Travellizy team
1 April 2020 / 7 minutes to read
The Land of Luxury and Wealth: What to See in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates is known as one of the richest countries in the world, the land of sheikhs and skyscrapers, a fabulous oasis in the Arabian desert. The UAE is rarely perceived as a place for thoughtful tourism, as it is a convenient interchange hub for many people, but nothing more. If the connection is long in Dubai, then you can only look at the piercing needle of the Burj Khalifa and walk through a huge shopping center. But the Emirates are of interest not only for skyscrapers and shopping centers alone. And the main plus of the country's attractions is that they can be seen for a couple of days. Let's go on a trip with Travellizy. Most of the interesting places in the UAE are located in Dubai, but there are interesting locations in Abu Dhabi, the capital. Any emirate has the cleanest beaches with turquoise water, where you can swim as much as you want.   A Living Past: Al Fahidi (or Al Bastakiya) If you visit the region of Bastakiya, it’s hard to believe that you are in the same skyscraper-luxury UAE. You can see here low houses with clay-coated walls, narrow streets, traditional wind towers, which are ingenious air conditioners of the pre-industrial era. The illusion of a medieval quarter is disrupted only by the signs of network coffee houses, the ideal cleanliness of the pavement and walking tourists. The area is insanely colorful and allows you to look at the Emirates from an unusual angle. A lot of cozy cafes are hidden in its side streets, and on one of the squares, you can see the reconstruction of the Bedouin camp with live camels. In addition, the Old Market is located in the Bestakiya region, which is very different from the ultra-modern malls in Dubai, and there is a spice market where you can become filled with the smell of cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, zira, sumac and other spices. Al-Fahidi Fort used to be a defensive building, and now there is a museum where you can learn a lot of interesting things about the history of the Dubai Emirate. Entrance to the museum costs € 0.7. You can get to the most unusual area of Dubai by metro, you need to get off at Al Fahidi station.   Quiet Harbor: Dubai Creek The word "creek" in translation from English means “a stream”, although in fact, Dubai Creek is a man-made channel. And on this channel, it is very nice to ride on a small voyage boat. The fare on it costs only 0.2 euros, and there are also sightseeing boats for lovers of something more luxurious. True, they cost more. It is very pleasant to walk along the Dubai Creek promenade, breathing in the moist air and watching the bustle on the quays. Budget Dubai: maximum experience at the lowest cost Shopaholics Paradise: Dubai Mall You can walk all day long around the Dubai Mall, admiring the sheer scope of this temple of consumerism. Representative offices of famous brands, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, fountains ... it is very difficult to resist the desire to spend everything you have in the wallet or purse. But the Dubai Mall is known not only for the trade. In the center of the Mall, there is the largest aquarium in the world. You can look at its inhabitants for free from the galleries of the shopping center, or you can pay 12 euros and go inside - take a walk through the tunnel with transparent walls. Both children and adults will surely be delighted with stingrays and sharks swimming over their heads, and the most curious one can visit the scientific center at the aquarium. Entrance to it is included in the ticket price. Near the Dubai Mall, there is a singing fountain that delights with a light and music show every 20 minutes from 18:00 to 22:00 on weekdays or 23:00 on weekends. You can watch it for free.   Above the Clouds: Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the UAE's visiting card and so far the tallest building in the world. In total, it is 828 meters, but the maximum where tourists are allowed is 124 floor, which is at an altitude of 472 meters. But here, not from the highest point of this impressive creation of human hands, you can enjoy a dizzying view. Make sure to check the weather forecast before ordering a ticket, as clouds or haze can ruin everything. If you buy a ticket to the Burj Khalifa on the ground floor of the tower, then it will cost you € 97, but you can book it in advance on the Internet three times cheaper -  just € 30.   Snow in the Desert: Ski Dubai Are you tired of dry air and burning sun? How about skiing or snowboarding? You can do this in the Mall of Emirates, namely in the Ski Dubai complex. Having paid 73 euros, you will get the opportunity to ride all day long, for 44 euros - 2 hours. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. Дубай с высоты: luxury - развлечения для ценителей ярких эмоций   All Countries in One: Global Village On the territory of Global Village, you can get acquainted with the cultures of 90 countries. You can walk around the huge (the largest in the world) entertainment complex all day long, and it won't be enough to see all its wonders. The colorful pavilions of African and Asian countries, shows of singing fountains, canals with brisk abra boats, cafes with dishes of all cuisines of the world - at Global Village, it is no wonder to lose your head from the abundance of colors, sounds, smells and impressions. Yes, by the way, this is also a giant fair, so an entrepreneurial trader with Indian fabrics, Arab oils, Asian fruits and other goods from all over the world will be waiting for you on every corner. And you should adhere to two rules - to bargain until the very last and try everything edible. Neither the first nor the second option is condemned at this celebration of life. Entrance to the territory of Global Village costs only € 3.6.   