Dubai isn’t your ordinary modern city. It’s a mixture of tradition and novelty. It’s a city where you can own both a diamond-encrusted Bugatti and a camel. It’s a city where people praise technological progress and eat cupcakes made out of gold but still wear their traditional Arab garments.
In Dubai, the abnormal becomes the normal. And there’s really no reason to settle on one thing when you can have both. You can walk around a shopping mall AND an aquarium at the same time. You can ride a motorcycle AND a horse simultaneously, and if you can’t decide between a motorboat and a car, you don’t have to!
Take a look at some of the most incredible images that can be seen only in Dubai.
For most of us, entering the water equals = bathing suits (because who likes to wear soggy clothes that weigh you down?) But these guys don’t look worried at all. Either they’re super confident they won’t fall, or they don’t mind swimming in long robes.
This picture is a perfect example of Dubai’s unique atmosphere. On the one hand, you have incredible skyscrapers and advanced technology, and, on the other, traditional thawbs and keffiyehs. It looks like the Arabs in Dubai remain loyal to their roots even as they paddleboard!
In Dubai, rush hour is horrific, especially during its peak hours (from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.). The roads are fully congested, full of upset drivers dying to get to their destinations. So, if you want to cruise smoothly through the city, your best bet would be to get on the road between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
But if there’s one entertaining thing about Dubai’s rush hour, it’s that it often looks like a runway show for luxurious cars. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Jaguar, or Chrysler, many lucky residents own at least one expensive car.
For some people, driving fast cars isn’t enough of an adrenaline rush. They need to get on top of their fast cars to really feel alive. So, don’t be surprised if you run into people on the freeway riding their SUVs like surfboards.
It’s one thing to climb on top of your car, but it’s another to do so while the driver pulls a full-on wheelie! We wonder if the two SUVs in the back were scared for the guy’s life or felt inspired to do the same…
Dubai is home to the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa. With over 160 floors and a total height of 2,716 feet, Dubai’s famous skyscraper is basically in heaven. So, if you want to know how it feels to live high up in the clouds, one visit to Dubai will settle that.
Lucky citizens living in tall penthouses often drink their morning coffees with a thick, white blanket surrounding their balconies. Can you imagine what it’s like waking up in a cloud? It seems like a perfect way to start the day (unless you’re scared of heights).
In addition to regular ambulances, Dubai’s hospitals are equipped with the latest sports cars that can speed their way across the city in a matter of minutes, which is exactly what you need when you’re attempting to save someone’s life.
Dubai’s luxurious ambulances have a maximum speed of 300 km/hr. And they’re not only fast, but they’re smart too. They’re equipped with medical devices, alarms, audio-visual systems, and cardiac resuscitation units. In other words, you have little to fear when it comes to medical emergencies in Dubai.
There’s nothing scary or extreme about playing tennis, right? It’s not like driving a race car or skydiving. Expect that in Dubai, it kind of is. Here’s a perfect example of how Dubai turned a normal, low-to-the-ground sport into an extreme activity high up in the clouds.
Dubai is home not only to the tallest building in the world but to the tallest tennis court in the world. This court was built on top of the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel. Towering 1,000 feet above the ground, this unique court attracts thousands of visitors every year.
While these phones seem like antiques, they’re no less expensive than any of our touch screen phones. If anything, they cost more. They’re decorated with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and real gold. Who knew an old Nokia phone could cost way more than the newest iPhone?
These crystalized phones are the perfect thing to go along with your dazzling car, your lavish penthouse, and your sparkling jewelry. Obviously, not every person in Dubai can afford to live this way. But it blows our mind to think that there are people who actually can.
While some people in Dubai own diamond-studded phones, others are below the poverty line. Whether you’re unemployed or simply can’t afford to purchase your groceries for the week, feel free to grab what you need from the “Free Food” compartment.
Not all supermarkets have free produce on their shelves, but it’s nice to know that some grocery stores do. If you decide to grab something, make sure you follow the rules—just one piece per person.
Apart from Dubai’s UAE dirham, some places only accept gold as a payment method. That’s why the city has Gold to Go ATMs. This vending machine is filled with coins and gold bars for you to withdraw whenever you desire.
Gold to Go ATMs are usually refilled twice a week, meaning that there are plenty of people in Dubai purchasing piles of Burj Khalifa-emblazoned gold bars. With either cash or credit, you can purchase yourself pure and fashionable gold.
