First Impression Of Dubai

February 20, 2014 United Arab Emirates 2 Comments 23,362 Views

My First Impression Of Dubai.

When thinking of Dubai, things like “City in the desert”, “Burj Khalifa – the highest man-made structure in the world”, “Burj Al Arab – the only 7 star hotel” or “Lamborghini Police car” come to mind. I admit, I though no different. But my first visit to Dubai showed me a different side too, thanks so my staying at the XVA Art Hotel.

Al Fahidi District.

Let me begin with describing the neighbourhood I enjoyed the most: Al Fahidi District. It’s the oldest neighbourhood of the city located right at the Dubai Creek. What you’ll come across here is peace & quite in an otherwise busy and bustling city. No street noise and no skyscrapers at all. A true oasis in Dubai.

Al Fahidi neighbourhood in Dubai.
Sophisticated houses with rough walls shielding the privacy of the wealthy families within became a trademark of the Al Fahidi Historical district in Dubai.
Downtown Dubai.

But of course Dubai is all about high buildings and extravagance architecture. A visit to the top of the highest man-made structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is an absolute must for every visitor (unless you’re afraid of heights). Depending on how much time you have, a visit during the day and night is well worth it. The 360° view is simply breathtaking. And while you’re in the area, stroll through Dubai Mall for some extensive shopping. But be sure to calculate at least 3 hours if you intend to also visit the famous Dubai Aquarium.

The view from "At the Top" in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The view from “At the Top” in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The view of the Financial District from "At the Top" in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The view of the Financial District from “At the Top” in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo with the 10-million litre tank, located on the Ground Level of The Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world.
Dubai Marina.

As I just had 48 hours in Dubai, I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted (which included a visit to the Deira fish market), yet I did get the chance to travel South to the Dubai Marina. Talk about a lot of skyscrapers in one spot. Hold on there Hong Kong! Beach, water and an amazing skyline is all happening down there. Must-do: Take a boat to view the city from a different angle.

Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a 3 km stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a 3 km stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.

Apart from the things mentioned above, I strolled along the Dubai Creek, had some amazing Indian & Pakistani food and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon in the Al Fahidi District.

Biggest downer of the trip: The Palm Jumeirah.

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“My First Impression Of Dubai.”

  1. Kris

    It will be nice to be at Al Fahidi District myself. I simply like the whole idea of what the place is. Deira fish market is also what I find most interesting. I am planning to visit dubai this year. I’ve read a lot of blogs about the great destinations on Dubai and your blog added some things on my list. I also heard from my Lebanese friends that Filful Beirut is opening in Dubai. Maybe next time so can also write about street foods in different countries. Thanks again.

  2. Nisa

    Hi Kirs!
    Glad you found some of the things helpful.
    Deira fish market is definitely on my list for my next visit to Dubai! And yes, an article about street food is a good idea… thanks for the inspiration. I have so many street stall photos that that wouldn’t be a hard one to write ;)
    Take care!

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