The Emirate of Dubai is the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates but has the biggest population at over 2.1 million inhabitants. Size has been synonymous with Dubai as it continues to build the first, largest and the biggest constructions in the world. Dubai’s dynamics are always transient and ever-changing with its constant urge to construct something better and bigger than the previous.
Dubai constantly dwells in a suppressive competition with itself trying to magnetize tourists to a dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries. The emirate’s scoring points lie in its entrepreneurial abilities to create the inconceivable found in its tourist attractions, landmarks, shopping centres, parks, nightlife and hotels. Although it strictly safeguards its traditional practices, it allows space for other religions to breathe, a rare quality amongst the conservative Arab world.
Thankfully, it has been successful in shielding itself from extremism, much-needed for it to survive. Today, Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and a business and cultural hub of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region. A newbie tourist to Dubai can get confused as it offers an exciting abundance of attractions, activities, exhibitions, shopping and nightlife. Here’s a top list of things to do when holidaying in Dubai.
Dubai is known for its world firsts. One astounding example is the series of artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf. Palm Jumeirah, which looks like a stylized palm tree from above, was the first offshore development of its kind, and was originally billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
In addition to the many hotels and resorts on the islands, you can sail around Palm Jumeirah in a yacht or speedboat offered by one of the many private touring companies, or hop aboard the Palm Monorail that runs to the Atlantis resort.