1. It is not just a luxury destination.
Yes, it’s true that there are many luxurious hotels in Dubai, including the 5-star (7-star in service rating) Burj Al Arab. But this Emirate city is by no means limited to only rich travelers. There are many mid-range accommodation options in Dubai, and the city’s new metro train system offers tickets at very reasonable prices. Some of the best sites in Dubai are free to see such as the souqs, the Marina and the historical district of Al Fahidi. Even booking flight tickets to Dubai can be affordable if you’re proactive. So an important thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend thousands to thoroughly enjoy Dubai!
2. It’s not only home to the tallest building but also the biggest mall.
You might have heard of the Burj Khalifa – the building that broke all height records. The Burj Khalifa is now the tallest man-made structure in the world, and is definitely a must-see when visiting Dubai (here is an article on how to get to the Burj Khalifa). But another attraction worth noting is Dubai Mall, which is conveniently located just below the Burj Khalifa. Dubai Mall is not only the biggest mall in the UAE or the Middle East; it’s also claimed to be the biggest in the world in terms of floor size. One of its key attractions is the enormous Dubai Aquarium.
3. It is very multi-cultural.
If you’re expecting to see a strong Arab culture in Dubai, you may get a bit disappointed. Dubai is as diverse as it is modern. In fact, it’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. According to World Migration Report, 83 percent of its total population is foreign-born. To prove this claim to the test, just observe the people who are riding the metro, and you will immediately realize that they are from all over the world.
4. Dubai is a food lover’s paradise.
One thing we can really say about Dubai is that it has great food, and the servings come in huge portions. Fresh pita bread is a staple in most restaurants, and it is typically amazing. Being a huge metropolis, Dubai has all the big name chains and world-famous cuisines like Japanese, Italian, and French (which are not hard to find). But what makes eating in Dubai quite adventurous is that you have access to Middle-Eastern cuisine originating from countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. During our visit, we had the chance to eat at an Afghani restaurant, and this dining experience was quite exotic for me.