Flights to Dubai
Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure. The area experiences a sub-tropical climate. It gets very hot and humid especially during the summer months. And keep in mind, their weekend runs from Thursday to Saturday.
Remember to do your research. While Dubai is more modern and progressive than most of the Middle East, it is still an Islamic nation with strict laws unlike the West. They follow strict sharia laws so be sure to be very respectful. For example, do not eat in public during Ramadan, avoid criticizing the ruling family, and refrain from public displays of affection. Even losing your temper can land you in jail for a month. This massive and beautiful city is never lacking in sightseeing. You'll want to start your trip with a trip to the Dubai Museum. Here you'll learn about the social history of the Emirates and discover an appreciation for the deep culture and heritage of the city. As you browse the museum you'll see the al-Fahidi Fort and the quick transition the city has made from a small pearling town to a bustling metropolis.
Another stunning view is standing in front of the Jumeirah Mosque. It's the largest mosque in the city and one of the few that is open to non-Muslim visitors. In order to promote a better understanding of Islam, the Jumeirah Mosque offers special, educational tours for non-Muslims. Go back alter that evening for a spectacular view of the mosque lit up at night.
If you're not afraid of heights, take a trip to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. At 828 meters and 160 floors, that makes this the tallest structure in the world. If you want the opportunity to see the view on the observation deck on the 124th floor, be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance. For a relaxing, but fascinating show, visit the Dubai Fountain. The world's largest dancing fountain gives several shows a day to the sounds of classical and Arabic music. For a true look into how the better half lives, travel over to see the Palm Islands. These three artificial islands are the largest in the world. Located just off the coast of Dubai, these islands are designed in the shape of palm leaves. Think of an activity you'd like to try, and Dubai can make it happen. One of the most popular activities is known as Dune Bashing ? a form of off-roading on sand dunes. Many places will rent 4x4 safari Jeeps, sand boards, quad bikes and dune buggies so you can feel the thrill of this amazing outdoor activity.
If you're in Dubai between late November and late February, you'll want to be sure to take a trip to the Global Village. This annual gathering of countries around the world is a makeshift flea market where you can pick up souvenirs from all over the world. Each country has its own pavilion with replicas of their most famous landmarks, and because this is Dubai, there is typically a raffle with prizes like cars and gold bars.
And just because Dubai is in the desert doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favorite winter sports. In the Mall of the Emirates there is a national skiing center. They provide all the equipment you'll need to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.