Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 is a deliberate road map with the key objective of attracting 20 million visitors per year by 2020. Tourism is a central pillar of Dubai’s economic growth and diversification. When in Dubai one cannot take their eyes off the gigantic, tall, luxury structures that adorned the Dubai’s vast skyline. From sail-shaped buildings to dancing towers, twisting skyscrapers and even a tuning fork, the architecture of Dubai is a visitor’s delight. With so many options for tourists, it is sometimes very confusing for visitors to decide what to see and where to go. Listed below are some of best places to explore when in Dubai.
The BurjKhalifa – Standing at 830 meters, this iconic building is the tallest man made structure in the world. Its design is inspired by the desert flower, “hymenocallis”, as well as Islamic structures, including the spiral minaret that becomes more slender as it rises.BurjKhalifa has redefined what is possible in the design and engineering of supertall buildings. By combining cutting-edge technologies and cultural influences, the building serves as a global icon that is both a model for future urban centers and speaks to the global movement towards compact, livable urban areas. The Tower and its surrounding neighborhood are more centralized than any other new development in Dubai.
Palm JumeirahIsland – Palm Jumeirah, is the world’s largest man-made island and is comprised of a two-kilometer long trunk, a crown made up of 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent. Following a number of years of feasibility studies, the Palm Jumeirah was launched in 2001, with reclamation starting in the same year. From the end of 2006, the island’s first residences – comprising 4,000 luxury villas and apartments were handed over during a phased period. Since then, the tourism, leisure and retail elements of the island have been developed, creating a spectacular, world-renowned residential and tourism destination.
Dubai Creek – Dubai Creek is one the emirate’s most picturesque locales that particularly stick out for its traditional aura and charm. Despite the record-breaking landmarks comprising high-rise buildings and entertainment venues that dot across the city, this natural seawater creek stands as the real identity of Dubai and is a living illustration of the country’s long-standing trading tradition.Running through the heart of the city, the creek segregates Dubai into two major districts: Bur Dubai and Deira. A retro feel is evident in every nook and corner of the creek and its surrounding areas. Old-style buildings that reflect rich Arabian hospitality, traditional style wooden dhows, and bustling souks – all make Dubai Creek a must-visit landmark of the city.
Dubai Marina – The Dubai Marina is a district in Dubai and one characterized by its artificial canal construction. The marina stretches for two miles, complements the gorgeous Persian Gulf shoreline. Though the marina is still being constructed, it will eventually hold upwards of 120,000 people in its startlingly tall towers and lush villas. The architectural design, influenced by Canada’s False Creek, features a waterfront, a central waterway, and about eight kilometers of landscaped public walkways. There is a foreshoreway around the marina that is accessible to the public.
Dubai Opera -Located at what’s billed as ‘the most prestigious square kilometer in the world’ in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the radiant center of culture and arts in Dubai and the shining pearl of The Opera District. With its unique 2000-seat multi-format theater, Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts and world-class entertainment productions. Dubai Opera passionately embraces its role as the vibrant cultural heart of Dubai, and is committed to produce and host the finest, authentic, creative and engaging performing arts experiences from Dubai and the world.
To add thrill to the upcoming 2020 Expo, Dubai has introduced the region’s largest theme park destination. Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) opened its gates to public on 31st October, 2016. The destination park comprises of three major attractions – Bollywood Parks Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, and Legoland Dubai. The French style Riverland Dubai is yet another themed retail, dining, and entertainment experience, along with the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort.
Bollywood Parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai is the first-ever Bollywood themed park in the world as the part of the Dubai Parks and Resort, providing guests with a flavour of Bollywood and Indian culture, delicious food, live performances and amazing entertainment. Bollywood Parks Dubai has put together a cinematic experience, recreations of some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters such as Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Krrish and RA.One, through an extravagant 3D and 4D systems, as well as a stunning stunt show, live performances and hot sets based on Bollywood movies. The biggest and eye catching crown of jewel of Bollywood Parks Dubai that lies in the centre, it is the magnificent Rajmahal Theatre, an 850-seat lush theater that will host a separately ticketed Broadway-styled Bollywood musical.
Motiongate Dubai – Motiongate Dubai is the largest among the three theme parks and while a major portion of the park is almost open, work on some of the attractions is yet ongoing and is due to open in Mid-December 2016.Some major attraction of this park is fully indoors DreamWorks Zone which features 12 exciting rides and attractions including roller coasters, dark rides, and interactive adventure areas, plus five live entertainment experiences. Guests will be elated into completely immersive parks inspired by Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon, bringing their favorite films and characters to life like never seen before.
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park – Legoland Dubai is the ultimate year-round Lego-themed adventures park for family & children aged 2-12. Legoland has 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions and 15,000 Lego model structures made from over 60 million Lego bricks. It is a full day’s interactive, theme park experience. Legoland Water Park is located together to Legoland and is the only water park in the region designed specifically for kids and their families. The Legoland water park features more than 20 water slides and attractions, the park includes the highly awaited Build-A-Raft River where children of all ages can customize their own raft using Lego soft bricks, before floating down a river viewing around the entire park.
Riverland Dubai – Riverland Dubai, is set in the Heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts. It’s a retail and dining-themed park open to everyone. Riverland has four themed zones that offer a mesmerizing glimpse into some of the greatest times of the past – from 1950s Boardwalk to medieval France at The French Village, colonial India at India Gate and the 19th century-themed Peninsula.
Lapita Hotel – The Lapita Hotel is a Polynesian themed family hotel, It is a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, with up to 501 rooms and three villas the hotel will bring an exciting, new and renewed approach to family vacations and is custom-made to the needs of families. This must visit entertainment park will leave every visitor spellbound, with a need for more and leave them coming back. Dubai Parks and Resorts have their annual passes currently on sale at dubaiparksandresorts.com, and daily passes will be announced once the grand opening takes place.