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Dubai Trip Guide

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Sometimes called the "Vegas of the East" because of its many over-the-top fantasy hotels and malls, this commercial hub in the United Arab Emirates has been the source of much curiosity since its first massive skyscrapers started getting photographed. Dubai once had an economy based on oil. Now, not so much—finance and tourism are much bigger businesses. The former can be credited to Dubai's practice of establishing "free zones" where businesses can almost completely avoid taxes.

Spectacles here include the unmistakable Burj Al Arab—which sits on its own manmade island just offshore—the indoor ski resort Ski Dubai, the Palm Islands, and Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping mall. Approximately 70 malls and shopping centers are in the city, not to mention the traditional souks.

Photo Credit: Traditional "abra" in Dubai harbor (Frank de Luyck/Gallo Images ROOTS RF Collection/Getty)

Top Hotels

Millennium Airport Hotel

Casablanca Street, Garhoud Area.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Al Bustan Centre and Residence

Al Qusais
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai Trip Stats

Major Airport
Dubai International Airport (DXB)
High Season
Low Season
Summer (on account of desert heat)
UAE Dirham

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