Since then, the largest artificial harbor in Jebel Ali, the world's tallest building, the largest fountains, the largest and dozens of smaller shopping malls, hundreds of skyscrapers and luxury hotels, dozens of parks and entertainment facilities have been built on oil and trade revenues in Dubai. Naturally, all these facilities were built not by Arab citizens, but by visiting workers from different countries.
Who will you meet in Dubai - the population
The population of the UAE is 10 million people, of which only slightly more than a million (10%) are citizens. The remaining 90% are visiting workers from India, Pakistan, Malaysia and other countries. Read our article " The population of the UAE ."
In Dubai, the percentage of citizens is even less - about 5%. The most numerous Indians here, their tourists are most often met at the reception desk of hotels, behind the counter in stores, at the wheel of a taxi and as waiters in restaurants.
The composition of the population strongly depends on the area of the city. For example, in Jumeirah there are many citizens and Europeans, and Indians and Pakistanis here only work. In Deira, it is very rare to meet an Arab citizen.
The official language of Dubai (like all UAE) is Arabic, but almost everyone here communicates in English. Knowledge of English in the UAE is a big plus for a tourist, otherwise you will have to communicate with sign language.
What people do - economics
The GDP of the emirate of Dubai is 82.87 billion US dollars (according to the report for 2016). This is the second figure after Abu Dhabi (367 billion). The economy of Dubai does not depend on oil, in contrast to Abu Dhabi, where oil accounts for 60% of GDP.
Many tourists mistakenly believe that everything in Dubai is built on oil money. However, this is a big misconception, because oil has never been the main source of income for the emirate, trade has always brought more. Now oil gives only 4% of GDP.
The largest branch of the Dubai economy is retail trade, it gives 29.2% of GDP. The role of the "shopping mecca" gives huge profits. In 2016, the total revenue of retail stores was $ 45 billion, more only in London.
A significant part of GDP is provided by construction. Dubai is considered one of the best places in the world for living, real estate here is in great demand and is constantly becoming more expensive. In some areas of the city, foreigners are prohibited from buying real estate to exclude speculation and investment purchases.
Another important area is tourism, which we discussed in detail at the beginning of this article. Other developed industries: services, industry, fisheries, financial services, insurance. Thousands of companies are registered in Dubai, as there are low taxes here.
Areas of Dubai
Below, see the map of the city's districts, click on the map to enlarge.
Downtown is the heart of the city, a small area of about 2.5 square kilometers. It is here that Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Fountains of Dubai are located. This place with the "most expensive square meter in the city", only very rich people can afford to live here. Details can be found in our article " Downtown in Dubai ".
Jumeirah (Jumeirah) is another expensive area 21 kilometers long along the coast. Here are the most luxurious beach hotels, including Burj Al Arab. Beaches Jumeirah are considered the best in all the Arab Emirates. Details can be found in the article " Jumeirah District in Dubai ".
Bur Dubai is the historical center of the city, there is a former fort and residence of emirs of Dubai, the Great Mosque and all other historical buildings of the city. Until now, there are offices and consulates of other countries. Despite this, here is a cheap (by the standards of the UAE) real estate, rentals and hotels. Details can be found in the article " Bur Dubai district ".
Deira (Deira) - is located on the eastern bank of the Creek Canal, since the epidemic of 1841, Deira has become a commercial center of the city. Now there are four famous markets: gold, perfume, spices and fish. In addition, in the area there is one of the largest shopping centers in the UAE - Deira City Center. For tourists Deira is attractive for inexpensive hotels and ample opportunities for shopping. Read the article " Deir district in Dubai ."
Jebel Ali is a port and industrial area. There are many wonders here - the world's largest artificial harbor, the world's largest desalination plant. Often in the port you can see American aircraft carriers. But tourists will not be able to see these places, only for the personnel.
Marina (Marina) is a tourist-visited area, upon completion of construction there will be the world's largest artificial jetty. Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) is being built here - an elite residential area, whose quay should eclipse the Cornish in Abu Dhabi. JBR beach is popular with tourists.
