Dubai has evolved from a nearly deserted piece of land to one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. The city is well-known for its extravagant architecture and shopping centers which are the main reasons why most tourists visit the place. Here, I will show you Dubai’;s most outrageous attractions, some of which are really impressive, while others, in my opinion, are just a bit too much.
Let’;s start with the world’;s tallest building. Burj Khalifa is not just a regular hotel in United Arab Emirates, it’;s much more than that! If you go at the top of the Observation Deck (where the average visit lasts for about 90 minutes, though you can stay as long as you want) you can enjoy a stunning view of the whole Dubai. However, if you wish to simply admire this architectural masterpiece, you can do so from the cafes outside the Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Mall
Speaking of the Dubai Mall, it should be noted that this is the world’;s largest and most visited shopping center. What’;s more, in 2012 the mall had more visitors than New York City…pretty impressive, right? Apart from the many retails stores, there is also an Aquarium (also one of the largest in the world), underwater zoo and an ice skating ring.
The Dubai Eye
In 2015, Dubai will have the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, nearly 250 feet taller than the London Eye. The Dubai Eye will offer a panoramic view of the nearly anything, including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the city’;s coastline. It is estimated that it will attract over 3 million tourists a year.
Another project which is still under construction is the replica of the famous Taj Mahal. The building will be four times bigger and it will contain a shopping center, five-star hotel and bridal wear stores. It should be completed by the end of 2014 and personally I do not understand why one has to build a replica to such a magnificent building such as the Taj Mahal, but then again, what do I know?
Let’;s finish with another astonishing idea. Upon completion, this hotel will be the largest underwater hotel in the world (seriously, what’;s with trying to have the biggest and largest buildings in the world?). It will have two disc-shaped sections (one above, and one under the water) connected by a long and narrow shaft, where the stairs and the lifts will be. There will be 21 rooms, which will allow guests to experience the magical underwater world. Additionally, there will be an underwater bar and a dive center.
As you can see from the examples above, Dubai can create all sorts of architectural wonders. It makes me wonder, though, is this actually good for the nature and how sustainable is everything?