Swirling from the desert like a modern oasis, or a mirage of a futuristic metropolis, is the Middle Eastern city of Dubai. Once upon a time, this sun-baked emirate was a small fishing village and while traditional ways still weave around mind-boggling skyscrapers, so do ambitious ideas, like the one that spurted the world’s tallest building. Mingle with travellers from all over, indulge in high-end hotels or boutiques, and unwind beach-side in a fascinating city where worlds collide.
Dubai: Get startedFirstly, you can't visit Dubai without stopping by the legendary Burj Khalifa! A world-class shopping destination, you'll also want to discover traditional souks or the iconic Dubai Mall. Balance out indulgence with visits to the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood or the Jumeirah Mosque. Choose from our packages to book Dubai hotels or set sail with Costa Cruises or Cunard, both offering cruises from Dubai.
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LanguagesArabic (official) and the following are also commonly spoken: English, Hindi, Malayam, Urdu, Pashto, Tagalog, Persian.
What to eatEmirati dishes like samak (fish in a spiced sauce with rice), luqaimat (sweet doughnut-like dessert), chebab (a pancake-like flatbread filled with cheese and draped with date syrup), kabsa or machboos (mixed rice dishes with meat and vegetables), but cuisine from all over the world is also represented in this international destination!
What to bring backSpices from traditional souks, dates, camel milk chocolates (that’s right! Or just straight up camel milk!), delicious Arabic coffee, traditional Emirati clothing (like the kandoura for men or the abaya for women), and high-end fashion from the Dubai Mall.
Fun FactYes, Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa at 828m) and the world’s biggest mall (Dubai Mall at 12 million square feet), but here are a few more Guinness World Records previously scored by the sizzling emirate: the highest outdoor infinity pool (at the Address Beach Resort), the largest dancing fountain show in the world (Palm Fountains) and the world’s largest flower garden (Dubai Miracle Garden).
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