Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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 It may be a young city, but Dubai is most certainly going places.
In fact, it would have won the vote for "Most Likely to Succeed" at your high
school graduation.
So what exactly is it that makes this place sparkle and shine?
It’s
more than just the never-ending sun (a perk to living here, by the way).
Dubai is the Middle East’s number-one seductress, complete
with fast cars, glittering skyscrapers, mega-sized shopping malls,
man-made islands, and more.
 It’s no wonder travelers from all corners of the globe
criss-cross continents to get here.
Here are 33 reasons why a trip to Dubai will ruin you for life.
 1.
It’s safe, almost too safe.
Leave your bag and wallet open on an outdoor cafe table while you lollygag
inside trying to order a drink? No problem.
It is actually a crime not to be carefree and trusting here.
2.
Because the weekend officially starts on Thursday, making it that much
sweeter, that much more beautiful, and that much thirstier than any other
place in the world.
Related: Living It Up Life a Sheik in Dubai
Friday brunch in Dubai is a lavish affair that goes way beyond your standard
eggs and pancakes.
(Photo: NKCPhoto/Flickr)
3.
Two words: Friday brunch, held at world-class hotels around around the city.
Did someone say Fri-yay?4.
It’s just a really nice place to visit, so nice that even the street
signs here are polite and incredibly considerate.
5.
Because a Mercedes or a Lexus will seem like an average-joe car with the
parade of Porsche, Bentley, Ferrari, or Rolls Royce supercars flooding the
streets every day.
For her third birthday, she got a Bentley.
(Photo: Alexandra E.
Petri)
6.
I mean, even the kids in Dubai know how to ride in style.
7.
Your daily forecast: Sun, sun, sun, sun — and oh, more sun! No matter
what season, there are always blue skies in Dubai.
8.
You can go jetskiing or wakeboarding or spend your days playing in the
Persian Gulf, because Dubai is home to white-sand beaches with neon-blue
waters lapping its shores.
Swim alongside 65,000 marine animals in the Ambassador Lagoon – the
largest open air aquarium in the Middle East and Africa at Atlantis The Palm.
(Photo: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai/Facebook)9.
Because you can go scuba diving in Dubai.
10.
And Dubai knows how to appreciate the summer weather the rest of the world
moans about.
Waking up to 35 degrees (or 95 Fahrenheit) is an absolute God send, because
here, anyone willing to spend more than five minutes outside during the months
of June, July, and August deserves an award.
Related: WATCH: The Scariest Experience of My Life: Diving With Sharks in
South Africa
Ski, snowboard, or just hang out with penguins at Ski Dubai.
(Photo: Ski Dubai/Facebook)11.
But just because Dubai is always warm, doesn’t mean you have to forgo
winter.
You can go skiing, snowboarding, or play with penguins.
12.
And because where else in the world can you jump out of a plane and skydive
your way back to earth looking at a man-made island in the shape of a giant
palm tree?13.
Tax.
Free.
Salary.
We repeat: Tax.
Free.
Salary.
For expats, these are probably the only three words in the entire world
better than "I love you.
"14.
Dubai is so clean that you could lick the floors and it would probably make
your immune system stronger.
Seriously, this place is like a museum that is polished right down to the
last nook and cranny.
15.
Even the public toilets here are probably cleaner than your own bathroom.
(Come on, they are cleaned every second, yours probably gets cleaned once a
week on a good week.
) Trade in the city crowds for a night under the desert sky.
(Photo: Mauro Grigollo/Stocksy)16.
While tourists are lining up to go to high-end hotel bars or exclusive
nightclubs, Dubai expats know that the best way to spend a weekend is to pack
up the car and head out for a night of camping in the vast and empty desert
sands just outside the city.
17.
You’ve learned to operate at, let’s say, a very relaxed
schedule.
A meeting at 1 p.
m.
is merely a suggestion; you know not to be there anytime before 2 p.
m.
, inshallah.
18.
Sure, Dubai is home to some of the biggest and best shopping malls on this
planet, but you can easily step back in time with a visit to Old Dubai.
