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Dubai goes digital, so you can experience the city in the comfort of your hotel. Explore art, uncover the past and enjoy the city's many treasures – discover the best of Dubai online.
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has brought the city's best museums to Dubai 360, a special initiative that brings key landmarks and destinations online. Take a virtual reality tour through the hallways of Etihad Museum and learn more about the story of the nation, which dates back to the 1970s. Click, rotate and zoom your way through the virtual museum, and select the 'Info' button in the toolbar for details about the different exhibits.
Check out Etihad Museum
Explore photographs, videos, and timelapse panoramas to guide you through the Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum. This museum is dedicated to the secrets of the Iron Age and Stone Age, showcasing resurrected tools, pottery, fossils and other artefacts excavated from a remote desert site. There's much to discover, but see if you can spot the historic gold ring that became the design inspiration for the Expo 2020 Dubai logo.
Check out Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum
A treasure trail of history and art, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a top destination for tourists. You can trek its labyrinth of alleys, framed by rustic walls and architecture prevalent in the mid-19th century to the 1970s. Housed in the modest abodes are vibrant galleries, heritage hubs such as the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and charming cafes. It's especially popular in winter, but now you can enjoy its highlights all year round.
Check out Al Fahidi and Dubai Museum
Dubai's art world is expansive and immersive, and now you can find one of its most happening hotspots online. Alserkal Avenue – a creative hub housed in the industrial Al Quoz district – is rendering a selection of its galleries in 3D, just for you. See the latest exhibitions unveiled at art incubators like 1x1 Gallery, Showcase, Elmarsa, Lawrie Shabibi and more, as if you're right inside their warehouse-enclosed studios. Get up close to the acclaimed artwork, some of which are also available for sale.
Check out Alserkal Avenue
Not sure when you can see the Burj Al Arab for yourself? The world-famous hotel is opening its doors virtually via Dubai 360, giving you a look into its opulent interiors. Enter the grand lobby, where fountains and plush seating await, continue to the upper levels and galleries, and into the rooms. You can even climb up to the helipad, where you can jump on a helicopter and take a video tour of Dubai from the sky. For more bird's eye views of the city, you can also head over to the Burj Khalifa.
Check out Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa
Swim with all the mesmerising aquatic creatures that call Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo home, without a drop of water on you. You can check out the entire venue online, from the giant aquarium that lives at the heart of The Dubai Mall, through the special viewing tunnel and up to the exhibits featuring live alligators, creepy crawlies and more. Or, you can visit Dubai Aquarium's official website for a virtual tour of the main tank, the underwater zoo and the sharks.
Check out Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1865, Mubarak bin Hamad bin Mubarak Al Manea Al Oqaili is considered one of Dubai's most masterful poets. He's renowned for his Nabataean poetry, which dates back to an ancient Arab people who inhabited Northern Arabia and the Southern Levant. Venture into the virtual museum, housed in his former residence, to explore a collection of original poems, documents and valuable possessions, while also taking in architectural details of the traditional Arabian house, which was built in 1923.
Check out Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili
Dubai is home to a great many breathtaking mosques and, thanks to Dubai 360, you can venture into one of them for a glimpse into local culture. Set on Palm Jumeirah, Abdul Rahman Siddik Mosque stands out for its ultra-modern, minimalist and environmentally-friendly design. Venture in to see high marble pillars and decorative windows that let brightly-coloured lights filter in at night.
Check out Abdul Rahman Siddik Mosque
Dubai's main artery, Sheikh Zayed Road, runs down the city centre and connects older districts to newer neighbourhoods. This major highway sees fast-paced action, as cars, people and goods travel back and forth from one destination to another. Pause and take a moment to appreciate this concrete river in a timelapse video that perfectly captures the buzzing lives of Dubai's residents during busier seasons, as well as the city's famed architecture.
Check out Sheikh Zayed Road timelapse
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