Dubai : Amazing Experience
Dubai is a stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendour.
It’s hard not to admire Dubai for its indefatigable verve, ambition and ability to dream up and realise projects that elsewhere would never get off the drawing board. This is a superlative-craving society that has birthed audaciously high buildings and palm-shaped islands. Sci-fi concepts such as flying taxis, a lightning-fast Hyperloop train and an army of robocops are all reflections of a mindset that fearlessly embraces the future. With many more grand projects in the pipeline for World Expo 2020, it’s clear that Dubai is a city firmly in charge of writing its own narrative.
Dubai is a top retail haunt that hosts not one but two huge annual shopping festivals. Shopping is a leisure activity here, and malls are much more than just mere collections of stores. Some look like an Italian palazzo or a Persian palace and lure visitors with surreal attractions such as an indoor ski slope, a giant aquarium or an open-air botanical garden. Traditional souqs, too, are beehives of activity humming with timeless bargaining banter. Meanwhile, a new crop of urban-style outdoor malls has expanded the shopping spectrum yet again.
After dark, Dubai sometimes seems like a city filled with lotus-eaters, forever on the lookout for a good time. Its shape-shifting party spectrum caters for just about every taste, budget, and age group. From flashy dance temples, sleek rooftop terraces, and sizzling beach clubs to fancy cocktail caverns, shisha lounges, and concerts under the stars, Dubai delivers hot-stepping odysseys. Most of the nightlife centers on fancy hotels, but there’s no shortage of more wholesome diversions either, including community theatre, live music venues, and the world-class Dubai Opera.
The first Middle Eastern city to make the Unesco list of creative cities of design, Dubai is a bustling microcosm peacefully shared by cultures from all corners of the world. This diversity expresses itself in the culinary landscape, fashion, music, and performance. Although rooted in Islamic tradition, this is an open society where it’s easy for newcomers and visitors to connect with myriad experiences, be it eating like a Bedouin, dancing on the beach, shopping for local art, or riding a camel in the desert. Dubai is a fertile environment conducive to breaking down cultural barriers and preconceptions.
Why I Love Dubai
Dubai is, above all, exhilarating. There is nothing mundane or matter-of-fact about this place; it’s all about drama and extremes, from the architecture to the weather to the food. The sheer choice of restaurants is extraordinary, whether it’s eating mutton with your hands or dining on Instagram-worthy five-star fare. There is a fabulous art scene here also, and I loved discovering the exciting new galleries that are continually opening up in the dusty Al Quoz district. In fact, that was a real high point for me, along with traveling to the top of the Burj, that is!