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Attractions in Dubai

Jumeirah Mosque
Situated on Al Jumeirah Rd, it is one of the largest and most attractive mosques in the region, and a fine example of modern Islamic architecture. Completed in 1983, the Grand Mosque was constructed along medieval Fatimid custom, fully of stone, and with two impressive minarets (towers) plus a splendid dome that are a distinctive sight on the city. Tel: +971 4 344 7755.
Jumeirah Mosque is open to non-Muslims for tours on Thursday and Sunday. During the day, birds gather on the dome and at after sundown, the subtle lighting boosts its artistry effect.
Grand Mosque



Bastakiya Bastakiya
Placed in Bur Dubai, this old district is home of numerous buildings in the traditional style with its narrow lanes and high wind-towers. The atmosphere is very suggestive and there are plenty of amusing art galleries, cultural centers, restaurants and cafes for tourists.
In the past, the wind-towers of Bastakiya, an original creation to take advantage of air currents, lined on the creek with the aim of cooling houses, before the invention of electricity.



Gold Souk
Known as the “City of Gold”, Dubai possesses one of the biggest retail gold markets in the world, selling everything from ingots to elaborately worked jewelry (including earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants) at bargain prices.
Various shades of gold are available: yellow, white, pink, and even purple gold. There are also some souks selling silver jewelry, semi-precious stones, diamonds, and platinum. The Gold Souk is located in Sikkat al-Khali St at Deira.
Gold Souk



Textile Souk Perfume Souk
At the Perfume Souk in Sikkat Al Khali St, Deira, visitors may literally find thousands of fragrances. Shopkeepers can even conjure up a single potion that suits the individual tastes. Arabic aromas are characterized by being strong and spicy, contrary to light floral Western scents.
Adjacent to the Perfume Souk are also available other very interesting shops, including the Old Deira, the Indian Covered, the Textile, the Spice, the Fish and the Electronics soaks.



Heritage Village
Situated in the mouth of the Creek, at the Shindagha area; the Heritage Village has been developed into a cultural microcosm, recreating the former Bedouin way of life, where potters and weavers display their crafts.
The area is also popular in the evenings as a venue for its open-air cafeterias, live entertainment and souvenir shops. Sheikh Saeed's house, the old residence of the ruling Maktoum family, can be found here, too.
Heritage Village



Hatta Hatta
Half an hour from Dubai, the quiet town of Hatta lies in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Hatta has become a relaxed and popular weekend resort with its famed fresh water pools, found within the surrounding wadis, rock formations and red sand dunes.
In the town are also the historic Hatta fort that overlooks the region and a Heritage Village that gives tourist a possibility to envisage traditional life, including the thin alleyways and mud barasti houses of an antique mountain village.



Dubai World Trade Centre
Established in 1979 to stimulate commerce, DWTC has become a real symbol of economic growth and prosperity in the Middle East. The complex houses many of the world’s largest companies and includes a 39-storey office tower, 492 residential apartments, a sports club, 7 interconnected exhibition halls, a 200-seat theatre, a congress center and a private member's business club.
The Trade Centre is also the focal spot of a modern business district rising along Sheikh Zayed Rd (where is placed).
Dubai World Trade Centre



Burj Dubai Palms Islands
They are the 3 world's largest artificial islands that can be observed from space. Upon completion (2010), the islands will boast all modern facilities, with a population of roughly 500,000.
Other extraordinary Dubai’s projects are the World Island (300 islands in the shape of the world), Hydropolis (the world's first underwater hotel), The World Tower (the world's highest hotel with 480 m) and the marvelous Burj Dubai (the world's tallest structure with 800 m when it be finished in 2009).



Burj Al-Arab Hotel
Proclaimed as the first 7-star hotel in the world, it is the highest luxury hotel with 321 m (1, 053 ft) built on a man-made island. The building (an icon of modern structure) is shaped like a billowing spinnaker sail above the Jumeirah beach, and has 202 superb suites whose prices range between $1,000 to $5,000.
The hotel boasts the world's tallest atrium of 180 m (600 ft) high, an underwater restaurant, a wide helipad and a splendid changing-color facade. For non-guests, occasionally are available tourist tours within the hotel. www.burj-al-arab.com
Burj Al-Arab Hotel



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