Call it The Paris of the Middle East or Middle East's Capital of Excess, Dubai surpasses all those wonderful adjectives in the dictionary. It is imposing, towering, ostentatious, gaudy and much more. Expect to find - the largest, the lavish and the luxurious of everything. What was merely a creek-side fishing village 50 years ago, transformed into a fascinating futuristic city with the influx of diverse communities from around the world who dared to dream the impossible.
It's not hard to appreciate Dubai for its tireless verve and the ability to preserve its ancient roots along with the endless realistic projects, sky-kissing buildings, sci-fi ideas, superfast trains, snow in the desert and homes on the islands. The glitter and glimmer never overshadow history in the oldest part of the city. The narrow lanes, chaotic bazaars and traditional houses offer a reassuring break from the princely Dubai. No wonder, the present composition of Dubai takes a while to sink in for several newcomers.
Dubai is not astounding merely in size and pomposity alone – it's also a place of startling architectural splendour. We're talking benchmarks like the Burj Khalifa and the sail-shaped Burj Dubai, as well as the amazing Palm project featuring the Atlantis Hotel, the winding Cayan Tower, and the JW Marriott Marquis, the world's tallest hotel. Speaking of shopping malls, Dubai is a cave of wealth for those who take pleasure in the purchasing of goods. You can buy just about anything here.
Those who love to explore on foot, Dubai will be disappointing. Given its proximity to the desert, Dubai does get very hot. For starters, it is generally about a thousand degrees outside – avoid meandering around in the sun. Despite the city appears to be glamorous, there's plenty for culture vultures. Regular concerts, events and the pulsating nightlife make the city quite happening.
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