The world’s fastest growing city was nothing more than a pile of sand blowing in the wind until the late 1960’s…
Today, Dubai is a dazzling cosmopolitan centre and arguably the most advanced and luxurious city in the entire world!
With a crime rate of 0% (!) and its Lamborghini cop cars and no standard address system (how the heck do they manage?) you’ll wanna check out one of the world’s most interesting, if divisive cities…
Here are 10 reasons to go to Dubai. Ready? Set… Go!
There are Camel Races with Robot Jockeys
Ok, so before you start applauding the United Arab Emirates for their technological advancement you should know that robots are only slowly replacing child jockeys and their massive history of systemic human rights abuses – still, camel riding robots? I’m in.
The Skyline is Ridiculous
With clusters of super talls everywhere you’ll get a kink in your neck from all the looking up. Currently Dubai is home to 911 completed highrises – 88 standing taller than 180 metres and a world record 18 rising to 300 metres or more.
The Shopping is Unparalleled
The city of Dubai is synonymous with spending. Whether you’re looking for gold and handicrafts at traditional souks or more upscale global shopping destinations you’ll find it here.
Start (and probably finish, shattered) at the Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping centre by area. There’s over a 1000 stores spread out over 50 football fields or so.
They Built an Island Shaped Like a Palm Tree
Part tourist attraction, part engineering marvel. Palm Island, the world’s biggest man-made island houses over 5000 residential units and a ton of top class hotels and resorts all connected by the (don’t laugh, Simpsons lovers) Middle East’s first monorail. Artificial archipelagolicious.
It’s a Foodie’s Paradise
High class cuisine to suit every taste is the name of the game here. Over the years Dubai has transformed itself into the go-to destination for international chefs looking to open new restaurants from Gordon Ramsey to Silvena Rowe to Nobu Matsuhisa and beyond.
It’s a Massive Mix of Cultures
With upwards of 80% of the population coming from abroad it’s hard to find a bigger mix of culture anywhere the world. Filipinos, Indians, Bangledeshis, Sri Lankans, and a sizeable Western European population all coexist using your favourite language as the default linga franca – English!
The Burj Khalifa
This megatall skyscraper is the world’s tallest free standing structure at 829.9 metres spread out over 154 floors – do cameras have vertical panorama settings?
There’s a 7 Star Hotel
The world’s most luxurious hotel cost $1 billion to build and probably won’t be in your price range (the Royal Suite goes for $24,000 a night) but just a walk through will be enough to inspire you to be better! Or give up entirely 😉
The Dubai Fountain is Bloody Amazing
The world’s largest choreographed fountain system is illuminated by over 6000 lights, shoots water up to 500 feet in the air, and has 22,000 gallons of water in use at any given time. No need to throw in any change – shows run several times a day. Free entertainment? Check.
You Can Do Pretty Much Anything
It’s no surprise that the place of camel riding robots puts out a veritable buffet of tourist attractions – whether you’re looking to drive F1 cars, dive with sharks, get a 24 karat gold facial, or even ski and snowboard you’ll feel right at home.