8 of the 10 most popular UAE destinations are Dubai landmarks, The UAE data published by Facebook lists the top 10 checked-into destinations in the country, and these 10 destinations contributed in a big way to visitor numbers. As Dubai firmly establishes itself as the regional and indeed global leader in tourism, It should come as no surprise that eight of the 10 most popular UAE destinations are landmarks in the emirate. With the UAE’s tourism sector making big leaps since the country was founded 43 years ago, the sector’s value added would reach Dh60 billion this year, its highest level, according to a report by Abu Dhabi-based hotelandrest.com website. The report forecast an increase in the number of tourists to the UAE in the coming years thanks to its modern infrastructure and facilities, stability, strong economy and the surge in operations by its carriers Etihad, Emirates, FlyDubai and Air Arabia.
Take a virtual tour of the UAE’s top 10 most popular destinations that the world ‘checked into’ in 2014.
#10 Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank, located on the Ground Level of the Dubai Mall, is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world.
It houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 300 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world. It also boasts of the 40-year-old, 750-kg King Croc and his female companion.
The main aquarium tank measures 51 metres in length, 20 metres in width and 11 metres in height. A 48-metre walk-through tunnel provides 270-degree views from 11 metres below the surface of the tank.
Visitors can also pay for a glass-bottom boat ride, which promises unique views of the tank from beneath your feet. Those who want to experience a dip in the tank can opt for a Cage Snorkelling Experience. And for the adventurous ones, a Shark Dive will bring you within inches of a large variety of sharks and rays.
#9 Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace is a ‘7-star’ luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, built as a landmark showcasing the Arabian culture. Situated on 1.3-km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens and lawns, it has 114 domes that are 80 meters high. The landmark hotel comprising 394 rooms and suites opened in March 2005 even as certain restaurants and facilities did not open until 2006. The hotel was built by and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, and managed by the Kempinski Group.
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#8 Dubai World Trade Centre
The Dubai World Trade Centre is the region’s largest purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions. It has played a pivotal role in the growth of international trade for the Middle East, ever since its inauguration in 1979. . Each year, DWTC events create more than 25,000 jobs or 36,000 including ancillary sectors that benefit from our events.
Its growth in 2014 is set to trump a bumper 2013, when DWTC saw a record 2.2 million visitors – the first time figures had broken the 2 million mark. “Dubai’s upgrade to emerging market status, as well as its awarding of Expo 2020, has driven significant global interest in the destination,” Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President of Venues for DWTC, said recently.
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