Here, you can bargain for textiles, perfumes, spices, and gold at old world
souks located along the Creek, once the heart of Dubai’s economy.
Related: The World’s Highest Bars: Why Cocktails Are Better in the
Clouds
Strike gold in Dubai with the swipe of your credit card.
(Photo: Alexandra E.
Petri)
19.
Don’t feel like bargaining for gold? No matter.
In Dubai, you can just buy it in a vending machine.
#obvi20.
Everyone speaks English, and I mean, let’s face it: that is a
blessing.
21.
There is only one way to drive in Dubai, and that is to tailgate.
 22 Want to eat Italian? Mangia! Chinese? Hand over the chopsticks.
Egyptian? No problem.
Lebanese? You got it.
Pakistani? We’re in.
French? Oui.
Brazilian? Bring it on.
With more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai, the city is a melting pot
of ingredients, flavors, and cuisines from around the globe.
Luxury at its finest.
(Photo: Miroslav Petrasko/Flickr)
23.
Because the Burj al Arab is here.
24.
This city is home to a burgeoning art scene, making it the colorful and
vibrant art hub of the Middle East.
25.
Because the world is at your doorstep.
26.
Drive over to Oman, an up-and-coming travel destination, for some camping or
climbing or scuba diving expeditions.
Make a loop around the Gulf countries.
Hop on a plane and you can be in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, or the
Americas in 14 hours or less.
(Sorry, Australia, but you’re only conveniently located to New
Zealand.
) Dubai sunsets are on another level.
(Photo: Marc Gerard Del Rosario/Flickr)
27.
Because every night when the sun goes down over the clear, calm waters of the
Gulf, it is the biggest, roundest, most full bodied and attention-grabbing sun
you’ll ever see.
28.
And because when the sun goes down, Dubai is only just getting started.
29.
Sure, you might be in the Middle East, but in Dubai, you can respectfully
party with the best of them like you’re in Ibiza or New York City.
Related: These Are The Best Places to Be an Expat Around the World
Dubai is full of places to get your drink on, like the rooftop bar at Bab al
Shams, a desert hotel and resort.
(Photo: Iain Masterton/incamerastock/Corbis)30.
Because you can take your pick from day-long beach bars, stunning rooftop
bars, and world-famous clubs.
31.
And because hotel restaurants and hotel bars in Dubai are a league of their
own.
32.
Seriously, though: Dubai is an adult’s playground.
33.
The air is saturated with opportunity that lingers on your lips like the
salty winds blowing off the sea.
In no other place are the avenues to success bigger than they are in Dubai.
Stay here long enough, and you’ll realize that anything is possible.

WATCH: Behind the Veil: What Life Is REALLY Like for Women in the
Middle EastLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
 To learn more about World traveling club Travel’s travel policy
please click here.
With its glittering skyscrapers, mega-malls, and man-made islands, Dubai is
the capital of the Middle East.
.
6.
I mean, even the kids in Dubai know how to ride in style.
7.
Your daily forecast: Sun, sun, sun, sun — and oh, more sun! No matter
what season, there are always blue skies in Dubai.
8.
You can go jetskiing or wakeboarding or spend your days playing in the
Persian Gulf, because Dubai is home to white-sand beaches with neon-blue
waters lapping its shores.
Swim alongside 65,000 marine animals in the Ambassador Lagoon – the
largest open air aquarium in the Middle East and Africa at Atlantis The Palm.
(Photo: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai/Facebook)9.
Because you can go scuba diving in Dubai.
10.
And Dubai knows how to appreciate the summer weather the rest of the world
moans about.
Waking up to 35 degrees (or 95 Fahrenheit) is an absolute God send, because
here, anyone willing to spend more than five minutes outside during the months
of June, July, and August deserves an award.
Related: WATCH: The Scariest Experience of My Life: Diving With Sharks in
South Africa
Ski, snowboard, or just hang out with penguins at Ski Dubai.
(Photo: Ski Dubai/Facebook)11.
But just because Dubai is always warm, doesn’t mean you have to forgo
winter.
You can go skiing, snowboarding, or play with penguins.
12.
