Once a small fishing village, Dubai has emerged as of late as a truly cosmopolitan city. It has world-class shopping – and the world’s largest shopping mall to boot – as well as snowy indoor slopes for skiing, the world's tallest tower, beautiful beaches, and even man-made islands. Plus, you can always access the untamed desert, where you can drive or ride camels along the glittering dunes. Our Dubai travel guide will point you to the major attractions as you explore this fascinating and vibrant city.
Things Not to Miss in Dubai
When you visit Dubai, be sure to visit some of the truly stand-out sights the city has to offer, including:
• Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper
• The Burj Al Arab hotel, the world's second-tallest hotel
• The historic Bastakia Quarter
• The Gold Souk, one of many traditional markets
• The Spice Souk
• The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall
When to Go to Dubai
Keep in mind that it will be hot no matter when you visit Dubai. It is best to travel to Dubai between November and March, when the weather more mild (think a balmy 73 degrees, or thereabouts)– plus, the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, takes place in March. Avoid traveling to Dubai in July and August, when the heat feels unbearable and temperatures clock upward of 103 degrees.