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You're Going to Love Dubai

Attracting more than 12 million foreign visitors every year, Dubai is the Arab world's premier tourist destination, and it's a great place for an Asian vacation.

Whenever you go, you can count on sunshine and warm weather. But Dubai is about much more than year-round sun. It's the kind of place where gourmet restaurants seem to multiply every week. From the sushi at Blue Jade to the stunning Indian dishes at Amal, every cuisine seems represented.

If you want to experience a desert adventure, you can rent 4x4 vehicles. If you want to play golf every day at challenging courses, you can. If you just want to shop for luxury goods, there's no better place than the Dubai Mall. You can even spend the day snowboarding if that's what you desire.

Dubai caters for everyone - with shopping, sports, and cultural attractions that place it right at the top of the global vacation league. Don't miss out.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Dubai

What to do in Dubai

When to Visit Dubai

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Most visitors prefer Dubai in its shoulder season between November and March, not it's high summer between July and September. At the height of summer, conditions can become oppressive, but after November the climate cools off, and the weather becomes perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and shopping.

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How to Get to Dubai

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Where to Stay in Dubai

Dubai boasts a huge choice of hotels, with differing price levels to suit almost any budget. If you want a cheaper option in an atmospheric community, the Al Uruba Hotel in Deira is a good choice. The Youth Hostel on Al Nahda Rd is another good budget option that is popular with students and backpackers. For more up-market accommodation, check out the self-catering properties at Clover Creek Hotel Apartments or the Crowne Plaza, which has a luxury shopping mall directly connected to its lobby.

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Shopping Streets

Dubai is an incredible retail destination. The recent construction and tourism boom have seen hundreds of malls opening, and prices are generally low due to Dubai's very low tariff levels. The largest of the city's shopping centers is the Dubai Mall, where you'll find international brands like Five Guys, the Cheesecake Factory, Givenchy, and Tag Heuer. However, you don't need to shop at malls. The souks of Deira offer a completely different experience, where haggling is the norm. Be sure to visit Gold Souk in particular. Even if you don't buy anything, the stalls piled high with gold jewelry are a stunning sight.

Groceries and Other

The main supermarkets in Dubai are Spinney's, Al Maya, and New West Zone. All of them have branches near the city center and should be the cheapest places to shop for everyday groceries during your stay. As far as the cost of living goes, Dubai is not too expensive. You can purchase 12 eggs for AED 10 and a gallon of milk for AED 20, prices that are lower than major U.S. cities like New York or San Francisco.

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Where to Eat in Dubai

Dubai has quickly become one of Asia's greatest dining cities, with options to suit everyone's tastes. Many hotels also pay hefty wages to secure the services of elite chefs, so their restaurants might be the first place to look. For example, Verre at the Hilton Dubai has been set up by British chef Gordon Ramsay. Excellent Chinese restaurants include Zheng He's and Long Yin, while high-quality Indian food is everywhere. Some of the best options include Indego by Vineet and Asha's. If you just want a filling burger, look no further than Baker & Spice in Dubai Marina. Expect to pay around AED 10 for a budget meal, or anything up to AED 50 at high-end restaurants.