As you land on the soils of Dubai, you will surely be transfixed by its views of futuristic skyscrapers, endless deserts and a glittering coastline. Embracing the extraordinary in every conceivable manner, Dubai always manages to attract with its entrepreneurial designs and architectural splendours alike. Whether it is about an artificial island in the shape of a palm, a seven star hotel or the tallest building on the planet—this thriving metropolis has it all.
Gear up to experience some of the best concrete delights that are bound to leave you stunned. From globally acclaimed shopping malls to indoor snow slopes; hiring a car will allow you to zip around Dubai in the lap of comfort and luxury. Shop till you drop; steep your soul in the pleasures of life and make you savour the manmade and natural bounties of the region –in many more ways than one. Take a quick look at some of the relics of past and that of a thriving future—in the shape and structure of popular UAE monuments.
Towering to a height of 2,625 feet, Burj Khalifa ranks as the tallest building on Earth. Arguably the best-known landmark of United Arab Emirates, this structure is a tribute to architectural ambition. A visit to this inspiring sightseeing presents you with an enthralling multimedia presentation about its construction. Take time out to explore the sprawling mall on its ground floor and savour a ride to level 124–to experience some mind-blowing panoramic views of the city from its terrace or inside glass walls.
Qasr Al Hosn Fort
Founded in 1700s and posing as the watchtower Dubai’s water source, Qasr Al Hosn Fort
was expanded and restored in the early 1800s. An important seat of power in Abu Dhabi and occupied until 1966, the heritage building is the oldest monument in Abu Dhabi. A drive down to this historic landmark is a must!
Al Bidya Mosque
An UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic landmark of Dubai, Al Bidya Mosque lingers as an n operational mosque for devotees in Dubai. The exact year of its foundation is unknown but archaeologists and experts estimate that it was constructed sometime between the 15th and 17th centuries. With four unequal-sized domes, unusual roof design and other distinct characteristics; this sightseeing location is popular with tourists and locals alike.
Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center and entertainment destination of the world has been welcoming more than 100 million visitors annually. The fashion portfolio of this mall enhances the city’s retail and high-end offerings and boasts of the most renowned brands and personalised flagship stores.
A 68-storey, super tall skyscraper dominating Dubai, Almas Tower was completed in the year 2009 and was the tallest standing building in the city until 2010—after which it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa.
Main photo by Claus Kjærsgaard