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You know you want to go somewhere hot, where your togs and best party outfits can get equal time on your body. Since that leaves Narnia out, we’ve got the next best thing. Dubai is a city of sand and shine. It’s one of the world’s most fashionable getaways for travellers who want luxury and entertainment with a healthy dose of history and culture. This sleek, gleaming metropolis delivers a getaway experience far from the routine. Hotels in Dubai are used to catering to the world’s elite. Now it’s your turn.
After dropping your bags at your accommodation in Dubai, get out to see some local sights. There’s something for everyone here, with a mix of ancient buildings and soaring modern skyscrapers. The skyline changes constantly as new high rises go up and the next big attraction opens. The markets here, called souks, are a (sometimes actual) goldmine—particularly in the case of the Gold Souk, where you can haggle over exquisite bits of bling from rings to staggering medallions for the cover of your next self-produced rap album. There’s also the Spice Souk and the community of Al Satwa, where you can find gorgeous fabrics in rich colours and patterns.
The Jumeirah district is popular with visitors for its beach access. It’s also home to huge Pakistani and Filipino communities, so you can enjoy tasty international tucker along with world-class restaurants for fine dining. Visit the Jumeirah Mosque to see a beautiful example of intricate Islamic architecture. There are lots of Dubai hotels to choose from at the Marina, a popular spot for concerts and other events. This is where you’ll find a lot of other travellers out for a good time. For a surreal future-present moment on your Dubai holidays, visit the artificially made Palm Islands just off the coast. You can also enjoy every manner of beach and water-related activity here, from diving and fishing to dinner cruises. Out in the desert, you can tear around on Jeeps and quad motorbikes. It’s called dune-bashing and it’s awesome.
International visitors taking flights to Dubai come in by way of Dubai International Airport or Sharjah International Airport. Take a taxi from arrivals or use the Dubai Metro to make your way by bus. Pick-up services can be arranged as well as hire cars. Remember to leave a bit of room in your luggage on the way back, as the airports here are huge for duty-free shopping.
The tram links high-traffic destinations, like the Mall of the Emirates (for even more shopping) with the Marina and major buildings. You can purchase a transit card for use on public transport. Ferries, called abras, will transport you across Dubai Creek. You can also find boats here to take you on a tours up and down the waterway.
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