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12 Top Reasons to Visit Dubai

12 Top Reasons to Visit Dubai

Dubai has created an incredible amount of buzz across the globe and all for good reasons. The city has mind-blowing ambitions. It transformed from a simple pearl-trading village to one of the leading international business centers and regional hubs. It has emerged as a cosmopolitan city and a buzzing metropolis with impressive diversity, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and interesting attractions. Moreover, this place draws all kinds of vacationers- family gatherings, friends hangouts, romantic getaways, honeymooners, backpackers as well as solo travelers.

If you still need a little more convincing, here are 12 reasons to visit Dubai once in a lifetime (and maybe on repeat):

1. It was Nothing But a Stretch of Sand

Old Dubai with the historic Bedouin lifestyle
The Old Dubai.

Surprised? Before a few decades, Dubai was a simple fishing village and life was settled in the Arabian desert. All it took, was a discovery of oil for this emirate to grow and groom into a vast expanse of riches. However, previous to its luxurious hotels and automobiles, the city was more of sand. Actually, you can uncover the secrets of the historic Bedouin lifestyle in Old Dubai even today, which has maintained and preserved its heritage. Bump into traditional-style villages with courtyards and take a closer look at pottery and weaving by local artisans.

2. Its Skyline is Unparalleled

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The city started shipping oil, made huge revenue, and its homes with wind towers updated to the breathtaking skyline. From the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa to the sail-shaped 7-star hotel, Burj al Arab, Dubai is proud of its possessions. It has magnificent, futuristic infrastructures that will have your eyes popped out with wonder. For example, one of the poshest neighborhoods, the Dubai Marina has 5 tallest residential buildings, twisted towers, and cloud-piercing apartments.

3. You can Still Find Camels

Exploring the Arabian desert by Land Cruiser
Exploring the desert by Land Cruiser.
The camels at Dubai desert
The camels at Dubai desert.

Even after such rapid urbanization and unbelievable ambitions, Dubai hasn’t forgotten its roots. One thing that hasn’t changed under such development is the Arabian desert. The beauty is travelers can perch the camels as nomads did by booking the desert safari in Dubai. On the excursion, you can surf the sand, watch belly dancing, smoke shisha, and bash the dunes. Also, savor the traditional Arabic food in the array of dishes at the buffet.

4. It is A Food Connoisseur

A pizza in Dubai
It’s not hard to find a pizza in Dubai.

Not just the desert buffet will steal your heart, but the entire city is a foodies’ heaven. Unlike its exorbitant malls and hotels, the food scene is pretty reasonable. Indeed, there are hundreds of restaurants, eateries, and food courts serving a plethora of cuisine, Arab, Persian, Indian, Pakistani, French, Japanese, Chinese, British, and American. Food aficionados choose the food festivals that happen throughout the year and impress guests with delicious flavors.

5. It is A Melting Pot of Culture

An Islamic temple in Dubai

The UAE and its culture revolve around Islamic traditions and Arabian hospitality. What’s interesting is that about 85% of the population in Dubai are expats. As a result, that brings to an interesting conclusion that Dubai has a colorful background with people from around the globe, Filipinos, Indians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, and a sizeable Western European population. It brings an interactive cultural scenario that is rarely seen anywhere on the earth. The city encourages different human thought, creative literature, and fine arts.

6. Dubai Has Never-seen-before Concepts

A flower house in Dubai Miracle Garden

Heard about the largest garden with over 50 million natural flowers? It is the Dubai Miracle Garden, that boasts an astonishing line-up of floral renditions and exhibitions like cartoon characters, heart passageways, and giant Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft. Several attractions are rare and exclusive to this city, including the largest choreographed system Dubai Fountain, Dubai Glow Garden, the 10-million liter suspended tank of Dubai Aquarium, an Olympian-sized ice rink in the desert, an inflatable water park, and more. Travelers must tick off these unique tourist places to add unforgettable memories to your store.

7. It Has the Best Shopping Festivals

Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates

If there is a city that has taken shopping seriously, it is Dubai. Home to some of the largest malls in the world, such as Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, the city holds the biggest shopping bonanzas every year. It announces up to 90% discounts on the most covetable brands of attire, footwear, electronics, furnishings, beauty, decor, and more. Hence, if you need retail therapy, arrive during the Dubai Shopping Festival for Dubai Summer Sales.

8. It Has a Man-made Island

The Aquaventure Waterpark on Palm Island
The Aquaventure Waterpark on Palm Island.

An architectural feat and one of the most daring developments in the world, the artificial archipelago in Dubai is an example of human ingenuity. Out of the 3 islands, Palm Island had been completed a decade ago and invites millions of visitors since then. Inspired by Dubai’s traditional tree palm, the island is studded with multi-million dollar mega-mansions, a host of 5-star hotels, a No. 1 waterpark, beaches, and all things luxury. Submerge yourself into complete opulence from a helicopter tour.

9. It Has Record-breaking Adventure

The world's longest urban zipline in Dubai city
The world’s longest urban zipline in Dubai.

Everything is world-class in Dubai; including the adventurous activities. Ride through the center of Downtown on the world’s longest urban zipline, parasail on the beach, float above the desert at 4000 feet on the hot air balloon, dive with sharks, and try out rides in the world’s largest indoor amusement park. For all the daredevils, this action-packed city has innovative choices to raise your adrenaline, from high-octane skydiving to trekking on the Hatta mountains.

