Rising from the warm shores of the Persian Gulf and the shifting sands of the Arabian Desert,
is the city of Dubai, the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates. For two centuries, Dubai was not much more than a tiny trading port on the banks of Dubai Creek. But in less than a single generation, the city has become a destination once relegated to the imaginings of science fiction writers. A place that defies its extreme environment, and redefines everything we think we know
about cities. Despite appearances, however, the foundations for this glittering citadel are not built on sand, but on thousands of years of Arabic culture and tradition. Step through the veil of Islam at the Jumeirah Mosque, where non-Muslim visitors are invited to tour the…show more content… Head to the historic Bastakia Quarter and visit the Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Here you’ll experience local customs, Bedouin hospitality and enjoy home-cooked Emirati food. To learn more about local traditions, go shopping,
the way Arab people have for centuries. Follow the scent of frankincense and herbs to the city’s spice market. Then, explore the hundreds stores in the gold souk, and discover why Dubai is known as “The City of Gold”. To explore the souks of the 21st century, head to Dubai Mall, home to a staggering 1200 stores.
Dubai Mall is also home to Kidzania, a miniature city complete with its own radio station, hospital and fire station all run by children! But by far the mall’s biggest attraction is the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Take a walk through a watery world,
filled with over thirty thousand creatures from the deep, including enormous rays and sharks. Once you’ve explored the depths of the seven seas, step outside, and look to the heavens. Rising over half a mile into the sky is the breathtaking centerpiece of Dubai, The Burj Kalifa, the tallest structure ever