Dubai

Bigger and Better

With an almost unlimited amount of sunshine and the crystal-clear waters of the Arabian Gulf lapping at the long stretches of beach, it is small wonder that Dubai has embraced the growing wave of tourism to its shores. Intent on building bigger and better, it is home to some of the world’s most famous luxury hotels, like the iconic Burj Al Arab, and the indulgent Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on Palm Jumeriah.

Dubai is divided into a number of different districts, with the most popular being Deira, the old financial district, now home to a bustling commercial and residential mix as well as ancient souks; Jumeirah, where you’ll find the largest beach hotels, resorts and the Palm Jumeriah; and the new Downtown Dubai district, home to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Dubai Fountain and a veritable forest of new skyscrapers.

There’s no shortage of attractions and things to do in Dubai – escape the heat and try some snowsports on the indoor ski slope at the Mall of the Emirates, get wet at the Wild Wadi Waterpark, head to the desert on a dune-bashing desert safari, take a boat ride along Dubai Creek, or undertake some serious retail therapy at one of the many shopping malls.

Insiders' Tips

  1. If the giddy high-rises and buzzing markets are becoming too much, head to one of the many tranquil parks which span the city. Try Al-Mamzar Park - a hidden gem at the mouth of Khor al-Mamzar, just across from Sharjah.
  2. Jumeirah Mosque is one of the very few mosques that allow non-Muslims. This dominant landmark of Dubai was built in the medieval Fatimid tradition.
  3. Dubai is a shopper's paradise, with malls, markets and boutiques on every corner. If you're in Dubai between December and February, don't miss the huge Dubai Shopping Festival.

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