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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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FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai €104
Reviewed on 5 Oct 2019
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FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai

Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai
     
    4.2 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The service was brilliant and the staff work so hard especially the team at the poolside who always take the time to ensure that your needs were met - they are a credit to the hotel especially Jay, Roy, addright and a abhishek a big thank you for making both me and my daughters stay memorable 👌

    Atlantis The Palm €375
    Reviewed on 12 Oct 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

      We haavr stayed at many hotels, I would have to save that staying at Atlantis would have been one of the best experiences we have every had. Service was awesome, very relaxing atmosphere and amenities were amazing 😉

      Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel €199
      Reviewed on 11 Oct 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

        Connvenient for those travelling and connecting to later flights.. However it would help guests more if there was someone outside the elevator to direct. The signs say hotel reception this way but the distance on either side is far leading one to wonder if he's going in right direction...I circled ...

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport €36
        Reviewed on 13 Oct 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

          Great booking, hotel, location and staff. My booking was there, the staff was professional and helpful and the hotel is very good.

          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre €109
          Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019
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          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

          Airport Road, P O Box 10001, Dubai
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Only draw back was that the club room amenities like club pool and surroundings were under construction but we were not aware of that beforehand.

            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport €70
            Reviewed on 14 Oct 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

              I had stayed in this hotel in 2014. It takes hotel shuttle to take you to the airport in less than 5 minutes. The rooms are clean, comfortable and quiet. Breakfast spread was excellent.

              JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai €145
              Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019
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              JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

              JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

              Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Clean and safe with beautiful amenities -pool, spa, etc- and fantastic restaurants. Look for pricing that includes meals. You can choose breakfast, half board, or full board. It's conveniently in the business district also.

                FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai €163
                Reviewed on 7 Oct 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

                  Property was amazing. I will say, it’s not for the older crowd, and if you are shy from skin showing, seek elsewhere. If you want great food, and even better people watching! This is your hot spot!

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