When you first hear the word Dubai, you might jump to preconceived notions about this beautiful country that aren’t necessarily true. Dubai is a stunning, constantly growing country full of culture and diversity that’s more than worth exploring.
Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai has more than enough extravagant architecture, gorgeous gardens, and stunning landscapes to see. If you need a little bit of convincing as to why Dubai should be on your bucket list of destinations, here are a few sights that are a must-see!
Burj Al Arab
Known for being one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab does not disappoint in overindulgence. Perched on an artificial Island, the hotel is adorned with fountains that shoot up to the high ceilings, lavish chandeliers hanging from golden ceilings, and a beautiful view of the Dubai Skyline. Of course, not everyone has $1,800 to spend on a night in the world’s only “seven-star” hotel. Even if you don’t plan to stay at the hotel, visiting the hotel or sharing a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants is worth it in itself!
Riding through the desert sands, exploring its wildlife, and enjoying a gorgeous desert sunset are only few of the experiences that make this safari so worthwhile. After trekking through the sand dunes in the backseat of a 4×4, you’re given time to snap photos of the desert as the sun casts down, view the exotic birds and wildlife, experience a camel ride, and enjoy a buffet dinner under the stars as part of the cultural experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’ll never forget and would recommend anyone seeking a different kind of adventure.
You’re never too old for the water park, especially not this one. Even if you don’t plan on visiting the water park, the hotel is a sight to see in itself. Ceiling high glass tanks with exotic fish and sharks swimming at every corner, colorfully bedecked pillars and arched entrances make this hotel truly feel like you’re in Atlantis. The water park is surrounded by palm trees, water slides of every size, and even a tube ride that takes you into the underwater wildlife’s sanctuary. I have never in my life been to such an extravagant hotel and water park, and the five year old inside of me couldn’t resist putting this one on the list!
Jumeirah Beach Residence
This waterfront strip leads through restaurants, boutiques and the charming condos and homes that line the beautiful Jumeirah beach. Not too far away lays the Dubai Marina and its walkway which overlooks the water, and the city’s many skyscrapers (the famous Burj Khalifa).
This list could go on and on as I reminisce about all of the wonderful experiences I was able to have while viewing such beautiful sights. Dubai may have different rules as it is part of the United Arab Emirates and follows Muslim and Sharia laws, but these are not difficult to follow at all, and should not deter you from visiting such a beautiful country.
Have you ever been to, or wanted to visit Dubai? I’d love to hear your stories!