Dubai: A desert city

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Dubai is one of the seven emirates that combines together to form U.A.E. This global city is mainly known for its lavish architecture, incredible skylines and plethora of tourist landmarks making it an ideal vacation spot for vacationers from all around the globe.

Flaunting its glittering infrastructure amid the extensive sand dunes, the city of Dubai is nestled along a sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf. The city bustles with potpourri of cultures from all corners of the world sharing a sphere of peace. Once known to be barren land, today this man-made miracle has managed to turn heads like never before. Apart from boasting its shimmering skyscrapers, fancy hotels, shopping malls and restaurants, the city of Dubai will dazzle you with its beautiful Emirati culture. Burj Khalifa - the tallest manmade building, Dubai Fountain with jets and lights choreographed to music, Atlantis and the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks are among the top tourist destinations in Dubai. Dubai is also known for its adventurous streak when it comes to activities like Desert Safari, Sky-diving, Reef and wreck diving, climbing and hiking, kite surfing and wakeboarding, off-roading, desert camping etc. With the biggest population of all the seven emirates and the second largest in size, Dubai, in the matter of few years has become a hot spot for the visitors seeking a perfect vacation destination. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by this amalgamation of futuristic marvel and ancient traditions.

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Burj Khalifa

It is a 160 storey sky - scrapper and an observation deck, renowned for being the tallest architectural structure in the world.

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Until recently, known to be the world's tallest structure at 828 metres and 160 floors, with over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei, Burj Khalifa was designed to be the centerpiece of a large - scale, mixed - use development project. Already overtopping the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses, nine hotels (including The Address Downtown Dubai) and a Las Vegas - inspired fountain system adds charm to this architectural marvel.

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Palm Jumeirah

The world's largest manmade island, Palm Jumeirah currently serves as one of the major attractions of the city.

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One of the biggest water parks of Dubai, Aquaventure is located in the Atlantis hotel complex. This amazing water park offers a series of pools, shoots and flumes and few thrilling rides. Adrenaline pumping Tower of Neptune and the equally exhilarating.

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area.

Located in the middle of the desert city of Dubai, Ski Dubai is one of its kind skiing centers started in December 2005. Placed in the new Mall of the Emirates (MOE), the center is third largest in the world offering some of the finest facilities.

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The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall, also known as the home of the Dubai shopping festival, is one of the world's largest shopping malls in UAE.

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Dubai Mall is one of the cityÍs premiere malls, offering an entry to the world of amusement and entertainment. From Dubai Aquarium to the Underwater Zoo (which is managed by Emaar Entertainment), the mall serves as a doorway to the wonders of the oceanic life. An amusing collection of marine animals with more than 300 species can be enjoyed at the aquarium. With a seating capacity of 350, Dubai Ice Rink is a family - oriented attraction open to the general public.

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Dubai Museum

Dubai museum was built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

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Nestled in the Al - Fahidi Fort, this magnificent museum of Dubai was built in 1787 in order to defend Dubai Creek. Restored in year 1971 by the ruler of Dubai and then extensively renovated in 1995, today this beautiful architecture houses cityÍs heritage and many important event of the past. While the main aim of the museum is to present the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai, it also showcase fascinating old maps of the Emirates and Dubai explaining the giant expansion of the region after the oil boom.

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