Places to visit in Dubai
Excitement for Asia cup is over the head! If you’re going to witness the matches, then you’ll surely explore The Dubai City. Here are some spectacular places you wouldn’t want to miss while you’re in Dubai!
- Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world with a spectacular view. You must have heard this line a zillion times but the beauty of Burj Khalifa deserves all the all the praises. The 200+ storeys stands out to be elegant and one of the most attractive tourist destination in the world. Also described as the ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A living Wonder’ crowns the city with extraordinary art and unique craftsmanship. Rising over the city with impressive height of 2,716 feet (828 meters), the $1.5 billion Burj Khalifa project was uncloaked by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January 2010. There are tickets which would cost you approximately AED 135 to AED 525, depends upon the level you want to visit.
- Dubai Mall
Ladies attention please! This will surely interest you! Dubai mall is the second largest mall in the world by the total land area, at over 13 million square feet. In 2011 it was the most visited building in the planet attracting over 54 million visitors each year, the Dubai mall is also part of the 20-billion-dollar downtown complex. A beautifully enormous building of 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinemas and 120 restaurants and cafes and over 14000 parking space. Imagine the variety of shopping you can do! The highlights of the Dubai mall are Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, VR Park Dubai, Reel Cinemas, Rainforest Café, Hysteria (haunt house), Dubai Dino, Dubai Creek Tower Replica & KidZania. Access to the mall is through Doha Street, rebuilt as a double-decker road in April 2009.
3. Bateaux Dubai, Dubai Creek
Who wouldn’t love to have a luxurious romantic dinner in a cruise? A dream of almost every girl! Get the best cruise experience with Bateaux Dubai. This is a whole new level experience which includes all the fairy tale moments, you walk through a red carpet into a luxury vessel and set a 2.5-hour journey on Dubai’s waters. An elegant view of Dubai with a four–course à la carte menu along with a wide range of fine booze and live entertainment.
A meal at the world’s highest building? A million times yes! At.mosphere is located in Burj Khalifa at level 122, a sleek style with stunning view and delicious cuisine emphasizing on seafood. Going through the glorious Armani Hotel lobby and then a lift to the 123rd level which will direct you through a walk down stairs in to the stunning At.mosphere restaurant with the view of beautiful interiors of the lounge in deep shades of amethyst with a rich combination of patterned velvets and a flattery fancy vibe! Per person minimum cost would be approximately Dhs500 for lunch and Dhs680 for dinner and also extra for a window table! The tiny tots below 5years can dine for free (ID required with the birth date) & children aged 6-10 years are entitled to 50% on Decadence Menu only (ID required with the birth date).
- Miracle Garden
Miracle garden is one of its kind, you’ll surely would be all heart eyes over is as its flaunt over by flowers, a nature lover would have the best time visiting this place. Miracle garden was launches on valentine day 2013. The garden is over 780,000sq ft., making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 109 million flowers planted. It operates from October to April and its closed from May to September due to weather. In its first phase provides state of art service and facilities including open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors.
6. Desert Safari
The first name to pop up after hearing about desert safari is Dubai! Gliding in a wide sea of sand at the hours of dawn is a top point on everyone’s wish list! Your expense depends upon the package you choose from. There are Evening Safari Package, Morning Safari Package, Desert Safari on a Camel, Desert Safari on a Hummer, Overnight Desert Safari Package.
7. Atlantis Palm Hotel
The 5-star Atlantis gives a splendid view of the Arabian Gulf. Located on Dubai Palm Jumerirah island with a private sandy beach! How amazing is that?! There is an underwater aquarium, swimming with dolphins and complimentary access to the Aquaventure water park & the Lost Chambers Aquarium. They have stunning Arabian and oceanic décor inspired rooms along with a balcony which offers a spectacular view! The staff is really friendly & you will surely enjoy your stay there!
