Only in Dubai

Dubai – you have to see it for yourself. Spectacular luxury hotels, mega-malls for shoppers and utopian construction projects have turned an Arabian trading port on the Creek into a global village measured in superlatives. The world’s tallest building and largest man-made waterway, artificial islands that are visible from space, the biggest airport – unparalleled construction projects are announced all the time and carried out in no time at all. Whole new city districts surrounded by lakes and marinas have been built on the sand, with a transport infrastructure of multi-lane highways flanked by skyscrapers with mirror façades.

Let Marco Polo show you some unique experiences to be had in the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates:

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Weekend in the desert

In the desert resort of Bab al-Shams, the ‘gateway to the sun’, guests live amongst the sand dunes. For a few days you can become a modern Bedouin – with the luxury typical of Dubai and old Arab architectural traditions.

Dinner on a dhow

Old Arabian trading ships as floating restaurants: the romantic sunset dhow trip lasts about two hours. As the last rays of the sun fall on the city, help yourself from the buffet and see Dubai from the water.

Dubai Shopping Festival

A four-week shopping spree: discounts, prize draws with millions to be won, fashion shows, charity galas and other events are the highlights of this glamorous festival.

Jumeirah Beach

Wealthy locals flock to these miles of long sandy beach with Dubai’s emblem, the Burj Al Arab, the offshore man-made island Palm Jumeirah and the Rooftop Bar of the Royal Mirage Hotel, a trendy rendezvous in the evening.


Dubai’s most authentic quarter gets its character from narrow alleys, some of them shaded by palm-frond roofs, and merchants’ houses that are now occupied by galleries, restaurants and cafés.

Marina with skyscrapers

Dubai Marina, a district of the city that is really buzzing, can easily be explored on foot: spectacular skyscrapers, chic cafés, the best-known night clubs and the huge artificially made marina with its yachts and sailing boats.

Get to the top
Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. For a special thrill pay a visit to ‘At the Top’, the viewing platform with an outdoor terrace on the 124th floor. This organised one-hour tour places Dubai at your feet from a height of 1450 ft.


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Top 10 Things To Do In Dubai

Marco Polo’s list of the top ten things not to be missed in Dubai! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Dubai’s most important sights.

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The tallest building on earth entices people in with its 452m (1,483ft) high viewing terrace up on the 124th floor. You’ll feel on top of the world in Dubai’s number one attraction.

This natural creek is the city’s lifeline – it’s where the story of this modern metropolis began.

Dubai’s most beautiful museum has been set up in the historic Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in the city.

The old wind towers and palaces built by Persian merchants along the Creek have been beautifully restored. They’re home to museums, shops and restaurants today.

Dubai’s most beautiful mosque – a magnificent ivory coloured edifice – is the only Islamic place of worship in the UAE that non Muslims can visit.

Standing on its very own artificial island, Dubai’s most famous luxury hotel is the symbol of the UAE. Make sure to book well in advance if you’d like to come here for some tea or a cocktail.

A shopping experience straight out of the Arabian Nights: The Spice Souk is awash with the scent of spices and perfumed oils, and the Gold Souk boasts over 200 jewellers huddled together in rows.

The current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, spent part of his childhood in this historic windtower palace by the Creek. The structure is a national monument today.

Dubai’s largest mall is a city within a city: all the top fashionistas have a store here alongside some outstanding restaurants and the Dubai Aquarium.

Dubai Marina – the largest artificial marina in the world – is surrounded by an impressive array of extraordinary high-rise buildings.


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