Guide To A 2020 Dubai Vacation: Sights

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Guide To A 2020 Dubai Vacation: Sights

In our last guide to Dubai, we spoke about some of the more essential factors that are required by anyone entering Dubai, as well as some pointers on the culture and customs in Dubai. This guide will help you understand Dubai more not just as a city but how it evolved over the centuries. 

From there, we take you on a tour through the various sights of Dubai throughout the old and new sections, as well as a tour through parts of the Arabian desert. 

From The Days Of Old: 

For a land that seems devoid of history at first sight, Dubai is just the opposite. This unique city’s early origins can be traced to years of trading between the early civilizations of the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia. The vast sands were also home to reserves of metals that played a good part in the Iron Age of civilization. It was in the 11th century that mentions of Dubai started appearing in literature everywhere. During this time, the small settlements in the general region were also said to be a popular hotspot for pearling. Dubai and indeed the rest of the middle east soon became a hub for fishing and pearling. 

It was during the 18th century that trade in Dubai started developing, and it became an important port by the 20th century. Eventually in 1966, a certain black liquid was discovered by the soldiers of the then Sheikh, and the rest is something you may be familiar with. After the discovery of the oil fields, Dubai prospered with international interest and today is one of the richest cities in the world, exuding glamor and becoming the ultimate travel destination for anyone seeking a luxurious escape. 

What To See On Your 2020 Dubai Vacation:

Now that you have an idea of Dubai’s growth through the ages, what does this sprawling metropolis have to show you? Quite a lot, as it turns out. 

Old Dubai creek with dhow station

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Old Dubai: 

The story above is more than a historic recollection; it also gives us an insight into what you can expect to see on your Dubai vacation. There are sights that are old and new; a perfect amalgamation of cultures just as it was then. Old Dubai is where you get a sense of the old fishing and trade days. You can explore the Al Fahidhi Historical Neighborhood, which is an accurate representation of what the city once used to be. Walk through the historic souks while bargaining, bite into a delectable shawarma hot off the griddle and sail on the Dubai Creek as the traders back then used to. 

High rise buildings in Dubai

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New Dubai: 

While the old city is charming and a little more laid back, the newer parts of Dubai are what come to mind when someone says the name out loud. Sprawling high rise buildings and architectural marvels greet you as you make your way into the city. The expansive skyline of Dubai is something you must not miss seeing when on a ride down the Dubai Creek. Hop aboard a helicopter and witness the grandeur of the Jumeirah Group, responsible for some of Dubai’s most iconic establishments like the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. 

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Modern Dubai is also host to a shopping extravaganza: Most of Dubai is known for luxury merchandise, apparel and electronics at good value. The Dubai Shopping Festival is a great time to explore the new Dubai, as shoppers show off their wares in most major shops and malls. 

Al Badayer Oasis Hotel The Arabian Desert Dubai

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The Arabian Desert:

Once you are done exploring the amalgamation of old and new, it’s time to head to the genesis of the middle east: The desert. There are a couple of deserts that are an hour’s drive from the main city and have good road access. The Rub’ al Khali is known to be the world’s largest sandy desert. The Al Badayer Desert is where you must go for all desert adventures. Al Qudra is a desert stretch where you can drive along on tarmac and still enjoy the sights of the desert. 

In our next post we’ll also be talking about things you can do around Dubai, since the options are endless depending on your budget and available time. From crashing around the Arabian desert in dune buggies to taking a tour of the middle east from the skies to spending a night at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world: Dubai has it all! 

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