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article imageOp-Ed: Dubai is the perfect year-round summer holiday Special

By Jessica Jones-Langley     Mar 10, 2014 in Travel
Tourist friendly Dubai is a perfect destination, from long-haul stopovers, to family vacations and weekend getaways. Enjoying year round sun, Dubai is a must-visit city with something for everyone.
Dating back to the 19th century, the city has a fascinating history that is easily missed. A tour at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is highly recommended. Led by one of the locals, the Emirati, the tour takes you through the historic town, a visit to the Diwan Mosque and a Q&A session where you learn everything from how they keep their clothes so white, to how the airline Emirates began. 90 mins, AED 65 per person
Following the local Sheikh mohammed Center tour guides  dressed in traditional clothing  through the...
Following the local Sheikh mohammed Center tour guides, dressed in traditional clothing, through the Historic Town of Dubai.
Just a five-minute walk from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre, the Al Fahidi Fort, which houses a small museum, shows how much Dubai really has changed from a desert to the thriving metropolis that it is today. 1hr, Museum AED 3 per person
The Al Fadihi Museum which houses a small museum is a great way to see how the oil boom changed the ...
The Al Fadihi Museum which houses a small museum is a great way to see how the oil boom changed the city.
No trip would be complete without a ride on a traditional water-taxi, an abra, on the bustling Dubai Creek. The short journey will drop you off a short walk from the popular Gold Souk. Just don’t go at prayer time, where shop-owners shut up shop! Ask your hotel for a list of the prayer times as they change in accordance with the sun. 5mins, AED 1 per person
Taking a ride on a traditional water-taxi  or abra  is a great way to see a different perspective of...
Taking a ride on a traditional water-taxi, or abra, is a great way to see a different perspective of the historic town in Dubai.
A must-do when visiting the city, is a trip out into the desert to see what life was really like for the Bedouin people, the traditional tribe of the area. A tour with Platinum Heritage Luxury Tours & Safaris takes you into the desert on vintage Range Rovers, includes a Falconry display, and an evening of entertainment of camel rides, henna painting, bread making, a dinner buffet and shisha. I opted for the overnight tour and seeing the sun-rise after sleeping in a traditional Bedouin camp was the highlight of my trip. Booking early is recommended. From 395 AED (children) & 495 AED (adults)
A convoy of Range Rovers took our group through the desert.
A convoy of Range Rovers took our group through the desert.
Although well-known for its wealth, nothing will prepare you for how rich the city actually looks. Upon arrival, the city was reminiscent of Las Vegas with everything from trees to buildings sparkling with night lights. Every second car is worth more my college tuition, and the number of Lambourginis in the city is ridiculous. Even the police have one!
The wealth in Dubai is incredible  outside a hotel three Lamborghinis are parked.
The wealth in Dubai is incredible, outside a hotel three Lamborghinis are parked.
Dubai has a large number of shopping malls, and its biggest The Dubai Mall includes one of the worlds largest fish tanks at the Aquarium, the worlds largest fountain, the worlds tallest viewing platform in the Burj Khalifa, and over 1,200 shops from supermarkets, to a SEGA store, to tailors and department stores. A local told me that when they discovered another mall was being close to being bigger than The Dubai Mall, they began renovations to make it even bigger.
While shopping in The Dubai Mall  you can enjoy the view of one of the largest tanks in the world at...
While shopping in The Dubai Mall, you can enjoy the view of one of the largest tanks in the world at the Dubai Aquarium.
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is enormous — I overheard a lady complaining while taking a picture of her husband: “It (the Burj Khalifa) is too big, you can’t get it all in the picture.” She was right, I tried, and failed miserably. Yet, its view is incredible and so high you can see the whole city and outlying desert. You realize how high you are when you see a helicopter flying beneath you. There is one of two ways you can witness the view for yourself: the viewing platform accessible from The Dubai Mall, or by eating at the luxurious Atmosphere, accessible through the Armani Hotel. Although more expensive, I recommend the second option as you can relax and enjoy the view at your leisure. Book early to get a window seat. The Dubai Mall Viewing Platform: From 95 AED (children) & 125 AED (adults); Atmosphere: Minimum spend from 150 AED
While incredibly tall  it feels impossible to be able to get the Burj Khalifa in one photo. Seen her...
While incredibly tall, it feels impossible to be able to get the Burj Khalifa in one photo. Seen here behind the water fountain display.
The city is set to host the World Expo in 2020, and rumors were rife with the local guides that Dubai is set to build another record-breaking building, twice as big as the Burj Khalifa. Whether it is true or not is yet to be seen, yet the Emirati are taking their role in the Expo seriously and signs of more greatness to come can be seen spotted throughout the city. As a local expat stated “Dubai is a city of worlds biggests” and another reason why you should visit for your next vacation.
Jessica Jones-Langley travelled to Dubai, UAE at her own cost.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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