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Standing tall at 828 metres in Downtown Dubai, the sky-piercing Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. The glorious tower is one of the most prominent attractions in all of the Middle-East. It displays exceptional work of art and it is not without reason that it has been called the Jewel of Dubai. There are observations desks, one of them is on the 148th floor, at The Top, for an uninterrupted view of the city’s skyline and beyond. This is one of the best ways to begin your sightseeing tour of Dubai. Interestingly, The Burj Khalifa experience is all about grandeur and splendour and is an absolute must for any visitor in Dubai. www.makemytrip.com
How to get to: Burj Khalifa
Burj Al Arab
The hotel's distinctive sail-shaped silhouette has made it an iconic symbol of modern Dubai. Often voted the world's most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab is one of the region's most famous tourist landmarks. Built on a triangular man-made island, the billowing sail-like structure rises 321 metres above the sea and the hotels atrium lobby is the tallest in the world. Source: www.visitdubai.com
How to get to: Burj Al Arab
You have the chance to see tha water dance every day at The Dubai Fountain, located at the base of the Burj Khalifa. Featuring the world's largest choreographed fountain system, this popular show jets up to 22,000 gallons of water as high as 150 metres in the air at any one time. Each colourful, illuminated jet sways in time to music, producing what has become the most popular show in Dubai. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from more than 30 kilometres away. Source: visitdubai.com
How to get to: Dubai Fountain
Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim guests six days a week. One of the most beautiful landmarks in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque, which is large enough to hold up to 1,200 worshippers, was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. When it's lit up at dusk, the intricate artistry and true beauty are highlighted. Source: www.visitdubai.com
How to get to: Jumeirah Mosque
The Dubai Mall is located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and stretching across 1.1 million sq/m, it is the world's largest shopping, entertainment, and leisure destination. You can shop at more than 1,200 retail outlets, from Armani to Zara, or visit the Dubai Aquarium, children's theme parks and the Dubai Ice Rink. Whether it's books, electronics, candy or high fashion you're after, The Dubai Mall probably has it. Source: www.visitdubai.com
How to get to: Dubai Mall
Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area. The Dhow Wharfage is located along Dubai Creek's bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. Still used by small traders from across the Gulf, some of the dhows anchored here are well over 100 years old. Source: www.planetware.com
How to get to: Dubai Creek
The Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles, and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek. Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning, with the wind trapped in the towers funnelled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf. Source: www.planetware.com
How to get to: Al Bastakiya
The Cayan Tower is the tallest spiral building in the world. It has 307 meters of height and structure is twisted with an angle of 90º. It is located in Dubai Marina, the last area to be developed in Dubai.
How to get to: Cayan Tower
Built as an ambitious project on the Dubai coast, next to the Jumeirah Palmera, The World has a land area of more than 9,000,000 square meters that are divided into 300 islands arranged as if it were a huge world map. The World is located in the middle of the sea, at the height of Jumeirah, and are not connected by road. Although they do not yet have facilities, they are one of the most surprising attractions of Dubai, so it is worth taking a helicopter or hydroplane ride to enjoy the breathtaking views they offer.
How to get to: The World
Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles known as "handels", and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronts, mud and plaster. In its history, the fort has served as residence for the ruling family, seat of government, garrison and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995) it is now the city's premier museum. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom. Source: www.planetware.com
How to get to: Dubai Museum