Honestly! This is why we really want to visit Dubai
March 19th, 2016, Posted by travelwith2ofus
I was having a conversation with one of my friends recently. I told him one of our travel goals was to visit Dubai. His reaction was whimsical at best. “Dubai? Where is that again, India, Russia, no, it's got to be somewhere in Africa right? After laughing hysterically, I told him it was part of the Unite Arab Emirates (UAE), which is located in the Middle East region of Asia. With that revelation I set out asking a couple of my other friends the same question to see if they knew where Dubai was and the answers were pretty much the same. They just don't know.
So, anyway I was telling my friend we missed out on a chance to visit Dubai several months ago and we were really disappointed. We have always been fascinated by Dubai and even though it is quite a long flight and will cost a tidy penny to get there, we are working feverishly to get to that part of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai's growth from a fishing village to a sprawling metropolis has taken around fifty years, but starting in 2000 the phenomenal growth and transformation really accelerated. Dubai is described as one of the fastest growing cities in modern times. It's a marvel of architectural design, engineering and technology as witnessed in the construction of The Palm Islands, the largest artificial islands in the world and so many other of its amazing buildings and structures.
There are so many other examples we can give, but this article is not about that, and as I mentioned before we have never been to the place so we don't know what to expect. However, we want to let you and my friends know why we want to visit Dubai. Some of the many places we want to see up close are, the Dubai Waterfront, The World or The World Islands, Dubai Sports City, Ski Dubai and of course the Burj al-Arab Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa and the Ibn Battuta Mall which Nikks will insist we visit. Hey! I have never been to the desert so I want to go see that as well.
Now, I should say here that, “pictures are worth a thousand words”, but I won't, I would just say take a look at these amazing photos of Dubai and you be the judge. Wait… wait… wait… wait. I know you're still looking. Waiting... Waiting.
Yep, I knew it! Now you want to visit Dubai as well. Let's see who gets there first! Because honestly! This is why we really want to visit Dubai.
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We have four beautiful photos from different angles of the marina. The Dubai Marina is described as the most luxurious man-made marina in the world. However you choose to describe it we say it is one really beautiful joint worth visiting.
Ibn Battuta Mall
Interior decor of the Ibn Battuta Mall, which is currently the largest shopping mall in Dubai. Notice I said currently, that's because there is always a bigger one popping up somewhere. Nikks will love it here.
Dubai Spice Souk
We never cook without spices so both Nikks and I will enjoy touring the Dubai Spice Souk. It is a traditional market located in the eastern part of Dubai in Deira. Look at the vibrant colours of those dried herbs, flowers and spices.
As if you would doubt it. Of course there is a Metro rail in Dubai. Furthermore, the driverless and fully automated metro rail network has two operational lines, The Red Line and the Green Line. It's a great way to sneak a peek at Dubai because the trains have extensive window panels great for viewing. Train and train station at Internet City.
In case you didn't know, well, just like me, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Now, while that is impressive it is not the only reason I want to have a closer look at this building. It's because of the design. It's not ordinary or mundane. It is a really beautifully designed building. Well that is my opinion, but what do I know about architecture anyway? Well nothing, but in the eyes of this beholder it is beautiful.
Burj Al Arab
Perhaps one of the most recognized buildings of modern Dubai, even I know of it. Yeah I do. The Burj Al Arab is a luxurious hotel located in Jumeirah 3 on the coast in Dubai. And if you can't tell, well yes, it is shaped like a sail or should I say sail shaped?
We have never visited the desert and this is not something we want to miss. Seriously, you can't go to Dubai and not visit the desert. That looks like so much fun. Gotta see some camel as well.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Who doesn't love a beautiful garden? The Dubai Miracle Garden is located in Dubailand and it is indeed a miracle that these flowers can grow so beautifully in the desert landscape that is Dubai. Perhaps the biggest flower garden in the world, I know you expected that right, it is said to have around 45 million flowers with blooms fashioned into a variety of shapes. How do you like those as plant pots?
Sheikh Zayed Road
Like every other place there are highways and roads in Dubai with a little bit of traffic here and there. So this is what the Sheikh Zayed Road looks like. It connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Don't say it, don't say it ... No! It's not paved with gold.
Wild Wadi Water Park
Of course we would love to spend some time outside, but will have to be mindful of the heat and maybe the best way we can do so is by visiting the Wild Wadi Water Park. The park has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines.
There are many fantastic rides that we want to try including the Burj Surj, which consists of two large sections of downhill water slides and the looming ‘Bowl. Other rides are the Jumeirah Sceirah, Master Blasters, Tantrum Alley, Juha's Dhow and Lagoon, Juha's Journey, Flood River, Wipeout and Riptide and Breaker's Bay.
We have never visited a racing circuit before and we would definitely be checking out the Dubai Autodrome. It is an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motor sports circuit which has been visited by many top international drivers. Indoor and outdoor kartdromes are also housed in the multipurpose motor sport facility and we would absolutely love to give karting a try around one of the tracks.
Jumeirah Beach, with white sand shoreline is located in Jumeirah along the coast of the Persian Gulf. Now, we fell we have to visit this beach out of curiosity and, well to get a little R&R. I think it is more curiosity more that anything else though. You will see a lot of hotels, resorts, and housing developments, including the Burj Al Arab on the beachfront.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
We love marine life, so when we read about the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (DAUZ) we knew we would love to have a look. The DAUZ has over 140 species, including 300 Sharks and Rays and one of the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks. You can have a 270 degree view by using the walk-through Tunnel or go on a Glass-bottom boat ride and even do a Cage Snorkeling Experience. If however, you are as adventurous as Nikks you can do a shark dive and swim with rays and sharks.
Ski Dubai has really got our attention because as you know Dubai is basically in the desert and there is no snow. It is an indoor ski resort with about 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. What makes this even more interesting is that it is located inside a shopping mall, the Mall of the Emirates. We definitely want to check this out.
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