The Dubai Fountain (still on daytime rest mode), behind it is the Souk Al Bahar and the Address Hotel (the tall one)
Over the years, Dubai has evolved to be one of the most modern emirates in the UAE. It prides itself in having developed a vast range of modern tourist attractions, whether it be the biggest, the tallest, or the most expensive one. Some of those could be found at the Downtown Dubai.
The Downtown Dubai, referring to itself as “The Center of Now” is a very large complex that comprises of several hotels, a park (Burj Park), malls of different styles (Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar), a fascinating fountain (Dubai fountain) and of course, the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world as of 2010
Although I am a bigger fan of old structures and architecture than that of the modern one, I can’t help but admire the efforts that Dubai give to boost its tourism. They try to produce a lot of festivities and events that cater to a diverse audience. What’s even more amazing is that some of those are really worth checking out and are FREE.
In mid-November of last year, I was able to check out one of the said events, the FMX (Freestyle Morocross) which was held at the Burj Park. I’ve always wanted to attend something like this, but never really found the chance until that day.
I was a bit confused at first as to where the exact venue was, because although I’d been in that area countless of times, that Burj park had always remained unnoticeable compared to that of its neighbors. Add to the fact that being surrounded by its more popular landmarks would make an empty yet grassy area disappear.
Upon arriving, I just trusted my instincts and walk past the Dubai Mall then straight to Burj Khalifa. Right beside it is the park where the FMX event was setup.
You could see from a distance the high jumps of the bikes like as if they were flying. It was something I’ve only seen on TVs, and being there gives you a certain kick of adrenaline even if you’re just in the audience.
Watching the FMX stunts live for the very first time is really exciting! The venue is perfect as you could see them jump really high, having the Burj Khalifa as its backdrop. I tried my best to get a shot of it, but I wasn’t properly positioned. All good though, it’s a free event and the show was really worth seeing.
After the event, I managed to take a last glimpse of the complex before leaving.
The Burj Park and the skyscrapers behind it
It was a month before I had to leave Dubai. A month before I had to return home here in the Philippines. It’s just as beautiful as it was the first time I saw it. Only this time, I got to appreciate it more. Maybe because after a long time, I felt like a tourist again. I felt like it’s gonna take a while before I get to be there again. It’s gonna take a while and maybe by then, it would be different.
1. Getting there: It’s easier to get there by the Dubai Metro. There’s a station called the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa. It’s cheaper, faster, and hassle free. Depending on where you’re coming from, the fare could range from US$ 0.5 to US$ 1.75. You could walk from the station towards the mall, which is about a 10-15 minute walk.
2. Try to catch the Dubai Fountain show in the evening. I heard it’s better than that of the Bellagio (the Dubai Fountain was created by the makers of the one in Bellagio in Vegas). Although for me, I like the one in Bellagio better… maybe the music? Anyway, there’s a fountain show every 30 minutes in the evening and it is something really worth watching.
3. The Dubai Mall is worth checking out even if you’re not into shopping. Getting a parking space could be a big hassle if you’re coming in on holidays and weekends.
Remember, the Dubai Downtown complex has the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and the Burj Park. You could find a decent spot and hangout in a place of your heart’s desire. 😉
4. To learn about the activities and festivals in this area, check out the FB page of Downtown Dubai. They post it there atleast a month before, and usually the activities are month long (every weekends) and are open to the public (free).