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Exploring Dubai Attractions Through Colors

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Dubai in color. Photo via Dylan Gialanella/Unsplash; Edited by Jessie on a Journey

By Jessie on a Journey

The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is a top spot on my bucket list thanks to its diverse scenery, melting pot of cultures, delicious Middle East food fare (I could live on falafel and be totally happy) and the hint of mystery that surrounds it. While I haven’t yet been there myself, the beauty of the internet has allowed me to explore top Dubai attractions through gorgeous photography. With an aim to show you Dubai’s diverse experience offerings as well as colors here is a vibrant itinerary, literally, based on bright and beautiful images.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque via FritzDaCat/Wikimedia Commons

1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque [White]

While this mosque isn’t technically in Dubai, its Abu Dhabi location about two hours away makes it an easy — and important — day trip. The structure honors Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is buried at the mosque and is touted as the founder of the United Arab Emirates. It’s the largest mosque in the country, and can hold up to 40,960 worshippers at one time. It also provides an extraordinary example of contemporary Islamic architecture and gorgeous mosaic work, symbolizing the Middle East’s cultural diversity and merging past with present and future.

Traveling on a budget? The mosque is free to enter and offers free tours to visitors.

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Iranian Shia Mosque via yeowatzup/flickr

2. Iranian Shia Mosque [Blue]

Another must-visit mosque is the Iranian Shia Mosque, situated near the old Textile Souk in the Bur Dubai district of Dubai. It’s beautiful, with Persian aesthetics, detailed mosaic tiling and an extremely colorful exterior (the beautiful azure blue hue is sure to catch your eye). Non-Muslims are allowed to visit, with some highlights being the 14,000-book library and soaring minarets.

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Golden Arabian Desert sands via Bengin Ahmad/flickr

3. Arabian Desert [Gold]

Dubai is located within the Arabian Desert, and there are a number of desert tours one can do to immerse themselves in these golden desert sands against bright blue sky. Some suggestions: quadding, sand boarding, photography walks, enjoying shisha and dancing in the desert, and culturally-immersive camping.

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Dubai’s evening cityscape via Robert Bock/Unsplash

4. Dubai’s Nighttime Cityscape [Green]

While there are many colors glowing from Dubai’s towering skyscrapers and varied skyline, the bright neon green is surreal. Luckily, there are a number of viewpoints to enjoy the colors from. Some Dubai attractions from which to take in the view include the Level 43 Sky Lounge, Cielo Sky Lounge and the Burj Khalifa SKY. Soon there will also be Santiago Calatrava’s futuristic observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbour.

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Dubai Festival City Mall via RomΓ‘n Emin/flickr

5. Dubai Festival City Mall [Red]

Dubai Festival City Mall is great for shoppers, photographers and those wanting to immerse themselves in the city’s vibrant colors. Here you’ll find over 400 stores, 90 eateries (including the local cuisine-focused Al Fanar), a bowling alley, a 12-screen cinema, a scenic Canal Walk and numerous events, both indoors and outdoors. Basically its very large and offers much more than just stores.

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Burj al Arab via mattharvey1/flickr

6. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah At Sunset [Pink]

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is Dubai’s iconic sail-shaped hotel, the third largest hotel in the world at 1,053 feet. It’s a must for photographers wanting to capture the city’s gorgeous colors. Tip: place the structure in the foreground with a wide angle lens and let the hues of a vibrant sunrise or sunset wash over it. Depending where you are in Dubai you’ll get other colors, too. For instance, in the desert the sunsets tend to be a hot fiery red or a bright gold, as seen below.

If you want to take stunning photos in Dubai, check out these travel photography tips by top bloggers.

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A sunset Dubai skydive via mattharvey1/flickr

7. Skydiving At Sunset [Orange]

Adventure travelers can have an adrenaline rush while taking in great views when booking an experience with Skydive Dubai. You’ll free-fall 120 miles per hour from 13,000 feet above the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago that looks like a stylized palm tree with a trunk, 16-frond crown and a surrounding crescent island. The colors at sunset are gorgeous, to say the least.

Other aerial adventures for those interested in skydiving include indoor skydiving and a unique jet blade flyboard experience, sort of a wakeboarding-meets-James Bond excursion.

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Bright spices and colorful goods in the old spice souks in Deira. Photo via McKay Savage/flickr.

8. Spice Souks [Rainbow]

One cannot visit Dubai without inhaling the exotic scents — and taking in the vibrant colors — of a local spice market. Picture buckets, baskets and bags filled with diverse colors and textures through almonds, cinnamon, saffron, dried lavender, hibiscus, cassia bark, vanilla pods, star anise, rose petals and more. To have this experience head to the enormous Spice Souk Dubai in Deira, the oldest part of Dubai and a commercial hub.

