Dubai
Dubai, the city of skyscrapers and sheiks and the capital of United Arab Emirates is located on the southeast coast of Persian Gulf. It is home to millions of people world wide.
Dubai ranks among one of the costliest cities in the world. It’s a global city and the business hub of the Middle East.
Well, Dubai was there lingering around in my travel checklist for quite sometime time and I have been playing peekaboo for a long time.
Finally it was time to tick it off my travel bucket list. It was last October when I planned to visit the City of Gold.
It was a family visit and I hadn’t planned anything specifically.
I flew via Emirates and it was a comfortable flight with warm and cordial crews. Emirates airport was one of the stunning airports I have ever seen.
The first glance of Dubai won’t make you believe that it is primarily a desert. The layout of the city is planned in such a way that you won’t stop praising it.
Whoever is the genius behind the planning of this city has executed the job in an outstanding way. The city never sleeps and during the weekends it’s more fun.
Just a long drive through the city and some music can make you forget all your worries.
Although it’s an Islamic city, people of various culture from all over the world can be found here living in harmony.
Dubai is a culturally dynamic city and the diversity reflects in various things be it be the cuisine, fashion, art, music and performance.
Dubai has plenty of attractions embedded in itself and if you want to enjoy each and everything minutely it might take months ;).
It was a 7 days of trip for me and I wanted keep myself satisfied by covering at least the major attractions.
The major takes for me were:
The Burj Khalifa:
Witnessing the tallest building is like a dream come true. I have heard about the gigantic structure many a times but standing there and watching it gives a different contentment altogether.
It is the tallest building in the world towering around 829.8m. Burj Khalifa reflects the perfect amalgamation of heritage, art and technology. Though it manifests the Islamic architecture yet it reflects the modern global community.
Consisting of 163 floors with At the top, the observation deck at 124th floor gives a navigable 360 degree view of the city, desert and ocean. The recent addition being the “At the Topsky” at 148th floor, a record breaking observation deck.
Don’t miss out to witness the spectacular edifice.
The Kite Beach:
Sand, sea and sunset! what else you need your perfect evening to be. One of the best places to visit in Dubai which is also pocket-friendly. This beach also gives a stunning view of Burj al Arab (one of the luxury hotels of Dubai)
I am not a big beach fan but there was a strange aura about this place. So beautiful, peaceful and spotlessly clean. If it was possible I could have frozen the moment for a little longer.
The beach has well defined esplanade along with lovely cafes and changing rooms and shower areas. My favorite was the Filli cafe and the tea there was heavenly.
Whether or not you are a beach lover you must visit this place as it might change your opinion about holidaying at the beach.
Malls in Dubai:
I heard someone whispering about shopping!! 😉 Oh yes I hear you. Well Dubai is full of shopping and it’s a shopper’s paradise if I can phrase so. Wherever the eyes land you can see a shopping mall or two. I have visited almost all the shopping malls.
The must visits are the Dubai mall and Mall of Emirates, even if you have no plan to shop, never miss out on the window shopping there.
The entrance of the Dubai mall was unique, a huge number of colourful umbrellas hanging over you while you enter. The ambience is breath taking here.
and it’s a WOW! Dubai Mall is the largest Mall in the world by total area. It is humongous and probably one day is not good enough to look around ;). It has a large number of attractions including the Ice Rink, Aquarium and underwater zoo not to mention the water fountain show exhibiting the gigantic structure, the Burj Khalifa.
Mall of Emirates:
It’s huge, apart from ambience, shopping and food joints which are marvellous here. The main attraction is the Ski Dubai and if you are feeling too hot and sultry believe me being there is the best way to have fun during summers.
Dubai Water Fountain:
Have you ever seen water dancing to the tune of the music? The world’s largest choreographed fountain system is set on 30 acres manmade Burj Khalifa lake.
The show is a recurring event which takes places for 5 mins at an interval of 30 mins every evening from 6 pm to 10 pm during week days and 6 pm to 11 pm during the weekends (which includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
It also takes place during the day at 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.
Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo:
This part was most interesting one for me as I happen to be an aquatic animal lover. This is one of the largest aquariums in the world measuring about 10 million litres, containing more than 33000 aquatic animals and home to 140 species of sea life.
You can start the aquarium visit with a stroll through the aquarium tunnel. There are quite few activities included in the aquarium tour which includes cage snorkelling experience that is a close encounter with thousands of aquatic animals.
Glass bottom boat ride, shark feeding, ray fish feeding and king crocodile feeding. Of course I never took the cage snorkelling cause I am too scared to get near these beautiful species. I took the glass bottom ride. To be honest the glass bottom ride was an okay okay one not that great. However time passed away effortlessly.
Even if the trip happened to be an unplanned event but it went smoothly and I captured all the moments spent there to cherish it, till I again happen to say hello to this glamorous city of sand, beach and skyscrapers.