Places To See - Dubai
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Here you can witness and experience aquatic life first-hand. It is located within a large mall. The aquarium is 50m long and has two glass tunnels at different levels. There are many entertainment and dining facilities available here. Fishes, sharks, rays and other types of underwater life can be viewed here.
The camel is as much a part of the area as the desert. It is a symbol of Arabia. Camel rides come as part of tours as well as individual activities. You can also go on a camel desert safari.
Another way in which you can experience the city is to take a creek tour. The traditional wooden-dhow is used for creek cruises. You can see a large part of the port and the shoreline on these tours. There are many kinds of creek tours, and some of them are absolutely ravishing deals. Daytime or evening cruises are available with food and beverages on board.
Desert Safaris and Feasts
From a romantic desert dinner to a rough ride in the sands, desert safaris offer varied options to the enthusiastic tourist. You can experience an Arabian barbecue or a campfire, too. Belly dancers, musicians and other entertainers will keep you enthused all night.
Desert excursions, whether in a group or just a handful of tourists, are always fun. There are half-day, full-day and overnight trips. You’ll get to visit camel and goat farms in the deserts.
What better off-road than a desert? Four-wheel-drive vehicles and multi-terrain vehicles are used for this purpose. Courses in sand driving are available with vehicles provided along with expert guidance. You can also travel to Khorfakkan and Fujairah, in the Hajar mountains. Here you can stop and go mountain and rock climbing.
Tour agencies in the city offer many types of city tours for tourists. You can cover everything from famous mosques, museums and royal houses to creeks, beaches and souks. Bedouin villages outside Dubai are worth a visit. You can see how traditional Arabians live and work.
There are tours to Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE. It is only two hours away from Dubai. Visit the Petroleum Exhibition where you can watch the audio-visual presentation covering the development of the city and the White Fort – the original home of the rulers.
Al Ain is an oasis in the desert that has now grown to immense proportions. It is part of the Abu Dhabi emirate. Check out the ancient oasis of Buraimi and the archeological ites at Hili, some of which date back more than 5,000 years. The Hili Fun City amusement park, Al Ain Zoo and the Ain Al Fayda resort built around a natural hot spring are other attractions.
Hatta is an hour’s drive from Dubai. This ancient fortress village has the Hatta Fort Hotel, Dubai’s only mountain resort complex yet. A typical tour will take you to the village, the Juma Mosque, as well the recently renovated old fort.
Wadi-bashing is a popular pastime in these parts. It is the activity where dry river beds, or Wadis. During the winter, rains lash the dry desert area. There are many wadis near the Hajar Mountains. Water pools, rock formations and lots of greenery can be found here. You’ll need four-wheel-drive vehicles for exploring such areas. Many agencies let you hire drivers and vehicles.
Dubai is a great spot for horse racing. It was the sport of the kings at a time. But now it has become very popular with a lot of people. People from all over the Middle East attend races in Dubai. There are weekly and monthly races. Dubai racing Club, at Nad Al Sheba, is the country’s largest and most spectacular track. The Dubai World Cup is the richest horse racing competition. There are free raffles offering huge sums of money.
Adventure sports in Dubai take a new form. There might not be rainforest and jungle treks, but the desert itself presents many opportunities for the adventure-lovers. A fast-paced activity, sand skiing, is perfect for those who love speed.
Special skis are used for sand skiing. The slopes of the high dunes inside the desert are used for skiing. Sand-skiing can be arranged on request or as part of a full-day or half-day safaris.
What was started out to salvage a city’s beach shortage turned out to be an international tourism icon. The Palm Jumeirah resembles the palm tree. The design was created by the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He knew that the palm’s fronds would provide more beach frontage than a traditional circular island. The trilogy of islands also represents the palm – something you find in the desert. The other two in the trilogy are the Palm Deira and the Palm Jebel Ali.
Atlantis, The Palm. It is an ocean-themed resort that has over 1,500 rooms. It is located at the centre of the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah. It has a 46-hectare site with 17 hectares of water park amusement. Other attractions are the marine entertainments. Atlantis, The Palm also has many dining options, with an array of world-class chefs to tease your taste buds. Besides luxurious shops and boutiques, there are extensive meeting and convention facilities.
The name rings true for one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world. It houses more than 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and exhibition pavilions. The ancient Atlantis comes alive in many of the ethereal displays.
The Dubai Zoo
Being the oldest zoo of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai Zoo is a worthwhile spot to visit. Otto J. Bulart built the Dubai Zoo on a tw- hectare plot in Jumeirah, with the permission of the then ruler. It is the first Arabian zoo to breed the rare Chimpanzee and Arabian wild cat.
The Dubai Zoo houses many big cats, monkeys, hoofed animals, reptiles and fishes. There are many beautiful varieties of trees and plants, too.
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