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What to Do in Dubai?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dubai is the second largest emirate within the United Arab Emirates. It is a desert city-state on the shores of the beautiful Arabian Gulf, replete with clean, sandy beaches and clear, blue-green waters. It has an ancient heritage that survives amidst the skyscrapers and highways of a modern, cosmopolitan city. Dubai offers a breath-taking variety of attractions and activities for visitors.

Dubai Museum & Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House A trip to the Dubai museum will give you a glimpse into Dubai’s fascinating past. We also advise to visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s house to view a collection of old photographs. The Heritage and Diving Village at Dubai is a must see for all traditional arts and crafts lovers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”8247\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]La Mer

Enjoy laid-back fun at La Mer, Dubai’s eclectic beachfront. Explore bustling backstreets, treat the kids to action-packed fun, or kick back on the beach with a breeze for company.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in the region.

It’s the home of three world-class theme parks and one water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, the grand entrance plaza, and a Polynesian themed family resort.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”8119\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6975\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Al Bastakia
Al Bastakia Area in Bur Dubai dates back to the early 1900s, and occupies the eastern section of the old town along the Creek, extending to a length of 300 meters, and depth of 200 meters in the southern direction. This area represents an important area in the history of architecture, and the urban development of the town.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Jumeirah Mosque
One of the largest and most beautiful mosques is the Jumeirah Mosque. It is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture and is built of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, the mosque is a city landmark in Dubai. It is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting throws its artistry into relief.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6977\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6980\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab which has become an iconic symbol of Dubai is a part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort, it is designed to resemble a billowing sail; the hotel soars to a height of 321 meters, dominating the Dubai coastline. At night, it offers an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]The Burj Khalifa
Skyscraper , Dubai’s unique landmark and urban masterpiece, is a world-class destination and the magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai. The world’s tallest building and tallest man made structure, at a height of 2,716.5-foot-tall, is surrounded by hotels , must-visit shopping destinations and a world of entertainment options. More than just the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East. The Burj offers unparalleled vistas from the Gulf to the Arabian Desert and beyond. Situated on the 124th floor, is the Burj Khalifa’s Observation Deck, where at 442 meters, it offers visitors the most magnificent views of the Dubai skyline from what is considered the highest outdoor observation deck in the world[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6981\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6984\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Palm Islands
Palm Islands Dubai (Jumeirah Palm Island one of the islands) are one of the most ambitious real-estate developments on earth, heralded as the 8th wonder of the world. These artificial islands have been designed to cater to the tourists coming to the city, they house luxury resorts and hotels such as the Atlantis and resorts, private villas, shopping malls, water theme parks as well as eateries and health spas. They are definitely very spectacular and not to miss by anyone visiting Dubai.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Creek
Dubai may be famous for the glitz and glamour of its sky-high towers, but the real heart of the city is, and always will be, the Creek. The saltwater estuary is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe settled, and its waters were vital for what used to be Dubai\’s main forms of economy: pearl diving and fishing. Today, the area is awash with the history of the emirate, as it\’s home to the Dubai Museum as well as the labyrinthine alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souks. While at the Creek, a ride across the water on a traditional abra is a must, and at an unbelievable AED1 per ticket, it\’s easily the best value tourist attraction in the city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6985\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6983\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]The Walk and The Beach at JBR
For those who like to shop, dine, see a movie and go to the beach all in one place, consider a trip to The Beach opposite JBR. With guest DJs pumping out the tunes on weekends, a regular open air cinema and a popular water park to entertain the little ones for an hour or two, JBR is always buzzing with activity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Parks and Resorts (Opening October 2016)
The soon-to-open theme parks of the Dubai Parks and Resorts, including Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, Riverland Dubai and even the Lapita Hotel.

The firm will exhibit at the upcoming Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2016 exhibition, where visitors will get a chance to see the destination come to life with holograms, interactive experiences and characters and performers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6989\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]SHOPPING MALLS AND SOUQS
Dubai is labeled as the “Shopping Capital of the Middle East”. With so many shopping malls and souqs, there’s no better place to find products at unbeatable prices. It is truly a duty free shopper’s paradise. Dubai’s numerous shopping malls cater to every consumer need, clothing both prêt a porter and haute couture, jewelry, electronics, furnishing, gift items and souvenirs, sporting equipment, and any other goods will likely all be under the same roof. Luckily this year, our congress is taking place during the famous Dubai Shopping Festival. All shopping malls are open all days of the week from 10:00 to 22:00, except on Fridays where some shops open after the Friday Prayer (14:00 onwards)


