A revisit to Dubai is plausible because it is rare to see a city transform so rapidly from a small fishing creek to the poster city of the world in one single generation. Its proximity and connectivity from India make it an obvious choice when one wants to think of a brief no hassle, vacation that doesn’t beg for too much of planning.
A few years ago people would remember Dubai for its Sheikh Zayed Road, where the array of concrete and glass structure gave a feel of slimmer, taller, Manhattan. The Dubai mall, where one is bound to get lost in 1200 brands sprawling across 1million Sq./m. The area around the mall with Burj Khalifa superimposed in the background of Bellagio like fountains beckoned Las Vegas. While sauntering on the sands of Marina beach with trendy restaurants on the boardwalk felt like a scaled down Miami. And the native Arabic experience where one would go for a desert safari, ride a camel and watch a belly dance in the dunes. It felt like a trip around the world in a nutshell.
But why bear the guilt of revisiting one place when there is a whole wide world to explore?
Maybe because Dubai is a young city, growing to its adolescence with very high energy. Unlike other travel destinations that had been already built and now preserved to perfection Dubai is actively competing in the race of making and breaking records-at times its own and sometimes taking everything a notch higher from what mankind had already achieved. And that thought wouldn’t disappoint anyone.
There are plenty of new additions in the span of five years, like The Glow Garden, the Miracle Gardens, The Dubai canal, largest indoor amusement park and the most recent the Dubai frame. All these conspicuously prove that Dubai isn’t merely a city of skyscrapers and gigantic malls. It has also become the hotspot for party lovers. Be it the coolest beach parties or the hippest nightclubs it broke all notions of conservatism when people would think of a Mideast nation. All this development did not happen in isolation, it changed all that was preexisting, the roads, the skyline and the people. Dubai portrayed itself as a global city; with less than 15% of native population, it has become a potpourri of people and cultures from across the world.
The recently completed projects are now ready to be overshadowed by the superlative ones in the pipeline. To quote a few: Another tallest tower, underwater villas, Mall of the world, the biggest animal safari, biggest fashion street, floating Venice.
These projects are getting built with an edge of courage and fearlessness right in the middle of a desert with no rivers or suitable soil to hold such structures. Traveling back home watching from the little window of the flight, the city fades away in the dunes keeping the promise that it’s never going to be the same if you come with new eyes and fresh mind.
Some useful tips and information:
- Dubai is a winter destination for tourists. Travel between the months of October to April places like glow and miracle garden are a winter affair only.
- For commuting locally a Nol card is a good option, which includes all the modes of transport.
- Book “Burj Khalifa at the top” tickets in advance as it is mostly sold out in peak season.
- Be clear in thought while booking an accommodation. If shopping and tall buildings are your things, stay close to Sheikh Zayed road, if clubbing and nightlife is what you are looking for stay close to JBR area and if luxury and seclusion only then go the palm side.
- Take a cruise from Marina to Palm to see the skyline from a distance.