Humans in Dubai aren’t the only animals living in luxury. Horses, for example, live in actual palaces. Their stables have marble floors, painted ceilings, and flashy lighting. Horse racing is a popular hobby in Arab countries, so no wonder they’re treated like royalty.
Recommended stables in the city are the Winners Equestrian Club, Al Habtoor Resort and Club, and Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. All clubs offer an unforgettable horse riding experience and various facilities like spas and high-quality restaurants.
You’re welcome to bring whatever animal you want on your yacht. Dubai doesn’t differentiate between dogs, tigers, lions, pumas, and domesticated cats. As long as your wild animal knows how to behave around water, bringing them along shouldn’t be a problem.
Unless, of course, there are other people with you on the yacht. Then that might be an issue. But there’s no need to disturb other people! Dubai has many private and spacey yachts with enough room for you and your big cat.
Who says you can’t ski in the desert? Ski Dubai is the largest indoor ski resort. And the best news? It’s open all year round. This means that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Indoors, you have your winter wonderland, and outdoors, just across the street, you have a sunny, toasty beach.
If you’re not a fan of skiing but still want to enjoy your time in the snow, no worries. Ski Dubai’s snow park offers its visitors a guided walk with penguins, a cinema, Zorba balls, hot chocolate milk, and warm, comforting meals.
Can there ever be too much bling? In Dubai, apparently not. From shiny phones to shiny jewelry to shiny cars. And as you can tell by the picture, some people can’t make do with just a fast Mercedes. They need it to be covered in pure, 18k white gold as well.
Our only concern is whether its reflection blinds the other drivers. Well, whoever can afford to purchase such an over-the-top vehicle can probably afford to have it sit around in their garage all day. Golden cars are worth millions—enough millions to feed the poorer population in Dubai for decades.
In Dubai, the more turtles you have, the richer you probably are. This might sound weird, but this pet is a sign of high status and wealth. Stacking up your exotic animal to make a tower means you have more than enough bling in your pockets.
These desert turtles are rare and expensive, so creating an actual skyscraper out of them is impressive. That being said, pet turtles aren’t the easiest pets to have. There’s a strict hygiene protocol to follow if you want to ensure you’re giving your turtle its best life possible.
Public toilets aren’t always pleasant. In some countries, they’re RARELY pleasant. But in Dubai, they’re a lot nicer than the toilets people have at home. They’re shiny, clean, smell good, and some even have a shower and a jacuzzi. And to top it all off, some have a glass roof to give it that extra touch.
One toilet in Dubai has broken the world record for “the most number of diamonds set on a toilet bowl.” Surprised? Probably not anymore. At this point on the list, it’s pretty evident that if something can be bedazzled, people in Dubai will bedazzle it.
Rich people in Dubai have either an exotic-looking car, an exotic-looking house, or an exotic pet like a cheetah or a leopard. Their unconventional pet usually has a diamond-studded collar and a dazzling leash to match. Owning a cheetah is considered a status symbol, although some sources claim it’s no longer allowed.
BBC News stated that “anyone who takes a big cat or any other kind of exotic animal out in public will face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams.” Well, I guess that just means that all exotic pets are hidden in people’s backyards.
If you can’t afford your own Bugatti, but you still want to ride in style, Uber in Dubai is the way to go. It might not be YOUR car, but you’ll still reach your destination and enjoy a comfortable luxurious ride in a fancy sports vehicle.
According to Uber’s website: “Dubai is a city like no other. It was probably the only city in the world where more often than not, a Lexus arrives on Uber.” We’re mind blown! Asking someone else for a ride has never felt less poor.
Camel racing is huge in Dubai. And while it’s fun to ride the camel yourself, some people in Dubai prefer the thrill of watching the race from the side. In come the robot jockeys! Super lightweight robots that wear a helmet to give viewers the feeling that they’re watching an actual human.
They have small, hinged arms that hold on to whips, and some even wear hats and sunglasses. They look so realistic that from a distance, you can’t tell the difference! Operators alongside the race track control them.
Dubai went from a desolate desert to a city where construction never stops. In 2008, the city experienced as much development as Shanghai. (Shanghai has 13 times its population!) The booming oil production has made it possible for Dubai to become a glorious metropolis.
