Dubai may have its roots as a small, unassuming port town, but it has left all that in the past. With elements of its rich history still preserved, Dubai has evolved into a coastal destination full of breathtaking views, gourmet cuisine, and nightlife that beats some of the best tourist hubs in the world. If the emirate has been on your bucket list for a while now, here’s your chance to virtually travel Dubai and explore some of the best activities and attractions it has to offer.
A VIRTUAL TOUR THROUGH THE BEST OF DUBAI
There is something in Dubai for all interests and ages and you may never have enough time to fully absorb all that this city has to offer. The views are staggering, the marina and shopping malls are some of the largest in the world, and when you combine these with the luxe seafront lifestyle, it’s clear that Dubai is going to stick around as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
But even when you’re short on time a quick virtual journey through tidbits on Dubai’s most famous attractions will keep you from missing out. Let’s begin.
VIRTUAL TRAVEL THROUGH DUBAI’S MUSEUMS
Museums in Dubai are a window into the emirates humble past, glorious present and unrivalled future. Here is a quick virtual look at two of Dubai’s most prominent museums.
The Etihad Museum holds 10 different exhibits that walk you through the chronology of landmark events that led to the federation of the Emirates in 1971.
- This museum is a 21st-century icon in Dubai that shows the history of the United Arab Emirates and its citizens.
- The Etihad Museum is framed around the Union House – the historic location where the official founding of the UAE Federation took place.
- There are seven large columns in front of this museum that represent the seven pens used by the founding fathers to sign the treaty that officially founded the UAE.
- The museum takes you on a visual journey of the lives of UAE’s founding fathers and how they united the seven emirates under one flag.
Offering a unique glimpse into the bygone era, the Dubai Museum is where you can learn about the different phases of Dubai’s evolution before the oil boom in 1960s.
- This museum, located in the 1787 Al Fahidi Fort, is the oldest building in Dubai.
- The Dubai Museum has served as a prison, weapons depot, and garrison.
- The Dubai Museum exhibits include original antiques such as pottery, weapons and tombs, and a depiction of the traditional markets and homes of a deeply rooted civilisation.
A QUICK SNAPSHOT OF DUBAI’S FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS
Obviously, virtual travel through Dubai does not even come close to all that you can see and experience when physically present there, but until you get a chance to visit for real – here are some popular attractions to add to your list.
A LEGO-themed park in Dubai is all that and more a LEGO fan could ask for. You’re in for six different zones of fun and frolic with over 40 LEGO-themed attractions, including rides and shows.
- If traveling to Dubai with children, Legoland Dubai is a must-see. Legoland Dubai has activities for all ages, a pizza and pasta buffet, and a hotel, so the fun doesn’t stop at closing time.
- Legoland Dubai includes a factory, a city, kingdoms, and much more.
- Visitors can build and test race cars and children can go to driving school. The smallest toddlers will enjoy the play areas that are made just for them and the entire family can relax at a big-screen Lego movie screening.
The majestic Dubai Frame stands 150 metres high and is 93 metres wide. Designed by Fernando Donis, this iconic cultural landmark in the UAE was constructed using 2,000 tons of steel, 9,900 cubic metres of reinforced concrete, and 2,900 square metres of laminated glass.
- Here, visitors can walk through exhibits that show Dubai’s history, current development and culture, as well as predictions for the future of this city of wonders.
- The Dubai Frame is known as the world’s largest picture frame and from it, you can behold an almost magical view of the city’s skyline.
THE DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO
Experience the mysterious yet breathtaking underwater world at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. One of the most captivating attractions in The Dubai Mall, this is the largest suspended aquarium in the world.
- Feed crocodiles, have a shark encounters or take a submersible glass boat tour at this massive aquarium located inside the Dubai Mall.
- The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo offers VIP packages for those who prefer a more immersive experience and budget packages for those who don’t want to splurge.
- You can see part of the aquarium for free from the Dubai Mall, but you must purchase an entry ticket for a more in-depth look and access to the interactive exhibits.
- Discover scuba diving at the aquarium that is home to thousands of aquatic animals of more than 140 different species.
VIRTUALLY EXPLORE DUBAI’S PLACES AND BUILDINGS
The next set on our list of places to virtually travel Dubai includes landmark buildings and places that are unique to the emirate.
When it comes to extreme megastructures, Dubai indisputably takes the lead and Burj Khalifa tops the charts.
- We know that Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, but not a lot of people know that it houses elevators with the longest travel distance or that it has an observation deck located higher than any other worldwide.
- The Burj Khalifa took careful planning to create and now stands at more than 2,700 feet and 160 stories tall, true to the glitzy and glamorous vibe of Dubai.
- Events are hosted regularly at the Burj Khalifa and visitors can eat at The Rooftop, work out in the gym or grab a drink at the lounge.
- The Burj Khalifa has become a cultural icon for Dubai and is recognised all over the world.
BURJ AL ARAB
Designed to resemble the sail of a traditional dhow, Burj Al Arab is a architectural manifestation of the old and modern-day Dubai. In a city with countless glamorous skyscrapers, this unique structure makes its mark with unmatched elegance and unique design
- With an infinity pool and man-made beach, this modern hotel is a leader in luxury.
- Located on a private island, this Dubai hotel boasts nine fantastic restaurants and a full-service spa.
- The Burj Al Arab in Dubai has been called the world’s first seven-star hotel and has been awarded the title of the most luxurious and best hotel in the world.
- This Dubai hotel hosts a wide variety of events.
THE PALM ISLANDS
Undoubtedly Dubai’s biggest and boldest megaprojects megaprojects ever, the Palm Islands are nothing short of being epic man-made wonders.
- The Palm Islands of Dubai are engineering masterpieces that consist of three man-made islands – the Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali islands built off the Dubai shoreline.
- The islands are created with sand and rock, making erosion a necessary complication that the designers had to contend with.
- Dubai‘s Palm Islands are known by some as the eighth wonder of the world.
Talk about stunning architectures and you cannot leave this twisted tower out of the list. Located in Dubai Marina, the Infinity Tower is a one-of-a-kind construction that you just cannot miss.
- The Infinity Tower in Dubai is a residential tower located in the upscale marina locale, plenty of shops, restaurants and swanky bars and high-end apartments nearby.
- It is now commonly known as the Cayan Tower and is distinguished by its full 90 degree-twist from the ground to the top.
- Dubai’s Cayan Tower enjoys a central location in Dubai Marina with easy access to the Arabian Gulf and other parts of the city.
There you have it – some of the best attractions for you to virtually tour Dubai.
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