#12 best destination in the world

The Dubai Mall

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  • Largest mall in the world
  • Includes 1,200 shops
  • Built in 2008

Elephant Clock

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  • Water clock built to exacting diagrams in an original 13th century manuscript, the elaborate elephant-shaped water clock at the Ibn Battuta mall in Dubai is a tribute to 800 year old engineering brilliance
  • Designed by the inventor Al-Jazari, famous for his manuscript, known in English as the Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, published in 1206
  • Al-Jazari described in detail 50 machines of varying complexity, illustrated with color miniatures
  • The complexity of his 11 foot Castle astronomical clock is so complex, it is considered to be an example of an early programmable analog computer
  • Timekeeping had special role in the Muslim faith, allowing followers to know the five times for prayer in the absence of a call to prayer
  • The Elephant clock’s physical details represent different cultures: The elephant is an Asian elephant which represents India, the dragon-like serpent represents China, the phoenix at the top represents ancient Egypt, and the turbaned figure represents Muslim cultures
  • The internal mechanisms of the clock, driven by floats in water tanks hidden in the belly of the elephant, activate the various components into mechanical motion every half hour

The Dubai Fountain

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  • World’s largest choreographed fountain system
  • Accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music
  • Built in 2008

Burj Khalifa

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  • #19 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Tallest structure in the world at 2,717 ft
  • Built in 2009

Burj Al Arab

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  • Luxury hotel on an artificial 920 ft island
  • Designed to resemble the sail of a ship
  • Has a helipad on its roof

Ski Dubai

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  • Indoor ski resort that maintains a temperature of -1 degree to 2 degrees Celsius throughout the year
  • It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world
  • Opened in 2005
  • Features an indoor mountain (equivalent to a 25-story building) with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a long run, the world’s first indoor black diamond run
  • Adjoining the slopes is a Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave
  • Houses a number of penguins who are let out of their enclosures several times a day
  • Penguin encounters can be booked, allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins

Dubai Miracle Garden

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  • Flower garden launched on Valentine’s Day in 2013
  • The garden occupies over 780,000 sq ft, making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants

The World (Archipelago)

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  • Artificial archipelago of small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai
  • The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai
  • The World’s developer is Nakheel Properties, and the project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai
  • Construction of the 300 islands began in 2003, only to halt due to the 2008 financial crisis
  • Though 60 percent of the islands had been sold off to private contractors back in 2008, development on most of these islands has failed to initiate and has been starting and stopping development since

Al Ain

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  • Known as Garden City
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Al Madam

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  • A small and deserted development of houses and a mosque, referred to locally as both Madam Old Town and Ghost Town, swallowed by sand dunes
  • The area around Al Madam is also home to a number of Iron Age archaeological sites, including those of Al Thuqaibah and Jebel Buhais, as well as aflāj (water systems) dating back to the 1st millennium BC

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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  • #3 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Largest mosque in the country
  • Constructed in 2007
  • Serves the community with classic books and publications addressing a range of Islamic subjects: sciences, civilization, calligraphy, the arts, and coins, including some rare publications dating back more than 200 years.

Costs

Number of Days: 17 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $2,816

Seattle -> Dubai (round trip) = $2,816

Food: $24/day x 17 days = $408

Taxi: $80/day x 3 days = $240

Entertainment: $221

Airbnb: $157/day x 14 days = $2,198

TOTAL: $5,883