Dubai is an odd, but incredible, mash up of traditional values and neighborhoods intermingled with modern miracles of architecture and prosperity. A visitor to Dubai can easily spend days just wandering through the newer areas of the city in wonderment of the newly built hotels and office buildings, including but by no means limited to, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, located in the downtown area and surrounded by the Dubai Mall. These modern marvels are drastically contrasted by taking a stroll through Deira and Bur Dubai to visit the souks for textiles, gold other local treasures, in an environment that is much more reminiscent of a westerner’s view of more traditional Dubai.
Be sure to check out the newer areas like Jumeirah and Marina Walk where you can visit classy hotels and be awed by your surroundings. In Dubai only hotels typically have liquor licenses, but there are plenty of them. In the Jumeirah area check out 360 – a circular bar built on a man made island behind the Jumeirah Beach Hotel with a great view of the Burj Al Arab or the Buddha Bar in the Grosevnor Hotel where you are slightly overwhelmed by the 50 foot Buddha staring down at you. You can only actually get into the Burj Al arab if you are a guest or have reservations at the restaurant.
Be sure to also keep time available for activities outside of the city of Dubai. Day trips to places like Abu Dhabi ( about an hour ) to see the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or a trip into the desert to go dune bashing on buggies. Even just watching people plow over the dunes in their jeeps is worthwhile, as well as watching the camels that are leisurely grazing on the side of the highway.
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