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Dubai's world-famous attractions
Wherever you go in Dubai, you'll find the place has its own feel and character. Whether in the heritage-filled streets of Bur Dubai or the spanking new towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai never lacks for ambience and atmosphere. Here is a rundown of Dubai's unique neighbourhoods, with some of the attractions you can find in each.
Some of Dubai's oldest areas are in Deira. The various picturesque markets as the Spices Souk, the Gold Souk and the Deira Fish Market are worth a visit. The Corniche or waterfront makes an interesting walk with its rows of dhows which discharge their cargoes here. Many modern buildings such as hotels, malls and entertainment centres are also found here.
The roots of Dubai lie on the south side of the Creek, in Bur Dubai. Many historic sites and museums are located here, such as the Heritage and Diving Village in Al Shindagah. The Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, and some of the few original Arabic houses with wind-towers still standing are in Bur Dubai. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding located in the Al Fahidi area will help you learn about Emirati life and culture. The Al Fahidi Fort, constructed in 1787, now houses the Dubai Museum. There are many art galleries, cafes, hotels, and souks and shops that add interest to a walk through Bur Dubai.
Jumeirah is most famous for its beaches and iconic structures such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Madinat Jumeirah. The Wild Wadi Water Park is based here, and there are numerous restaurants, malls and boutiques. Just inland from the beach is the Safa Park which has gardens, lawns, playgrounds and sports fields.
Dubai World Trade Center
The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is a crucial element in Dubai’s establishment as a center of global commerce. The DWTC has earned a worldwide reputation as a leading convention destination. It has a million square feet of exhibition space, a selection of cafes and restaurants, and an open area, the Palm Garden that can host dinners and other entertainments. It also provides an array of services such as media, advertising, technical, engineering, and security solutions. Some of the region's signature events such GITEX shopper take place in the DWTC.
As much a symbol of Dubai as the Burj Al Arab or the Burj Khalifa, the Emirates Towers were the tallest buildings in the Middle East and Europe at the time of their completion. They are still the 23rd and 47th tallest buildings in the world respectively. There are two towers, the Jumeirah Towers Hotel and the Emirates Office Tower, connected by an expansive 90,000 square feet two-story retail complex known as "The Boulevard." The Complex is set in 42 acres of gardens with lakes and waterfalls.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
This is a financial Free Zone occupying 110 acres just south of the Dubai World Trade Center. As a Free Zone, it has its own legal system, not applicable to the rest of the UAE. It houses financial institutions like NASDAQ Dubai. Some leading restaurants such as La Petite Maison and Zuma find their homes here. It is an important art center, with galleries such as the XVA Gallery DIFC, and Art Sawa opening here.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is the centre of Downtown Dubai. It's viewing deck on the 124th floor, known as "At the Top", is a popular tourist attraction. Other stunning displays here are the Dubai Fountain and the Dubai Mall - the largest mall in the world. Nearby, the business district of Business Bay is developing apace with many hotels and office buildings fast coming up.
This is a modern community, built around the largest man-made marina in the world. It has many famous restaurants, and outdoor recreation and entertainment centers and some of the world's tallest apartment buildings. The seven-kilometer Dubai Marina Walk makes a captivating excursion with its boutiques and markets and the traditional Arab dhows or sailing boats that put out from the Yacht Club. The Dubai Metro's Red Line has a station here, connecting the Dubai Marina to central locations in the city.
Audacious in its conception, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree with 17 fronds, surrounded by a crescent-shaped island. It was billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World when initially announced. The Palm features a landmark development on its outer crescent, the "Atlantis The Palm" resort which has its own water park, private beach, and Dolphin Bay. You can visit the area by sea in the Dubai Ferry or ride in on the Palm Monorail that takes you to the Atlantis.
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