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 hangout, romantic getaway, 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 though 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. In 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, 10-million liter suspended tank of Dubai Aquarium, an Olympian-sized ice rink in the desert, inflatable water park, and more. Travelers must tick off these unique tourist places to add unforgettable memories in 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 to 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, 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 in 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 skydive 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 he 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 gold-plated interior. Staying here costs a bomb. But thank god, this city is for all kinds of travelers, either you are spendthrift or a backpacker. Dubai is flanked by the 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 on adventures and experiences, the emirate offers amazing holiday activities. It houses restaurant galore, 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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  1. I have always wanted to visit Dubai. It looks like the consummate playground for adults. The architecture and atmosphere are really amazing.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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 😀

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

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

  8. 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.

    • 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! 🙂

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

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