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What to do and see in Dubai
What to do and see in Dubai

A glittering oasis of a city in the middle of the desert, Dubai is a place that has very much grown from humble roots in a comparatively short space of time. Home to excellent entertainment of many varieties, incredible beaches and, of course, world-class shopping, Dubai is a destination worth visiting.

Visiting Dubai

As you would expect for a city that, from a distance, can appear to be a very grand mirage in the desert, the Dubai climate is hot! Summer temperatures have been known to reach upwards of 40°C, and winters are still quite temperate at around 20 to 25°C. An ideal place for a relaxing beach holiday from spring through to autumn, Dubai's water temperatures can feel like you're stepping into a nice, warm bath.

With neighbouring city Abu Dhabi sitting nearby, there are certainly no shortage of airports in this part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - many of which are regularly served by long-distance airlines from all over the globe.

The majority of flights to Dubai will land in the main Dubai International Airport. Al Maktoum International Airport (also known as Dubai World Central, or DWC) is the newer of the airports, and has plans to expand in the coming years to better support Dubai International Airport - both of these Dubai airports are served by public transport that you take you into the heart of the city.

If you are looking to explore more of the UAE, you can also opt to fly into Abu Dhabi International Airport. Depending where in the world you are flying from, you might need a visa to gain entry into Dubai - so be sure to check your country's travel status before booking any travel.

Of course, when in glamorous Dubai, it makes perfect sense to stay in luxury too. Whether you are looking to visit Dubai for the exquisite shopping, or to enjoy the stunning weather and beautiful beach resorts, either Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates or Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah will be sure to offer you a warm welcome.

Shopping in Dubai

One thing that there is certainly no shortage of in Dubai is shops! From authentic souks to high-end luxury stores, there is plenty to explore in this incredible city.

Favourites among visitors include the spectacles that are the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates. Both contain exceptional retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment options - from indoor ski domes to VOX cinemas and everything in between! Shopping here isn't a quick afternoon activity. To get around the huge number of establishments here, you would need to dedicate at least a couple of days - perfect for those in need of some retail therapy.

Be sure to keep a look out for shopping events and festivals that regularly occur across the city - you never know what new brand you might discover here!

Dubai's Cuisine

As well as being a hotspot for some of the most exquisite international cuisine - and home to some of the world's most talented chefs - part of Dubai's more traditional charm is in its authentic street food. Opting for a lunchtime flatbread filled with the most aromatic middle-eastern style meats and vegetables is a truly delicious way to explore every facet of the city.

Well-known favourites like falafel and hummus remain popular here, but perhaps try the ghuzi - a roast lamb kebab that is served with rice, vegetables and nuts - or the tabbouleh - a vegetarian salad comprising tomatoes, onion, cucumber, lemons and fresh mint mixed with couscous - for a true taste of Dubai.


Dubai is very much a city that is proud of its incredible growth, but still stands firm with its more traditional origins - and this is very much reflected in the city's architecture and attractions. In addition to the shopping malls mentioned about, here are some places that you simply cannot miss…

Burj Khalifa

As you would expect, the world's tallest building really is an awe-inspiring sight. The Burj Khalifa reaches 828m, and offering incredible views out over the city and the wider UAE on a clear day. Book a tour up to the viewing platforms on the 124th or the 148th floor, or book a table at the highly respected restaurant Atmosphere.

Dubai Marina

For a calmer, more relaxed meander around what can be a crazy city, evenings don't get much lovelier than when enjoying a stroll around the Dubai Marina. With plenty of bars and restaurants, a marina beach and, of course, a great opportunity to do some yacht browsing, the Dubai Marina is a lovely place to explore.

Dubai Museum

In a place that is as grounded in tradition as Dubai, it is only natural to have a desire to learn more about the history of the city, and of the UAE itself. That is exactly what you can find in the Dubai Museum. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum highlights the city's transition from small town to globally-renowned finance, retail and tourism centre.

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