Dubai is arguably one of the world’s most glamorous destinations. The cosmopolitan assortment of Emiratis, Arabs, Iranians, Indians, Filipinos and Europeans – there’s a fascinating mix of people and languages that gives the city its uniquely varied cultural appeal. Dubai is also a great model of political stability and religious tolerance in one of the planet’s most troubled regions.
If you are looking for 5-star hotels, a luxurious dose of sun, sand and shopping, you’ve chosen the perfect place. But there is far more to Dubai than that. Step beyond the tourist clichés and discover the fascinating labyrinths of Bastakiya and the exotic souks of Deira, have some Arabic coffee in one of the cafes which once used to be traditional Arabian houses, try some fresh fish at the small beach shack in Umm Suqeim, and line up for a saffron tea in Mamzar. Dubai has a soul and its really up to you to look for it. And at night it is really worth taking a taxi ride along the Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai’s most futuristic road, lined with skyscrapers.