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

Palm Jumeirah
Aquaventure showing rides and a water park

Palm Jumeirah

Known for Beaches, Aquariums, Romantic

4.5/5(317 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.

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

Known for Marinas, Beaches, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(420 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.

Deira
Gold Souk showing interior views and shopping as well as an individual female

Deira

Known for Rivers, Shopping, Boating

4/5(246 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.

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

Bur Dubai

Known for Rivers, Skyscrapers, Cafés

4/5(231 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.

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

Downtown Dubai

Known for Skyscrapers, Shopping, Architecture

4.5/5(124 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.

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

Al Barsha

Known for Shopping, Skiing, Skyscrapers

4/5(136 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.

Top hotels in Dubai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
5 out of 5
Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai
Rs4,472
per night
4 Dec-5 Dec

Located in Jumeirah Village Circle, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Dubai Autodrome, Ski Dubai and Mall of the Emirates. Arabian Ranches Golf Club ...

4.3/5Excellent! (38 reviews)

"the property was clean and the bed was comfortable. It was hard to find the shower"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai
Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm
5 out of 5
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
Rs20,798
per night
27 Nov-28 Nov

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,451 reviews)

"Excellent- exceptional service. Beautiful place. Had wonderful time"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2019

Atlantis The Palm
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel
5 out of 5
Dubai Airports, Dubai
Rs13,586
per night
23 Nov-24 Nov

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,997 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the treatment from the staff above all."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Hotel

Popular things to do in Dubai

Dubai Mall
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Dubai Mall

4.5/5(755 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(604 reviews)

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

4.5/5(164 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

4.5/5(93 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(577 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.

Gold Souk
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Gold Souk

4/5(364 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

5 - Excellent
1129
5 - Excellent 67.44324970131422%
4 - Good
456
4 - Good 27.240143369175627%
3 - Okay
78
3 - Okay 4.659498207885305%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 0.5973715651135006%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.05973715651135006%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Will definitely go back so much more to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Alexander

11 Nov 2019

Overpriced

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

A must see city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Its was okay. Great buildings. But if are not careful with the markets you will be robbed through paying excessive price

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Try and find another form of transport from airport to hotel and back. Company booked with Expedia, late on both occasions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

don't drive there is no need to as taxis are cheap and plentiful and the public transport is reliable

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