Dubai: the city of gold where the rich and famous shop in numerous malls and where no architectural idea is too crazy. Not that long ago I had the opportunity to visit breathtaking city as my father was here for work commitments. Let me take you along to a dinner by the Dubai Fountain, a trip up the Burj Khalifa and through the many stores of the Dubai Mall in the first part of my Dubai Travel Report.
The Dubai Mall is by far the largest mall I’ve ever been to, probably because it’s the BIGGEST MALL in THE WORLD. It features 1,200 shops, an 32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high aquarium and an ice rink. Walking through this mall is such an unreal experience. Literally every (American) store that you can thick of is there. Even if you’re not in to shopping – is that possible? – this mall is an absolute must see. Watch the video above to get an impression of the mall and see what I all bought there.
The Dubai Fountain is right outside the Dubai Mall. After sunset an absolutely spectacular water show is being displayed every half hour. It may sound silly but this show was absolutely one of my high lights of the trip. It’s just so impressive to see the water shoot meters high into the air while beautiful music is being played. We have a travel video about Dubai coming up in which you can see the fountain in it’s full glory.
Another thing I recommend doing in Dubai is having dinner beside the Dubai Fountain. You would expect the restaurants here to be really expensive, but that is not the case! You can have a fairly decent meal for under 20 euro each.
Souk Al Bahar
If you cross the bridge that leads your from the Dubai Mall over the Dubai Fountain you will find yourself in front of the Souk Al Bahar. Souk stands for Arabian market. The Souk Al Bahar is more of a modern version of these traditional Arabian markets. The main old souks in Dubai are located in a different part of Dubai (more about these in my next travel report). The bridge in front of the Souk Al Bahar is nice to take pictures on, but the stores inside aren’t anything special if you ask me. I found the older and more traditional Dubai Spice and Gold souk to be much more interesting.
Also right outside the Dubai Mall is the Burj Khalifa, to date the tallest building in the world. When you see this giant for the first time you almost feel like it’s unreal, how can a building be that tall?! The Burj Khalifa is 828 meter high – that is almost one kilometer…– and counts 163 floors plus 46 maintains levels in the spire. As a visiter it’s possible to go up to an observation deck called At The Top, which is located on level 124. I was a little disappointed that you could only go up to this level as a tourist. However, it seems that in the near future it will be possible to go up to the 148th floor!
Even though the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world I personally found a trip up the Willis (formerly known as Sears) Tower in Chicago more impressive. Here you can stand in a glass box that ‘hangs’ outside the tower. But I’ll definitely give the Burj Khalifa another shot if I ever go there again when the new and higher observatory is opened!
Please look forward to Dubai Part II this coming Thursday in which I’ll feature the Dubai Spice Souq, Gold Souq, a desert safari and much more.