As special as it is vibrant, the Emirati capital is an ideal destination to discover its culture, its avant-garde and its gastronomy between two
If there is a place where the most traditional past and the modern present merge, it is Dubai. The Emirati capital is a city as full of contrasts as it is cosmopolitan and vibrant, which has made it an ideal destination for a couple’s trip. Because Dubai combines tradition and avant-garde, culture, gastronomy and leisure with relaxation, beaches and unique postcards like few others.
This itinerary for two begins in the historic district of Al Fahidi. Located on the banks of the Dubai Estuary, strolling through the narrow, winding streets of this district is to experience what life was like in the city in the 19th century. The dome and the minaret of the Diwan mosque serve as a guide for a visit where the roofs of its houses attract attention (there are more than fifty of them today converted into cafes, art galleries or shops where the you can get lost without looking at the clock) crowned by its ‘yews’, wind towers which served as natural air conditioning.
From there, you have to go to Fort Al Fahidi: the oldest building in Dubai (18th century) which houses the city museum. It is worth the detour to understand the architectural evolution of Dubai. Another essential stop, the “souks” or souks. Here we find an open-air market where aromas, flavors and colors merge magnetically. And if you like shopping, Deira is the place to go. The best way to get to this charismatic district is to cross the estuary in an “abra” (a traditional boat that runs along it for a few cents). Do not miss the gold souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating in the emirate; that of spices and that of perfumes, a complete sensory experience; and the canopy, one of the most fascinating places in the city. And to enjoy a day of “shopping” combined with the best gastronomic experience, it is necessary to visit shopping centers as unique as The Dubai Mall (with its impressive aquarium) and The Pointe (on the island of Palm Jumeirah and with dreamlike views).
Both are also a good example of the modernity that symbolizes Dubai’s identity. To visit the most avant-garde district, a good starting point is the Dubai Fountain, located in the Burj Lake (a 12-hectare artificial lake at the foot of the Dubai Mall). It is undoubtedly the most spectacular fountain in the world thanks to its powerful jets of water distributed over an area equivalent to two football fields capable of propelling nearly 83,000 liters of water to a height of 140 meters. A word of advice: prepare the camera because you haven’t seen anything like it. Another romantic plan to enjoy as a couple is to ride Ain Dubai (the Eye of Dubai). It is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 250 meters high, and it was inaugurated last October. We assure you that it will be 40 unforgettable minutes.
To end the day from above, you have to go to The Lounge, the new trendy place that combines a unique view (at 585 meters) and an exceptional gastronomic offer. It is located in Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 828 meters high and an icon of the city. To fill your stomach and experience the Dubai night, you must also visit Al Seef, where there are more than 70 restaurants suitable for a casual snack or a tribute to haute cuisine, or go to Madinat Jumeirah, temple gastronomy and nightlife.
But as Dubai is an infinite city, a visit to its spectacular beaches cannot be missed during the holidays: Kite Beach for kitesurf lovers; Sunset Beach and its incredible sunsets or the complete The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residences. If you prefer a cultural day out, the city’s magnificent opera house and a stroll through the epicenter of contemporary art galleries, Alserkal Avenue, are not to be missed. You choose but, of course, it will be unforgettable.
Expo 2020, the epicenter of the world is in Dubai
Until the end of March, Dubai will focus all eyes (more if possible) on celebrating Expo 2020, the first to be held after the pandemic, showing the security measures the country has put in place since reopening in tourism in July 2020 Under the motto “Connecting minds, Building the future”, its more than 190 pavilions (don’t miss that of the United Arab Emirates, created by Santiago Calatrava simulating the flight of a falcon) are the best showcase of the most innovative architectural proposals, cultural or sustainable. Visitors can also enjoy over 60 daily activities, including shows such as those that can be seen at Al Wasl Plaza.