Dubai (formerly Trucial States or Trucial Oman), one of the seven emirates of the UAE is a city which is located on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia or popularly known as the Middle East. Dubai is not only the largest (1,500 square mile) and most populous (33.3 Lakhs) city of the UAE but also the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.
Tourism is one of the major revenue sectors on which Dubai’s economy relies. Dubai is the 4th famous tourist destination across the world in the year 2019. More than 16 million people visited Dubai that year. The best time to visit Dubai is in April and September when it is sunny but not too hot. Avoid visiting the city during Muslim festivals such as Ramadan and Eid because it is usually quieter during that time and certain activities are restricted.
Why Dubai is Famous Tourist Destination for Family?
The city has lowest violent crime rates due to which it was ranked the seventh-safest city in the world. Dubai police has the world’s fastest police cars such as the Lamborghini Aventador, Aston Martin etc.
UAE residents can drink alcohol only at home and in licensed venues. This helps to decrease crime rate and road accidents.
Dubai has a global transport hub for passengers and cargo so that tourists can visit the city comfortably and quickly from any country of the world. Dubai has the longest automated rail network in the world stretching for 74.6 Kilometers. Public transport fare is very cheap because fuel is only slightly more expensive than water.
The city has many state of the art buildings such as the Burj Khalifa, fine dining, large shopping malls, fabulous underground aquariums, amazing fountains and fireworks displays, mesmerizing beaches, bars and nightclubs sand dunes, shiny skyscrapers , indoor ski slopes, man-made islands, world’s richest horse race, gardens, tallest 4 and 5 stars hotels and affordable to ultra-luxurious accommodation options. All these things collectively offer a contemporary sightseeing attraction to tourists.
Dubai city has won more than 130 Guinness World Records. These records help to create a spark in the hearts of humans to visit this city at least one time in their entire life.
This city has 85% foreign population. This helps to experience 200+ cultures, different festivals and religions at a single place with no language barriers.
The city offers very high paying jobs so if people earn high then they will also spend high.
Dubai city is a city of extremes. It is always hard to say goodbye to Dubai. It is impossible to cover all the famous tourist destinations in a single article, but I will try my best to give you an overview about some top of the notch tourist sites.
This is the largest glass, steel, aluminum and reinforced concrete frame in the world with a height of 150 meter. 230 million of the Arab Emirates Dirham was spent on its construction which started in the year 2013. The frame was opened for tourists in the year 2018. There is a museum in the lower part of the frame to show the history of the city. The city’s future is shown to tourists through a video show. It is positioned in such a way that tourists can see modern Dubai on one side and ancient parts of the city on another side.
Arabian Desert Safari
The exploration of Dubai is uncompleted and joyless without experiencing the thrill, adventure and unforgettable drive on the sand as Dubai Desert Safari. Tourists can experience and enjoy live fire show, live barbecue, buffet dinner, live belly dance show on Arabic music, Tanura show Quad bike ride, camel ride, sand dune bashing and red dunes desert safari.
The world’s tallest (900 feet in length) performing fountain is situated on the 30 acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. This fountain has five circles, two arcs, 6,600 WET superlight and 25 color projectors to create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions. The fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment when operational. Major attractions are the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride and the Dubai Fountain BoardWalk.
Atlantis Aquaventure Water Parks
It is the world’s largest water park which has zip lines, 105 slides through shark-filled lagoons, 1km long private beach and a splash area for kids. Animal lovers can get up close with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and stingrays. It has the world’s first dual slide. It is a part of Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, located on the crescent of the iconic palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah Island.
This is the tallest tower in the world with a height of 829.8 meters. Major attraction is the observation decks to see Dubai with a 360 degree view.
This is a man-made island entirely built from sand and rocks (no concrete or steel was used to build the island) which is visible from the international space station. Major attractions are sailing on a yacht, skydiving, speed boating, City Circuit helicopter tour and Coffee Spa.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
It is home to thousands of aquatic animals, representing hundreds of marine species within a massive 10 million liter aquarium. The underwater zoo has different aquatic environments, including rain forests, touch ponds and UAE’s nocturnal creatures. Tourists can visit the tunnel and experience a behind the scenes tour, fish feeding and a ride on a glass bottom boat.
Dubai Miracle Garden
The world’s largest (72,000 sq ft) natural flower garden with 45 million flowers and 250 million plants was launched on Valentine’s Day in the year 2013. The world’s largest indoor butterfly garden, The Dubai Butterfly Garden was opened in the year 2015 in this Dubai Miracle Garden. It has a sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species. Major attractions are flower structures of Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy Duck and Donald Duck.
It is also known as Global Village which combines cultural heritage of ninety countries of the world at a single place. It is not only the world’s largest (1,600,000 meter sq.) tourism, leisure, shopping and entertainment project but also the region’s first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination to attract 5 million visitors every year.
The Dubai Mall
This second largest shopping mall in the world after the Iran Mall by total land area has 1,200 shops on 4 floors to attract 54 million visitors every year. This mall is adjacent to the world’s tallest building and holds the most visited building on the planet in the year 2011. This mall opened on 4 November 2008 with 14000+ car parking facilities. Major attractions of this mall are Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, VR Park Dubai, Reel Cinemas, Rainforest Café, Hysteria (haunted house), Dubai Dino, KidZania and Dubai Creek Tower Replica.