Flights to Dubai
- Things to know
OUR SAVVY TRAVEL GUIDE TO GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TIME IN DUBAI.
The jewel of the Middle East, Dubai’s emergence as one of the most popular destinations in the world for both business and tourism has to be one of the marvels of the 21st century. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Dubai has vastly expanded in a blink of an eye into a major holiday resort for those wishing to experience the finer things in life.
Although Dubai is considered relatively small in population of just over 2m, they are definitely a Goliath in terms of their expansion plans of building everything bigger and better than the rest of the world from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifah to the largest shopping Mall in the World, the mall of the Emirates. It doesn’t end there, they also boast the self proclaimed only 7* hotel in the world, The Burj Al Arab (although not an official rating) which is extravagantly finished with lashings of gold leaf on every chair to every door handle with a fleet of Rolls Royce phantoms neatly parked at the entrance waiting to pick up guests.
Still not convinced? How about the tallest water slide in the world at the Wild Wadi waterpark or the largest man made island in the world, the Palm Island or maybe a ski slope in a shopping centre? There’s also no exception with the choice of restaurants with a whole host of Michelin starred chefs opening up a string of eateries serving up high class cuisines from around the world. Policing this great modern day metropolis, the Dubai police force with their very own range of Lamborghini’s! Some would argue that this is a step too far considering Dubai has one of the lowest crime rates in the world but then again Dubai doesn’t do things in half.
Wherever you go in Dubai your never too far away from the lavish, over-the-top extravagance but this is blended in seamlessly with the old historical side found in the Bur Dubai area. Home to the souks where you can buy cheap Gold, the area has an air of Asian influence with many of Dubai’s labourers working on their relentless expansion plans residing their.
So whether its uber luxury or an affordable getaway, Dubai has it all
The key areas in Dubai
Downtown: Bur Dubai and Deira are considered to be “Downtown”, however Downtown Dubai is now at center of “New Dubai” between Dubai Marina on the south end and the border with the town of Sharjah to the north. It includes the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, and lots of other skyscrapers and hotels.
Dubai Marina: The development that edges Jebel Ali, the world’s largest man-made port and is jam-packed with skyscrapers. It merges with “Jumeirah Beach Walk” which has some of the most popular restaurants, inns, and an open-air market.
Satwa: Dubai’s Little India and Little Manila is understandably named after its residents. The area is famous for gold and textiles at really reasonable prices.
Karama: A diverse commercial residential area, another one of Dubai’s Little India and Little Manila, where cheap food and local shops are commonplace.
Bur Dubai: An ancient district, Bur Dubai ranges from Jumeirah to the creek, where the creek splits Bur Dubai from Deira. Tourist attractions from Abrams to souks to moving restaurants to the well-known creek are located here.
Deira: Dubai’s ancient financial center, currently Deira is a lively commercial-residential region with some ancient souks and a great place to find spices.