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Guide to Dubai

Dubai is a fascinating city located in the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.  It has a population of around two million inhabitants and is rapidly growing. Arabic is the official language, and English is second.


The city is one of the most expansive and expensive in the world. Located on the emirate’s northern coastline, in the Persian Gulf, it has been a major global trading centre and is the commercial hub of the Middle East.

Dubai Holidays are world-famous for shopping as there are more than 250 shopping malls, including the largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall.  Here, alongside over one thousand shops, you’ll find some unexpected attractions such as Dubai Aquarium with the largest viewing panel in the world and an underwater zoo.  The mall is home to Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski slope – not something you might expect in a desert.

The Dubai Fountains by Dubai Mall are a spectacular sight, not to be missed.  Watch how the water dances to music and illuminates and shoots up to 500 metres into the air.  The fountain show is a fun family attraction, occurring every hour for a few minutes.

Another family favourite is Dolphin Bay, a stunning dolphin park with adjacent waterpark.  Get up close to Flipper and friends for an unforgettable interactive experience and swim with the dolphins.  Book ahead to avoid queues. Then there’s Aquaventure, a top water park with zip lines, waterslides and flumes that pass through shark filled lagoons (separated by glass).

City breaks to Dubai are very popular due to its word-renowned large constructions which have become symbols of the city.  Check out the Burj Khalifa, the tallest  building in the world.  In less than a minute, you can take a trip up the 124th floor for excellent views across the city.  The telescopes give you a unique look at Dubai past and present, and reveals how the city has evolved.  You can buy advance tickets and save time and money with Expedia.

Dubai lies within the Arabian Desert.  It has a hot climate with scorching summers and warm winters. To experience its distinctive desert environment, take a trip off the beaten track to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Go ‘dune bashing’ in a four wheel drive tour and end the day with dinner in the desert. Buy tickets for this amazing Desert Safari right here.

To enjoy the sand of a beach by the sea, head to Jumeria Beach and Park.  Here you can relax on white sand and swim in clean, clear waters.

Take to water on the Bur Dubai at the Abra Dock. This traditional wooden boat ride will take you across Dubai Creek to the old town where you’ll find Dubai’s traditional souks (marketplaces) selling traditional items and souvenirs. You’ll also find the Gold Souk with hundreds of jewellery retailers.

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Atlantis The Palm £238
Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Crescent Road, Dubai
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 2,265 reviews
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    Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The World Islands and Dubai College. Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel £124
    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,756 reviews
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      Situated in Dubai, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Al Twar Center, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Deira City Centre and Dubai Creek are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Shangri La Hotel Dubai £123
      Shangri La Hotel Dubai

      Shangri La Hotel Dubai

      Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,018 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai International Financial Centre and City Walk. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are also within 2 miles (3 km). Financial Centre Station is 8 minutes by foot and Emirates Towers Station is 21 minutes.

        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai £187
        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

        No. 1 The Palm, Dubai
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 301 reviews
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          Nestled on the beach, this Palm Jumeirah resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dubai College, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach. Marina Beach and Dubai Marina are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai £57
          Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

          Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

          Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Dubai
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,569 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Deira City Centre and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Creek Park and Dubai Creek are also within 3 mi (5 km). GGICO Station is 10 minutes by foot and Airport Terminal 1 Station is 29 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport £39
            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

            Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, Dubai
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 1,604 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. Festival Center is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away. Emirates Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              Fairmont The Palm £125
              Fairmont The Palm

              Fairmont The Palm

              Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 1,086 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Palm Jumeirah hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dubai College, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach. Marina Beach and Umm Suqeim Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai £73
                Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

                Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

                3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 813 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Trade Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are also within 3 miles (5 km). World Trade Centre Station is 13 minutes by foot and Al Jafiliya Station is 25 minutes.

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