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Dubai - The Modern Oasis in the United Arab Emirates

Situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and is usually recognised as the ‘Pearl of the Persian Gulf’.

Transformed into a man-made hi-tech city, it still has a strong Islamic culture with a stretch of historical buildings by the Creek.

It's population has increased from approximately 200,000 in 1975 to an impressive 1.5 million today.

Revenue from oil only accounts for around 6% of Dubai’s gross domestic product with the rest coming from it's exploding popularity as a premiere worldwide tourist destination.

Top 10 things to do in Dubai

Afternoon Tea at Burj al Arab

There are a couple of location choices for afternoon high tea at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

1. The Sahn Eddar (Reception). Located at the base of the hotel next to the 32-metre water column climbing skywards towards the peak of the worlds tallest atrium. Warm and welcoming tones, mosaic, marble flooring and wall torch lighting provide the perfect backdrop for afternoon tea guests.

2.The Skyview Bar. Situated on the top floor the Skyview Bar instantly matches expectations with unrivalled views of the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach and The World islands.

Afternoon tea is served in 3 stages.

The afternoon tea itself is served in 3 stages. The first stage consists of bite size savories with finger sandwiches, the second stage is of warm scones with jam and clotted cream, and third stage is a mouthwatering collection of mini cakes and pastries.

Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai)

Officially opened on Jan 5th, 2010, the Burj Khalifa (formally known as the Burj Dubai) is the worlds tallest skyscraper at a height of 818m. It sits in the middle of the new 2 sq km business district named "Downtown Burj Dubai", dwarfing it's other skyscraper neighbours.

The construction of the Burj Dubai skyscraper is estimated to have cost in the region of USD $4 billion and will have 161 habitable floors for both commercial and residential us.

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Opened in 1971 the museums primary aim is to present the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai.

Inside there are many local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian trading countries. There is also a multimedia presentation which loops through the history of Dubai from tents to skyscrapers through the oil revolution.

Bastakiya District

The Bastakiya District on the Bur Dubai side of the creek is one of the oldest part of the city with its narrow lanes and traditional buildings sporting tall wind towers. It is home to the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses with wind towers.


There's always something going on in this area so take some time to wander around the small lanes or just stroll alongside the creek and watch the hustle and bustle of local life.

Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

This historical building was the official residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai from 1912-1958, now turned into a museum containing artifacts and images of old Dubai.

Completely restored from it's derelict shell to it's former glory the collection of photos are well worth a visit, telling the story of how early Dubai was founded and developed.

Climb up to the top of the building to sit in the shade, relax and watch the boats sail up and down the creek.

Gold Souk

If you are planning to visit at least one souk while in Dubai then the Gold souk is probably one of the best and busiest.

Night time is when the gold souk really come alive with all the shop fronts gleaming and glittering all that is gold. If you're into bling then this is the place for you.

Although there is usually a noticeable police presence here, be on guard for the "marketeers" who will come directly up to you trying to temp you with bargains on designer watches, handbags etc. Most of these are paid by the shops in the souk to get customers through the doors. Just be careful.

There are small markets in just about every area you wander round, however, Dubai has several other specialised souks which are well worth a visit; Fish Market, Spice Souk and Textile Souk.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah mosque is located along the coastal residential area of Jumeirah and it's medieval stone design is in tribute to modern islamic architecture.

The mosque is one of the few open to non-muslims offering special tours to give insights into Islam. Children must be 5+ to be included in the tours.

If you like photography then wait until sunset when the mosque is bathed in golden yellows, oranges and reds. Well worth the wait.

Ski Dubai

Looking to pop out in the midday sun for a spot of skiing in the dessert? No problem...

Opened in 2005, this 22,500m² indoor ski resort is part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.

The indoor resort has an 85m high indoor mountain of snow with 5 different slopes of varying difficulty. It also boasts the world's first indoor black run and a specialist area for snowboarders.

Facilities are excellent here with both a quad lift and a tow lift to get up the mountainside. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-meter Snow Park play area comprised of sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, a snowball shooting gallery, an ice cave, and a 3D theater.

Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

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Children's City

Situated at Creekside Park, Children’s City is an educational centre for children between two and fifteen years old. Here they can investigate, explore, play, discover, and learn about the world in which we live.

It contains several exhibits and programs on applied sciences, nature, space exploration, local and international culture and the human body. All exhibits are in English and Arabic.

It also offers a planetarium, under-5’s corner and a theatre presenting a variety of shows. Daily educational workshops are offered throughout the year.

Desert Safari

Try something different while in Dubai with a desert safari tour.

There are many different types of desert tours available to suit your needs or time.

By far the most exciting is the overnight desert safari where during the day you'll be "dune bashing" followed by an evening BBQ with traditional belly dancing then camping out under the stars.

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