Dubai is located in the Arabian Desert and was a tiny fishing village until the discovery of oil in 1966. Since then it has become one of the world's fastest growing cities. With more than 70 shopping malls, Dubai is often nicknamed shopping capital of the Middle East. Bargain hunters can also explore the city's souks, including the famous Gold Souk, with its dazzling array of precious metals. No trip to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the luxurious 7 star Burj Al Arab Hotel or the World's tallest building the Burj Khalifa. To escape the hustle and bustle, consider a Desert trip. From jeep rides across sand dunes to camel treks and Bedouin feasts, there is something for everyone. With world class attractions, pristine sandy beaches and a taste of the exotic, it is little wonder that Dubai is one of the world's top holiday destinations.
With numerous hotels, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Dubai. From five star hotels to cheaper family options there is something to suit every budget. Most low-cost hotels can be found in the city centre with more luxurious choices positioned along the beach front. There are also options for golfers, with many hotels situated close to Dubai's fine golf courses.
You can fly directly to Dubai from most European and Asian cities. However, visitors from North America or Canada will need to fly via Europe or Asia. One option is to stop over in a European city such as Paris, London or Amsterdam. There are plenty of taxis to and from the airport with some of the larger hotels offering free transfers.