The city of Dubai is the capital of its homonymous emirate, one of the seven United Arab Emirates. Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the middle eastern city was, for most of its history, a small port for pearl fishermen. History changed the destiny of the whole region in the 60s when oil was found, which propelled its growth. Nowadays, not so much dependant on oil, Dubai is an international link of passengers and goods, with a diverse economy of tourism, real estate and financial services, amongst others.
Dubai is a great place for tourists. The city, well-known for its modern wonders and lux, has so much to offer its visitors. From relaxing beautifully sandy beaches to extreme sports, there is a little bit of everything for everyone. Its most notable characteristics are perhaps its two most famous buildings: The luxurious Burj al Arab Hotel, and the Burj Khalifa Tower. The latter is not only an amazing example of modern architecture, but it is also the tallest skyscraper in the world at 828 meters of height. Most people will probably know the tower from the fourth instalment of the film series Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
The city of Dubai is also known as the commercial centre of the middle east, and that is thanks to the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world. With over 1200 shops and hundreds of bars and restaurants, it is the perfect place to visit and get lost in – literally. Besides all the shopping that can be carried out in there, there are many other surprising sights such as a wonderful artificial cascade, an Olympic size skating rink, and its world-famous aquarium.
Lovers of extreme sports can participate in the longest urban zip-line in the world, the Xline Dubai Marina, a kilometre-long cable overlooking the imposing Dubai Marina. This zone is the most modern and chic area of the whole of Dubai, brimming with skyscrapers and expensive hotels, shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
Of course, not everything in Dubai is modernism and opulence. To get in touch with some of the most traditional spaces of the city, one must not go further than the Jumeirah Mosque. Though relatively new, it is one of the few mosques which allow non-Muslims visitors and let them connect with the Islamic religion. Travellers can also visit the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to get a taste of what the traditional middle east looked like.
Dubai is a place with amazing wonders. This city is just an endless source of entertainment for tourists from all around the world. And while it is probably one of the most expensive places in the world, its skyscraper-filled skyline is without a doubt, a sight worth seeing.