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[ Why do people go to Dubai? – Latest update: 15/01/2016 ]
In july 2010 I had a chance to go to Dubai as a guest in a friend’s house.
Although this kind of destination is not exactly “my cup of tea”, I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to discover such uncommon place.
Luxury lovers, winter sun-tan addicted, curios. (I belong to the last category only.)
Best time to go
Always, but avoiding summer would be better both for climate and the lack of events.
I have been there at the end of July and sea-water was too hot even for me, and I feel comfortable at high temperatures more than lizards. However Dubai is full of swimming pool nearby sea, and you shouldn’t get impressed if the thermometer measures 45 °C: It is a dry climate, therefore not unbearable. What is really annoying is the 25°C temperature range between outdoor and indoor.
WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO DUBAI?
Read “WHAT I LIKED” and “WHAT I DISLIKED” and figure it out!
WHAT I LIKED
1) The Dubai Mall
Although I hate malls, I do really like this one. It is the heart of the New Dubai, in a city where there is no place to walk (except the old area) this is a kind of meeting point, where you don’t have only shopping opportunities: it is like a city in a city.In facts It is the biggest Mall in the world.
2) The Dubai Fountain
It is the world largest choreographed fountain system. It shoots water up to 150 mt. into the air accompanied by a selection of music from classical to contemporary. It is stunning not only for this stupid achievement, but also for its lights, coloured projectors and choreography.
3) Burj al Arab
It is a 7 stars hotel 321 mt. high designed by the architect Tom Wright. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
It is a symbolic statement for Dubai, as Colosseum for Rome and Eiffel Tower for Paris. It draws its skyline especially at night, when membrane façade shows off changing colour.
Over the top of the building there is a tennis court / helicopter landing pad (Highest tennis court in the world)!
4) The desert safari
After many days far away from nature, this excursion was a real life line. Despite a desert full of tourists is a contradiction in terms, if you have never seen something like that, you would appreciate it.
[Geek alert! The desert between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is also known as “Tatooine desert“: it is one of the Star Wars locations! ]
5) Old Dubai
Taking abras (a traditional boat) to reach Deira Soukk. (open air market-place) is a must.Here you can find western spices and gold (much brighter than ours!); if you have never seen a middle-eastern bazaar, It is worth taking a walk .
Old Dubai is the only pedestrian area of the city and also the more authentical. If you are fond of in architecture you can appreciate traditional windtowers: architectural devices used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings.
Everything was absolutely clean. Even in public toilets, maids clean bathrooms every time they are utilized, and they have wc-bidet in a unique sanitary!
WHAT I DISLIKED
Dubai in a word? Inhuman.
Dubai represents exactly the opposite of things in which I believe in: here ostentation, resource wastings, and soil consumption sadly prevail.
1) Penguins at the mall
I do really love these animals, and seeing them suffering in a zoo so far away from their habitat and climate was really sad.Videos and pics I have taken were identical: they were unable to move. If you want to see penguins go to Antarctica.
2) You cannot visit the city on foot
Renting a car or taking a cab are the most common way for sightseeing. Watching Dubai’s 6 line-motorway, it seems to be in Blade Runner.
3) Buildings soffocates nature
Having a sea bath here dooesn’t mean seeing the horizon, but skyscrapers instead.
4) Burj al Arab interiors
We had the unique chance to visit this luxury hotel thanks to a friend who works in there.
Visiting the whole structure is not possible, unless you want to spend money you have earned in your entire life to rent a room, or if you are a special guest. If you really need to go there, you can have an arabic coffee in the hall for 50€ .Obviously It is not worth it. Luxury and gold are not synonymous with good taste.
They want to attract people not with quality but with guinness records, and even if you don’t like it, they will nonetheless reach their goal because you cannot avoid to take pictures and get stunned in front of a 830 mt. tall skyscraper (Burj Khalifa), a ski run in a mall, and a gold toilet paper-holder!
I hope this non-neutral travel guide It was useful to have an idea of what to expect in Dubai.