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Dubai & Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is essentially a desert city with superb infrastructure, liberal policies (by regional standards), that became popular for its excellent tourist amenities. It is a city of superlatives: for the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest, Dubai is the destination. It has the largest immigrant population in the world. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In 2014, Dubai's hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world.

With a population of just under 1.5 million, Abu Dhabi is the headquarters of numerous oil companies and embassies. With only 420,000 citizens in the entire emirate, each has an average net worth of USD17 million! The city features large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls.  More information here and here.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is a mega tall skyscraper in Dubai - the tallest artificial structure in the world, 160 floors 829,8 m (2,722 ft).

Burj Al Arab the world's most iconic hotel

Burj Al Arab is the third tallest hotel in the world and the only 7 star hotel in the world. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

The Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi. Built as a landmark showcasing Arabian culture, Emirates Palace offers luxury hospitality. The costs to build the hotel were about 3 billion USD - the second most expensive hotel ever built.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the 6th largest mosque in the world. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers.

Burj Khalifa

Construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and opened in 2010. Its the tallest artificial structure in the world, 160 floors 829,8 m. A total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators are installed. The building has 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor.

Burj Khalifa

To wash the 24,348 windows under normal conditions, when all building maintenance units will be operational, it will take 36 workers three to four months to clean the entire exterior facade.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on Burj Khalifa Lake. Illuminated by 6,600 lights it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain can spray 83,000 litres (22,000 gallons) of water in the air at any moment. It was built at a cost of USD $218 million.

Burj Al Arab

The Royal Suite in Burj Al Arab, billed at US$ 18,716 per night, is listed at number 12 on World's 15 most expensive hotel suites compiled by CNN Go in 2012.

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is very popular with the Chinese market, which made up 25 percent of all bookings at the hotel.

Burj Al Arab

Sky Tea at Burj Al Arab

For a real glimpse into "how the other half lives", (the only 7 star hotel in the world), afternoon tea, or cocktails, may be an interesting experience.

Burj Al Arab

View from the Sky bar toward Burj Khalifa

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is the third tallest hotel in the world and the only 7 star hotel in the world. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

The Emirates Palace

The hotel has 302 rooms and 92 suites spread over two wings and a main central building. Many of the suites offered are furnished in gold and marble.

The Emirates Palace

The main central building houses an expansive marble floor (shown in this photo) and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold.

The Emirates Palace

The topmost floor has six Rulers' Suites which are reserved solely for royalty and dignitaries.

24K gold coffe at The Emirates Palace

At Emirates Palace they serve you a signature gold cappuccino. Also known as the Palace Cappuccino, this superior blend of aromatic coffee is sprinkled with 24K gold flakes to give you a taste of royalty, making it unlike anything you have ever tried before.

The Emirates Palace

Toilets in the lobby area..

The Emirates Palace

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the 6th largest mosque in the world. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the historical and modern values of architecture and art.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The building complex measures approximately 290 m (960 ft) by 420 m (1,380 ft), covering an area of more than 12 hectares (30 acres), exclusive of exterior landscaping and vehicle parking.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

As the country's grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid it can be visited by more than 40,000 people.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a district in Dubai. Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

There have been many instances of marine wildlife (especially whales and sharks) entering the lake, because of its proximity to the open sea.

Dubai beach

Dubai beach

Bubai beach

Sunset at Dubai beach.

Fireworks Dubai beach

Fireworks Dubai beach

Shangri-La hotel Abu Dhabi

Shangri-La hotel Abu Dhabi

Lobby area

Shangri-La hotel Abu Dhabi

Beach area at night

Shangri-La hotel Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

One&Only Royal Mirage

One&Only Royal Mirage

Arabic rooftop bar.

One&Only Royal Mirage

Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area and fourth largest by gross leasable area. It is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex, and includes 1,200 shops.

 

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