If cutting-edge modern architecture appeals to you, then nowhere else on earth can offer such a massive wow factor as does the United Arab Emirates’ largest metropolis. Dubai is growing, fast. On the way to completion is the 700 metre tall Dubai Tower, set to be the world’s highest building, along with the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s first underwater hotel—Hydropolis—and The World, an amazing man-made series of 250 islands shaped to represent a map of the globe. Already on hand are the iconic sail-shaped Burg Al Arab Hotel—currently the world’s tallest—and the new Ski Dubai indoor winter sports centre at the Mall of the Emirates, where you can snow ski a stone’s throw from desert sand dunes. It’s a large city and, given the climate, you will be taking lots of cabs and buses, yet a surprising amount of it is walkable, especially around the Creek—an attractive stretch of water that bisects the city. Around 80 percent of the residents are expats, not only from Europe and North America, but from all over the Middle and Far East too, making it one of the world’s most vibrantly cosmopolitan cities.

The City

Once a small fishing village, Dubai has today flourished to become the pearl of the Middle East. It offers the unimaginable sight of the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa and the miraculous 8th Wonder of the World – Palm Jumeirah. Lounging on sandy beaches, visiting exclusive nightclubs, and skiing inside the magnificent indoor ski slope are a few of the many amazing activities that Dubai has to offer. Dubai is where historic Arabic culture, modern skyscrapers, exotic markets and beautiful beaches form the crossroads for an unbeatable holiday.


Do & See

Dubai is a city that offers many attractions and sites for all types of travellers. Here you can go up the world’s tallest tower or head for a cultural night out at the theatre, swim with dolphins, explore heritage sites, go on a safari out into the sand dunes or even try out indoor skiing. The list is endless, and you will certainly enjoy plenty of things to do and see.

Skydive Dubai

If you have ever thought about trying out skydiving, Dubai might be a place well-equipped to become the site for this adventure of a lifetime. With some of the most magnificent views in the world, Dubai is an amazing sight to behold on your way down. Skydive Dubai:

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The Dubai Fountains

Located next to one of the highest buildings in the world, the Dubai Fountain puts up a fantastic water and light show that is largest of its kind. It should not be missed while visiting Dubai. Afternoon (13.00-13.30, Fridays 13.30-14.00) and evening shows (18.00-23.00, every half hour) are held daily.

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Burj Khalifa

At 829.8 meters high, the magnificent Burj Khalifa is a Dubai development that has held the title of world's tallest building for nearly a decade. Visitors are welcome to take the world's fastest elevator to reach the panoramic observation deck at the tower's top.

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is located inside Dubai Mall of the Emirates and is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope. In addition, it is also the first one to open in the Middle East. Here you will find a chair lift, a t-bar, a café and 6,000 tons of snow. You can even experience close encounters with snow penguins.

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Desert Safari

A Dubai must-do is a four-wheel driving excursion out into the sand dunes. Stops that let you discover some of the wildlife are made along the way. More likely, the drivers will race each other up and down seemingly impossible slopes. The day’s excitement ends with a barbecue under the stars. Dubai Evening Safari

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The Tower Of Arabs (Burj Al Arab)

If you are not staying at this hotel, there is only one way to get in: book a breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, lunch or dinner at the restaurants inside the hotel. These won't come cheap (this is a "seven-star" hotel), but it will definitely be worth the money. Burj Al-Arab has grown to become a signature landmark of Dubai.

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Thanks to its role as that of a great international crossroads and the truly cosmopolitan nature of its population, Dubai offers cuisine from all over the world. French, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Scandinavian establishments vie with the culinary delights of India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. Then, of course, there’s true Middle Eastern food, with Moroccan, Lebanese, Iranian, Jordanian and other specialities on offer as well as such local Arabic delights as hareis (succulent slow-cooked lamb with cracked wheat), matchous (highly spiced lamb served over rice), fattayyer (bite-sized pastries stuffed with cream cheese and spinach), mehalabiya (a mouth-watering pudding topped with pistachio nuts and rose petals) and esh asaraya (a cream-topped variation on cheesecake). A good tip: for great value genuine Arabic food, try the long-established citywide chain of restaurants called Automatic. This is one city where in-house hotel restaurants do extremely well – and offer a vast array of choice. Many hotels have six or more different outlets to provide a culinary tour of the world of fine food – and value often matches that of stand-alone eateries. In what is officially a Muslim city, the entirely cosmopolitan nature of the populace means alcohol is widely available and pork and shellfish find their way onto many menus, too.

