When it comes to luxury holiday destinations, Dubai has to be among the best.
The Middle Eastern emirate has risen to prominence over the last few years as the ultimate hotspot for those looking for a truly luxurious experience.
Its ultra-modern hotels and skyscrapers vie for attention alongside golden beaches and a spectacular desert landscape – not to mention Dubai’s impressive shopping facilities.
All about Dubai
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. While it is centuries old, it is perhaps more famous for its stunning and often record-breaking modern buildings than its historic attractions.
However, that’s not to say that Dubai’s historic sights aren’t worth seeing – there is plenty to enjoy in this respect, whether you want to see some traditional Arabian architecture or delve into the emirate’s history by visiting various museums.
Work is still underway to build even more impressive structures in Dubai than those already completed – reflecting its aspirations to become a truly luxurious holiday destination for those seeking a combination of modern glamour and exotic Middle Eastern charm.
What to see and do in Dubai
Visiting Dubai is one of the ultimate luxury travel experiences anyone could undergo.
First-time visitors will likely want to see landmark buildings such as the 160-storey Burj Khalifa – the tallest in the world – and the awe-inspiring Burj Al Arab hotel, which is a massive sail-shaped structure located on a man-made island off Dubai’s coast.
Architecture fans may want to take in the various mosques around Dubai, most notably the Jumeirah Mosque and the Grand Mosque, both of which feature traditional Islamic design elements.
Dubai is home to many sprawling shopping complexes offering a wide range of luxury goods, but if you want a more authentic experience why not visit the emirate’s souks?
These markets can be found by the Creek and sell clothing, local culinary delicacies and – perhaps most famously – a dazzling array of high-quality gold jewellery.
Other places to visit include the Dubai Museum, which is based in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, as well as Dubai Zoo and the desert for an unforgettable safari.
You can also take in a round of golf or two and try your hand at water sports such as diving, windsurfing and water skiing.