Visit Dubai – Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, © Can Stock Photo / neilr
Visit Dubai to see the Burj Khalifa Tower. The tower is the tallest building in the world with an observation deck on the 124th & 125th floors. For an additional fee, there is another observation deck on the 148th floor. The entrance to the tower is in the Dubai Mall. Late at night, a continuous light show operates from thousands of lights on the side of the building. The patterns and colors keep changing constantly. The lighting creates ebbs and flows over more than a hundred stories of the building. In 2016 plans were already under way to build an even taller building in the city.
Visit Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is famous for its shopping and being the largest mall in the world. It also includes a 22 screen theatre, the Sega World theme park, an ice skating rink and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo with the largest aquarium window in the world.
Visit Dubai Fountains
The Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa tower are nestled up against the Dubai Fountains. So you can see all three at the same time when you visit Dubai. The fountains are technically the same as those in Las Vegas, but they cover a much greater area than the Bellagio Fountains. The fountains make regular displays throughout the evening. The music accompanying the aquatic displays is mainly Arabic, but don’t be surprised to hear classical compositions such as Delibes. At night, take a boat tour on the Dubai Fountains lake and enjoy the fountains up close and personal. During the day, technicians on land operate underwater vacuum cleaners to keep the fountains clean, while divers check to make sure the fountain equipment operates perfectly for each performance.
Visit Dubai Marina
The Walk at Dubai Marina
The Dubai Marina is a gigantic harbor protecting luxury watercraft from the open ocean. The entrance wanders through a long winding channel surrounded by skyscrapers and unusual architecture. Each evening, dhows set out through the channel on dinner cruises through the Dubai Marina. The channel is lined with pedestrian paths known as the Walk. Views of the architecture are impressive. The Dubai Marina is located west of the Palm Jumeirah and quite a distance from the Dubai Mall. Dinner cruises include pick up and return from most hotels.
Visit Dubai – Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis Hotel at the top
Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island in the ocean, designed in the shape of a palm tree. There is a main street, with access to gated communities of it. A monorail crosses from the mainland to reach the Atlantis Hotel, while vehicles reach the hotel through an undersea tunnel. At the Atlantis Hotel, you will find the Lost World Aquarium, the Aquaventure water park and Dolphin Bay. The Aquaventure includes the Leap of Faith which involves a gigantic straight slide that continues through an underwater tube in the pool below.
Visit Dubai – Burj Al Arab
Burj al Arab, Jumeirah Beach
The Burj Al Arab Tower is somehow so good that 5 Stars isn’t enough, so its rated 7. The Burj al Arab is built in the ocean with a causeway to the shore and it has an underwater seafood restaurant. Cocktails at the Skyview Bar need to be booked weeks in advance. Tourists will find that they cannot enter the hotel without a reservation to one of its venues. Wild Wadi Water Park is located on the mainland at the causeway to the hotel.
Dubai Hotel Recommendations
Dubai hotels are more expensive near the Dubai Mall, but it’s worth it to be in the tourist center of the city.
- The Ramada Downtown Dubai with views of the Fountains. These are great suites worth the price of the view and the proximity to the Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa.
- The Holiday Inn Express Dubai Safa Park offers reasonably priced accommodation and a great lunch buffet. This hotel is a great option as a base for tours. Book a city tour, a desert safari or a dinner cruise and transportation to and from the hotel is included. You’ll need to cab to the Dubai Mall and the Fountains though.
- The Holiday Inn Airport Express Dubai Airport offers clean, comfortable accommodation with an amazing dinner buffet. Its free airport shuttle service helps make this hotel an excellent choice for a layover night between flights.