SHOPPING MALLS[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6986\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Mall
Actual retail space about 3.8m sq ft, and internal area about 5.9m sq ft including posh restaurants, an Olympic ice-skating rink, and the largest goldfish bowl you’ve ever seen. The Dubai Mall is opened daily from 10:00 am to midnight. You may also enjoy visiting the Opera House recently opened.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Mall of the Emirates
The Mall of the Emirate on Sheikh Zayed Road has over 400 stores and entertainment options that include Ski Dubai- the world’s largest indoor ski park, a 14-screen Cinema and Dubai Community Arts and Theatre. It also has 65 restaurants and coffee shops with everything from fast food to themed restaurants and exclusive dining alternatives. This is one of the largest malls outside North America and one of the biggest malls in Dubai.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6988\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6987\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Dubai Outlet Mall
It is home to over 200 stores offering top brands at heavily discounted prices of up to 90 percent (last season’s products of course). Products available include clothes, shoes, sportswear and sporting goods, perfumes and cosmetics, electrical goods, watches, sunglasses, furniture, and toys.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Festival Waterfront Centre
Festival Waterfront Centre brings together a magnificent retail offering, an unsurpassed selection of restaurants and cafés and a rich entertainment experience all within an architectural masterpiece. It features 550 shops, including 20 anchor stores, 90 restaurants, cafés and bistros, a 12-screen Cinema, and a vast entertainment centre.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6993\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6992\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Ibn Battuta Mall
Named after famous traveller and explorer Ibn Battuta. The mall is split into five main courts: China, India, Persia, Egypt and Andalusia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Deira City Centre
With over 350 shops, Deira City Center is considered to be one of the most popular mall of Dubai, it adjoins the Sofitel City Centre Hotel opposite the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6991\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6999\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Mercato Mall
“Mercato” is the Italian word for “market,” and this mall is modeled after the Italian Renaissance. The structural design is intended to create the feel of the Mediterranean.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Wafi Shopping Mall
Wafi Shopping Mall is regarded as one of the most elegant shopping complexes in Dubai, having distinct pyramid shaped atrium roofs. It houses a popular family entertainment center, Encounter Zone, features a roller-blading rink, virtual reality simulators, a 3D motion theatre, and crystal maze. The Khan Murjan underground souk, which was recently inaugurated is part of the Wafi Center complex and is designed as the 14th century Souq – the Khan Murjan Caravanserai in Baghdad, Iraq.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”7000\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]SOUQS[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6998\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Gold Souq
The gold souq is a vibrant centre for gold-loving buyers. There are plenty of designs to choose from. The most popular are 24-carat, you can also get 18, 21 and 22 carat gold.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Souq Madinat Jumeirah
Souq Madinat Jumeirah offers a colorful and vibrant market experience in an Arabian city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6995\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6997\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Souq Al Bahar
Souk Al Bahar is an Arabesque shopping mall and entertainment destination located in the heart of the prestigious Downtown Burj Dubai, on the Old Town Island.Souk Al Bahar includes over 130 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes 25 restaurants, cafés and lounges framing the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade. Souk Al Bahar is linked to Dubai Mall and the future Burj Dubai tallest building in the World.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Spice Souq
The Iranian shops in the spice souq stock just about any spice you could think of. The thin alleyways of the souq are fragranced by the pungent spices the vendors have on display. Big barrels of cumin, dried lemons and coriander seed surround you on all sides and vie for space alongside baskets of star of anise, stacks of cinnamon sticks and oodles of frankincense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”6996\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]DESERT SAFARI AND DUBAI TOURS[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”7001\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Desert Safari
A trip to the Middle East is not complete without exploring the massive sand dunes of the Arabian deserts. Why not take a camel ride, or try sand surfing down the huge red sand dunes when the sun goes down, huddle around the campfire for a BBQ dinner and belly dancing show.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]The Big Bus Tour
The Big Bus aims to give you the most enjoyable and memorable experience of life in Dubai. From the towering sail shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to the mysterious gold and spice souqs, what better way to see Dubai’s breathtaking views?

So, hop onto the big brownish- red double decker bus for a quick tour of Dubai’s main attractions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”7003\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=\”1/3\”][vc_single_image image=\”7002\” img_size=\”full\” css_animation=\”appear\”][/vc_column][vc_column width=\”2/3\”][vc_column_text]Hot Air Ballooning
Glide gently in a hot air balloon over giant sand dunes, wandering camels, oasis and rugged mountains, while you marvel at breathtaking views of the sunrise and its magical effect on the desert vistas.

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