Miguel Moreira

Dubai - Explore the Future

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C:\Users\Silla\Pictures\2012-06-25\Dubai december 2012\DSC_1228.JPGNo words can describe the impact of this place. I’ve been there with a very good friend of mine. We were here for 5 days and it’s enough to see the main highlights. If you really want to enjoy the weather and the sun, then you should go for a week. For a cultural trip it was good enough. I advise you to organize at home the attraction you want to do and the places you want to visit. For example, we wanted to go on top of the Burj Khalifa and planned this before. This way you don’t lose precious time. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed in Dubai. Planning on what to do, like ski for example, will save you a lot of money, as you can do most of the times online and the prices are very distinct as if you pay at the place.




7 Top Things to See
C:\Users\Silla\Pictures\2012-06-25\Dubai december 2012\DSC_1416.JPGDubai marina is the most popular area in Dubai. The atmosphere is amazing with nice restaurants and terraces around the harbor. Especially in the evening is it a really nice place with locals and tourists. We enjoyed here a shisha and enjoyed the beautiful view. Here you find around 200 high buildings, most of them more than 300 meter.






C:\Users\Silla\Pictures\2012-06-25\Dubai december 2012\DSC_1498.JPGBurj al Arab is one of the most famous buildings in Dubai. It’s 321 meter high. It’s a very luxury hotel, the only 7 star hotel in the world. It’s  made on a artificial island in the sea. Nobody knows for sure, rumours points to costs of more than 650 million dollar to build this hotel. The price for 1 night sleeping here is from 500 till 50.000 dollar. So it’s also cool to make photo’s in front of it






Dubai Mall
and the Dubai aquarium is something you can visit for free. Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the world. With 1200 shops and a luxury style is it really impressive to walk here but you also have local shops and restaurants. In here you find the Dubai Aquarium, also the biggest one in the world. Even in the desserts they like snow. In another shopping Mall called Mall of the Emirates you have the biggest indoor Ski place of the world.  It’s 85 meter high and penguins are living here. I don’t like cold so we didn’t do these things but it’s nice to see it behind a glass.
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Burj Khalifa. You can visit this highest tower of the world. We’ve been to the 124th floor. This is 452 meter from the ground. From here you have a beautiful view on the city. Before I was very scared. It’s too big for your imagination. It’s unreal to go in a elevator which goes 42 km per hour. The ticket you order comes with a time when you need to be there. Next to that you have a safety check comparable with how it is on an airport. All this made me cry and I really didn’t want to do it. I was in panic and the big path to the elevator made it even more exciting and scary. But why going to Dubai without going up this tower? I never regret this experience and of course I was very proud.



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Dubai Fountain is an amazing show! I didn’t have expectations and I was really impressed. Later I read that it’s the biggest and most expensive show in the world. the height can reach 150 meter. The atmosphere is cosy and romantic, the water moves on different songs what makes it a complete unforgettable show.
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The Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque which one you can visit if you are not Muslim. I never visited a mosque before in my life but it was a beautiful experience! It’s an amazing calm place. In the old part of the city you see a completely different world. For me it was a shocking contrast between the most rich place I ever seen next to such a poor place. But don’t forget to go there for wide your cultural view. Here exist also a lot of souks were you can buy traditional souvenirs. You can visit different souks with markets or goldsouks for one of the world’s cheapest gold.
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Dessert. One day we arranged to go Dune bashing. We picked up in a SUV. I was a bit scared because I had no idea what was going to happen. They dropped the air out of the tires and we started racing in the dessert! If you like adventure and exciting then you can’t miss this! You can make it a full program with for example camel driving, which we did. Next to that you get belly dancers and a nice dinner!

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