Making The Most Of Dubai

July 17, 2014 // by jerdan

Finding a vacation spot isn’t all that difficult for most since the world is filled with interesting and beautiful places. It’s wonderful for people to get away to destinations they haven’t visited before because there’s so much out there waiting to be explored. For some, exploring the world is too challenging because of their own personal responsibilities or because their budget doesn’t allow for it. With a little effort, and even on a budget, everyone can enjoy a fabulous vacation, and it doesn’t have to be in a neighboring town.

beachSeeing the world is certainly a luxury, but seeing as much of it as possible should be a goal everyone must try to achieve because it allows them to experience the lifestyles of different cultures, in addition to the natural and man-made beauty that is true to any particular region. Remember, there are also holidays that go beyond the traditional European trips, and they can still offer guaranteed weather, great entertainment, a fabulous nightlife, and an exquisite cuisine. All this and much more, for instance, can be enjoyed on a trip to Dubai. If you haven’t realized, Dubai has made its mark on the map, and has drawn huge numbers of tourists from all over the world because of all it has to offer.

Dubai holidays can be just as expensive or as affordable as a traveler would choose. It’s true that it is one of the most expensive cities to live in worldwide, but just like any other holiday, it’s the accommodations and dining that really impact the overall cost, so a tourist could opt for more budget-friendly meals and hotels. However, the cost of living in Dubai is quite high, so even a meal at McDonald’s costs more than $15, meaning you should be prepared to pay slightly more in this respect. On the other hand, a good hotel can be quite within reach, starting at about $125 per night.

If money is no object, then tourists can have an unforgettable stay right on the Persian Gulf, and enjoy some of the most glamorous hotels and boutique shopping like nowhere else in the world. Guests at the most luxurious hotels could pay thousands of dollars per night for the five-star accommodations.

Visitors will find some of the most incredible dining venues in this city, which caters to some of the richest and most important people in the world. They will also enjoy creative architecture and elaborate design in their skyscrapers and countless shopping malls, as well as in the residential sectors. The nightlife includes some of the hippest clubs that really set them apart. All that’s needed is to be travel savvy, and a trip to this magnificent city can be within reach. It takes thorough planning and the ability to make some wise decisions, like seeking out cheap airfare and accommodations, which are often available during off-peak seasons.

Things to See and Do in Dubai

khalifaTake some time to do some sightseeing around the Western-style cosmopolitan metropolis and really experience some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and enormous construction projects, especially the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, and the man-made islands, which will take your breath away. Hotels are impressive, with each one trying to attract the most attention by outdoing its competition. The city is also home to some of the largest shopping malls, not only in the region, but in the entire world.

Situated on the Persian Gulf, there are also some very impressive public beaches to pass the days. Day cruises on the natural inlet, the Dubai Creek, provide for an affordable and entertaining evening with dinner on board, while enjoying the cityscape from the northeast to the southwest. Enjoy a desert safari in the Arabian Desert, which surrounds the city and is covered in beautiful fine, white sands. Take a trip to the Western Al Hajar Mountains to see the numerous gorges and waterholes located at their base.

Vacationing in Dubai can be a wonderful experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Since it boasts a desert climate, travelers can enjoy great weather year round, without fear of snow, cold, or excessive rainy periods. However, the summer months may be uncomfortably hot and humid for some.

Dubai – An Oasis For Tourists And Business

July 14, 2014 // by jerdan

Dubai has gone from a history of harvesting and exporting pearls to becoming a pearl of the desert, which has seen an exponential growth in both physical size and economic prosperity. Where it once was a fishing enclave, it now fishes for businesses and tourists from around the globe as a major financial hub and destination in the Middle East.

oilOil, which was discovered in the region in 1966, has played an important role in the development of the Arab emirate. Its initial expansion was based on it. However, the more recent, and much more dramatic, growth was inspired by the knowledge that its oil supply already was dwindling and is expected to be exhausted in 20 years. So its ruling family was motivated to diversify into financial services and tourism to save and expand its economy.

Located on the southeast corner of the Persian Gulf, Dubai always has been an active trading center and seaport since it was officially founded in 1833 by the patriarch of the al Maktoum family. The family continues to rule the city-state as an absolute monarchy. It joined the UAE in 1971 when it gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

Its existence as a monarchy is what both prompted and enabled Dubai’s quick shift from an oil-based economy to one in which oil now only constitutes only about seven percent of its annual revenues. The rest currently is made up largely by the service and tourism industries.

Sheik Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, who headed the royal family from 1958 to 1990, is credited with seeing the writing on the wall and decided to build a new Dubai that was not dependent on oil revenues to survive. His strategy was to build on the land, rather than drill into it, as a way of luring business and tourists to his man-made oasis on the beaches of the Persian Gulf.

Thanks to oil wealth, Dubai was able to take great leaps into this new economic direction, rather than the small steps most regions would have to be content with. The emirate made a quick name for itself by hosting sporting extravaganzas, including golf and cricket championships. It also established mini-cities that are tax free, like the Dubai Financial International Centre. Building was encouraged, with creativity, excess, and extravagance being the watchwords.

Sheik Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum, who took over the reins from his father in 2006, has only expanded the trend, and now the country plays host to more construction workers than residents as well as to a reported 25 percent of the world’s construction cranes. The rapid expansion has been documented in a series of images taken by NASA via satellite from space from 2000 to 2011, which show the spread of the metropolitan area as well as irrigated swaths of vegetation.

Some of the individual building projects, in fact, can be seen from space. The Palm Islands is a group of man-made islets grouped in the shape of a palm tree. The land was dredged from the bottom of the Persian Gulf and its now covered in row after row of luxury villas and condominiums. Two other palm-shaped island clusters are planned, as well as one shaped like a map of the world.

burj_khalifaDubai now is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai. Other projects include the world’s largest mall, with nine million square feet and 1,000 stores; the world’s biggest theme park, which will be twice the size of Disney World in Orlando, FL; and the world’s longest indoor ski run. Still others include a section of 32 buildings shaped to resemble chess pieces, which is designated to become the world’s center for the game, and the Princess Tower, officially the world’s tallest residential building at 101 floors, according to Guinness World Records .

Since its construction was completed, the Burj al-Arab Hotel has been the jewel in the crown of Dubai. Shaped like a sailboat and built on an artificial island, this seven-star hotel features only luxury suites and the liberal use of 22-carat gold appointments. It is, of course, the world’s tallest hotel.

With this influx of people generated by all this construction comes the need to move them around the metro area once they arrive from around the world. So among Dubai’s accomplishments, when completed, will be the Dubai Metro, which will have bragging rights as the world’s largest fully-automated rail system, and Dubai World Central International Airport, which is on the way to becoming the largest airport in the world in size. Predictions are that eventually it could become the world’s largest in traffic volume.

With its beaches, sporting events, and other attractions, tourists from around the world are clamoring for holiday deals to Dubai, thus justifying this amazing realignment of its economy. Along with real estate, financial services, and construction, tourism has helped the gross domestic product of this relatively small corner of the Middle East grow toward the $1 trillion range.