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Still just a fledgling in tourism terms, Dubai – the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates – has fast become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The city currently ranks in the top 10 most visited in the world.

The city has two major drawing points: shopping and entertainment. Its modern infrastructure features skyscrapers with truly unique designs while its man-made islands and beaches offer a touch of the different.

Most visitors will arrive at Dubai International Airport (DXB), which is located four kilometers north of the city. The airport is one of the busiest in the world, with 6,000 flights per week.

A second airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), opened in 2010 and is beginning to become more widely used. Visitors arriving from the likes of Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Bahrain may well find themselves entering the country via this airport.

Once in the city, visitors will find numerous methods of transportation, including a metro railway, monorail, buses, taxis, boats, and numerous others. Visitors should be warned that public transport is not all that reliable, although the country is investing huge sums in rectifying that particular situation.

In terms of tourist attractions, Dubai has three that stand out above all others: Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and the Palm Islands.

Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest man-made structure. The monolithic structure – which serves as offices, apartments, and a hotel – consists of 153 floors and stands some 2,722 feet high. Visitors can ascend to the building’s 124th floor where the “At the Top” observation deck offers some spectacular views of the city, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Persian Gulf. The observation deck is outdoors, which can be unnerving for some visitors, while those that suffer from vertigo might wish to give the excursion a miss.

At the foot of the tower is the Dubai Fountain, a feature that cost more than a small country to construct. The fountain is more than 902 feet long and sprays water nearly 500 feet into the air. An elaborate lighting system is used to illuminate the feature and Burj Khalifa above.

The Burj Khalifa Park also sits at the base of the colossal building. Here visitors can enjoy scenic gardens and trees whilst taking a gentle stroll. The park is home to a number of fountains too, although they’re not quite as impressive as the Dubai Fountain.

Burj Al Arab is the world’s only 7-star hotel. That’s right, seven stars! The building itself is the shape of a ship’s sail. The uniquely-designed building sits on an artificial peninsular close to Jumeirah Beach, one of Dubai’s favored sandy destinations.

Like the peninsular upon which the Burj Al Arab hotel sits on, the Palm Islands are man-made landmasses that just out into the Persian Gulf. There are three main islands: Palm Deira, Palm Jumeirah, and Palm Jebel Ali.

These uniquely shaped “islands” have everything a tourist could wish for. Hotels, restaurants, beaches, shops, markets, and a whole lot more can be found on each. Palm Jumeriah is home to the colossal Atlantis Palm Hotel, another of Dubai’s stunning buildings. Despite its position with the very modern cityscape, the Atlantis would not have looked out of place in ancient Persia.

The beaches on offer at the Palm Islands, as well as those throughout Dubai, are perfect for enjoying a spot of sunbathing or a refreshing dip. Visitors should beware of the temperature though; it can reach the upper 90s during summer months which is generally considered too hot to spend too long beneath the sun’s rays.

Visitors should also pay close attention to cultural laws and expectations. It is not uncommon for tourists to find themselves on the wrong side of the law for wearing swimwear away from the beach, something that is prohibited within Dubai and the UAE at large.

Once you’ve seen the awe-inspiring buildings and enjoyed the riches of Dubai beaches, it’s time to get shopping.

The city is home to more than 70 individual shopping malls. Alongside the marketplaces and small boutique shops, this gives visitors more than enough options to find the perfect gift, the latest fashion, or something completely different.

The Dubai Mall is the largest in the region. Some suggest that it may also be the largest mall in the world. As well as providing visitors with the chance to go shopping, the mall is also home to numerous restaurants and other dining options, as well as something a little different; the Dubai Mall houses both the Dubai Aquarium and the Dubai Underwater Zoo. Visitors will find that they can admire the marine life whilst taking a break from finding the right outfit.

The Emirates Mall is another of Dubai’s gigantic shopping mall. Like the Dubai Mal, the Emirates houses a few surprises. One of the most unique features of the mall is that it includes Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor skiing and snow resort. Visitors can ski, snowboard, or simply frolic in the fully-maintained snowy climes of the resort, all without the need to bring your own winter-wear; the resort provides that for you.

Dubai is also home to the Gold Souk, the largest gold market in the world. Here visitors will find gold in all shapes and sizes, all sold and traded in an authentic Emirates marketplace.

Although it might not seem like it, Dubai isn’t all about shopping. The city is also home to a growing number of attractions designed to attract more and more tourists.

Included amongst those attractions popping up are the Dubai Marina, another part of the city that is perfect for shopping and dining; Dubai Museum, which looks back on the entire history of the region, and makes for a rare glimpse of something that isn’t shiny and new; and Dubai Zoo, a popular choice with families.

Finally, the city’s older districts provide an interesting contrast to the showy buildings and designs associated with the city, and make for an enjoyable afternoon stroll.

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