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Dubai

In less than 25 years, Dubai has skyrocketed. It has developed from an unknown fishing village into one of the most dynamic and exciting cities on earth. The city has grown at a dizzying pace: 40 years ago, there were no high-rises. Today, there are gigantic man-made islands in the shape of palm trees that are visible from space; you'll even find the first seven-star hotel and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Discover this great Arab metropolis, where one lives according to the motto "if you can dream it, we can build it."

Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates (UAE), and is controlled by an ambitious royal dynasty. Dubai owes its phenomenal growth to the vision of this family. With the discovery of oil reserves in the 1960’s, this simple fishing village soon become a powerful financial centre and a major transportation hub in the region. When the oil began to flow less freely, the city focused on tourism and banking.

Dubai is now a paradise for shoppers. Look for bargains in the dazzling glare of the Gold Souk, or shop till you drop in the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. Here you will find more than 1,000 stores, an aquarium and an indoor theme park.

Dubai offers attractions that stand in stark contrast to the arid environment. Admire the world's largest dancing fountain or grab your skis and hit the slopes on real snow at Ski Dubai.

Of course, Dubai has more to offer than just luxury created by man. Relax on the beautiful beaches, explore the nature of the wetlands and discover the magical desert environment in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Due to the fantastic climate throughout the year Dubai is a great destination. If you don’t like temperatures above 40 degrees, it is best to visit Dubai during the winter and spring months.

Dubai has excellent public transport with more than 50 bus routes, water taxis and a metro system. For those who prefer to drive, the car rental companies have a generous offer. Book a trip to Dubai with Expedia today!

Where to stay in Dubai

Aquaventure showing rides and a water park

Palm Jumeirah

4.5/5Wonderful!(427 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Palm Jumeirah is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Aquaventure and Dubai Marina.

Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Residence

4.5/5Wonderful!(551 area reviews)

A bustling marina amazing beaches and top sights from Jumeirah Beach to The Walk – discover Jumeirah Beach Residence, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Jumeirah Beach Residence
Dubai Creek showing a bay or harbour, a coastal town and boating

Bur Dubai

4/5Very Good!(310 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Bur Dubai. Check out top attractions like Dubai Creek and BurJuman Mall, and jump on the metro at Health Care City Station or Al Jafiliya Station to see more of the city.

Bur Dubai
Dubai Mall which includes shopping and interior views

Downtown Dubai

4.5/5Wonderful!(168 area reviews)

Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are top sights in Downtown Dubai, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Burj Khalifa - Dubai Mall Station or Business Bay Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Dubai
Gold Souk showing interior views as well as a large group of people

Deira

4/5Very Good!(330 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Deira. Check out top attractions like City Centre Deira and Gold Souk, and jump on the metro at Abu Baker Al Siddique Station or Salah Al Din Station to see more of the city.

Deira
Ski Dubai which includes a gondola, snow skiing and interior views

Al Barsha

4/5Very Good!(186 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Al Barsha. Mall of the Emirates is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Mashreq Metro Station or Mall of the Emirates Station to see more of Dubai.

Al Barsha

Top hotels in Dubai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Address Dubai Marina
Address Dubai Marina
5 out of 5
Al Marsa Street, 66 Dubai Marina, PO Box 32923, Dubai
The price is £125 per night

This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Marina Mall and The Beach Mall. Jebel Ali Race Course ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (674 reviews)

"The staff were amazing, from day one, Zakaria from reception, to the cleaning and service staff. Everyone was smiling, friendly and more than willing to help. Hotel’s location was outstanding, it’s clean, quiet, and the views were amazing! Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to be right ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2020

Address Dubai Marina
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
5 out of 5
No. 1 The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
The price is £113 per night

This Palm Jumeirah resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dubai Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquaventure and Ski Dubai. Mall of the Emirates and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,182 reviews)

"I think the atmosphere in this hotel is on another level. If you don’t like people and great service then this is not the place for you. It is busy and the service is excellent, it was my second stay and it didn’t disappoint. Great ambiance."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
The price is £281 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,560 reviews)

"The resort is great so is the staff but they need to update their TV channels there are only few channels plus it would not allow us to connect via blue tooth to toutube or netflex so we can watch what we liked they need to have smart TV"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Atlantis The Palm

Popular places to visit in Dubai

Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa

4.5/5(759 reviews)

The world's tallest building is a phenomenal feat of engineering and home to luxurious apartments, offices and a top-class hotel.

Dubai Marina
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Dubai Marina

4.5/5(745 reviews)

Visit Dubai’s first purpose-built waterfront development to see a man-made canal city with luxury properties, parks, promenades and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

4.5/5(964 reviews)

Browse, shop, play and dine at one of the largest shopping and entertainment malls in the world.

Jumeirah Beach
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Jumeirah Beach

4.5/5(721 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Jumeirah Beach, a popular beach in Dubai. Stroll along the marina or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Mall of the Emirates
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Mall of the Emirates

4.5/5(599 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Mall of the Emirates, a favourite shopping spot in Dubai. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's desert landscapes.

Gold Souk
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Gold Souk

4/5(451 reviews)

This world-famous market dazzles with its precious metals and gem stones displayed in hundreds of windows.

Top things to do in Dubai

Burj Khalifa 124 & 125 floor Observation Deck Tickets
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Burj Khalifa 124 & 125 floor Observation Deck Tickets

£33
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Aquaventure Waterpark & Lost Chambers Aquarium Combo Ticket
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Aquaventure Waterpark & Lost Chambers Aquarium Combo Ticket

£63
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Dubai Morning Safari: Red Dunes, Sandsurf, Camels & Brunch
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Dubai Morning Safari: Red Dunes, Sandsurf, Camels & Brunch

£28
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp
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Premium Red Dunes & Camel Safari with BBQ at Al Khayma Camp

£55
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Burj Khalifa SKY Lounge Ticket to the 148th Floor
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Burj Khalifa SKY Lounge Ticket to the 148th Floor

£81
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Abu Dhabi Day Tour From Dubai
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Abu Dhabi Day Tour From Dubai

£23
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend

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The Best Water Parks in Dubai

The Best Water Parks in Dubai

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