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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 €273
Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm

Crescent Road, Dubai
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 2,338 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aquaventure, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The World Islands and Dubai College. Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel €131
    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

    Dubai Airports, Dubai
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,822 reviews
      0.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Dubai, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Al Twar Center, Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Tennis Stadium. Dubai Creek and Wafi City Mall are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Shangri La Hotel Dubai €142
      Shangri La Hotel Dubai

      Shangri La Hotel Dubai

      Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,092 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Dubai International Financial Centre and City Walk. Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa are also within 2 miles (3 km). Financial Centre Station is 8 minutes by foot and Emirates Towers Station is 21 minutes.

        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai €167
        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

        FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

        No. 1 The Palm, Dubai
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 391 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Palm Jumeirah resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dubai College, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach. Marina Beach and Dubai Marina are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Fairmont The Palm €162
          Fairmont The Palm

          Fairmont The Palm

          Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 1,132 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Palm Jumeirah hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dubai College, Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Beach. Marina Beach and Umm Suqeim Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Premier Inn Dubai International Airport €58
            Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

            Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

            Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 1,096 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Creek and Wafi City Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km). Emirates Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              Jumeirah Creekside Hotel €95
              Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

              Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

              Road Al Garhoud Deira, Dubai
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 740 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Dubai hotel is located near the airport, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Gold Souk and Spice Souk. Bastakiya and Dubai Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). GGICO Station is 14 minutes by foot.

                Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport €64
                Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

                Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

                Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, Dubai
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 1,668 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Garhoud, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Dubai Tennis Stadium and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Dubai Festival City Mall. Dubai Creek and Wafi City Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km). Emirates Station is 8 minutes by foot.

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