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Ahlan wa sahlan fi Dubai
Welcome to Dubai - one of the most exciting cities in the world for your vacation
The glittering city of Dubai rises from the majestic sand dunes of the Arabian desert. Its shimmering skyscrapers stand next to extensive golden sandy beaches, where crystal clear water ripples in the gentle breeze. The city's shopping malls impress with everything that has rank and name in the fashion world, and breathtaking events and exciting sports competitions alternate in the event calendar. The pulsating nightlife is filled with the rousing sounds of top-class music acts, while the culinary offerings from exquisite delicacies from Michelin-ennobled masters to diverse street restaurants from all over the world cover the entire range of exotic delicacies. Exciting theme parks and leisure facilities transform the emirate into one huge playground for the whole family.
Dubai's roots can be traced back to 1833, when around 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Maktoum family, settled at the mouth of Dubai Creek. Recognizing the importance of the city's strategic location and the potential offered by the Creek's natural harbor, the Maktoum family helped make Dubai a convenient hub for trade, fishing, pearl diving and shipping.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Dubai had already developed into a flourishing port city. In 1971 Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (1972) Ras Al Khaimah merged and founded the United Arab Emirates.
In 2015, Dubai International Airport was named the leading international airport in terms of international air travel. The Dubai port of Jebel Ali is the world's largest man-made seaport and one of the 10 largest container ports in the world.
While the emirate's first infrastructure projects, such as the seaport and airport, were initially financed from oil revenues, Dubai's economy has diversified considerably in recent years. Today the most important building blocks of Dubai's economy are the aviation industry, tourism, trade and commerce.
With leadership driven by inspiration and vision, an investor-friendly environment, first-class infrastructure, tax exemption for private and corporate income and low import duties, Dubai is held in high regard as a global center for business and tourism.
Dubai is more than a must-see city. It is a city that has to be experienced. In the following we have put together a small selection of the attractions that are an absolute must for a Dubai vacation:
Dubai Fountain: Experience the largest water features in the world on the lake - on your vacation - in front of the tallest building in the world. The light and sound show takes place at 1 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. and every half hour from 6 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. The drama is the best free show in Dubai!
Burj Khalifa: Climb the tallest skyscraper in the world and enjoy spectacular views of the city from the At the Top or Burj Khalifa SKY viewing platforms.
Visit the souks: Bargain for silk, spices or gold in the old, traditional markets on the banks of Dubai Creek.
Dubai Creek: Stroll along the shore where the history of Dubai once started. Explore the numerous museums along the promenade - you should definitely not miss a visit to the Sheikh Saeed House.
Al Fahidi Historic District: Wander the labyrinth of old streets in this restored historic district, which was built around 1800. Many of the wind tower houses are now home to museums, art galleries and idyllic backyard cafes. Not far from here is the Dubai Museum, which gives a worthwhile insight into the city's history.
Desert safari on vacation: Enjoy the sunset over a sea of rolling sand dunes and let yourself be captivated by the silence of this impressive landscape.
Brunch: Experience this Dubai institution every Friday. All over the city, bars invite you to sample their culinary skills on a veritable smorgasbord of dishes of the most varied of flavors.
A bird's eye view of Dubai: Experience Dubai from lofty heights - either from a Seawings seaplane, with a flight in a helicopter, or with a trip over the desert in a hot air balloon. Adrenaline junkies will find the ultimate thrill by parachuting from 4,000 m above Palm Jumeirah - certainly one of the top jump spots in the world.
Aquariums: Visit the conveniently located Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall or the Atlantis Lost Chambers Aquarium.
Ski Dubai: Who would have thought that you could ski in the middle of a snow-covered slope? If the ski slopes aren't your thing, you can make friends at the Mall of the Emirates - a group of donkey and king penguins.
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