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?


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Rashad Pharaon
2 years 11 months ago

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 🙂

Inspiring Travellers
2 years 11 months ago

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?

[…] 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… Read more »
4 years 1 month ago

Fantastic photos! We’re headed to Dubai in November and can’t wait to see it in person.

Inspiring Travellers
4 years 1 month ago

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).

Anne slater-brooks
Anne slater-brooks
4 years 4 months ago

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

Inspiring Travellers
4 years 4 months ago

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 years 9 months ago

Property bust that tourists don’t see: sounds like Vegas! I’d love to see Dubai one day — the indoor ski slope kills me.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers
4 years 9 months ago

Vegas is the place it reminded me of, actually! Is that still going on there?


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