Dubai, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates, has emerged as one of the most popular cities in the modern world. An ideal hub, both for professionals as well as tourists, it serves as the center of industrial and commercial trading in the Middle East. Over the years, this cosmopolitan city has grown to become one of the main centers of Persian commerce and trade. Historically, it had its economical base on the Oil industry, but with time, aviation, real-estate and tourism encouraged a number of foreign companies to make this city their base. Also, this location has become a must-visit center from enthusiastic tourists from round the globe. Famous tourist agencies have made Dubai tours a must in their package offers in recent years.
One of the most famous attractions of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This is a gigantic building and is the tallest man-made structure in the world. The skyscraper has 163 floors, the highest in the world and is located along the Sheikh Zayed Road. It took nearly 7 years for the construction of this huge building. There is an Observation Deck on the 124th floor named At the Top. Visitors are allowed to view a magnificent glimpse of the landscape around from this tower in real-time. Also, previously saved images taken from this Observation Deck are on display here.
Also, a major tourist attraction, which should never be missed on Dubai holidays, is Palm Jumeirah. This is an artificial archipelago, brought into existence by a company owned by the Dubai government, Nakheel. Located in the coastal area of Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah is one of the three of the planned islands called palm Islands. It is in the shape of a palm tree comprising a main trunk, from which, 16 outgrowths, 8 in either sides, make up the main structure. It is surrounded by a crescent-shaped island.
For shopaholics, the urban city has Gold Souk, which is located in the business areas of the city in Deira. Around 300 retailers in this world famous market carry out their trade in jewelery items made from pure gold. According to rough estimation, approximately 10 metric tonnes of pure gold is always in this market at any given point of time. A surprising statistical study say, that India is the biggest buyer of this gold, accounting for nearly 23 per cent.
Dubai also excels in providing tourists with exceptional beaches, restaurants and other forms of entertainment like, desert safaris. Also, the culture and ethnicity of this famous location is mesmerizing and people from every nook and corner of the world come to spend their holidays in this beautiful place. The city flourishes in the urban lifestyle and offers visitors with mouth watering cuisines from around the world. Large shopping malls and markets are dotted in this posh metropolis making it an ideal place for shopping.