The people working hard to build all those skyscrapers are mostly foreigners. Interestingly, out of 3 million people in Dubai, only 15% are nationals from the United Arab Emirates. Many are actually from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Why own just a yacht when you can own a water car too? As you can tell in this picture, in Dubai, nothing is out of reach. If you’re out in the water and miss your sports vehicle, have no fear, the invention of the water car is here!
Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum owns this car, the crown prince of Dubai. The prince owns six of these babies, which together are worth around $800,000. So maybe we’re not driving around in midair yet, but at least we have jeeps and sports cars to take us around the ocean.
Golden cars, golden phones, golden toilets… It was only a matter of time before we would discover Dubai has golden food. And yes, you guessed it – it’s terribly expensive. Dubai holds the record for the most expensive cupcake in the world!
It’s called the Golden Phoenix and is made out of Italian cocoa and Ugandan vanilla beans. But those fine ingredients aren’t what makes it the priciest dessert around (over $1,000!). It’s the 23k golden crust that makes it a record-breaking delight.
You’ll find luxurious water boats in the ocean in Dubai, but women covered from head to toe onshore. A strange sight, to be honest. But another perfect example of how Dubai keeps its traditions alive while still progressing with the rest of the modern world.
Family plays a big part in their culture, and as you can tell by the sign, there are certain areas reserved for families only. Anyone who interferes and breaks the rules will receive a fine. We wonder if the women are fine with the harsh instructions. We can’t imagine what it’s like to sweat under all those layers.
It’s not that people in Dubai don’t like fish. On the contrary, it’s one of the most delicious delicacies around! But carrying it on the metro is not allowed. Considering how hot Dubai is and how crowded underground stations are, it makes sense that they would ban smelly fish from public transportation.
Shoppers will have to find other ways to carry their fish from the market. How about taking a luxury Uber? Or maybe a water car? Trains stations in Dubai are clean and well-kept. There’s no reason to upset everyone by bringing in your fishy business.
A birthday celebration of over $100,000? We wonder how many people sat at that table. They ordered 24 diet cokes, so we’re assuming there were more than 10. But in all honesty, even if there were 30 people, how in the world did they get to that amount?
The cake was the cheapest thing on the list! Isn’t that supposed to be the highlight of the celebration? Sorry cake, you’ve been replaced with vodka bottles, red bulls, and a whole lot of Cristal (a kind of Champagne). We hope they had enough money for everything.
If there’s someone in need of speed (other than paramedics), it’s got to be the police. Is there anything more threatening than an officer in a Porsche? Trying to escape and outdrive him would seem like a ridiculous thing to do. Unless, of course, you have a newer Porsche.
Which doesn’t sound too ridiculous. If police officers, doctors, and many other residents have Bugattis, why wouldn’t criminals have them? They might be stolen, but they’re still Bugattis. Speedy police officers are probably one of the greatest things the city has come up with!
If you own a luxury car, that’s fine. It’s nothing too exciting, though. It means that you’re doing well and have enough money in the bank. But if you’re really rich, you’ll plate your luxury car in gold. That tells everyone exactly how wealthy you are.
As a tourist, not only do you have to get used to seeing luxury cars one next to the other in ordinary parking lots, but you also have to wrap your head around the fact that half of them are covered in gold! Can you imagine going to the mall and casually walking past a row of gold-plated Porsches and Ferraris?
Today, modern cars and huge houses are a sign of wealth. But in previous times, camels were one of the most luxurious possessions a person could own. These animals were used for transportation, family negotiations, and storage.
The more camels you had, the more respected you were. So today, many Dubai residents pay tribute to their rich ancestors by owning several camels themselves. A sheik with a Ferrari and a camel? That’s a sight you can only see in Dubai.
So, remember before when we mentioned that Dubai doesn’t have flying cars yet? Well, as you can see by the picture – they’re getting there. If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, you can always rent a helicopter to carry you to your destination.
The best part about it? Is that you don’t have to crowd together with the pilot on the helicopter. You can enjoy the view from above while sitting in your comfortable, luxurious car. I guess an excuse like “I’m running late because I’m stuck in traffic” isn’t really acceptable.
Sometimes, a person needs space. And sometimes, he needs to be carried around in an extravagant limousine, especially if he’s feeling under the weather and in need of medical assistance. The people in Dubai understand that.
