Dubai is quickly becoming an icon in its own right. It seems to develop at an unbelievable rate and currently houses the world’s tallest building, largest shopping mall and biggest water fountain, all within a few hundred metres of each other.
Dubai is a city that combines modern sophistication and cosmopolitan culture with the simplicity of a bygone era and the Islamic traditions of Arabia. This diversity is probably reflected best in its architecture, as old houses and Bedouin campsites are juxtaposed with the air conditioned shopping malls and Dubai hotels and resorts bring a new level of luxury. You can contrast the glossy shopping malls where glamorous stores brim with designer brands with the waterways abras which provide an enchanting way to travel.
The best Dubai holidays also embrace a wide variety of scenery and attractions in a very small area. In a single day, one can take in rugged mountains, see gazelle jumping over sand dunes, visit beautiful sandy beaches and lush green parks beforehand then go shopping in souks and designer boutiques, before dining under the stars at an oasis.
Dubai is a fantastic foodie experience. Be prepared to be enticed with cuisine that ranges from East to West, from celebrity-chef-driven to Asian street-style.
Continue the self-pampering at one of Dubai’s spas, with treatments and massages designed to soothe away stress and revitalise the senses. Or flop on a white sandy beach, take a dhow dinner cruise or watch the sunset over rippling red-gold sand in the desert, sharing a vision that was once deeply rooted in Dubai’s Bedouin society. The adventurous jump in 4 x 4s for exhilarating off-road journeys deep into the heart of the timeless desert.