If you’re tuned into the world of travel or have scrolled through social media lately, chances are you’ve probably seen loads of people either traveling to Dubai or planning to travel to Dubai. So, why is Dubai such a popular vacation destination? This city has more to offer than meets the eye and boasts something for every member of your travel group!
1. Delicious food
Dubai is truly a melting pot of cultures which makes it any food lovers’ dream. From Thai to Turkish to Japanese to the country’s own Emirati cuisine, there is always an option for any craving you may have. While Dubai does offer a range of foreign cuisine, don’t miss out on trying some of the amazing Emirati dishes the city has to offer. A few must-try foods include samboosa, Arabic coffee, chebab, and luqaimat.
2. Security of safety
In 2020, Dubai was ranked one of the safest cities in the world for travelers. The crime rate (especially directed at tourists) is extremely low, and the city is heavily monitored. As with traveling to any international destination, just be smart about your decisions and always be mindful about following local laws and regulations.
3. High-end shopping
You can’t talk about Dubai without mentioning the insane shopping options the city has to offer. In fact, Dubai is home to the second-largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall, that is not only known for its shopping but also its offering of entertainment from an ice rink to an aquarium. The Mall of the Emirates is another huge mall boasting over 500 stores and is most famous for its indoor ski slope. And while there is no shortage of luxury shopping in Dubai, make sure to visit the city’s famous night market to stock up on good food and beautiful textiles.
4. Booming art scene
Dubai has never been known for its art scene, but it has been steadily growing throughout the past few years. Because Dubai is known for being extravagant, you can be sure that the art lives up to the same hype. The stunning exhibitions and galleries are truly a must-see for any art lover or simple admirer alike.
5. Turquoise beaches
The city and the beach? What more can a traveler ask for?! Dubai is known for its gorgeous turquoise beaches spanning over 600 miles of sandy shores. There is a mix of private and public beaches for you to visit! If you do decide to relax on the gorgeous beaches of Dubai, just remember to be respectful of the country’s customs. Only wear a bathing suit when you’re on the beach or by the pool and do not take any photos or videos on public beaches.
6. Easy transportation
Being one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, Dubai makes it really easy to get around. The best way to get to your destination is by taxi or Uber as the prices are relatively low and it’s usually the quickest route. Dubai also has an amazing metro system that services almost 50 stations including the airport. You can also travel by boat if you’re looking to cross the Dubai Creek. It’s super cheap and the views are unbeatable. While you can rent a car in Dubai, it’s not usually recommended for tourists as navigating the city can be difficult for first-timers.
7. Breathtaking skyline and architecture
You’ve most likely seen pictures of Dubai’s incredible skyline, but nothing compares to seeing it first-hand. The architecture of Dubai is truly one-of-a-kind with tall buildings and unique silhouettes. Make sure to view the skyline at night for a truly breathtaking view.
8. One-of-a-kind desert expeditions
There are three total deserts in the UAE–Al Badayer, Rub’ al Khali, and Liwa Oasis. Liwa Oasis and Al Badayer are the closest deserts to Dubai being about a 3 ½ hour drive and half an hour drive respectively. If you’re looking to go desert driving or quad biking, look no further than Al Badayer with its famous dunes. You can also camp under the stars and wake up to the gorgeous sunrise over the sandy desert. Liwa Oasis is a bit of a farther trek but is totally worth it to get an authentic taste of living in the UAE. Liwa Oasis is home to crucial farms and pastures and aside from being beautiful, it really immerses you in the world of desert living.
9. The tallest building in the world
The Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s most popular sightseeing attraction boasting over 150 floors and standing at over half a mile tall. You can go inside the tallest building in the world and head up to the 148th floor to see stunning views of the city. This is something you won’t want to miss when in Dubai.
10. Incredible nightlife
Dubai has a vibrant nightlife scene suited for all party lovers. There are gorgeous and luxurious nightclubs and bars that range from a more chill vibe to all-out partying. Make sure to pack your dancing shoes when heading to Dubai!
Dubai is a never-ending city of culture, beauty, and fun which makes it the perfect travel destination for anyone looking to explore an exciting destination. Once you visit Dubai, you’ll want to go back again and again!
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