Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dubai

1. Shopping

Dubai is one of the world’s retail capitals, with massive malls like the Dubai Mall and lively souks selling everything from fresh spices to perfume. You’ll find stores selling leading luxury brands like Givenchy and Chanel as well as souvenir markets where haggling is expected.

2. Sunshine

Dubai hardly ever experiences temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and rainfall is rare, one of the major reasons why tourists flock to its sun decks and beaches. Perfect your tan on the beach at Jumeirah or splash about in waterparks like Wild Wadi and Aquaventure.

3. The Desert

Dubai’s desert setting is one of its greatest charms, and it’s easy to explore the nearby dunes. Just book a desert safari or a “dune bashing” excursion with tour providers like Desert Safari Dubai, and they will provide you with the quad bikes and 4x4s needed to master the desert terrain.

4. Culture

Dubai is also a cultural center in the Arab world. Music is a huge part of Dubai’s cultural life – with big shows like Les Miserables at the Dubai Opera and live pop and jazz artists at venues like Stereo Arcade and MusicHall. Art is also a local passion, and Art Dubai (held in March) is one of the fastest growing art festivals in the world.

5. Skiing

Yes. Skiing. Although Dubai is a desert emirate, that doesn’t mean you have to be restricted to sunbathing or watching the camel races. In fact, you can ski and snowboard all year round, thanks to the massive indoor alpine center at the Mall of the Emirates. Going from 100 degrees in the shade to -10 is an incredible experience.

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Facts about Dubai…

Dubai  is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Established in the 18th century as a small fishing village, the city grew rapidly in the early 21st century into a cosmopolitan metropolis with a focus on tourism and hospitality. Dubai is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. This can be accredited to Dubai’s mix of cosmopolitan lifestyle and local culture, as well as the city’s having the second most five-star hotels in the world and the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Because of upcoming competition and other reasons, the taller Creek Tower is being built to keep that title.

Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai aims to be the business hub of Western Asia. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the development of the city, which was already a major mercantile hub. A centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai’s economy relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. Oil production contributed less than 1 percent of the emirate’s GDP in 2018. The city has a population of around 2.9 million (as of 2017).

Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions. As of 2018, Dubai is the fourth most-visited city in the world based on the number of international visitors and the fastest growing, increasing by a 10.7% rate. The city hosted 14.9 million overnight visitors in 2016, and is expected to reach 20 million tourists by 2020.

A great tourist attraction in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building on Earth. Although, Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is aiming to be taller.

Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East”. Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping centres, including the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall. Dubai is also known for the historical souk districts located on either side of its creek. Traditionally, dhows from East Asia, China, Sri Lanka, and India would discharge their cargo and the goods would be bargained over in the souks adjacent to the docks. Dubai Creek played a vital role in sustaining the life of the community in the city and was the resource which originally drove the economic boom in Dubai. As of September 2013, Dubai creek has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many boutiques and jewellery stores are also found in the city. Dubai is also referred to as “the City of Gold” as the Gold Souk in Deira houses nearly 250 gold retail shops.

Dubai Creek Park in Dubai Creek also plays a vital role in Dubai tourism as it showcase some of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai such as Dolphinarium, Cable Car, Camel Ride, Horse Carriage and Exotic Birds Shows.

Dubai has a wide range of parks like Safa park, Mushrif park, Hamriya park, etc. Each park is uniquely distinct from the other. Mushrif park showcases different houses around the world. A visitor can check out the architectural features of the outside as well as the inside of each house.

Some of the most popular beaches in Dubai are Umm Suqeim Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park, JBR Open Beach, Kite Beach, Black Palace Beach and Royal Island Beach Club.

Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2019 found that tourists spend more in Dubai than in any other country. In 2018, the country topped the list for the fourth year in a row with a total spend of $30.82 billion. The average spend per day was found to be $553.

In October 2019, Dubai loosened its liquor laws for the first time, under which it allowed tourists to purchase alcohol from state-controlled stores. Previously, alcohol was accessible only for locals with special licences. The crucial policy shift came as the United Arab Emirates witnessed a severe economic crisis that led to a drop in alcohol sales by volume.

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