IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Band 9 Strategies – Visiting Dubai

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Describe a visit to a different city than your hometown.

Which city did you visit and why?

Who did you go with?

What did you do when you were there?

What is your general opinion about this city?

You will have one to two minutes to talk about this topic.

You will have one minute to prepare what you are going to say.

Category – place – location, appearance, history, people, function, meaning

Topic – a city that you visited,

Tense – past tense, past progressive, present perfect, past perfect

Think of two to three good ideas for this,

  1. Paris, 2. London, 3. Dubai  Vote: Dubai

*Useful Notes:
UAE – Karachi Sea, the Persian coast, desert

Skyscrapers, skyline, glass concrete, greenery
35 -50 degrees
Man-mad islands – palm tree islands
Resorts, hotels, shops, shopping malls
Fashion, trends, busy, wealthy
Family, father, mother, brother, sister
Act: Burj Khalifa, visited cousin Javier, local Afghan cuisine, drove Lamborghini, raced camel, indoor skiing,
Meaning – amazed by wealth and technology, spent too much


Back in October of 2018, not long before the COVID pandemic, I had an incredible two-week trip to Dubai with my family. As many people know, Dubai is one of the largest cities in the United Arabic Emirates, and it is built in the desert along the Persian Coast, next to the beautiful, crystal blue Karachi Sea. Dubai is one of the most modern and wealthiest cities in the world and as such, it has an incredible skyline filled with skyscrapers that touch the clouds, including the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa which stretches over a quarter of a mile high. In fact, my father, mom, sister, and I went to the top of the Burj Khalifa and the view from the lookout deck was absolutely breathtaking. From there, we could see all of the manmade parks and green space around the city as well as the unique manmade islands in the shape of palm trees and other interesting motifs. (***At this point, remember to focus on the card) During our two-week vacation we participated in several fun and memorable activities including renting luxury sports cars, I drove a Lamborghini, which was one of my childhood dreams. Also, we went diving in the sea and saw some amazing fish. On another day we tried indoor skiing, and the day before departure we visited some of the massive shopping malls to buy souvenirs. Of course, we tried a lot of different and delicious Afghani foods during our stay. Overall, I had an amazing time in Dubai, I loved the culture and modern feel of the city; however, I do have to admit that the heat was a bit intense at times, hovering around 45 degrees even though it was October. Nevertheless, I definitely would recommend others to visit there if they get the chance. (For instance, a place I would recommend tourists to visit is…because I went there and….)
***Over the next week, try this cue card again by answering with the topic of London and Paris.

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