I met Dubai for the first time back in 2007 – and fell in love with that place immediately. 🙂 Over the years the city grew and progressed and not only in height and numbers, but in so many different ways. After having traveled there two times in 2016, I’m impressed more than ever. And you know what – it’s been less than a year since my last visit and I already need to catch up with sooo many new things and developments! But that’s Dubai and the speed at which it keeps changing and reinventing itself is incredible. Here are the ten things I love the most about this city (in no particular order).
Weather & Beaches
A warm sea and gorgeous sandy beaches. Sunshine throughtout the year. A place that knows no cold. What else a warm climate lover like myself could ask for? I haven’t been in the region in the very summer yet and cannot talk about that at the moment, but the rest of the year is just perfect for me. And seeing palms everywhere just makes me happy. 🙂
I’m also thrilled to see that Dubai is getting more and more pedestrian-friendly. From my experience, back in 2007 people would usually go to a mall to meet their friends or take a stroll and I remember thinking back then it was a pity that a place with such a great weather would not take more advantage of it. Fortunately, that has changed – nowadays it won’t take long before a new open space pops up somewhere in town, you can walk for miles along the beach (or run or ride a bike) and there’s also Dubai Water Canal, another great place to stroll along.
Arhictecture & Views
The architeture of Dubai is spectecular and views are even more so – whether from tall structures, from up in the air or from the right spots on the ground. Obviously when they build, they do it with sights and perspectives on their minds. This is why you get dazzling views from all around the city.
But the city’s architecture is not only about tall buildings and modern features – there’s also a traditional style that is gorgeous. A prime example is Madinat Jumeirah, a modern complex designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town. It encompasses hotels, villas, dinning spots and a contemporary souk, featuring lovely abra (*boat) rides around its water canals and displaying stunning views of Burj al Arab, a famous building and hotel that will always be the city’s symbol #1 in my book. Madinat Jumeirah got me mesmerized during my first visit to Dubai and has been my favorite spot in the city ever since.
Safety & Security
Global crime reports show that Dubai is a very safe city. Staying there only proves that.
Innovation & Development
When I say innovation, I mean groundbreaking projects and cutting-edge technology. The tallest building in the world – and the next tallest building in the world! – are prime examples of the former, while the upcoming Hyperloop One and a flying drone taxi are two major examples of the latter. And when I say development, I’m thinking of the general strategy of the country and the emirate that covers much more – yes, it starts with breathtaking structures and advanced technologies, but extends far beyond. It encompasses efforts to improve the quility of life overall and includes planning for the future, building and reinventing over and over again, so that tomorrow is even better than today. And all that means placing education, human resources, science and environmental science among the top priorities.
This one comes hand in hand with innovation and development. Dubai has been a city of opportunities for many people and shows no sign of changing that. If you have a sought after skill set, you will get great chances to make the best out of it.
The city’s infrastructure is exceptional and anyone can benefit from all the first class facilities and a clean city (actually, “clean” is an understatement; this place is super clean). Just take a metro for example (along with impressive metro stations), it’s very convenient and reliable, of great design, so clean – and you get plenty of sunshine and some great views on top of that as it goes above the ground most of its way.
On top of all the things mentioned above, numerous charity initiatives have been launched in the country and the emirate over the years, with 2017 being declared the Year of Giving in the UAE.
Diverisity & Harmony
People from all over the world flock to Dubai and they all live in peace and harmony. And for those who haven’t had a chance before, it’s an opportunity – if they would take it – to get to know more about different cultures and perspectives and thus broaden their own horizons and enrich their life and soul.
I love Arabic culture – its warm feeling, sensitive side and more. That sits well with my personality and I’ve always had a lot in common with people in Arabic countries. No wonder I’ve made some great friends over there.
And when it’s time for a getaway from the city, there’s this splendid desert. It may also look like a time travel or better yet – a step into a timeless zone. It sure is something to remember. The sand is so fine, the land is so vast – and the experience is just captivating.
Like so many others at this place.
Till next time, Dubai! 🙂
P.S. How about you? What do you like the most about Dubai if you’ve visited already? Or if not, what are you looking forward to when you go to visit?