Visit Dubai, the fabled city state of the United Arab Emirates, today. Dubai is best known for its dazzling architecture, which includes the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa. While Dubai is the hub for trade and financial services in the Middle East, it is also a tourist’s dream of beaches, sun and sea. Situated between the Persian Gulf and the sandy desert, Dubai is a very sunny destination indeed, with summer temperatures reaching easily into 40 degrees Celsius. While that may be too extreme for some, the winter temperatures of 25-30°C are a very good reason to leave behind snow covered Europe for some fun in the sun.
Dubai has gone to some extremes to make itself a perfect tourist attraction. Most famous is the artificial island cluster of Palm Jumeira, which is the first successful land reclamation effort of several planned for the future. It is designed as tourist resort with everything imaginable to make your holiday in Dubai an unforgettable experience. It also has the first monorail transportation system in the Middle East, connecting the several resorts on the islands with each other and the mainland.
If you are one of the happy few who don’t have to think about a travel budget, then the famous luxury hotel Burj Al Arab may be worth a visit. It is not only known for its stunning architecture, but also for its over-the-top luxurious interior design and service.
Of course the city has more to offer: if you feel the urge to go shopping, the world’s largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall, should satisfy each and every wish you had, plus some. And this is only one of about 70 malls. But you can also stroll over the traditional markets, the souks, which are scattered all over the city. There you can get a sample of the local food, If you are looking for family entertainment, why not visit the Dubai Zoo, the Dubai Dolphinarium or the biggest flower garden in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Dubai has a public transportation system with bus, tram, train and monorail that is without rival in the Middle East. This makes it easy to get around in the little Emirate and visit the vast array of tourist attractions. Whether you are in Dubai on business or try to flee the European winter with your family, you will be stunned by the city’s rich and comfortable lifestyle and the traditional Arab hospitality.