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Discover Amazing Places in Dubai and Singapore


Feeling stuck deciding between Singapore and Dubai?

Singapore and Dubai are two very different big cities, each best suited for a specific kind of traveller. It is impossible to say that one is outright better than the other.

Dubai is a better option to visit for families with children as it has many different attractions to thrill young visitors. Whereas Singapore is known for its safe and clean streets, tall skyscrapers, and futuristic architecture.

Both Dubai and Singapore offer a lot of fun and interesting things for visitors, but the nature of the attractions is very different. Dubai is a blend of glitter, modern, and astonishing man-made constructions. It has many of the world’s best and biggest attractions- such as the biggest waterpark, and tallest skyscraper, and is home to a lot of different fun parks, making it a great place for kid-friendly vacations. With a traditional old town around the creek with busy souks and wind towers.

Singapore is a better option for adults who want to enjoy modern architecture and futuristic city streets. Singapore’s super trees are a magical futuristic sight, and the city’s many botanic gardens are an absolute gem even if you are not that into plants. Singapore is compact and very pedestrian–friendly, making it pleasant to walk around areas like Chinatown and Little India.

Conclusion: Though both the cities are ultra-modern and have a range of exciting and unique things to do and see, with contrasting locations have a lot of common denominators in between.

Burj Khalifa

The prime attraction of the  Dubai Tour is Burj Khalifa. It is the tallest skyscraper in the world at 828 metres. Burj Khalifa has 360-degree observation decks at levels 124,125 and 148, a Las Vegas-inspired fountain, nine of the city’s best luxury hotels, and multiple restaurants. Board the high-speed elevators which transport the visitors to the observation deck and have multimedia presentations about the history and construction of Burj Khalifa. This magnificent needle-shaped structure is located next to Dubai Mall and has drawn visitors from all over the world since opening in 2010. During the day the city is bathed in sunlight and in the evening witness the mesmerizing city lights.

Singapore Zoo

One of the best places to visit with Singapore Packages is Singapore Zoo. Singapore Zoo earlier known as Mandai Zoo. It is located on the north-western side of the island and is a haven for wondrous wildlife and a must-visit for animal lovers. It is home to three hundred species of animals, birds, and reptiles. Animals do not live in cages here however, the set-up is in a safe and suitable environment. The zoo offers open exhibits with hidden glass and moats, as fencing between animals and visitors. There are underwater galleries from where one can observe hippos and crocs swimming. Also, there is a play zone area for children called Rainforest Kidz World, where children get a chance to feed goats and head over to the pet’s corner to catch a sight of rabbits.

Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed water fountain located in the beautiful Burj Complex. The dancing fountain rises as high as 150 m in complete synchronization with Arabic and world musical numbers. It forms beautiful arcs and jumps to the beats as the fountain was designed by  California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. The show begins in the evening every day, and the best way to approach it is through the Dubai Mall. It is located in the middle of the 24-acre Burj Lake and holds performances of around five minutes each. One can also take a closer look at the fountain by booking a wooden abra ( a traditional Arabian boat) that cruises every day.

Merlion Park

The Merlion Park is an iconic landmark housing two Merlion statues and symbolizes Singapore’s glorious past when it was just a fishing village. Merlion is a  mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. The iconic statue was installed in 1972 as the park dates back to 1964. Spouting water from the mouth, the larger one of the two measuring 8.6m, was later joined by a Merlion cub measuring 2m and is located near the main Merlion. The park is full of fun, especially with the kids. Indulge in the Walking quest with stops such as the Jubilee Bridge Sign, Ulysses by the Merlion, and Merlion Park Sign. It is one of the popular spots to see the light and water show at Marina Bay Sands. The place looks magical after sundown and offers some of the best backgrounds to click photos.

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is one of the popular shopping and sightseeing places located in Downtown Dubai. It also provides entry to Burj Khalifa and houses the famous Dubai Aquarium. There are more than 1,200 stores, making it the world’s largest mall and undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise. Entertainment at Dubai Mall ranges from kid’s zones, cinemas, and SEGA Republic to art exhibitions. Inside the mall, its ground level is home to the Dubai Aquarium, which houses the world’s largest acrylic panel. Take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view 33,000 aquatic animals and one can also go cage diving with sharks. There is an Olympic-sized ice-skating rink located on the ground floor that extends to the second floor. The rink also hosts the Emirates Hockey League games. There is a waterfall inside the mall that’s not only special but it’s an illusion waterfall. Some statues are diving from the waterfall and if you stare at one, the other disappears.

VivoCity

Vivo City is the largest shopping mall in Singapore and is located at Harbour Front. It is one of the very few shopping complexes that is known for its open space. It also houses a large outdoor kid’s playground on level two along with a rooftop “Skypark “. The outlets at this mega-mall are spread across five whopping levels. The architecture of the beautiful mall is a cut above the mundane, box-shaped shopping complexes. It is home to one of Singapore’s largest cinemas, among the country’s biggest toy stores, an amphitheatre, a wade pool, and four food courts. The mall is jam-packed with brand-name stores teeming with luxury and everyday items spread across seven levels. There is plenty to keep everyone amused, including a rooftop sky park for the kids. The rooftop garden offers a vantage point overlooking the island of Sentosa. Little ones can indulge in the interactive water play area,  as the vast expanse of the deck beckons visitors for a picnic while basking in the sun.

Conclusion: Go on an ultimate luxury holiday with your family to make lifetime memories. Singapore has something to captivate every traveller and offers an unforgettable blend of iconic skylines to its lush green spaces and rich heritage. Dubai is the jewel of UAE which with the passage of time has transformed into a bustling metropolis with a dazzling array of modern attractions.

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