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The landmark building Burj Khalifa which is at 829.8m is the tallest building in the world. For most visitors a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply worth seeing. Night-time visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas.
It is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 m high, located on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the Burj Al-Arab is lit up by a choreographed colored lighting show at night, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the world with the most luxurious suites costing over $15,000 for one night.
Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles known as "handels", and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronts, mud and plaster. The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right hall features weaponry and the left hall showcases Emirati musical instruments. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits various aspects of traditional Emirati lifestyle.
Bastakia , Old Dubai:
The Bastakia Quarter was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek. Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved.
Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House:
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 .His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture. The original home was demolished but the current house was rebuilt next to the original site, staying true to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens across the windows and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs. Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top. Inside are the exhibits of the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents with many wonderful old photographs of Dubai from the period between 1948 and 1953. The marine wing of the museum has photos of fishing, pearling and boat building. Throughout the building there are many letters, maps, coins and stamps on display showing the development of the Emirate.
It is the city's premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex .The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall.
Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns .It has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Dhow Wharf age is located along Dubai Creek's bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. To travel across the creek you can either take a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats.
The Dubai Fountain is the world's tallest performing fountain, in Downtown Dubai. At over 900 ft. in length itis situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs, and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water up to impressive heights. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. When operational, the fountain has over 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment.
It is considered to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Egypt's Al-Azhar Mosque that is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with two minarets that display the details in stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights. Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.