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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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Address Dubai Marina €125
Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020
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Address Dubai Marina

Address Dubai Marina

Al Marsa Street, 66 Dubai Marina, PO Box 32923, Dubai
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Two nights in hotel great location on the Marina. Staff are excellent room was spacious with view over pool and Marina. Poolside restaurant was good but the other options were limited however many restaurants on the Marina.

    FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai €125
    Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
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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

      Great location , beautiful hotel. Service was outstanding.

      Atlantis The Palm €193
      Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020
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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

        The resort is great so is the staff but they need to update their TV channels there are only few channels plus it would not allow us to connect via blue tooth to toutube or netflex so we can watch what we liked they need to have smart TV

        Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel €106
        Reviewed on 13 Jun 2020
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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 Stars

          Excellent service and friendly staff. Sathiya from the beach was very friendly and hospitable.

          Rove Dubai Marina €29
          Reviewed on 2 Jun 2020
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          Rove Dubai Marina

          Rove Dubai Marina

          Dubai Marina Promenade, PO Box 119444, Dubai, Dubai
             
            4.6 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The hotel has a very nice concept in terms of amenities, layout and design for frequent travellers.

            Address Dubai Mall €192
            Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020
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            Address Dubai Mall

            Address Dubai Mall

            Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, PO Box 31166, Dubai
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great property, great staff, great location. Room was also sterilized before I checked in

              Fairmont The Palm €144
              Reviewed on 12 Jun 2020
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              Fairmont The Palm

              Fairmont The Palm

              Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This hotel is located on the Palm jumeirah. The beach is OK, all facilities including the pool were closed during my stay. The hotel is a little old, but quite clean.

                Palazzo Versace Dubai €190
                Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020
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                Palazzo Versace Dubai

                Palazzo Versace Dubai

                Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Luxurious experience thoroughly enjoyable. Very comfortable rooms we had the creek view room. Pools Spa peaceful not crowded staff very attentive with water towels. A lot of choice for breakfast

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