Everything about Dubai is superlative
The words ‘first, tallest, deepest, most expensive, lavish, outlandish’ could have been created for this city. Where else would you find a seven-star hotel, visit a series of 200 man-made islands in the shape of the countries of the world, or climb the world’s tallest building?
Amidst all this modernity, as you head from a swim in the sea or a business meeting to designer boutiques, a round of golf or a top teppanyaki restaurant, the age-old souks still attract those who like to haggle. And yet only a few kilometres into the magnificent desert there are still camels roaming free.
There is a vibrant and cosmopolitan air about Dubai, for instance the way the traditional abra boats carry a kaleidoscope of tourists side by side with sari-wrapped Indians and locals sporting spotless dishdashas.
Outside of Dubai life is more traditional and moves at a slightly slower pace. As you explore the barren beauty of the mountains, or go about the UAE’s East coast beaches you will find people friendly and willing to chat, even when lacking a common language.
Travel to Dubai and discover an extraordinary city
Now you can explore Dubai before you travel there with Emirates. We have put together this Dubai guide to show you all its attractions and secrets. You will be able to experience the best in everything, from fine dining and nightlife to sightseeing and sport, through to world class boutiques and businesses.
With overflowing malls, world-class businesses and sophisticated haunts, it’s a truly international oasis that attracts entrepreneurs, adventurers and pleasure-seekers alike. Whether you travel to Dubai for business or on holiday, there is plenty to discover.
Dubai hotels, luxury, beach, business or budget, many are destinations in their own right
There’s an enormous range of Dubai hotels to choose from. Dubai hotels range from the “seven star” Burj Al-Arab and many five star hotels through to a string of top-quality, beach-fronting, package holiday accommodation properties along the west coast.
Occupancy rates of Dubai hotels are extremely high, so advance booking is highly recommended, whether it is for a weekend stay or a longer holiday. In addition, many of the leading Dubai hotels offer outstanding business, sporting, entertainment and dining facilities for non-residents. These too are very popular, so should be booked beforehand where possible.
Visa & Passport Information
Before you travel to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed. Holders of non-standard passports and travel documents may also have different entry requirements: find out if you need to apply for a visa.
As of 29 April 2016, GCC residence permit holders will need to apply for a UAE visa before arriving in Dubai.