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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!


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Atlantis The Palm €188
Reviewed on 15 Aug 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 Stars

    Great for children and families. Only flaw is there’s really no reason to leave the resort and see Dubai

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel €213
    Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Very convenient if you have an over night layover, very friendly staff, picked me up from the arrival gate. My room got upgraded to a Junior suite.

      Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport €38
      Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

      Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

      Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, PO Box 35257, Umm Ramool, Dubai
         
        3.9 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Overall it was good, however what I did not like was that at breakfast time there was a lack of hygiene. People were touching the food with their hands. I did bring this to the attention of the staff.

        Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai €53
        Reviewed on 14 Aug 2019
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        Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

        Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

        Airport Road, Casablanca Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          I always enjoy my stays at Millennium. The staff is always friendly, professional, and efficient.

          FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai €162
          Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019
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          FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

          FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

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

            Loved everything about this hotel. It is the best hotel in Dubai hands down

            Premier Inn Dubai International Airport €36
            Reviewed on 17 Aug 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 Stars

              Near airport, free airport shuttle, swimming pool, and friendly staff.

              Shangri La Hotel Dubai €108
              Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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              Shangri La Hotel Dubai

              Shangri La Hotel Dubai

              Sheikh Zayed Road, P.o. Box 75880, Dubai
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The property was wonderful with many available services. The staff was so friendly and wonderful. I plan on returning in the near future.

                Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers €57
                Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019
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                Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers

                Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers

                Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nice swimming pool but the hotel was a bit further than I expected.

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