by Chetan Jadhav - 2 years, 6 months ago
One of the largest emirate of the UAE, Dubai is almost like a miniature world in its own. You get everything here, right from the best of luxury to the most economical meal, a desert retreat to the endless oceanic views; the tallest, the largest, and the most stunning sites are casually visible in Dubai every day. This city of world records boasts of a cosmopolitan culture with 15% locals and 85% expats. In spite of this uneven mix of residents, Dubai is regarded as the safest city on the planet.
Selected from the exquisite list of its amazing sites are some of the visually most stunning destinations of Dubai. Read on.
1. Burj Khalifa
This current tallest manmade standing structure of the world is 2722ft tall and was named in the honor of the ruler of the UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Inspired in design by the traditional Islamic structure, Burj Khalifa has an observation deck at a height of 1483 ft. that allows the visitors to soak in the stunning views from literally, the top of the world. The structure has numerous records in its name including the world’s highest and fastest elevator, highest number of stories in a building, highest occupied floor, and more. It is about three times taller than the Eiffel tower and boasts of around 2957 parking spaces, 304 hotels and 900 apartments. Burj Khalifa is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Dubai.
2. Jumeirah Beach
Why is a beach included in the most stunning destinations of Dubai? For the sheer reason of its visually calming vast blue ocean, white sandy shores and the stunning backdrop of the mighty Burj Al Arab. Known to the world as the most luxurious hotel on the planet, Burj Al Arab is regarded as the icon of the modern development of Dubai as a tourist destination. The Jumeirah beach is one of the few immensely beautiful free beaches of Dubai and the sheer presence of Burj Al Arab as a backdrop makes it a spectacular sight to visit. A lot of water excursion activities are also available at the beach that makes it an even more fun place to relax and unwind.
3. Miracle garden
The Dubai miracle garden is the world’s biggest natural flower garden with 72000 sq. meters of land used up to arrange a jaw- dropping assortment of natural flowers. There are about 45 million natural flowers planted in different shapes and sizes in the Dubai Miracle garden. Besides being the biggest natural flower garden in the world, it also holds the Guinness book of world records for having the largest flower wall built in one kilometer of circumference. The Dubai miracle garden is further into its expansion phase of introducing more dining options, nurseries and plants, much to the joy of the tourists.
4. Dubai Fountain
One of the best places to visit in Dubai, the Dubai fountain located as the center piece of Downtown Dubai, is the world’s largest themed water fountain. It has surpassed the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. Built on a colossal man-made lake, the fountain is 275 meters long (almost equivalent to the length of two football fields). The fountain is capable of spraying 83000 liters of water in the air at any given time and can jet the water spray to a maximum height of 150 meters (approximately to a height of a 50 storey building). The fountain uses over 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors to beautify its amazing themed dances.
5. Palm Islands
You need to take a helicopter ride over the Palm islands or try sky- diving over it to completely immerse in the beauty of the world’s largest man-made island, apparently, visible even from space. An outcome of intricate planning and immense hard work, the palm islands are built in a shape of a palm tree with 16 fronds and a crescent on top to further add to its beauty. Along with the seven million tons of rocks, the Palm Island has used over a 100 million cubic meters of sand for its Palm shape. It stretches about seven kilometers in the Arabian gulf and has added almost 180 kilometers to the Dubai shoreline. Palm islands is a creation never witnessed before in the world.
6. Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo
One of the biggest draws for tourists applying for Dubai Visa online are the stunning free attractions of the city that’s worth every penny spent in flying all the way from different parts of the globe. The Dubai Aquarium is one such jaw dropping tourist attraction that brings millions of tourists every year to the fascinating city of Dubai. The Dubai Aquarium is the world’s largest suspended acrylic aquarium in the world that houses over 33000 exotic and rare fishes of the world including sharks and rays. The aquarium stores over 10 million liters of water at a time in it and extends from the ground floor of the Dubai mall to the third floor. Right next to it is the Dubai underwater zoo that continues your awe inspiring journey with the marine life and takes you through a tunnel surrounded by the best known marines of the world. It offers a 180-degree view of aquatic beauty.
7. Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall is one of the many spectacular and world record holding malls of Dubai. But what gives it an edge over others is the fact that the mall is gorgeously designed in the theme of the legendary Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta and his explorations of six countries during his lifetime. It is the world’s biggest themed mall with six intricately designed courts including the India court, Egypt court, China court, Andalusia court, Persia court and the Tunisia court. Spread across an area of 521000 sq. meters and boasting of over 270 shops, the mall is into a further massive expansion stage with an addition of 28000 sq.mtr and 150 more shops. The mall is a visual treat with its splendid architecture and detailed beautification of each court as per the country’s local culture.
Dubai’s massive expansion was a government decision from shifting its image from an oil exporter to a major tourist destination. The project however ambitious, was a very risky one. But Dubai has proved it metal and today stands as a benchmark for most of the developing and even the developed nations of the world. Visit Dubai to fall in love with it.