Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world, both as a world metropolis and as one of the most visited tourist destinations.
But can a visit to Dubai be dangerous? Can be! Encountering so many architectural marvels, you might think that they are all common things and that you can find them anywhere in the world.
In Dubai, you can get used to something that until recently was only a figment of the imagination and daydreams of writers and architects.
The spiral structure of the Burj Khalifa rises into the sky to an unimaginable height of 828 meters.
The elegance of the gigantic Burj Al Arab sail that is anchored on an artificial island, underwater hotels, gigantic artificial sand islands that seem to continuously emerge from the sea one after another, the Museum building of Future, which in its shape looks more like a sculpture than a building, skyscrapers that seem to defy the laws of physics, all these architectural wonders seem to be on the pages of Jules Verne’s novel, and not real buildings that have their function.
And yet, in Dubai, you are in a city of wonders where anything is possible, and you can step directly from the desert heat onto the ice rink or the snow-covered ski slopes.
Dubai: Architectural Wonders
Burj Khalifa is 828 meters high and is the world’s tallest building. Two observatories in it also serve as viewpoints.
The outdoor observatory is on the 124th floor, and the observatory inside the building is on the 148th floor.
Al Mosphere is one of the tallest restaurants in the world, located at the height of 442 meters on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa.
On the 43rd and 76th floors, swimming pools can be opened to the outside, allowing swimming from the inside to the outside balcony. It is surrounded by 11 hectares of park with swimming pools and fountains.
One of the fountains is the Dubai fountain, which throws jets of water up to a height of 150 meters. It is illuminated with almost 7000 lamps.
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab, popularly Jedro, is a seven-star hotel. It is among the best hotels in the world. It also offers a ride in a Rolls-Royce from the airport to the hotel. The helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab can be converted into a golf course.
There are 17 restaurants located on twenty-six floors. The ceiling of one of those restaurants is covered with Swarovski crystals. Al Muntaha restaurant offers a perfect panoramic view of Dubai. The restaurant is outside the main building and can be reached by a panoramic elevator.
The building itself is much taller than buildings with as many floors as the floors in the Burj Al Arab are twice as tall. The rooms are also outside the standard dimensions and can have an area of up to 450 square meters.
The pillars in the living rooms are covered with gold leaf. And the pillows in this hotel are special. They are made from Icelandic duck down. Burj Al Arab is built on an artificial island. It is connected to Jumeirah Beach by a bridge.
Many call this artificial island in the shape of a palm tree the world’s eighth wonder. The area of the island is larger than the area of 800 football stadiums. The Palm Jumeirah consists of a trunk and sixteen leaves.
It is surrounded by a crescent-shaped breakwater that houses the five-star Atlantis The Palm and many other high-end hotels.
In addition, the island has many glamorous resorts, restaurants, beaches, and exclusive clubs.
Atlantis is a huge resort spread over several hectares, and the hotel Atlantis The Palm itself has 1500 rooms, exclusive suites, and super exclusive suites.
A special attraction of Atlantis is the underwater rooms. Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers Aquarium are part of the Atlantis resort.
Aquaventure Waterpark is claimed to be the largest in the world. It is located on the crescent right next to the Atlantis Hotel.
In addition to the marina, water sports, private beaches, and rides on 105 slides, this adrenaline-filled amusement park also offers some of the now legendary attractions such as Medusa’s Lair, Shockwave, and Blackout.
Leap of Faith is a ride through a transparent tube surrounded by sharks, and if that’s not enough adrenaline for you, opt for swimming with sharks, which Aquaventure Waterpark claims are completely safe.
Zip lines are networked above the entire park. Palm Jumeirah can be reached by Dubai Tram from Jumeirah Lakes Towers or Dubai Marina stations.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located next to Aquaventure Waterpark. The ambiance is like being in ancient Atlantis. Glass corridors lead you through the marine environment.
Everywhere, wherever you look, there are sharks, rays, and various interesting fish species swimming.
