On the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Dubai is a cosmopolitan city of diversity and contrasts. It is a vibrant and unique destination, combining variety and excitement with glamour and luxury. Surrounded by mesmerizing Arabian sands, Dubai is an oasis of decadence; some would say a modern-day Babylon. This grandeur and ultra-modernity is what draws tourists to choose Dubai holidays. This travel guide to Dubai will introduce this city-state and its haute couture boutiques, five-star hotels, Lamborghini police cars and heaven piercing high rises.
Do make sure your Dubai travel planning takes into account the city’s notorious weather. Dubai is best enjoyed from November to March when the days are pleasantly warm and nights cool. January and February sees the city host the famous Dubai Shopping Festival while December is the perfect time to star gaze at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Dubai summers last from May to September are brutal. Due to its location in the arid desert, summers can be unbearably hot with daytime temperatures often crossing 40°C with extreme heat and humidity. Winters start in December and end in March with pleasant weather and the occasional downpour.
Every Travel Guide to Dubai will include the Burj al Arab. Synonymous with Dubai, the sail shaped luxury hotel is one of the most enduring images of the city and of UAE itself. The structure is the third tallest hotel in the world and is built on an artificial island out on the Persian Gulf. Home to two exclusive restaurants, one that offers breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline and the other that takes you underwater, the hotel also has one of the most expensive hotel suites in the world. Its opulent interiors and stunning architecture make the Burj Al Arab a Dubai landmark that cannot be missed.
Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa oozes glamour and Arab extravagance. Our Dubai travel guide suggests visiting the Burj Khalifa. Situated in the Downtown Dubai district, the mega structure has a total height of a dizzying 2,772 feet. The building houses offices, residences, restaurants, galleries and hotels including the uber fashionable Armani Hotel. The Observation Deck on the 148th floor is the perfect place to take in Dubai in all its glory and Abu Dhabi as well on a clear day. The Dubai Fountain, located by the entrance of the Burj Khalifa is the world’s second largest choreographed fountain in the world and one of Dubai’s most popular spectacles.
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The city’s newest tourist attraction, the Dubai Frame is touted by every Dubai Travel Guide as the Biggest Picture Frame on the Planet. The 150m tall building is home to a restaurant, viewing gallery and an exhibition of the history of the Emirates. The unique landmark to showcase all other landmark juxtaposes Dubai’s glitzy skyscrapers to the north and the old part of town to the south.
Zabeel Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Built in 1787, Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building still standing in Dubai. In a city of glistening sky scrapers, the fort is a charming, old world juxtaposition. The Fort today is home to the Dubai Museum with its spectacular collection of artifacts and dioramas that showcase Emirati culture and history.
Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Situated on the grounds of the luxurious Atlantis The Palm hotel, Aquaventure is one of the world’s biggest water parks with dozens of exciting rides, wave pools, water slides and a lazy river that meanders through the entire park. Every Dubai travel guide calls it the perfect place to unwind and get a little respite from the hot desert sun, Aquaventure is a favourite among tourists and locals alike.
Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
See the sights of this magical city on a city tour that will introduce you to the old and the new. See the incredible Jumeirah Mosque, traditional souks, Burj al Arab and many more Dubai attractions.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A cruise in the beautiful Dubai Creek at dusk is a surreal experience that few can say to have felt. You will sail on the calm waters of the creek aboard an illuminated dhow, a traditional wooden Arabian sailboat as you drift pas the steel and glass monoliths that make up the Dubai cityscape. The cruise includes a sumptuous Indian meal that you can enjoy as you see the sights of downtown Dubai.
Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Your Dubai travel planning must include a Dubai Safari; the perfect way to truly experience the Arabian Desert. Jump into a 4X4 and ride across the desert up to the highest dunes. You could try sand boarding, dune surfing or quad biking in the Dubai desert and spend the evening watching a traditional belly dancing performance and an Emirati barbeque meal at a Bedouin campsite in the desert.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates