Dubai Travel Guide
Aside from the six-star quality synonymous with the area, Dubai can offer a sample of the eclectic mix of cultures present in the United Arab Emirates. An international hub, and home of the Emirates airline, the region is constantly developing into an increasingly luxurious holiday destination. Exciting, fresh and the ultimate place to be pampered in the sun, Dubai is the holiday destination of a lifetime that you'll want to go back to.
United Arab Emirates
A sun-seekers' paradise. June to September are the hottest months, with temperatures rising to 48 degrees C and humidity reaching its peak. The weather is warm all year round, with visitors hoping for a slightly cooler climate best catered for between November and March.
Taxis are available for transportation into the city, or a cheaper alternative is the Special Dubai International Airport Buses. However, it is worth noting that soon visitors will be able to arrive into the massive new Al Maktoum International Airport, set to open in the Dubai World Central complex. This new development will see the launch of a new site capable of handling new style aircraft, as well as 120 million passengers a year by 2017.
Luxury is the key word in Dubai, which is home to some of the grandest accommodation on the planet. Perhaps most famous is the landmark design of the Burj Al Arab. Named as the Best Hotel in the World at the World Travel Awards 2007, its sail-like exterior and top class interior offer five-star deluxe treatment. However, more modest facilities are available within Dubai City, such as Grosvenor House and the Grand Hyatt.
If you can drag yourself away from the hotel spa, take time to see some of the sites which are located around Dubai City. Although the area is primarily associated with the modern, local history is very accessible in the shape of the Dubai Museum, the Heritage and Diving Village and the old district of Bastakiya.
If you've a hankering for designers galore, then Dubai is for you. All the major labels are represented, with many contained in department stores such as Harvey Nichols and within a selection magnificent malls. Local goods are also available, such as traditional textiles in local markets or the Deira City Centre. You may also be tempted by the gold products which are a hallmark of the area - try the Gold Souk for the best designs in various carats.
Nature beckons beyond the confines of the city. Tours can take you by 4x4 into the depths of the desert, some of which is a unique conservation reserve. To make the most of the trip, stay overnight in hotels such as the Al Maha Desert Resort, located in the heart of the region. Desert safaris can offer a package deal with dinner and entertainment.
The Wonderland Family Fun Park is next to the Al Boom Tourist Village, and includes water attractions, camel rides, rollercoasters and indoor games in an air-conditioned centre if the hot weather gets too much.
Cars are available for rental, either from the airport or from a variety of outlets in the city centre. Most hotels will be able to book tours which run to excursions, while the city area can be walked or taxis taken for longer distances. A local bus service also runs, with details of routes available locally.