Lobsters move around in their habitat on the bottom, and some curious seahorses come close to the glass. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is home to more than 65,000 sea creatures.
At the very top of the palm tree is The Pointe. This is an area with more than 50 restaurants and coffee shops.
As Palm Jumeirah island is an artificial sand island, all these restaurants and coffee shops are on the beach. In addition, Nakheel Mall and Palm Tower are located on the island.
There is an excellent view from the viewpoint located at the top of the Palm Tower at 240 meters.
The most famous hotels in Palm Jumeirah are Five Palm Jumeirah, W Dubai, Waldorf Astoria, Anantara The Palm Dubai, Hilton Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and Riva Beach.
At the beginning of the crescent on the left side of the island is the five-star luxury resort Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
The exterior and interior of this resort evoke the life of Turkish rulers in the Ottoman era. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has 38 luxury villas, 26 first-class suites, and 370 rooms.
The best way to fully appreciate how Palm Jumeirah Island is is with a Sky High helicopter tour.
Museum of the Future
One of the architectural wonders of Dubai is the Museum of the Future building. It is built from over 1000 stainless steel and fiberglass elements used for its outer surfaces.
Three quotes by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are an integral part of the facade.
“The Future belongs to those who can imagine, design and execute it. It’s not something you wait for; you create it,” reads one of the quotes.
Dubai Frame is located in Zabeel Park, where you can see the old part of the city through it on one side, and on the other, the view falls on a modern miracle that seems to have come out of a magic lamp.
Dubai Frame is thus, above all, another architectural wonder but also a monument to all the achievements of Dubai.
At the top of this building, there is a viewpoint and an observatory.
Shopping in Dubai
Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world. It is located next to the Burj Khalifa.
It has more than 1,400 stores, of which more than 200 are food and beverage stores. The area occupied by Dubai Mall is almost the area of 200 football stadiums.
Dubai Mall is home to Cendylicios, the largest sweet shop in the region. It is estimated that this mega candy store has over 5,500 types of sweetmeats worldwide.
Explore this Dubai version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Cendylicios is located opposite the entrance to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo have hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals.
Out of 140 species, the main stars are about 400 sharks and rays that swim behind the thick glass of the 10 million liter tank.
The Dubai Mall is so big that there is still room for a real Olympic ice rink in addition to everything listed in it.
Skating in the middle of July in the desert? Can! After all, you are in Dubai, the city of wonders.
Mall of the Emirates
The Kempinski Hotel and Sheraton hotels are directly connected to the Mall of the Emirates, and the Ibis Dubai is in the immediate vicinity and can be reached on foot.
These facts immediately make it clear that this is no ordinary shopping center.
On the contrary, a visit to the Mall of the Emirates is a visit to the world of luxury.
The interior is characterized by a huge dome, which makes the whole space reminiscent of European railway stations.
Within the Mall of the Emirates are the Cinema complex and 560 shops, as well as real ski slopes.
In the ski resort under the roof of Ski Dubai, the temperature is maintained from -10C to 20C.
Apart from skiing, there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family, and the most fun is hanging out with real penguins.
Dubai: Amusement Parks
If you are vacationing in Dubai with your family this July, besides The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Aquaventure Waterpark, visit these amusement parks.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Wild Wadi Waterpark is next to Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
This amusement park offers artificial wave surfing, going down one of the fastest and tallest free-fall water slides, and a 1.5-meter wave pool.
In addition to numerous adrenaline-filled parties, you can float down a 360-meter-long artificial river.
Dubai Butterfly Garden
The Dubai Butterfly Garden is located right next to the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Unfortunately, due to the high temperatures in July, the Miracle Garden is closed during this period, but the flickering spectacle of 15,000 butterflies awaits you under ten climate-controlled domes.
The temperature under the domes is from 180C to 250C throughout the year, so a completely pleasant atmosphere for sightseeing is provided.
