Dubai

General Information

The breathtaking scale of development in sun-baked Dubai

Shopping

Known for its flashy, gargantuan malls and its residents’ shop-till-you-drop mantra, Dubai has brand names galore and excellent gold jewellery. You could spend all day (and probably get lost) in the Mall of the Emirates (Sheikh Zayed Road) with its ski slope, restaurants, entertainment and shops. As much sight as shopping opportunity, Ibn Battuta Mall (Sheikh Zayed Road) is worth a visit for its architecture alone which is based on the geographic travels of its namesake, the famed Arabic medieval explorer. For less glitzy shopping, don't miss the Dubai souks area in Deira. Here, you can browse spice, textiles, gold and metalwork amid the winding alleyways of the oldest part of Dubai.

Food & Drink

Dubai's restaurant scene offers up globetrotting feasts which cater to everyone's fancy. The glitziest restaurants and bars are all in the hotels. If you can't decide what to eat, Jumeirah Beach Hotel's Latitude (Jumeirah Road) offers a menu which ranges from Japanese to Italian, while Fogueira Restaurant in the Ramada Plaza (Dubai Marina) is all about barbecue feasts. The Noodle House (Sheikh Zayed Road) offers well-priced Asian dishes which won't break the bank. As much as an experience and sight as a bar, the suitably named Skyview Bar (Burj al Arab, Jumeirah Road) is the see-and-be-seen place for a cocktail or afternoon tea.

Events

Dubai Shopping Festival

Hotels

Dubai flaunts its glamour on its sleeve. Treat yourself to the opulent Moorish fantasy of Al-Qasr Hotel (Jumeirah Beach Road) with its 2km stretch of private beach. Atlantis The Palm (Crescent Road, The Palm) is another luxury abode showcasing a dazzling Arabic-influenced design. It boasts a waterpark as well as its own beach, making it a great choice for families. There are plenty of mid-range and budget accommodation choices in the Al-Wasl area. Villa Rotana (Sheikh Zayed Road) is a friendly option with good-sized rooms offering cityscape views, while the citrus-toned rooms of Corp Executive Al Khoory Hotel (off Al-Wasl Road) are a Dubai steal.

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