So huge you can see it from the space. Visiting the world’s largest man-made island is an experience that is unmistakably Dubai, so we jumped at the chance when we found out that there’s a small boat tour circling around Palm Jumeirah.
When it comes to Dubai’s iconic landmarks, the discussion comes down to either Burj Khalifa or Burj Al Arab. No sane person would leave the emirate without visiting both attractions, but if we really have to compare the apple to the orange, which one rules supreme?
Most cities are content with having one iconic skyline.
Not Dubai. In the metropolis’ grand tradition of “more is more”, Dubai has… hold your breath… not one… not two… but THREE notable skylines.
Let’s break them down.
I’m not a big city person.
Having used to living in metropolitans my whole life, the sight of towering mountains impress me more than skyscrapers. But I have a soft spot for cities that can transform us through time. And Dubai qualifies: its harder, better, faster, stronger approach in architecture has resulted in some of the most exceptional superlatives in recent history.
But in hindsight, while Dubai impresses, it also underwhelms.
With 17,508 islands spanning across 1.92 million km2 and a population of over 252.17 million people, the world’s largest archipelago offers a rich mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty and biodiversity. Despite this, most foreign tourists visiting South East Asia often overlook Indonesia as a tourism destination (other than Bali).
With its charm fully intact and unspoiled from over-tourism, Indonesia is the region’s best-kept secret. Let’s have these 34 pictures speak for themselves.