The following post was written by a 17-year old girl who lives in Dubai. These are all the icons of the city, the landmarks, the attractions. If you are a tourist spending sometime here in Dubai – these are a few of many that you should not miss.
All photos were taken by her father – a friend, ex-workmate of mine and a fabulous structural engineer.
I have also included links to restaurants and cafes at some of these attractions.
Dubai – one of the most bustling cities in the world. It is quite surprising to see how fast this little city has escalated to a haven of technology and diversity. The Dubai skyline is one of the most recognized in the world. It is a no-brainer because of the eminent presence of the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
This ambitious city won the right to hold the prestigious Expo 2020 on 27th November 2013. Terra, the sustainability pavilion is now open to the public. Pictured is the gate to the site which is made wholly of carbon-fibre, the strongest material known to man. This 21-metre high structure is one of the three at the site, and is designed by top British architect, Asif Khan.
Museum of the Future
Dubai is also home to the soon to be opened Museum of the Future, one of the most critically acclaimed urban icons. It serves as the picturisation of the very basic ideas of the nation and the notions of tolerance and togetherness – the very essence.
Burj Khalifa, one of the most widely known structures of the world. It portrays the ambition of the UAE and how it strives for the top, whatever the field may be. Pictured is the address boulevard, which houses the address hotel and the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall.
Dubai Creek Harbour
Dubai Creek Harbour is a new project going hand in hand with creativity and innovation. Close to the Ras Al Khor bird sanctuary, it shows how mankind and nature can thrive together. The island is very picturesque and should be on your to-do list.
Bluewaters Island – where the sea meets urban lifestyle. It is home to the Ain Dubai, observation wheel. Located near the Dubai Marina, it is a must-go place for water sports fanatics or if you simply like to walk in the sands with the winds roaring past you.
The Pointe Palm Jumeirah
One of the newest attractions, the Pointe, on Palm Jumeirah. The fountain display is impressive considering that it shoots water to heights larger than the Dubai Fountain at the Dubai Mall. It is a wonderful place to spend your day at. Expect gorgeous views given the blue sea and the Atlantis hotel in the backdrop!
Entering the Dubai skyline is the Frame! Nestled in Zabeel Park, you can see breathtaking views of the contrast between new and old Dubai. There are galleries portraying the vision of the city and appreciating the roots.
Dubai Parks and Resort
Dubai Parks and Resort is perfect for thrill-seekers and families. Home to Riverland, Bollywood Park, MotionGate, Legoland. Riverland offers different experiences in the various so-called ‘villages’. A canal flows throw the heart of the park. Pictured is the entrance to the Legoland theme park,a perfect day out for families with small children and lego fanatics.
Many have come to call Dubai home over the years like myself. Pictured is a view of Karama, one of the many communities of the city from the Dubai Frame.
Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
A successful country never forgets its roots. Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a slice of the past. Wooden works, spices, painting, Emirati attires dot the stores over there. Restaurants there offer local flavours. In all, a must-visit place for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the culture of the nation.
Traditions meet gorgeous architecture at the Seef, showcasing the blend between Dubai’s proud past and bright future.
Written by : Riddhi Goswami … Ordinary 17 year old school girl, trudging through the winding road of life. Weekends find me either on the road or snuggled up with my parents watching a Liam Neeson flick. Hobbies include lazing around, trying to avoid the slipper (you know what I mean), staring at birdies outside my window, sketching, playing keyboard. Contact here.
Photos by : Ratul Goswami