"Dubai" Dubai by ursa9

Dubai Travel Guide: 2,812 reviews and 8,425 photos

A luxurious city in the middle of the desert

I've been to Dubai three times up to now. And I must say that each trip for itself was a special experience. Dubai has soo many different faces... and each time, another veil goes uncovered.

I have these mixed feelings about Dubai - it's a great city, but on the other hand, it's a city of contradictions, of abundance and misery, of conservative tradition and cutting-edge developments, rich cultural heritage and forbidden things...

Things I like about Dubai:

- sunny and warm weather
- kindess of people
- shisha
- architecture
- shopping (it's indeed a shopper's paradise)
- souks (although some sellers may get a bit annoying)
- Karama (-II-)
- a wide variety of cuisines
- parties
- ladies nights
- strange fruit and vegetable
- spices
- the smell of sandal wood
- beautiful sunsets
- Jumeirah beach

Things I don't like:

- taxi drivers
- bureaucracy
- poverty of some people (a wide gap between the rich and the poor)
- the position of women in society (this doesn't refer merely to Dubai)
- the fact that pets are quite rare
- conservatism

It's a paradise for tourists and it's the place where wildest dreams can come true.

In my opinion, Wild Wadi is the best place for taking pictures of Burj Al Arab. It offers splendid views not only to Burj but also to another well known hotel.

Someone told me that Burj has the highest tennis court in the world, but it's not true, there is actually a helipad at the top, not a tennis court (thanks, Jess :-).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Modern, luxurious, beautiful architecture, kind people
  • Cons:Expensive, conservative, too many forbidden things
  • In a nutshell:The city of contrasts
  • Intro Updated Feb 19, 2007
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  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    Great tips on Dubai!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 3:48 AM

    Hello Ursa :-) Greetings from Dubai! Nice tips here with super photos. (but there is no tennis court at the top of Burj Al Arab... they only put one there for Andre Agassi & Roger Fedderer to take pictures. It's actually a heli-pad!)

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 5:15 AM

    Good to learn that you weren't hurt in the accident!


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