The world’s tallest building Burj Al Khalifa marked the start of 2012 with a spectacular 10-minute show that saw fireworks shoot from the 828m tower in a blaze of color, illuminating the city. Sparkling comets in colors including green, purple and red spiraled down the Burj, as the tower was flanked by glittering firework displays across Downtown Dubai.
The crowds erupted as the pyrotechnics began just seconds ahead of midnight, with cheers and blaring horns marking the end of 2011. Out on Sheikh Zayed Road, traffic ground to a halt as motorists pulled over to enjoy the show as Dubai’s flag-shaped Burj al-Arab joined celebrations with its own fireworks.
While Burj Khalifa was honoured with the ‘Global Icon’ status by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) recently, an honour bestowed for tall structures only once in 10 to 15 years, At the Top, Burj Khalifa was most recently voted as the ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ at the ‘Best in Dubai’ awards.
Welcome to Dubai City, the largest and most fascinating city of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, in the East of the Arabian Peninsula. The state of Dubai is commonly referred to as a city and as the most modern and cosmopolitan place in the Emirates, although, due to it’s islamic culture it is also strongly based on traditions. The currency is AED or Dh: Arab Emirates Dirhams.
The country’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed, is considered to be the i nitiator and mentor of the success. His idea to focus on tourism, technologies and the expansion of commercial and corporate activity instead of relying on the decreasing amount of oil made Dubai become the fastest growing and most popular city in the world.
Dubai Museum of Middle East Modern Art. The futuristic, elegant form created by UN Studio’s design is sleek and bold in its massing leaning over passers-by as though it were the bow of an enormous ship
Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
Burj Al Arab is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.
The Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant landmark of Dubai city. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. While strolling through the Mosque at sunset, you will be washed in shadows by this elegant formation.
Dubai Marina is an awe-inspiring city-within-a city that delights residents with its cosmopolitan, free-spirited atmosphere and unique, invigorating lifestyle. It will be an urban centre on the water, comparable to the most exclusive waterfront developments in the world’s leading cities. Dubai Marina is unlike anywhere else in Dubai, the Middle East and even the world.
Dubai International Airport is an international airport serving Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. It is a major aviation hub in the Middle East, and is the main airport of Dubai. It is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 4 km (2.5 mi) southeast of Dubai.
Dubai Duty Free, which is currently the single largest airport retailer in the world.
Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is currently the tallest structure in the world, at 829.84 m (2,723 ft)
Emirates Concorde Hotel & Suites is located in the heart of Dubai City, on Maktoum Street. The Hotel Offers great panoramic view over the famous Dubai Creek. Only a short drive from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Creek, Golf & Yacht Club, the gold and spice markets, major shopping & leisure centers.
“The four towers, ranging from 54 to 97 floors, are clustered to form a choreographed sculpture, representing the movement of candlelight”
Atlantis, the Palm is a hotel resort at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC. The resort is modelled after the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.Almost everything in it is underwater themed.
Beautiful Palm Jumeirah Villa, Stunning garden home in the exclusive Palm Jumeirah, the eighth wonder of the world. Experience the true luxury holiday home of this Palm Island Villa. The villa boasts a private pool and access to a residents-only beach where you are facing the stunning Atlantis Hotel.
Jumeira Beach, named after the Jumeirah district of Dubai, is a stretch of beach ten miles south of Dubai where developers are creating large hotel resorts and luxury housing. Also built here is the Burj Al Arab (Arab Tower) hotel.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area and sixth largest by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Burj Khalifa complex, and includes 1,200 shops
Various factors contribute into a city’s cost-of-living for expatriate employees, such as monetary value, consumer confidence, investment, interest rates, exchange rates of the country’s currency, and housing costs. Combine all these and some living standards and you get these lovely but expensive cities. Almost all of them are in the US, Europe, China, Japan and the UAE.