In the early 1700s, Dubai was just a small fishing and pearl-diving village. By the end of the 18th century, about 1,200 people were living there. Fast-forward to today, Dubai has a population of 3.3 million. Before the discovery of oil, pearls and gold were highly sought after trading items.
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Baja Dubai takes place in the Al Badayer Desert where you can find the Best Dunes!
Al Badayer desert is one of the most famous deserts for having some of the UAE's best dunes, including the most popular 'Big Red'. Adrenaline junkies can go desert driving, dune-bashing or quad biking from sunrise to sunset. Visitors of all ages can enjoy watching the sunset over the dunes or camping under the stars.
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The world’s tallest building, at 2,716 feet, the Burj Khalifa needs no introduction. An icon in the Dubai skyline, this building should be on your Dubai bucket list. Zip to the 148th floor to see the city below, or chill in the lounge with cocktails on the 123rd floor. A fun Dubai fact is that the design of the building is based on a local desert flower, hymenocallis, also known as the spider lily. There are three feet or lobes which form the architectural base of the Burj Khalifa, which echo the shape of this flower.
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