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Christmas Festivities Galore in Dubai

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Dubai’s original attraction was its fantastic shopping. It still holds good even today.  That well earned reputation was built around its many jaw-dropping and dazzling malls.  While the city has developed other wondrous commercial facilities and economic avenues it is still the malls where the action is.  So it is no wonder that the Christmas hotspots are concentrated in and around them.

The Dubai Christmas Fest 2014 held over three days at the Media City Amphitheater saw a record number of visitors, whether they were full time residents or those on holiday in Dubai.  Many people turned up to enjoy the fake snow with visitors gathering around and taking pictures of each other and the Christmas trees covered in dazzling ornaments and decorations.

Nearly every mall or public space was given over to machines spewing out snow every hour.  There were snow fight zones that had the children absolutely thrilled.  The malls outdid each other in creating dazzling and profuse displays with enormous glittering, hanging ornaments.  Some displays were populated by dancing and polar bears.  Giant lit up Christmas trees helped create the jollity and festive cheer.

Skating rinks were also well populated.  There was a variety Christmas events in Dubai and entertainment performances to keep people engaged.  Christmas carols played all the time over sound systems that kept the Christmas tone well and truly joyful.  Through all this the many Santa Claus’ and their elves were kept busy by children lining up to meet him.

Traditional food dishes, cakes and sweets are a major part of the yuletide experience.  In that regard all the food courts, restaurants and hotels in Dubai continue to serve up mouth-watering meals and buffets.  Stuffed golden roast turkey with cranberry sauce and all the trimmings, barbeque meats, mince pies, cold cuts, special goose, German pudding dinner and traditional desserts are all the hottest items at the moment.

While it may not be a Christmas activity but the Dubai Camel Racing season takes place around this time.  It is one of the region’s oldest traditions and has to be witnessed to be believed.

Dubai makes a special effort during the festive season.  This makes the expats feel at home and locals get a taste of the festive atmosphere of Christmas in Dubai.

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Burj Dubai tower interesting facts all in one place

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Burj Dubai

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The Burj Dubai tower, the tallest building in the world, opened today in Dubai. Here you can find interesting Burj Dubai facts and figures in one place.

  • Burj Dubai has actually changed name to Burj Khalifa on its opening day on Jan 4th, 2009;
  • The Burj Dubai is  828 meters or 2,717 ft tall, making it the tallest building in the world;
  • It is more than twice as high as the Paris Eiffel Tower;
  • The Burj Dubai has 164 stories, the largest number of stories in the world;
  • It also has the fastest elevators in the world at 60 km/h (40 mph), taking less than 60 seconds to 124th floor and 2 minutes to the top. There are 57 elevators.
  • The Burj Dubai opening ceremony boasted the highest fireworks in the world;
  • It cost about 1B EUR (1.5B US$, Dh 5.5B);
  • Visitor tickest to the Burj Dubai are priced at Dh100 to go up to 124th floor (Dh75 kids, Dh210 VIP pass);
  • The Burj Dubai has 500k square meters of living space sold at 30,000 EUR (40,000$) per square meter ($4,000 per sq ft);
  • Despite the price, the Burj Dubai is mostly presold with only 26% vacant on its opening day;
  • The Burj Dubai boasts the world’s highest swimming pool on level 76 and the world’s highest mosque on level 158;
  • It only took 5 years of construction;
  • It was build by Samsung Engineering Construction of Korea;
  • The first Armani hotel will open in march 2009 on levels 38 and 39.

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