Dubai named one of the world’s top cities for travellers in 2020

Posted on 22 October 2019

Dubai has been named one of the world’s best cities for travellers to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet.

‘Dubai is famed for its drive to seek out new world records, which will enthral visitors,’ said Lonely Planet’s VP of Experience Tom Hall, commenting on the city that has received the accolade in the Best in Travel 2020 list. ‘The food is wonderful, and the shopping and nightlife are world-class. Plus, in the run-up to Expo 2020, Dubai has been expanding its portfolio of attractions, which now include the giant Ain Dubai Ferris wheel, the Al Shindagha Museum and the Jameel Arts Centre.’

Upcoming Attractions

Dubai will host Expo 2020, the first World Expo in the Middle East, and is preparing to welcome 25 million visitors between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021.
The Museum of the Future is a unique incubator that explores the future of science, technology and innovation – a concept embodied by the stainless-steel torus structure adorned with Arabic calligraphy.

Another highlight is the world’s tallest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, which stands over 250m tall on Bluewaters Island. It promises breathtaking views of the city’s beautiful coastline and famous landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa.

Icons of Dubai

The world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, needs little introduction. Standing at over 828m tall with 162 floors, it’s an unmissable feature of the city’s skyline. It is connected to The Dubai Mall, an enthralling hub for shopping, entertainment and leisure.

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The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab is one of Dubai’s most iconic tourist landmarks and the world’s most luxurious hotel, offering gold interiors, lush suites and fine gastronomy.
Madinat Jumeirah is inspired by an Arabian citadel, with three boutique hotels, restaurants and shops connected by a man-made river that you can cross via traditional abras (boats).

Arts, Culture and Heritage

Meeting the increasing demand for cultural experiences, Al Seef is the latest development in Dubai’s heritage district located near the iconic Dubai Creek.

Dubai’s history as a fishing village comes to life with a state-of-the-art multimedia experience at the Al Shindagha Museum, and a collection of items dating as far back as 3,000 BCE at Dubai Museum located within one of the city’s oldest structures in the Al Fahidi Fort.

The charming souks, or marketplaces, of Old Dubai are still a crucial part of daily life and trade today, and a wander through them is an essential experience: be it the Spice Souk for a variety of herbs and spices; Gold Souk for craftsmen offering the very best in gold, silver and precious stones; the Perfume Souk to explore the aromas of Arabia, or the Textile Souk for vibrant fabrics, fine silks and cottons.

Built entirely from stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, the towering twin minarets framing the large central dome of the Jumeirah Mosque provide a unique opportunity to view intrinsic Islamic artistry up close.
The recently-opened Jameel Arts Centre spreads across 10 gallery spaces over three floors – connected by courtyards, terraces and desert gardens.

Culinary enthusiasts can experience Dubai’s hidden gastronomic delights through an exploration of the back streets, winding alleys, and bustling local markets of Old Dubai with Frying Pan Adventures.

Beach and Outdoor

Dubai’s bustling beachfront promenades include La Mer and Kite Beach, which offer entertainment, adventure and water sports for all ages.

Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed – and is an ideal location as a global transit hub for Europe, Asia and Africa. Drawing diverse global audiences, Dubai promises something for everyone – from travellers looking for a city break, a romantic getaway, or a family holiday to those on a quest for cultural or gastronomic adventures. 2020 is marked as an unmissable time to visit the city.

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