3 Days in Dubai

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Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. Population:2.503 million (Jan 29, 2016) Area:4,114 km² GDP per capita:24,866.00 USD (2014)
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Al Qudra Cycling Track is a popular destination among Dubai’s adventure seekers. The track is 86 kilometres, boasting amazing views of the desert where riders may even catch a glimpse of some local wildlife like the oryx. The track is popular among both professional and novice riders alike, and is frequented by both solo and group riders. It’s utilised by weekly cycling clubs, world-class athletes, and leisure riders visiting Dubai. Some say that the best time to ride is at sunrise, because the views and feeling of the morning breeze are unparalleled. But, the sunsets are just as beautiful too. Trek UAE bike shop – located at the end of Al Qudra Road, is a great place to rent your ride if you don’t have your own. Part of the track has road access for cars, but most of the track is for cyclists. Additionally, the path is equipped with resting stations along the way that offer benches and shade. You’ll also find restrooms located where Bab Al Shams Road meets Al Qudra. Make sure to plan ahead as this area has few taxis and parts of the track is minimally lit after dark.
And to satisfy your hunger, you can just ride your cycle to the Last Exit – Al Qudra along the cycle-track, where you have many food trucks and food options to choose from. 
See Dubai’s impressive skyline through your rear-view mirror as you take a quick 30-minute drive to Al Qudra Lakes, part of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve. You’ll be amazed how easily you can arrive at a desert oasis from the busy city. Across the series of lakes at Al Qudra, you can enjoy a picnic or a leisurely ride around Al Qudra Cycling Track. It’s a great way to see Dubai’s beautiful desert sunset with a waterfront view and spot some local wildlife. This is one part of Dubai where wildlife is likely to be seen in its natural habitat, from desert foxes to the oryx, or one of 200 bird species that live around the lakes. Just a few of the species include swans, geese, ducks, flamingos and more. Some of these native birds are even on the endangered list, such as the Steppe Eagle and the Asian Houbara. Of course, bird-watching or even a general tour through the desert is available around the lakes. But if you want upscale Arabian cuisine, you can also head to nearby Bab Al Shams – a five-star desert resort styled like an Arabian fort – for dinner with an amazing view of the sunset.
With the morning filled with adventure and exercise (in some way), I prefer a relaxing afternoon. While returning from Al Qudra, you can make a pit stop at the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary to spend your afternoon with the Flamingos. They are especially visible during the winters. Also, this spot will be close to the Dubai Creek Tower, which will be the tallest structure in the world upon completion (currently under construction). So once that is done, you might as well get a good vantage point for the Tower from here! 
To write off the Dubai Mall as simply a shopping destination would be a huge mistake. This entertainment complex -- one of the largest in the world -- is more like a small city, housing some 1,200 retailers, 200 food and beverage outlets and a whole lineup of entertainment options. Even when summer temperatures scorch outside, visitors to the Dubai Mall can lace up their skates and glide across an Olympic-sized ice rink. The Dubai Aquarium Underwater Zoo, located on the ground floor, is the world's largest suspended aquarium with 2.6 million gallons 10 million liters of tank space. The entertainment complex also houses a 22-screen movie theater, SEGA Republic indoor theme park and KidZania edutainment center. That's not to say the shopping isn't a draw. Nearly every major fashion brand out there is represented in Dubai Mall, including five major department stores and brands like Burberry, Diesel, HM, Juicy Couture and Forever 21.
Dubai is not a place for small scale structures, and the Dubai Aquarium is no exception. With one of the world's largest acrylic panel viewing platforms, as well as the world's largest collection of sand sharks, its largest tank allows for clear visibility of over 33,000 marine animals. The main tank measures 51 meters long and 20 meters deep, bringing the marvel of the ocean to land. At 10 million liters of water in total, it is the largest suspended aquarium in the world. Visitors can be surrounded by sea life in a massive underwater tunnel, a 270 degree view leading to the underwater zoo. The underwater zoo features several marine habitats, with impressive species such as piranhas, crocodiles, otters, and archerfish. The aquarium also offers a number of immersive experiences from scuba and cage diving to glass bottom boat rides and shark encounters.
Skyscrapers don't get any taller than Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest structure on the planet. Soaring 828 meters 2,717 ft, with more than 160 stories, the building has a stepped design that narrows as it climbs syringe-like to the sky. Burj Khalifa is part of the massive Downtown Dubai complex of offices, hotels, shopping malls, entertainment precincts and apartment buildings.Ride the elevator to the 124th-floor Observation Deck for astounding views over Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, or take a wander through the gardens and fountains of Burj Khalifa Park.Shop till you drop in Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall. Along with a huge variety of shops - including Galeries Lafayette, Bloomingdale's, and Marks Spencer - the mall includes an aquarium, ice rink, Sega theme park and cinemas.
The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. It is set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 ft (152.4 m) (equal to two football fields) into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD $218 million). The name of the fountain was chosen after a contest organized by the developer Emaar Properties, the result of which was announced on 26 October 2008. Testing of the fountain began in February 2009, and the fountain was officially inaugurated on 8 May 2009 along with the official opening ceremony of The Dubai Mall.
Driving through these mountains you will arrive at the local Masafi Market(also called the Friday market, but it is open the entire week). It is an exciting place, withfresh fruits, carpets, antiques, ceramic products, plants, and let’s not forget: corn on thecob! Grab a few things at the local market, and head back to Dubai to relax andrejuvenate for the Heritage Walk. (You do have the option of driving further ahead to Fujairah and getting in more of the scenic views of the mountains. A new 45km highway –Highway 84 – has been built which makes the travel quick and easy) 
Head back to Dubai – more so the older town of Dubai and start your Heritage Walk. Thiswalk takes you through the old town of Dubai – from Bastakiya, the Coffee museum, to theDubai Museum, to a 1 AED abra ride, the traditional souks, and the heritage village. [TIP: I think this walk is nice in the late afternoon and early evening, more around the time of sunsets, so you get the best of both – plan it in a way so there is sunlight on your first abra ride heading to the traditional souqs (Gold and Spice), and city of lights, after sunset, on the abra ride back].

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