FEMALE 2018 Travel Bucket List: United Arab Emirates

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This futuristic peninsula’s ‘magical’ transformation from morning to night gives you the illusion of being in a fantasy world with each city having its unique identity. Here’s all you need to know about this place that we consider fit for a queen.

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Located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) oil reserves are the seventh largest country in the world and the country is made up of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi (the capital), Dubai (the largest city), Ajman, Fujairah, RAS AL-Khalimayuh, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. It has a tropical desert climate, whereby it can get extremely hot in the morning but really chilly in the night. Despite the extreme weather changes, be conscious of what you decide to wear as indecent attire is strictly prohibited in this region.

Our top four places to visit in Dubai:

1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah 

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Instead of busting your budget by spending a night at the Burj, which costs about RM8,000, book yourself a breakfast tour of the hotel instead. You’ll be able to have a selection of Far East Asian, Arabian or continental breakfast in a classy setting. Right after, you’ll be able to tour the hotel and see its dynamic architectural design up close.

2. Skydiving 

Photo: Lama Tours

No time to explore all the attractions of Dubai but still can’t leave for home without seeing what this city has to offer? Then we suggest skydiving to get a bird’s eye view of this city. As you jump off the plane at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres, you’ll have about a minute to enjoy the free fall and leisurely take in the view over the famous Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago, from above.

3. Burj Khalifa

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Previously known as Burj Dubai, this tower currently stands as the tallest building in the world. Designer Adrian Smith’s inspiration for its structure was a spider lily. Be sure to purchase tickets to enjoy the view of the entire city from its observation decks where you can also learn about the the tower’s history, get a falcon’s eye view that allows you to explore the city from a unique perspective and get to capture it via green-screen photography.

4. Global village

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Find yourself in shopping paradise as you step foot into this place. Located on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed road, this is Dubai’s leading entertainment and cultural attraction. While you can enjoy different local and traditional cuisines at the cafes and restaurants here, the main highlight are the festivals (e.g. Gobo shows, Kerala drummers, jet-ski performances) and shopping options with 32 pavilions that represent different countries all under one roof.

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