Significant first steps have been taken to realise Dubai's 2020 Tourism Vision, which is to attract 20 million visitors by 2020, a target that has prompted the emirates tourism authority to declare yet another ambitious goal: for Dubai to become the world's most visited city.
Dubai developers are set to commence work on several mega-project in the coming months in order to complete and deliver them much earlier than 2020. But even before winning the Expo 2020 bid, Dubai had started laying the foundation for building exciting mega-projects, which are set to shape its new landscape and skyline:
Construction on the 438-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 site at Jebel Ali began early this year, with all major work due to be finished by October 2019. It is Expected to attract an estimated 25 million visitors and will include a gated, 150- hectare Expo Village and a surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone. It will feature a one country-one pavillion policy for the first time in Expo history and is designed to host 300,000 visitors on peak times, with an average of 153,000 visitors on a weekday. The Dubai Metro's Red Line will be extended, with a dedicated station built at the Expo site.
Everyone has to go on a desert safari when they visit Dubai; it really is one of the must-dos when you visit our city!
It's simply the best way to see some of the more traditional aspects of the emirate, and a great way to get out and enjoy more of your destination than what's within the city limits.
Watch as the scenery changes from high-rises and malls to desert sand dunes, which in turn change from gently rolling yellow dunes to fiery, spectacular mountains of sand.
After a quick stop-off for refreshments en route - and a dash round a few dunes on a quad bike if you're up for it - you'll be on your way to the desert proper for a heart-stopping tour of the highest sand dunes in your dune-bashing session. Be warned, this is not for the faint hearted! Make sure you're safely buckled up as your driver roars up and down the sandy hills, making you think he's almost going to tip the car before he pulls back and you soar over the top and down the other side. Just when you think you're either going to be sick or faint, it's time to stop and watch a breathtaking sunset before you make your way - at a rather more sedate pace - to the stunning Bedouin camp in the desert. Take a ride on a camel or try your hand at sandboarding, before a delicious Arabian barbecue is served while you enjoy beverages and an enchanting belly-dancing display. Also on offer at the camp is henna tattooing and a chance to try on local attire; another must on the list!
The Dubai Creek tourism project has been approved by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin rashid Al Maktoum to develop the Dubai Creek in Bur Dubai's Al Seef area. Estimated at a cost of AED2 billion ($544 million), it is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016 and will consist of a floating market, hotels, restaurants, art galleries and shops for Emirati handicrafts. Its design reflects the Emirati traditional identity.
A firm favourite among Dubai residents, especially families, Creek Park offers a serene, refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still being right in the middle of the city and ensuring a fun day out for all the family.
Right next to Dubai Creek and easily accessible by both car and public transport, Creek Park boasts a host of fun-filled activities for all ages,, as well as a beautiful location sure to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
One of the highlights of the park is the cable car, giving visitors prime views over the park, the Creek and the city beyond, while those looking to keep their feet closer to the ground might like to hire a bicycle for a gently energetic tour of the park's lush greenery. For children of all ages, Children's City located at Gate 2 of Creek Park provides a fun-filled yet educational experience through its many floors of activities. Creek Park also hosts the Dubai Dolphinarium, where visitors can watch dolphin and seal shows and even swim with the dolphins while the extensive grassed areas are home to friendly camels and ponies that are happy to give rides to little ones.