Our trip will focus on some of the highlights of the ‘modern Dubai’ and we start with a drive along the Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Marina – a residential district with a cluster of Skyscrapers along a manmade Marina of 3.1km length, featuring a boardwalk with many restaurants, some extraordinary yachts berthing in the marina and a couple of high rise residential buildings like the ‘twisted’ Cayan Tower or the Princess Tower which was until some time ago one of the highest residential buildings in the world with its 414m height.
The Palm Jumeirah, a wonder of human creativity and engineering which added approx. 67 km to Dubai’s coastline, will be next on the agenda. On our way to there we will drive by Dubai’s Media and Internet Cities before reaching the trunk of the palm. We then will pass the fronts with their gated communities and private beachfront villas to arrive to ‘The Pointe’ at the top of the palm for photostop. From here we will have a magnificent view of the famous ‘Atlantis Hotel’ from the seaside, the AquaVenture Park and the site of the Royal Atlantis Residences (still under construction) on the crescent.
Our trip takes us from here back to the coast, where we will be passing by Dubai Knowledge Park and a variety of palaces before reaching Madinat Jumeirah and the Souk Madinat Jumeirah – all built in the traditional Khaleeji architecture – interconnected with small canals. We will take a break to visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah, an indoor souq with a good variety of upmarket shops selling traditional goods and some restaurants and cafes – some of which are overlooking the canals and are licensed!
Having recharged our batteries, we will continue our tour, passing by the Burj Al Arab, the only 7-Star hotel in the world, before heading to ‘Downtown Dubai’. ‘Downtown Dubai’ is home to the Burj Khalifa (with 828m the highest building in the world), Dubai Opera, Dubai Fountain and Dubai Mall (with its Dubai Aquarium) which is one of the largest shopping mall in the world. Walking through the mall, we soon will reach the entrance to the Burj Khalifa, named after Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE!
The elevators will take us up at 9m per second up to the 124th floor for some spectacular views of Dubai, from At The Top. Subject to weather conditions we will be able to see Port Rashid, Creek Harbor, Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands, to name only some of the many sites to see. With this highlight we will end the tour and have the option to stay on for a stroll and to return at leisure by taxi/metro or to be taken back to the hotel.