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The world is too small to hold two cities like Dubai. This city is run by Emiratis whose taste for luxury knows literally no limits.
The city of Dubai entirely focuses on modernity, on the present and the future, as the city was built from scratch, to fit the ruling class’ outrageously luxurious expectations.
But of course, they needed workforce to build all this and to operate this 5-star city. That is why nearly 90% of the local population is made of immigrants, who come from various parts of the world, including other Arab countries and India. This results in an interesting cultural blend, which you will most likely come to enjoy during your stay in Dubai. This also means that prices are kept at a reasonable level for those who can’t afford 5-star hotels.
Dubai is the ultimate city to soothe your appetite for luxury. If Dubai isn’t enough for you, odds are, nowhere is.
This starts in your plate: the city is home to an incredible selection of high-end restaurants owned by world-known chefs. To top it off, even though these Michelin-starred restaurants cost vertiginous amounts of money in most Western countries, the ones in Dubai end up being relatively cheap! Still on the food side: at home, you may have had, at some point in your life, a nice brunch on a Sunday morning. Well in Dubai, on Friday mornings - Friday is the first day of the Arab weekend - they have invented champagne brunches! You can enjoy great-quality brunch food, with a bottomless flute of the world’s finest champagne.
In terms of shopping, Dubai includes a wide variety of malls in all price categories, so you will be able to find whatever you want. If you want to discover the local way of shopping, you may consider a visit to one of the city’s gold souks. In these typical shops whose products undergo strict quality control by local authorities, you can buy gold, diamond or platinum, all this while haggling over the prices with the shop tenants to embrace local customs.
Golf lovers will also feel like Dubai is some kind of heaven, as the city displays a sort of golf obsession. Some courses designed by world champions are accessible - booking in advance is recommended - and contain challenging but thrilling holes amid the skyscrapers.
Have you ever been to a 7-star hotel? Maybe not, as there is only one hotel in the world who has them, and of course, it’s in Dubai. With a fleet of Rolls Royce cars in front of the entrance and lavish dancing fountains, this hotel is at the top of the list in terms of luxury. There’s nothing better on the planet, so all that’s left for you is to book your rooms and enjoy it!
Dubai is not only made of luxurious hotels and fancy cars. It’s still worth a look if you’re on a budget.
First of all, the important immigrant population of the United Arab Emirates result in fairly present Lebanese, Iranian, Indian cultures, among others. This will especially come in handy when you’re looking for some cheap but plentiful lunch and dinner deals. These very different food cultures cohabit harmoniously, and all have one point in common: they will please your taste buds! To cool off in the hot weather, have a nice, fresh, tasty salad with delicious grilled meat, or try some authentic Iranian specialties. A guaranteed culinary trip around the Middle and Far East.
Though most of Dubai was destroyed to build today’s futuristic city, there are a few traditional areas left around the city, and they’re definitely worth a look. Take a walk through Bastakia Quarter and Bur Dubai to see the historic culture that’s left in Dubai. You will fully grasp the paradox this city embodies by visiting Palm Jumeirah, a human-built island that the locals see as the eighth wonder of the world.
As you probably know, Dubai is in the middle of a vast desert, and also has miles of beaches. These beaches are definitely worth a look, be it just to see how the Emirati operate and take care of them.
But the best natural setting to explore still is the desert. There are countless courses or tours to explore this desert, some of them leaving more independence than others. Four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you all around the miles of dunes, so be ready and fasten your seatbelt! There are huge uncolonized areas with, of course, no concrete-coated roads or beaten paths.
Dubai has a way of giving people the opportunity to communicate with nature. For example, there are several places around the city that offers the possibility to swim with dolphins - and do so among the skyscrapers. Nature, within 100% human constructions.
If you want an accommodation option that gives you more independence than a hotel to visit the city, and still doesn’t rise way out of your price range, serviced apartments are a popular and convenient option. For example, High End offers such a service downtown Dubai for very nice deals. A perfect way to experience Dubai the way you want to!