Endless sunshine, world-class shopping, extraordinary hotels and restaurants, Dubai has it all...
If you enjoy sun, sand and shopping with a touch of luxury, you will love Dubai. The city's enormous malls - such as the Al Ghurair Centre in Deira and the high-end BurJaman Centre - sell everything from the latest gadgets to cutting-edge fashion, and you can pick up herbs, spices, gold and textiles from the souks next to Dubai Creek.
And you'll have plenty to tell your friends about when you get home as the biggest and best attractions are on offer - from Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building to Ferrari World, the world's biggest indoor theme park.
Plus, families will have great fun in Dubai's waterparks - Wild Wadi Waterpark and Aquaventure.
Like the attractions, the accommodation on offer is world class as five-star hotels compete to give their guests the best of everything. Those wanting a beach break should consider hotels on Jumeirah Beach and Palm Jumeirah (a palm-shaped manmade island), while those with a tighter budget may want to consider staying in Deira, closer to the airport and Dubai Creek. For the ultimate in luxury, you could even treat yourself to a stay at the seven-star all-suite Burj Al Arab.
If you plan to explore the desert just outside of Dubai, or to look around the rest of the country, you could hire a car and pick it up from the airport when you arrive.
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Direct Dubai flights take around seven hours from the UK and will arrive in Dubai International Airport (DXB). Dubai has a second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC), but it is not expected to start receiving passenger flights until 2013.
Emirates offers non-stop services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow, many of them on the A380 double decker. BA also flies from Heathrow.
Additionally, you can reach Dubai on connecting flights with Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss or Austrian via their European hubs or fly into Abu Dhabi with Etihad or BA and go overland to the city.
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As you'd expect in this modern city, Dubai has excellent airport transport options...
Dubai International Airport, in Garhoud, is well served by transport options to different parts of the city. Many hotels offer shuttle services from the airport, but if this isn't an option, taxis are a popular choice. Cream-coloured metered taxis run by the Dubai Taxi Corporation wait outside the airport and you shouldn't need to wait much more than a few minutes to get one.
Alternative transport options include the Dubai Metro, which runs from terminals 1 and 3, and the air-conditioned Dubai Airport Bus.
Dubai is a super-modern destination and that's reflected in the best places to stay...
Often the main question holidaymakers ask themselves is whether to stay by the beach or in Downtown Dubai.
Most tourists opt for the excellent beach resorts along the stunning coastline, but in recent years there has been a trend for staying in the city. This is largely due to the building of some of the most sensational hotels here. Adding to the attraction of staying centrally has been the development of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which was finished in 2010. This has generated a lot of interest from tourists who are now looking to stay in places near the Dubai Fountains, the Dubai Mall (one of the largest and nicest in the region), the Souk Al Bahar (another shopping area), and At The Top (the highest observation deck in the world).
By staying 'downtown', numerous restaurants, bars, and activities are all within walking distance of each other. It's a great, safe, and fun area for family visitors as well those on business.
The beach resorts remain hugely popular, however, and Dubai is increasingly seen as a perfect honeymoon location thanks to its mega-luxurious beach hotels. It's ideal for couples who want a winter getaway too as the weather is superb all year round.
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