Dubai

Dubai Destination Guide

Dubai is located along the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula’s southern coast, is one of the seven United Arab Emirates, and is known as a luxury holiday destination.

Dubai combines the warm waters of the Gulf and beautiful beaches with sand dunes in the desert, where you can go to an oasis with a Bedouin camp, as well as an ultra-modern city.

Dubai holidays are a paradise for shoppers, especially for those seeking Persian carpets or gold. Dubai’s famous gold market is the Covered Gold Souk in Deira, which is also the world’s largest gold retail market. It has many jewellery shops offering extravagant and unusual designs by creative craftsmen. Two million visitors attend a special March Shopping Festival.

There are expensive restaurants at the hotels or more inexpensive Pakistani and Indian local restaurants and even American fast food chains.

If you don’t stay there, you should at least visit the Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs), which is the world’s second tallest hotel and the world’s most photographed structure. It is shaped like a billowing sail with night illuminations representing water and fire. It is built on its own artificial island and has a floor area of 1,200,000 square feet. It also has a Royal Dining Hall with a spectacular fountain and the world’s tallest atrium. Its Al Muntaha restaurant is 27 stories above the Arabian Gulf.

For family fun, the Dubai Dolphinarium has a Dolphins and Seals Live Show with amazing demonstrations, plus you can even swim with the dolphins and have photographs taken of the experience.

There are other theme parks such as the Wild Wadi water amusement park and landscaped gardens, playgrounds, and the Dubai Zoo. Water sports in Dubai include swimming, jet-skiing, paragliding, sailing, and more.

A project that was launched six years ago when the economy in Dubai was booming is Dubailand. It was projected to be twice the size of Walt Disney World with parks such as Universal Studios, Six Flags, and Legoland as well as the relocation of the Dubai Zoo to its location. Problems with financing in today’s economy have delayed the various construction plans. Dubailand is also to have the first golf course designed by Tiger Woods, but that planned opening for 2009 is delayed because only 3 of the 18 holes have been completed.