Dubai Today (Photo Essay)

People keep talking about the property bust in Dubai but it was easy for casual visitors like us to overlook. After all, the home of the world's tallest building, tallest hotel and largest shopping mall has so many amazing attractions.

the atlantis dubai

Atlantis, The Palm has over 1,500 rooms, a water park and a place for visitors to interact with dolphins.

dubai mall

Dubai is still a shopper's paradise. Here's a peek inside Dubai Mall, the world's largest with 1,200 shops.

40th anniversary Dubai

Our visit coincided with the 40th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates.

wild wadi water park dubai

Family attractions, like the Wild Wadi Water Park, abound.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai, an indoor winter wonderland is one of a kind.

Burj Al Arab Dubai

The super-luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel, with its incredible design, stands proudly on a man-made island.

dubai creek rolex buildings

Back in the "old town," a view across the Dubai Creek.

mosque Dubai

christmas tree Dubai

While its population is mostly Arabic, Dubai is home to many different people and cultures.

Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort

Madinat Jumeirah Arabian Resort


dubai mall ceiling

An opulent ceiling in Dubai Mall

dubai workers

Plenty of hard workers keep Dubai going.

dubai mall aquarium

Visitors check out the huge indoor aquarium inside Dubai Mall.

Burj Khalifa Dubai night

The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

 Have you ever been to Dubai? What did you think of it?



  1. Rashad Pharaon 9 November, 2013 at 14:21 Reply

    Gorgeous photos. You’ve really captured the essence of Dubai’s tourism, Andrea. I currently am on a job assignment in Saudi Arabia, and considering Saudi is far wealthier a country, I am surprised it doesn’t hold a candle to Dubai’s grandeur. We don’t even have a developed public transport system… but considering general tourism is forbidden, I can understand why. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience :)

    • inspiringtravellers 10 November, 2013 at 17:05

      So glad you enjoyed them, Rashad! I’m so surprised to hear that SA isn’t as grand. Being a female I’ve never even considered a visit but my father worked over there for some time. I am trying to find some photos on your blog now but don’t see any…will you be writing about your experiences there?

  2. Stay Or Go? Our Survey Of Potential Places To Live :: - Travel the World 13 September, 2013 at 16:51 Reply

    […] Dubai isn’t exactly my idea of a fabulous travel destination but I think living there wouldn’t be so bad. The heat is, of course, a factor. But it’s a transportation hub with great airlines and affordable flights to anywhere in the world. It’s a middle point between the United States and Australia. The culture is very westernized, with more foreigners than locals as well, which means a depletion in cultural appeal but an increase in ease of lifestyle, including language and availability of goods and services. Healthcare services are also modern and widely available. Something that comes into play for us is the issue of private health insurance in a location. Not that we necessarily want it, but should our expat status make us ineligible for the government or public healthcare system, then concerns arise regarding things like waiting periods. More on this when I get to the United States. […]

    • inspiringtravellers 24 August, 2012 at 08:46

      Thanks, Jennifer! It’s certainly an interesting city. I recommend the hop on – hop off bus tour because you can see the whole city in one day like this for an overview (the distances can be quite far otherwise…unless you have your own car).

  3. Anne slater-brooks 4 June, 2012 at 00:33 Reply

    Dubai is fake in the way Las Vegas is…but fun in the way Las Vegas is. It’s definitely not going to give you a taste for the real middle east but you don’t have to go far from Dubai to experience that! It’s a great introduction to the Middle East for people nervous of travelling to this area but don’t be fooled by the hype. Whilst you must exercise caution in this area it is a truly fabulous, unique and amazingly cultural region!! I find it truly fascinating

    • inspiringtravellers 4 June, 2012 at 08:02

      Thanks so much for your comments, Anne – I wish we had more time in UAE to get out of the cities and see a bit more off the beaten track. Will have to return one day! =)

  4. emilyinchile 23 December, 2011 at 10:33 Reply

    How funny, we were just talking about Dubai last night! My nephew hated it and thinks it’s just horrible fake-ness that’s not sustainable, but I wouldn’t say no to seeing the over the top madness for myself someday. Just probably don’t have either the desire or the budget to spend a whole lot of time there.

  5. Cam 22 December, 2011 at 14:00 Reply

    We were in Dubai in 2009 and LOVED it! It gets mixed reviews for its “western” feel, but we had just come from India so it was a welcomed change. Make sure you check out SkiDubai and do some indoor skiiing/snowbaording!

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