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Why Dubai Should be on Your Bucket List

What comes to mind when the City of Dubai is mentioned? Is it the sweeping views of high-rises? Is it the world record titles (the tallest, the biggest, the largest) attached to its name? Or is it the immense wealth the city is known for, as evident in extravagant shopping

These Photos Show Dubai in a Nutshell

These photos show Dubai in a nutshell. You’ve seen the city’s futuristic and postcard-perfect skyline many times, perhaps, but you’ve never seen a photo that speaks volumes of contradictions that aren’t really hard to see. At Jumeirah Beach, where these photos were taken, these camels and their master go for a

The Most Beautiful Starbucks in the World

A friend (whom I’ve never seen in ages) and I went to Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai with one purpose – to see, try and experience what it’s like sitting in the most beautiful Starbucks in the world. Well, apparently. It’s not just gorgeous but it’s grand and magnificent! The

The Mosaics at Wafi Mall

The mosaics at Wafi Mall is one thing that caught my eye. I wasn’t even supposed to be there, but the tour bus that would bring us to the desert for the sunset tour picked us up from here. There’s no doubt that Wafi Mall is the Little Egypt in

View from the Top of Burj Khalifa

The view from the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai shows the fast-growing pace of wherever the city is heading to. Since The Burj is the tallest building in the world, the other skyscrapers you see when you’re overland look nothing but skinny matchsticks from above. It is amazing to see

Photos: Dubai Marina at Night

Dubai Marina has the world’s longest row/block of skyscrapers. And when this area in Dubai is completely finished, it will beat California’s Marina del Ray as the largest artificial marina in the world. And that’s an additional world record for Dubai, obsessed with breaking world records. As a manufactured artificial

Strolling Along Dubai Creek

The life you see around Dubai Creek is a stark contrast of what modern Dubai is known for. On my last morning in Dubai, I strolled along Dubai Creek because someone recommended that it’s the best time and place to stroll and photograph whatever life is there around the creek.

The Divers at Dubai Mall Waterfalls

Dubai Mall Waterfalls is spectacular!  Dubai Mall won’t stop surprising you with lots of things to do. It’s a mall not just about shopping but there’s also so much work of art everywhere. There’s one installation art that impressed me most—the Dubai Mall Waterfall where silver-colored sculptures of divers complement

Atlantis Dubai

My plan was to stay at Atlantis Dubai (aka Atlantis The Palm) for the whole afternoon but when I reached the Aquaventure Waterpark ticket booth, I was very horrified. The queue was longer than I had anticipated. I reluctantly joined the line, with high hopes that it would move fast.

Mall of Dubai Aquarium and Underground Zoo

The Mall of Dubai Aquarium and Underground Zoo is not for all. It is expensive for the common employee in the city. No wonder why there are more people outside taking selfie than going inside to see the excitement themselves. And you guessed it right—I didn’t go inside. Not only

Dubai Under Construction

So much has been said about Dubai, a city of superlatives—best, first, largest, highest and tallest. It’s a city of rising skyscrapers and by the look of it, there’s no limit. They have the tallest building in the world, the highest residential tower in the world, the largest mall in

Souk Madinat in Dubai – A Little Arabian Town

Souk Madinat in Dubai is built like a little Arabian town, a clean version of a town. Don’t be intimidated by its grand entrance, fort-like walls, and detailed arches. They’re designed to make you feel that you’re in a different realm in the Middle East. And once you step inside,

Burj Al Arab Dubai is Not a Seven-Star Hotel

Burj Al Arab Dubai is not a certified seven-star hotel in the world. You read the title right. No one ever rated it as such. In fact, its website doesn’t boast itself as “the only seven-star hotel in the world.” No, they don’t use that, too, in their advertising anywhere. Also,

Things to do at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World is awesome when you’re with someone or group of friends. My brother had to eke out a living—so I was left alone to do all those crazy, heart-stopping rides. However, he got me a 50% discount because he knew some people working there. But, even if it was

My Own Walking Tour in Abu Dhabi

I had my own walking tour in Abu Dhabi. I figured it out using Google Map. My Lonely Planet Guidebook didn’t even have one—which I understand because Abu Dhabi is not a walkable destination. You’ve got to have a car to go places of interests. While they have public bus
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