10. It Has Wide-ranging Transport

Dubai metro to move around the city
Dubai Metro to move around the city.

Strategically connected through metro lines, bus stations, and taxi points, Dubai is a great place to travel. You can easily move between the major Dubai attractions by sitting in those metros and buses, in complete convenience. Also, the prices of public transport aren’t too high. Plus, if you are here for a longer time, grab the metro passes and save big. If you demand privacy and peace, get those taxis, and feel the personalized experience.

11. It Has Staycations For All Budget

Burj Al Arab - The only 7-star hotel in the world
The only 7-star hotel in the world – Burj Al Arab.

Burj Al Arab is the extravagant and only 7-star hotel in the world; which has unmatchable service and a gold-plated interior. Staying here costs a bomb. But thank god, this city is for all kinds of travelers, whether you are a spendthrift or a backpacker. Dubai is flanked by standard and budget hotels that have comprehensive facilities, good rooms, and promising service. Thus, you can choose from several hotels, depending on the location, budget, and amenities.

12. It is Safe

Dubai is a politically stable environment and is ranked amongst the top safe cities for citizens, residents, and visitors alike. Crime is of much lesser concern for travelers because it is a heavily-monitored city. Although Dubai isn’t as conservative as the other emirates, it does enforce extremely strict rules and ruthless law enforcement. To illustrate, things that are illegal in Dubai include, PDA, drinking in public, dressing immodestly, swearing, making rude gestures, photographing people without their permission, criticizing UAE’s government, and more.

You Can Do Almost Anything You Have Ever Thought Of…

Dubai is a city of excitement and entertainment. Rich in adventures and experiences, the emirate offers amazing holiday activities. It houses restaurants galore, a vibrant entertainment scene, blissful beach clubs, ultra-modern venues, and thriving nightlife to help you embrace the happening vibe. Get your visas and fly, as we hope there are certainly enough reasons to cherish the zest of Dubai.

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  • Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

    Thanks for sharing, I have not been to Dubai, it sounds quite a busy place with lots of things to do 🙂

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah Dubai will cost you a lot of time to discover every corner of the city.

  • Brianne

    I have always wanted to visit Dubai. It looks like the consummate playground for adults. The architecture and atmosphere are really amazing.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I like what you saying about the consummate playground for adults. Indeed, I always want to come back to Dubai to enjoy things that I haven’t tried.

  • Matt Taylor

    oh my, Dubai! It has been on my bucket list for ages. I can’t wait to go there, so many awesome things to do and see.

  • Bright snow Loveland

    You are such a deep thinker. I am continually impressed by your ideas and the way you put them out for us to read.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Thank you a lot for your comment!
      I’m glad that you enjoy my content and impressed by that.

  • TheSuperMomLife

    I’ve heard that Dubai is beautiful! I would love to visit one day.

  • ashley

    Dubai is so beautiful and I would love to visit one day.

  • jennifer schreiner

    So beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Dubai. It is on my family’s bucket list. You photos and visit just confirmed that we need to visit.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, evenly I always want to come back to explore Dubai more. It’s always new!

  • The JOYOUS Living | entertainment blogger (@thejoyousliving)

    i would love to visit dubai one day. sounds like quite the place to be. thanks for all these suggestions.

  • Nkem

    I live in Abu Dhabi so Dubai is very close to me. I like going there for staycations for sure. You can stay at beautiful hotels for much less than you’d normally pay.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Wow that must be so great! I would love to visit Abu Dhabi too.
      Could you share to me more info about Abu Dhabi?

  • Ann

    Dubai has not really been on my bucketlist, its never been on my mind at all really, but lately I have found myself reading a lot about Dubai – so I am getting there 😀

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Haha, I hope to hear about your trip to Dubai. Please share with me when you get there!

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Yyyeeaaahhhhh…that is something that still bothers me, till now….the fact that Dubai was once a “sand-pit” and is now “flourishing” like it is, amazes me.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about Dubai and it always made me more curious. I would definitely love to go here someday with the family! <3

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You and your family will have a great trip to Dubai, definitely!

  • Marie

    I saw some info on Dubai a while ago and can’t wait to get there for a trip. It was so surprisingly affordable!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, Dubai is a destination that always surprises its visitors.

  • Steven Morrissette

    Dubai is in my top 10 places I would like to visit. Your article just made it more convincing.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Let make it top 1, you won’t regret your decision 😉

  • paolo

    Dubai is in my top places to visit! Hopefully i can go there after this pandemic

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Me too I really want to go there after the pandemic. Let’s make it top 1 on our list!

  • emmandamian

    I visited Dubai last 2017. It was stunning. Not really a fan of the food scene but there’s so much to see!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I see. Not so many people are good with the foods, but all amazed by the scenes.

  • katrina Kroeplin

    i would so love to go visit some day. it sounds amazing.

  • Chei

    Dubai is in my bucket list. I heard a lot of beautiful things in here. And my cousins and friends works here. That’s why i wanna go there to visit them.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      That sounds great when you have your friends and cousins there to take you around. Please share me places or hidden gems that just locals know! 🙂

  • Shannon

    Dubai has been on my list for years but this blog helps me realize I need to start planning that.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I think you should travel to Dubai right after the pandemic ends. That would be one of your best trips!

  • Jessica Q

    I’ve always wanted to go to Dubai! Seeing a camel is top priority on my list haha.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      How about riding a camel? I think it may be the best experience!

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