Landmarks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates and offers holidays in an extraordinary environment between the Persian Gulf and the desert, which dominates approx. 90% of the area, but whose vastness and extremes are also possible with organized tours – especially with an overnight stay in a Bedouin tent experience worthwhile. What otherwise characterizes Dubai is that it is one of the safest and cleanest travel destinations in the world, but also the incredible wealth that you will encounter in the emirate. Oil production since the 1960s has turned the former Bedouin country into an exhibition center for luxury and superlatives… especially in Dubai City. Here, on the northern edge of the emirate, the political, economic, cultural and social life is concentrated. The city is divided by the Dubai Creek, a 100-1. 300 m wide and 14 km long bay of the Persian Gulf. The north side is Daira, on the south side is Bur Dubai. Abras, small passenger ferries, are commonly used to get from side to side. A wide variety of sights await you in this city: from gigantic towers – including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world with a height of 828 m -, important theaters such as the Madinat or the Burj al Arab, and with the Heritage and the Diving Village also recommended museums, in which you get a comprehensive and vivid insight into the history and culture of Dubai. The contrast to this are the souks, which convey an impressive picture of oriental life and which are an unforgettable sensual experience. Gold, spices, fabrics, lamps here, but also the gigantic malls of the city make Dubai a shoppers paradise. The Dubai Creekside Park is ideal for relaxation in between.
The tallest building in the world: Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is by far the tallest skyscraper in the world and is 828 meters high. Literally translated, his name is simply “Khalifa Tower”. Originally, and until the opening in 2010, the building was supposed to be called “Burj Dubai”, ie “Dubai Tower” or “Dubai Tower”, but the financial crisis of 2008 intervened here. The emirate of Dubai got into financial difficulties due to the financial crisis with its numerous financial commitments and investments. The oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is financially more solid in times of crisis, bailed Dubai out with its wealth and injected money, but the tallest skyscraper was henceforth the name of the Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates: Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nahyan.
The architecture and the construction
The Burj Khalifa was designed by the architect Adrian Smith from the American firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the actual construction was carried out by the project company Emaar Properties. The construction period from 2004 to 2010 was six years. During the construction, previously unknown logistical and technical difficulties had to be overcome, for example the concrete had to be pumped higher than ever before. The elevators were also faced with new challenges in terms of speed, smoothness and safety. The construction costs of the Burj Khalifa were around 1.5 billion US dollars.
A superlative building
The Burj Khalifa has become the center of a whole new district called “Downtown Dubai”, which is characterized by a mixed use of offices, hotels, residential buildings and shopping centers. The floors of the tower itself are also used in a mixed manner. So there is the Armani Hotel, an extremely luxurious, high-priced design hotel, above it the Armani Residences, similarly high-priced design apartments, as well as other high-quality apartments, offices and restaurants. On floors 43 and 123 there are so-called sky lobbies for changing between different elevators. There is an observation deck on the 124th floor at a height of 452.10 meters. The journey with the fastest elevator takes 55 seconds and costs between AED 125 and AED 200 dirhams, the equivalent of EUR 30 to EUR 48, depending on the time of day.
Dubai is always worth a trip. The capital of the emirate of the same name and largest city in the United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world due to its numerous sights. If you are visiting Dubai, you should not miss the Gold Souk in the middle of the city. The huge market, which is also one of the city’s most famous attractions, is dominated by pomp, glamor and luxury. Countless large and small jewelry stores are lined up on the world-famous “gold market”, which is unique in the world in its abundance.
The very special “world of luxury” in the middle of Dubai
In addition to glittering gold and silver chains and bracelets, valuable gemstones, rings, earrings and many other valuable pieces of jewelry can be purchased here – and at exceptionally low prices. This “world of luxury” makes the hearts of millions of jewelry fans from all over the world beat faster again and again. According to estimates, a total of ten tons of gold are to be stored in the Gold Souk. In the evening hours, the countless visitors to the market are also offered a breathtaking sight thanks to the spectacular lighting. The Gold Souk is open from Saturday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. due to the traditional Friday prayer. The market is closed on Sundays.
Burj Al Arab
A vacation in Dubai, known for sunshine and sheer luxury, is inevitably associated with terms like the Queen of Arabia and her Tower of Wonders. The language of the fascinating Burj al Arab is undoubtedly the language of the fascinating Burj al Arab, the world’s highest hotel at 321 meters, but not just because of its height. Over 200 suites are spread over 54 floors (27 double floors), which fascinate the guests just as much as the possible transfer to the Burj al Arab in a stylish white Rolls Royce as well as unsurpassable service from the concierge and butler. The hotel is not only a highlight for guests, but as a dreamlike attraction in Dubai it is also an attractive excursion destination for every holidaymaker who suddenly finds themselves in a world of 1,001 nights.
The hotel was built and equipped only with the finest materials such as marble, glass, fabrics and gold, which were purchased anywhere in the world where they stand for a unique quality. In addition, almost all of the furnishings are handmade, unique items, making the Burj Al Arab undoubtedly the best hotel in the world. Not only is the view of the hotel magical, but also the view from the suites. Windows from the floor to the ceiling allow one to admire the fascinating world of Dubai optimally from the hotel room.
The hotel’s culinary offerings are also unique, and the exceptional restaurants make them very special. In addition to the Al Iwan Restaurant with a great view of the sea and the Beachfront Restaurant Majlis Al Bahar, two extremely unusual restaurants provide the absolute highlights. This is how it goes under the water surface in the seafood restaurant Al Mahara and lets you admire the underwater world while you are eating. In contrast, a panorama lift takes you to a height of 200 meters, where you can eat right under the stars in Al Muntaha.