Situated in south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is among the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It came into existence in almost 150 years prior to the formation of the UAE. Dubai regulates its political, economic, military and legal matters in coordination with other emirates, under a federal system. However, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only emirates that have veto power over important matters of national importance. Dubai has the largest population in the UAE. Since its establishment in 1833, it has been ruled by Maktoum dynasty. Dubai attracts world attention through its innovative large construction projects, sports events and myriad tourist attractions. In fact, tourism is one of the major sources of revenues of the city. In the following lines, we have given brief description about the major tourist attractions in Dubai.
Tourist Attractions in Dubai
Jumeirah Mosque is counted among top tourist destinations in Dubai. It characterizes some of the excellent modern Islamic architecture and culturally educational experience for the visitors. It is the only mosque in Dubai in which non-Muslims can also enter. The mosque was built in medieval Fatimid period.
Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Shopping Festival has become one of the top-rated tourist attractions in Dubai. According to an estimate, more than two million visitors attend the shopping festival, every year. In it, one can get anything to everything, ranging from traditional goods such as Arabic coffee pots, swords and khanjars (Arabic curved daggers), prayer beads, marble goblets and silver Bedouin jewelry to exquisite gold and clothing.
Situated in Al-Fahidi Fort, Dubai Museum is famous for its preservation of archaeological objects that include engravings, and skeletons, pottery, stone and metallic items, which were discovered during excavation in the Emirate of Dubai. In fact, some pieces preserved in the museum date back to 4000 years.
Wonderland Theme Park
Wonderland Theme Park is a large indoor air-conditioned center that contains hundreds of rides, arcade games and video games. Inside the park, there is a Mithu's Nest cafe, which is also very popular among the visitors.
Ski Dubai is one of the favorite tourist spots in Dubai. In Ski Dubai, the longest run is 400 meters with a fall of 60 meters and it has five runs of different height and deepness. The resort is spread over 22500 sq meters of land, with snow covering for all the year round.
Action-packed trips covering different landscape, ranging from desert to mountain, can be taken in the Arabian Desert of Dubai. Remote camel and goat farms and isolated villages are some other attractions to be seen, while on a desert safari. One can enjoy half-day, full-day and overnight safaris here.
Dhow Cruise is considered as one of the finest cruises in the world that features various onboard attractions and entertainment, such as traditional belly dancing and a buffet dinner. Sailing along the Dubai creek is an experience for the lifetime.
Souks (Traditional Markets)
Souks, meaning traditional markets, are found across Dubai. They represent the traditional Arabian style of business. The markets sell a wide variety of products, ranging from textiles, handicrafts, rugs to regional spices. Expensive and ornate collection of jewelries can be purchased in Gold Souk in Dubai.
Other Tourist Attractions
Dubai Heritage Village
Tourists visit Dubai Heritage Village to enjoy handicraft merchants selling ceramics, woven goods and wooden carvings. It also represents the Bedouin lifestyle and the region's once-thriving pearl-diving industry.
Wild Wadi Water Theme Park
Wild Wadi Water Theme Park is popularly referred to as the 'wildest' water park in Dubai. Spread over 12 acres of land, the park is located in the vicinity of Burj Al Arab, just near the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. Riding in the 23 adrenalin-pumping rides in the water park is a highly thrilling experience.
Jumeirah Beach attracts tourists with its various surrounding activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and fishing. A beautiful beachfront and the city's humid heat make comfortable for tourists to a trip to the beach.