Al Barsha (Al Barsha) is the area behind the highway Sheikh Zayd. For tourists it is almost uninteresting, except for the fact that here is the Mall of the Emirates. And to visit the Mall of The Emirates you do not need to go into the Al Barsha area, as the shopping center is right next to the metro station. In the Al Barsha area, there are many inexpensive hotels along the Sheikh Zayd highway.
Al Quoz - this area is very similar to Al Barsha, but is located east of Sheikh Zayd road. For tourists it is interesting for inexpensive hotels and a lot of art galleries located on the places of former warehouses. The most famous: Carbon 12 Dubai, Isabelle Van den Eynde Gallery, Green art gallery, FN Designs, The Mine.
In addition to the above, in Dubai there are dozens of districts and suburbs. But for tourists they are not of much interest, we will not talk about them.
To see all more or less interesting places in Dubai need a month or more. Usually tourists come to Dubai for a week and watch only the most important sights. Next, we will list our list of TOP10 most-most attractions.
10th place - Burj Al Arab Hotel
One of the highest and most luxurious hotels in the world, the height of the building is 321 meters. Located on a small island 150 meters from the coast, thanks to this building can be seen from almost every beach Jumeirah. The design in blue and the shape of the sail made Burj Al-Arab a well-recognized symbol of Dubai.
For tourists in this place of great benefit there. Excursions mean only a small stop near the hotel to take a picture of the background. Those who wish to visit inside can book a room, the price for the most profitable stock is 1000 USD per night. The usual price is from 2000 USD per night.
Another way to get inside is to reserve a table in one of the restaurants in Burj Al Arab. Best in the Skyview Bar on the 27th floor. The table can be booked by any person, not necessarily a hotel guest, but a reservation is required.
9th place - Legoland Park
Imagine an amusement park built of 60,000,000 designer parts. For fans of Lego this landmark "must see". The park opened in October 2016, and many tourists and residents of Dubai do not know about it yet, so far there are not enough visitors. (Note: this article was written in 2017).
There are 60 attractions in the park for visitors of any age. The most extreme - The Dragon Coaster, a roller coaster up to 16 meters high, accelerates to 60 kilometers per hour. The park consists of two parts - an amusement park and a water park.
The amusement park is divided into 6 thematic zones: KINGDOMS, IMAGINATION, ADVENTURE, LEGO CITY, FACTORY and MINILAND. In the zone of LEGO CITY children can ride on one of 45 electric cars, learn the rules of the road and get a driver's license LEGOLAND Driver's License.
In the MINILAND area of the Lego bricks, models of famous landmarks of the UAE and the world are collected, including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al-Arab and the Great Sheikh Zayed Mosque , 20,000,000 parts were spent on these models. In the FACTORY zone, you can see how the designer's details are made and get your own Lego bricks.
If you want to take something to memory, then look in The BIG SHOP - the largest store in the Middle East Lego. Here, all new items and a supported assortment are always available - over 600 sets of all series.
Ticket to the park or water park - 235 dirhams, combo park + water park - 285 dirhams.
The working time is from 10-00 to 18-00.
Legoland Park is located in Jebel Ali district. Take the metro to UAE Exchange station, then take a taxi, the trip will cost about 30 dirhams.
8th place - Dolphinarium and Creek Park
Creek Park in the southeast of Bur Dubai is considered one of the best places for family holidays. There is a dolphinarium, Wonderland theme park and Children's City Children's Park. Getting to Creek Park is easy by metro - Dubai Healthcare City Station is 500 meters from the park.
The main entertainment in the Creek Park is the Dubai Dolphinarium, where you can see not only dolphins and fur seals, but also exotic birds, walk through the mirror labyrinth, watch a movie in a 5D-movie theater and ride a few attractions.
Shows are held at 11-00, 15-00 and 18-00. The ticket price is from 50 to 140 dirhams.
Wonderland theme park is not working now. It will be completely rebuilt by 2020, the project cost 1.8 billion dirhams. It is expected that there will be something grandiose.
