There's no other place in the world you'd rather be
Back in 1968 there were just 13 cars in Dubai. Today the Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, a limited edition Aston Martin... In 1991, there was only one skyscraper. Today Dubai boasts ten of the world's tallest 50 buildings and ranks 5th in the number of tall buildings and skyscrapers. The thing is: about a city within an emirate that has more services, activities and events that you could get around in your lifetime almost everything is already said and it's hard to find something that isn't.
If you love skiing most probably you could find some better place for that somewhere in Alps. Or have an exceptional diving experience at The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. And maybe you could find even more beautiful long white sandy beaches in Caribbean, or enjoy spectacular caviar sprinkled with gold leaves in Moscow. Maybe you could even win gold or Rolls Royce during the shopping festival in some part of the world.
But to experience all that and beyond tailored only for you, you must come to Dubai. This is what makes it so special and unique. And at the end of the day you will realize that Dubai is nothing if not extraordinary. Because above all it offers luxury and services with such attention to every detail any other place can't match.
And while attention to details is welcomed when it's about all-you-want-we-provide luxury hotel, in some areas of life the masters of details became the masters of complications. In a city that since recently had streets with no names, a new system is under development. To make it short, its 13 districts, divided in several smaller localities, not only got street names and house numbers but also signs of different colours and GPS coordinates.
It goes so much beyond usual "street name and number" system that the tourists could have hard time knowing where to go and locals will most probably continue to meet "at the third crossing, near that new building".
In any case hail for a taxi - the pink-topped cabs are designated for female passengers only and they are also driven by women - to take you where you want to go. Bear in mind that every driver has his own idea how fast to drive, so don't be shy to tell your driver to slow down because you are not in some crazy kamikaze mission but hopefully accident-free holidays.
As a pedestrian don't assume that because you stepped on zebra crossing all approaching traffic will come to an abrupt stop to allow you cross the road. It won't happen. All said will come handy once you come in Dubai.
Your fist destination could be the intersection of Umm Hurrair Road and Al Maktoum Road, to see the Clock Tower. This tower as any other structure in Dubai has an interesting story behind it. The story starts in the early 1960s when Sheikh Ahmed gave Sheikh Rashid a very, veery large clock as a gift. Sheikh Rashid did not know what to do with such a large clock and he asked for an advice the man who designed his palace. Finally the Clock Tower was erected as a symbol of Dubai and was one of city first roundabouts.
If you like to explore and meet people, which is the purpose of every voyage - it should be the purpose of every voyage - there is always something to see and try that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. People are friendly and ready to chat, souks are charming, Old Dubai and its narrow streets bursting with life are fascinating. You can spend hours wandering around the side streets, look at its tiny tailoring shops, bargain for spicy perfume oils, souvenirs, luggage... Take a sit at one of the small cafeterias and watch people passing by.
During the Dubai Shopping Festival that takes place every January to February, and is entirely different from the common shopping festivals, parks and districts turn into outdoor theatres while street-side performers and musicians do their best to attract visitors. Every night is highlighted by a colorful fireworks display to make the lively event even more fun.
If you are asking yourself what your next adventure could be, we would say: relax at the spa, dress to impress and have a dinner at one of the restaurants with bird's views over the city. And if you manage to do all that you will understand why Dubai is the place you'd rather be. ■
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