Mega projects for skyscraper construction rapidly turn Dubai in a major megalopolis, but it still remains one of the best beach destinations in winter when it gets cold in the Mediterranean. In Dubai you can bathe even in January. The beaches of Dubai have snow-white sand and transparent calm waters.
The greatest impression is made by the district of skyscrapers, located along Sheikh Zayed Avenue. So far, it isn’t a full-pledged city, but rows of skyscrapers along the road. Empty spaces are beyond the skyscrapers, but Dubai is actively built up and there are no doubts that in 10 years it will be hardly different from New York. Single-storeyed buildings of Jumeirah are along the sea. It is there that the best beaches of Dubai and various entertainment parks are located.
For many years the most luxurious hotel in world, Burj-al-Arab, has been a symbol of Dubai. This sail-shaped hotel is a bright example of exceptional luxury and elite rest in Dubai. And its 7-star rating is quite justified, even though any hotel can have no more than 5 stars. But Burj-al-Arab isn’t any hotel. It has only two-floor suites with area starting from 170 m2 and the highest service level.
In 2010 Dubai has got a new symbol – it was the world`s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The race for the status of the world`s tallest building is continuing, but if before the next «tallest» skyscraper was only several dozens of meters taller than the previous one, the Arabs decided to build a skyscraper of 828 meters, and it is nearly twice as high as its predecessor. And this is the essence of Dubai. If you are going to have something, which is the best or the tallest one, there can be no compromises.
At the foot of the Burj Khalifa there located the world`s biggest musical fountain the «Dubai Fountain». In the evening you can see musical performances with water shooting to the height of 150 meters. Nearby there located the world`s largest shopping center the Dubai Mall, where you must visit the Dubai Aquarium. By the way, it has the world`s largest acrylic panel.
Dubai consists of several districts, which are separate from one another. The oldest of them – Deira District, is on both sides of the Dubai Creek. There you can visit various markets: Gold Market, Spice Market, and the Abraj Shopping Center, which is perhaps the best place to buy a fur coat in Dubai.
By all means should you come to the Marina Dubai. Probably, it is the only place designed for deliberate promenades. In the other places of Dubai the distances are too great for you feel yourself on a comfortable resort. Marina Dubai is around the bay, where private yachts and pleasure boats are moored. It is completely built up by skyscrapers and along the waterfront there is an endless line of restaurants offering dishes of all world cuisines. In Marina Dubai skyscrapers come close to the sea, and nearby there located the famous man-made Palm Peninsula.