An Oasis in The Desert: Dubai’s Mirage

Life in the United Arab Emirates might be quite different to what most of us are used to, but if you decide that lack of democracy doesn’t matter, then start making plans for The Middle East.

We’ve all heard stories about the quality of life there, good and bad, but while international associations are fighting to raise awareness about the social injustices Indians or Expats are being subjected to, Dubai continues to open its doors to the flooding mass of tourists. And it’s no surprise due to all the publicity it’s been receiving. But how did the City of Gold become what it is today?

From a small fisherman village in the middle of the desert, Dubai grew overnight into a luxurious oasis of considerable proportions. Within this magical location, everything appears to be at reach. With the appearance and development of audacious projects such as the palm-tree shaped Palm Jumeirah, a collection of reclaimed islands just offshore, and the future underwater hotel, Water Discus, we can certainly understand why everybody sighs just thinking about Dubai: it’s like your own personal slice of Heaven, except for the Ethiopian maids and nannies everywhere.

Night in Dubai

If you’re thinking about treating yourself and live like a King for a week or two, then this is the place for you. This metropolis invented the fashion festival and also owns the biggest Mall in the world, so if you’re into shopping and spending copious amounts of money, you’ll feel right at home. This is not to say that you won’t be able to find some smaller, private shops around: try the Karama or Satwa areas and you’ll not believe the difference.

In case you want to experience a quieter Dubai, go during Ramadam and take a stroll down the alleys of Bastakia Quarter, you’ll see people who sing and dance and are very much in tune with their traditional side. Apart from visiting all the main attractions, such as the Burj Al Arab (the so-called 7 star hotel that finds its way on all the postcards and keychains) or Majlis Al Bahar, be careful not to miss your 5 o’clock tea on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. The afternoon tea at At.mosphere comes accompanied by extremely chic sweets, scones, and little sandwiches; forget about the pricey bill that you’ll have to deal with at the end, this is an experience meant for kings.

Dubai has, indeed, managed to establish itself as a financial hub, whose sole objective is to make the best of what it has to offer: tourism and a “shop-till-you-drop” venue. Who wouldn’t want to visit a city where the only thing you can do is lay on the beach and spend money?

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