It only takes six hours flight from Milan to wake up in a city that never sleeps, a city that stole its location from the desert and joined the World Guinness Record by challenging the scale of height and dimension. I am talking about Dubai, one of the most important cities of the Arab Emirates and a place that everyone should visit at least once in their life.
I had already been to Dubai three years ago; I was there for work and I have lived a completely different experience. Today I came back to discover once again this city along with my family.
So on a rainy Milanese day Alessandro, Gaia, Giada and I decided to fasten our seatbelts and wake up in another continent.
We were welcomed by the Hotel Dusit Thani, an authentic gem in the city of Dubai. A structure characterised by its endless glass windows that immediately take you into this new reality that surrounds you; on one side you can see skyscrapers while on the other there is the desert. And we all decided to fully explore this city and, of course, to take you along with us on this family adventure.
Our first stop was one of my favorite ones. Waking up on a Friday morning in Dubai means experiencing the local day off, the day that local people spend with their family, sharing the warmth of the weather and their time outdoor.
While in Europe we have cold temperatures, here in Dubai January is characterised by spring temperatures and the warmth of the sun; there is nothing better than spending the day outdoor at one of the many parks and areas that have been designed especially for this reason.
Zabeel Park is by far one of them. Imagine a vaste green area characterised by perfectly manicured lawns, an organic market and several stalls selling unique handmade products. Besides all this, there are several food trucks offering some delicious dishes.
The second stop of the day involves a visit to the Dubai Mall. As I have previously mentioned, the city of Dubai is characterised by the number of Guinness records that have been reached, and the Dubai Mall is one of them. It is the world’s biggest mall which is also home to the Dubai Aquarium – one of the world’s biggest tanks with 10 million litres of water, 33.000 marine animals and 70 species – as well as the Underwater Zoo – two great entertaining stops for kids and adults.
The Dubai Mall is connected to the Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest building (at the moment, as the construction works for a taller skyscraper in Dubai have already started, but that is a different story…). With its 828 meters of height, it is the world’s tallest building, the world’s tallest observation desk, the world’s longest elevator, and I could keep going.
It is by far a must-visit attraction to discover the city and learn more about the incredible level of technology of Dubai.
You can’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the view from above, which gives you the chance to dive into the two sides of Dubai; on the one hand there is its history and its desire to keep traditions alive, and on the other there is the technology and the desire to meet new challenges and set new goals.
To be continued..