And because where else in the world can you jump out of a plane and skydive
your way back to earth looking at a man-made island in the shape of a giant
palm tree?13.
Tax.
Free.
Salary.
We repeat: Tax.
Free.
Salary.
For expats, these are probably the only three words in the entire world
better than "I love you.
"14.
Dubai is so clean that you could lick the floors and it would probably make
your immune system stronger.
Seriously, this place is like a museum that is polished right down to the
last nook and cranny.
15.
Even the public toilets here are probably cleaner than your own bathroom.
(Come on, they are cleaned every second, yours probably gets cleaned once a
week on a good week.
) Trade in the city crowds for a night under the desert sky.
(Photo: Mauro Grigollo/Stocksy)16.
While tourists are lining up to go to high-end hotel bars or exclusive
nightclubs, Dubai expats know that the best way to spend a weekend is to pack
up the car and head out for a night of camping in the vast and empty desert
sands just outside the city.
17.
You’ve learned to operate at, let’s say, a very relaxed
schedule.
A meeting at 1 p.
m.
is merely a suggestion; you know not to be there anytime before 2 p.
m.
, inshallah.
18.
Sure, Dubai is home to some of the biggest and best shopping malls on this
planet, but you can easily step back in time with a visit to Old Dubai.
Here, you can bargain for textiles, perfumes, spices, and gold at old world
souks located along the Creek, once the heart of Dubai’s economy.
Related: The World’s Highest Bars: Why Cocktails Are Better in the
Clouds
Strike gold in Dubai with the swipe of your credit card.
(Photo: Alexandra E.
Petri)
19.
Don’t feel like bargaining for gold? No matter.
In Dubai, you can just buy it in a vending machine.
#obvi20.
Everyone speaks English, and I mean, let’s face it: that is a
blessing.
21.
There is only one way to drive in Dubai, and that is to tailgate.
 22 Want to eat Italian? Mangia! Chinese? Hand over the chopsticks.
Egyptian? No problem.
Lebanese? You got it.
Pakistani? We’re in.
French? Oui.
Brazilian? Bring it on.
With more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai, the city is a melting pot
of ingredients, flavors, and cuisines from around the globe.
Luxury at its finest.
(Photo: Miroslav Petrasko/Flickr)
23.
Because the Burj al Arab is here.
24.
This city is home to a burgeoning art scene, making it the colorful and
vibrant art hub of the Middle East.
25.
Because the world is at your doorstep.
26.
Drive over to Oman, an up-and-coming travel destination, for some camping or
climbing or scuba diving expeditions.
Make a loop around the Gulf countries.
Hop on a plane and you can be in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, or the
Americas in 14 hours or less.
(Sorry, Australia, but you’re only conveniently located to New
Zealand.
) Dubai sunsets are on another level.
(Photo: Marc Gerard Del Rosario/Flickr)
27.
Because every night when the sun goes down over the clear, calm waters of the
Gulf, it is the biggest, roundest, most full bodied and attention-grabbing sun
you’ll ever see.
28.
And because when the sun goes down, Dubai is only just getting started.
29.
Sure, you might be in the Middle East, but in Dubai, you can respectfully
party with the best of them like you’re in Ibiza or New York City.
Related: These Are The Best Places to Be an Expat Around the World
Dubai is full of places to get your drink on, like the rooftop bar at Bab al
Shams, a desert hotel and resort.
(Photo: Iain Masterton/incamerastock/Corbis)30.
Because you can take your pick from day-long beach bars, stunning rooftop
bars, and world-famous clubs.
31.
And because hotel restaurants and hotel bars in Dubai are a league of their
own.
32.
Seriously, though: Dubai is an adult’s playground.
33.
The air is saturated with opportunity that lingers on your lips like the
salty winds blowing off the sea.
In no other place are the avenues to success bigger than they are in Dubai.
Stay here long enough, and you’ll realize that anything is possible.

WATCH: Behind the Veil: What Life Is REALLY Like for Women in the
Middle EastLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest.
 Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
 To learn more about World traveling club Travel’s travel policy
please click here.
With its glittering skyscrapers, mega-malls, and man-made islands, Dubai is
the capital of the Middle East.

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