Dubai Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Dubai Sightseeing - with Wired Destinations
Dubai has a taste for eye-catching architecture with an expression of numerous notable structures that make their mark on the city's skyline. Some striking examples include the Emirates Towers, the Burj Al Arab in Jumeira, and Dubai International Airport's control tower.
If you want to experience a piece of Dubai history, then Bur Dubai is the place to be. Traveling on one of the abras, you are just minutes away from the Dubai Museum, the Grand Mosque and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktourm’s house which provides the best example of conventional architecture in the region. Indeed, if you are a fan of architecture in a traditional sense, then a visit to the Bastakiya district is well worth the trip as entire districts appear to have remained in the mid 19th century!
The Children’s City for the kids at Dubai Creekside Park is an enormous fun park (7700 square meter) that takes children through sciences, space and the human body, harboring a useful educational tool along with an abundance of activities to keep even the most demanding children happy and occupied.
The Encounter Zone, on the third floor of the Wafi Center, is a state-of-the-art adventure playground for everyone. Some of the great attractions on offer include the virtual reality roller coaster, the Horror Chambers and the Crystal Maze. Free admission for everyone means that your wallet won’t be dented either!
Some other gems of Dubai that are well worth a visit include a trip to the beautiful Jumeirah Beach, where guests of Jumeirah Beach hotels can participate in numerous water sports, diving or just enjoy the scenic surroundings. The Heritage Village attempts to bring back some local color amongst the 21st century skyline. Here you will find the Bedouin way of life, with locals dressed in traditional outfits with plentiful singing and dancing taking place. Local handicrafts and artifacts can also be purchased. The Al Fadhi Fort, which is host to the Dubai Museum and the opulent part of Dubai and the Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef are also great destinations to view.
The impression of high-rise office buildings, luxury Dubai hotels, world-renowned race courses, gigantic shopping centers and international tennis and golf courses may be a bit overwhelming, but it is still possible to encounter the remnants of old Dubai. The Dubai Museum is the perfect place you to begin your Dubai sightseeing tour. The museum is located in Al Fahidi Fort near the center of Bur Dubai. Open from Saturday to Thursday 8.30am – 8.30pm. You will see the archaeological finds dating back 5,000 years in Dubai's history. There are exhibition halls that bring the atmosphere of the souk, the Emirate's traditional architecture and the local community.
The Al Fahidi Fort was build to defend the town against foreign invasions. There are large towers and three huge halls facing the courtyard. These halls formerly served as Dubai's jail up until 1971. Travelers can see old bronze cannons, a meeting room (majtis) and a collection of boats used for pearl diving and fishing. New exhibition halls were built in 1995 at the fort's underground extension.
Starting from the fort, walk towards the Diwan (the ruler's office) for a Dubai Heritage Walk. You will walk past the Ali bin Abi Talib Road, a busy street lined with small shops, which brings the Grand Mosque into view. The Grand Mosque is one of the oldest Dubai mosques. You will also see the Ali bin Abitaleb Mosque featuring colorful mosaics and wooden screens. However, non-Muslims are requested not to enter the mosque.
Walk towards the creek, to find a large wooden gateway which marks the entrance to the old souk. Small, colorful clothing shops line the streets, with a wooden roof that covers the narrow streets to the historical Bastakia, close to the Diwan. The Bur Dubai abra terminal is located in the old souk and provides an inexpensive experience of Emirates travel. These wooden boats cross to the terminal on Deira and Bani Yas Road. Deira is another starting point to continue on a journey into the spice and gold souks, while the Bani Yas Road leads to the electronics souk in Al Nasr Square.
Jumeirah is a world-famous holiday destination. Attractions around the area include the Wild Wadi Water Park and the Jumeirah Sceirah, the tallest freefall slide outside North America. The Madinat Jumeirah is home to an Arabian souk and was built around a network of canals. It is also home to a number of restaurants, cafes and some luxury Jumeirah Hotels.
The Jumeirah Mosque sits on Jumeirah Road, between the city and the coast. Attractions around the area are endless, including the Italianate Mercato Mall, the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al Sheef open air museum and the Jumeirah Beach Park.
The world's two man-made islands have been built in Jumeirah, the Palm Jumeirah and the Palm Jebel Ali which give Dubai an additional 120 km of white sandy beach. Numerous Jumeirah hotels are built here, plus some shopping malls, health spas and entertainment complexes.
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