Dubai as one of the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates is a fun and exotic destination for students who want to learn about the growth of the urban landscape of the city. Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf and is the most populous of the Emirates and has a history that dates back almost 1,000 years to 1095. Dubai was officially founded in 1833, by Sheikh Maktoum bin Buti al Maktoum, and it was considered to be an important port and entry into the Middle East.
Dubai is a global city that has enjoyed considerable growth in the latter part of the 1900s and the early 2000s, but the growth and building came to a reluctant halt when the financial crisis hit. Students that are planning for a trip to Dubai can focus on the unique urban development plan that has helped to shape this interesting city in a unique melding of East and West.
While enjoying the warmth of Dubai’s climate, be sure to visit the Palm Islands and the Burj Kalifa
Certain to be a highlight for many students on trips to Dubai are the Palm Islands. The Palm Islands are artificial island archipelagos that jut into the Persian Gulf, essentially “bookending” the archipelago islands. Between the two Palm Islands, are The World and The Universe, which are also built from sand dredged from the bottom of the Gulf.
The Palm islands are both in the shape of a palm tree and topped with a crescent – hence the name. Each of the islands are to provide a host of residential, business and leisure real estate that adds 520 kilometres of beaches to Dubai’s coastline.
The Palm Jumeirah sits to the west and the Palm Jebel Ali, which is fifty per cent larger than the Palm Jumeirah, sits to the east and will also include six marinas, a water park, a sea village, and a unique variety of homes.
Your trip to Dubai as a student would not be complete without visiting the imposing structure of the Burj Kalifa. Previously known as the Burj Dubai, the Burj Kalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world. Begun in 2004, the Burj Kalifa was inaugurated in 2010. The building itself is 828.8 metres tall, adding the highest observation deck and most number of floors to its host of world records.
Burj Kalifa was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who also designed the Sears Tower and the former NYC World Trade Centre, the Burj Kalifa’s design is based on patterns from Islamic architecture, giving a nod to the city’s religious inclinations, and was built as part of a Downtown Dubai development plan.
The Burj Kalifa Park is an 11-hectare park that surrounds the structure and stretches out in the design of the desert flower Hymenocallis. It has water features, gardens and walkways and at the centre pool with water-jet fountains that often put on spectacular shows. It’s another world and one that will no doubt fascinate and delight students.
This article was originally written by Robert Emdur who works for Equity Student Travel, the UK’s leading specialist in group travel for students in higher and further education. Equity Student Travel organises trips for students to destinations around the world covering a wide range of subjects, as well as conference and event-focused trips.