Children's City Children's Park is designed for children from 2 to 15 years old. Its building is easily recognizable by its bright lego-like style, although its creators are called the "educational center".
Here, children in different zones can study natural phenomena, put physical experiments, visit planetariums and see models of spacecraft.
Opening hours are from 9-00 to 21-00 on all days except Friday. On Friday - from 15-00 to 21-00. The price of entry is from 10 to 50 dirhams.
7th place - Wild Wadi water park
Wild Wadi is considered one of the best in Dubai, along with Aquadventure. But exactly the first place Wild Wadi takes at a ticket price - 310 dirhams for an adult visitor.
Here visitors will find a hill JUMEIRAH SCEIRAH with a height of 32 meters, a group attraction BURJ SURJ, an artificial river with a length of 360 meters and a magnificent children's area. In Wild Wadi, two pools with waves - the first for surfers, the second for fans to quietly swing on the waves.
The "highlight" of the park is the hill of the Master Blasters, where guests do not roll down, but climb upwards, pushed by jets of water from the pumps.
You can get to the subway station Mall of The Emirates, then by taxi (will cost about 10 dirhams).
Opening hours: from 10-00 to 19-00 in all months except November and December. In November: from 10-00 to 17-30, in December: from 10-00 to 17-00.
Details can be found in our article " Wild Wadi Water Park ".
Visitors to expensive hotels near the water park admission is free. By the way, considering the price of visiting the Wild Wadi water park, it makes sense for one day to settle in one of these hotels. Pay for the number of about $ 300, but at the water park you will save. Consider this option.
6th place - Mall of Emirates and Ski Dubai
The second largest shopping and entertainment center in Dubai, second only to Dubai Moll. It boasts the largest hypermarket Carrefour in the city.
The figures are impressive: 233 thousand square meters. meters of retail space, 630 outlets, 90 restaurants, fast foods and cafes, to accommodate them needed two food courts.
There are four hotels in the shopping center, including five-star Sheraton and Kempinski.
On the ground floor is the first in the Middle East and while the biggest artificial ski slope is Ski Dubai. Here you can ride on alpine skiing or snowboarding, children can chat with penguins, ride a bungee or take a short course of skiing skill. The ticket price is 275 dirhams.
Getting there is easier on the subway station Mall of The Emirates. If you are relaxing in the Jumeirah area, you can take a free bus that collects tourists along the hotel line and brings them to the Mall of the Emirates.
5th place - four famous Deira markets
Deira region in the world became famous first of all for its markets.
The most famous "The Gold Souq" specializes in trading gold jewelry. Tourists come here more often not to buy gold, but just to look. Dozens of shops try to impress visitors with unusual ornaments in storefronts.
Figurines made of gold in the form of turtles, camels and other animals, whole dresses of gold, bracelets of the most bizarre forms. The fantasy of jewelers in Gold Souq is amazing, and the sight of such beauty is fascinating.
The second market "The Perfume Souq" not only looks colorful, but also smells of color. Here sell perfume and other perfumes from all over the world and any brands. Prices are often cheaper than in Duty Free, counterfeits almost never occur, this is closely watched by the authorities of Dubai. Tourists come here to buy bahur and Arab perfumes.
The third market "The Spice Souq" specializes in spices. Here you can buy seasonings from all over the world. Tourists love to buy cheap saffron and Arabian mix "bezar" on Spice Souq.
The fourth market "Fish Market", or rather, in Deira, two such markets, choose any. Here you can see the entire fauna of the Persian Gulf. It is not recommended to come here to those tourists who do not tolerate the smell of fish.
4 th place - Hotel Atlantis: water park and aquarium
The Atlantis The Palm is located at the furthest point of the artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah. The hotel is expensive - from $ 300 per night. The hotel has a large water park Aquaventure and Oceanarium Lost Chambers, where you can get to any tourist, you do not need to book a room.
Aquaventure Aquapark can boast of slides that pass through aquariums with sharks, which increases the release of adrenaline. Details can be found in our article " Aquapark Aquaventure ".
