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Dubai

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Jumeira Beach and Park showing a beach as well as a small group of people

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

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
5 out of 5
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
The price is £107 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Ski Dubai and Wild Wadi Water Park are also ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)
"Best customer service ever"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
The price is £305 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
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! (1,280 reviews)
"Atlantis The Palm is amazing 5 star hotel in Dubai. I can say for myself is over 5 start, this hotel has everything that you need. everybody is nice, professional and very respectful and so kind."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2021

Atlantis The Palm
Shangri-La Dubai
Shangri-La Dubai
5 out of 5
Sheikh Zayed Road, P.o. Box 75880, Dubai
The price is £109 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of City Walk, Dubai Mall and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Burj Khalifa ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"All was good and the Hotel was amazing.. although, i was promised a room upgrade. which i never got."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Shangri-La Dubai
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Marina View Hotel Apartments
Marina View Hotel Apartments
4 out of 5
Dubai Marina, Dubai
The price is £47 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
This family-friendly Dubai aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Dubai Marina Mall, Jumeirah Beach and The Walk. Skydive ...
3.7/5Good! (501 reviews)
"Nice hotel, friendly staff, excellent location"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Marina View Hotel Apartments
DAMAC Maison Distinction
DAMAC Maison Distinction
5 out of 5
School Street Burj Area, Business Bay, Dubai
The price is £94 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Downtown Dubai, this family-friendly Dubai aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Souk al Bahar and Dubai Fountain. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater ...
4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
"this is one of the best hotels we have been to a walking distance to the great mall and the burj Khalifa"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

DAMAC Maison Distinction
Hyatt Regency Galleria Residence Dubai
Hyatt Regency Galleria Residence Dubai
5 out of 5
Deira Corniche, Po Box 6655, Dubai
The price is £76 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
This family-friendly Dubai aparthotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Deira Twin Towers Shopping Centre, Gold Souk and Naif Souq. Spice Souk ...
3.9/5Very Good! (203 reviews)
"The hotel has everything pool, sauna, steam, massage, fitness centre and it was very convenient. Services were clean and delivered with a smile. The studio was well mantained and neat. I didnt like the life guard at the pool. He was unfriendly and seemed not motivated to provide the simplest of things ..."

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Hyatt Regency Galleria Residence Dubai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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