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The shining, sparkling city with its modern, fast-paced lifestyle is the UAE's most visited tourist hot spot. Dubai is full of luxury, glitz and glamour, and perhaps is a world in itself, but it's definitely a city you will want to visit once in your lifetime. Read on to know why.
Top of the World
Located on the Arabian Peninsula in the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the most sought-after tourist destination. It's home to over 400 high rise buildings, full of modern and impressive architecture, providing tourists with an unmatched urban experience. Behold this panoramic view of Dubai's many skyscrapers, and keep clicking to know about the city of extremes!
1. Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, at over 2,700 feet, is the tallest building in the world. It's three times as tall as Eiffel Tower and two times taller than the Empire State Building. Completed in 2010, it's Dubai's biggest attraction.
Visiting the observation deck on 124th floor is an absolute must for the staggering panaromic view of the city. At night, you'll be stunned to see Dubai shining and sparkling, and professional photographers on the deck waiting to capture its every glimmer.
When you're back on ground, don't forget to check out the beautiful gardens surrounding the Khalifa with their multiple winding pathways.
2. Dubai Fountain
The world's largest musical fountain, the Dubai Fountain, is submerged in the 30-acre Burj Lake. It's a once in a lifetime experience that is sure to amaze you.
The fountain rises to almost 460 feet, as high as a 45-story building. I'm sure once you visit this spectacle, you're sure to be amazed by its height. If you wish to have an up-close-and-personal view, take a traditional Abra boat and get as close as you can to the fountain. Or take a stroll on the recently opened Dubai Fountain Boardwalk, which is an 890-foot floating platform where visitors can enjoy the musical show and a nice walk.
One more suggestion: since Dubai is known for having the world's tallest structures, you can opt to see the world's largest musical fountain while eating dinner at Mospher Grill on the 122nd floor of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. It's the restaurant with the highest altitude on the planet. Sounds like a tall treat, right?
3. Dubai Mall
Don't be surprised if you read the tallest and the highest in every section of this article. Dubai outperforms itself and the world over and over again. The Dubai Mall is no exception. It's the largest mall in the world with respect to its total area of 12,098,635 square feet, which is equal to the area of 50 football stadiums combined.
The mall sees 75 million visitors every year, not because of its 1,200 stores, multiple cuisines, and innumerable shopping options, but also because of its other unmistakable attractions. For instance, the Dubai Aqaurium, which houses the world's largest acrylic panel, and is also world's largest indoor aquarium. Or the theme park, Sega Republic, with its multiple games and rides
The list doesn't end there. There's an olympic sized ice skating rink, and the world's largest candy store, Candylicious, which spans over 100,000 square feet. My favorite is the illusion waterfall with human statues diving from it. Amidst the many attractions of the mall, the artificial waterfall surrounded by palm trees will give you a relaxing atmosphere to sit back and enjoy its hustle and bustle.
4. Gold Souk
Located in the middle of the Deira district is the traditional gold market, Gold Souk. ?Souk? is Arabic for marketplace. No points for guessing, but Gold Souk is the largest gold market in the world with over 250 shops. It is said that approximately 10 tons of gold is present in the souk at any one time.
Tourists visit the market place to buy the precious metal at a fair price. If you don't have a penchant for buying gold, you can still visit the souk and witness its many shining ornaments.