In addition to butterflies, you will also see thousands of colorful flowers and plants.
There are over 45 stunning species of butterflies at the Dubai Butterfly Garden.
Dubai Butterfly Garden is easily accessible by direct bus from the Mall of the Emirates or by car from Mohammed Bin Zayed, Umm Suqeim, and Al Khail roads.
At Magic Park, science has created a world of entertainment art.
Over 25 exhibits and 3D works of art will certainly not leave you indifferent.
But, in front of some of these exhibits and optical illusions, you will stand in disbelief, asking: Is this possible?
In one room, you’ll suddenly walk upside down on the ceiling. And what happens in the other 20 or so? Find out for yourself this July in Dubai.
Legoland Dubai is an amusement park where both children and their parents will have fun.
In addition to the game platforms, amusement rides, and 5D cinema, you will be enchanted by the models made of Lego bricks at Legoland Dubai. Miniland consists of 20 million Lego bricks.
There are several theme parks in Motiongate.
The themes are popular animated films from three Hollywood studios Dream Works Animation, Columbia Pictures, and Lionsgate.
One of the most popular theme parks in Motiongate is Smurfs Village.
Walking tour: The ten tastings of Dubai Whit Locals – Private Food
The city is best known for the local cuisine, the habits of the locals, and the traditional markets.
Dubai is said to have received the best of the Middle East and Asia and incorporated it into its local dishes.
Visit fruit and vegetable shops with the help of an experienced guide—local restaurants and markets.
Try food spiced in the Dubai way, the meat you’ve never tried, or ice cream in a combination that is the essence of Asian flavors.
Dubai Old town tour
Stroll the streets of the Old town from the glittering jewelry stalls of the Gold Souk, following the intoxicating scents to the Perfume Souk, to the fresh fruit and vegetable, fish, and meat markets.
Finally, stop in front of the spice stalls.
The colors on those stalls are the colors of Dubai. Sumac, caraway, saffron, cardamom, chili peppers, cinnamon, and anise will best introduce you to further exploration of Old Town’s streets.
Hoggle for the best price in the old market, famous for selling clothes, textiles, and souvenirs. You will see how much the sellers will enjoy bargaining. For them, it is like a ritual.
Along the way, refresh yourself with fresh fruit juice, and try street food or one of the intoxicating local teas.
Pub Crawl Dubai: Nightlife Tours
This tour could stay in your memory forever. So prepare well and take a breath.
Because you are diving into Dubai’s nightlife, an experienced guide will guide you through the most popular bars in Dubai without fail.
Dhow Cruise: Dubai Creek
The dhow is a recognizable symbol of the Arab region. It is a wooden ship with a triangular sail that stands at an angle on the mast. In Dubai, they are proud of their past.
A Dubai Creek cruise is a symbolic way to tell the fairytale story of a sleepy fishing village’s meteoric rise to a world metropolis.
This tour, in addition to a cruise on Dubai Creek under the lights of the wonderful urban Dubai, also includes a romantic dinner in the offer.
Ferrari World is located in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. This amusement park is a non-stop rush with over forty attractions.
The fastest rollercoaster and the highest loop ride are just the beginning of the list of this adrenaline race.
If driving the longest loop wasn’t enough for you, then you can zip line through it.
One of the unusual things offered in this amusement park is walking on the distinctive red roof of Ferrari World.
In July, it is an excellent choice to go on a desert safari. It leaves in the late afternoon. Driving on desert sand is a special experience.
Some desert safari tours also offer quad biking, dune driving, and sandboarding. At dusk on the dunes, the sunset is spectacular.
The nights in the desert are much fresher and more pleasant than in the city. In addition, tents are placed on the tops of the dunes, further enhancing the freshness.
If you’d rather dine and party in an oasis than a night under the starry desert sky, opt for a Desert Safari tour that includes a visit to Al Khayma Camp. Parties are held in the desert camp.
We offer camel riding, photography with a falcon, henna painting, and Belly Dance Show on traditional Arabic music.
