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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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No. 1 The Palm, Dubai
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 215 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).

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel
    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,702 reviews
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      Situated in Dubai, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Al Twar Center, Dubai Tennis Stadium and Dubai Festival City Mall. Deira City Centre and Dubai Creek are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
      Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

      Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

      Road Al Garhoud Deira, Dubai
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 653 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium and Deira City Centre. Gold Souk and Spice Souk are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa £92
        Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa

        Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa

        Al Qudra Road adjacent to, Endurance City
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 472 reviews
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          Located in Endurance City, this family-friendly hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Dubai International Endurance City, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Emirates Golf Club. Dubailand and Dubai Butterfly Garden are also within 32 miles (52 km).

          Rove Downtown Dubai
          Rove Downtown Dubai

          Rove Downtown Dubai

          312 Happiness Street, Dubai
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 888 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Trade Center, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Opera and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            DUKES Dubai Hotel - Palm Jumeirah
            DUKES Dubai Hotel - Palm Jumeirah

            DUKES Dubai Hotel - Palm Jumeirah

            Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 214 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.

              Majestic Hotel Tower
              Majestic Hotel Tower

              Majestic Hotel Tower

              Mankhool Road, Dubai
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,869 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Meena Bazaar, BurJuman Mall and Dubai Museum. Grand Mosque and The Dubai Heritage Village are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
                Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

                Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai

                Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 1,243 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Trade Center, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Mall, and Burj Khalifa. Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Jumeirah Mosque are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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