And that’s why they have elegant limos to carry you to the hospital! Talk about being in good hands, right? You’ll probably be carried to a hospital bed on a golden plated stretcher or a diamond-encrusted wheelchair. Who said riding in an ambulance can’t be comfortable and stylish?
I think it’s pretty evident that in Dubai, you can have the best of both worlds. Why choose between your motorcycle and your horse when you can have both, right? The more extravagant in this city, the better!
We’re not sure if the person in this picture chose the color white because this horse is his favorite breed or because the color is bright and easily visible in the dark. Either way, his design is beautiful, elegant, and safe!
The Dubai Mall is a breathtaking and dizzying spectacle. It’s the world’s largest shopping mall with over 1,200 stores. It’s also considered one of the most visited buildings on Earth. Now you’re probably wondering, how can shops create that much noise and commotion?
Well, that’s because the shopping experience in Dubai is like no other. As you walk around the mall, you’ll find yourself surrounded by over 300 ocean species looking at you. Yet again, Dubai proves that there’s no need to compromise or choose between two attractions. You have a shopping mall AND an aquarium in the same space.
Dubai is packed with towering skyscrapers, making it one of the most attractive cities for daredevils. So if you’re feeling a bit dull and in need of a quick pick me up, just climb to the top floor of any building in the city and gaze out the window (or, if you’re brave enough, over the ledge).
From such heights, the sights are breathtaking. If you’re super passionate about extreme activities, you can even make a jump for it with a parachute. You might land in one of the parks around the city or in someone’s backyard. Just make sure you don’t land on one of their cheetahs.
A French designer designed this shoe, but it’s sold only in Dubai. Because there’s probably no other place in the world that can appreciate such a creation, it’s both a shoe and a vintage cassette. And, of course, it’s gold. It has Dubai written all over it!
We’re not sure how much these shoes cost, but we have a feeling it’s more than some people’s annual income. But hey, if you can afford it – go for it! It’s a great way to fit in with Dubai’s crowd. You’ll undoubtedly get several compliments wearing these beauties.
If you’re hosting a house party in Dubai, you better make sure everything in your home is bedazzled and ready to stun your guests, including your Foosball table. This picture shows a gold-plated table with sparkling crystals and diamonds encrusted into it.
We wonder if the players of the game are also studded with diamonds. And what about the ball? It’s got to be one hell of a rock. Hopefully, guests don’t get too aggressive in this game, or else they risk kicking the diamond out of the field.
When dogs stick their heads out of car windows with their tongue flapping around in the air, it’s cute. If you see a domesticated cat sticking its head out of the window, it’s weird. But when you see a BIG WILD cat stick its head out of a car, it’s scary.
In Dubai, tigers peering out of car windows isn’t anything too bizarre. Exotic animals are a part of everyday life and, as mentioned before, a status symbol! Although these animals have been banned for a few years now, people still own them in secret.
Just your average, little cuddle buddy, right? Why compromise on an ordinary cat when you can have the king of the jungle? This is a total myth, by the way, considering that lions don’t actually live in jungles. But that’s beside the point.
The point is that in Dubai, things that are usually abnormal become normal. This snuggly little cat will grow into a true lion king and spend his afternoons riding around with his owner in a luxurious, gold-plated car.
Why drive your big cat around in your car if it could become the car itself, right? We have to admit, this is a pretty startling sight. We’re used to camel riding and horse riding, but this is something else.
While most sports cars have an animal as their symbol (Ferrari has a horse, Lamborghini a bull), this guy decided to go from the symbolic to the literal. At least his ride is way more eco-friendly than polluting sports cars. Although we’re not so sure how animal friendly this way of transportation is…
Dubai is an incredibly hot place to live. After all, it’s a city in the middle of the desert. That’s why the government has been so kind as to provide its residents with air conditioners in bus stations. This cooling bus stop can be found near the Burj Al Arab hotel.
No more sweating as you wait for the bus! And no more smelly armpits and weird odors inside the bus. Seriously, the whole world should learn from Dubai. Cooling down commuters should be each city’s top priority!
We’ve all seen long limos, but what about wide jeeps? That’s pretty rare. But as you can probably tell from this list, what’s rare in the world is common in Dubai. We’re not sure why the owner didn’t just buy two jeeps, but we’re guessing that they wanted to keep the family together at all times.
Oh, and who can forget the family’s exotic cats? That’s probably why they needed that extra space. This jeep has four regular tires and one driver. But it takes up both tracks on the road.