A Touch Of Wanderlust - Things I'd Like To See And Do In Dubai*

*This is a collaborative post*

Lately I've been thinking about where I'd like to get away to this coming year. Winter has taken it's toll and I'm dreaming of getting away to somewhere new that I haven't been to before; there's an abundance of candidates but over the last couple of years I've been thinking of visiting Dubai to experience what it is like and what all the fuss is about. 

For anyone unfamiliar with Dubai, it is a city and emirate of the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, a region I have not yet visited; since the 1960's it has undergone a transformation the likes of which cannot be found elsewhere on Earth. It has evolved from a small dusty desert town to a futuristic forward-thinking metropolis of wealth and opulence, elegance and sheer scale which is breathtaking.

I'd like to see The Palm Jumeirah island complex, which I remember being built a decade or so ago, I recall seeing updates of it on the news and it just seemed an absolutely audacious and incredible feat of engineering which really demonstrated the capabilities of human ingenuity. And later The World was added which though impressive I don't think looks as aesthetically pleasing as it's predecessor. We have all seen the images of these developments but I would really like to get a true feel of the scale these amazing sites. 

Some people might be put off by the expense of visiting Dubai, but holidays and travel packages which cater to those on a more modest budget are increasingly available as the number of travel companies are operating in Dubai such as Destination 2 which is a good example of such a company.

I'd also like if possible to go to the top of the World's Tallest tower building, the world renowned Burj Khalifa, it's like the 21st century equivalent of New York City's famous Empire State building. The ruler of Dubai wanted to create building which would serve as a symbolic statement to the rest of the world, the message was clear; Dubai is now a world power, open for business and leading the way into the future. The skyline looks incredible, and there are some amazing images taken from above the clouds showing the tops of the tallest buildings sprouting forth through the clouds which makes for a surreal view.

Besides that there are incredible hotels, shopping malls, and you can even go skiing if so inclined on their indoor ski slopes. Basically it's one of those places where there is always something to do or see or experience. If any of you readers have been to Dubai, it would be great to hear what your impressions were of the place.

There are of course considerations to be made for any 'Westerner' travelling to the Middle East region with regards to the laws of the land. Dubai is obviously a Muslim State therefore the laws regarding the consumption of alcohol, public behaviour and other things are very different to the UK . I'd advise anyone travelling anywhere in fact, to always conduct some online research into the accepted standards of behaviour and the local laws and customs of the place you intend to travel to.

If anyone has been to Dubai, feel free to share any sights of interest or any experiences you have had which might not be in the brochures as I'd be intrigued to know what other people have enjoyed or even disliked about Dubai. There's so many things to see and do there it would be impossible to do everything I want, but it would be great fun trying. 

*Written by Michael David  

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