Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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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!

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Deserts

Where to stay in Dubai

Palm Jumeirah
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Palm Jumeirah

Beaches, Aquariums, Romantic

Palm Jumeirah is a welcoming neighbourhood with many tasty options for seafood restaurants and restaurants. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, while others visit for the local aquarium.

Jumeirah Beach Residence
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Jumeirah Beach Residence

Marinas, Beaches, Skyscrapers

Jumeirah Beach Residence is a welcoming neighbourhood with many tasty options for restaurants and cafes. The neighbourhood has many charming qualities, with its skyline among the more noteworthy. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, while others visit for the local shopping.

Downtown Dubai
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Downtown Dubai

Skyscrapers, Shopping, Architecture

Downtown Dubai is a scenic neighbourhood that’s popular for its cafes. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and skyline. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the shopping and aquarium.

Deira
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Deira

Rivers, Shopping, Boating

Deira is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its skyline. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront, while others visit for the local shopping.

Bur Dubai
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Bur Dubai

Rivers, Skyscrapers, Cafés

Bur Dubai is a welcoming neighbourhood with many tasty options for cafes and restaurants. The neighbourhood has many charming qualities, with its rich culture among the more noteworthy. You can experience some local shopping, or enjoy the natural beauty of the riverfront.

Al Barsha
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Al Barsha

Shopping, Skiing, Skyscrapers

Al Barsha is a welcoming neighbourhood with many tasty options for cafes and restaurants. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, while others visit for the local shopping.

Top hotels in Dubai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, Dubai
Rs15,681/night
3 Aug-4 Aug
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,287 reviews)

"amazing hotel, amazing room and amazing facilities! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, as did my partner and we will soon be planning our next visit!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019

Atlantis The Palm
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Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel
5 out of 5
Dubai Airports, Dubai
Rs13,488/night
3 Aug-4 Aug
4.4/5Excellent! (1,962 reviews)

"Very convenient hotel for a long layover. I had a 9.5 hour layover starting at midnight. Since everything downtown was closed I needed somewhere to sleep. It is easy to get to. The hotel staff met me from the plane and took me to the hotel. My room was great. Nice to take a shower and get some ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019

Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport
2 out of 5
Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, Dubai
Rs2,234/night
17 Aug-18 Aug
3.9/5Very Good! (1,883 reviews)

"As always, my stay was great. The hotel is definitely convenient for those that have a lay over in Dubai."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

Popular things to do in Dubai

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

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

Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa

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

Aquaventure
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Aquaventure

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

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

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.

Gold Souk
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Gold Souk

The ultimate destination for jewellery lovers, this enormous indoor collection of stores displaying precious metals and stones is famous the world over.

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Finding holiday cheer in Dubai

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