The Biggest Palm Tree Ever Palm Island, the famous artificial island, can be seen in all its glory only from the monorail carriage, as its unique shape will go unnoticed from the ground. But numerous entertainment complexes and turquoise waters of the bay washing the island can’t be unnoticed. On a clear day, it's nice to just take a walk, but make sure to cover your head from the sun or take an umbrella. We’re done with Dubai, so let's go to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.   Two Palaces for the Sheikh A long time ago, a palace for the sheikh was built in the center of Abu Dhabi. But for some reason, the ruler of the emirate did not like it, and the sheikh ordered to turn it into a hotel. Anyone can walk along the corridors and halls of the Emirates Palace Hotel, and the richness of the interiors will cause a sigh of admiration, even if you are absolutely indifferent to luxury. And make sure to go to the toilet, it is very peculiar here. Across the street from the palace-hotel, you can see Etihad Towers with an observation deck on the 75th floor of one of them. Climbing it costs € 18, for 12 of which you can buy a drink and dessert at a local buffet. Qasr Al-Watan, Sheikh's new palace, was opened for tourists in 2019. You can see inside ancient books and golden (literally) words of His Excellency, a collection of gifts from foreign diplomats and medieval artifacts.   Snow White Splendor: Flower Mosque Sheikh Zayed Mosque is called Flower Mosque, and its appearance is amazing. Snow-white domes, thin needles of minarets, walls decorated with gold and a central courtyard painted with floral ornaments (the mosque was called the Flower because of this) - all this will be an excellent background for insta photos or just a good place for a walk. Unfortunately, there are less and less places tourists can visit in the mosque. Now you can walk only along the corridor fenced with ribbons, and the places where it is allowed to stop for a photo are marked with special signs. But the general attractiveness of the Flower Mosque for tourists does not decrease from this. Entrance to it is free, and a large-scale shopping center is located under the mosque.   Ode to Speed: Ferrari World Even the Ferrari World building itself is worth a trip to this park. And inside the bright red (Ferrari's signature color) architectural miracle, dizzying in the literal sense of the word attractions await you. Here you can feel like a driver of a Formula 1 car, accelerate to 240 kilometers per hour on the world's fastest roller coaster, fly up the world's highest loop or try out a super-realistic racing simulator. An adult ticket to Ferrari World costs € 72, a child ticket is € 56, and you can buy a VIP ticket for € 487 and attend all the rides without waiting in line. The current Formula 1 track is located next to the Ferrari Park, where you can get driving lessons for a racing car. You don't like speed, but still want to ride on the famous track? Then you will be given a bicycle. There are few natural attractions in the UAE. In fact, there is only one attraction, the great desert surrounding the islands of civilization. You can on a tour or rent a car to the desert in order to walk along the dunes and take pictures of camels. The United Arab Emirates cannot boast of ancient temples or a thousand-year history, but they clearly demonstrate, what human knowledge, multiplied by unlimited financial resources, can create even in the most barren corner of the planet.
Travellizy team
29 December 2020 / 6 minutes to read
The whole city at your feet: the top 10 tallest buildings on the planet
When planning a trip and a route to the most interesting sights of a city, each of you will definitely make your own choice in favor of viewing platforms. Who wouldn't be happy to see the whole city at a glance. A bird's eye view opens up completely different fabulous pictures and landscapes. Such rises up the town hall or castle are very delighted. If you are much luckier and there are skyscrapers in the city you are in, this attraction is gaining even greater momentum in impressions! Travellizy will tell you about the tallest buildings on the planet. Perhaps among these lucky cities, you will see the one you are going to in the nearest future. Of course, it is immediately worth noting that these unique structures are definitely worth a separate must-see list.   10 tallest buildings on the planet For half a century, from 1931 to 1972, the tallest building in the world was the Empire State Building in New York. Today, this skyscraper is not even included in the top 45 of the tallest buildings, as it is in the 50th place on the list. The list of the tallest buildings in the world includes ultra-tall structures with a height of 350 meters and more. At the end of 2019, there were 73 such skyscrapers in the world. The 10 leaders of the world's tallest built and upcoming buildings look like this:   1. Burj Khalifa Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai Height: 828 m Number of storeys: 163 Building completion: 2010 It's a multifunctional and the tallest building in the world. Inside the complex, there are offices, hotels, apartments, restaurants. The highest observation deck called At the Top is located at an altitude of 472 meters. On the 124th floor, there is an open observation deck, fenced with glass panels. On the 125th floor, there is a closed observation deck. Admission is $ 39. Tickets are usually sold out at least a week in advance. We highly recommend buying tickets to the observation deck as early as possible. You can do this on Burj Khalifa's official website.    