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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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