Dubai – The city of bold and beautiful architecture
Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city is the top travel destination in the Middle East. It is the city that many of the rising Arab nations want to emulate. Qatar’s capital, Doha, is said to be following the blueprint of Dubai which has gone from a little-known desert outpost into one of the leading travel destinations in the world.
In 2019, over 16.7 million travelers descended on Dubai. Many of the visitors experienced the city’s great shopping and cultural attractions. Dubai is also home to a few attractions that will please car enthusiasts. It’s proximity to Abu Dhabi means visitors can take a day trip to the Yas Marina Circuit which also has plenty to offer the hardcore petrolhead.
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Types: Ride-Hailing, Taxi, Bus, Train
Ride-Hailing: Uber, Careem, Blacklane
Airport: Dubai International Airport
Type: Ride-Hailing, Taxi, Bus, TrainRide-Hailing: Uber, Careem, Blacklane
Local Favorite: GhuziGhuzi is a Dubai dish made from a whole-roasted lamb or mutton. The meat is typically served on a kebab skewer alongside vegetables. Rice accompanies the meat to make it a full meal. The rice usually has a nutty flavor thanks to being dished up with hazelnuts. Ghuzi is so popular that it is the United Arab Emirates' national dish. You must eat it while in Dubai to get the full feel of the desert city. As with many of the dishes in Dubai – and other areas of the Middle East – it migrated through the region with each area has its own take on the dish.
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Burj Al Arab
The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Fountain
Top Tourist Attractions
There is no tourist attraction in Dubai that tops the Burj Khalifa. The towering building stands 829.8 meters tall and provides some of the best views of the city and surrounding areas. The observation deck is the main attraction of the Burj Khalifa. It allows guests to see the entire city skyline. Travelers can walk around the 360-degree observation deck to see the entire cityscape. There is also a documentary film available for visitors to watch that teaches them about the building and its construction.
Dubai Autodrome gives visitors the chance to drive a number of dream cars around its circuit. Car enthusiasts can choose from one of a McLaren Sprint, Ferrari GT, Formula DXB (open-wheel), and other cars. Drivers can get behind the wheel and speed around the Dubai Autodrome just like their racing heroes.
Dubai Autodrome also gives visitors with their own vehicles the chance to test them out on the circuit. Track Days give drivers the opportunity to enjoy real race standards while sitting in their car.
There is also a Kartdrome that allows visitors to drive a kart around its indoor and outdoor circuits. This experience gives car lovers who may be intimidated by a real race track a chance at racing in a more tame environment. The significantly lower age restrictions also mean the kids can join in the fun.
Burj Al Arab
Travelers will be struck by the unique design of the Burj Al Arab. It is one of the world’s tallest hotels and stands at 321 meters tall. The Burj Al Arab was built on its own artificial island and sits out in the Gulf waters. The Burj Al Arab was designed to look like a traditional Arab boat’s sail. It gives the hotel a unique look that sets it apart from the rest of the creative architecture in the city. Rooms at the Burj Al Arab do not come cheap. A luxury suite will set holidaymakers back around $15,000 per night.
The hotel has six great dining experiences, but the pick of the litter is the Al-Mahara Restaurant. It has floor to ceiling windows that allow diners to be surrounded by an aquarium. Guests can dine while sea life swims all around them.
Desert Driving/Dune Bashing
Desert driving/dune bashing is one of the most popular experiences for tourists in the United Arab Emirates. Travelers will head into the desert on a guided path in a 4x4 SUV. There, the driving experience begins as tourists hit the dunes at high speeds.