Dubai

By: Rokhaya Diawara

~Where is Dubai and why do I want to go~

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Almost 20 years ago, Dubai was nothing but a desert. Now it is the richest city in the world. It went from sand and oil to underwater 7 star hotels with skyscrapers literally scrapping the sky. I want to go to Dubai because I really want to visit the Burj Al Arab( the only 7 star hotel in the world), The Burj Khalifa( the tallest building in the world, to visit the man made islands.

~How much does it cost~

The plane ticket to Dubai is $1,445. To stay at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, it costs $735 per night. The return trip will also be $1,445. I am probably going to stay in Dubai for 3 weeks so the total would be $15,435.

~What to expect in Dubai~

The Dubai Mall is home to just about every major fashion brand in the world. Adorned with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue, which is recognized as the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof anywhere in the world, The Dubai Mall is set to become the next fashion capital of the world. Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel located in Dubai It has been called "The world's only 7 star Hotel" and is the third tallest hotel in the world, however, 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.Soaring high at 555 meters, At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY is fittingly Dubai’s most iconic destination. The Princess Tower is a 101 story, 413.4 m tall residential only skyscraper located in the Marina district of Dubai, UAE. Princess Tower is currently the world's tallest residential only building and the 20th tallest in the world.

~The Culture of Dubai~

Dubai is a modern city that welcomes visitors from around the world. However, as it is also a Muslim city, there are certain factors to take into consideration in terms of dress code and behavior. Religion plays a significant role in the culture of Dubai. Mosques can be found throughout the city and at sunset the call to prayer can be heard across the rooftops. It is possible for non-Muslim tourists to visit certain mosques in Dubai; perhaps the most impressive is the Jumeirah Mosque, tours of which can be booked through the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Ramadan is a popular time of year to visit Dubai; although all residents and visitors must refrain from eating or drinking in public in daylight hours, it is a wonderful time to experience the local culture and strong religious heritage of the city. Non-Muslims may eat and drink in designated areas, and many hotels and shopping malls will have various outlets that remain open during Ramadan.