Dubai is a tourists paradise. It is astounding to realize that this futuristic creation in the United Arab Emirates began in 1971, yet the city itself existed at least 150 years before that. Dubai's rulers have been the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. A large portion of its $37 billion (USD) economy comes from tourism and other service businesses. It has emerged as a world-class business hub. The emirate has welcomed a largely foreign workforce by strongly supporting human rights.
The proximity of Dubai to India made it an important trade location. Prior to WW I it supported a thriving pearling industry. In the 1950’s an airport was built, electricity, and phone services became available. Oil was discovered and foreign workers--mainly from India and Pakistan--moved into the city.
Tourists can experience both the vibrant city life in Dubai (especially Dubai's nightlife) an move through the historic portion of the area as well. The famous gold souk in the old city to the amazing, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel may all be seen in an afternoon's tour. Comprehensive bus tours pick up visitors at their hotels and travel to boat docks where sights are seen from the water. Their first stop is the Burj Al Arab, one of the worlds most luxurious hotel. Then proceed to Jumeirah, palace, royal residential area, and home to the Jumeirah Mosque. Al Bastakiya is the atmospheric old quarter of Dubai by Creek Here, where travelers walk the walls of former Al Fahidi Fort. Cross the Creek aboard an Abra (water taxi) to the spice souk, time will be allowed to shop at the glistening gold souk, another famous Dubai landmark.
Explore the area around Dubai leaving on an early morning, hot-air balloon expedition into the heart of the desert. This unforgettable, exhilarating flight provides unrivaled views of giant red sand dunes, gazelles, wandering camel herds, and emerald green oases. Free drinks are included and a qualified, professional balloon pilot. The cool morning breeze greets you while you begin your ascent and the sunrise colors the desert sands. Guests are welcomed back by the locals who often gather when the hot air balloon lands.
In the midst of the desert is Dubai’s indoor ski resort. It is an amazing setting for snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. There is something there for everyone whether beginner or expert.
The Burj Dubai is the tallest skyscraper in the world. It is the centerpiece of downtown Dubai. Burj is Arabic for “tower.” Its design incorporated patterns found in Islamic architecture and was based on a desert flower with six petals. The tower’s height is more than 700 meters high with a breathtaking view of the entire area.
The Palm Islands are man-made, built by the Dubai government to add prime seaside land area. They have been dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. Along with them exists the world's first luxury underwater hotel, the Hydropolis. It has already been compared to a sea turtle or a jellyfish. The land on which it is built belongs to the Crown Prince of Dubai. These are some of the things to see while visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Getting to Dubai is made easy with the ultra modern Dubai International Airport just 2 1/2 miles outside of the city. Linked to the airport via the Dubai Metro or just a short cab ride,
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