8. Dubai Fountain
The second biggest choreographed music fountain located on the huge manmade lake at Burj Khalifa equipped with 6600 lights and 25 coloured projectors, attracts thousands of visitors every day. The timings of the performances are 1:00 pm and at 1:30 pm as well as every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends (weekends being Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). The entry fee is AED 20 per person and the tickets are available at Dubai Fountain Abra Tickets counter along the Waterfront Promenade!
- Ski Dubai
After exploring the hot Dubai city, it’s the perfect time for Ski Dubai! Located at Sheikh Zayed Rd It is the first indoor ski resort in The Dubai consisting of glorious mountain themed setting where you can enjoy snowboarding, skiing, tobogganing and much more! You can even play with snow penguins! How amazing is that! It is open from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM. You will have a great time skiing!
- Old Dubai Bastakia
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood also commonly known as Al Bastakiya is a historic district in Dubai which attracts tourist for its architecture. Stunning architectural buildings include Dubai Museum, Ostra- the gallery portraying sculpture and contemporary art, Majlis Gallery, Sheikh Mohammed Building, XVA- a small art house and gallery and Arabian Tea House- a popular courtyard. Al Fahidi is located at at Hamriya Bur Dubai, open every day from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. You will explore the old Dubai, before the tourist craze and even before the oil discovery. If you’re a fan of history this place is highly recommended for you!
India vs Pakistan; reading this surely raises a giddy feeling in your stomach, isn’t it? This 19th September 2018 defending champions India and their infamous rival Pakistan would lock horns at the Dubai International Stadium!
Indian fans are already nervous because the captain Virat Kohli is out for a ‘well deserved rest’ as stated by the BCCI. Hence, it can be a plus point for the team Pakistan. As Hasan Ali believes India would be under more pressure because of their defeat in the Champions Trophy final, “We are on top right now. They (India) are under pressure from the previous defeat. In UAE, these are our conditions; we have the home advantage as we have been playing here for long, and are aware of how to use the conditions.”, he also adds that though Indians are on a good side but it’s going to be an advantage for the Pakistan team and challenges by stating, “He (virat kohli) can drive his team out of pressure anytime and any newcomer won’t be good enough to handle the pressure.” He precepts Kohli as a world class player and is disappointed that he won’t be able to bowl him in the match.
The defending champions would surely be under pressure as their king is out of the tournament & Rohit Sharma leading the team on his place. But they have his mantra, “to play against every team with same passion & determination not with being emotional”.
India Pakistan games are always nerve wrecking and are hyped among people. Built in expectations are high for both the teams from their respective countries as India has won 5 ODI matches while Pakistan has won 2. India are the current champions. Now the suspense is whether the mens in blue would be able to hold on the trophy or not!
The most awaited, Asia cup is round the corner and the built in excitement is expected. The 2018 Asia Cup is to be played in 50 over format which would be six-team tournament comprising of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong. Let’s have a flashback of the cup!
Asia cup was initially held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where the council was based until 1995. In 1986 India boycotted the tournament because of bad cricket relations with Sri Lanka. Later, due to the strained political relations between India and Pakistan the 1990-1991-1993 tournaments were canceled. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) declared, the tournaments will be held biennially from 2008. Asia cup has been played in a rotation basis between One Day International and Twenty 20 International format.
A big cheer for India as there are 13 editions played till the date and India is the world’s best and the most successful team in the tournament having won 6 times (5 times in ODI format and once in the T20 format).
Asia cup has some of the best stories but the biggest story of the time was the 100th century of the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar which overshadowed the Bangladesh victory in 2014 ODI.
Virat Kohli holds the title of highest scored individual of the tournament which was 183 against Pakistan in 2012. Ironically he’s not to be participating in the 2018 Asia Cup ODI, as stated by the BCCI.
Rohit Shrama would lead the Indian team for the tournament with Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy. India being the defending champions the expectations from the team are high! Now, all the eyes on the tournament where the squad is without its leader in the field, lets look forward to the clashes!
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