Dubai is one of those cities that you just don’t stop hearing about nowadays. Home to so many Guinness World Records, you have to see this futuristic city for yourself to believe it. One of our favourite places on the planet for all that it has to offer, we paired up with our ZINVO Blade watches to tour this incredible metropolis.

 

The second largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, following the capital Abu Dhabi, Dubai has become the go-to place for the world’s most innovative thinkers. A place where dreams can become reality, nothing is impossible in this city that’s grown out of the desert in just a few decades. Striving to be the best in the world and boast unparalleled feats, Dubai forges its own path and that may be our favourite thing about this pioneering city.

 

 

 

A hub for trade since its founding, Dubai has gone from a small town based on pearl exports to a global city and major financial hub of the Middle East. With the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s largest shopping centre, and some of the world’s most daring development projects, Dubai is a giant playground for those seeking luxury and leisure. And it’s also the perfect backdrop for brilliant shots of our unparalleled wristwatches.

 

Burj Al Arab

Considered the world’s only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings. Famed the world over for its unique sail shape, this structure is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Big Ben to London, and the Statue of Liberty to New York — it is synonymous for the city.

 

 

Completed at the end of 1999, this ultra-exclusive hotel is home to some of the most opulent interiors you’ll ever see. The hotel’s Royal Suite, for instance, is listed as one of the world’s most expensive hotel rooms. The Burj Al Arab is also home to some popular dining establishments, such as Al Muntaha and Skyview Bar, which — located 200 metres above sea level — offer gorgeous views of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf. Al Mahara, on the other hand, is the hotel’s “undersea” restaurant accessed by a simulated submarine voyage. Housing a massive seawater aquarium, patrons of this venue can dine while enjoy surrounding views of aquatic life.

 

Visiting this hotel is a popular choice for first-time visitors to Dubai, but we recommend making a reservation at one of their nine restaurants if you’re not actually a guest of the hotel, as — unlike with most hotels in Dubai — one cannot simply stroll into this über-select property without reason.

 

Burj Khalifa

Opened in 2009, the Burj Khalifa remains today the world’s tallest building. Standing at a total height of 829.8 metres, it’s almost 200 metres taller than China’s Shanghai Tower, the next tallest building on the planet. A stunning example of architectural achievement and innovative engineering, the Burj Khalifa’s design is rooted in Islamic architecture, as well as the lyrical and well-proportioned structure of the Hymenocallis — a regional desert flower also known as the Spider Lily.

 

 

A sight to behold, the tower’s exterior cladding is made up of about 26,000 individually hand-cut glass panels, in addition to reflective glazing, aluminium and textured stainless steel giving it a look and colour that’s incomparable. While at night, the Burj Khalifa is a jewel in the sky as its facade is adorned with stroboscopes that can be individually programmed to dance up and down the tower or sparkle in a pattern. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most photographed buildings in the world.

 

Central to the Downtown Dubai area, the Burj Khalifa is surrounded by the Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping centre), the Dubai Fountain (the world’s biggest dancing fountain), the Dubai Opera District, and countless top hotels, as well as deluxe residences, business spaces, and canals. It’s definitely a good idea to visit the tower’s observation deck, which gives you spectacular panoramic views of Dubai from the 148th floor, but do not forget to also visit all the places on the ground surrounding this majestic building.

 

The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago so large it’s easily visible from space and often photographed by the International Space Station. Shaped like a palm tree with 16 fronds with a surrounding crescent, this man-made island is a famous area of the city filled with beachfront villas, lavish towers, and chic resorts. It is also home to such five-star properties as the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, the One & Only The Palm, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, and The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort.

 

 

Also found on the Palm Jumeirah is the world famous Atlantis, The Palm. Celebrated for being a celebrity hang out, this is also the home of acclaimed restaurants Nobu by Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Dubai’s epic Nasimi Beach parties, and the popular water park Aquaventure, making it a common destination for tourists to the city.

 

If luxury living is what you’re after, then Dubai is the place for you. An incredibly international city, over 202 nationalities are represented in this global hub and each year millions more flock to visit its unique offerings. A trailblazing city on the path of diversity, innovation, and prosperity, Dubai knows no limits, and we at ZINVO love it for that very reason.