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DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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

Dubai Marina featuring a marina, a city and skyline

Dubai Marina

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

Dubai Marina
Aquaventure showing rides and a water park

Palm Jumeirah

4.5/5Wonderful!(427 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Palm Jumeirah is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Aquaventure and Nakheel Mall.

Palm Jumeirah
Dubai Creek showing a bay or harbour, a coastal town and boating

Bur Dubai

4/5Very Good!(310 area reviews)

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

Bur Dubai
Dubai Mall which includes shopping and interior views

Downtown Dubai

4.5/5Wonderful!(168 area reviews)

Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are top sights in Downtown Dubai, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Burj Khalifa - Dubai Mall Station or Business Bay Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Dubai
Gold Souk showing interior views as well as a large group of people

Deira

4/5Very Good!(330 area reviews)

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

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

Al Barsha

4/5Very Good!(186 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Al Barsha. Ski Dubai is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Mashreq Metro Station or Mall of the Emirates Station to see more of Dubai.

Al Barsha

Top hotels in Dubai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Address Dubai Marina
Address Dubai Marina
5 out of 5
Al Marsa Street, 66 Dubai Marina, PO Box 32923, Dubai
The price is Rs9,488 per night from 20 Sep to 21 Sep

This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai Marina Mall and The Beach Mall. Jebel Ali Race Course ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (677 reviews)

"The Address Dubai Marina is one or the best places I’ve stayed anyplace around the world. Their staff and services are exemplary and the accommodations are next level beautiful. Special note must be made to the exceptional team, including Osama, Ali, and my friend Tarek. Thanks 😊"…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2020

Address Dubai Marina
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
5 out of 5
No. 1 The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
The price is Rs9,931 per night from 19 Sep to 20 Sep

This Palm Jumeirah resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Dubai Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquaventure and Jumeirah Beach. Wild Wadi Water Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,190 reviews)

"Stuff is amazing. Pool views are unbelievable. Made my bday week"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
The price is Rs16,488 per night from 19 Sep to 20 Sep

Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Jumeirah Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,539 reviews)

"Best stay in dubai! Been dubai 7 times now and by far this was the best experience we had as a family even though there was limitations due to covid"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

Atlantis The Palm

Popular places to visit in Dubai

Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa

4.5/5(759 reviews)

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

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

4.5/5(964 reviews)

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

Jumeirah Beach
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Jumeirah Beach

4.5/5(721 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Jumeirah Beach, a popular beach in Dubai. Stroll along the seaside or attend a sporting event in this romantic area.

Mall of the Emirates
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Mall of the Emirates

4.5/5(599 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Mall of the Emirates, a favourite shopping spot in Dubai. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or discover the area's desert landscapes.

Gold Souk
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Gold Souk

4/5(451 reviews)

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

Dubai Marina Mall
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Dubai Marina Mall

4.5/5(267 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Dubai Marina Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Dubai. Wander through the marina and beautiful beaches in this vibrant area.

Reviews of Dubai

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1514
5 - Excellent 66.81376875551634%
4 - Good
623
4 - Good 27.493380406001766%
3 - Okay
111
3 - Okay 4.898499558693733%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 0.617828773168579%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.176522506619594%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Mar 2020

Food is incredible and so is the customer service. Walking around is not the average mode of transport, so expect to take taxis or rent a car. Everything is very spread out but there is a lot to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

Amazing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

Dubai is my favourite place to go to. It offers everything from cosmopolitan city to a relaxing day by the pool.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

one of my favourite destinations, cant wait to come back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

An interesting city with some impressive sights which are well managed. Our stay was a few days in transit but managed to see some main sights. Ideal for a short break.

5/5 - Excellent

Dee

15 Mar 2020

Amazing place, it’s safe and clean with a lot to do

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