Have you had enough of the chilly northern/western-European summer? You crave a proper heatwave, but you don’t want to give up the bustling city atmosphere? In this case, head to Dubai!
From Stockholm in 6,5 hours, from Copenhagen in a little more than 6 hours you can reach the famously bustling city, but take to fly from London to Dubai also takes around eight hours to complete the 5,5 thousand kilometers between the English capital and Dubai.
Maybe the heatwave doesn’t have to be explained, it is enough to say that Dubai lays on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, so the city has a warm, sometimes humid climate.
You can find a ton of attractions here that are unique and can’t be found anywhere else in the world, the elegance and the luxury that spoils the visitors of the city are unheard of anywhere else. The luxury hotels take care of all of your needs and have continuously expanding offers to the travellers, the sandy beaches and the palm trees provide shade, these all guarantee a seaside relaxation. The emirates nearby can easily be reached due to the fairly little distances, there is a wide selection of goods to shop and plenty of shopping opportunities that you shouldn’t miss.
The up to par hotels with their kid-friendly services make Dubai the perfect destination for a family vacation, where fantastic water- and amusement parks fascinate the small and the big ones alike.
But this is not the only reason for exploring the United Arab Emirates’ most populated city, there is also plenty of cultural sightseeing to do as well. For example, walking in the Bastakiya district, you should check the old city part of Dubai, and then enjoy a ship cruise in the Dubai-Gulf on a traditional sailing boat and you will soon realize that there is more to this city than what you would think just by looking at it.
Let’s take a look around!
Dubai’s famous building is the Burj Khalifa, that reaches to the sky with its 828 meters, and with this height is the tallest building in the world. From the lookout on the 124th floor you can see the skyscrapers and the desert on one side and the ocean on the other, due to the 360 Degree panorama view.
The Bastakiya quarter was built during the end of the 19th century by Persian pearl- and textile tradesmen, who were drawn to Dubai due to the fair tax system. The characteristics of the Arab and Persian architecture and the narrow, tight streets take you back in time, where you can experience what the life of the city was like before modernization and luxury.
After discovering Bastakiya, continue your cultural tour and cross the Creek river to get to know the city’s markets and trade in the area of Deira. Gold, jewelry, spices and different types of fish will wait for you at the place where the city started developing.
Dubai’s public beach, where even despite the strict clothing rules you can easily wear a bikini, is the perfect spot for a little relaxation, since the area is full of stylish restaurants, cafes and bars.
One of Dubai’s most beautiful temples is the Jumeirah mosque, that is the exact copy of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. This is the only mosque in the city that welcomes visitors that are non-Muslim (except for Fridays), and you can see the wonders of the Islamic architecture during a guided tour.
The desert tour is not only about travelling through endless sand dunes on a camelback or in a land rover, you also get a taste of what the nomad lifestyle of the bedouins is like. We can taste their traditional foods, try a narghile and see a belly-dancing performance.
Dubai is the city that you have to see in order to believe it exists.