Of all the Emirates, Dubai is probably the most well-known and the most popular with foreign tourists. With only 20 per cent of Dubai’s population counted as “locals” the emirate is a multicultural hub of activities and the perfect destination for a holiday of wonders.
Here are just ten reasons why you should consider Dubai as your next holiday destination.
If you appreciate strong and bold artistic vision, you cannot help but be swept away by the skylines of Dubai. The architecture represents a fantasy land of exquisite designs, limited only by the imaginations of the designers.
Dubai is a shopaholic’s heaven with a bountiful array of local markets known as souqs, and big super-sleek shopping centres. Wafi City is an excellent place to sample both traditional market fare and the latest fashions in the mall shops.
Dubai is hot, with temperatures sometimes even reaching a scorching 50°C at the height of summer in July. However, warm sunshine is guaranteed pretty much all year round, making Dubai a great place to visit for some summer sun if you’re fed up with cold winters.
The recession has struck Dubai harder than most destinations, which has made holidays there a lot easier to afford. Added to this, more airlines are increasing the number of cheap flights to Dubai that they run in order to encourage bookings. Dubai is increasingly becoming a great place for holiday bargains.
Dubai is statistically one of the safest resorts for travellers to visit in the world. The locals are genuinely welcoming and friendly, and street crime is virtually non-existent.
The emirate’s coastline features some of the most magnificent white beaches. Dubai prides itself on creating holiday perfection and has also fashioned some of the most breathtaking man-made beaches in the world, including Palm Jumeirah, a site that has to be seen to be believed.
World sports events
If you are a sports fan, then Dubai is a great place to watch some of the world’s top athletes compete. Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a unique game of tennis on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel as a stunt for the Dubai Open. The Dubai Desert Golf Classic is also a terrific event for spectators.
Dubai is home to some of the most mind-blowing and luxurious hotels in the world. The Atlantis hotel spent Â£15 million on its opening launch party alone, with one of the largest fireworks displays ever seen. Well worth a visit, especially as prices are coming down.
Only in Dubai, with its sizzling temperatures, would they say: “Hey, let’s get some snow in here.” The madness of having a ski slope in the Arabian Gulf makes skiing in Dubai a unique experience — there’s a very well equipped indoor snow dome and five slopes of varying difficulty.
Dubai never sleeps
They say New York is the city that never sleeps, but Dubai is also as bright and as vibrant as they come, 24 hours a day. There is always something to do and see, and you will never be left twiddling your fingers in the beautiful emirate.