Welcome to the Emirates: Things to see in Dubai

Being one of the richest cities in the world, Dubai indeed is like a Cinderella fairy tale. Just until 1940s, the inhabitants searched for pearls in order to change it for food, who would have ever guessed! However, when the Japanese had figured out the way to produce artificial pearls, Dubai lost its crystal-clear shoe and faced the crisis. As I mentioned it as a fairy-tale, later oil was discovered in the region around the city, and beautiful skyscrapers, huge shopping malls and ingenious water were born, calling and luring for tourists. Even though it is not the capital of the United Arab Emirates unlike Abu Dhabi, it is proud of its modern architectural beauty  and is a fairy acknowledged as one of the fanciest resorts ever. Following are the various things to see in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

burj khalifa dubai


Have you ever been on 124th floor? If you haven’t, then pack your suitcase and come to see the Burj Khalifa. World’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa reaches the height of 828 m. There is no doubt that your eyes and soul will catch the greatest view from the top, a glimpse of heaven. Inside the giant tower, there are offices and apartments, it even houses the Armani Hotel.

It’s very easy to book a ticket online for the observation desk, enjoy the greatness of Dubai from the top of the world with a glass of champagne.

2. The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding

The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding


Some special characteristics of Emirates’ culture are still not fully understandable by the visitors. The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is a place where all the answers are uncovered. “Open doors, open minds” is the tagline which represents the goal of the center: to wipe out the culture and national differences and find common things. A host will give you the understanding of Muslim world and a plunge into new cultural atmosphere will be inevitable for you.

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3. Wild Wadi Water Park

wild wadi water park dubai


Zig-zag water roads, exciting rides, big-wave pool and a 33m-high Jumeirah Sceirah slide that drops you at the speed of 80km/h – all this is an imaginarium place for adventure lovers. People of all ages find this place magical and exciting. The theme of Wild Wadi Water Park is inspired by Arabian adventurer named Juha and his friend Sinbad – the sailor, who got shipwrecked. Keep an eye on their official website to find a great deal with available discounts. While riding the crazy slides, try to breath deeply and block your nose in time because the trip will blow your mind!

4. The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall


After a good relaxing view of sunset at Burj Khalifa, exploring Middle-Eastern culture and water sports comes the shopping time. Your trip to Dubai is not complete without visiting these marvelous shopping malls. And what can be better than to shop and have fun at the same time? Whether you want to shop or not, you will not regret being here.  Spread over 350244 m², consisting of over 1200 shops, Dubai Mall has almost everything for you to have a good time and spend some (or a lot of) money. Dubai Mall is also home to the Gold Souk – the biggest gold market in the world, KidZania, a skating ring – where you can leave your kids while you shop, and The Groove – a street under the moving roof. Above all, Dubai Mall also houses world’s largest indoor aquarium having more than 33000 species of sea inhabitants. You can imagine how gigantic is this mall.

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5. Dubai Fountains

Dubai fountains


Watching massive Dubai Fountains dancing in a rhythm can only be described as a jaw-dropping experience, It is a night light show where fountains create various colorful patterns! It is the best way to conclude your trip to Dubai. If you come here in winter don’t forget to book a table near the show at The Mango Tree. The water musicians amuse with their strength and glory. They are taller, louder and even bigger than the alike fountains in Vegas. Without any second opinion, it’s a must-see place.

Believe it or not, the second capital of United Arab Emirates is Dubai, the Cinderella. And it is a complete package in itself for a family vacation: relaxation, things to do that you can never do in any other city, distinctive culture and unforgettable adventures.

Berezhnaya Anna
Berezhnaya Anna is a student of journalism at the Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow.