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Glittering in the desert, filled with glamourous sights and sands. Proud of it's past and budding with Eastern promise - Dubai is a paradise and one of the most luxurious places in the world.

With more than 180 nationalities you can be sure that you will be spoilt by the limitless choice of restaurants in Dubai. Whether it's a magical dining experience at Burj Al Arab's signature restaurant, Al Mahara, or a burger at one of the many fast-food outlets in the malls, Dubai has something to suit every palate and budget. Some of the best award-winning chefs have established world-class restaurants in the city's top hotels and offer an outstanding dining experience. 'The Walk' at Jumeirah Beach Residence is Dubai's first open-air shopping and dining venue and is located behind the beach hotels along Jumeirah Beach. It is home to many high street stores and some wellknown food and beverage outlets. Dubai's nightlife fires up in the evening with fruity cocktails at an outdoor terrace bar on Sheikh Zayed Road or unwind with champagne at a classy bar in one of the hotels along Jumeirah Beach.

Shopping is a major attraction in Dubai and you can buy everything you ever wished. Dubai is home to the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall, which is the size of 50 football pitches and houses some world-class attractions, including an Olympic-size ice rink and an aquarium.

Why not try your skills in haggling at one of the traditional souks in the city? These are the best places to track down souvenirs and gifts. The Deira covered souk in Naif Road sells textiles, spices, kitchenware and henna, while the Spice Souk, despite its name, sells an array of trinkets, rugs and glassware. Take advantage too of Dubai's duty-free status and save money on items such as imported electrical appliances and luxury goods. Gold is the main product that everyone goes to Dubai for, price tags range from just a few pounds up to thousands.

Must See

Burj al Arab is one of Dubai's most famous buildings, a luxurious hotel in the shape of a ship's sail.

Burj Khalifa the world's tallest building with an observation deck offering panoramic views over Dubai

Dubai Museum is full of everything you need to know about the history of the city-state.

The Creek cuts through Dubai old and new.

Bastakiya offers a rare glimpse of 'Old Dubai'.

Horse racing from November until March Dubai is a mecca for racing enthusiasts.

Must Do

Ski Dubai is the first indoor-ski resort in the Middle East and is home to one of the world’s largest indoor ski runs. Desert Safaris let you head out into the desert to dine in a Bedouin tent, sandboard and cross the dunes in a 4x4. Palm Island is a new and very modern development. If you are not staying here, make sure you take the time for a visit. Waterparks the 42 acre Aquaventure located on the Palm Jumeirah or Wild Wadi located at Jumeirah Beach. Souks are great for exploring. Walk the dark, aromatic, labyrinthine markets and pick up a local bargain.