Rhodes Twenty 10

As the name reveals, this restaurant is run by the Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes. Rhodes Twenty 10 is a high-class restaurant where the professional staff serve European-inspired cuisine with a touch of flavour from the Middle East, all in a glamorous and intimate setting.


Latitude's extensive buffet includes dishes of the world cuisine, including Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and European. There are many live cooking stations where you can watch the dishes being prepared. Do not miss the amazing dessert table complete with a chocolate fountain.

Bateaux Dubai

This well-appointed modern vessel takes 200 passengers. On board, you can have a great time participating in a dinner cruise up the Dubai Creek and back. The menu offers international gourmet cuisine and an extensive selection of fine beverages.


If you would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, then head over to a cafe, sit down and unwind with a cup of coffee or tea. There is no shortage of cafes in Dubai, many of them are located at shopping malls or adjacent to hotels.

Sultan's Lounge

Relax and enjoy your cup of tea accompanied by ice-creams or delicious cakes in elegant surroundings, where you will be pampered like royalty. In the evening, it is absolutely lovely to relax enjoying the beautiful views.

Arabian Tea House

Located in a peaceful courtyard, the Arabian Tea House brings freshness to any hot day with its green, white and blue colours. Taste the salads and the delicate cakes while savouring a cup of tea.

Cafe Bateel

At Cafe Bateel you can sip on a good cup of coffee in a warm and sophisticated environment. You can come here for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. In addition, Cafe Bateel is famous for its pastries and chocolates. Dishes of Italian cuisine are served.


Shopping could almost be described as Dubai’s raison d’êtré. This is real shop-till you-drop territory, with an amazing array of vast, modern air-conditioned shopping malls, street markets, large and small shops, and the renowned gold, perfume and spice souks. There are plenty of opportunities to use credit cards, but cash is king where bargains are concerned. Tax-free status plus lots of haggling – which, as in all Arab countries, almost reaches the level of an art form – ensures great value and even major stores may come up with special discounts if you ask first, and you should never be afraid to ask. Sweetmeats and exotic fruits on display in stalls throughout the city are equally enticing and you’ll also find grocery stores that resemble Aladdin’s cave with their bounty.


Beating America at its own game, Dubai has a plethora of western-style air-conditioned shopping malls, including the massive Gardens Mall, which currently claims to be the world’s largest - though the soon to be opened AED 235 billion Dubailand and Mall of Arabia will be even bigger. Among the best malls are Burjuman Centre, Deira City Centre, Lamcy Plaza, Mercato, Wafi Mall, Jumeirah Centre, Dubai Mall and the Oasis Centre. Many hotel lobbies also incorporate malls where designer labels rule. And when feet get weary, many malls feature extensive food courts, catering for everything from a simple burger or sandwich to full-blown Arab cuisine and gourmet offerings. New retail outlets are opening at a breakneck pace and the city’s 20 million square feet of retail space already accounts for more than four times per capita what the USA can offer.

Deira Spice Souk

For all the cooking fans in Dubai, Spice Souk is an absolute must-visit. Bags of different spices are enough to tempt you try them all and be a chef for a day.

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a place of endless shopping possibilities, with everything you wish for represented. Even those who are not into shopping will enjoy the majestic decor of the mall.

Essential Information

Dubai International Airport

The Dubai International airport is located 4 km (2.5 miles) southeast of Dubai. Transportation from the airport is possible by taxi and bus. Transfer between the terminals takes about 10 minutes using the airport shuttle service. The Terminal 1 Departures concourse (Sheikh Rashid Terminal) is linked to Terminal 1 via a tunnel with travelators. Terminal 2 is used exclusively for business and charter flights. Taxi service is provided by the government-run Dubai Transport airport taxi, where each cab is meter-run. Bus service: Bus stations are located opposite both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Buses run frequently and serve the most popular places in Dubai (www, must be bought prior to the journey. You can also take the Metro to and from the airport. The metro runs at ten-minute intervals and stops at ten stations located across the city.


There are two metro lines in Dubai, red line and green line. The Red Line runs every 3-4 minutes during peak time and 7 minutes during off-peak hours. Every metro station will have bus connections and taxi pickup. To travel with Metro you need to buy a Nol card or Nol ticket. You can buy your Nol ticket on the ticket vending machine, ticket office or RTA authorised sales agent. Each time you travel, tap your card at the card reader on the fare gates.

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