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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

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 Dubai Marina.

Palm Jumeirah
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Residence

4.5/5Wonderful!(551 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
Dubai Creek showing central business district, a city and a marina

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

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 and shopping as well as an individual female

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. Mall of the Emirates is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Sharaf DG 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 Rs8,650 per night

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! (671 reviews)

"Two nights in hotel great location on the Marina. Staff are excellent room was spacious with view over pool and Marina. Poolside restaurant was good but the other options were limited however many restaurants on the Marina."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 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 Rs8,686 per night

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 Ski Dubai. Mall of the Emirates and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,186 reviews)

"Great location , beautiful hotel. Service was outstanding."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
The price is Rs13,339 per night

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! (1,587 reviews)

"The resort is great so is the staff but they need to update their TV channels there are only few channels plus it would not allow us to connect via blue tooth to toutube or netflex so we can watch what we liked they need to have smart TV"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 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 Marina
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Dubai Marina

4.5/5(745 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.

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 family-friendly 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 marina 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.

Reviews of Dubai

4.6

Top Destination

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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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