Dubai is probably the most famous city in the United Arab Emirates. Mainly because of the massive transformation that took 20 years and changed Dubai from a quiet seaside city with few tall buildings to a metropolis well-known around the world for its amazing architecture, tourist attractions and shopping facilities. The weather is lovely all year round and located between the desert and the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the place to go in the Middle East. A car hire will provide you with the freedom to explore it all.
Most of Dubai’s tourist will see two things: The old Dubai and the new Dubai. The old city will show you how Dubai looked like 50 years ago and this is a great way to understand the history of the region and the culture. Get in your car hire and go south-east to the Dubai Heritage Village in the Hatta Mountains. On top of the mountain, there is a recreated mountain town with buildings constructed from traditional materials like mud and hay. It also showcases various traditional art, poetry and weapons. This little town shows you exactly how the city looked like before the region’s oil and tourism boom.
Jump in your car hire and drive down to the water’s edge to visit the Dubai museum. Situated in Al Faheidi Fort, one of the oldest buildings in Dubai, the museum has various historical artefacts, weapons, musical instruments and traditional boats to admire. For a magnificent view of the city, drive your rental car to Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum house, one of the oldest houses in town. The palace-like residence is now open to tourists, and the panoramic views of the city are definitely worth the trip.
While the history and rapid progression of the city is fascinating, the modern day hotspots are what truly make Dubai as a travel destination, stand out from the rest. Simply drive your hire car along the waterfront and main streets of the city, and see how this once sleepy fishing and pearling village now stands at the forefront of innovative design and grandeur.
To experience the life of the very rich, drive your rental car out to the Burj al-Arab Hotel, the only 7 star and highest hotel in the world. Constructed on an artificial island, a 280-meter long bridge is connecting the hotel with the mainland. Tours of the hotel are available, and for the real Dubai feeling, you should have dinner at the hotel. Another must for visitors to Dubai is taking a trip out to the Palm Islands, the largest artificial islands in the world. Shaped like giant palm fronds, the islands are still under construction, however palm Jumeirah, the first of the 3 projects, already has villas and hotels close to completion.
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