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Dubai City Guide

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!


Guide to Exploring Dubai


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Atlantis The Palm €232
Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Truly amazing place. Will be going back. Worth looking at half board options as food otherwise is pricy but it’s Dubai so that expected. Having the waterpark right next door was awesome.

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel €210
    Reviewed on 24 May 2019
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    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.3 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0

      I particularly liked the serenity of this hotel and the amenities here. I wish i had more time to enjoy the massage chair in my room and a whole lot of other interest things about this hotel.

      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai €313
      Reviewed on 19 May 2019
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      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

      FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

      No. 1 The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
         
        4.5 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Nice location in palm, staff were very helpful, very comfortable and clean room.

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport €30
        Reviewed on 25 May 2019
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        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Clean room and friendly helpful staff, would recommend

          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray €387
          Reviewed on 20 May 2019
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          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

          Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

          Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, Dubai
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0

            A dream coming true. This hotel is really a royal fairytale. From the moment you get out of your transportation you are greeted by the most respectable people. Next is the front desk staff AMAZING. They accommodated my every need. From decorating the room for my husbands birthday, to allowing late ...

            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai €124
            Reviewed on 21 May 2019
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            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

            JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

            Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
               
              4.7 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Staff was very welcoming, Great experience, can't complain!

              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai €92
              Reviewed on 24 May 2019
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              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

              Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai

              3 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0

                The hotel provided everything we requested very promptly. Staff very polite and helpful. Amazing breakfast. Great pool area. Will definitely stay there again.

                Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel €112
                Reviewed on 22 May 2019
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                Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

                Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

                Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  The property is great but location is a little out of the way. It’s difficult to get to places easily

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