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Burj al Arab overlooking Dubai hotel resort

Choose from gold, perfume and textiles in the souks, or go camel racing in the dunes on Dubai city breaks.

Dubai's undulating Creek separates the souks of Deira from the wind-towers of historic Bastakyia. Glittering skyscrapers line Sheikh Zayed Road, overshadowed by the record-breaking tower of Burj Khalifa. South of the centre, expats flock to the long sandy stretch of Jumeirah Beach, running from sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to Bur Dubai's busy port.

Best of Dubai city breaks for...

  • Romance: Hold hands as you sail into the sunset along the Creek in an open-air abra (ferry).
  • Active types: Too much sun? Cool off in Ski Dubai's indoor snowfield, where you can whiz down ski runs, go tobogganing and throw snowballs in a year-round winter wonderland.
  • Shopping: Grab tax-free bargains in a pyramid-shaped Egyptian fantasy land at Wafi Mall, where you'll find every brand name under the sun, surrounded by King Tut statues and gold-embossed obelisks.