Photo Credit: KiRin Chen via photopin cc

Photo Credit: KiRin Chen via photopin cc

There comes a time in most people’s lives when the need to visit somewhere different arises. Whether you’re simply bored of the same places, or you want to see something that will get you excited about travel again, one destination that will certainly reignite that passion for seeing the world is Dubai.

You’ve probably heard a lot about this city in the UAE, and most of it involves rich individuals, glamour, sophistication, and fantastic shopping. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong on most of those counts, as there is certainly plenty of that, however there is a lot more to Dubai than meets the eye, and it is most definitely becoming more affordable as time goes on.

This is great news for those who want to see a captivating blend of old and new, as this is probably a phrase that sums up Dubai perfectly. Steeped in Bedouin traditions and culture, yet strangely forward-thinking and modern, Dubai is a contradiction in itself, but one that is easy to follow once you throw yourself into it. Dubai isn’t tacky, it isn’t cheap, and it isn’t your run of the mill destination, which is probably what makes it so special.

Of course, we are talking about somewhere in the world that is close to the desert, and steaming hot during summer, so it’s important to get the timing right. The months between November and March are considered a good time to visit, because temperatures are mild yet not boiling, and rain levels are quite low, so plenty of chance to get a golden glow to go back home with.

Getting around the city isn’t particularly difficult, with a fast and modern metro system to transport you from area to area, and plentiful taxis, although do try and set your price before getting in, if at all possible. Around the city you will find huge skyscraper hotels and serious luxury in abundance, and if you fancy a spot of shopping, well, prepare your credit card for some serious damage! Shopping malls seem to go on forever, with designer names at every corner. If you prefer your shopping a little less pricey however, a visit to a souk is a must do, and you can easily haggle the price of your souvenirs here, not to mention being a real tradition.

If you feel the need to get active during your visit, a spot of dune bashing in the desert might be your cup of tea, with many companies selling organised tours at great prices. Alternatively, a more sedate camel right might be more your thing. On a colder tip, the indoor ski centre allows you to test your shoop-shooping skills, right in the heart of a destination that you would never connect with the cold!

Night-life around Dubai is classy and glittering, and the marina area is where it’s at for fine dining. The Abdel Wahab Dubai is the place to head for delicious, fresh seafood dishes, all with a sophisticated atmosphere, and amazing views. Go on, treat yourself!

A walk around the waterfront will allow you to take in your surroundings in the most upmarket of ways. Following this, you could of course seek out a small café for relaxation, and smoke a traditional water pipe, with some music and folk dancing for your evening’s entertainment.

Dubai offers everything you could want from a city break, all with a glittering array of activities to keep even the most restless soul occupied.

Dubai is certainly a city with a difference.

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