Like everything else in Dubai, the beaches are an absolute wonder. Almost all of them are wide and perfectly flat, and all have clean fine white sand.
The secret is that such beaches are the work of human hands. The sand was filled exactly as much as was needed, and as far as cleanliness is concerned, the explanation is very simple.
Almost all beaches are cleaned and maintained by machines every day.
Beaches that are part of hotels or resorts are off-limits, but most beaches in Dubai are public.
The characteristic of the beaches in Dubai is that many beach clubs rent out sun loungers, sunbeds, and cabanas.
There are also many swimming pools on the beaches. It is difficult to determine how many kilometers of coastline in Dubai are occupied by beaches.
Here are just a few suggestions on which of the many beaches you should go to first.
Umm Suqeim Beach
Umm Suqeim Beach is a wide public beach below the Burj Al Arab. Night swimming is allowed on this beach but ends at midnight. Umm Suqeim Beach has its lighting.
Marina Beach runs parallel along the promenade in front of the mall. Across from this beach is the artificial island of Bluewaters. Marina Beach is a wide, clean beach with fine white sand.
La Mer is an artificial beach with a shopping center next to it. It is cleaned every day so that the sand on it is flawless.
There are plenty of beach clubs where you can rent sunbeds, and four houses on the beach can also be rented. Beach clubs Stars ‘N’ Bars, Sea Level, and MASTI have excellent service.
The advantage of La Mer beach is that there is a cinema next to it and many air-conditioned restaurants. La Mer is lined with palm trees.
Al Mamzar Beach Park
Al Mamzar Beach Park is a public beach with an entrance fee. It is surrounded by about 1,600 palm trees, several hundred coconut trees, and over 6,000 plants. There are four beaches and two swimming pools in the park.
In addition to sunbeds and umbrellas, small air-conditioned tents can be rented at Al Mamzar Beach Park.
A little further from these four beaches, there is also a beach for which there is no entrance fee. There are much fewer people on this beach.
Jebel Ali Beach
Jebel Ali Beach is an integral part of the new Jebel Ali tourist area, about 30 minutes from Dubai. In addition to Jebel Ali Beach, there are many other new sandy beaches in that area. All these beaches are free for now.
The northern end of Umm Suqeim Beach is called Kite Beach. The sand on this beach is coarser and has a lot of shells. The beach is wide and windy. They often fly kites on it.
The Palm Jumeirah
There are no public beaches on Palm Jumeirah Island. Instead, all luxury neighborhoods have private beaches.
There is an entrance fee for the beaches in the Atlantis resort, and the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel, which has a large beach, has a complete offer for all kinds of water sports.
On the island, though, several beach clubs sell entrance to their beach every day.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Everything that a beach can offer you, JBR, has.
The most important quality is that it is a public beach. It is spacious, regularly cleaned, and full of entertainment. Many hotels overlook it, but the areas belonging to the hotels are also open.
You can buy food there, and you can also rent Jet Skis or WaveRunners.
Dubai: weather and temperature in July
Dubai is hot all year round, but July is one of the two hottest months. The highest recorded temperatures in July reached 400C; at night, they did not drop below 290C.
In the summer months in Dubai, it rarely rains, but the air humidity is high. On dry July days, the air humidity is 30%, and on very humid days, it is as high as 89%.
The warm season lasts from mid-May to the end of September in Dubai. During that period, average daily temperatures are above 370C.
July 28 stands out as the hottest day of the year, with an average highest temperature of 410C and a minimum of 310C.
As a curiosity, the highest temperature recorded in July in recent years was 490C.
The length of the day in July is almost the same. The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 13:19 hours of daylight.
The longest day of the month is July 1, with 13:41 hours of daylight.
In July in Dubai, the sky is clear and cloudless.
In July, light to moderate southerly breeze usually blows.
The sea temperature is 320C, making July the perfect month for swimming and water sports.
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