Dubai - A city reaching for the skies

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In the past 50 years, Dubai has gone from being a small trading outpost to one of the world’s wealthiest and most modern cities. Since then, it has succeeded in satisfying its penchant for superlatives. It is home to a long list of record-shattering attractions, including the world’s tallest building, tallest hotel, tallest residential building, largest mall and largest indoor ski slope. Book a flight to Dubai with Qatar Airways, and discover the epitome of modernity in the Arab world.

Despite its accomplishments, the United Arab Emirates’ second largest city is showing no signs of letting up. On your trip to Dubai, you’ll find that the city is still engaged in several ambitious construction and expansion programmes.

Dubai is a place where you can experience the pinnacles of luxury accommodation and five-star dining, but also more down-to-earth traditions and leisure activities.

Dubai highlights

Familiarise yourself with the UAE culture by visiting Dubai Museum and Gold Souq, then head for the Downtown area and marvel at Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall.

  • Tourist attractions

    Dubai has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small desert settlement. Its current status as a global hub is evident when taking an abra (boat) ride along the Creek to the Dubai Museum on Al Fahidi Street. Delve deeper by exploring the souqs and traditional Arabian buildings in the historic Bur Dubai area.

    An entirely different side of the city awaits you in Deira, which is part of the old town. This is where the bustling Gold Souq is located. Peruse precious metals or glittering gems; then head to the Spice Souq, to stimulate your senses.

    However, the highlight of a trip to Dubai is the chance to ascend the world’s tallest building. The 828-metre, 163-storey Burj Khalifa is the ideal place to visit, provided you have a head for heights. The At the Top tour will take you to floors 124 and 125. Ticket prices vary depending on time of dayyou’re your age, and you are advised to book in advance. If floor 125 just isn’t high enough for you, then, for a premium rate, you can take the At the Top Sky tour, which goes all the way to floor 148.

    Dubai also boasts almost two dozen of the world’s 100 tallest buildings, each of which provides stunning panoramic views of the city.

  • Leisure activities

    Though it’s probably better known for exclusive shopping, Dubai has plenty of art and culture to experience, too. A good place to discover some of the best is at the Art Night in Gate Village, at the Dubai International Financial Centre.

    There are also numerous festivals throughout the year, such as Dubai International Jazz Festival in February and the cookery events at Taste of Dubai. What’s more, there is even a festival dedicated to shopping.

    If you feel the need for an interlude from the towering glass skyline, there are plenty of tour operators that can whisk you away for a desert safari. Alternatively, take a cruise, or head down to one of the city’s beaches for some water-sports.

    If you’re travelling to Dubai with children, the city’s theme parks will keep them engaged. Some of the family-friendly attractions in the city include Legoland Dubai Water Park and IMG Worlds of Adventure.

  • Food

    Dubai is home to an ever-growing number of five-star restaurants featuring Michelin-starred celebrity chefs. And because it is a cosmopolitan city, the emirate provides an ideal venue for you to eat your way around the world.

    Whatever you fancy, Dubai has it. You’ll find the very best of French, Italian, American and Asian cuisines here. But there are also plenty of restaurants where you can sample Middle Eastern favourites such as falafel, hummus and richly varied mezzes.

  • Shopping

    A retail aficionado’s paradise, Dubai is home to the world’s largest shopping mall. The Dubai Mall has more than 1,200 shops, almost 200 food outlets, a waterfall, a skating rink and a three-storey aquarium and aquatic zoo. The mall is adjacent to an artificial lake, on which extraordinary nightly fountain shows take place, starting at dusk. Every 30 minutes the water dances in time to different musical tracks from around the world, all under the watchful gaze of Burj Khalifa.

    Elsewhere in the city you’ll find everything from high-end fashion stores to exclusive perfumes, high-tech electronics and much more. Dubai also holds an annual month-long shopping festival. Dubai Shopping Festival spans December and January, but exact dates vary each year.

Essential facts about Dubai

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