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Dubai

This exhilarating Arabian metropolis will astound you with its innovation and opulence, combined with breathtaking natural beauty

Home to giant man-made islands shaped like palm trees that are visible from space, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the world’s first 7-star hotel, Dubai is a city that does not do things by half. Development has taken off at an incredible pace in the past 25 years, transforming this little-known Arabian town into one of the most opulent and futuristic destinations on earth. For an idea of how Dubai is continuing to expand into the future, head to Dubailand and view this massive work in progress.

1966 was the year oil was first discovered in Dubai, and this became the main source of revenue, fuelling the expansion of the city. The population doubled every decade that followed, propelling the economy forward and transforming the area into a powerful financial centre. Tourism now replaces the dwindling oil reserves as the main source of income, and this drive has been backed by the vision and ambition of the ruling Royal Dynasty.

Dubai could be called the Shopping Capital of the Middle East, combining ancient traditions with brand new infrastructure. The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centres in the world, with over 1,000 shops as well as attractions such as an aquarium and indoor theme park. In contrast to this modern retail wonder, you’ll find the historic markets or “souks”, buzzing with activity. The Gold Souk is the perfect place to find beautiful jewellery at affordable prices.

True to its spirit of innovation and record-breaking architecture, you will discover attractions in Dubai that will make you wonder if you are really in a desert climate. Real snow carpets the slopes at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski slope that caters for the most accomplished skiers and beginners alike. Slip and slide your way around the Aquaventure and Wild Wadi water parks. Marvel at the world’s largest dancing fountain, The Dubai Fountain, which projects water 150 metres into the air, set in a 120,000 square-metre lake.

Look beyond the man-made spectacles of Dubai to appreciate the natural beauty of this part of the world. Spend your day relaxing on picture-perfect beaches, like Al Mamzar Park and Jumeirah Beach and Park, or head further afield into the nature-rich wetlands around Dubai Creek. A trip to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve will show you the wonders of the desert environment. Coupled with a wonderful climate all year round, this really is a holiday paradise. However, if you are not accustomed to temperatures of 40 C and above, you’re best off appreciating this destination between November and March.

Getting around Dubai is very easy thanks to the excellent public transport system, including many bus routes and water taxis, as well as an underground rail (metro) network. For those who prefer to get behind the wheel, anything from a Hummer to an Italian super car can be hired from the rental companies.


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FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai NZ$159
Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019
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FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai

Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Like everything except Friday's Recreation $50 dirhams charges to use the pool !

    Atlantis The Palm NZ$704
    Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019
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    Atlantis The Palm

    Atlantis The Palm

    Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Kindness of the staff is amazing. Taking. Are of you as a unique client is really a plus. All the amenities are of a very high quality. Everything is really perfect.

      Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel NZ$343
      Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2019
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      Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

      Dubai International Airport Terminal Hotel

      Dubai Airports, Dubai
         
        4.4 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Greeting service at the arrival gate and walked through security so that next mornings departure was as smooth as possible. Truly a service and facility designed around the needs of the customer. Worth every penny....

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport NZ$94
        Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2019
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        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Premier Inn Dubai International Airport

        Opposite Terminal 3, via Street 52b, Dubai International Airport, Dubai
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Good property. Would stay there again. Location is great and rooms are bright and clean.

          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre NZ$187
          Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019
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          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

          Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

          Airport Road, P O Box 10001, Dubai
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Only draw back was that the club room amenities like club pool and surroundings were under construction but we were not aware of that beforehand.

            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport NZ$106
            Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2019
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            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

            Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport

            Opp. Dubai Int'l Airport Terminal 3, PO Box 35257, Umm Ramool, Dubai
               
              3.9 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              It is good value for money. The free and regular shuttle bus to the airport is an added bonus

              FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai NZ$375
              Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019
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              FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

              FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

              No. 1 The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
                 
                4.4 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                1 of my best top 5 hotels in Dubai. I travel to Dubai frequently and cannons fault this hotel one bit. The private villa is just amazing and beyond. Great food, staff, people and service. Location is lux and unique

                Roda Al Murooj NZ$211
                Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019
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                Roda Al Murooj

                Roda Al Murooj

                Al Saffa Street, Off Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite to Burj Khaliffa, Dubai
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The breakfast menu was not varied. Good thing is very close to Dubai mall.

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