DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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Visit Dubai

In less than 25 years, Dubai has skyrocketed. It has developed from an unknown fishing village into one of the most dynamic and exciting cities on earth. The city has grown at a dizzying pace: 40 years ago, there were no high-rises. Today, there are gigantic man-made islands in the shape of palm trees that are visible from space; you'll even find the first seven-star hotel and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Discover this great Arab metropolis, where one lives according to the motto "if you can dream it, we can build it."

Dubai is one of the seven United Arab Emirates (UAE), and is controlled by an ambitious royal dynasty. Dubai owes its phenomenal growth to the vision of this family. With the discovery of oil reserves in the 1960’s, this simple fishing village soon become a powerful financial centre and a major transportation hub in the region. When the oil began to flow less freely, the city focused on tourism and banking.

Dubai is now a paradise for shoppers. Look for bargains in the dazzling glare of the Gold Souk, or shop till you drop in the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. Here you will find more than 1,000 stores, an aquarium and an indoor theme park.

Dubai offers attractions that stand in stark contrast to the arid environment. Admire the world's largest dancing fountain or grab your skis and hit the slopes on real snow at Ski Dubai.

Of course, Dubai has more to offer than just luxury created by man. Relax on the beautiful beaches, explore the nature of the wetlands and discover the magical desert environment in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

Due to the fantastic climate throughout the year Dubai is a great destination. If you don’t like temperatures above 40 degrees, it is best to visit Dubai during the winter and spring months.

Dubai has excellent public transport with more than 50 bus routes, water taxis and a metro system. For those who prefer to drive, the car rental companies have a generous offer. Book a trip to Dubai with Expedia today!

Where to stay in Dubai

Aquaventure showing rides and a water park

Palm Jumeirah

4.5/5Wonderful!(386 area reviews)

You'll love the stunning beaches in Palm Jumeirah, and you might want to stick around to check out Aquaventure, a top place to visit.

Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Residence

4.5/5Wonderful!(501 area reviews)

A bustling marina amazing beaches and top sights from Jumeirah Beach to The Walk – discover Jumeirah Beach Residence, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Jumeirah Beach Residence
Gold Souk showing interior views and shopping as well as an individual female

Deira

4/5Very Good!(306 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Deira. Check out top attractions like Al-Maktoum Stadium and City Centre Deira, and jump on the metro at Abu Baker Al Siddique Station or Salah Al Din Station to see more of the city.

Deira
Dubai Creek showing central business district, a city and a marina

Bur Dubai

4/5Very Good!(280 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Bur Dubai. Check out top attractions like Wafi City Mall and Dubai Creek, and jump on the metro at Health Care City Station or Al Jafiliya Station to see more of the city.

Bur Dubai
The Dubai Fountain which includes a bridge, cbd and a city

Downtown Dubai

4.5/5Wonderful!(144 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Downtown Dubai. Dubai Fountain is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Burj Khalifa - Dubai Mall Station or Business Bay Station to see more of Business Bay.

Downtown Dubai
Ski Dubai which includes a gondola, snow skiing and interior views

Al Barsha

4/5Very Good!(169 area reviews)

Al Barsha is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai. See more of Dubai by jumping on the metro at Sharaf DG Station or Mall of the Emirates Station.

Al Barsha

Top hotels in Dubai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
Rs23,082
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Al Sufouh Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,517 reviews)

"everything was above our expectation luxury through out we will have to return to the Atlantis The Palm."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2020

Atlantis The Palm
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
5 out of 5
Dubai Airports, Dubai
Rs11,613
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dubai Tennis Stadium, City Centre Deira and Dubai Festival City Mall. Festival Center ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,992 reviews)

"Excellent if you have a long connection time at Dubai airport. Very comfortable bed and great shower"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
Shangri La Hotel Dubai
Shangri La Hotel Dubai
5 out of 5
Sheikh Zayed Road, P.o. Box 75880, Dubai
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs12,387
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Mall and Dubai International ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,662 reviews)

"I love this property. The location was great, the view from our room was amazing, the facilities were new and clean but mostly the service it was the best. Everyone from the reception, the restaurants and the entrance staff were very attentive."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Shangri La Hotel Dubai

Popular things to do in Dubai

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

4.5/5(879 reviews)

Take a trip to see the largest entertainment and shopping destination in the world.

Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa

4.5/5(699 reviews)

The world's tallest building is a phenomenal feat of engineering and home to luxurious apartments, offices and a top-class hotel.

Mall of the Emirates
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Mall of the Emirates

4.5/5(537 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Mall of the Emirates, a favourite shopping spot in Dubai. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the ski slopes.

Aquaventure
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Aquaventure

4.5/5(187 reviews)

The most popular water park in Dubai and, with over 17 adventure-filled hectares of rapids, slides, water coasters and vertical drops, it's easy to see why.

Ski Dubai
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Ski Dubai

4/5(108 reviews)

Take a break from the desert heat for the day and visit Dubai's lively indoor ski complex.

Dubai Marina
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Dubai Marina

4.5/5(679 reviews)

Visit Dubai’s first purpose-built waterfront development to see a man-made canal city with luxury properties, parks, promenades and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Reviews of Dubai

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.4190382728165%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 27.134445534838076%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.808635917566241%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.49067713444553485%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Dubai is simply amazing. It is unbelievably clean, safe and futuristic. It is packed with things to see and do, with so many “best/biggest in the world” items that you simply cannot get around to all of them.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Form Hotel is closer to the airport and right on the metro line. A good hotel to use as a short stopover. This hotel is in area being developed however it is well priced and has good access to Dubai mall and other attractions

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Because we have been visiting dubai for the last 25 years it was not necessary to visit all these atractions this visit , our daughter has been living there for this period otherwise it would not be a holiday destination i would choose , expensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 14, 2020

Dubai did what it said on the tin - a family friendly location, great food and perfect weather. The pollution over Christmas was however a bit of a negative surprise and not something we had anticipated.

5/5 - Excellent

Kemi

Jan 9, 2020

Dubai is a beautiful city with lots to see and do. You cannot do it all in one trip so be prepared to want to go back again and again and again!!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Was in transit hotel did not go to dubai

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