Begin your Dubai architecture tour with a pickup from your central Dubai hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned coach or minivan and hear fascinating facts about the space-age city and the futuristic architecture that has become its emblem.
Gaze at the high-rises along the 16-lane Sheikh Zayed Road as you head for Jumeirah, the area of Dubai that has seen the most dramatic architectural development.
Admire the stunning Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a lavish recreation of a traditional Arabian marketplace. Then, snap photos of the spectacular Burj Al-Arab hotel. Rising up from an artificial island off the Jumeirah coast, this gleaming building is designed to resemble a billowing sail, and stands at 1,053 feet (321 meters) tall, making it one of the world’s highest hotels.
Continue to the Palm Jumeirah, the palm-tree-shaped island archipelago where rows of exclusive villas and residential complexes stretch along the man-made ‘fronds’ overlooking the Persian Gulf.
Stop to ogle the mammoth Atlantis The Palm, the archipelago’s architectural showpiece, and then head to Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort ever built in the Middle East.
Gawk at the giant ski runs through the glass façade, and continue to the Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s highest buildings. Lean your head back to try and see the needle-shaped top of the tower, located 2,772 feet (828 meters) in the sky.
Lastly, take in a stunning performance of the Dubai Fountain Show on Burj Khalifa Lake. Marvel at the precision choreography of the fountains and jets as they dance in time to Arabic and classical music during the 5-minute show.
Afterward, return to your coach or minivan and end your tour with a hotel drop-off.