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About Dubai

by SmarterTravel Staff
Dubai skyline at night (Photo: Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing - http://www.dubaitourism.ae)
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Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a safe, modern, cosmopolitan city that offers plenty of exotic flair for travelers. The city flawlessly mixes luxury hotels and excellent shopping with Arab-Islamic culture and sand dunes. The extravagant skyscrapers, including Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, stand next to traditional souk markets and elaborate mosques, creating a skyline that seamlessly blends the old with the new.

Travelers to Dubai can also take in the long history of the city at places like the Dubai Museum, which displays artifacts dating back to 3,000 B.C. The Bastakiya district's narrow lanes and traditional courtyard houses provides guests with a look at Old Dubai. And the Jumeirah Mosque—one of the most beautiful in the city—provides a look at Islam, the nation's official religion.

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A Dubai vacation is not complete without a trip to the city's shopping markets. Visitors can experience modern shopping malls filled with designer boutiques, haute couture, and cutting-edge gadgets. Traditional souk markets are also a popular draw, and visitors can bargain with sellers for great deals on electronics, spices, and even gold.

Other things to do in Dubai include exploring the Dubai Zoo, the oldest on the Arabian Peninsula; visiting "The World," an archipelago of 300 manmade islands off the coast; staying at one of the city's many five-star hotels; or simply relaxing on one of the Palm beaches.

Flights to Dubai land at Dubai International Airport, which is also home to the renowned Dubai Duty Free shopping center.

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