The Oceanarium Lost Chambers is small, it can be called an annex to the water park. There is no giant aquarium or very rare marine animals, but it is superbly stylized as the sunken Atlantis. For more details, see our article "The Oceanarium of Lost Chambers ".
At the hotel Atlantis The Palm for a fee you can chat with dolphins.
You can get to the subway station Dubai Internet City. Then you can change to a monorail, but it is better to get there by taxi (costing 35 dirhams).
The price of the ticket is 260 dirhams in the water park, 310 dirhams for the aquapark + oceanarium.
3rd place - Burj Khalifa skyscraper
The tallest building on our planet is 830 meters high and 160 floors high. The first 40 floors are occupied by the 5-star hotel Armani, and if you want to live in Burj Khalifa, then cook from $ 500 per night.
Tourists come to see and take pictures on the background of the Burj Khalifa and visit one of the viewing platforms. There are three of them: on 124, 125 and 148 floors. Go up to the highest costs 500 dirhams. In fact, this is the most expensive attraction in Dubai.
In 2017, an interesting view of Dubai construction projects opens from the observation deck, the city looks yellow and many tourists seem boring. Are these impressions worth 500 dirhams? The question is open.
The easiest way to get there is via the Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall. From the station there is an indoor pedestrian bridge, along it you need to get to the Dubai Mall, and from there you can go to Burj Khalifa by special transition.
Tickets are easier to buy online through the official website. Keep in mind that the ticket is bought for a certain time, it is not recommended to be late. Read our detailed article " Burj Khalifa ".
2nd place - Dubai fountains
Located in the artificial lake of Burj Khalifa in the heart of the downtown area. These are the biggest dancing fountains in the world, in this issue Dubai even went around Las Vegas.
Viewing the show of Dubai fountains is free, for this reason we put them on the 2nd place of our rating. There are two shows in the afternoon at 13-00 and 13-30 and nine shows in the evening from 18-00 to 22-00. You can see it from the quay near Dubai Mall or the Souk al-Bahar market.
Another option is to reserve a table in the restaurant of the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, from which you can perfectly see the whole half-dozen fountains.
The fountains cost Dubai 800 million dirhams, fountains raise up to 100 tons of water at a time, and the height of the jets reaches 150 meters. To visit Dubai and skip such a show is unforgivable, especially since it is free.
It is convenient to get on the metro station Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall. From there, on the pedestrian bridge to Dubai Mall. Further you leave on quay, fountains will be before you. About where it is best to watch the fountains of Dubai, read in our article " Dubai fountains ."
1st place - Dubai Mall
The largest shopping and entertainment center in the world. The total area is 1 124 000 sq. M. meters, the total area of stores - 350 000 square meters. meters. More than 1200 shops and 200 food outlets.
Dubai Mall is no longer famous for shopping, but for entertainment. If we talk about shopping, then just in Dubai Mall prices are always too high.
Here you can watch for free in the aquarium of sharks and other fish through a huge glass, and for a fee to go to the aquarium Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Details can be found in our article " Dubai Mall Aquarium ".
Opposite this glass is the world's largest candy store Candylicious, where candy is collected from all corners of our planet, you can see a chocolate tree and a record-sized wall Pick and Mix. For more details, see our article " Candylicious Dubai Mall ".
Children will like the Sega Republic amusement park, with 15 main entertainments and more than 150 slot machines. Details can be found in our article " Sega Republic Dubai Mall ".
After all these entertainments, you can relax and relax in the restaurant under the sound of a waterfall with divers, which became the hallmark of Dubai Mall. Details can be found in our article " Dubai Mall Waterfall ".
In addition, in Dubai Molle you can skate on a skating rink Dubai Ice Rink and see the real skeleton of a dinosaur. All these entertainments together with 1200 shops put Dubai Mall on the first place of our rating. About the shopping center read our article " Mall Dubai Mall ".
Have a nice visit to Dubai, and read our interesting articles about the UAE ( links below ).