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Dubai

Introduction

Dubai is an increasingly popular destination for stopovers as well as being a standalone city break destination in its own right. The city is 5-7 hours from Europe and only around 5 from the main Asian stopover destinations of Bangkok and Singapore. This makes Dubai a great place to break up a flight to or from Australia and New Zealand. The city is the biggest building site in the world. Do not let that put you off. The infrastructure is generally first rate with all the luxuries you would expect from a plethora of 5 star hotels. A large expat population means the nightlife scene is surprisingly good.





Getting there

Air: Dubai's main airport is Dubai International (DXB) and is almost in the city centre adjacent to Dubai Creek. If you are not being picked up you can find the meter taxis just outside arrivals. it will be aound 30-40AED to a hotel in the Creek area.

A second airport servicing Dubai is Sharjah International in the neighbouring Emirate. The worlds largest airport is currently under construction at Dubai World City which will bring some much needed relief to the congestion at DXB.

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Accommodation

Dubai has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Dubai's numerous attractions include the following:

Dubai Museum: This museum should be top of your list of things to do when in town. It charts the history of the country up to and including the modern city we have today. Entry is a bargain at only 3AED.

Gold Souk: The gold souk in Deira near the Creek contains a plethora of jewellery shops selling gold in every imaginable style. Gold is sold by weight so know the latest price or check the electronic signs on the way into the souk which should tell you. Most shop keepers will bargain. This is also the place to come if you are looking for a "copy watch".

Jumeirah Mosque: This mosque is open to non-muslims for tours. It's an attractive building and the guides will answer your questions on Islam.

Mall of the Emirates: This is the largest shopping centre outside North America. It is also home to the world's largest indoor ski slope. If shopping is your passion you can't go wrong here as there are a plethora of luxary shops and department stores including all the international brands you would expect.

Getting Around

Taxi: Taxi is the most convenient way to get around Dubai and they are reasonably inexpensive by western standards.

Car: Hiring a car is an option but beware of both the local drivers and the traffic jams which can be horrendous!