There are many tourist attractions and monuments in the world, both man-made and natural, that you would class as incredible. Times Square, Niagara Falls, The Great Barrier Reef, Great Wall of China and The Grand Canyon are just a few examples that would most likely make the list. All of these have something about them that draws thousands, some millions of visitors to them every year.
Dubai Tourist Attractions: The Dubai Mall
Each of these places can be described as incredible based on a number of different reasons; beauty, size, wonderment, all can be applied. Some are incredible because of their natural beauty, whilst others are incredible because they are examples of what mankind can create when we really put our minds at work.
There is one place on earth however, that demonstrates the stunning power that humans have to create things when really tested. It is an example of how far we have come in terms of both technology and sheer ambition.
A place where new ideas have been met with impressive creations. A place that is described as a different world by many of the millions of people who visit each year. This place is known as Dubai.
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Dubai is a city born straight out of the desert, funded by the oil-rich lands and the wealthy sheikhs who reside there. Over the last few decades, Dubai has emerged as one of the most international cities in the world. A combination of the rise of Emirates as one of the world’s best airlines, the growth of the Dubai International Airport as an international hub and the increase in cheap flights to Dubai from destinations around the globe have seen the city grow massively.
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The other industry that is booming is the construction industry, with new buildings rising from the sands every month. 1 in 5 cranes in the world can be found in Dubai, highlighting how much the construction industry dominates the city. As a result, some incredible and jaw-dropping creations have come out of the city.
Top Dubai Tourist Attractions
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, The Burj al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world and The Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago designed to look like a palm tree from above.
All of these structures are very impressive feats of engineering, but we are forgetting one, which if you go by statistics, may be the most impressive tourist attraction in Dubai is…The Dubai Mall.
The best shopping mall in Dubai
The Dubai Mall was opened on the 4th November 2008 after twice being delayed, but when it finally did open, it cemented itself as not only one of the most impressive shopping malls in the world but also one of the most incredible structures. Part of the $20 billion Downtown complex, it was constructed by Emaar Properties and is one of the things that people put at the top of the list when they talk about visiting Dubai.
The statistics for The Dubai Mall speak for themselves. 13 million sq ft total area, equivalent to the size of 50 football pitches, with a total retail area of 5.4 million sq ft, the same as 18,243 double-decker buses parked next to one another. The size of this mall is truly staggering.
What to see in the Dubai Mall
When it comes to the Dubai Malls tourist attractions, the numbers are equally as impressive. Over 1,200 shops can be found within, meaning there really isn’t anything you can’t buy.
When you fancy something to eat, you have the choice of over 120 restaurants and cafes, so whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here. If you’re in the mood for a cupcake, you could always try the Golden Phoenix Cupcake from Bloomsbury. Made from the finest chocolate and 23-carat edible gold sheets, it will set you back $1000. If you can afford it, remember that it must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
We could go on and on about the amazing numbers that The Dubai Mall presents us with. 14,000 car park spaces, 2nd most of anywhere in the world is another figure that makes the mind wander. However, the jaw-dropping statistics may not be quite as amazing as some of the things you will find in the mall.
Aside from the shopping, there is plenty more to see and do. You will find within the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where 300 species of marine animals, including sharks, swim freely in the huge glass tank. The aquarium also hosts the world’s largest OLED screen, which is a massive 7,639 sq ft, a Guinness World Record holder.
If sea life isn’t your thing, you could enjoy the SEGA Republic indoor theme park, which includes 15 rides and over 150 amusement games. Maybe you want to catch a movie; if you do, you’re in luck. A 22-screen Reel Cinema shows the latest blockbusters throughout the day.
Last but not least, you’ll find one of the newest Rainforest Cafes in the world. It was created to emulate tropical ruins and features moving ruins and light shows only found here.
We could go on and on about the amazing statistics and the plethora of things to see and do, but the truth is, The Dubai Mall speaks for itself. You really have to go there and experience the sheer magnitude of this complex.
The Dubai Mall is much more than just shopping mall. It really is a metaphor for Dubai. An incredible structure, with world first’s and things done on a massive scale, it is proof that mankind can create some amazing, wonderful things.
This is a guest post by Joseph Caley.