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  1. Tracey Licence on May 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Jessie,
    Great competition, lucky you getting to travel to all those fab places. I travel for work but would be great to have a holiday with the family, I been on the travel trolley site, not heard of them before. I would love to go to Dubai, have friends there always wanted to go. But realistically, Croatia would probably be more in my price range or I would love a trip to Barcelona, so many fab places to choose from its hard to choose just one. xx

    • Jessie Festa on May 17, 2016 at 8:14 am

      @Tracey: I went to Croatia last year and combined it with Slovenia for a 2.5-week trip. So easy to get around these countries and so much to do. Slovenia was especially great because it’s still so undiscovered. This year I’m hoping to do a similar trip but with Serbia and Romania πŸ™‚

  2. VW on May 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I’d really love to visit Dubai now, after reading that lovely post of all the wonderful places there! Think the Atlantis sounds awesome too!

  3. Chriselle on May 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Awesome coverage of Dubai’s attractions. An excellent to-do list for anyone on a short visit as well.

  4. Natalie Gillham on May 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I would love to go to Italy to visit my Italian cousins who I haven’t seen for over twenty years.

    • Jessie Festa on May 19, 2016 at 7:52 am

      @Natalie: My family is also from Italy. Calabria πŸ™‚ Good luck with the giveaway!

  5. Jo m welsh on May 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I would love a stay in London and show my children the sights there is so much to do in our own capital city would love to show them just a little of it

    • Jessie Festa on May 19, 2016 at 8:16 am

      @London: Oh yes! Love London. One of my favorite cities.

  6. laura stewart on May 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    i;d love to go to Dubai , my friends have been and it sounds like a beautiful place x

  7. Pam Francis Gregory on May 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I’d love to go to Lake Garda to sample the fresh olives and authentic pizza

    • Jessie Festa on May 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      @Pam: Ah, you definitely just made me hungry!

  8. Lisa Dolatowski on May 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    It would have to be Brazil &Venezuela for me. South America has so much amazing history and gorgeous beaches. I love history and visiting some place like this would be an adventure everyday

    • Jessie Festa on May 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      @Lisa: I’ve done Brazil before (one month solo). What a great experience. Paraty, Brazil was my favorite πŸ™‚

  9. Sara Davis on May 19, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love to visit my dad who lives is Paphos, Cyprus πŸ™‚

    • Jessie Festa on May 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

      @Sara: I’ve never been but that sounds divine!

  10. Amanda on May 20, 2016 at 4:16 am

    I would love to go to Italy with my friend

    • Jessie Festa on May 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

      @Amanda: If you end up going don’t miss Cinque Terre. Some of the most surreal coastal landscape on the planet!

  11. Rebecca James on May 20, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I would love to visit Florida – Get some sunshine πŸ™‚

    • Jessie Festa on May 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

      @Rebecca: I’ve always wanted to go to Miami myself. never been!

  12. Adarsh verma on May 21, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I would love to go to Italy with my friend

  13. harriet on May 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Singapore to visit family I haven’t seen in years.

  14. laura bates on May 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    i would love to go to germany

  15. beckie howe on May 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Dubai and Bangkok are next on my travel list!

  16. Tamara Foster on May 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I would love to go to Aruba as almost 12 years ago me my husband and daughter booked to go there when it was quite un heard of ( and a lot cheaper than what it cost to go today ), however after about 4 months of us booking we found out I was pregnant with our now son, so we had to cancel due to the flight hours and I would’ve been around 6 months pregnant at the time of going.
    Just as well we cancelled as we had our son Bradley 14 weeks premature and he weighed 2lb-2 ounces!
    So even though it was a god send that we cancelled the holiday I have always dreamed of having that once dreamed holiday to Aruba.

    • Jessie Festa on May 25, 2016 at 6:47 am

      @Tamara: I hope you will get to go back one day. Congrats on the baby, though!! πŸ™‚

  17. melanie allen on May 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

    so need a break would love to win

  18. Zoey P on May 28, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Love to take hubby back to Bali where we married there in 2005

  19. Logan on May 28, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Would love to be able to go to Italy again, have been several times but I love discovering regions and cities in that wonderful country. What is more, as my girlfriend is from Italy, it’s even more of a treat of the both of us πŸ™‚

  20. Elizabeth Gurney on May 28, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I’d love to go anywhere in Italy! Or definitely Dubai after being inspired by this post

  21. Robert Price on May 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

    London for the experience

  22. Rachel Butterworth on May 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Alaska. I prefer the cold.

  23. donna l jones on May 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    would love to go to bali to see my brother

  24. D. Eros on May 29, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I would love to visit the most colorful country, India… I love their cultures, food,music…next year I am planning to travel there with my Hubby πŸ™‚

  25. Allan Wilson on May 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Would love to go to Bangkok

  26. Chris Fletcher on May 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’d love to go to Thailand!

  27. Gerald Thomas on May 30, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Been there for one day of work only , so never got to see all the sights, would love to go back on Holiday

  28. carol boffey on May 30, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I would love to go to rome

  29. gemma hendry on May 30, 2016 at 5:14 am

    i would love to go to italy as i have never been and would love to experience the culture with my fiance and daughter

  30. Heather Tinkler on May 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I would love to go to North America!

  31. LINDSEY CLARK on May 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Id love to fly to Bali. Ive always wanted to visit there, it looks beautiful and unspoilt, plus I love the Culture of the Far East. A Β£150 voucher could pay for a fair bit of the flight, so thanks for the chance!

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