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Opulent, luxurious, and with a sense of exaggerated ostentation every corner, the city of Dubai stands out among the United Arab Emirates as a veritable cathedral in the desert.

It is as if in this place, full of cranes and continuous expansion, everything has been conceived and built with a single law: to do more. It is no coincidence that travelers and tourists, at the first impact with the great Dubai, are either electrocuted or displaced, undecided whether to hate or love this “megalopolis” where skyscrapers, shopping malls, hot climates, and hotels so large that seem like autonomous cities.


The climate of Dubai is desert-like, with warm temperatures (sometimes very hot) all year round. If you are looking for an escape from the harsh winter of Northern Italy, then, the months of November and December could be ideal for a weekend in the United Arab Emirates where instead the average climate settles at 25-28 degrees. Same situation for March-April, with some drops (average of 20 degrees) for January and February. Pay attention to the period between May and October as the thermometers, in the summer season, even reach 40/50 degrees.

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It is the tallest skyscraper in the world and the true symbol of the city of Dubai. At a staggering 829.80 meters, the Burj Khalifa dominates the entire modern Downtown area, towering over the surrounding buildings and skyscrapers. Also known as Burj Dubai, it was built at the behest of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Āl Maktūm, current Prime Minister of the UAE, and boasts 163 floors. Among the things to do in Dubai, climbing the skyscraper and enjoying a 360 ° view over the whole city is certainly at the top. To reach the two observatories At the Top and At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky (on the 124th / 125th floor and 148th floor) it is necessary to buy a ticket (cost about 30 Euros – 134 AED) and go to the entrance located inside The Mall Shopping Center. The Dubai Fountain offers splendid water choreography in the surrounding area and should not be missed.


The largest shopping center in the world is located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and contains, in its almost 400 thousand square meters, 1200 shops! If you are a patient tourist, a lover of shopping and window displays, The Mall might seem like Heaven, on the contrary, Hell. Among the things not to miss: the Gold Souk, the Ice Rink, the Dubai Aquarium, and the Underwater Zoo (free admission).


Known as “La Vela” this hotel boasts the distinction of being among the most luxurious in the world (after all, what isn’t in Dubai?). Set on an artificial island built off Jumeirah Beach, the Burj al-Arab stands out for its particular appearance, resembling a sail, and its staggering prices. To reach it it is necessary to cross a bridge of about 280 meters even if most tourists are content to photograph it from a safe distance.


Built from scratch from an Arab real estate, Dubai Marina is considered the heart of New Dubai. The city presents itself as something of a Californian city with skyscrapers and residential buildings and a promenade that is almost 1.6 kilometers long. Among the less “Arab” areas of Dubai, this is certainly the one where you will find high concentrations of tourists, luxurious yachts, and leisure activities of all kinds. A few examples? Shopping at the Marina Mall, Skydive, ride on the Ferris wheel.


Among the three Palms of Dubai, that of Jumeirah is certainly the most famous. It is an artificial archipelago, the shape of which resembles a palm tree, consisting of a 5-kilometer long trunk, a crown with 17 branches, and a crescent (11 kilometers) that acts as a border. Within this island, there are more than 1000 villas even if, among all the buildings, the place of honor belongs by right to the immense “Atlantis, The Palm”, one of the most famous, large, and luxurious resorts in the world.


The Atlantis hotel deserves a mention only for the fact that it represents one of the greatest symbols of luxury in the city of Dubai. Characterized by two towers connected by a bridge, it has 2000 rooms and boasts, inside, the Atlantis Aqua venture, one of the largest water parks in the Middle East. In its meanders, there is also a shopping center, an aquarium with references to the myth of Atlantis, refreshment points, and… a lot of Ferrari! To reach the hotel, as well as by car and taxi, you can take advantage of the Palm Jumeirah monorail whose ticket, round trip, is around 8 Euros.


The Deira district is the place where the authenticity of the oldest Dubai and the least artifact of the Arab world is still preserved. Located northwest of the city, from which it is geographically divided by the Creek, Deira represents a space that seems to have little to do with the modernity of Downtown and Dubai Marina. It is here that the most authentic souks are found, such as the gold or covered one, as well as the markets that are very reminiscent of the Arab traditions of Morocco. In this area, there are mosques and museums (such as the Heritage House, the Al Ahmadiya School, the Women’s Museum, or that of the Municipality), and life is punctuated by Muslim prayers blaring through the streets and streets. Prices, in terms of accommodations and hotels, are much more affordable than the rest of Dubai and everything in Deira seems to want to remind you that here too, between luxury and splendor, there is a dimension of everyday normality.


The water channel that divides the city of Dubai in two (Deira on one side and Bur Dubai on the other) represents the first real hub of development and trade, especially fish, in the whole area. Ships to Africa and Asia pass through these waters continuously and non-stop. Among the things to do and see in the Creek district of Dubai, the abra ride – the traditional Arab boat – along the Canal is certainly in the Top Ten.

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