By Neha Singh
Dubai is all about never-ending glitz and glamour for the tourists, and they love every bit of it. But beneath the shimmering opulence, Dubai also holds a subtle and seductive charm that offers this lively city, the much-needed balance. There are some of the best Dubai attractions that are so charming that you want to be close to them forever.
Read on to see an exclusive list of the most beautiful destinations in Dubai you cannot afford to miss.
Dubai Miracle Garden
While you don’t really expect seeing flowers blooming in a desert, Dubai brings to you the world’s biggest natural flower garden- The Dubai Miracle Garden. Not only is the garden home to 109 million flowers of a variety of species, the place also has a charming indoor butterfly sanctuary with over 26 different species of beautiful butterflies. The butterfly garden is the biggest indoor garden and one of its kind across the globe.
Bastakiya Quarters offers you charming glimpse of the most humble village that got replaced with the colossal modernization and went on to become the world’s biggest entertainment hub- Dubai. The place although surrounded by skyscrapers and the glitters of the metropolis is still disconnected with today’s world. It takes you to the era of wind towers, mud houses and almost transports you to the bygone period of the Bedouin village. To completely understand Dubai’s journey to the epitome of stardom, it is a must to visit the Bastakiya Quarters and trace its roots.
The global Village spectacularly blends and allows you to witness cultural and cuisine brilliance of over 70 countries. Touted as the world’s biggest tourism, leisure, and entertainment destination, the Global Village showcases best of every country’s souvenirs, cuisine, art and culture. It’s like seeing the best of different countries inside a single city. The Global village operates only for six months in a year but attracts over 7 million visitors to it.
Desert overnight camp
One of the most charming places to spend a night in is the desert of Dubai. The Desert safari tours of Dubai is also known worldwide for its exceptional services and hospitality. Almost every tourist visiting Dubai opts for an adventurous 4×4 Desert Safari tour. To add to your carefree experience, include the overnight camping stay and enjoy the colossal Dubai desert beautifully wrapped in the blanket of the starry sky.
Burj Khalifa observation deck
It’s hard to describe the stunning view from the top of the world, literally. The world’s tallest man-made tower-The Burj Khalifa is 2722mtrs tall and stands proudly with over 30,000 residences, nine hotels, various plush offices and an observation deck located on its 144th floor. Reach the observation deck in the fastest and longest elevator of the world to see the world in a completely different view. The observation deck is one destination in Dubai that should not be missed if you truly want to see a once in a lifetime view.
The smallest but the only completed island of the three island project aimed to increase the Dubai shoreline by 520 kilometers, the Palm Jumeirah stands today as the world’s biggest man-made island, visible even from space. Built in the shape of a palm tree with a long trunk, 16 fronds and a crescent that surrounds it form a 11-kilometer-long breakwater. This one island alone has increased the Dubai coastline by 72 kilometers already.
Why is a fountain included in the list of most charming destinations? This is no ordinary fountain but the world’s biggest themed fountain built on a man-made lake. Spread across 275 meters long and almost equivalent to the length of 2 football fields, the Dubai fountain is your destination to unwind and relax looking at the grandest, beautiful and musically rich water fountain in the world. The fountain is one of the biggest draws for tourists and offers a mesmerizing display of brilliance at absolutely no cost. The fountain jets water up to a height of 150 meters, equivalent to a height of a 45 story building. It is decorated with over 6000 WET lights and 25 color projectors to add to its magnificence. The light beam that shines upward from the fountain can be seen from 20 miles away.
Mall of Emirates
One of the biggest malls in the world, the Mall of Emirates became a shining jewel in the Dubai’s entertainment crown in the year 2005. The colossal mall boasts of 630 retail outlets, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 7900 parking spaces, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. With a total grossly area of 255,489sq meters, the mall is a world in itself. It also is home to the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort with world’s first indoor black run- Ski Dubai. The mall also is home to the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Magic planet, amongst the largest indoor family entertainment centers in the city.
Dubai’s list of charming attractions does not end here and is doubling up at a frantic pace. The positivity, vibrancy and the energy with which the city maintains and surpasses its own benchmarks is amazing and inspiring. Visiting Dubai is much more than just a touristy endeavor, it is an experience you want to relish as many times as you can and rest assured Dubai will have a new surprise for you at every step.
Neha Singh is a postgraduate in Mass Communications, who loves everything about life. Traveling is extremely close to her heart and writing came to her naturally. An avid trekker & explorer, who often takes off some time from her busy life for mountaineering. She loves meeting new people & gets attached to their culture very easily. Her ambition is to explore as many places as she can in her life. She strongly believes in Gandhian principle – “simple living high thinking”. Additional information about Dubai and Neha’s work can be found here.