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Dubai tourist attractions – Part 1

Dubai is a city known for its impressive blend of modern architecture, luxury shopping, and cultural experiences. On my previous post, I’ve written about my experiences when I went to Dubai and here I’m going to tell you a little bit about some of the tourist attractions that thousands and thousands of people visit every year.

Dubai Mall adjacent to the Burj Khalifa, the shopping centre is considered the biggest in the world. There are more than 1200 shops, 120 restaurants and cafes and 14,000 car parking slots. It’s not just a mall; it’s a place for indoor ice skating, a visit to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and exploring high-end boutiques. Also, envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, the Armani Hotel Dubai occupies 11 floors of the Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. It has a deluxe spa and has direct access to Dubai Mall. You can book your stay there clicking here.

There is a luxury sector called Fashion Avenue, with distinctive décor and dozens of the most expensive designer stores in the world, like Chanel, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Missoni, etc.

Dubai MallInside the Dubai Mall, there is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, a giant aquarium whose protection is considered the “largest acrylic screen in the world”.

Dubai Aquarium, Dubai MallIn the outdoor area of the mall is the Dubai Fountain. In its lake happens a water show every 30 minutes, from 18h to 23h. It is so beautiful that I couldn’t stop looking at it.
HOT TIP: to have an unforgettable view of the water show (like on the pictures below), go to Joe’s Cafe and ask for a table outside. The food price is decent, and you won’t regret it.

The Dubai Mall also has an annexe called Souk al Bahar, less busy with great handbag and pashminas stores at negotiable prices.

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and it is located at the Dubai Mall area. The entrance to the attraction “At the Top” allows you to visit the observatory on floor 124 of the building and is located at the LG level of Dubai Mall, next to the food court. Tickets can be purchased at the mall or on the internet. The car parking is at Dubai Mall, Level 1 (section M) of the cinema (green).

Box Park retail park made out of refitted shipping containers. We didn’t have time to go there, but it seems a good choice for a quiet dinner.

We didn’t visit these places but here is some information about it anyway:

Deira District is the oldest part of Dubai and where is the famous Gold Souk, a very interesting place. There, the souvenirs are cheaper than anywhere else. Do not forget to ask for a discount. Prices fall as much as 50% or more, depending on your bargaining talent.

Spice Souk you find spices, herbs, incense, medicinal products, teas, stones and other natural wares.
There is also the Perfume Souk, Fish Souk and Souk Textiles.

Creek is a channel that divides the centre of Dubai into two parts, on one side is Bur Dubai and on the other the Deira district. To cross, just take one of the boats called “abra”. The “abra” was one of the primary means of transport of the region in the old days and still very used now. It takes 5 minutes to cross and costs 1AED.

I have to apologise because the quality of some of the pictures are not as good as I would like them to be. My camera was with a problem in the lens at the time and couldn’t focus properly. It is a shame!

On my next post you can read more about some more impressive tourist attractions in this amazing city. And don’t forget to read my post about the beautiful beaches in Dubai here.
Have a lovely day!

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