Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess
If you’ve been dreaming of skiing and suntanning in the same day, drunk on $5k bottles of Cristal, Dubai is your opulent paradise.
A Day in Burj Khalifa
You can’t claim to have visited Dubai if you haven’t been up to the tallest building of the world: Burj Khalifa.
Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper that stands erect in the middle of Dubai’s skyline. If you happen to come during the winter time (which is the best time to come in Dubai) you can witness the beautiful fireworks and light shows that take place during Christmas and New Year.
Mall of the Emirates provides a wonderful view of Burj Khalifa, but the best way to truly see this building is by going inside it. But acrophobic people be aware; there are over 180 floors in Burj Khalifa and the tour guide takes you all the way to the top-most floor.
You can book your tickets to visit Burj Khalifa in the Mall of the Emirates, and they will provide you with a tour guide that will accompany you to the top floor in Burj Khalifa, while teaching you about the history of Dubai and how Burj Khalifa was built. Perhaps now you can also build on your geographical knowledge while simultaneously building on your wardrobe.
The lift that will carry you to the top-most floor is one of the fastest lifts in the world! It’s walls are studded with disc-shaped lights that constantly keep changing color while you go up. It feels like you’re travelling in a large disco ball. And rest assure, unless you didn’t just binge on too many Arabic sweets or got drunk on some exotic champagne, you won’t be feeling queasy on this ride.
At the top floor, there are several little digital telescopes that not only allow you to take a closer look at the roads, but also allow you look at what Dubai looked like forty years ago! You can point your telescope in any direction and it will show you how Dubai looked like in the past in the direction that you are pointing your telescope in. There is a similar feature that allows you to take a look at Dubai and see how it might look like in the future. How unnecessarily brilliant this technology is.
There are many shops on the top floor where you can get souvenirs, books, ornaments and models of the Burj Khalifa. Really, there isn’t a single place in Dubai where you shouldn’t carry your wallet and your credit card.