What You Simply Must See in Dubai


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Dubai has not been dubbed the playground of the rich and famous for nothing. It is now one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan destinations where you can do anything from sunbathing to skiing in one afternoon.

It is home to many ex-pats as more companies recognize the benefits of opening up branches there.  The nightlife, the shopping, the dining and the sight-seeing is second to none. Here is a quick guide to what you should pack into your trip to Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa

You simply must head to downtown Dubai and check out the Burj Khalifa. This magnificent feat of engineering is currently the tallest skyscraper in the world although China is building a higher structure. Apparently, another even higher structure is also planned for Dubai so the competition will continue! It towers a full 828 meters above the ground and holds 160 stories. It opened in January 2010 and took just over six years to build. When you travel in the super high-speed lift up to one of the two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors, your ears will actually pop as they do when you gain altitude in a plane. It is a unique experience.

You can even dine in the restaurant-bar on the 122nd floor. Dining out in Dubai is always a pleasure but to ensure that you get what you want are not disappointed, you need to check out for the best deals and top advice for your stay.

Once you get up to the observation deck on the 124th floor (425m off the ground) you can gaze down at the city below or use the high-powered telescopes to peer out at the desert. This is the best place to view the Dubai Fountains.

The Dubai Mall

Shopping is a way of life in Dubai and it is well known for its shopping precincts. If you are a fan of retail therapy, this is one place that you must visit. It is located in downtown Dubai at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa. It has been named as the biggest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination in the world so check it out at

You will not be short of things to see and buy in the 1.1 million square metres of retail and entertainment space. In order to do it justice you really need to spend all day there. You can wander in and out of the 1200 retail outlets perusing goods from Armani to Zara. If you want to spend some serious money (and a lot of people in Dubai do) then you can get your hit of haute couture on the Mall’s Fashion Avenue where you’ll find the latest collections from Versace, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney.

If you need a break from all that shopping, there are plenty of places to eat and drink where you can get anything from a quick coffee to a full fine dining experience. This is also where you will find the Dubai Aquarium and the Dubai Ice Rink so you have some fun once you have finished shopping!