One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa rises to a staggering height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The towering edifice appears to pierce the sky itself, a glimmering vision of contemporary design that soars high above the rest of the city. Completed in 2010, the skyscraper broke records to become the world's tallest freestanding structure, beating landmark buildings such as the Petronas Towers and CN Tower. Its outdoor Observation Deck is set on the 124th floor and offers breathtaking views of the city, surpassed only by the Sky Deck on the 148th floor. The extravagant interiors only add to the building's appeal with the Armani Hotel on its lower levels and the At.mosphere restaurant on the 122nd floor. Apart from the structure itself, nearby landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa Park and The Dubai Fountain also form part of this downtown complex. The Burj Khalifa is synonymous with the city, as is evidenced by the myriad replicas of its iconic form fitted into souvenir stands and depicted on postcards.
Global Village is a hub of entertainment, dining and shopping. The sprawling entertainment complex features individual pavilions pertaining to countries from all around the world, each a unique architectural and cultural representation that retails specialty wares from that region. The park hosts a number of special events like concerts and kids' theater shows, and offers leisure activities as well, like the Heritage Village, accompanied by attractions like thrill rides which cater to the entire family. Rediscover old-school entertainment with adventure rides and roller-coasters. It is a great place for a group or family outing.
Shaped like a dhow (a traditional Arab sailing vessel), Dubai Opera is an architectural marvel and a marvelous landmark in The Opera District. This glass-encased state-of-the-art facility is an ode to the metropolis' maritime past and divided into the bow and hull areas. A multifaceted venue, it is among the top performing arts venue with a myriad of world class acts in its roster. There is also a rooftop restaurant offering fantastic vistas of the downtown skyline.
One of the largest sacred structures in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant city landmark. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this mosque is one of the most spectacular architectural wonders of the city. Towering minarets flank the engraved dome, and the fascinating mosque is aglow with golden lights during evenings. While strolling through the mosque at sunset, tourists will be shrouded in shadows by this elegant edifice. A favorite destination for Muslim as well as non-Muslim visitors, it is the city's most frequently photographed mosque. Tours are available, however, apart from the admission charge, traditional attire is a pre-requisite to gain entry at Jumeirah Mosque which can be borrowed from the visitor center.
The Wild Wadi Waterpark is a popular tourist destination in Dubai. Offering a refreshing respite from Dubai's heat, this water park has many exciting rides to entertain visitors of all ages. The theme of the park is inspired by Juha, a character in Arabian folklore. It features many breath-taking rides like the Jumeirah Sceirah Slide, Tantrum Alley and Flood River. From leisurely rivers to exhilarating slides, the park has got something for everyone. It is also home to the Breaker's Bay- one of the largest wave pools in the Middle East. Wild Wadi has trained lifeguards on duty at any given time to ensure its patrons' well-being. Admission rates differ according to the height of the visitor.
A man-made wonder equipped to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience, Ski Dubai features some of the best attractions and offers a plethora of activities to entertain avid participants. Artificial snow and skiing activities have been specifically designed for visitors to enjoy the magic of winter indoors! The 22,500 square meter (242,188 square feet) area has a capacity for around 1500 guests. Qualifications-expert or beginner- notwithstanding, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing at Ski Dubai. A colony of King and Gentoo penguins reside within the freezing confines of the site, and visitors can admire them as they conduct their daily march through the Snow Park under the expert eye of their handlers. Venues are also available for personal events and kids' parties. Shopping and food enthusiasts will also be pleased with the Snow Pro retail shop and two cafés on the premises. Simply unmissable, the snow skiing in the deserts of Emirates is one of the most unique experiences.
A fine example of Dubai's rapid development, the majlis, meaning the meeting room, was built in the early 1950s as a resort for the late Ruler of Dubai to enjoy his summers. Located in the coastal area of Umm Suqeim, the plain yet cozy two-story stone building includes a terrace and storeroom on the ground floor. The second floor has traditional decor including Arabic-style carpets and coffee pots. The majlis gardens feature a historical point of interest in its reproduction of the traditional falaj irrigation system.
Take a desert safari with Platinum Heritage to know the true nature of Dubai. Hop on a Land Rover for your chosen safari and embark on a fascinating tour of the Dubai sands and its wildlife as you zip past the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Or try the Heritage one which gives a glimpse of the Bedouins and their rich culture. For the adventurous, the hot air balloon and wildlife safari during sunrise is an excellent option. They also offer overnight safaris as well. Gaze at an Arabian Oryx or get mesmerized by the bewitching hues of the sand cast by the sun rays. During the night, the enchanting scenery will make you feel a part of the Arabian Nights. You can be sure of an amazing trip with the Platinum Heritage.
One of the most eminent and pioneering improv theaters in Dubai, Courtyard Playhouse has nurtured local artists since its inception in 2013. Be it their workshops, improv shows and live acts, this theater sure knows how to bring a smile to your face. Influenced by the style of Keith Johnstone, they also provide classes and workshops for adults and kids alike.
In what appears to be one of UAE's first adventure and water parks, Al Montazah sure seems to have gone big on the amusement factor. This amusement park covers an area of 126,000 square meters (1356252.71 square feet) and boasts of three courses and 55 stations. Included among these are thrilling avenues for kids and adults alike, with high velocity rides such as the twirly Extreme, the spinning Ranger and the Galleon. Water-centric rides comprise of river-tubing experiences such as the Fun Falaj, the Wadi Pool and Mahir's Pond, which is exclusively designed for tinier tots. Besides this, there are tree-roping activity courses that will appease the adventurer in you, while the footballer in you can kick some ball at any of the mini football grounds.