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Choose from gold, perfume and textiles in the souks or go camel racing in the dunes on Dubai city breaks. This sun-kissed hotspot is the perfect destination for a short break and - away from the bustling markets and speedy camels - opportunities for rest and relaxation are plentiful.

Why go?

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Dubai's undulating Creek separates the souks of Deira from the wind-towers of historic Bastakiya. 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 the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to Bur Dubai's busy port.

Yes, Dubai is as glitzy as they say, as busy as you imagine, downright ostentatious, traditional in places, and hot, hot, hot. It's everything that it claims to be and really does open visitors' eyes to the landscapes of the Middle East. It's the main gateway to the United Arab Emirates and, with flights from the UK taking six to seven hours, a few days here is a pleasant prospect - though you'll wish you were staying much longer.

Check in at hotels that have redefined standards, tour museums that uncover Dubai's far from glamorous past, tour age-old mosques that shimmer in the sunlight, book a desert safari, play golf or tennis, go shopping - you can even go ice-skating or skiing (indoors, of course)!

Flights arrive into Dubai International Airport (DXB). It's easy to get into the city from the airport. Taxis are in good supply, car hire is available at the airport, and there are public transport options. too. Many hotels also offer private or shared shuttle services for guests.

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When to go?

Short breaks in Dubai are popular throughout the year, though most visitors avoid the sweltering summer months...

It gets really hot in Dubai in summer. Daytime temperatures that reach beyond 40C are common. Even sitting on the beach with a slight sea breeze can be uncomfortable in July and August, though most hotels and indoor public spaces have air conditioning. If you can stand the heat, there are bargains to be had in summer.

Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 20C in Dubai, which makes it a great option for a winter-sun break. Many visitors fly in during spring and autumn for hot days and warm nights.

What's on?

Add a little extra zing to Dubai short breaks by attending any of these annual events...

Dubai Desert Classic; January: Watch the golf masters swing, putt and drive their way around the lush greens of the Emirates Golf Club. Past winners of this competition include Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher.

Shopping Festival; January-February: It started out purely as a way to lure more shoppers to Dubai. While the ploy worked, the festival has morphed into a month-long event featuring fashion shows, fireworks, film showings, street art and so much more. The sales are pretty good, too.

Dubai World Cup; March: One of the hottest tickets on the annual calendar, the final horse-racing day of the World Cup Carnival attracts thousands. General admission is free.

What to do?

There's a special holiday memory just waiting to be made in Dubai, whatever you dream of doing in this sun-soaked destination...

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.