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Year-round sunshine, some of the finest restaurants in the world and white-sand beaches make Dubai a popular tourist destination. Visit to enjoy the finer things in life.

What to see?

Whether you want a completely relaxing couple of weeks in the sun or a more active break, there will be something in Dubai to keep you entertained...

And you'll certainly have something to write home about in this larger than life city - whether it is visiting the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa, spotting a celebrity in a hotel bar or braving the world's fastest rollercoaster. You'll be spoilt for choice when looking at places to stay as luxurious five-star hotels in Dubai strive to give their guests the best possible experience.

For the ultimate indulgence there's even the seven-star all suite Burj Al Arab.Families will enjoy whooshing down the slides and riding the rapids in one of the city's two waterparks. Wild Wadi Waterpark has waterslides, wave pools and surfing simulators, while daredevils will love hurtling down the 25.7m tall Leap of Faith slide in the newer Aquaventure waterpark, which shoots riders into a transparent tunnel through a shark-filled lagoon.

Where to go?

Active travellers can spend their days on world-class golf courses or enjoying watersports...

And keen skiers can visit Ski Dubai - an indoor snow centre in the Mall of the Emirates - or, for something different, try sandboarding in the desert. Or, perhaps your idea of a perfect holiday is to lounge in the sun, swim and occasionally have a cocktail or snack?

Well, you'll be right at home next to one of Dubai's luxurious hotel pools or on a white-sand beach. And to complete a relaxing day, you could slip along Dubai creek in a wooden dhow boat while sipping wine and taking in the views. And then there's the shopping. The city's air-conditioned malls will be a shopaholic's dream selling everything from designer clothes to electronics.

It is possible to spend whole days in the malls too as restaurants and leisure options - such as amusement arcades, cinemas and aquariums - sit next to the shops. For a different experience, there are also souks next to Dubai Creek selling textiles, gold, herbs and spices.

Other highlights include going on a 4x4 desert safari, visiting Palm Jumeirah Island - a palm-tree-shaped manmade island, and taking a trip to Ferrari World - the world's biggest indoor theme park.

Flights to Dubai from the UK take around 7 hours, arriving into Dubai International Airport (DBX). If you are planning a trip to Dubai this year and need some help, read our fact file below and use TravelSupermarket's search tool to find the cheapest deals.

When to go?

With year-round sunshine and high temperatures, Dubai is a great destination for some much-needed winter sun...

The heat in the summer can be oppressive though - peaking at 41°C in July - so bear this in mind when planning a trip.


Planning your holiday to Dubai? Why not tie your break in with one of these fantastic events...

Dubai Shopping Festival; January-February: Shopaholicas will love this month-long festival which was launched in 1996. Visitors to the event can enjoy shopping discounts, fashion shows, firework displays and cultural shows for all of the family. You might even be lucky and win a prize in one of the prize draws.

Dubai World Cup; March: The world's richest horse race - with prize money of $10million - attracts more than 50,000 racegoers. Established in 1996 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the World Cup is now one of the top racing challenges.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship; February-March: Top tennis players compete over two weeks for the Championship title and a portion of the $4millon prize money. Special events include Ladies' Day, children's tennis clinics and entertainment for all of the family