Dubai is a thriving city where futuristic visions mesh with deep-rooted traditions. Resting on the Arabian Gulf's sandy coastline, Dubai certainly boasts natural beauty, but it's the man-made attractions that will leave you in awe. With features like an indoor ski paradise, the mind-blowing Palm Islands--man-made islands in the shape of palms featuring resort and commercial amenities--you'll feel like you've entered the world's biggest playground.
Whether you plan on booking one of the cheap hotels in Dubai or are going for something more elaborate, attractions of all sorts are nearby. Get your shopping fix at the immense Dubai Mall, where more than 1,000 stores do business. If you're looking for local crafts and artwork, wander the labyrinthine lanes of the Al Fahidi Historic District. Or, to experience the local culture, visit the historic Bastakiya Quarter or the Jumeirah Mosque.
Sooner or later, you're going to need to rest. While you'll undoubtedly find relaxation at one of the many 5 star hotels in Dubai, you can also soak up the sun at Jumeirah Beach or smoke shisha at Koyla Lounge and Cafe. Once you're refreshed, invigorate yourself with a hot air balloon ride over the vast Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
The hotels in Dubai are not only some of the best in the world, but they also have some of the best dining establishments in the country. Trek to the top of Burj Khalifa--the world's tallest building--and have a meal at At.mosphere, a spectacular European restaurant inside the skyscraper. Blue Jade, which is located inside the Ritz Carlton in Dubai, serves up fresh Asian fare. You can also savor unforgettable Lebanese cuisine at Awtar, enjoy French-Mediterranean cuisine at Margaux and taste the East/West fusion at Zheng He's. On top of all these restaurants, there's more fine dining to be had here, as the culinary offerings span the globe, often designed by world-class chefs.
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