Consistently a marvel of modern, man-made wonder, the dynamic Middle East metropolis of Dubai beckons millions to its golden shores annually. Dubai is an ideal choice if you're looking for a luxurious and extravagant break - the excellent resorts, fine restaurants and designer shops make sure of that. But those with more modest tastes will also find plenty for them.
Dubai is packed to the brim with amazing feats of engineering - perhaps none more so than Palm Jumeirah, one of three massive man-made outcrops into the Persian Gulf and shaped like a palm tree. Built to accommodate hotels, apartments, marinas and homes for the rich and famous, Palm Jumeirah just has to be seen. If this isn’t amazing enough, Dubai is also home to the world’s tallest building, a golf course in the desert and a ski slope with real snow - there's plenty to see and do in this sophisticated spot on holidays in Dubai.
Dubai invites travellers to indulge on a luxury holidays in the 'jewel of the Middle East'. Shopping trips to the region have proven popular across the city, as it boasts some of the most famous shopping malls in the world, where it's easy to spend a few enjoyable hours browsing designer clothes and high-tech electronics.
Don't pass up the opportunity to shop in some of the souks (traditional local markets) in Dubai, where you can find everything from hand-crafted jewellery to traditional Arabic spices at cut-rate prices. If shopping is not your thing, why not treat yourself to a well-earned day of relaxation? Spend some time in one of Dubai's many spa hotels to experience true luxury.
To see the best in the world's contemporary architecture, one needs only travel to Dubai. Before even stepping off flights to Dubai, visitors will likely see the city's skyline, with the Burj Khalifa - the tallest skyscraper in the world - standing proudly above the rest.
When in the city centre, follow Sheikh Zayed Road to discover some of the most impressive examples of modern-day engineering. For a blast to the city's traditional past, visit the Bastakiya quarter, which houses traditional courtyard homes with specially designed wind towers. Pay a visit to the oldest structure in Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort, which has served as a palace, prison and military outpost and now hosts the Dubai Museum.
As a dynamic centre of international interest, Dubai is also home to some of the most important and heralded events in the region and the wider world. The Dubai International Film Festival regularly hosts world premieres, as well as bringing some A-list talent to the area, whilst serving to document national and regional filmmakers.
In addition, many well-known musicians play one off concerts especially for Dubai's residents and visitors, with festivals such as Dubai Desert Rock Festival also marking the social calendar.