In just a few decades it has shifted from being a desert that discreetly welcomed one of the seven Arab emirates to be a giant city.
You will find a surprising city wherever you look, full of skyscrapers, the biggest in the world, big shopping centres, the biggest in the world, luxuries in excess, such as skiing in the desert... and a lot list of the best and more expensive.For all that, those who travel to Dubai hoping to be impregnated with the Arab culture will realize from the first minute that this is not the case in this megapolis. It is one of the most modern, sophisticated and multicultural sites (due to its residents of so many countries) that you will find in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai's International Airport is one of the most important air transport hubs in the Middle East. It is located in the Al Garhoud district, 4 km south-east of Dubai. It is very convenient to use a car and much faster. Underground networks, although communicating both points, are only practical when the hotel is close to them, otherwise you will end up using road transport too after arriving at the desired station.
Dubai proves to be a box of surprises, you can choose what kind of tourism to do according to your tastes. If you like adventure, you can enjoy fantastic 4x4, quad or camel excursions through the desert of Dubai and watch a spectacular sunset. If you like to learn more about culture you can travel just 140 km away to the spectacular Abu Dhabi where you can breathe a more traditional atmosphere.
What are some of the obligatory visits? First, the Burj Khalifa, the largest building in the world, which triples in height the Empire State Building. It has an observatory from where you can contemplate the spectacular city. Also, at the foot of the building you will see an evening show where the world's largest fountains choreograph dances to the rhythm of music.
You'll also be surprised to visit the impressive Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping centre, with more than 1,200 stores, a huge shark aquarium, an Olympic-size ice rink, a 2-story waterfall and the biggest cinema of all Dubai. Needless to say, it's worth a visit. Although if you prefer to do some local shopping we recommend the Golg Souk (Souk of the gold) in which you will see store after shop, all of them full of gold. Or the Spice Souk (Soup of Spices) where you will find a large market with products of all kinds. And not to miss the culture, we recommend the Jumeirah Mosque, the only one open to non-Muslims, which also offers guided tours of the interior, although just the exterior impresses with its beautiful architecture.
If you are looking for beach, any time of the year is ideal in the desert, so we recommend Al Mamzar Beach Park. And, last but not least, the Atlantis Hotel, which crowns the huge artificial island shaped like a palm tree. This resort is not only famous for its architecture, but also for hosting three water parks where you will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins or go through a tunnel that runs through a shark pool.