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Dubai Holidays

Dubai is a unique landscape, beholden in equal parts to its ancient heritage and to the innovations of the modern day. It's the home of giants, a city where visitors can browse through the world's biggest shopping mall, climb the world's tallest skyscraper and marvel at the largest man-made island in existence. Dubai is the birthplace of wonders, of acts of majesty and creation that have never been seen before, of structures and experiences that simply don't exist anywhere else in the world. The question isn't whether or not to visit Dubai, but how to fit in everything it has to offer on your holidays. Read more ...

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Dubai travel guide

  • If cutting-edge modern architecture appeals to you, then nowhere else on earth can offer such a massive wow factor as does the United Arab Emirates’ largest metropolis. Dubai is growing, fast. On the way to completion is the 700 metre tall Dubai Tower, set to be the world’s highest building, along with the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s first underwater hotel—Hydropolis—and The World, an amazing man-made series of 250 islands shaped to represent a map of the globe. Already on hand are the iconic sail-shaped Burg Al Arab Hotel—currently the world’s tallest—and the new Ski Dubai indoor winter sports centre at the Mall of the Emirates, where you can snow ski a stone’s throw from desert sand dunes. It’s a large city and, given the climate, you will be taking lots of cabs and buses, yet a surprising amount of it is walkable, especially around the Creek—an attractive stretch of water that bisects the city. Around 80 percent of the residents are expats, not only from Europe and North America, but from all over the Middle and Far East too, making it one of the world’s most vibrantly cosmopolitan cities.

  • If cutting-edge modern architecture appeals to you, then nowhere else on earth can offer such a massive wow factor as does the United Arab Emirates’ largest metropolis. Dubai is growing, fast. On the way to completion is the 700 metre tall Dubai Tower, set to be the world’s highest building, along with the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s first underwater hotel—Hydropolis—and The World, an amazing man-made series of 250 islands shaped to represent a map of the globe. Already on hand are the iconic sail-shaped Burg Al Arab Hotel—currently the world’s tallest—and the new Ski Dubai indoor winter sports centre at the Mall of the Emirates, where you can snow ski a stone’s throw from desert sand dunes.

    It’s a large city and, given the climate, you will be taking lots of cabs and buses, yet a surprising amount of it is walkable, especially around the Creek—an attractive stretch of water that bisects the city. Around 80 percent of the residents are expats, not only from Europe and North America, but from all over the Middle and Far East too, making it one of the world’s most vibrantly cosmopolitan cities.

  • Dubai is a city that offers many attractions and sites for all types of travellers. Here you can go up the world’s tallest tower or head for a cultural night out at the theatre, swim with dolphins, explore heritage sites, go on a safari out into the sand dunes or even try out indoor skiing. The list is endless, and you will certainly enjoy plenty of things to do and see.

  • Thanks to its role as that of a great international crossroads and the truly cosmopolitan nature of its population, Dubai offers cuisine from all over the world. French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Scandinavian establishments vie with the culinary delights of India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. Then, of course, there’s true Middle Eastern food, with Moroccan, Lebanese, Iranian, Jordanian and other specialities on offer as well as such local Arabic delights as hareis (succulent slow-cooked lamb with cracked wheat), matchous (highly spiced lamb served over rice), fattayyer (bite-sized pastries stuffed with cream cheese and spinach), mehalabiya (a mouth-watering pudding topped with pistachio nuts and rose petals) and esh asaraya (a cream-topped variation on cheesecake). A good tip: for great value genuine Arabic food, try the long-established citywide chain of restaurants called Automatic. This is one city where in-house hotel restaurants do extremely well – and offer a vast array of choice. Many hotels have six or more different outlets to provide a culinary tour of the world of fine food – and value often matches that of stand-alone eateries. In what is officially a Muslim city, the entirely cosmopolitan nature of the populace means alcohol is widely available and pork and shellfish find their way onto many menus, too.

    Rhodes Twenty 10

    As the name reveals, this restaurant is run by the Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes. Rhodes Twenty 10 is a high-class restaurant where the professional staff serve European-inspired cuisine with a touch of flavour from the Middle East, all in a glamorous and intimate setting.

    Latitude

    Latitude's extensive buffet includes dishes of the world cuisine, including Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and European. There are many live cooking stations where you can watch the dishes being prepared. Do not miss the amazing dessert table complete with a chocolate fountain.

    Bateaux Dubai

    This well-appointed modern vessel takes 200 passengers. On board, you can have a great time participating in a dinner cruise up the Dubai Creek and back. The menu offers international gourmet cuisine and an extensive selection of fine beverages.

  • If you would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, then head over to a cafe, sit down and unwind with a cup of coffee or tea. There is no shortage of cafes in Dubai, many of them are located at shopping malls or adjacent to hotels.

    Sultan's Lounge

    Relax and enjoy your cup of tea accompanied by ice-creams or delicious cakes in elegant surroundings, where you will be pampered like royalty. In the evening, it is absolutely lovely to relax enjoying the beautiful views.

    Arabian Tea House

    Located in a peaceful courtyard, the Arabian Tea House brings freshness to any hot day with its green, white and blue colours. Taste the salads and the delicate cakes while savouring a cup of tea.

    Cafe Bateel

    At Cafe Bateel you can sip on a good cup of coffee in a warm and sophisticated environment. You can come here for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. In addition, Cafe Bateel is famous for its pastries and chocolates. Dishes of Italian cuisine are served.

  • Shopping could almost be described as Dubai’s raison d’êtré. This is real shop-till you-drop territory, with an amazing array of vast, modern air-conditioned shopping malls, street markets, large and small shops, and the renowned gold, perfume and spice souks. There are plenty of opportunities to use credit cards, but cash is king where bargains are concerned. Tax-free status plus lots of haggling – which, as in all Arab countries, almost reaches the level of an art form – ensures great value and even major stores may come up with special discounts if you ask first, and you should never be afraid to ask. Sweetmeats and exotic fruits on display in stalls throughout the city are equally enticing and you’ll also find grocery stores that resemble Aladdin’s cave with their bounty.

    Malls

    Beating America at its own game, Dubai has a plethora of western-style air-conditioned shopping malls, including the massive Gardens Mall, which currently claims to be the world’s largest - though the soon to be opened AED 235 billion Dubailand and Mall of Arabia will be even bigger. Among the best malls are Burjuman Centre, Deira City Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Mercato, Wafi Mall, Jumeirah Centre, Dubai Mall and the Oasis Centre. Many hotel lobbies also incorporate malls where designer labels rule. And when feet get weary, many malls feature extensive food courts, catering for everything from a simple burger or sandwich to full-blown Arab cuisine and gourmet offerings. New retail outlets are opening at a breakneck pace and the city’s 20 million square feet of retail space already accounts for more than four times per capita what the USA can offer.

    Deira Spice Souk

    For all the cooking fans in Dubai, Spice Souk is an absolute must-visit. Bags of different spices are enough to tempt you try them all and be a chef for a day.

    The Dubai Mall

    The Dubai Mall is a place of endless shopping possibilities, with everything you wish for represented. Even those who are not into shopping will enjoy the majestic decor of the mall.

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