What to visit in Dubai: The 7 essentials and where to buy dirhams.
Dubai is an amazing city, full of contrasts. Despite not being its capital, it is one of the most spectacular places to see in the United Arab Emirates. This week we propose the most impressive places that will surely not leave you indifferent. Built in the middle of one of the driest deserts in the world, Dubai has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in recent years.
1. Burj Khalifa
This impressive building needs no introduction, as it is the tallest in the world at 828 meters high, built between 2004 and 2010, it can be seen from more than 90 kilometers away, it owes its name to the president of the Emirates United Arab Emirates and in addition to the height record of the building, it also has the highest viewpoint, restaurant and nightclub in the world.
2. DUBAI FOUNTAIN
To keep the records, these dancing fountains located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa are the largest in the world. Designed by the same company that created the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, they put on a daily show with water, lights, and music from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The water jets reach 275 meters high following the rhythm of contemporary Arab music. It is an essential show to see in Dubai, it will leave you with your mouth open. In addition to the entire area surrounding the lake, to have the best views of the fountains you can go up to the terrace of the Apple store or dine on the terrace of the Tribu restaurant, both located in the Dubai Mall.
3. DUBAI MALL
A mall may not seem like the best place to spend your vacation, but believe us, the Dubai Mall is so spectacular that it deserves a visit. The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination on the planet and is located next to the Burj Khalifa building. Its more than 1,200 shops, two department stores and hundreds of food and drink outlets are spread over more than 1 million square meters (an area equivalent to 200 football fields).
Before oil was discovered, Dubai extended on both sides of the creek, a natural estuary that enters the city for about 10 kilometers and separates the Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods, its oldest neighborhoods, which will remind you of the origins of this city and its commercial past. Among the most outstanding places to visit in Dubai and that are in the Deira area, are the popular perfume, spice and gold souks, the latter famous for its windows full of gold items such as the one shown by the ring biggest in the world.
Other points of interest in this neighborhood are the Al Ahmadiya (Dubai's first school) and the Heritage House, a historic and traditional house that belonged to a wealthy pearl merchant.
5. BURJ AL ARAB
The Burj Al-Arab is the tallest hotel in the world, at 321 meters high. Its design is reminiscent of the sail of the dhow, the typical Arab ship. Furthermore, it has a 7-star rating and is therefore also the most luxurious. It is located on its own artificial island, to visit its interior with a spectacular hall and full of luxurious shops, you have to be staying, paying 1500 euros per night, or have a reservation at one of its restaurants or bars and in this case, the most cheap is to book at the Skyview Bar, located 200 meters high, where a minimum consumption of about 70 euros is required.
6. THE HISTORICAL AL FAHIDI NEIGHBORHOOD
Dubai is not only modern, the most traditional part of the city is beautiful and, if you have not been to any other country in the Persian Gulf, you will be very surprised. This neighborhood was built at the end of the 19th century and Persian merchants who traded in pearls and fabrics lived there. They had money and moved to Dubai because there were no taxes and they had access to Dubai Creek, the hub of commerce in the area. The Arabic-style plaster and coral buildings are perfectly preserved and it is a pleasure to walk through its narrow streets. You can enter most of the houses, which today are home to ceramic and furniture galleries. There are also some small museums dedicated to the country's coins, for example, and the XVA Gallery for contemporary art.
7. JUMERIRAH MOSQUE
The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in the city that accepts non-Muslim visitors.
This religious building is built of white stone, with twin minarets rising on either side of the central dome, and the only way to get to know it is by taking a guided interior tour. Keep in mind that it is not possible to access in shorts and women must cover their hair with a scarf.
In addition to its beautiful architecture, this mosque offers a good opportunity to learn about Muslim religion and customs during the hour and a half that the visit lasts.
After the visit you can take a walk by the sea at La Mer, a long promenade with several beaches and the Laguna Waterpark.
The official currency in the United Arab Emirates is the AED, the United Arab Emirates Dirham.
It is important to keep in mind that in order to make cash payments in Dubai, it is mandatory to use the official currency. It is possible to make payments in euros or another popular currency such as the dollar; however, the change for the tourist will not be at all favorable. So if you make a trip to Dubai, the most convenient thing is to exchange currency in the country of origin. This cash will be very useful for the payment of transfers and tips.
At Eurochange we make it easy for you, go to our website, make a reservation to pick up at the store, you will not pay anything in advance and you will secure your currency for your holidays. If you prefer, you can call us at the Customer Service Center 615403877 and our operators can manage your reservation and guide you on how much cash to bring and any questions you may have.
May 13, 2022