A constantly growing city, Dubai is peerless in many ways. It is the most populous emirate of the seven United Arab Emirates, and it functions similarly to an independent city-state. Its stunning infrastructure and outstanding tourist amenities make it an incredibly popular destination for visitors from all over the world. The superb city is also the most progressive emirate in the UAE, which has a significant positive impact on its economy.
Why is Dubai So Rich?
The city is a place of opulence and luxury services. The gold trade is blooming here with many jewellery shops scattered everywhere. Everything about it is grand and majestic, with almost no place for the ordinary. Tourists often find themselves in complete awe at the level of luxury they experience at every step, because even though this many not officially be the richest city in the world, it definitely looks like it.
One of the main reasons why Dubai is so popular is precisely the fact that it is unexpectedly spectacular for a desert settlement with no natural river or other body of fresh water. Some might inaccurately believe that the emirate’s economy and success comes mainly from the oil industry, but the reality is that Dubai does not have an enormous supply of it. Actually, experts estimate them to completely deplete in the next twenty years. So people in Dubai have learned to focus on more long-term lucrative industries, such as tourism, real estate, financial services and aviation. It continues to grow at a remarkable pace, even though the global economic crash of 2008 had a huge negative impact of the emirate. Dubai is now a desert city of majestic buildings, with an almost out-of-this-world skyline, much like a futuristic oasis.
This is a city of seemingly endless infrastructure possibilities, where any archaeological dream can come true. There are countless amazing photos of Dubai on the internet showing different attractions within the emirate and alluring tourists from all over the world with their greatness.
The spectacular underwater hotel rooms at the five-star Atlantis, The Palm, the iconic Dubai Mall, The World Islands, and even the National Bank of Dubai building are all excellent examples of urban majesty.
A City of Superlatives
Successfully merging traditions with futuristic visions, Dubai manages to amaze the world with its boldness and ambition. An artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree, another one shaped like the map of our world, an indoor ski destination in the middle of the desert, a giant aquarium, and the world’s only seven-star hotel (unofficially called so) are all part of the unforgettable Dubai experience. And let’s not forget the world’s largest shopping mall, the fastest roller coaster, the tallest building, and also the most spectacular police cars.
The Luxury Indulgence Itinerary
For ultimate relaxation and indulgence seekers, there are endless pamper options to choose from. Probably our favorite choice is the Indulgence Itinerary, which takes guests through a variety of luxury experiences over three days, covering eight wonderful destinations.
Day one will take you on a spoiling trip across the world’s largest shopping metropolis, otherwise known as Dubai Mall. Revamp your wardrobe, do your Christmas shopping, or get yourself that much coveted designer item that you’ve been dreaming of for so long. When hunger strikes, head towards At.mosphere, a fine-dining restaurant in the clouds, located on the 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa tower. Complete the day with a stop at the lavish Armani Spa in the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa.
The relaxation continues on the second day of the itinerary, only this time the experience is slightly more exotic, taking place in the desert. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is a place of ultimate serenity, its name actually meaning “gateway to the sun”. It is the perfect spot for a day of spa pampering, as well as an ideal place for fine dining. Your day will end at the resort’s Al Hadheerah picturesque restaurant, where entertainment shows include live music, falconry displays, and henna artists.
On day three you will enjoy excellent music and breathtaking views all in one place: the 360° Restaurant, one of the Top 100 best clubs in the world. Another round of body and mind pampering will happen at Talise Ottoman Spa at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, where every single guest is treated like royalty. The third stop of the day is at the Aprons & Hammers marine club, where you will enjoy a dining experience like no other: you will be given aprons, hammers and a series of other tools with which to crack your way to the delicious food that includes mussles, jumbo shrimps, lobsters and more.
The Ultimate Family Destination
Dubai may be filled with lots of fun destinations for adults, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also bring the children along! There are countless exciting activities and destinations within the emirate that have been specifically designed for parents to enjoy together with their little ones.
You can get a little more adventurous with interior skydiving at iFLY Dubai, or chill by the water as your kids have tons of fun in the mini water park at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Nature enthusiasts will absolutely love the Dubai Miracle Garden, where over 45 million flowers defy the arid desert in a unique spectacle of color and life.
The Global Village is yet another excellent family destination, with 31 pavilions, each representing a different country and offering countless treats and trinkets, while street entertainers keep the spirits high. Some dining venues, like Beachcombers at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, also offer delicious options for children, as well as fun play areas.
Dubai Interesting Facts and Information
- The official national language is Arabic, but English is used as a second language by pretty much everybody.
- The weekend is on Friday and Saturday. This represents a compromise between observing Friday as a holy day for Muslims and having two days off at the end of the week for westerners.
- The dress code in Dubai is not as strict as some might expect: it is not compulsory to respect the Islamic dress code, but there are certain prohibitions on wearing revealing and “indecent” clothing. The only places where these rules are not enforced in public places are the bars, clubs and beaches.
- Kissing and overt displays of affection in public are illegal.
- Homosexuality is also illegal and punishable by the death penalty.
- The official state religion of the UAE is Islam, but Dubai is tolerant of other religious communities, who can own houses of worship in the city.
- Dubai is the future host for the next International Trade Fair, Expo 2020.
- The weather is mostly hot and humid, with average high temperatures of 106 °F (41 °C) in the summer and average lows of 75 °F (24 °) in the winter.
- The name of the UAE currency is dirham (AED)