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Dubai Destination Guide

When Visting United Arab Emirates area this City is a highly recommend Location, you will be faced with myriad excesses: the world’s only 7-star hotel, its largest mall and longest indoor ski slopes to name a few, each made all the more striking by the juxtaposing backdrop of azure water and white sands against clear blue skies.

This is the largest and probably the most well-known, of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates. Just fifty years ago, Dubai, along with its counterparts, was a quiet Arabian port; however, after oil was discovered in the 1950s the country’s economy transformed, along with its landscape. In less than half a century, the ever-changing cityscape has undergone a breath-taking reconstruction, showcasing an array of modern, iconic architecture. Gravity-defying skyscrapers spring from the earth; innovative, imaginative and impossibly luxuriant hotels, apartments and restaurants seem to drip in gold. And yet, at the heart of it all, the Arabian roots still run through pretty much everything.

Getting around Dubai can be a challenge; the economic hub is packed with commuters, and the roads tend to come to a standstill at rush hour (7.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. and 16.30 p.m. – 20.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday). In addition, from Friday afternoon to Saturday, the roads surrounding family attractions, malls and beaches can become extremely congested. Unless you are in middle east to work, it may be advisable to travel outside of rush hour and to spend the weekends relaxing in or around your hotel. Public transport is available and paid for with a NoL card, which is similar to the UK’s Oyster Card. However, make sure you know the etiquette first: women and men have different metro cars and you can be fined for a host of things on the metro – from chewing gum to falling asleep and even drinking water. To avoid confusion or offence, taxis may be a more convenient way of getting around – and there are usually plenty of cabs to choose from (look for the yellow light, which means the taxi is unoccupied).

There is no doubt that Dubai can be an assault to the senses. The dazzling white, blue and gold of the streets, beach and sky. The almost comedic contrast of regal Arabs, the rich and glamorous, and successful international entrepreneurs walking side-by-side with hot, sticky tourists. Even the exquisite contrast of the relentless heat against cool, opulent, air-conditioned interiors: every divergence adds to the exquisite tapestry of sights, sounds and emotions that make will make your trip to Dubai so special.

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