United Arab Emirates


A highly developed oasis in the middle of the desert, Dubai exceeded my expectations. The obvious attractions are the hi-tech infrastructure and building projects, and in Dubai there are plenty. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world is stunning. I've been wanting to see it for a while and was positively impressed. It stands out from the skyscraper crowd and looks nothing short of the alien embassy on Earth - it's not just the height, but also its architecture and thousands of glass panes gleaming in the sun.

The downtown area surrounding the tower is neat and nice; high up from the viewing platform it looks like an architecture model (don't miss the fountain show at night).

Other impressive sights include the world famous Burj al Arab Hotel, the palm-shaped Jumeirah Archipelago with the Atlantis Hotel, the Jumeirah Mosque and the Madinat Jumeirah Souq (market).

Dubai is a shopping paradise.The Mall of Emirates has 220 thousand sqm of shops and includes Dubai's very own indoor ski course. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall with 350 thousand sqm of retail area and over 1,000 shops; it includes the largest suspended aquarium in the world.

Enjoy Dubai's local food delicacies and the city's distinct culture, and don't forget to finish your trip with a desert safari - touristy, yes, but nice.

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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Dubai

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