Dubai is a diverse and spread-out city. To the South-West lies the modern Dubai: glamorous villas of Jumeirah, futuristic skyscrapers of Dubai Marina and the Dubai downtown. To the North-East lies the old Dubai: Deira and Bur Dubai, separated by the Creek.
The main artery of the city runs along the coast. The business, the main tourist attractions, the road traffic — the essenсe of Dubai life flows through the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Actually there is nothing special about the 35-storey tall Dubai World Trade Centre today, but it has historical value as the first high-rise building in the city, constructed in 1979 (then in the middle of nowhere). Less than 40 years ago it was the tallest building of the Middle East. Only over the last 20 years Dubai has rapidly become a skyscraper city. Nowadays it has about 200 buildings taller than 150 metres.
What about the future? The Dubai Creek Tower by Santiago Calatrava is already under construction and is going to be a bit taller than Burj Khalifa. There are also plans to build the world’s first shape-shifting skyscraper made of 80 separate rotating floors (also the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper, built at a factory and then brought together on site like a construction toy).
Spread for 23.5 km between Jebel Ali port and Bur Dubai area, Jumeirah is often called the Beverly Hills of Dubai. It is home to public beaches, countless lavish villas, and the only mosque in Dubai to welcome non-Muslims.
Dubai is not a city made for walking, with the exception of Dubai Marina’s walkways. Dubai Marina is a new (and yet developing) district built around an artificial canal and populated mostly by wealthy expats.
A cluster of skyscrapers surrounded by water looks especially spectacular after dark. Some of the world’s tallest residential towers are here, in the so called Tallest Block.
The pedestrian way alongside the Marina artificial canal is about 8 km long, lined with shops and restaurants, and the most stunning views of the Dubai’s urban glory. During the weekends the place may be overcrowded.
One of the most remarkable buildings of Dubai Marina is Cayan Tower, also known as the Infinity Tower or the Twisting Tower. A 75-storey building is 306 metres (1,004 ft) tall and it is the world’s second tallest tower with a twist of 90 degrees (after Shanghai Tower).
Jumeirah Beach Residence (aka JBR) is a waterfront community in Dubai Marina. It contains 40 residential and hotel towers. The main reasons for visiting JBR are The Walk (a 1,7 km promenade with a wide range of boutiques, department stores and cafes) and one of the most popular beaches in Dubai.