24 Dec 2013 Dubai: The future of tourism
Artificial man-made islands, which when seen from space, forms the shape of the world. The tallest building ever built, topping out at over half a mile high with the world’s largest mall. The world’s tallest hotel and only self acclaimed 7 star hotel built on it’s own island. Where can you find this all these amazing attractions plus much, much more? Dubai is the answer.
Dubai has popped up almost overnight on the tourism scene, only becoming a popular destination in the past decade. Increasing the amount of Tourists has been at the front of the city’s goals, last year attracting over 9 million tourists from around the world. Dubai Holidays are increasingly becoming more and more popular year after year.
The most popular activities in Dubai include visiting the Burj Khalifa, also known as the tallest building in the world, topping out at a neck cramping 828 meters. (2,716 feet) Visiting the Burj Al Arab, the self proclaimed only 7 star hotel and last, but not least, the amazing shopping opportunities offered throughout the city.
The Burj Khalifa was completed in 2010 and only took six years to build. The building has the third highest observation deck on any building which is located on the 124th floor. The indoor deck is a dizzying 1,483 feet in the sky, offering a superb view of the city below and makes people and cars look like little ants scattered across the horizon.
Another amazing building to visit while in Dubai is the Burj Al-Arab, the self proclaimed 7 star hotel. Even though no such thing exists, this hotel is about as luxurious as it gets when it comes to hotels. The lobby alone is a few feet shorter of the Eiffel Tower and wide enough that the Statue of Liberty could easily fit into it. This amazing hotel is built on it’s own man-made island approximately 900 feet from the coast and is linked to the mainland via causeway. If you’re planning on visiting, you must reserve a table, even if you’re only there to get a bite to eat. Bring money though, as the minimum plate is USD$175 per person.
To boost it’s tourism, the city government of Dubai spent over USD$20 billion to renovate it’s commerce area. At the center of shopping in the city is the Dubai Mall, which has 635 retailers and attracts nearly 1,000,000 customers every single week. It is the world’s most-visited shopping destination. Surprisingly, the mall attracts more shoppers on an annual basis than tourists to New York City. The mall has an aquarium and under water zoo, an ice rink, a 22 screen theater with more than 2,800 seats and more than 1,200 shops.
Dubai is increasing tourism to the city every year. With more and more attractions to come, Dubai will continue to wow and awe visitors every chance it gets. It currently has the world’s highest building, most luxurious hotel and one of the best shopping experiences that you could ever imagine having. Visiting this truly unique city should be on the list of places to see for any tourist.