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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 £299
Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 2,522 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Jumeirah Beach and Marina Beach. Dubai Marina and Kite Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel £154
    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 2,000 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Dubai, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Al Twar Center, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Creek. BurJuman Mall and Al Ghurair Centre are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai £181
      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

      No. 1 The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 596 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

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

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport £44
        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,297 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Creek and BurJuman Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km). Emirates Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray £210
          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

          Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, Dubai
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 907 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Palm Jumeirah, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Aquaventure, Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina Mall. Marina Beach and Dubai Marina are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai £123
            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

            Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 1,155 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai Water Canal, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Dubai Mall and Jumeirah Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Business Bay Station is 14 minutes by foot and Burj Khalifa - Dubai Mall Station is 30 minutes.

              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai £99
              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

              3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 1,076 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Trade Center, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Creek and Gold Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km). World Trade Centre Station is 13 minutes by foot and Al Jafiliya Station is 21 minutes.

                Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway Hotel £149
                Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

                Dukes Dubai, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

                Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 439 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in a regional park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Dubai Marina Mall, Emirates Golf Club and Jebel Ali Race Course. The Beach Mall is 6.2 mi (9.9 km) away.

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