Dubai (Nemo Galletti)
Dubai Travel Guide
Welcome to the Dubai tourism area and visitor guide. Discover the best in Dubai for visitors: from some of the amazing hotels, to where to shop, to nightlife and fantastic restaurants, and, of course, the must do tourist spots. We have done the organising for you, so can we help with some suggestions as to where to start:
- And once you have decided you want to visit, make sure you take heed of the dos and donts in Dubai
And here is a little more about Dubai for those of you making up your mind on what your view is.
Dubai is modern day phenomena, playing to the needs of many - it's a marrying of multiple parties: the Emiratis, the locals who are reinventing their economy into a modern day trading hub; the predominantly Indian subcontinent workers who have built this great city from sand to the sky; and the new residents who have settled in Dubai to make it home. Couple this with the tourist contingent lured by the honeypot of glitz, glam and sun, you have the making of new age culture balancing itself on the ideals of many. Such is the reason for Dubai's controversy, but as with human's, adolescence is navigated to a ripe and fruitful youth. And so here we are with Dubai, a city that has come, almost from nowhere, to place itself at the forefront of everyone's attention. And while Dubai has had its share of controversy, some of it disproportionately unfair, amazing things have come from nothing in less than a couple of decades.
Part of the United Arab Emirates, formed in 1971, Dubai trod a wordly path and with the advent of the Burj Al Arab in 1999, the vision started to be realised. In the years that have followed, Dubai has aimed to be the best it can be - and for its size it punches way above its weight. Funded by foreign investors and its sister Emirate, Abu Dhabi, next door, Dubai has become a modern metropolis in the desert, with high rises trumped by the largest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. That alone is amazing feat of human ingenuity, but the early 2000s were about other mega projects, some of which didn't quite make it past the drawing board. One that did, created a whole new level of exclusivity - The Palm Jumeirah. It was the pinnacle of property specualtion, for which Dubai was becoming known, but for those who secured their villa on the man made island, that was them made. And that was Dubai made. At the end of the Palm is the Atlantis Dubai, an uber hotel that takes extravagance to the next level, but that is just about affordable for those who have a little money, which is the balance that Dubai has achieved. If you have a little money to spend, you will spend it in Dubai. If you have a lot of money to spend, you can quite easily spend it in Dubai, and if you don't have any money, you'll take the money that you earned in Dubai back to where you came from - and be a king or queen - and you will have made it in Dubai.
Dubai is not for everybody but it has tried to be all things to all people. It has tried to do it - and to some degree it has achieved this. What is Dubai? Dubai is shopping, sun, sleep, and sand - a humungous mall - the Dubai Mall with all the best shops; all year long sun rays; the closest concentration of emerging world class hotels in world - and a desert to remind us all from whence Dubai came. You may have your own view of Dubai, but Dubai is true to what it is. Sheikh Mohamed has lead his vision to reality and created a whole new world and everyone is invited. Whatever brings you to Dubai - enjoy your time.
And let us be your guide. Dubai - there is no substitute!
Here are some thing that we would make part of your Dubai itinerary and time in Dubai. You'll see the Burj Khalifa from wherever you are in Dubai, a visit to the Burj Khalifa, where you can go to the viewing gallery called "At the Top". That same trip will see you visiting the Dubai Mall, which is how you access Burj Khalifa, anyway - but Dubai Mall contains anything from the Dubai Aquarium to largest candy shop in the world. It also contain the Sega Theme Park, for all you gamers out there. A great way to experience the Palm is to visit Atlantis the Palm Hotel where you will experience a different sort of bling in the same vein as the Burj al Arab. If you want to buy your own bling, we would visit the gold souk souk as well as any of the other souks in Dubai. We have recommended the best Restaurants in Dubai and out list caters to all tastes. And if you have no time, you can take the Big Bus Tour, which will show you all of Dubai in roughly a day. Another thing you should do if you have a week is to Visit Abu Dhabi. Although different in nature to Dubai, it is up and coming. The highlight of Abu Dhabi, apart from the grand prix is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It's one of the hidden secrets of the UAE.
Enjoy Dubai and let us know if you find any hidden gems that we haven't mentioned.