2. Tokyo Skytree Location: Japan, Tokyo Height: 634 m Number of storeys: 29 Construction completion: 2012 The tower is mainly used for digital television and radio broadcasting, mobile telephony and navigation systems. In addition, it is a very popular tourist attraction. On the upper floors, there are two viewing platforms: at an altitude of 350 and 450 meters. Entrance ticket to the observation deck costs $ 17.   3. Shanghai Tower Location: China, Shanghai Height: 632 m Number of storeys: 128 Construction completion: 2015 It's the tallest building in East Asia and the tallest building in China. Inside the tower, there are shops, hotels, restaurants. The restaurant spinning on its axis is very popular. Resting here, visitors can not only treat themselves to delicious dishes, but also enjoy constantly different panoramas of the city. The lower floor of the tower is dedicated to the historical museum. The tower has several viewing platforms. The world's fastest elevator takes visitors to the 118th floor. At an altitude of 546 meters, there is a closed observation deck with a gorgeous view of 360 degrees. A ticket to the observation deck will cost $ 29.   4. Abraj Al Bait Location: Saudi Arabia, Mecca Height: 601 m Number of storeys: 120 Construction completion: 2012  It's the tallest hotel in the world, as well as the building with the largest and highest clocks in the world. The diameter of the clock is 43 meters: the clockwise is 17 meters, the minute hand is 22. At night, the clock face is illuminated and visible at a distance of 30 kilometers. Abraj al-Beit Towers accommodate a hotel, shopping arcade and garage for more than 800 cars. Those who want to see Mecca from a height have several options. For a perfect romantic dinner, you can reserve a table by the window in the tower restaurant and enjoy views. In addition, it is possible to rent one of the rooms with panoramic windows. In the towers of Abraj al-Beit, there is an interesting Islamic museum and a center for observing the moon, which are also open to all visitors.   5. Ping An International Finance Centre Location: China, Shenzhen Height: 599.1 m Number of storeys: 115 Construction completion: 2017 It's the tallest office building in the world. Ping An International Finance Centre has one of the highest viewing platforms in the world. It is located at an altitude of 550 meters. An adult entry ticket to the observation deck costs $ 30.   6. Goldin Finance 117 Location: China, Tianjin Height: 596.6 m Number of storeys: 128 Construction completion: 2020 год.  Another name for it is China 117 Tower. Construction began in 2009, with completion scheduled for 2020. Inside the building, it is planned to accommodate a large hotel, as well as premises for offices, restaurants and shops.   7. Lotte World Tower Location: Korea, Seoul Height: 554.5m Number of storeys: 123 Construction completion: 2016 It's the tallest building on the Korean peninsula. In the tower, there is a large concert hall, galleries, restaurants, a large shopping center and an elite hotel. On the 120th floor, there is an observation deck. It consists of three huge floors. The 123rd floor is located at an altitude of 485 meters. On one of the floors of the site, you can stroll across the transparent glass floor, which will definitely thrill you. The cost of admission to the observation deck of the Lotte World Tower is $ 24.   8. One World Trade Center Location: USA, New York Height: 541.3 m Number of storeys: 94 Construction completion: 2014 It's the tallest building in the USA and the Western Hemisphere. 14 years after the tragedy of September 11, the new One World Trade Center tower opened its doors to visitors in May 2015. This is a whole complex, which includes the OWTC building (Freedom Tower), a museum and a 9/11 memorial, in the form of 2 huge fountains-waterfalls, located on the site of two twin towers. The perimeters of these fountains are engraved with the names of all the victims who suffered during the attack. The building of One World Trade Center is declared not only as the highest, but also as the safest. At the top of the skyscraper, there is the observation deck called One World Observatory. Entrance fee is $ 32. Getting to the observation deck is a fascinating attraction. The elevator is equipped with three screens, which shows the history of New York during the rise to the 102nd floor.   9. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Location: China, Guangzhou Height: 530 m Number of storeys: 111 Construction completion: 2016 The complex consists of two towers. The east tower has a height of 530 m, the west tower is its twin building with a height of 437.5 m. The triangular shape of both skyscrapers allows you to minimize wind loads, make the towers more stable and save building materials. The total area of the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is 400 thousand square meters. Here are shops, cinemas, apartments and a huge hotel. The underground parking can accommodate 1705 cars. There is an observation deck on the top floor of the east tower, which offers incredible views of the city and the Pearl River.   10. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre Location: China, Tianjin Height: 530m Number of storeys: 97 Construction completion: 2019 It's an office skyscraper with the fastest double-decker elevators in the world. The facade of the skyscraper consists of 14,000 fragments arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The building houses offices, apartments, hotel rooms, shops and restaurants. At an altitude of 308 meters, there is a viewing platform with a 360 ° view angle to the city. Knocking on heaven's door is not difficult at all - choose a skyscraper, take a high-speed elevator and you are there. The whole city is at your feet!
Travellizy team
28 November 2019 / 3 minutes to read
Budget Dubai: maximum experience at the lowest cost
Travellizy will tell you how to relax in the expensive Emirate of Dubai in order to get as many entertainments as it is possible