Over the years many cities have had the honour of being recognized as the biggest tourist destinations worldwide. New York is the city that never sleeps, Paris is the city of love and London is the city of lights, while Barcelona is the home of football. All those cities are HUGE and well known everywhere around the world but at some period of time there came a city where families come together, soul mates meet and see eye to eye, where all kind of things you will find from shops to restaurants from pools to parks from the ocean to the desert and once upon a time all the human races across the world came running towards this city of life. My love, Dubai.
Where is Dubai located? -Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates in the middle east. It’s located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the southwest corner of the Arabian gulf.
What is the top museum in Dubai? Dubai Museum. (Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai and it is located in the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai.)
What type of multi-cultural events/Festivals are held in Dubai?
1.Global village: Where the world comes together. Global Village (GV) in Dubai is an area in Dubai land with a collection of pavilions representing different countries from around the world, selling trinkets, food, clothes which are representative of the culture and country.
2.Dubai International Film Festival: Each year DIFF presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world, Asia, Africa and beyond.
3.Modhesh World: Is the best destination for family entertainment during the summer in Dubai.
4.Dubai Shopping Festival: takes place every winter with its mammoth array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainment.
5.Dubai Summer Surprise: more than 100 different shows and activities, spectacular prizes and winning opportunities, and amazing shopping deals across 31 days.
6.Ramadan in Dubai: Emarati hospitality and traditions are very evident during this month as iftars are hosted across Dubai and residents of different nationalities come together to share the spirit of Ramadan.
7. NYE in Burj-Khalifa: The annual BurjKhalifa fireworks have quickly earned their place in the league of the world’s most popular New Year’s Eve celebrations.
8. Eid in Dubai: Dubai is a festive destination during the Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha celebrations. Traditional celebrations such as ‘Fuwallat Al Eid’, as well as splendid fireworks, shopping malls and jewellery promotions, hotel packages and several international concerts contribute towards making ‘Eid in Dubai’ a memorable time of the year.
9.DubaiLand: is a unique multi-faceted district of sporting, entertainment, and retail attractions sitting alongside growing residential communities.
What parks or natural landmarks are located in Dubai? What activities do they offer?
Wild Wadi: Biggest water park in UAE. In front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore.
Jumeirah Park beach: is a ideal for a family picnic on the weekends. The park has a beach front and is visited a lot by tourists for swimming and sunbathing. It has picnic tables, barbecue area, small play areas for children, volleyball play area, showers and swimming areas with lifeguards.
Creeksidepark: This is one of the best parks in Dubai. It offers large botanical gardens, fishing piers, jogging tracks, barbecue sites, children’s play areas, restaurants, kiosks and an amphiteatre for 1,000 plus people. It also features extensive paths and walkways with special garden areas and a host of recreational facilities. Two wheel bikes can be hired for a family and you can have an enjoyable ride around the park
Dubai Zoo: Flamingoes, Alexandrine parakeets, herons, Axis deer’s, Bengal tigers, Bangladesh mongooses etc
Safa Park: It is a large green park has been divided into sections and play areas. There’s a video game parlour for teenagers, along with bumper cars and the big wheel. A Mini-City complete with small scale roads, traffic lights and signs for the children. Also, a lake with fountain, waterfall and boating facilities. It has three tennis courts, volleyball, basketball and football pitches, a lake and waterfall, barbecue sites and massive expanses of grassy areas with small gently rolling hills to enjoy. It is very popular with joggers and walkers of Dubai.
Dubai Aquarium & underwater zoo: One of the largest tanks in the world, the Dubai Aquarium is located inside the Dubai Mall. The Dubai Aquarium is home to more than 33,000 living animals, including 400 sharks and rays and a close encounter via its acrylic walk through tunnel. The Underwater Zoo brings you face-to-face with piranha, giant catfish, otters and a penguin colony while walking through the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living environments.
Burj Khalifa: Surrounded by hotels, shopping destinations and entertainment options, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. For sightseeing, the Burj has an outdoor observation deck, named At the Top on the 124th floor
What sporting events or outdoor activities are offered in Dubai?
Skydive Dubai: They offer you extraordinary skydives over one of the most breathtaking views in the world. They offer tandems with their world class tandem instructors and masters. They also offer fun jumps for skydivers with 500 jumps and a D License. Ranked #1 of 18 Sports in Dubai
Ski Dubai: Located inside Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the first to open in the Middle East
Dubai fountains: Choreographed to music, the Dubai Fountain shoots water as high as 500 feet –that’s as high as a 50-story building. Designed by creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas, Dubai Fountain Performances occur daily on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake.
Dubai creek golf & yacht club: golf course in Dubai with distinctive sail-like clubhouse architecture.
Dream explorer Dune Buggy Driving: Dream Explorer offers unique adventure activites and is the first company in Dubai to offer Jet Boating and also offers Self Drive Dune Buggy adventures on the dunes. Think of a roller coaster ride on water and you have entered the exciting world of Jet boating.
What types of food are popular?
– Traditional food in Dubai has a unique taste because it has lots of spices and these give it a very rich taste. Most of the spices come from India. That’s why the food in India is quite similar to the food we eat in Dubai.
– Al Machboos is a very popular dish cooked in a large pot. It consists of rice, onions and meat, seasoned with spices, salt and dried lemon called Loomy.
– Al Harees is a very ancient dish that consists of small pieces of meat, wheat, and water.
– Al Balaleet is a kind of fine pasta made from eggs, onions, cinnamon, sugar and oil. It is usually eaten for breakfast.
– Camel’s milk is very good for children as it’s high in fat and contains calcium.
– Fareed is Saloona (a meat and vegetable stew) poured over a bed of regarg (pieces very thin bread) and served immediately.
– Mohalla, flat bread with honey and date syrup, is another breakfast favourite
– Khamir, a thicker form of bread eaten with honey and date syrup.
Dubai is a constantly changing, sprawling desert oasis, blending traditions and excitement into a cosmopolitan city. Visit new landmarks, such as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the inspiring Dubai Fountains. Experience the culturally significant Bastakiya Quarter. Ride in a wooden boat taxi and take in the sights and smells of the Souks. Take a break from the desert heat at Ski Dubai.
Dubai is special because there is nowhere in the world like it. Its tall buildings, its beaches, its desert, its weather, its people and its food. Everything about Dubai makes me fall in love with it over again. A breathtaking town.
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