Dubai: All eyes are on Dubai as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai), opened its doors to the world on January 4. Towering at 2,717 feet (828 meters), the impressive glass and steel structure was renamed to honor the head of neighboring Abu Dhabi, who rescued Dubai from financial crisis last month with a $25 billion lifeline.
Inspired by the intricate geometry of the desert flower Hymenocallis, the tower is the centerpiece of an urban community featuring luxury villas and hotels, state-of-the-art business facilities, modern residences, shopping malls and leisure facilities, all in an eco-friendly environment that includes a man-made lake.
With the opening of Burj Khalifa, visitors to Dubai have yet another great reason to explore the city, says City-Discovery.com. The website has provided a summary of tours and activities highlighting the opportunity to explore both modern and traditional attractions in Dubai.
The Dubai City Tour, a City Discovery bestseller, is one of the best and hassle-free ways to get acquainted with the city. On the tour, participants discover the exciting contrasts between the old and the new as they explore famous landmarks such as the Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Creek, the historic Bastakiya area with its beautifully restored old buildings, and the Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum. Dubai’s traditional gold and spice souks (markets) are also visited.
The Dhow Cruise with Dinner, another City Discovery bestseller, offers the sights and sounds of the Dubai Creek from a traditional dhow. The trip takes participants from the creek’s mouth, dodging abras (water taxis) along the way, up to the floodlit Dubai Creek Golf Club where the clubhouse resembles sails. Capping the adventure is a buffet selection of sumptuous Arabic fare.
The Full Day Hatta Desert Safari features a four-wheel drive experience across the deserts of Dubai. Once outside the city, the tour moves through some fine wadis and across a spectacular desert scenery. Off road, the four-wheel drives are instantly put to the test by skillful drivers as they head off into the Hajar Mountains.
The Helicopter Ride over Dubai is a thrilling sightseeing alternative. Participants get to see all of Dubai’s landmarks from the sky. Amazing views include Port Rashid, Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, as well as Dubai’s most recognizable attractions along the length of Sheikh Zayed Road.
The Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Desert is perfect for those who wish to have an amazing yet tranquil sightseeing activity in Dubai. Participants get the chance to watch the sun rise over the beautiful red desert sands near Fossil Rock (between Dubai and Hatta) or over the new Dubai City area. In good weather, afternoon trips lasting until sunset is available.
Going on a Fishing Trip on the beautiful coast of the Arabian Gulf offers landlubbers the chance to get their sea legs on and catch barracudas and bottom fish like hammour and shari. The more adventurous can opt to go farther offshore for wreck fishing and in pursuit of sail fish.
The Adventurer – Half Day Sand Boarding 4WD takes adventure-seekers to some of the most beautiful sand dunes of Dubai via four-wheel drive vehicles. Upon reaching the dunes, participants get the chance to try out one of the most popular desert sports in the area – sand boarding.
All City Discovery tours and activities bear the City Discovery Best Price Guarantee, making it easy for travelers to book their Dubai adventures at the lowest possible price available online. For more inspiration on what to do in Dubai, visit www.city-discovery.com.
City Discovery is a leading provider of sightseeing tours, travel experiences and ground transportation worldwide. With over 5,000 carefully selected travel activities in 300 destinations and user-friendly features such as traveler reviews, wishbox, suggested itineraries and gift certificates, City Discovery sells directly to consumers through City-Discovery.com and a network of over 7,500 travel agencies and affiliates. City Discovery is available in 13 languages and has offices in USA, France, Italy, Greece and the Philippines.